The EVs appearing at the Beijing motor show
It was no surprise when the Beijing motor show, scheduled for April, was postponed due to the worldwide pandemic: the coronavirus claimed many similar scalps. But to the surprise of some but the joy of many more, the show is set to go ahead later this month, kicking off on September 26th. Naturally stringent safety measures will be in place, but manufacturers have grabbed this opportunity to finally showcase their new cars in the metal.
As you might expect, much of the hardware on display will be electric, as the world moves rapidly towards the era of zero-emissions transport. From affordable family wagons to concept cars offering a glimpse of the future, here we take a look at the EVs appearing at the Beijing motor show later this month.
Lexus LF-30 concept
Lexus says the LF-30 showcases how its EVs could look in the 2030s, rather than how any single model will look, which makes it a true concept car. Perhaps the most fascinating design cue is the roof mounted doors which wouldn’t look out of place on a reimagining of the Batmobile. The LF-30 also features a 110kWh solid state battery which offers a range of around 310 miles, which seems low for a solid state battery, but also has in-wheel motors which, Lexus thinks, could boost handling capabilities.
Polestar Precept concept
Volvo-owned Polestar continue to take the fight to Tesla, this time offering a direct rival to the Tesla Model S with a fully electric saloon called the Precept. This is a concept, but Polestar says it’s a realistic representation of how future cars will look, and we think it’s pretty sharp-looking. At the front the Precept features something Polestar calls the ‘Smartzone’ - a panel of sensors and cameras, and the pod you can see atop the windscreen houses a lidar sensor which will help with assisted driving functions.
Volkswagen’s answer to the Tesla Model Y is expected to go on sale sometime next year and follows the release of the ID.3 hatchback, and like the ID.3 it will come in many flavours: two and four-wheel drive, multiple power levels and a choice of battery sizes. There’s even of a range-topping GTX model on its way which will be VW’s first performance-badged EV, offering 300-plus bhp (GTX being the electric equivalent of GTI).
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E will be familiar to anyone interested in EVs, but it’s still making an appearance at Beijing. The midsize SUV (think Jaguar I-Pace size) offers up to 370 miles of range, if optioned with the bigger 99kWh battery, and can be optioned in either rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Ford recently nibbled the price of the long range, rear-wheel drive version to bring it under the £50K mark so customers can take advantage of the government’s plug-in car grant.
Another car which has been officially unveiled, but not seen by many in the metal yet thanks to the COIVD pandemic, the Nissan Ariya represents a direct rival to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, being a fully electric midsized SUV boasting a range up to 310 miles and a choice of two wheel and all-wheel drive options. Again, there will be faster version called the Performance model which will pack 389bhp and be able to cover 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds.
Is it an estate, or is it a crossover? Hard to tell, but we think it looks pretty tidy, in a no-nonsense kindaway. Following on from MG’s first EV, the ZS, the MG5 promises to be another affordable family car from the Chinese-owned manufacturer. MG says the MG5 has 214 miles of range but also comes with a cavernous 578 litres of boot space, which rises to 1,456 litres with the rear seats folded. You can already register your interest with MG, and early deliveries could happen before the end of this year.
Lynk & Co DC1E
Little is known so far about the Lynk & Co DC1E (codename), but it’s thought it will be the first fully-electric SUV from the Geeley owned outfit, and will be built on the PMA (Pure electric Modular Architecture) platform which is shared by Geeley, Volvo, Polestar and Lynk & Co. Production is expected to start later this year and it will be available in front, rear or all-wheel drive and use a 100kWh battery. Our spy shots suggest it will be around the same size as the Jaguar I-Pace. Will it come to the UK? Na.