Despite the 2020 Geneva Motor Show being cancelled due to fears over the coronavirus, plenty of new cars have still made their way into the spotlight during the week the event was planned to take place.
From new supercars to updates and facelifts, there’s a lot to digest. With that in mind, let’s focus in on a specific segment – electric cars – and see what’s what when it comes to Geneva reveals.
Following the smaller ID.3, the ID.4 crossover will join Volkswagen’s expanding all-electric ID line-up with a 311-mile range, 297bhp and a top speed of 112mph.
The German brand says the compact SUV’s battery can be recharged to 80 per cent within 30 minutes via fast charging and it will be launched with rear-wheel-drive – an all-wheel-drive variant is said to be offered at a later date.
The lightly camouflaged ID.4 shown in new images can be seen to have a thin, closed-off front grille and narrow headlights, plastic cladding for the wheel arches and an LED strip across the boot.
Ralf Brandstätter, chief operating officer at Volkswagen, said: “Just like the ID.3, the ID.4 will also come onto the market as a carbon-neutral vehicle. We will produce and see the ID.4 in Europe, China and the US.
“The outstanding aerodynamics reduce the drag coefficient, and it will boost the ID.4’s range to up to 311 miles, depending on the drive package.”
While the Spring Electric is currently a concept vehicle, the Renault-owned manufacturer has revealed it will be introducing its first EV in 2021. So, while the car pictured above won’t find its way into showrooms, it does give us a glimpse of what the manufacturer is planning to put into production.
Dacia say the Spring Electric previews ‘Europe’s most affordable all-electric vehicle’ and one which will offer low running costs, ease of driving and easy maintenance.
The concept gets a rugged design as well as plastic cladding, roof bars, as well as skid plates integrated into its front and rear bumpers.
BMW’s Concept i4 is yet another concept vehicle (as you may be able to guess from its name) that gives us a peak at a near-production car. In the case of the i4 saloon, the German firm is set to start building it in production form next year.
The concept model, which is set to rival the Tesla Model 3, is powered by an initial version of the electric powertrain that will eventually end up in the production i4. It’s an 80kWh unit which is said to produce an impressive 523bhp. Range is targeted to be 373 miles.
In terms of the Concept i4’s design, BMW claims it shows the firm’s ‘new look’. Some styling features of the car include a large kidney grille and blue elements that nod to the ‘i’ brand.
Inside, the concept takes a simple approach, with very few buttons instead opting for a large central infotainment display. This, and the digital instrument cluster which replaces traditional dials, will make its way into the upcoming production iX3 SUV before being equipped to the road-ready i4.
Now, while the Battista Anniversario is rather different from the rest of the cars listed, it’s still all-electric and a car worth talking about. With just five set to be built, the Anniversario is a special edition version of the Pininfarina Battista hypercar conceived to celebrate 90 years since the Italian coachbuilding firm was established.
The special livery which comes with this limited-edition variant is finished in three colours – Iconica Blue, Grigio Antonelliano and Bianco Sestriere. Each is painted by hand.
Over the standard Battista, the Anniversario is down 10kg thanks to the introduction of new forged aluminium alloy wheels.
The electric powertrain, however, has been left untouched. That being said, with an incredible 1,900bhp and 2,300Nm of torque aiding a 0-60mph time of less than two seconds and top speed of 217mph, does it really need to be altered?
The Battista Anniversario is priced from €2.6m (£2.3m).
The Morphoz is an electric concept car which combines elements from saloon, SUV and coupe classes. It demonstrates Renault’s ideas regarding the future of mobility and features an extending wheelbase, as well as battery swap technology. This means that it would temporarily be able to change size and accommodate an extra battery.
The process, which Renault claims takes minutes, involves extra cell storage located beneath the car.
In ‘City setting, which is standard, the Morphoz makes use of a 40kWh battery with a range of 249 miles. In ‘Travel’ mode though, the car extends to 4.8 metres. This extra space allows for a 50kWh battery with a range of up to 435 miles.
In addition to this, the Morphoz receives Level 3 autonomous technology – a term used to describe a vehicle which can completely drive itself, but needs a driver ready to intervene if necessary – capable of removing human error behind close to 90 per cent of road accidents and helping detect pedestrians and cyclists.
Renault is currently yet to state whether it wants to put the concept into production in the future.
March 10, 2020