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The next generation of electric vehicles is already here

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CES is the place to see what’s new (and super weird) innovations in technology, but that doesn’t stop giant TVs, wild computers and futuristic gadgets. This year, the annual technology show returned to Las Vegas in full force and reminded us that it is one of the best places to see the best automobiles of all kinds — including those running on renewable energy.

Sustainability and environmental friendliness are growing trends across all segments of the tech industry, so it’s obvious to see more electric vehicles and related innovations at CES 2023. Here are some of the best. Curious to know what else you might have missed at CES 2023? take a look at the main products of this year’s fair (and some that are just plain bad).

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX is a sexy EV that makes gas drinkers drool

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Mercedes

The Vision EQXX concept car was designed from the ground up and can travel up to 620 miles on a full charge without adding additional bulky batteries, making this concept car the most efficient Mercedes to date. EQXX has an AI avatar like KITT from Knight Rider, only more futuristic; all this on a single floating display. I need to figure out what I find more attractive, the inside or the outside.

Verge TS Ultra Motorcycle has serious Tron vibes

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Verge Motos

The Verge TS lineup is coming to the US in 2023. The top-of-the-line Ultra will have a top speed of 124mph and be able to 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 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The motor is located in the rear rim, giving the bike a lower center of gravity and allowing for a larger battery in the bike’s frame. The Ultra will cost $44,900. If that’s too rich for your blood, there are two other models: the TS Pro for $29,900 and the TS for $26,900.

Who needs an outlet when you have a squad?

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Platoon

The Squad is a two-passenger car with a small solar panel on the roof that offers up to 19.2 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 interchangeable 1.6 kWh batteries. It has a top speed of just under 30 mph. The car has disc brakes on all four wheels, seat belts and a roll cage. It might not be the sportiest car on the block, but it saves money both at the pump and with its US$6,250 price tag.

Cycling in the snow

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Moonbikes

The Moonbike is a 163-pound vehicle that is part snowmobile, part bicycle. It can handle a rider weight of 264 pounds, produces 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 allows riders to track their tracks and altitude and connect with other moonbikers. The bike is currently selling for $8,900.

See more information: Best electric bike for 2023

BMW’s concept car is also your friend

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Technology can be so impersonal. BMW’s i Vision Dee hopes to fix that. Using sophisticated AI, this concept car ditches the Siri and Alexa gimmick. Instead, it expects to be your car and your friend. The i Vision Dee is an EV sports car with an exterior comprised of 240 E Ink panels. You can use these panels to program a digital face into the car’s grille – because it’s an EV, the ventilation a grille normally provides isn’t needed – or change the car’s colors at the click of a button.


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The BMW i Vision Dee is just a concept for now, but some of its features will carry over to real BMW cars. BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said, for example, that the AI-powered HUB technology the company put into the i Vision Dee will make its way to real cars by 2025. — Daniel Van Boom

A flying car is really happening, for real this time

Aska A5 Flying Care on debut at CES 2023

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We’ve been waiting for flying cars since at least the Jetsons, and now we’re on the cusp of realizing that dream. 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 ridesharing service in 2026. — Daniel Van Boom

See more information: This $789,000 Flying Car Might Get Off The Ground Faster Than You Think

The Tesla of the Sea

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Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil boat wants to rock the waters with autonomous technology and more.

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As you’ve probably noticed, EVs are all the rage right now. But why stop on the roads? Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil is a smooth craft that glides along the water like a flying carpet, according to CNET’s Bridget Carey. In addition to making EVs sexy, Candela’s C8 takes cues from Tesla in another important way: its autonomous navigation, where the C8 can follow a set course. The entire boat is made of carbon fiber, including the seats, which explains the $390,000 price tag. –Daniel Van Boom

See more information: CES 2023 Car Tech: The Coolest Automotive News From Las Vegas This Week

Sony’s first car arrives in 2026

Sony Afeela car announced at CES 2023

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Electric vehicles are big business and Sony wants in. The electronics giant is teaming up with Honda on a new electric vehicle brand called Afeela. The Afeela logo appears on a narrow screen, or “media bar”, on the vehicle’s front bumper. It can also interact with people outside the vehicle and share information such as the weather or the car’s state of charge.

Unlike the car Sony showed off at CES 2020 so many years ago, this one is actually hitting the market. No word yet on pricing, but Sony has 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 table

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Icoma

Is this electric bike more than meets the eye? There’s little risk of mistaking the Tatamel for a robot in disguise, but it’s not often you see an electric bike that can double as a suitcase-sized Transformer and fit under a table. At CES 2023, that’s exactly what the Japanese company Icoma showed with Tatamel. It’s more than a last-mile bike, too. Its electric battery can be used to charge devices, which can come in handy in an emergency.

See more information: A Transformers-inspired electric bike that folds to fit under your desk

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