Thursday, March 16, 2017

Geneva Auto Show - My Top 5 EV's

Le salon auto de Genève résumé en dix nouveautés électriques ou hybrides rechargeables

After a brief visit to the Geneva Auto Show,  among an ocean of ICE Dinosaurs, these were my Top 5 EV's on the show:

Opel Ampera-e: Euro-flavored version of the Chevrolet Bolt, this car has everything to succeed this side of the ocean, besides the record-setting range, it it's fast, looks nice, right-sized, big on the inside...Speaking of inside, that was the only gripe i had with the car, considering it will still be an expensive car, they could have wasted a some bucks in choosing better materials and bringing a more upmarket feel to it. 

off-topic: Talking with the Opel people, they mentioned that PSA assured development rights over the Ampera-e platform, so i expect somewhere in the future a fully electric Opel Corsa, if not Astra (Not big enough, they said...).

DS7 PHEV - Said to arrive in 2019, this is the first true DS in Europe and besides the good looks, it will carry a plug, a first for the premium French brand, too bad it will have only 60 kms range...Anything less than 80 kms and it's a missed opportunity to make a difference on the Three Marys.

Kia Niro PHEV - Hot on the heels of the success of the HEV version, Kia did a no-brainer decision and made a PHEV version of the Niro. Expect it to become Kia's best selling plug-in once it lands in the market.

Volvo XC60 PHEV - A sort of one-size-less XC90, Volvo's midsize SUV inherited it's big brother PHEV architecture, so expect the XC90 T8 success to be replicated on a one-size-plus fashion.

Jaguar I-Pace - One word: Wicked!...Two Words: Shaguar... (Can't wait for the production version)

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