Geneva Motorshow 2017  – which electric cars to expect

The 87th Geneva Motorshow is just around the corner with doors opening to the public on 9th March with the press snapping away for 2 days prior.

Manufacturers have are already teasing us with hazy images of the new models and concepts to grace the glossy stands.

As ever there will certainly be some surprises on the way.  Here is the run down of what electric car fans can expect if they make the short flight to Switzerland.

BMW

Although nothing new, BMW is the not shy about bringing out more colourful options to its plug-in hybrid sports car, the i8.  Expect the recently added Frozen Black to make an appearance.

ELEXTRA

Based on what the Swiss manufacturer Classic Factory describe as “the best electric vehicle platform in the world” is a four door, four seater electric supercar prepared to take on Tesla in its race for the acceleration crown, with a claimed 0 to 60mph time of 2.3 seconds.

HONDA

Receiving its European show debut in Geneva, the Honda NeuV is a fully electric concept car with a unique ownership proposition and what Honda describes as a state-of-the-art ‘emotion engine’ that can learn about its driver.


NISSAN

At the January CES Technology show in Las Vegas, Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn told us to expect an all-new LEAF ‘in the near future’, with the car packed with autonomous technology.

Disguised prototypes have been snapped testing – could Geneva be the official unveiling of the new car?

RENAULT

In statement issued to the invited press, Renault teased about an ‘EV surprise‘. Could this be an electric version of the cute five door city car, the Twingo. This follows neatly on from the launch of its sibling, the smart forfour Electric Drive – with the two cars sharing the same platform and drivetrain.

TECHRULES

Adorned with futuristic front laser headlights, ‘star-burst’ rear LEDs and an integrated rear-view cameras, the stunning Techrules production ready supercar showcases a distinctive design with fighter jet-style canopy dramatically rising from the body, along with an aircraft-inspired cockpit is designed around the centrally-positioned driver.


TOYOTA

Featuring a one-plus-two seating layout, Active Lean technology and capable of operating autonomously the i-TRIL Concept suggests Toyota maybe interested in electric cars after all.

The original, ground breaking hybrid, the Prius is now available in Europe as a Plug-in.  The second generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid has increased EV range of upto 30 miles and the maximum EV speed increased from 53 to 84mph.

VANDA

The Dendrobium hypercar is the brainchild of Singapore electric motor experts Vanda Electrics aided by the skills of Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering arm of the Williams F1 team.


VOLKSWAGEN

Many ‘microbus’ concepts have come and gone over the years, namely the Bulli and most recently the BUDD-e, but with the new ID-Buzz concept the German giant is getting serious.  The introduction of this showcar in Detroit is an attempt to reignite the love for the VW brand in America.  Expect this show stopper to shine on the VW stand at this European Show.

Old meets new

 

The Founder of driveEV. A driving and new technology fan enjoying learning all about the future of motoring. I drive a BMW i3.

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