The next generation of electric vehicles is already here

CES is the place to discover new (and super weird) innovations in tech, but it doesn’t stop there giant TVs, wild computers and futuristic gadgets. This year, the annual tech show returned to Las Vegas in full force, reminding us that it’s one of the best places to experience top-of-the-line all kinds of cars — including those that run on renewable energy.

Sustainability and eco-friendliness are growing trends in every segment of the tech industry, so it’s a good idea to see more electric vehicles and related innovations at CES 2023. Here are some of the best. Curious what else you missed from CES 2023? Look at the top products of this year’s show (and some that are downright bad).

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is a sexy EV that makes gas guzzlers salivate

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Designed from the ground up, the Vision EQXX concept car can travel up to 1,000 kilometers on a full charge without adding oversized batteries, making it the most efficient Mercedes yet. The EQXX has an AI avatar like KITT from Knight Rider, only more futuristic; all of this is on one free-floating screen. I have to figure out what I find more attractive, the interior or the exterior.

Verge TS Ultra Motorcycle has serious Tron vibes

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Forget engines

The Verge TS line is coming to the US in 2023. The high-end Ultra has a top speed of 200 km/h and can fast-charge in 25 minutes, making it the coolest bike on the block. With an estimated 233 miles on a full charge, the Ultra makes 201 horsepower. The bike can go from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The motor is located in the rear edge, giving the bike a lower center of gravity and allowing 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 team?

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Selection

The Squad is a two-seater car with a small solar panel on the roof that can travel up to 19 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-kilowatt rear-wheel motors powered by four 1.6-kWh batteries that are interchangeable. It has a top speed of just under 30 mph. The car has four-wheel disc brakes, seat belts and a roll cage for safety. It may not be the sportiest car around, but it will save you money, both at the pump and with its $6,250 US price.

Bike in the snow

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Moon bikes

The Moonbike is a 163-pound rideable vehicle that is part snowmobile, part bicycle. It can carry a rider weight of 264 pounds, makes 170 Nm of torque and has 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 trails and elevation and connect with other moonbikers. The bike is currently selling for $8,900.

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BMW’s concept car doubles as your buddy

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Technology can be so impersonal. BMW’s i Vision Dee hopes to fix that. With the help of advanced AI, this concept car leaves the servant of Siri and Alexa behind. Instead, it hopes to double as both your car and friend. The i Vision Dee is an EV sports car with an exterior consisting of 240 E Ink panels. You can use those panels to program a digital face into the car’s grille – being an EV, the ventilation a grille typically provides isn’t necessary – or change the car’s colors at the touch of a button. knob.


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The BMW i Vision Dee is just a concept for now, but some features will trickle down to BMW’s real cars. For example, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said the AI-powered HUB technology the company put into the i Vision Dee will come to real cars in 2025. — Daniel Van Boom

A flying car really happens, this time for real

Aska A5 flying care at CES 2023 debut

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We’ve been waiting for flying cars since at least the Jetsons, and we’re now on the cusp of making that dream a reality. 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 vehicle. At CES 2023, Aska co-founder Guy Kaplinsky said Federal Aviation Administration approval for the A5 could happen “within a month.” Aska hopes to use the A5 to start a ride-sharing service in 2026. — Daniel Van Boom

Read more: This $789,000 flying car could take off faster than you think

The Tesla of the sea

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Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil aims to stir the waters with autonomous technology and more.

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As you’ve probably noticed, EVs are hot right now. But why stop on the road? Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil is a slick craft that glides across the water like a magic carpet, according to CNET’s Bridget Carey. Aside from making EVs sexy, Candela’s C8 takes cues from Tesla in another important way: It’s self-driving, where the C8 can follow a steady course. The entire boat is made of carbon fiber, including the seats, which explains the $390,000 price tag. — Daniel Van Boom

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Sony’s first car will arrive in 2026

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EVs are big business and Sony wants to get involved. The electronics giant is working with Honda on a new brand of electric vehicle called Afeela. The Afeela logo appears on a narrow screen or ‘media bar’ on the front bumper of the vehicle. This can also communicate with people outside the vehicle and share information such as the weather or the car’s charge status.

Unlike the car Sony showed at CES 2020 all those years ago, this one will actually hit the market. No word yet on pricing, but Sony said its Afeela car will hit North American roads in 2026. Japan and Europe will follow. — Daniel Van Boom

A Transformers-inspired bike that fits under a desk

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Icoma

Is this electric bike more than meets the eye? There’s little risk of confusing the Tatamel with a robot in disguise, but it’s not often you see an electric bike that folds up like a Transformer to the size of a suitcase and fits under a desk. At CES 2023, that is exactly what the Japanese company Icoma showed with the Tatamel. It’s also more than a bike for the last mile. The electric battery pack can be used to charge devices, which can be useful in an emergency.

read more: A Transformers-inspired EV bike that folds to fit under your desk

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