2016 is a big year for electric cars and, in terms of innovation, there is no place quite like Geneva for an early insight into the boldest and best ideas coming out of the automotive sector. From European debuts for established market leaders to formidably powerful concepts that have to be seen to be believed, here is Connected Lifestyle’s pick of the best electric vehicles on show.
Tesla Model X
Considering it has been commercially available since last September, it is not necessarily the newest innovation on the block, but the Model X stacks up well against the other electric cars on display. With its ‘falcon wing’ doors and panoramic windshield, it’s a thing of beauty, but it also incorporates some pretty neat technology, including active safety monitoring and an HEPA filter that removes pollution and germs from the air circulated within the car.
0-60mph: 3.2 seconds
Top speed: 155mph
Range: 257 miles
Power: 259hp (front) and 503hp (back)
BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition
Of the vehicles on this list, it’s probably the one you’re most likely to see on the road, but that doesn’t stop this new edition of the BMW i8 being a veritable work of mechanical art. Its eDrive hybrid powertrain might not be the most powerful around, but its trio of driving modes and battery optimisation means that the i8 is still an innovative piece of machinery. Only a limited number will be release in this hue, which is certainly its best look yet.
Top speed: 160 mph (75 mph in all-electric mode)
0-100km/h: 4.4 seconds
Range (37km electric) 440km total
Power: 131hp (front) and 231hp (back)
Rimac is known for its Concept_One hypercar, which until last year was the fastest-accelerating electric car in the world. Now it has taken its designs to another level with the Concept_S, an aggressively designed GT supercar built purely for performance purposes. Technology-wise it’s a marvel: several sensors are used to calculate optimum torque distribution, while more than 500 monitoring devices placed across the car feed in useful information and telemetry data to the driver.
Top speed: 227mph
0-100km: 2.5 seconds
Built as an homage to the classic Gran Turismo class of vehicles, Italdesign’s concept electric model incorporates nods to the likes of the Alfa Romeo Scighera and Ferrari GG50. It’s as impressive inside as it is out, with a minimalist design that eschews buttons in favour of steering wheel controls and multi-touch OLED screens, which are placed for maximum visibility in the car.
Range: 311 miles
Power: 2 x 110kW (front) and 140kW (rear)