Before Swiss authorities cancelled it due to COVID-19, this year’s Geneva Motor Show was shaping up to be a great one for EVs. In the weeks following its cancellation, various manufacturers have revealed what they had in store for the show.
Starting with BMW and the Concept i4 – aimed to challenge the Tesla Model 3 primarily, the i4 was first unveiled back in 2017 as the Vision Dynamics – a very futuristic sedan with a a unique flexible structure known as the CLAR platform. The Concept i4 (above) is much closer to being a production vehicle than the Vision Dynamics and its specs are expected to carry through to the production i4 – as well as most of its design. Powered by an 80kWh battery with 525bhp, the i4 Concept is capable of a theoretical 373 miles per charge. When it does arrive as a production vehicle next year, we anticipate a $50,000 starting price.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen recently showed off their ID.4 SUV with even less camouflage than before. Powered by an 83kWh battery, VW have confirmed the ID.4 will be capable of 311 miles per charge – the same figure as the ID. Crozz concept it was previewed by back in 2018. Expected to arrive in early 2021, the ID.4 will be available in North America, unlike the ID.3 hatchback. When it does arrive in around a year’s time, expect a $40k starting price before tax credits.
Now, for something you probably won’t see on the road, ever. The Pininfarina Battista Anniversario is an even rarer version of an incredibly exclusive electric Italian hypercar. Made to celebrate 90 years of Pininfarina in business, just 5 Anniversarios will be built, each costing around $2.89 million. That’s around $800,000 more than the regular Battista, of which 145 will be made. Both cars have the same specs (1,900bhp and 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds) however the Anniversario features a bespoke rear wing, a special livery and rear aero fins.
Likely to become a reality as a production vehicle in the near-future is the Polestar Precept concept, a sporty 4-door EV with a key focus on sustainability. With interior panels made of flax-based composites, seats made from recycled plastic bottles and carpets that used to be fishing nets, the Precept really does show how we can make use of what we already have. Just like the upcoming Polestar 2, the Precept has an Android infotainment system with Google Assistant inbuilt.
Another EV hypercar, the Rimac C_2 was expected to be unveiled in production form at this year’s show. The C_2 will be Croatian manufacturer Rimac’s second car to enter production after the C_1, and it will be powered by a 120kWh battery capable of 403 miles per charge. 0-60 mph will take just 1.85 seconds and top speed will be a staggering 258 mph. Just 150 will be manufactured, and when it goes on sale the C_2 will be one of the fastest production cars ever made.
One of the more quirky EVs at this year’s Geneva Motor Show that never happened is the Hyundai Prophecy. Mostly a design study, don’t expect to see this one reach production anytime soon. Many have labeled it as an odd-mix between Porsche 911 and Tesla Model 3, but we rather like it…
Another cool concept that was meant to be shown at this year’s show is the Lexus LF-30 Electrified. Despite the far off looks, Lexus have actually given us some concrete statistics with this one. Power stems from a 110kWh battery, 0-62 mph takes 3.8 seconds and driving range is 310 miles per charge. Again, don’t expect to see this one on the streets in the next few months, or years for that matter.
The new Fiat 500e was also meant to be at this year’s show, but has since been revealed online. Fiat hopes to make around 80,000 per annum, primarily for the European market. Powered by a 118bhp 42kWh battery, the 500e can do 199 miles on a single charge. Pricing starts at around €32,000 in Italy.
Now for something really interesting – the Renault Morphoz. This concept SUV from the famed French brand can change size depending on what driving mode you have it in. Seriously. In City Mode, the EV is 4.4 meters (14.4 foot) long and is powered by a 40kWh battery. However, in Travel Model the Morphoz extends its wheelbase by 20 cm and it’s rear fascia by 20 cm too. For comparison, it goes from the size of a Range Rover Evoque to a Velar (approximately). In Travel Mode the battery extends and becomes 90kWh in size, meaning 435 miles per charge.
Another Renault EV meant to be unveiled at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show is the Dacia Spring. For those of you unaware, Dacia are Reno’s budget subsidiary based in Romania. The Spring will simply be ‘Europe’s most affordable EV’ and will manage a rather mediocre 124 miles per charge. However, with a starting price in the region of €15,000 ($17,000) could this be Europe’s EV for the masses?
So, there you have it – every major all-electric car that was meant to be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Which one are you looking forward to most? Or, in the case of the far-off concepts, which one excites you the most? Let us know in the replies section below.