We are back in Las Vegas for another glimpse into the future of the automotive
Words by Tony Matthews
Photography by Tony & Carmen Matthews
What do we know of the future when it comes to our beloved cars? In the news we hear many stories about renewable energy to save our planet and how cars will be powered by electricity, hydrogen and even be autonomous. So how do you feel about not hearing the sound of an engine and that you may for daily driving, not be the one in total control of the steering wheel?
Well for us, as much as we are huge fans of old school metal and roaring engines, we are in the mindset that we can not fight this change and must embrace it. In the sense of allowing our classics to still continue to be on our roads. There are so many of us out there with classic retro automotives, which still deserve to be rolling on the roads and the new technology that the automotive manufactures bring forth, will pave a away for aftermarket companies to create components and engines to keep them on the road.
One such company that we visit in California called Zelectric, have started just that as they have built electric engines for classics such as the Volkswagen Beetle, Camper and also the classic Porsche 912.
At this years show, the main car manufactures who had some fresh concepts on display were Nissan, Mercedes, Nissan, Fisker Automotive, Kia, Byton and BMW. When it came to the future of the car, each had their fair share of upgrades, from ipad like dashboards, voice control with cars having integrated Alexa, interiors to rival home design, iris scanners so your car identifies you as the owner and controlling how the car moves with your brain waves! The future of the car is definitely going to be so different than we know today.
Here is our pick of the coolest rides at the show,
Kia Niro EV Concept
This electric crossover concept is believed to have a 238mile range and can charge up to 115miles in just 30minutes.
Mercedes AMG Project ONE Hypercar
The Project One Hyper car is Mercedes bringing Formula 1 technology for the road. This incredible looking machine has over 1000bhp and a top speed of 350km/h.
Mercedes Concept EQA
With it’s sleek aero dynamic design, the EQA boosts a range of 400km/h, charging via an app at a charge station, to get 100km/h it takes 10minutes charge time and it has two sport modes.
We’ve been waiting to see Fisker’s latest electric concept car and the Emotion it totally rad, with it’s smart phone controlled doors. It has a 1 minute charge rate and can provide over 500 miles, with a top speed of 161mph.
Byton SIV (Smart Initiative Vehicle)
Start-up Byton have created their first electric SUV Concept and we really like it. By combing smart mobility with autonomous driving, the Byton brings together cutting edge technologies, biometric identification and an ultra cool digitized cockpit.
This out of all the concept vehicles, is the one that stands out. Why? because this is what could be what we see in the future on our city streets. An electric vehicle that will have multiple purposes from transporting people, delivering pizza’s, delivering Amazon products and forming part of Uber’s future of transportation. With an alliance formed with numerous partners, Toyota’s concept will become a reality very soon.
Smart vision EQ fortwo
Since Mercedes all those years ago, got into the mini car market, it has done wonders with the micro-sized Smart Car and this EQ is ultra cool. But before we got excited at the potential to purchase, it will actually form part of an autonomous ride sharing fleet.
For more futuristic news from the car world and technologies that are changing and shaping our planet, head over to our other automotive website www.chapter2050.com