While the Prius gets 50mpg the newly unveiled Porsche 918 achieves 72mpg with correspondingly lower carbon emissions. It can run 18 miles in pure electric mode. But put your foot down and it goes 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and is capable of a top speed of 211 mph.
Check out BBC Top Gear’s review of the Porsche 918
With a pricetag of $845,00 certainly propels it into the stratosphere this is yet another signal that market forces are driving cars to retain their emissions superiority over transit. Seeing great emissions in high end cars is good because:
– this technology will trickle down into more regular models
– it signals the continued drop in car emissions
– it demonstrates that hybrids and all electric cars can be even more fun than gasoline engined cars (and let’s not forget diesel cars!)
While many assume that high performance comes at a cost of greater pollution, the technology in cars like the Porsche 918 disprove the association. You can have a car with low emissions and great performance – in fact the performance gets even better!