having been cancelled due to fears of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus), geneva motor show 2020 pushed ahead without even opening its doors. every year since 1905, the show has been seen as the moment for automakers to reveal their latest innovations, often amazing with extreme power, advanced technology and always jaw-dropping designs. for 2020, these debuts continued as ever as brands pulled the clothe off their cars online rather than onstage. these presentations, despite their geographical distances, shared at least one common theme: electricity. the trend built upon concepts from 2019, showcasing the diversity of production-ready, battery-powered mobility from seven-figure hypercars to day-to-day city cars and even one or two hybrids. below, we round-up our top 10 electric cars from the digital geneva motor show 2020, which, unconsciously, nearly all adorn dark, neutral colorways…
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limited to 300 editions, the koenigsegg gemera debuts as the swedish brand’s first four-seater grand tourer, which they have dubbed the ‘mega-GT’. comfortably fitting four adults, its spaciousness does not take away from its performance, though. three hybrid engines produce 1.27 megawatts of power and 3,500 nm of torque that pushes it from 0-62 mph in 1.9 seconds and to a top speed of 249 mph (400 km/h). in typical koenigsegg fashion, the car’s design matches its high performance. a smooth exterior body is chamfered dramatically at the front and back, interrupted by large air intakes, and is complete with short, abrupt overhangs.
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golden in shape, sportiness and sustainability, the BMW concept i4 reveals their first pure-electric gran coupe. with production scheduled to start in 2021, it previews the eagerly awaited i4 as well as a new take of the brand’s renowned sheer driving pleasure. it also reveals several unique exterior and interior details that will soon influence – and feature – in BMW’s electrically-powered cars in the future. the result is a concept that unites modern, dynamic styling with four-door spaciousness and functionality.
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fiat unveils the third generation of its iconic ‘cinquecento’ model — an all-electric car that has a range of up to 199 miles (320 km). the city car, which receives 85 kw fast charging as standard, only takes five minutes to build up a sufficient energy reserve to travel 30 miles, more than the average daily commute. its new exterior design has been further refined, losing its contours in favor for more smoothly sculpted surfaces, exemplified by its bow shape on its side. to celebrate the launch, three other italian companies — giorgio armani, bulgari, and kartell — have designed unique versions of the vehicle.
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as its name suggests, the czinger 21C is a car designed for the 21st century. a 2.88-liter V8 for its rear wheels combines with two electric motors at its front wheels to provide a total output of 1,233 bhp. this accelerates the hypercar from 0-62 mph in 1.9 seconds and to a max speed of 268 mph. inspired by fighter jets, its exterior maximizes downforce with a large rear wing and wheel arches that create a wide yet sunken stance. limited to just 80 models, the vehicle will be produced in california, USA.
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showcasing new elements in styling and technology, the hyundai prophecy debuts a sleek, one-tone concept EV. it references the brand’s ‘sensuous sportiness’ and ‘optimistic futurism’ design philosophies, which aim to emotionally link humans and automobiles. a new architecture is defined by pristine surfaces, an extended wheelbase and short overhangs that give it a dramatic silhouette. the perfectly rounded exterior is complete with headlights and taillights which appear to be pixelated.
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originally inspired by a 1956 BMW ‘isetta’, the small microlino city car has a new and improved sibling: the microlino 2.0. it debuts the second generation of the electric car, bringing back the retro bubble but with better performance and modern accessories. to start, the car uses a new NMC battery pack to deliver a greater range of up to 124 miles (200km). these new batteries – as well as an increased vehicle height – offers more space for its two passengers. the cabin no longer has a steering column fixed to the door, and features an aluminum bar where the display and other accessories, such as phones and speakers, can attach to.
image courtesy of automobili pininfarina
to mark 90 years since the company was first set up, automobili pininfarina reveals five special editions of its electric hypercar: the battista anniversario. it features carbon fiber blades in a deep, dark ‘iconica blu’ color that contrast with the rest of the exterior’s two-toned colorway of white and technical gray. below the rear wing sits the newly placed charging socket, called the E-heart, that pulsates when energizing. the motor provides up to 1,900 hp and 2,300 nm of torque, which propels it vehicle from 0-62 mph in below 2 seconds and to a top speed of 217 mph – all with a range of 311 miles on a single charge.
DS aero lounge concept
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debuting a new vehicle silhouette, the DS aero sport lounge combines enhanced aerodynamics with avant-garde styling. its two-tone exterior is defined by a highly sculptural, sharp front that then tapers into a dynamic rear-end. inside, the car aims to push the limits of luxury by merging high-tech with sophistication. such as satin cotton, the materials are expertly crafted to ensure this lounge-like environment. the 680 hp electric motor and 110 kwh floor battery offers a range greater than 400 miles (650 km) whilst also powering the car from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds.
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polestar debuts a new electric concept, called precept, with a four-seat cabin defined by sustainable materials. these material choices offer improvements in both weight and waste, including flax-based composites for panelling and seat backs, seat surfaces 3D-knitted from recycled PET bottles, bolsters and headrests made from recycled cork, and carpets made from reclaimed fishing nets. for the exterior, the car is distinguished by the brand’s typical minimal aesthetic, where restrained surfacing complements its very low and sleek silhouette.
image courtesy of renault
renault unveils an all-electric concept car, the MORPHOZ, that is capable of adapting in size, shape and range based on the different needs of the user. it exemplifies the french brand’s vision of personal, shareable, electric mobility of the near future. with two modes – city and travel – the vehicle can extend from 4.40 meters to 4.80 meters in length to support mobility in busy traffic and to accommodate for more comfort for longer journeys respectively. the cabin is crafted from recycled materials, from wooden panels to fabric seats, and features a standout digital instrument panel composed of an L-shaped OLED screen.
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