Every year at CES, the world’s biggest and most innovative companies are exciting (And sometimes very strange) technology for your home, from Impressive TV per Clever kitchen gadgets. But CES is where the automotive giants come to show off their wares, and 2023 was a particularly fun show for car enthusiasts.
Sustainability and environmental friendliness are on the rise in every segment of the tech industry, so it’s a no-brainer to see more electric vehicles and related innovations at CES 2023. Here are some of the best
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is a sexy EV that makes gas guzzlers drool
The Vision EQXX concept car has been designed from the ground up and can travel up to 620 miles on a full charge without adding extra heavy batteries, making this concept car the most efficient Mercedes yet. EQXX has an AI avatar similar to Knight Rider’s KITT, only more futuristic; All this in a single free-floating display. I have to figure out which I find more attractive, internal or external.
The Verge TS Ultra motorcycle has serious Tron vibes
The Verge TS line is coming to the US in 2023. The high-end Ultra will have a top speed of 124 mph and will be able to charge as fast as 25 minutes, making it the coolest bike on the block. With an estimated 233 miles on a full charge, the Ultra puts out 201 horsepower. The bike can go from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The motor is located on the rear rim, which gives the bike a lower center of gravity and allows for a larger battery in the bike frame. The Ultra will cost you $44,900. If that’s too rich for your blood, there are two other models: the TS Pro at $29,900 and the TS at $26,900.
Who needs an outlet when you have a squad?
The Squad is a two-passenger car with a small solar panel on the roof that offers up to 19.2 miles on a sunny day. The golf cart-style vehicle can travel up to 60 miles on a single full charge. The powertrain consists of two 2-kW rear in-wheel motors powered by four 1.6kWh batteries that are swappable. Its top speed is just under 30 mph. The vehicle has four-wheel disc brakes, seat belts and a roll cage for safety. It may not be the sportiest car on the block, but it saves you money both at the pump and on its US price of $6,250.
Bike in the snow
The Moonbike is a 163-pound rideable that’s part snowmobile, part bike. It can support a rider weight of 264 pounds, puts out 170 Nm of torque and hits a top speed of 26 mph. The latest Moonbike adds mobile support for its products, with an iOS and Android app that lets riders track their route and elevation and connect with other Moonbikers. The bike currently retails for $8,900.
BMW’s concept car doubles as your friend
Technology can be so impersonal. BMW’s i Vision Dee hopes to fix that. Using state-of-the-art AI, this concept car ditches Siri and Alexa’s servant schtick. Instead, it expects to double as both your car and your friend. The i Vision Dee is an EV sports car built with 240 E Ink panels. You can use those panels to program a digital face into the car’s grille — because it’s an EV, it doesn’t need the ventilation that a grille normally provides — or change the car’s color with the click of a button.
The BMW i Vision Dee is a concept for now, but some of its features will carry over to BMW’s actual car. For example, the AI-powered hub technology the company has installed in the iVision D will come to real cars in 2025, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said. — Daniel Van Boom
A flying car is actually happening, for real this time
We’ve been waiting for flying cars ever since at least Jetson, and we now appear on the verge of realizing that dream. And by “we,” I mean a company called Aska, which unveiled its A5 flying car at CES 2023. It’s more than a concept: Aska has opened pre-orders for the $789,000 car. At CES 2023, Aska co-founder Guy Kaplinsky said Federal Aviation Administration approval for the A5 could be “within a month.” Aska hopes to use the A5 to launch a ride-sharing service in 2026 — Daniel Van Boom
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Tesla of the sea
As you’ve probably noticed, EVs are hot right now. But why stop on the road? According to CNET’s Bridget Carey, Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil boat is a sleek vessel that glides over the water like a flying carpet. Besides making EVs sexier, Candela’s C8 takes cues from Tesla in another key way: its autonomous boating, where the C8 can stick to a set course. The entire boat is made of carbon fiber, including the seat, which explains the $390,000 price tag. — Daniel Van Boom
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Sony’s first car is coming in 2026
EVs are big business, and Sony wants them. The electronics giant is working with Honda on a new brand of electric car called Afeela. The Afila logo is displayed on a narrow screen or “media bar” on the front bumper of the car. It can also communicate with people outside the vehicle and share information such as the weather or the vehicle’s state of charge.
The car that Sony showed off at CES 2020, all those years ago, is actually coming to market. No word yet on pricing, but Sony says its Afila vehicle will hit North American roads in 2026. Japan and Europe will follow — Daniel Van Boom
A Transformers-inspired bike that fits under a desk
Is this electric bike more than meets the eye? There’s little risk of confusing Tatamel with a robot in disguise, but it’s not often you see an electric bike that can fold up to the size of a suitcase and fit under a desk, like a Transformer. At CES 2023, Japanese company Icoma showed just that with Tatamel. It’s more than just a last-mile bike. Its electric battery pack can be used to charge devices, which can come in handy in an emergency.
Read more: A Transformer-inspired EV bike that folds up to fit under your desk