Star athletes are often spotted driving the world’s most luxurious and expensive cars. Whether it’s Floyd Mayweather cruising by in a Rolls Royce Phantom or Justin Verlander in his Mercedes AMG rocket ship, athletes are part of that 1 percent with a taste for automobiles carrying price tags of six figures or more.
Then there is the green team of professional sports. In a recent New York Times article, the old Grey Lady tackled the topic of rich and famous athletes who prefer to make the rounds in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Why would LaMarcus Aldridge be spied in a Tesla when he could be flying past you in a Lamborghini? For one thing, Tesla and other high-end electric car makers have shattered the notion that green cars are dull and unattractive.
Another point is cultural. Aldridge plays in the very eco-friendly city of Portland, where the environment gets more respect than it does in, say, New Jersey or Alabama. At the Moda Center where the Trail Blazers play, electric vehicle chargers are available in the parking facility so fans, players, media, and staff can charge up while the home team drives the action on the basketball court, the Times reports.
As role models of the day, athletes offer the EV industry a helping hand when they drive hybrid and electric cars. In fact, some even eschew the sexy Tesla Model S for the famously bland Toyota Prius. Here are five hybrid or all-electric vehicles driven by famous athletes in U.S. professional sports.