This year, CES showed us that 2016 is truly the year of the electric vehicle. When companies weren’t working on new models – Tesla is so hard at work on the Model 3 that it didn’t have much of a presence at CES at all – they were unveiling their latest electric cars and concepts destined to undergo product development. Here are the electric vehicles from CES 2016 that made our jaws drop.
1. Chevrolet Bolt
Of all the companies at CES, Chevy had one of the most advanced electric car models ready to try, the Bolt. For the first time, the company let people ride around in the car, which is destined to go for sale – perhaps later this year – for around $30,000. The Chevy Bolt is heavily focused on urban driving: It’s a compact model that can travel 200 miles on a single charge, with a price tag that actually looks normal to the average consumer. Chevy is betting a lot on underselling Tesla with this one.
2. Faraday Future’s Race Car FFZERO1
Faraday Future is a funny little electric car company with some serious Chinese funding behind it, which is why it was able to burst onto the CES scene with an electric racecar model. We’re talking about – according to company claims, anyway – 1,000 horsepower, 0 to 60 in under three seconds, and speeds that can reach 200 miles per hour. It also looks suspiciously like a glass-canopied Batmobile. The concept will probably never be reality, but it will help Faraday design electric cars that can also be powerful machines.
3. Volkswagen BUDD-e
As the name indicates, the BUDD-e is a super friendly concept project unveiled by Volkswagen that’s all about family transportation with electric cars. But BUDD-e is also a platform for building smart car features for the electric van This includes a laptop-sized HUD screen, cameras and sensors for door control, and a host of app-like abilities to help you protect your kids and prevent theft.
4. BMW iVision
The iVision isn’t so much a concept car as it is the concept all cars try to be. It’s a two-seater hybrid coupe built on the spyder platform and equipped with the very latest in real or imagined technology, from AirTouch for controlling car settings with gestures to a variety of driver modes based on how much control or automatic driving you want. When speeding in this car, you’ll want to have one of the best radar detectors in 2017 to protect yourself.