New electric cars and concepts at LA Auto Show 2021
New electric cars and concepts: the best of the LA Auto Show
The most exciting new concepts and electric cars launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show are a magnificent seven heralding everything from reconfigurable interiors and swivel seats to sanitizing lighting.
After a hiatus in 2020, the LA Auto Show – and AutoMobility LA, as its premiere event for press and trade has now become – has returned to present the industry from a distinctly American perspective. Two years is a long time in the modern auto industry, and our pick of the seven most interesting cars and concepts of 2021 have pretty much the same thing in common: They’re all electric. That being the United States, there was a much expected shortage of compact cars, as well as the assumption that the dominant vehicle in the near future will be the crossover. This doesn’t mean that big has been banned altogether. This mainstay of American culture, the pickup truck, is struggling to stay relevant with a number of all-electric models on the way. Here is our selection of the show.
Best of LA Auto Show: New Electric Cars and Concepts
Kia Concept EV9
Now that the Korean giant is selling its EV6 electric car around the world, the company is previewing the next step in its electric vehicle lineup. The Concept EV9 is a bit larger than the midsize EV6, taking on a more conventional SUV format. In terms of detailed design, however, it follows the company’s bold emphasis on geometric shapes, mixing a sharp-edged delicacy with faceted surfaces. The company calls this design language âOpposites Unitedâ, as evidenced by the contrasting fluid and flowing interior, inspired by water and nature. Most impressive of all is the feeling of openness created by the design of the flat floor and the doors of the stile cars. All three rows of seats are finished in vegan leather and the flooring is made from recycled fishing nets. The interior can be reconfigured as a picnic area, with the front seats turning in circles and the middle row folding into a table.
Hyundai Seven Concept
Hyundai’s Seven Concept is closely related to the Concept EV9. Kia’s parent company shares the technology with Hyundai, but each has developed its own distinct design identity. Presented as a future vehicle of the Hyundai Ioniq EV sub-brand, the concept focuses on the evolution of the interior experience. The company describes it as “an innovative living space on wheels”, and the long wheelbase and flat floor provide unprecedented interior volume that can be transformed into different modes. Retractable driving controls imply a fully autonomous future, as do lounge-style chairs that can swivel to create a lounge space, with a back chair. The interior uses materials like mineral plaster, bamboo wood, and carpet, and bioresins that emphasize their renewable roots. security reasons).
Henrik Fisker is a tenacious figure in the automotive industry. The Danish-American designer worked at BMW, Ford and Aston Martin, before branching out to create his own brand of cars, starting with Fisker Automotive in 2007 and now with Fisker Inc. The latter’s first model, the Ocean. , is expected to start production in November 2022 at the Magna-Steyr plant in Austria. An attractive SUV with a believable blend of fluidity and ruggedness, the design is packed with neat touches like a rotating center display (which can be toggled between driving mode and cinema mode while stationary), integrated solar panels and a window rear opening – something that will be best enjoyed by dogs.
Porsche Taycan Gran Turismo Sport
Porsche has added a third body style to its award-winning and popular Taycan electric sports sedan. The GTS, or Gran Turismo Sport, is a sleeker, lower model that takes up the extra space of the Taycan Cross Turismo model and increases presence on the road. With all-wheel drive, over 300 miles of range and the amazing performance and handling of its Taycan brethren, the GTS offers the best of all worlds. New features include a panoramic glass roof inlaid with liquid crystal film to change opacity levels.
Mullen Five Crossover
New name in the industry, Mullen is a California-based company that hopes its sleek crossover will be a hit when it arrives in early 2024. Funded by China, with a focus on luxury, the Five comes across as a mix of Tesla style with the stance of a Lamborghini Urus; the latter’s performance is certainly a target, with a promised 0-62mph of 3.2 seconds and future variants offering top speeds of over 200mph. It remains to be seen whether this is simply a front page issue or a practical proposition.
A slightly more realistic proposal was presented by Subaru in the form of its new Solterra. The Japanese company’s first purely electric vehicle, it looks like the wait will be worth it. The key word here is practicality. In the United States, more than any other territory, Subaru has cornered the market for everyday compact crossovers that are well suited to extreme weather conditions in the United States without resorting to stylistic excess. The Solterra appears to have translated that understated simplicity into the electric realm, with styling more focused on carefree ruggedness than over-conscious, mindful design. Underneath is a platform co-developed by Toyota (and also featured in their Bz4x). Both cars will go on sale in 2022.
Another reused figure from the history of technology joins the list of new automotive nameplates. EdisonFuture hopes to follow in the footsteps of Tesla and Faraday Future, with a focus on commerce and utilities from the start. The Chinese company’s EF1-T pickup was on display at AutoMobility LA, along with the optional âArmadillo Armorâ solar cover. This retractable outer skin of the solar cells can be extended to cover the entire cargo compartment, adding additional (modest) load capacity whether driving or parking. In the “Super” version, the company is looking for 400 miles of range and sports car performance. There is also the EF1-V delivery van, which can also be specified with a solar roof. Pricing has yet to be announced and the company hopes to deliver the first models by mid-2022.