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Top EV Debuts from Geneva Motor Show

A look at some of the most interesting EV debuts at this year’s Geneva Motor Show…

Photo: Aston Martin Lagonda

Lagonda All-Terrain Concept

Aston Martin’s relaunched luxury sub-brand provided a preview of what’s to come, with a concept of its first production model to feature zero emission powertrain technology.

The All-Terrain Concept is built around “near-future technologies” such as an advanced battery electric drivetrain, although specific performance and range details have not been disclosed.

Production of Lagonda models are set to begin in 2022 from its new facility at St. Athan in Wales.

According to Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO Andy Palmer, the All-Terrain Concept adds a “hugely exciting sense of adventure” to the company, which aims to become the world’s first zero-emission luxury brand.

“This is a car that would be at home whisking someone straight from a glamorous red carpet event to a remote scientific research lab,” said Palmer.

“It shows the bold possibilities for Lagonda and demonstrates how the company will push to expand horizons in every area, whether it be technology, design or scope of travel.”

Photo: Piëch

Piëch Mark Zero

The new electric car startup, co-founded by Volkswagen patriarch Ferdinand Piëch’s son Anton, and Rea Stark Rajcic, launched its first sports car, touted to have more than 300 miles of range and five-minute charging.

Equipped with three 150 kW motors, one on the front axle and two at the rear, the Mark Zero is slated to go from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

The platform is also designed to enable a switch to plug-in hybrid and fuel cell technology.

“We have developed a sports car that we ourselves would like to buy, and we talked for a long time to many enthusiasts about what was missing on the market,” said Piëch.

“We want to offer a modern classic that isn’t subject to consumer cycles. The driver of this sports car should enjoy any minute they can spend in the car.”

Image: Fiat

Fiat Concept Centoventi 

In celebration of its 120th anniversary, Fiat has revealed the all-electric Concept Centoventi, as the Italian automaker aims to offer one of the most affordable battery electric vehicles on the market.

The highly customized EV, which includes more than 100 different accessories and options ranging from different roofs, bumpers and wheel covers, comes standard with a 62-mile range battery.

However, customers can opt for up to three additional batteries, including one that can fit under a seat, bringing the total range up to 310 miles.

Fiat has not yet disclosed a a production timeline for the car.

Photo: Audi

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Audi has taken wraps off its compact all-electric SUV, which is slated to go on sale in late 2020 as the German manufacturer’s fifth battery electric vehicle.

Featuring 225 kW of power through two electric motors, the all-wheel drive Q4 e-tron will be built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform and is expected to be the German manufacturer’s entry-level EV when it launches in late 2020.

Up to 280 miles of range is targeted with the 82 kWh battery, while DC fast-charging should take around 30 minutes for an 80 percent charge.

The battery system weights in at 510kg, allowing for an almost “perfectly balanced” 50:50 weight distribution, with power distributed through 150 kW to the rear axle via a permanently excited synchronous motor, and 75 kW to the front.

The Q4 e-tron will join the previously announced e-tron, e-tron Sportback, Q2L e-tron and e-tron GT in Audi’s EV lineup.

Honda e Prototype

Image: Honda

Honda’s Urban EV Concept, initially unveiled in 2017, will be placed into production later this year as the e Prototype, with the Japanese manufacturer providing an updated look at its closer-to-final model.

Featuring a range of just 124 miles, the rear-wheel vehicle is being touted for urban environments, with drivers able to recharge 80 percent of the battery in about 30 minutes.

The car will go on sale exclusively in selected European markets with starting price of $33,000, in line with the recently launched standard-range Tesla Model 3.

Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, meanwhile, announced ambitions to make 100 percent of its European sales electrified by 2025.

Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen I.D. Buggy

The German manufacturer’s latest I.D. concept vehicle, built on its upcoming MEB platform, follows the unveil of its all-electric bus, the I.D. Buzz, which is slated to go into production.

The I.D. Buggy, however, has been largely built as a design study to show off the flexibility of its new EV platform.

Featuring a 62 kWh battery, the vehicle has an estimated range of 155 miles of range through a rear-wheel-driven 160 kW motor.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of e-racing365. Dagys, who launched the industry-leading Sportscar365 in 2013, spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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