The Best EVs, Electric Bikes and Rideables We Saw at CES 2023
Every year at CES, the world’s biggest and most innovative companies showcase exciting (and sometimes very strange) technology for your home, from impressive TVs to smart kitchen appliances. But CES is also where the auto giants come to show off their products, and 2023 was a particularly fun show for car enthusiasts.
Sustainability and eco-friendliness are growing trends in every segment of the tech industry, so it’s not a stretch to see more electric vehicles and similar innovations at CES 2023. Here are some of the best.
The Mercedes Benz Vision EQXX is a sexy EV that makes gas people talk about Mercedes
The Vision EQXX concept car has been designed from the ground up and can travel up to 620 miles on a full charge without adding extra large batteries, making this the most efficient Mercedes concept car to date. EQXX has an AI avatar like KITT from Knight Rider, only more futuristic; all this is on a single floating screen. I need to figure out which I find more attractive, the inside or the outside.
The Verge TS Ultra Motorcycle has serious Tron vibrations Verge Motorcycle
The Verge TS line will come to the U.S. in 2023. The top-of-the-line Ultra will have a top speed of 124 mph and will be able to charge quickly in 25 minutes, making it the coolest bike on the block. With an estimated 233 miles on a full charge, the Ultra produces 201 horsepower. The bike can reach 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. The motor is located on the rear rim, giving the bike a lower center of gravity and allowing for a larger battery in the frame of the bike. The Ultra will set you back $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 a plug when you have a squad? squad
The Squad is a two-passenger car with a small solar panel on its 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 1.6 kWh swappable batteries. It has a top speed of just under 30 mph. The car has four-wheel disc brakes, seat belts and a roll cage for safety. It may not be the sportiest car on the block, but it saves you money both at the pump and with its US price of $6,250.
Ride a Moonbikes snow bike
The Moonbike is a 163-pound motorcycle that’s part snowmobile, part bicycle. It can carry a rider weight of 264 pounds, puts out 170 nm of torque, and reaches a top speed of 26 mph. The latest Moonbike adds mobile support to its products, with an iOS and Android app that allows riders to track their trails and altitude and connect with other moonbikers. The bike currently retails for $8,900.
BMW’s concept car doubles as your companion
Technology can be so impersonal. BMW i Vision Dee hopes to fix that. Using sophisticated artificial intelligence, this concept car forgoes the service of Siri and Alexa. Instead, it hopes to double as your car and your friend. i Vision Dee is an EV sports car with an exterior made up of 240 E Ink panels. You can use those panels to program a digital face into the car’s grille — because it’s an EV, the venting a grille usually provides isn’t necessary — or change the car’s colors with the click of a button.
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The BMW i Vision Dee is, for now, just a concept, but some of its features will trickle down to actual BMW cars. BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said, for example, that the AI-powered HUB technology the company put into the i Vision Dee will come to real cars in 2025. — Daniel Van Boom
A flying car is actually happening, for real this time Bree Fowler/CNET
We’ve been waiting for flying cars since at least the Jetsons, and now we seem on the precipice 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 that FAA approval for the A5 could happen “within a month.” Aska hopes to use the A5 to launch a ride-sharing service in 2026. — Daniel Van Boom
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Tesla of the sea
Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil wants to stir the waters with autonomous technology and more.
As you’ve probably noticed, EVs are hot right now. But why stop on the road? Candela’s C8 EV hydrofoil boat is a sleek craft that glides across the water like a flying carpet, according to CNET’s Bridget Carey. Besides making electric cars sexy, Candela’s C8 takes cues from Tesla in another key way: its autonomous boat ride, where the C8 can stay on a set course. The entire boat is made of carbon fiber, including the seats, which explains the $390,000 price tag. — Daniel Van Boom
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Sony’s first car is coming in 2026 James Martin/CNET
EVs are big business and Sony wants in. The electronics giant is teaming up with Honda for a new electric vehicle brand called Afeela. The Afeela logo appears on a narrow screen, or “media bar”, on the front bumper of the vehicle. This can also interact with people outside the vehicle and share information such as the weather or the car’s charging status.
Unlike the car Sony showed off at CES 2020 all those years ago, this one is actually coming to market. There’s no word yet on pricing, but Sony 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 an Icoma desk
Is there more to this electric bike than meets the eye? There’s little danger of mistaking Tatamel for a robot in disguise, but it’s not often you see an electric bike that can be folded up like a transformer to the size of a suitcase and placed under a table. At CES 2023, this is exactly what the Japanese company Icoma showed with Tatamel. It’s also more than a last-mile bike. Its electric battery pack can be used to charge devices, which can be useful in an emergency.
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