As usual, auto news has dominated CES 2017, with several high-profile announcements including the full reveal of Faraday Future’s FF91. From new EV fleets to AI-equipped concept cars and super-fast charging stations, if you’re into electric vehicles and associated tech, CES is a dream come true. Here are the top electric car trends at CES 2017.
More from CES 2017:
- Nvidia made an autonomous car with its new Xavier AI chip
- Hyundai has a concept that combines your car with your…wall?
- Audi announces new partnership with Nvidia
- BMW, Intel and Mobileye have plans for 40 self-driving cars
Faraday Future FF 91
The Faraday Future FF91 bagged 65,000 reservations in a day and a half following its announcement. More than 30 cameras assist its comprehensive driving system, with up to 500 miles of driving per hour of charge thanks to its 200kW DC charging system. But it can also make use of any charging standard available today.
The FF91 can output 1050 horsepower, going 0-60 in just 2.34 seconds: faster than any other electric car right now. Furthermore, Faraday’s FFID will help the vehicle learn from your individual driving habits – even when you change vehicles. So your preferred settings, music and more will follow you wherever you go. It will begin mass production in 2018.
Fiat Chrysler Portal EV concept
The Portal EV concept is an electric car targeted at the millennial generation, complete with a selfie camera. It’s not just about vanity though, because the Portal’s voice and face recognition features can identify who is behind the wheel and adjust the lighting, music and vehicle settings appropriately.
It’s fully connected too with more internet access options than you can poke a stick at and it can get you a 150-mile trip after just 15 minutes of charging. Fiat Chrysler haven’t revealed any production plans for the concept EV.
If you prefer your electric cars a little less futuristic, Nissan has announced a new version of its Leaf EV, which has proven immensely popular since its initial introduction in 2010. The new version will be out “in the near future” and will feature ProPILOT technology for autonomous driving on single-lane highways.
Unfortunately details were pretty thin on the ground so we don’t have pricing, range or exact availability details, but a Nissan spokesperson did mention at least one version of the new Leaf will have a range above 200 miles.
All electric vehicles need charging, and that’s where Chargepoint comes in. Announcing a new liquid-cooled 400 kW DC charging station that will be available later this summer, the company is promising a 100-mile range with just 15 minutes of charging.
Called Express Plus, Chargepoint stations will not only support EVs like the Tesla Model 3 but also electric trucks and buses. Chargepoint even had a Tesla charging handle in its demo area, although no partnership with Tesla has yet been confirmed.
Toyota also unveiled a weird looking eggmobile, called the Toyota Concept-i. Fully equipped with AI that learns who you are and what you like, the Concept-i is designed to bridge the gap between the way we feel about cars today and the cold, utilitarian vehicles most EV companies are planning.
Toyota even imagines a future where humans still drive on occasion, so its AI assistant Yui can either help you drive or let you take over entirely. With a theoretical launch date of 2030, the company has admitted there are currently no plans to put the vehicle into mass production though.
Ford and Amazon Alexa
Meanwhile, Ford wants to put Amazon Alexa in your car, starting later this year. This is a trend many other car manufacturers are interested in because voice activated tasks can reduce driver distraction while on the road. Ford has also invested $4.5 billion in its upcoming fleet of 13 EVs, revealing details on 7 of them during CES.