You're Welcome 2015 NAIAS.
InsideEVs Photographer "On The Scene" In Detroit, Tom Moloughney Looking Dapper
While the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) officially opens to the public on Saturday, January 17th to the public, we have now pulled up stakes as the press days Monday (12th) and Tuesday (13th) have passed.
So its time to review what we saw when it comes to plug-in vehicles in Detroit - as well as some of the more obscure images we caught along the way.
General Motors was the first automaker out of the gate with a press conference scheduled for 7:30 am Monday morning.
And with two high profile debuts in store (2016 Volt/Concept Bolt EV), they pretty much jack-assed Nissan's press conference which was scheduled next at 8:00 am...as well as every other automaker for the day, as all headlines from the show would center on GM's new plug-ins.
2016 Chevrolet Volt - (full details here)
Not wanting to miss anything, as the next generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt (now with 50 miles of EV range) is a big part of what we report on, we got to the show early.
How early? Pretty much with the event crew.
Dum-De-Dum, Just Waiting Around For That Mysterious Car Over There To Go Into It's Elaborate Presentation Cage, So We Can Be Surprised When It Comes Back Out
Which meant front row seats for InsideEVs!
Or did it?
While some seats were marked reserved, apparently the entire front row is for execs and special guests, so we got bumped back a spot by GM (which wouldn't be the first time we were punished for our patience at the show by the General)
Reserved - Pffft...
A couple hours later the event was underway!
ZOMG! Totally Didn't Know It Was Under There!
2016 Chevrolet Volt - Looking Good!
2016 Chevrolet Volt Heading Up To The Stage - Thankfully Utilizing Part Of Its 50 Miles Electric Range
Why You Come Early: Mary Barra Does The Walk & Talk Introducing The 2016 Volt - Coming Fall of 2015
We Started To Stress Test The 2016 Chevrolet Volt's Back Seats - Now Featuring 3 Of Them (of which was a hot topic), But Once Again Had A Not Entirely Pleasant Run-In With GM's "People" After Patiently Waiting Our Turn - More On That Here
Chevrolet Bolt Concept EV (full details here)
General Motors was hoping for a "AHA! We got you!" moment at the 2015 NAIAS introducing the Bolt, but the cat was out of the bag 24 hours early as word leaked out that GM would be debuting the "200 mile" EV they have been promising for some time now in the flesh.
Chevrolet Bolt EV Waits To Be Unveiled
Once again before the party got started there was stealth blankets making the car's presence imperceptible to the human eye...thankfully we had our EV-detecting K9 with us and figured out the Chevrolet Bolt was in the building.
And Later, Following The 2016 Chevrolet Volt's Example The Bolt Concept EV Emerges
Yeah, Right At The Front You Unwashed Masses From "Traditional" Auto Magazines!
GM CEO Does The "Walk & Talk" Again For The Chevrolet Bolt...Occasionally Even Lowering Her Hands To Her Hips!
Another Look At The Bolt - Complete With Tesla-esque Flush Handles
It should be noted this is a concept in the truest sense, the interior still needs work, the rear center console didn't survive the show, and we spotted "the controls" before the car was locked up.
Yes, The Chevrolet Bolt Concept Is Still...A Concept
Fancy New "Bolt" Logo
Hrm, Us? No We Haven't Seen Where The Bolt Went...You Didn't Drop Your Keys Anywhere Did You?
Of Note: Number of time we accidently mixed up the letter "B" and "V" when talking about the 2016 Volt and Concept Bolt in a story or picture file? FIVE
But to be fair...they are right darn next to each other even on the keyboard and we have chubby fingers.
Hey Chevy, want to make an easy Hamilton? Call the Bolt something else when you put it into production in 2017!
Other Plug-In Debuts We Spotted:
2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED (slightly refreshed - details here)
2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Looking A Little Sportier - And Now With Standard Range Of Over 100 Miles Too!
2015 Mercedes B-Class Interior From 2015 NAIAS
Hyundai Sonata PHEV (details here)
Despite resisting the EV revolution for a long time, Hyundai is now in the extended range plug-in game in a big way with the Sonata PHV.
The car has a range of 22 miles via a 9.8 kWh battery (so good for almost $5,000 worth of federal credit) and a parent brand known for pricing their cars reasonably. The electric Sonata should do well in 2015...or at least in the 10 states that Hyundai has committed to so far.
Hyundai Sonata PHEV Getting A Charge Out Of NAIAS (+1 to InsideEVs on the pun)
Hyundai Sonata PHEV Interior
Where Else Are You Going To See A Live Shot Of A Sign? InsideEVs Has You Covered!
Mini Superleggera (details here)
We really love the Mini Superleggera. However, Mini/BMW says they still haven't made a production decision on it yet.
We have a little poll around the office if it will indeed see the light of day, and even though I was personally outvoted that it would not...I'm still right.
Look for a Mini Clubman getting the full EV treatment in the future instead. Sure is nice to look at and dream though
Mini Superleggera Looking All Sexy And Whatnot In Detroit
Audi Q7 e-Tron Quattro (details here)
Whats that? Where are the land-whales powered by electricity these days you say?
Well, Audi has you covered with the Q7 e-Tron. The full-size SUV with a plug arrives "a short time" after the regular Audi Q7, but still this year.
Range of the Q7 e-Tron is listed at 34.8 miles/56 km, but only because Audi was too lazy to print up a new sign for the US (more on that later). Converting the range to the US EPA standard (not Euro-NEDC) and 25 miles is a more realistic expectation.
Who Brings Just A Cutaway To An Auto Show? Audi Does With The Q7 e-Tron Quattro
Just imagine This normal ICE Q7 Had A Charging Port And Half A Dozen Pretentious Plug-In Badges On It ... And You Pretty Much Have The Q7 e-Tron Quattro
Yupe, Another "Live" Shot Of A Sign - You People Are So Lucky!
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE (details here)
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE
Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE Interior
Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid (full details here)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-In Hybrid
What Couldn't Put The Plug In On Top Of The Roof Or Under The Car Mercedes?
Tesla Model S P85D, 85D - No Model X (details here)
The Tesla Model S in "D" trim arrived in Detroit, but the Model X continues to evade the public eye. Tesla also showed off their new executive seat package - something the market in Asia has apparently been waiting for.
Tesla Motors Booth In Detroit - P85D and 85D In Attendance
And Now A Picture Of The 85D Not Taken On Low Resolution
Tesla Model S P85D
Mercedes-Benz F 015 Fuel Cell PHV Concept (details here)
Mercedes F 015 - About As Concept-y As You Can Get
Mercedes F 015 Interior
Mercedes F 015
...and that is it. Nothing else to see at all at the 2015 NAIAS.
Ok, that is
a total lie perhaps not true, there is lots of other production electric vehicles in attendance to kick the tires on - well worth a visit to the show to check out. Those featured above are just the "new and improved" of the flock.
Next up: Chicago Auto Show In February!
Here is some other photos from the show that didn't make the cut!