Top 5 Electric Car Reveals From Geneva

MAR 8 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 16

 

Five we’d like to drive

The Geneva Motor Show is the top showcase event in the automotive world when it comes to new reveals from an international slate of exhibitors.

If you want to make a big splash with your new offering, this is where you bring it for maximum impact. The 2018 edition was outstanding from a plug-in vehicle perspective, with dozens on display, many for the first time.

While there are a number of concepts to catch the eye and give hints about upcoming tech and styling cues from various manufacturers, we tend to be more interested in what’s going to be available for consumers. With that in mind, we’ve put together the top five electrified vehicles from the show, according to us, the editors here at InsideEVs.

Read Also: All our coverage of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

You may not agree with the positioning of all our choices (that’s fine, but you’re wrong), and there may be a car you think is more deserving of a spot on the list than one of the ones we’ve chosen.

Please feel free to let us know where you think we went astray in the Comments below.

Polestar 1 coupe in silver grey

5. Volvo Polestar 1

Key specs:

  • electric range 93 miles (150 kilometers)
  • 34 kWh battery
  • Double electric rear axle drive system with internal combustion engine powering front wheels
  • 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque
  • 130,000 to 150,000 euros ($161,260 to $186,000 at current exchange rates)

 

Why We Picked It

This handsome coupe from Volvo’s new electric sub-brand Polestar is a high-performance halo car. While it is, in effect, a plug-in hybrid, the models that follow it into production will be all-electric and much more affordable. We can only hope their designs are as stunning as this.

 

Jaguar I-Pace crossover in orange

4. Jaguar I-Pace

Key specs:

  • 90 kWh battery for up to 480 km (298 miles) of range (WLTP)
  • 0-100km/h (62 mph) 4.8 seconds / 0-60 mph (sec) 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed mph 200  km/h (124 mph)
  • two permanent magnet electric motors; synchronous – 400 PS (294 kW) total system output
  • all-wheel drive
  • 0-80% DC fast charging in 40 minutes using 100 kW CCS Combo
  • 0-100% AC charging using 7 kW 0n-board charger in nearly 13 hours

 

 Why We Picked It

The Jaguar I-Pace was actually unveiled in the week prior to the Geneva show, but this is its first public showing of the production version. It’s a premium all-electric crossover with a relatively reasonable-sounding base price tag of $70, 495. It offers terrific performance and could be seen as a foil to the Tesla Model X. It’s also a strong design that saw very little change from the original concept to the version that will appear in showrooms.

 

White Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

3. Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

Key specs:

  • more than 310 miles (500 km) of range (probably NEDC)
  • 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed
  • 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 3.5 seconds
  • 0-125 mph (200 km/h) in less than 12 seconds
  • dual motor all-wheel drive
  • 440 kW of system output
  • ultra-fast charging capability – 80% of range (400 km) in 15 minutes and 100 km in 4 minutes

 

Why We Picked It

It’s a long-range electric crossover, the hottest segment in the U.S. It looks stunning too and it’s a Porsche. Need we say anything more? No, no we don’t.

 

White Hyundai Kona Electric crossover

2. Hyundai Kona Electric

Key specs:

Short-range Battery / Motor spec:

  • 39.2 kWh battery – 300 km (186 miles) range (WLTP)
  • 99 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
  • 0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 9.3 seconds
  • 104 mph (167 km/h) top speed
  • 7.2 kW onboard charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability

Long-range Battery / Motor spec:

  • 64 kWh battery – 470 km (292 miles) range (WLTP)
  • 150 kW, 395 Nm electric motor (front-wheel drive)
  • 0-62 mph (100 kmh) in 7.6 seconds
  • 104 mph (167 km/h) top speed
  • 7.2 kW onboard charger and 100 kW CCS Combo DC fast charging capability

 

Why We Picked It

The Hyundai Kona Electric is likely to be the first “affordable” all-electric crossover available in most major markets. It offers a great amount of range and decent performance. Its slick fascia differentiates it from the gasoline-powered version that’s already in showrooms. Well, that and the lack of killer emissions from a tailpipe.

