Every year at CES the world’s largest and most innovative companies make exciting displays (and sometimes very strange) technology for your home, from amazing television the smart kitchen appliances. But CES is also where the auto giants come to show their wares, and 2023 is the most exciting show for car enthusiasts.
Sustainability and eco-friendliness are growing trends in all areas of the technology industry, so it’s a no-brainer to see electric cars and related innovations at CES 2023. Here are some of the the best ones.
Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX is a sexy EV that makes gas guzzlers drool
The Vision EQXX car has been designed from the ground up and can travel up to 620 miles on a full charge without adding an extra large battery, making this concept car the most efficient Mercedes to date. EQXX has an AI avatar like KITT from Knight Rider, more futuristic; all in one free-floating show. I need to know who I find more attractive, the inside or the outside.
Verge TS Ultra Motorcycle has serious Tron vibes
The Verge TS line will arrive in the U.S. in 2023. The high-end Ultra will have a top speed of 124 mph and can respond as fast as 25 minutes, making it the coolest bike ever obstacle. With an estimated range of 233 miles on a full charge, the Ultra puts out 201 horsepower. The bike can go from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The motor is located in the rear, giving the bike a lower center of gravity and allowing for a larger battery in the bike frame. The Ultra costs $44,900. If that’s too rich for your blood, there are two other models: the TS Pro at $29,900 and the TS at $26,900.
Who needs an exit when you have a Squad?
The Squad is a two-passenger vehicle with a small solar panel on its roof that offers up to 19.2 miles of range on sunny days. Golf carts can travel up to 60 miles on a single charge. The powertrain consists of two 2-kilowatt motors in the rear wheels powered by four 1.6kWh batteries that are swappable. It has a top speed of less than 30 mph. The car has four-wheel disc brakes, seat belts and a roll cage for safety. It may not be the sportiest car on the block, but it saves you money at the pump and at a price of US$6,250.
Ride a bike in the snow
The Moonbike is a 163-pound ride that’s part snowmobile, part bicycle. It can support a rider weight of 264 pounds, produce 170 nm of torque and reach a top speed of 26 mph. The latest Moonbike adds mobile support to the product, with iOS and Android apps allowing riders to track their pace and altitude, and connect with other moonbikers. Currently, the bike costs $8,900.
BMW cars become your friends
Technology can be impersonal. BMW i Vision Dee hopes to fix that. Using sophisticated AI, this concept car ditches the servant schtick of Siri and Alexa. Instead, he expects to be twice as much as your car and your friends. The i Vision Dee is an EV sports car with an exterior with 240 E Ink panels. You can use these panels to program a digital design into the car’s dashboard — since it’s an EV, the air provided by a grille isn’t needed — or change the car’s color with the push of a button. .
The BMW i Vision Dee is currently only a concept, but some of the features will spread to the real BMW cars. For example, the CEO of BMW, Oliver Zipse, said that the AI-powered HUB technology that the company installed in i Vision Dee will arrive in real cars by 2025. — Daniel Van Boom
Flying cars do happen, for real this time
We have been waiting for a flying car since least the Jetsons, and we now appear on the precipice of realizing that dream. And the word “we” is a company called Aska, which announced the A5 flying car at CES 2023. It’s more than a concept: Aska opened a preview for the $789,000 car. At CES 2023, Aska co-founder Guy Kaplinsky said that Federal Aviation Administration approval of the A5 could happen “within a month.” Aska hopes to use the A5 to launch a car-sharing service in 2026. — Daniel Van Boom
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The Tesla of the sea
As you’ve probably noticed, EVs are hot right now. Why stop on the road? Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil is a boat that glides through the water like a flying carpet, according to CNET’s Bridget Carey. In addition to making EVs look sexy, Candela’s C8 takes cues from Tesla in another big way: Its autonomous cruise, which allows the C8 to stick to a defined path. The entire boat, including the seats, is made of carbon fiber, which explains the $390,000 price tag. — Daniel Van Boom
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Sony’s first car is coming in 2026
EVs are big business, and Sony wants in. The electronics giant is partnering with Honda on a new brand of electric vehicle called Afeela. The Afeela logo appears on a narrow screen, or “media bar”, on the front of the car. It can also communicate with people outside the car and share information such as the weather or the car’s power.
Unlike the cars that Sony has shown at CES 2020, over the past several years, this one is really hitting the market. No word yet on pricing, but Sony says the Afeela car will hit the roads in North America in 2026. Japan and Europe will follow. — Daniel Van Boom
A Transformers-inspired bike that’s perfect for the office
Is this electric bike more than meets the eye? It’s not too risky to confuse the Tatamel with a robot in disguise, but it’s not often you see an electric bike that can fold up like a Transformer to the size of a suitcase and fit on a desk. At CES 2023, this is exactly what the Japanese company Icoma presented to Tatamel. More than just a last mile bike too. Electric battery packs can be used to charge devices, which can be used in emergencies.
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