Will CES 2022 be the best car show of the year? Here’s a look at the best cars unveiled at CES 2022.
BMW color-changing iX Flow
• Yes, it can change colors by using a similar e-ink technology as the Kindle e-reader.
• The car “becomes an expression of different moods and circumstances in daily life,” says Stella Clarke, iX Flow’s project manager.
• In addition to customization, practical benefits include turning the car white when it’s hot out (or black when it’s cold).
USPS NGDV electric mail truck
• The ubiquitous mail truck gets its first upgrade in 30 years.
• Oversized at 9.5” feet tall and nearly 20” long
• “The added cargo capacity is specifically for our projections on where e-commerce is going,” says Todd Schimmel, acting senior director of technology acquisition and program management for USPS.
• Four versions (two of which are electric) of new trucks will roll out at the end of 2023.
2024 Silverado EV
• GM’s comeback to the popular Ford F-150 Lightning estimates a 400-mile range on a full charge, 664 horsepower, and 10,000-pound towing capacity.
• Reservations are open and range from $40k to a whopping $107k for the fully loaded RST model.
• “We have an opportunity … to create a better future for generations to come,” says Mary Barra, GM CEO.
• GM is making interesting moves in the EV space with their electric delivery truck service BrightDrop and their work with Cruise, an autonomous ride-hailing service.
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX
• Mercedes estimates an industry-leading 620 miles on a single charge by using a breakthrough technology developed in their F1 racing cars.
• Although just a concept, the company hints it’s close to production: “We’re very close to a serious car we’ll see in 2024,” says Markus Schafer, chief Technology officer for the Vision EQXX.
• The car has 201 horsepower and 117 solar cells on its roof, adding up to 15 miles of range per day.
• Top speed is limited to 87 mph.
Hyundai PnD Pod Concept
• More than just an autonomous car, Hyundai’s Plug and Drive (PnD) Module concepts offer a vision for the future of society, particularly when it comes to mobility and logistics.
• This electric pod concept has 360-degree steering and can be used to help logistics robots deliver cargo.
• Alternatively, PnD can be sized to a single-person pod, providing greater independence to those with limited mobility.
• The similar “Drive and Lift” system uses a rotating arm to stabilize loads—leaning into corners at high speed turns and staying level over speed bumps, for example.