Paris Motor Show Is Electric!

SEP 28 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 28

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

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

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

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An exhibition of shapes and ideas, that don’t even ever have to become real. What a concept.

The Model S, the X, the Bolt, the i3, i8 and Leaf were all concepts once. So is the IDS/nextGenLeaf and the Model 3.

EVs that had no real concept predecessors: eGolf, Focus electric, 500e.

I think concepts aren’t as bad as you make them seem.

When you are served EV concepts for 10 years and more, you have reasons to get a little skeptical.
It would be so easy for ICE car manufacturer to build a million a year of a Golf, a Corolla, a Accord or a F-150 with +200miles range, with similar price tags…

scepticism is healthy but only to a certain point. At some point you need to drop the pessimism and start thinking “Maybe this time they mean it”

Saying that Model 3 is a concept car is silly. You don’t take reservations and announce production target dates for concept cars. 🙂 Apart from that, you are right.

I think concept cars can be very interesting. They tend to be unrealistic, often greatly exaggerating whatever direction the designers imagine they’d like to take their products in. Sometimes they are mere styling exercises designed to generate attention though, which is of limited interest to put it diplomatically. It’s been a long time now, but I’ve attended the Mondial three times before and at least in France the French makers tended to be the worst at this – particularly PSA always had cars to show that had nothing to do with real Peugots and Citroëns, but simply were imposing visually.

There are concepts and concepts, some are more realistic than others, some are just visual concepts, some drivetrain and some are concepts that look very far into the future.

The new Renault concept is bullshit when it comes to looks, but the drivetrain might be interesting. For VW and Mercedes the drivetrains will be even more interesting, since those are really planned to make it into production.

We can of course lament all those concepts, but I think its interesting to see what will be coming within the next 5 years or so. And thats what a good concept is made for, showing future customers what to expect from the make. And yes, even the Model 3 is just a concept a very production near concept, but because the finished product will be slightly different, it is still a concept. A pretty production near one, that does a great job of showcasing what the Model 3 will be, but I would be very surprised if the car we saw, would be exactly like the car we will be able to buy.

R.S I think you are full of BS.

vaporware!!!!!!!!

Do you approve of me now?

I agree completely with the negativity above, it’s very difficult to get excited this year; bunch of never-to-be-seen-again concepts, promises of future EVs and booring old-school cars. World premiere of a BMW i8 because it now comes in a new color, wup di doo.
Please don’t mention Tesla in this context, their models come to market almost unchanged.

Volkswagen may feel two stadiums of concepts EVs with one released every other week.

Some views of the VW ID in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHC1vhM5xIg

The front view looks like an electric Beetle, the rear like a Golf.

Cool. Thanks for the link. Apparently a couple hours after the sketches were shown as seen in this article, the actual car was shown as seen in the video you linked and that’s now in the most recent Inside EVs article on it.

We now have full 3D renderings (not teasers) – see GRC. It looks like a much more realistic version of the 2D drawing a at the top of this article.

The video in my post above has the real concept car on stage.

VW already sells the eGolf and eUp which will both get range updates early next year and they will be bringing there eVan to production next year…
Sorry there EV concepts will not make it to production for a couple more years but they are at least making EVs and have future plans…

Companies that have no EV plans are the ones who truly deserve the negative responses here…
Toyota
Dodge
Mazda
Fiat

The word is ‘their’, FCOL!

No 40+ KWh 2017 Leaf on the Paris show’s menu? Jose Pontes of the EV sales blog seems to be of the opinion that those start popping up in dealerships in a month or two, tops.

Yes, it’ll be shown tomorrow.

I’ll hold you to that, Terawatt! (i.e. anonymous commenter on the internet!)

Only cars on that list I’m interested in learning more about are the Ampera-e and the VW.

Ditto. Although I don’t suspect we’ll learn much new about the Ampera-e that we don’t already knew via the Bolt.

I’m also holding out hope that we’ll hear something about Leaf 2.0 or maybe a Juke-like PHEV from Nissan.

Good for you, I guess. I think the ZOE and LEAF news are potentially just as interesting – although I’m a little disappointed that the Zoe with fast charging (I am guessing CCS DCFC) doesn’t match the 400 km NEDC range of the version without fast charging. I consider DCFC to be mandatory on any EV, because AC is in practice simply too slow (there are many 22 kW type 2 points, but hardly any that support 43 kW). I’m also disappointed that Renault didn’t up the power level of the ZOE, which is otherwise a great car with the best onboard charger bar none – it has Tesla soundly beaten. I live in a condo, so the onboard charger isn’t that important to me, but given the low cost difference I do think it’s stupid how everyone saves a couple dollars and somewhat cripples the product as a result. I’m also interested to learn what update the Kia Soul EV gets and expect to see it in this show. But with the disappointing IONIQ I fear it’s going to be too little to make it relevant in 2017. At the moment it looks like a 3-way fight for next… Read more »

As the EV market matures, and there are numerous models to choose from, buyers can choose what size battery, price, and class of car they personally want to best meet their needs and wants.

Zoe, Leaf, Soul were not on the list in the article that I was referring to.

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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)

Paris is Electric:

All the VW vapor is making it hard to breath. Sheesh. What a horrible company.

Nice the future is here.

Another Euro point of view

Geez…I read so much negativity in many those comments up here. I hope car makers are not monitoring inside EV comments section to have a feel f potential for EV sales otherwise they would probably feel like keeping on making ICE cars and nothing else for the next thirty years…