World’s First Hybrid SUV Stretch Limo

Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Stretch Limo

Photo: Michael Coates, All rights reserved.

It’s not the first hybrid stretch limousine, because a Canadian firm converted a Prius into a 10-seater last year. But it does appear to be the first stretch limo built from the body of a hybrid SUV, which would make it the world’s largest hybrid gas-electric vehicle—if it weren’t for hybrid buses and locomotives.

LimeLite CoachWorks of Santa Clara, Calif.—which builds a variety of stretch limos from Hummers and Escalades to Mini Coopers and Jaguar XFs—recently added more than 13 feet to a Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. LimeLite Business Development Representative Mike Williams told that it’s the first hybrid limo off the line for the company, and was sold before it was finished being built. Zbest Limos of Baltimore, Md. will soon put the vehicle into service.

Williams noted that limo services historically have not paid much attention to fuel economy, but rising gas prices have given them new interest in the savings offered by hybrids. The company believes that using the Tahoe hybrid can yield up to 80 percent fuel savings compared to a comparable non-hybrid model.

When parked, all of the electronics in the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid limo run off the battery while traditional limos need to run the gas engine to power toys such as flat-screen TVs, Karaoke machines, full-service wet bars, and multi-color neon lighting. In the company’s first conversion, the usual purple neon lights were switched to green.

LimeLite has more hybrids on the way. Shop foreman Miguel De la Vega said the stretch of 160 inches in the first Tahoe was conservative—they now feel they can go to a more extreme 220-inch stretch. The company had no problems dealing with the high-voltage hybrid system, though De la Vega said he was “very careful.” All of the Tahoe’s hybrid system remains intact. In a standard limo, they would have added an additional battery and a beefed-up alternator.

Phil Restivo, president and CEO of LimeLite, told that the hybrid limo business is just beginning. “The hybrid Escalade is coming in October,” he said. Since the standard Escalade is one of LimeLite’s big sellers, he thinks the hybrid version will also be popular.

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  • Bryce

    wow, thats all that needs to be said. : )

  • limo hire

    We have seen some of LimeLite’s work and they produce some excellent limos. This one will do well.

  • limo hire

    Are there many types of models in the future being stretched?

  • Old Man Crowder

    A limo that gets 30 feet per gallon instead of 6. Hooray!

  • Gerald Shields

    Big Deal. Now you a strech limo that probably is going to get less than 20MPG

  • Bryce

    Better than the usual 5. big improvement honestly.

  • Dom

    I went to their website… the six wheeled pink mini-cooper is hilarious!! I want that one…

  • jvoelcker

    Ugh. Double ugh. Bleccccccccccch. PTUI!

  • Mike Williams

    if you’re serious about it call me or email me.

  • GR

    Every little improvement helps!

  • Build Electric Car

    This is awesome. Even the elite are saving the environment. We can all help! Everyone should just convert their cars. That is the perfect solution. Everyone saves on gas and we all get to live in a cleaner environment. Oil companies lose our business…boo hoo… Use a conversion guide or something like “gas2electric” or “conver it”.

  • Bryce

    lol. let the rich convert their cars. Us normal folks will just wait a few years for the cheaper factory made models. : )

  • NYer

    World’s first hmmmm Take a look at some of these!!!

  • Janella

    Wow, what an amazing piece of machinery. This car, amongst others, is ideal for our daily needs. As we found whilst looking at other options, others stretches aren’t as energy effiecient as the competitors. I wanted to enquire whether it would be possible to get a leather print interior. Also, the lighting is not sufficicent so this needs to be improved. Being Eurovision contestants (we should have won!) our fans need to be controlled when we make our appearances to the point where they cannot harm us or get in the car. I think that tinted windows would make us less conspicuous. Also, a bullet proof exterior is needed for those admirers who get more violent.
    Coming from Germany, the roads are quite windy and narrow so if the the stretch could be enhanced to have some sort of swivel mechanism to enable us to get around those tight corners. All in all, this stretch is an outstanding design and a pinnacle in engineering.

    Sparkle on,

  • Grajina

    Oh, I completely agree Janella.
    I am from USA, and recently my friend came 2nd in American Idol. She has recently bought a stretch with zebra interior, and she absolutely loves it.
    Unfortunately, some people can get a little bit violent, therefore she got a bulletproof outside.
    This has been a great invesment.
    Worth the money.

    Keep it real, peace.

  • Rachchanelle

    OK you guys, I totally agree with your comments on the interior being more interesting. But when I purchased my limo, I got a custom made interior of my face. This was a fantastic choise and on weekends I open my limo for my fans to explore. Just to metion also, I was in the top 100 of the famoue competition, so you think you can crummppp yo.

    I though about getting a bullket proof exterior but desided that it was not enought to restrain my fans, so i got the bull proof exterior as well as the bullet proof.

    So to conclude,
    This was a fantastic purchase and another plus is that i can stand up in it and crum

    crum on….

  • Driving Gloves

    Better than the usual 5. big improvement honestly.

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