The Electric Vehicle Age Is Here!

As we write this blog the Frankfurt motor show is in full swing, with the world motoring press and car enthusiasts from across the globe all merging into the German city to catch a glimpse of the latest and greatest motoring technology, there is a definite theme emerging which poses as a hot topic we would like to discuss. The electric car, in all its guises is the bone of contention and the thorn in the side of almost every manufacturer at present. Ignoring infrastructure and the many different schools of EV construction (we will have a more focused blog next week on choosing the right EV for you), its obvious we are turning the corner and beginning to embrace the electronic vehicle into our circle.

Following the unveiling of various new EV models and concept vehicles at the Frankfurt Motor Show, there must have been more electronic horse power here than at any motor show before. We see Ford releasing 3 new PHEV vehicles to assist Ford Europe in their strategy to ensure more than half of their sales as fully electronic by 2022, that's just over 2 years away now. So a LOT to do! Ford also have concrete plans for electronic versions of the infamous Transit, with 8 electrified models planned to launch before the end of 2019, there is simply no fighting the electrical surge into car showrooms around the world. We are truly into an electric vehicle age.

Brands such as Mini, Smart and VW are all showcasing new EV vehicles. It may seem that the long-lived era of the 'petrol head' may now be changing and seeing the rise of the coined phrase – 'volt head' instead? As consumers, we are becoming more comfortable with the idea of electronic power and performance coming hand in hand - Tesla instantly spring to mind as the manufacturer leading the EV revolution, but how about the LaFerarri or the koenigsegg Regera? The market is definitely established now and here is why Frankfurt is awash with electricity. As we will explore more in next week’s blog, the technology is here to meet the expectations of consumers. With brands sharing technology, Ford confirming at Frankfurt today they will be building a new model on the VW MEB platform, the research and development is surely going to increase hugely.

The Porsche Taycan to the right has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it is the first completely electric vehicle the German manufacturer has produced in its almost 90-year history. The Taycan is a lustrous four-door battery-electric platform with its sole aim being to dethrone the Tesla Model S Performance as the natural choice for electric car buyers wanting something fast and intriguing. Priced from £115,858.00 andd £138,826.00 for the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S respectively, they are both positioned as high performance vehicles. 

Porsche Taycan
Credit: Porsche

Where do we begin with the Lamborghini Sian?

Well, its not exactly a fully EV, but it is about as close as the Italian brand is going to get to some interesting hybrid technology for the time being. 

With a powerful V12 engine which pumps out over 785 horse power! But with additional push produced by a 48V e-motor, it is able to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds. Rather than use a standard lithium-ion battery, the Lamborghini Sian uses a supercapacitor, which accept and deliver charges much faster than batteries.

We cannot wait to see one of these in the flesh and no doubt the Lamborghini Sian will be a future collectable (for those lucky enough to afford one).

Lamborghini Sian
Credit: Lamborghini

The three-pointed star has upped the game with their unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS. The German manufacturer has been uncharacteristically slow to the all-electric market opting to hedge their bets on ressearch and development into a variety of alternative fuels which may go into their new wave on concept cars.

The EQS, however, is truly incredibly in both design and performance potential and a glimpse of what the future of Mercedes could offer. The EQS offers more than 350kW of total output from the multiple electric motors meaning that the 0-62mph dash is completed in only 4.5 seconds. The slower 0-62mph allows for a comfortable range of 435 miles.

Mercedes Benz EQS
Credit: Mercedes

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