After Tesla dominating headlines in the electric car future and the automotive buzz for the past couple of years, Geneva Motor Show 2018 saw other major players catching up and unleashing their bests.
Audi E-Tron Quattro
German carmaker Audi had an almost production-ready prototype at the Geneva show. The E-Tron Quattro a cross over, is one of 250 such vehicles that Audi has been testing across four continents. It will use a 150-kW fast-charging system, which is expected to get to 80 percent charge in approximately 30 minutes. The driving range of the car is 200 miles and is expected to hit the international select markets by 2019.
Jaguar I – Pace
It was not very common of Jaguar to come out with new cars this often, but they do now and the cars are great.
The I-Pace has twin electric motors that allow all-wheel drive and provide a total system output of 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque, enough for a claimed 4.5-second zero-to-60-mph time and an estimated 240 miles of range. The 90.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack can be charged to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes using a 100-kW DC fast charger.
Hyundai has just revealed its electric hatch, with a 64.0-kWh battery pack, larger than that of any other non-Tesla EV. This earns its new EV the Kona, a driving range of 292 miles in the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)—a result that will likely equate to an EPA-estimated range of 250 miles or more. That would outdo the rival Chevy Bolt.
Hyundai will offer the Kona Electric in two battery range versions. The more affordable model will have a 39.2-kWh battery pack that may beat the 151-mile rated range for the Nissan Leaf.
The higher-capacity Kona Electric will be having a longer range, quicker and more powerful power unit . The 64.0-kWh version has 201 horsepower versus 133 in the 39.2-kWh version. Top speed, in European spec, is 104 mph. The Electric Kona is a front-wheel drive only.
Porsche Mission E Cross
Porsche brings to the table an electric off road wagon – The Mission E Cross Turismo claimed to be capable of bolting to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph in less than 12 seconds.
An electric motor at each axle provides the all-wheel-drive Cross Turismo with a combined 590 horsepower as well as torque-vectoring abilities.
Charging of the Mission E Cross Turismo can be done by plugging into the charge port on the right-front fender or you also have an option of Induction charging. With its clever 800-volt architecture, the Cross Turismo’s lithium-ion battery pack is capable of adding nearly 200 miles of range in 15 minutes, according to Porsche.
This latest I.D. concept makes a jump straight to Level 5 autonomy.
Level 5 means no driver is ever necessary and therefore redundant controls for that human aren’t necessary.
The I.D will be powered by 302 horsepower generated by a 101-hp electric motor powering the front axle and a 201-hp unit spinning the rear axle. With a range of over 400 miles made possible by the 111.0-kWh lithium-ion battery, this VW would also break some range records for EV. Fast charging and much slower wall-outlet charging will be possible. It is said to have a virtual host which will use artificial intelligence and make changes according to your preference, like temperature, lighting, seats etc. The doors are the suicide doors type but equipped with a bio metric scanner and open after the scan is valid.
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