To say we have been waiting for 2016 to roll around for a long time is a big understatement (at least in how it relates to electric vehicles).
BMW Getting Set Up Sunday Night - With Lots Of i8s and i3s To Showoff At CES (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)
While calendar year 2016 won't see much in the way of the fabled "second generation" plug-in vehicles actually hitting the road until late in the 2nd half - the cover will be taken off all the next gen production-intent models this year.
Future plans and specs will be revealed on a legion of new plug-ins as the first generation of EVs is now being
forced put out to pasture by a handful of confirmed upcoming models, which threaten to make today's electric vehicles obsolete in the very near future - namely the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Ioniq lineup, 2018 Nissan LEAF and the Tesla Model 3.
Even before the anticipated NAIAS show in Detroit mid-month, and the big Tesla Model 3 reveal in March, is the Consumer Electronics Show happening this week; which, as one can tell by the photo above, is being overrun by automakers' plug-in technology (and their large advertising budgets).
Despite a couple hiccups in Las Vegas today (which we won't get into here), InsideEVs own Tom Moloughney is now on site to bring you all the action as it happens.
The 2016 EV news season kicks off with a private Faraday Future concept EV reveal tonight, then from CES itself starting on Tuesday, January 5th for press days, and the production-intent Chevrolet Bolt - hopefully with some official specs on Wednesday (6th) at 4 PM (Eastern). (CES public show dates run from Wednesday, January 6th through Saturday, January 9th).
Almost Show Time (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)
Faraday Future Kicks Off The 2016 Season With EV Concept Reveal Monday Night
Some known EV-related happenings:
- Faraday Future EV concept reveal -Press Event - Monday (Jan 4th) 8 pm (PT)
- Chevrolet Bolt EV (production version)
- Keynote CES speech by GM CEO Mary Barra on "personal mobility"- Wednesday (Jan 6th) 1 pm (PT)
- Google/Ford tie-up on autonomous vehicle production (expected) - Tuesday (Jan 5th) - CEO Mark Fields speech at 7:30am
- Energica Ego (production electric motorcycle)
- Rinspeed Etos (concept – modified BMW i8)
- Volkswagen (electric concept) microbus
- BMW ride & drive, possible autonomous display/announcement for i3
- BMW i8 Spyder convertible (production-intent version) reveal