CES 2022 – Part 1: the Cars

January 9, 2022

Big news from big players … and small ones.

As the COVID pandemic rolled into its third year, nobody expected the head count at last week’s (indoor) 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) trade show to break any attendance records. But what this show lacked in bodies it more than made up for with new tech, new products, and new players entering the emobility fray. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most exciting news and reveals from CES 2022’s carmakers, and see how they’re planning to shape the electric future.

Image courtesy Chrysler.


The Legacy Players

Chrysler reached into the past for inspiration and came back with the all-new, all-electric Chrysler Airstream Concept. Like the original Airstream from the 1930s, this car offers superior aerodynamic efficiencies that help its battery-powered motors take it 350-400 miles in between charges.

The Airstream Concept, which previews the next all-new Chrysler crossover scheduled for 2025, is a powerful statement from Chrysler, but not as powerful as the news that came with it: every new Chrysler (Stellantis) product sold in North America will be 100% electrified by 2028!

image courtesy GM.


GM responded to the gauntlet thrown down by the Ford F-150 last summer with the all-new 2024 Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup. Shown with a unibody design, drop-down “midgate” bed extender, and built on GM’s Ultium battery platform, this new Silverado offers up to 400 miles of driving range, packs a 664-horsepower punch that will rocket the truck from 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds, tows up to 20,000 lbs., and wears a price tag starting at $39,900.

Image courtesy GM.

The Silverado wasn’t the only new Chevy launched at CES. GM also revealed an all-electric version of the new Chevy Equinox crossover with 200 miles of range and a starting price less than $30,000. That car will be also available in 2023, and will be joined by an electric Blazer model that was teased (but not shown) by GM brass.


Sony Debuts Vision-S 02 SUV Concept At CES, Creates Sony Mobility
Image courtesy Sony.


A Few Surprises

Sony shocked the world when it showed its Vision-S electric sedan at the 2020 CES show, but the company pinky-swore that the Vision was just a concept meant to show the world’s automakers that Sony could supply them with sensors, motors, and infotainment systems that were as good – or better! – than the stuff they were buying and building for themselves. In 2021, Sony built a few more Vision-S concepts and put them through their paces in searing heat and blistering cold … again, “just a concept”. Just another way to prove that Sony knew what it was doing.

In 2022, Sony finally admitted what we knew all along: they’re (probably) going to build the car. “Maybe.” What’s more, they’re also thinking about building an SUV version (shown), and they are quietly confident that they’ve got a hit on their hands.

Henrik Fisker Reveals Reservation Numbers For Fisker Ocean
Image courtesy Fisker.


Fisker showed off its Ocean electric SUV again – but, this time, with a twist. When the first Fisker Ocean SUVs reach customers later this year, they’ll do so with a full suite of digital radar equipment powering their autonomous safety and drive systems. The system can also better distinguish its surroundings in environments of high light-dark contrast, such as in tunnels and on bridges, and differentiate objects of varying sizes and speeds on highways, such as cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

 

Image courtesy Volvo Cars.


Volvo Cars also showed off an advanced ADAS product. Powered by a laser-emitting LiDar instead of radar, Volvo is calling their new self-driving tech “Ride Pilot,” and says that the new, unsupervised autonomous driving feature will be made available to customers in the state of California later this year, before being rolled out to the rest of the country.

Volvo had other big news, as well: a new CEO. Volvo Cars announced today that Jim Rowan, a seasoned AI industry executive who previously held the CEO position at Dyson, would be taking the reigns at the iconic Swedish brand in March.

 

Original content from Electrify Expo.

CES 2022 – Part 1: the Cars

January 6, 2022

Big news from big players … and small ones.

As the COVID pandemic rolled into its third year, nobody expected the head count at last week’s (indoor) 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) trade show to break any attendance records. But what this show lacked in bodies it more than made up for with new tech, new products, and new players entering the emobility fray. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most exciting news and reveals from CES 2022’s carmakers, and see how they’re planning to shape the electric future.

Image courtesy Chrysler.


The Legacy Players

Chrysler reached into the past for inspiration and came back with the all-new, all-electric Chrysler Airstream Concept. Like the original Airstream from the 1930s, this car offers superior aerodynamic efficiencies that help its battery-powered motors take it 350-400 miles in between charges.

The Airstream Concept, which previews the next all-new Chrysler crossover scheduled for 2025, is a powerful statement from Chrysler, but not as powerful as the news that came with it: every new Chrysler (Stellantis) product sold in North America will be 100% electrified by 2028!

image courtesy GM.


GM responded to the gauntlet thrown down by the Ford F-150 last summer with the all-new 2024 Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup. Shown with a unibody design, drop-down “midgate” bed extender, and built on GM’s Ultium battery platform, this new Silverado offers up to 400 miles of driving range, packs a 664-horsepower punch that will rocket the truck from 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds, tows up to 20,000 lbs., and wears a price tag starting at $39,900.

Image courtesy GM.

The Silverado wasn’t the only new Chevy launched at CES. GM also revealed an all-electric version of the new Chevy Equinox crossover with 200 miles of range and a starting price less than $30,000. That car will be also available in 2023, and will be joined by an electric Blazer model that was teased (but not shown) by GM brass.


Sony Debuts Vision-S 02 SUV Concept At CES, Creates Sony Mobility
Image courtesy Sony.


A Few Surprises

Sony shocked the world when it showed its Vision-S electric sedan at the 2020 CES show, but the company pinky-swore that the Vision was just a concept meant to show the world’s automakers that Sony could supply them with sensors, motors, and infotainment systems that were as good – or better! – than the stuff they were buying and building for themselves. In 2021, Sony built a few more Vision-S concepts and put them through their paces in searing heat and blistering cold … again, “just a concept”. Just another way to prove that Sony knew what it was doing.

In 2022, Sony finally admitted what we knew all along: they’re (probably) going to build the car. “Maybe.” What’s more, they’re also thinking about building an SUV version (shown), and they are quietly confident that they’ve got a hit on their hands.

Henrik Fisker Reveals Reservation Numbers For Fisker Ocean
Image courtesy Fisker.


Fisker showed off its Ocean electric SUV again – but, this time, with a twist. When the first Fisker Ocean SUVs reach customers later this year, they’ll do so with a full suite of digital radar equipment powering their autonomous safety and drive systems. The system can also better distinguish its surroundings in environments of high light-dark contrast, such as in tunnels and on bridges, and differentiate objects of varying sizes and speeds on highways, such as cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

 

Image courtesy Volvo Cars.


Volvo Cars also showed off an advanced ADAS product. Powered by a laser-emitting LiDar instead of radar, Volvo is calling their new self-driving tech “Ride Pilot,” and says that the new, unsupervised autonomous driving feature will be made available to customers in the state of California later this year, before being rolled out to the rest of the country.

Volvo had other big news, as well: a new CEO. Volvo Cars announced today that Jim Rowan, a seasoned AI industry executive who previously held the CEO position at Dyson, would be taking the reigns at the iconic Swedish brand in March.

 

Original content from Electrify Expo.

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