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12 best electric cars and hybrids of 2012

It’s been said that “The Tesla Roadster is the only sexy electric or hybrid car on the road.” We respectfully disagree.

Pop idol Justin Bieber was presented with one of these beauties for his 18th birthday on the Ellen DeGeneres show, following in the footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio, who bought the first 2012 Fisker Karma. A solar panel roof, 250 mile range, 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds and a sleek exterior to drool over are all wrapped cleverly into this nice work of car art and punctuated with a $90,000 USD starting price sticker. The Fisker Karma can go 50 miles on all electric charge and then carry on an additional 300 miles on fossil fuel while still achieving an admirable 100 miles per gallon. Its trademaked EVer technology uses an electric generator and battery pack to power dual-electric motors without using gas to drive the wheels. The car has two modes: stealth mode, with a top speed of 95 mph and a 50 mile range, and sport mode, which cranks the top speed up to 125 mph and the range to 250 miles. Give me one of these and I’ll sell my soul and/or become a Belieber too.

Two years ago, Ferrari gave its own gift to the Geneva Motor Show when it presented its green hybrid car, the Ferrari Hybrid 599 . Although Ferrari CEO, Amedeo Felisa, doesn’t gush enthusiasm for any immediately marketable hybrid technology, the Hybrid 599 makes its own mark in the evolution of electric cars with a tri-phase, high-voltage electric motor coupled to the rear of the dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission. Now who can say no to F1 technology?

We’re not judging, but if Leo had waited until the end of 2012, he could’ve gone from 0-62 mph in just 4.8 seconds with the Audi R8 e-Tron, which is rumored to have a release date around the end of this year. Still a concept car, the R8 is wowing crowds with a sporty body and a purely electric drive system with a 154 mile range


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