Hybrid LEVs – Review
Several luxury vehicle manufacturers have introduced hybrid luxury electric vehicles in recent years. Namely, Audi, Land Rover, Lexus, and Infiniti all offer high-quality hybrid models. At Ray Catena, our knowledgeable staff is ready to offer you the best LEV shopping experience.
A hybrid luxury electric vehicle is a good way for drivers to test the EV experience before going fully electric. Hybrids provide an ultra-efficient alternative to gas-powered vehicles, and they give drivers a taste of what driving electric is like. Plug-in hybrids in particular can help drivers feel accustomed to operating a vehicle purely on electric power.
With so many luxury manufacturers turning to electric vehicles, hybrid luxury electric vehicles are becoming more popular on the road. In recent years, Audi, Infiniti, Land Rover, and Lexus have introduced hybrid models to their lineups. Here is everything you need to know about hybrid luxury electric vehicles.
There are three different types of hybrid vehicles: Full hybrids, mild hybrids, and plug-in hybrids. Most of the LEV hybrids discussed here are plug-in hybrids. However, a quick breakdown of each type will be helpful.
- Full hybrids have both a gas and electrical component. However, the gas engine serves only to charge the electric battery, which provides power to the vehicle.
- Mild hybrids also have both a gas and electric motor which work in tandem to keep the vehicle powered up.
- Plug-in hybrids can operate on either gas or electric power separately. As the name suggests, plug-in hybrids can be plugged into an electrical outlet to recharge. However, the electric range of a plug-in hybrid is significantly less than fully-electric vehicles.
Hybrid Luxury Electric Vehicles
Audi has several popular hybrid models, headlined by the Audi Q5, the A7 Hybrid, and A8 Hybrid. All three are plug-in hybrids adapted from existing full gas models. Prices for these models range from $55,400 for the Q5 SUV to $95,900 for the A8 sedan. The A8 is one of Audi’s most popular vehicles, and the plug-in hybrid has an estimated combined 54 MPGe.
The Infiniti Q50 remains one of the highest-rated luxury plug-in hybrids. Infiniti is currently working on a line of fully electric vehicles (the Infiniti QX and Infiniti QS), but these are built on the Q50’s legacy. The Infiniti Q50 is a full hybrid that gets an efficient 34 MPG. The Q50 hybrid line was released for model years 2014-2018 and was one of the first truly luxurious hybrid models. A 2018 Infiniti Q50 today starts at just $30,000.
Land Rover recently joined the hybrid landscape with the Range Rover Plug-in Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid. Both models look and function exactly like the iconic Range Rover gas-powered SUVs that drivers are used to. The difference is added efficiency: both models can get up to 19 miles of range on electric-only power. The standard Range Rover plug-in starts at $97000, while the smaller Sport starts at $83,000.
As the name probably tells you, the NX Plug-in is the only plug-in hybrid model in this lineup. All the rest are full hybrids. The NX plug-in has a very efficient 37-mile range when operating on electric power, and starts at $40,160.