Volkswagen presents “an electric car for a new era – Think New”

Volkswagen presents “an electric car for a new era – Think New”

With the 2016 Paris Motor Show set to open to the media tomorrow, we figure now's the time to present a run down of some of the plug-in vehicles we expect to see hit the stage.

This particular auto show is already being dubbed the electric show, or an electrifying show and for good reason.

Several automakers, especially some of the prominent German brands, will wheel out electric cars in numbers for the first time ever.

From Volkswagen Group to Mercedes-Benz, the electric vehicles are coming.

Automotive News recently presented a thorough breakdown report on the vehicles we expect to see in Paris and we've condensed this to include only the plug-ins.

That said, Auto News missed a couple "big ones", like the news we recently broke on Renault's debut of the updated 400 km/248 mile (NEDC) ZOE (details), the all-electric Renault concept supercar - the TreZor, and also some new plug-in hotness on tap from Alliance partner Nissan as well.

Here's an overview of the 2016 Paris Motor Show in electric fashion:

Global Debuts

2017 smart ForTwo Electric Drive in special edition trim

2017 smart ForTwo Electric Drive in special edition trim

PRODUCTION CARS • BMW i8 Spyder, i8 coupe • Opel Ampera-e (details) • Porsche Panamera, Panamera plug-in hybrid (called the 4 E-Hybrid - details) • Smart ForTwo EV (details) • Smart ForFour EV (details)

CONCEPT CARS • Mercedes-Benz electric crossover (details) • Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept (details) • Volkswagen EV (ID concept revealed - update - details)

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept

The two hottest debuts, largely because there are both still shrouded in some secrecy, are the long-range BEVs from Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. Automotive News describes these two vehicles as follows:

  • Mercedes-Benz said it will show a concept that "embodies its vision for a new range of purpose-built electric cars." The brand did not reveal any more details ahead of the concept's debut, but it's expected to be an all-electric crossover based on the GLC with a range of 320 miles on one charge.
  • Volkswagen will debut its first purpose-built EV. The near-production concept will preview an EV that VW says will be similar in size to its Golf compact hatchback with a range on a single charge of 250 to 300 miles.
We're rather geeked for this electrifying show, as it's been a long while since electric cars have grabbed the spotlight on a show floor. Stick with us for more details/images videos, etc from the Paris Motor Show soon after the doors open to the press tomorrow.

Source: Automotive News