Every once in a while, we set aside some time from mobile and laptop coverage to catch up with the latest developments in the electric cars segment. It is impossible to come across a gadget aficionado not impressed by the EVs rolled out by the likes of Tesla and Faraday Future. Not just new brands, conventional coach-makers such as Audi, Volvo, Mercedes, and Mahindra are also making a switch from roaring internal combustion engines to the ones that sound like a hair dryer. Nothing establishes this trend better than the ongoing Geneva Motor Show. With that out of the way, let’s check out some of the most impressive electric vehicles from Geneva show floor:
Mahindra Pininfarina Battista
Indian car company Mahindra is known for its popular budget car the KUV100 NXT in its home country. That’s why for many, it is going to be difficult to process the fact that the same company has unveiled a car that costs over a whopping $2 million dollars. Under Pininfarina brand, Mahindra has unveiled an electronic supercar Battista. Founded by Battista Farina in 1930, this Italian company was acquired by Mahindra in 2015. This twin-seater supercar has got enough firepower to produce 1,900 break horse power. It can accelerate up to 99 km per hour in less than 2 seconds. The Batista cab reach the speeds of 402 km/h. In ideal conditions, the range is said to be of 482 kms. There’s nothing to complain here except its eye-watering price tag.
Piech Mark Zero
A start-up dubbed as Piech Automotive has unveiled Mark Zero. The company is headed by Toni Piech, son of Ferdinand Piech who headed Volkswagen in the 90s. The passion for automobile runs through his family. The Mark Zero is envisioned as a modular car. The idea is to enable users to upgrade motors and batteries in the future. For instance, its powertrain can be upgraded from electric to hybrids with secondary to hydrogen or internal combustion options. Like most EVs, the Mark Zero has a range of around 500 kms. What makes it stand out from the crowd is its groundbreaking battery technology that comes from Desten group. This new type of battery cell enables this car to be topped up 80 percent in just 5 minutes. To put things in perspective, most electric cars take at least 45 minutes to juice up. In short, it seems Piech has addressed one of the biggest gripes associated with electric cars.
Volkswagen I.D. Buggy
Let’s face it, buggies are not meant for utility. These expensive toys for grown-ups show up at every car event. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled it in the electric form. Dubbed as the ID. Buggy, it is a playful beach buggy with zero emission while driving. The ID. Buggy is based on Volkswagen’s Modularer Elektrobaukasten (MEB) platform. It has maximum output equivalent of 200 horse power. The I.D. Buggy’s 62 kWh lithium-ion battery capacity delivers a range of up to 249 kms on a single charge. It is made using waterproof materials so that you can roam carefree around a beach. Based on the chassis of iconic Beetle, this buggy brings modularity to the table. This two-seater leisure vehicle can be turned into a four-seater by adding another electric motor to power the front axle. It has a digital instrument cluster to keep the dashboard clutter free. Despite its modern chops though, the I.D. Buggy has an instantly recognizable retro buggy design.
Volvo Polester 2
Volvo’s answer to Tesla, the Polester 2 will take on the insanely popular Model 3. The Polestar 2 is based on its parent company Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. It packs-in two electric motors and 78 kWh 27-module battery pack that promises the range of up to 500 kms. This all-wheel drive EV, produces power equivalent to 408 horse power. It can reach from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. Moving onto the infotainment system, the Polestar 2 is one of the first cars in the world to come integrated with full-fledged Android auto system. Google service such as Maps and Play Store, can be accessed from the car’s 11-inch touch screen dashboard display. The car’s panoramic glass roof complements its modern design. Moreover, as you would expect from any Volvo coach, the Polestar 2 comes with LED headlights and sensor-based lighting. It is expected to cost over 39,900 euros before subsidies.