 

Rimac C_Two in silver grey

1. Rimac C_Two

Key specs:

  • 120 kWh battery
  • 1,888 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 in 1.85 seconds
  • Top speed of 256 miles per hour

 

Why We Picked It

What? Are you kidding? Just look at it!

The sophomore effort from the Croatian company, the C_Two sets the bar for electric performance, with an acceleration of 1.85 seconds from 0 to 60. That’s a fraction faster than the announced “2020” Tesla Roadster. Sure, its battery doesn’t quite equal that of the coming car from California, but the 120 kWh pack is larger than anything currently available to consumers.

 

Closing

That’s a wrap for both the show and our Top 5 list.

A few notable mentions made some lists of ours, but not others. These include the following:

Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid Wagon 

SsangYong e-SIV

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16 Comments on "Top 5 Electric Car Reveals From Geneva"

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Texas FFE

Impressive! I don’t know if the Kona will be remembered but the other cars are going to be instant classics.

Damocles Axe

It seems to me that the Kona is the only relevant car in the list – all the others are priced out of most people’s reality!

Will

No. Kona is smaller then spark but taller

SouthWaves

It’s going to be the RIMAC and the Jaguar for sure. Kids don’t buy posters of Toyota Corollas. I grew up in the 90s and my dream cars where the Lambo Countach and Ferrari Testa Rossa. Now I just want a compact hatchbadk/SUV and my “wildest dream” till I can buy a two year gently used one will be the Jaguar i-Pace, but of course I can imagine teenagers dreaming of the RIMAC

Ziv

The Kona may be ho hum compared to the other 4, but it will outsell them 5 times over. It is a cute little car and the LR version has decent numbers. It is a bit small, but that is a plus for urban drivers.

kubel

Looks like it will be Tesla Model 3, Kona, or LEAF in Q4 2019 for me, and it’s all going to boil down to whoever has tax credits left.

Ford is due for their EV SUV unveil soon. What’s the next auto show?

Texas FFE

The Ford BEV SUV is going to be called the Mach 1. There are already commercials about the Mach1 but no details. It’s being advertised as a “performance” SUV which really makes you wonder.

I think the Mach 1 is going to be a 2020 model. We are going to have to see a concept very soon if Ford is going to make 2020. We should also start seeing pre-production units early next year.

As much hype Ford is giving the Mach 1 I think the Mach 1 is going to rival most mainstream gasoline SUVs. In addition to the 300 mile range, I think we can expect the Mach1 to be AWD and to have 300+ horsepower. I also expect it to be larger than the Ecosport and to look something like the new Ranger and Bronco.

OldHomeOwner

Meh… I can’t get excited about any cars on the list. The Kona is just not that exciting, and the other four will never see the inside of my garage without a winning lottery ticket getting inside my pocket first!

WadeTyhon

I’ll bet you could pick up a pre-owned I-Pace at a decent price in a few years.

Texas FFE

Just today I was thinking about all those old performance cars that I use to dream about but couldn’t afford when I was growing up. Now that I’m older and can pretty much buy any car I want, if even pre-owned, I won’t touch those cars because they run on gasoline. I happy that they have finally started to build performance sustainable cars that our children and grandchildren can dream about and maybe one day buy.

Troy

what you could do is buy an old car and EVify it — I’m half-tempted to EV the mid-90s RX-7, loved that car but the rotary is its achilles heel.

“Roller” FD RX-7s are still pretty damn expensive, since it is such a classic design

Nate

That was quite a great looking and handling car. It would be very different with the weight of a battery. It would be heavier and have a lot more torque so it would be much more refined. It would be fun but in a different way than the lightweight high revving original.

Ziv

FFE, I love my Volt but I kept my 350Z for years. It was fun to get into a gas powered car and tool around. The smells, the sounds… Old fashioned but fun.

Ron

A mile is a mile weather it is in Europe or any where else in the world. Why do the Europeans stretch? Maybe a rounding error from kilometers. HA

Ron

whether. Correction.

Mister Peter

My no 1 is Microlino from Micro Mobility Systems. Its the only vehicle that is of any use in the city. All others on your list are for urban rutting ground.