Top Ten: Luxury Hybrids
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Written by John Shimkus
10. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
MPG: 41 City/ 36 Hwy
The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the most affordable luxury car to make our list. Surprisingly, critics actually find the midsize MKZ’s interior to be much nicer than some comparable models put out by Lexus. They also claim a quieter and smoother ride in the MKZ. The car is even made of about 85 percent recyclable materials.
9. Infiniti M Hybrid
MPG: 27 City/ 32 Hwy
The Infiniti M Hybrid adds a 50kW electric motor to its 3.5-liter V6 engine to offer enhanced fuel-efficiency. Combining power with luxury, this sedan boasts 360 horsepower and features all the same interior and electronics components of its non-hybrid predecessor. It even features regenerative brakes to recharge its batteries.
8. Lexus GS Hybrid
MPG: 22 City/ 25 Hwy
The Lexus GS Hybrid is one of the most fuel-efficient hybrids in its class. This large sedan boasts V8 power, but with much better fuel economy. This car is Lexus’ attempt to combine performance and fuel-efficiency, so while the MPG may be lower than your average Prius, it provides unmatched acceleration in the hybrid market.
7. Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
MPG: 20 City/ 23 Hwy
You don’t have to be a famous rapper to recognize the iconic Cadillac Escalade, but few probably realize that there is a more fuel-efficient hybrid version on the market. With improved mileage and reduced CO2 emissions, this full-size luxury SUV uses a 2-Mode Hybrid System and Active Fuel Management to provide power via its gasoline engine and electric motors. It offers the best fuel economy in its class.
6. BMW 7-Series Hybrid
MPG: 17 City/ 24 Hwy
With an eight-speed transmission and high-tech suspension, the BMW 7-Series Hybrid is another powerhouse sedan. Its twin-turbo V8 engine is coupled with a small electric motor in its mild-hybrid system (meaning that the car cannot move on electric power alone). Despite its power edge, the car’s MPG is somewhat low considering the hefty price tag.
5. Mercedes-Benz ML 450 Hybrid
MPG: 21 City/ 24 Hwy
The Mercedes ML 450 Hybrid is the only mid-size SUV to make our list. Its 275 horsepower V6 engine is paired with two electric motors to make it 46 percent more fuel-efficient than its non-hybrid counterparts. The ML 450 was the first European full hybrid to be offered in the U.S.
4. Audi A8 Hybrid
MSRP: Not Available
MPG: 37 estimate
In 2012, Audi will bring to market its A8 Hybrid, the fuel-efficient version of the company’s flagship model. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor, the A8 Hybrid can travel at speeds of up to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) on electric power alone.
3. Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
MPG: 22 City/ 28 Hwy
The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is a four-door sedan that boasts a supercharged V6 gasoline engine that works in conjunction with a 47 horsepower electric motor. The eight-speed automatic rear wheel drive car offers the sporty look of Porsche’s signature Boxster body style, but with the practicality of four doors.
2. Fisker Karma Plug-In Hybrid
MPG: 100 estimate
The Fisker Karma is a combined cycle plug-in hybrid that uses a pair of electric motors totaling 403 horsepower. The motors are powered by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery supplemented with an extra boost from a 175kW gasoline generator. It’s essentially an extended range electric vehicle. The car even features a solar paneled roof to aid with charging.
1. Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid
MPG: 78 estimate
Porsche is now taking orders for its new 918 Spyder Hybrid. The company plans to build only 918 of the groundbreaking hybrid vehicles, which boast an unheard of 78 miles per gallon while providing 500 horsepower! Not enough for you? How about an extra 218 horsepower from electric motors mounted at each axle. The car can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can reach 94 mph running on electric power alone. With the gasoline engine kicked in, the coup tops out at 199 mph. The 918 Spyder features a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that enables 16 miles of electric driving range.
“It’s certainly a rare car for someone who has the means, but it’s also for people who are very tuned in to technical advances and leading engineering,” says Porsche spokesman Gary Fong.
Top 10 ways to prepare for COVID-19
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management.
As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, many businesses are left uncertain as to whether their risk mitigation plan is sufficient.
In a recent webinar conducted by the research and advisory firm just 12% of 1,500 people believe that their business is highly prepared for the impact of COVID-19, while 56% believed themselves to be somewhat prepared, and 11% believed themselves to be very unprepared.
“Most organizations have done some pandemic planning but still have many unanswered questions about whether they have done everything they can to manage risks,” says Jim Mello, Senior Director, Advisory, Gartner.
Establish a preparedness framework
Establish a team that represents all critical business functions. These people will report directly to executive management and are responsible for prioritising the importance of business activities and organise them in tiers for response and recovery.
Monitor the situation
It is important to ensure that organisations monitor the rate in which the infection is spreading and its severity. Many rely on the World Health Organisation for information.
Be sure to revise revenue forecasts and communicate with investors, as well as suppliers in regards to any potential finance issues. It is important to ensure that the business has the working capital to ride it out.
Ways to ensure this include: working capital checks, seeking loans or government-sponsored financial relief.
Extend personal hygiene and cleaning protocols
It is important to comply with any changes to workplace regulations. In addition, it is important to establish protocols for staff returning from infected areas, as well as extending existing hygiene activities.
Ensure close monitoring of absenteeism rates for signs of problems. It is important to identify critical staff in order to make sure the company can continue to function in their absence and be prepared for up to 40% absentee rates.
In addition to reviewing HR policies and procedures, it is important to maintain a level of sensitivity when it comes to engaging with employees and workplace preferences.
Establish a communication programme
People can feel out of the loop quickly. Establish a spokesperson appropriate for the situation who can maintain lines of communication. In addition, organisations should establish pre-approved messages and scripts for various stakeholders.
Review the impact on the operation
Although this may seem overwhelming, the team established to represent all critical business functions should identify key areas to consider. It is important to maintain a connection with the reality on the ground in countries affected.
Key questions to consider: is transport functioning? Have holidays been extended? Where can operation continue and where do they need to stop?
IT business functions tend to be relatively well-prepared for business continuity. However, it is important to assess the supply chain for critical equipment and keep extra inventory if required.
In addition, organisations should keep in mind remote data centre management and cloud options for critical systems as well as enabling remote working programs and rescheduling any non-essential IT work prioritising key applications.
Review pandemic plans to identify any gaps in response
Conduct a preparedness exercise by validating roles and responsibilities as well as recovery requirements and procedures, in order to identify any gaps in the recover capabilities and resource needs.
Following the establishment of a pandemic plan, identify three lessons learned, key observations or improvements for the exercise. After establishing these organisations should priorities the short and long term follow up actions.