CES is the place to see new () technology shown for the first time, by astonishing to . It’s also the best place to see premium and inventive cars that run on renewable energy.
Sustainability and greenness are growing trends in every segment of the tech industry, so it’s easy to see more electric vehicles and related innovations at CES 2023. Here are some of the best.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is a sexy EV that makes gas lovers drool
The Vision EQXX concept car has been designed from the ground up and can travel up to 620 miles on a full charge without adding any extra bulky batteries, making this concept car the most efficient Mercedes to date. EQXX has an AI avatar like KITT from Knight Rider, only more futuristic; it’s all on one free-floating display. I need to figure out which I find more attractive, the interior or the exterior.
The Verge TS Ultra Motorcycle has serious Tron vibes
The Verge TS line is coming to the U.S. in 2023. The high-end Ultra will have a top speed of 124 mph and can be fast-charged in 25 minutes, making it the coolest bike in the world. With an estimated 233 miles on a full charge, the Ultra puts out 201 horsepower. The bike can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The motor is located in the rear rim, which gives the bike a lower center of gravity and allows for a larger battery in the bike frame. The Ultra will set you back $44,900. If that’s too rich for your blood, there are two other models: the $29,900 TS Pro and the $26,900 TS.
Who needs an outlet when you have a squad?
The Squad is a two-passenger vehicle with a small solar panel on the roof that offers up to 29.2 miles on a sunny day. The golf cart-style vehicle can travel up to 60 miles on a single full charge. Propulsion consists of two 2-kilowatt rear motors in the wheels, powered by four 1.6kWh batteries that can be swapped. It has a top speed of just under 30 mph. The car has four-wheel disc brakes, seat belts and a safety roll cage. It may not be the sportiest car in the world, but it saves you money both at the pump and with its US price of $6,250.
Ride a bike in the snow
The Moonbike is a 163-kilogram vehicle that’s part snowmobile, part bicycle. It can support a rider weight of 264 pounds, puts out 170 nm of torque, and reaches a top speed of 26 mph. The latest Moonbike adds mobile support to its products with an iOS and Android app that allows riders to track their trails and altitude and connect with other cyclists on the moon. The bike currently retails for $8,900.
BMW’s concept car doubles as your friend
Technology can be so impersonal. The BMW i Vision Dee hopes to fix that. Using advanced AI, this concept car ditches the handmaiden of Siri and Alexa. Instead, it hopes to double as both your car and your friend. The i Vision Dee is an EV sports car with an exterior made up of 240 E Ink panels. You can use these panels to program a digital face into the car’s grille – since it’s an EV, the ventilation that a grille would normally provide isn’t necessary – or change the car’s colors with the push of a button.
The BMW i Vision Dee is only a concept for now, but some of its features will join actual BMW cars. BMW CEO Oliver Zips said, for example, that the AI-based HUB technology the company put into the i Vision Dee will appear in real cars in 2025. — Daniel Van Boom
A flying car is really happening, this time for real
We are waiting for flying cars from least The Jetsons and now we find ourselves on the threshold of realizing that dream. And by “we,” I mean a company called Aska, which unveiled its A5 flying car at CES 2023. It’s more than a concept: Aska has opened pre-orders for the $789,000 car. At CES 2023, Aska co-founder Guy Kaplinsky said that FAA approval for the A5 could happen “within a month.” Aska hopes to use the A5 to launch a ride-sharing service in 2026 — Daniel Van Boom
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Tesla of the sea
As you’ve probably noticed, electric cars are hot right now. But why stop on the roads? Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil boat is a slick craft that glides across the water like a flying carpet, according to CNET’s Bridget Carey. Besides making electric cars sexy, Candela’s C8 takes a cue from Tesla in another key way: its autonomous driving, where the C8 can stick to a set course. The entire boat is made of carbon fiber, including the seats, which explains the $390,000 price tag. — Daniel Van Boom
Sony’s first car is coming in 2026
Electric cars are big business, and Sony wants in. The electronics giant has partnered with Honda for a new electric vehicle brand called Afeela. The Afeela logo appears on a narrow screen or “media strip” on the car’s front bumper. This can also interact with people outside the car and share information such as the time or the car’s state of charge.
Unlike the car Sony showed off at CES 2020 all those years ago, this one is actually coming to market. No word yet on pricing, but Sony said the Afeela car will hit North American roads in 2026. Japan and Europe will follow. — Daniel Van Boom
A Transformers-inspired bike that fits under a desk
Is there more to this electric bike than meets the eye? There’s little risk of mistaking a Tatamel for a robot in disguise, but it’s not often you see an electric bike that can fold up like a Transformer to the size of a suitcase and fit under a desk. At CES 2023, this is exactly what the Japanese company Icoma showed with Tatamel. It’s also more than a last-mile bike. Its electric battery can be used to charge devices, which can be useful in an emergency.