Five EV concepts from CES 2022 herald big changes ahead
CES 2022 Unveils Exciting Electric Concept Cars from Mercedes-Benz, Sony, BMW, Cadillac and Chrysler Heralding Big Changes for Tomorrow’s Transportation
As previously predicted, major automakers are dropping out of traditional auto shows in droves in favor of more direct means of engagement. One industry showcase that still sees a reliable spike in interest is the annual Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) in Las Vegas, a January getaway that invokes equal levels of anticipation and awe on the part of veterans of the industry. technology and commentators. CES 2022 saw another series of concept cars make their first appearance in the city, where they stood out against the usual backdrop of the gossip.
In addition to major players like Mercedes and BMW, there was a new kid on the block. Sony is no stranger to CES, of course, but the Japanese electronics giant surprised everyone by unveiling its second concept car and hinting that it could get into the automotive industry. Cadillac and Chrysler, two all-American brands sensing their influence on the wane, came up with some exciting new ideas, while BMW broke the (monochrome) bling with an E Ink concept and a renewed emphasis on in-car entertainment. Read on for the transportation technology of tomorrow.
CES 2022 electric concept cars
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept (images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)
The Vision EQXX is a Mercedes for a more minimalist future. Designed to do everything possible to maximize its range, this ultra-aerodynamic four-door sedan is distinguished by its rejection of most contemporary Mercedes design cues, starting from the grille. The company describes it as the very first electric vehicle to cross the magical 1,000 km (621 mile) barrier, aided by the super-slippery body culminating in a chopped “Kamm” tail. The EQXX also continues Mercedes’ obsession with massive display screens and features expressive AI-generated voice models from UK-based Sonantic. The cars of the future will have a strong personality.
Concept Sony Vision S-02
Concept Sony Vision-S 02 (images courtesy of Sony)
New electric vehicle companies are relatively common, but this one has a 76-year history. Sony Mobility is a new Sony division created to bring the sleek Vision-S and the new Vision-S 02 into production at some point in the future. The first was built in 2020, but this year saw the debut of the Model 02 in crossover form, based on the same basic architecture but with a seven-seater body above. The company puts its considerable experience in two key areas, entertainment and autonomy, the latter being driven by a fast 5G communications network. The attention to technical details on this concept implies that production is a strong possibility.
BMW iX Flow Concept
BMW has rather optimistically focused its attention on the application of the technology on the surface, with the iX equipped with E Ink taking center stage. The iX Flow is a proof of concept with a body wrap specially developed in “electrophoretic” material. Using the same principle as e-readers like the Kindle Paperwhite, the surface reacts to electrical signals, turning the iX into a vast canvas, albeit in grayscale. Practical applications include switching to light colors in warmer climates and vice versa, while the artistic potential of geometric dazzling patterns is limitless. BMW’s ‘theater display’ also made its tech debut, an 8K ultra-wide rear display that descends from the car’s roof accompanied by a ‘sound experience’ composed by Hans Zimmer to captivate audiences at the same time. ‘back.
BMW iX Flow, concept only, bmw.com
Cadillac InnerSpace Concept
Cadillac InnerSpace Concept is the third car in the company’s “Halo Portfolio” (images courtesy of Cadillac)
The local team was represented by Cadillac’s massive InnerSpace autonomous concept vehicle. This spectacular design envisions a fully self-driving two-person electric luxury car of the future, which is part of a suite of long-term design visions that includes the PersonalSpace and SocialSpace concepts. Cadillac’s “Halo Concept” portfolio attempts to reposition America’s only luxury automaker as a forward-thinking statement maker. The trick of the InnerSpace is that it is an autonomous driving space for only two passengers. It joins the box-shaped six-seater SocialSpace and the one-person PersonalSpace flying machine, with another concept, OpenSpace, to come. The world’s first real Cadillac EV is the somewhat conventional Lyriq SUV, which is expected to hit the US market in a few months. Whether the Halo wallet will impact future products remains to be seen.
Chrysler Airflow Concept
Chrysler’s Airflow Concept Introduces the Company’s First Electric Crossover Model (Images courtesy of Chrysler)
Chrysler has revived a historic name for its new concept electric vehicle, the Airflow. The original from 1934 was surprisingly modern, one of the first cars to be shaped by the new science of rationalization. Its namesake makes a decent fist of the almost ubiquitous crossover body shape, but it’s not quite the same kind of trailblazer (compare the Airflow with Sony’s Vision S-02, for example, to see at how much similar styled vehicles are becoming ubiquitous). The Chrysler brand, which is part of Stellantis, will launch an electric vehicle in 2025, hopefully taking over some of the Airflow design. By 2028, it will be a fully electric business. §