10.1.2018CES 2018 round-up
The first big motor show of the year has traditionally been Detroit, but that title is being pinched by a US event further west - CES. The Consumer Electronics Show might be about tech, but since the lines between the two industries are becoming increasingly blurred, CES has quickly become a key date on the automotive industry's calendar. NGC round's up the key car news below.
The automotive headline-getter at CES is arguably Fisker's latest model - the EMotion. A four-door (and butterfly doors at that), all-electric super-saloon, the EMotion is due in 2019 with some seriously impressive statistics. The EV will complete the 0-60mph sprint in less than 3 seconds thanks in part to all-wheel drive. A top speed of 160mph is quoted from multiple motors producing a combined 575kW (780hp).
Perhaps most impressive though is the battery technology, with a range of more than 400 miles quoted, and 'Ultra Charge' capabilities of 125 miles added in just nine minutes. Autonomous driving technology also features on the four- or five-seat saloon, with everything controlled via a plethora of screens throughout the cabin.
Hyundai is taking hydrogen fuel cell development very seriously, with the NEXO launched at CES, and set to go on sale in certain markets around the world in 'early 2018'. The NEXO has an estimated driving range of 800 km (497 miles), with improved power, lower weight, faster acceleration, more cabin space, and an improved fuel cell/battery layout than its ix35 Fuel Cell predecessor.
Hyundai has also included a blind-spot view monitor, which shows rear and side views on the central screen,semi-autonomous driving technology and remote park assist. The company also renewed its promise of introducing 18 eco-friendly models by 2025.
Kia Niro EV Concept
Kia's stand at CES is rather holistic, with announcements concerning both future plans and a new all-electric concept. The Niro EV Concept is powered by Kia's next-generation EV powertrain, which is good for a quoted 238 miles on a single charge. That comes about because of a 64 kWh battery, which powers a 150kW electric motor.
On top of that, the company's entire range will be made up of connected cars by 2030, the manufacturer will offer 16 electrified vehicles - hybrid, EV, and FCEV - by 2025, Kia's WiBLE char sharing service will launch in Europe later this year, and autonomous vehicles are set to be commercially available in smart cities by 2021.
Nissan has called it's smart driving systems Intelligent Mobility for some time now, but it looks like it might be getting a lot cleverer still. The Japanese manufacturer stuck to the technology brief for CES and showcased Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) systems at the event. This interprets signals from the driver's brain to assist with autonomous and manual driving, promising shorter reaction times, and a car that drives closer to how the person behind the 'wheel' would.
Toyota's main announcement at CES was a new autonomous mobility platform called e-Palette - a flexible multi-purpose vehicle. Launch partners include Amazon, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber, which will collaborate on vehicle planning and application concepts.
The idea is that the connected electric vehicle has an open interior lay-out, which can be kitted out with purpose-built interiors depending on the user's needs. Delivery firms, ride sharing, and on-the-road e-commerce applications have been considered already, with the e-Palette available in three sizes. Feasibility tests will be carried out in various regions in the early 2020s, with trials hoped to contribute to Toyota's support of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.