The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is considered the greatest showcase when it comes to the most ambitious tech innovations from the biggest electronics companies in the world. And while smartphones and consumer gadgets usually steal the show, it’s also the perfect platform for car manufacturers to show-off their next-gen automobiles.. From ridiculously-ambitious to downright brilliant, here are the best vehicle reveals of CES 2020.
Mercedes Vision AVTR
Marcedes have always had radical designs showcased at CES, but their latest idea looks like something straight out of Tron. However, the Mercedes Vision AVTR is actually inspired by another sci-fi film, Avatar, as the the German car brand and Avatar director James Cameron worked together on the design. The car can read your pulse and track breathing, move sideways like a crab, and houses no less than 33 bionic flaps equipped with cameras.
American-Danish entrepreneur Henrik Fisker unveiled an electric sport utility vehicle, the Fisker Ocean, which is set to be commercially available by early 2022. It will cost $37,000 (around R530,000) and have solar panels on its roof, which will provide up to 1,600 kilometres of sun-driven power a year.
Sony’s playground is usually consumer electronics, but the Japanese tech giant also revealed its own car concept at CES this year. The Vision-S is their all-electric vehicle with a serious amount of tech injected into the interior. The car boasts impressive speeds (0 to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds) and an impressive battery life for an EV.
While electric cars are becoming more and more common-place, we haven’t seen a lot of electric-powered 4×4 vehicles. Jeep’s 4xe is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that retains the off-road capabilities and design of existing models, and is supposed to be the precurser for Jeep to hybrid versions of their whole adventure line, namely the Compass, Renegade and Wrangler.
Ford Mustang Mach E GT
Ford’s new Mach E GT is an EV which will reportedly be available before the end of 2020, with pre-orders already open in the US. The car has a range of over 400km on full charge and costs roughly R850,000.