Car makers are hot on the heels of Tesla as more and more electric vehicles are rolled out at the Geneva International Motor Show. The attempts to compete show the recognition of the importance of this disruptive shift in the transportation world. Low emission and autonomous vehicles are going to be the future of automobiles.
However, not all was rose-tinted for European carmakers as Donald Trump’s threat to slap tariffs on manufacturers lingered in the air. This came as the result of what looked set to become a trade war between the U.S and EU.
In other news, German car giants Volkswagen, Daimler, and BMW have taken the opportunity to show off their new high-tech developments. This comes despite issues with legal attempts to ban diesel vehicles in German cities and a scandal involving lab monkeys and exhaust fumes.
Themes of the show were as follows.
Electric and Autonomous
This is the biggest trend in the automotive industry. Currently, manufacturers are racing one another to develop affordable and functional technologies that can be rolled out to the public. While a number of the cars on show, including the I.D. Vizzion, are simply concepts, there were a number of other models ready to go on sale. This includes the Jaguar I-Pace, which can travel 310 miles off one battery charge.
Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai have also joined in and unveiled electric vehicles. Meanwhile BMW and Jaguar attempted to claw back some sales that were stolen away by Tesla in the luxury car-making industry.
When it comes to changes in the industry, there is a lot to talk about vis-à-vis electric vehicles. And, it’s not just the cars themselves that are changing. Cities are looking at how to adapt to a potential influx of electric vehicles. Various car-makers are making plans to install a network of charging stations for electric vehicles. The companies hope that this will encourage more people to invest in an electric car and not be put off by the idea that they won’t be able to use it for long distances. These charging stations could fill a car battery in as little as 15 minutes.
Automakers are being compelled by national governments to propel vehicles with something other than combustion engines in order to comply with new efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This has been compounded by a ruling that German cities can, if they choose, ban diesel vehicles.
Stand Against Animal Cruelty
Volkswagen has been condemned for its experiments in 2014 in which it exposed macaque monkeys to diesel exhaust in a lab in New Mexico. All three German automakers, BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler, are investigating into how these tests were allowed to happen.
A number of important cars that were revealed at the show had already been unveiled at previous automobile launches. This includes the new Mercedes Benz A class, which was shown to the public the month previous in Amsterdam. This new vehicle has voice controlled operations, much like Amazon’s Alexa.
If you are thinking you might like to purchase one of these luxury cars featured at the Geneva car show, you might want to pause before getting out your cheque book. Some of these cars cost up to $1 million – not exactly what you want to pay for a little run around!