Our expert team has been hard at
work tracking down the latest and greatest automotive tech
CES 2020 has to offer, bringing you the most crucial info and take-a-ways, and we’re just
we have seen a lot of new concept work so far at CES 2020 we are still getting
some OEM’s with new EV vehicles that are said to hit the market in the
next year or two. One of the first comes from American manufacturer, Fisker who has been teasing their concept all-electric SUV until now. The ‘Ocean’, set to ship to consumers in 2022, has an interior that is fully vegan and is made of mostly recycled materials such as
plastic bottles, t-shirts, and even old fish nets. Fisker has taken great strides to really capture the essence of being a sustainable and eco-friendly EV. Fisker, along with several other OEMs, have announced partnerships with Electrify America to ensure its new EV owners will have access to a large market of fast-charging stations as soon as the vehicle is released.
SBD insight: Electrify America continues to gain support from OEMs looking to market existing infrastructure rather than compete with Tesla in developing their own. We're finding the biggest hurdle that EV charging suppliers are having is consolidating all the different types of plugs on the market. With each OEM more or less having its own style charging port it makes it difficult to have a vast network of charging stations readily available for all different EVs regardless of who makes it.
Showcased on Monday night, Mercedes-Benz revealed a new concept
vehicle partnering with the one and only James Cameron. This car, the VISION
AVTR has a strong design influence from the blockbuster movie ‘Avatar’. Mercedes is looking to merge technology,
luxury, and eco-friendly products to create a car unlike anything else. The
VISION AVTR will have a completely new, fully compostable battery that will be 100% recyclable and will be classified as a ‘zero impact car’.
Sony perhaps has been one of the
biggest surprises. They have broken
out from their normal avenues of audio products, infotainment systems, and
software to now delivering a full concept EV vehicle. Sony’s Vision S
encompasses the entirety of what Sony can do, including more than 30 sensors
both inside and outside of the car, 360 audio, and widescreen displays
both in the dash and in the rear headset for passengers in the back. It is
still unclear if the Vision S will come to market or be put into production,
but it does go to show that the future of mobility is an industry that nearly
all tech companies feel is not only important but a necessity.
More EV announcements:
There have been a lot of great
new innovations and products already announced at CES 2020 and we expect even
more to come. Harman has now brought their new Ecotect audio system to market
that was specifically designed and engineered for use in EV vehicles. The new
audio system is set to be about half the weight of your traditional audio
system while delivering a sound just as crisp as any current system being used
today. By halving the weight and using minimal parts compared to traditional
systems, Harman is helping EV manufacturers reduce the overall weight and power
consumption for the audio systems installed in their vehicles.
Another leap forward
in the EV landscape comes from Jeep with their new hybrid Wrangler, Compass,
and Renegade. These new 4xe models have been showcased at their booth this year
but unfortunately, we still do not know very much about their future. All we know is they are expecting to have all their models
with at least some electrified components by 2022.
Some (non EV) notable mentions:
SBD insight: Despite seeing a large number of EV concepts, it is disappointing that we are still seeing more concepts than concrete plans for the promised EV revolution. Perhaps the likes of Sony, fisker and Harman will give OEMs more incentive to realize their announced plans of electrification in the next two years.
CES Monday Wrap-Up
Tuesday, January 7, 2020