Geneva Motor Show 2018 was another high-profile automotive show dominated by electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. From the likes of Renault to Volvo, all major automobile manufacturers showcased their newest creations with electric drivetrain at the event.
Tata Motors, the Indian automotive brand made its 20th appearance at the Motor Show with an electric sedan that looks remarkedly different from its existing products. Rimac also made an appearance with a electric hypercar while Volvo continues to make good on its vision to electrify its automotive lineup. Here is a look at top electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles showcased at Geneva Motor Show 2018.
Renault is pushing the boundaries when it comes to showcasing new electric cars. At the show, Renault showed the future of transportation with its EZ-GO autonomous, self-driving electric "robot-vehicle". The EZ-GO can accommodate five people in all, and it can be controlled with the tap on the smartphones. You access the vehicle via a large front opening with a ramp to easily push a baby stroller, luggage or wheelchairs. Renault says the seats are arranged in a U-shape for a more user-friendly configuration. Renault plans to launch standalone version of its robot vehicle by the end of 2022.
Consumers are buying more SUVs than ever before, and it is evident from the fact that luxury carmakers Bentley and Rolls Royce have joined the bandwagon. Bentley launched its first SUV in the form of Bentayga in 2016, and at the show it got a PHEV variant. The Bentayga plug-in hybrid electric vehicle differs from standard model with a copper-colored "hybrid" badge on the lower front doors and tailgate. The charging port is housed behind a duplicate fuel door, opposite to the gas filler, and it comes with a Philippe Starck design charging station. Yeah, staying true to luxury. The electric motor offers 31 miles range, but there is a 3.0-liter V6 engine when you need the power of internal combustion engine.
Electrification is the theme among automobile brands, and Volvo wants to get rid of its gasoline-based cars by 2020. At the show, Volvo announced the public debut of V60 station wagon with option for two plug-in models. The most powerful of them will produce 390-horsepower and 640nm of torque. It will deliver 28 miles on a single charge, and thanks to electric motors, it achieves 0-60 in five seconds. The Volvo V60 PHEV also comes with optional pilot test, which takes control of steering wheel in permitted conditions.
Volvo brought its first standalone car under the Polestar brand to the motor show. The Polestar 1 is the first plug-in hybrid sedan from the Swedish company, featuring a 4-cylinder engine at the front and dual electric motors at the back. It has a 34kWh battery and Polestar 1 will go 93 miles on a single charge. It is not really a Volvo, and has distinct design but there is that thor hammer in the headlamp.
You really can't go wrong with a Porsche, especially around the Nurburgring. The Mission E concept revealed three years ago is getting an electric avatar at the show in the form of Cross Turismo concept. The Cross Turismo concept seems like a crossover between SUV and a compact sedan. The Cross Turismo relies on a two motor drivetrain than outputs 590 horsepower, and Porsche says it can do 60mph in less than 3.5 seconds and 124mph in under 12 seconds. Porsche is also announcing 800 volts charging system that will let Cross Turismo do 248 miles on a 15 minute charge.
Rimac, the Croatian automaker is known for its all-electric Concept One capable of hitting 60 miles mark in 2.5 seconds but that car was showcased seven years ago and it is time for Rimac C_Two. The C_Two comes with four electric motors capable of producing 1,914 horsepower, and is insanely fast - Zero-60mph in just 1.85 seconds. Yes, it is faster than the Telsa Roadster. If that isn't speed then take into account it can has a top speed of 258mph. The Rimac C_Two achieves that insane speed with its monocoque carbon fiber construction, and a 120-kilowatt-hour battery pack. If you want to go around a track and yet be conscious of your carbon footprint then Rimac C_Two is meant just for you.
It is not just about crazy concepts at the show, and Mitsubishi has a car than you can buy later this year. The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV showcased at GIMS is priced under $35,000, and it features a 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle gas engine and rear electric motor with 10 percent increased efficiency. The Outlander PHEV comes in Normal and 4WD Lock mode, and packs a 13.8-kWH battery pack.