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Lamborghini Stampedes Toward Hybrid Car

While anathema to some Italian sports car enthusiasts, the Lamborghini of the future may well have a hybrid powertrain.

Known for thirsty V8s and V12s, Lamborghinis epitomize excessive consumption.

But the company, which wants to reduce its emissions 35 percent by 2015, will lean on hybrid technologies to help it achieve the balance, according to USA Today.

Future Lamborghinis, in addition to being more aerodynamic and lighter in weight, may also rely on biofuels.

The company is investing $49 million into new technologies to accomplish the carbon reduction goal, reports FastCompany.

Solar photovoltaic panels at the company’s factory already have helped reduce energy use 20 percent, and last year it introduced a normally aspirated Gallardo LP 560-4 that has 18 percent reduced CO2 emissions.

The North American market has shown a willingness to adopt eco-friendly sports cards. The $100,000 Tesla electric roadster is now being sold in Canada, and there is a waiting list for all buyers.

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2 thoughts on “Lamborghini Stampedes Toward Hybrid Car

  1. I wonder if the Lamborghini’s of the world making EVs is really what we need right now? I think the Tesla roadster is a great case study. Granted it has been received well, but aren’t more affordable, practical options what we need? Or do we need these icons and sports car to add “sex” appeal to take a fringe product mainstream?

  2. More reasonably priced hybrid vehicles have been on the market for some time, most notably of course, the Prius (hopefully the Chevrolet Volt still makes it to spite the collapse of GM) as well as a few appearances of 100% electric cars priced for the every man, GM’s EV1… surrounded by controversy though it may be. So I think it is more a general market shift rather than just the Lambo’s of the world.

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