Electric cars are having their day in the limelight at the Paris Motor Show.
Not only are electric cars starting to appear at the world’s auto shows, they are fast becoming the star attractions.
Some of the world’s best automakers have unveiled new EVs in Paris over the weekend that could soon be the norm on city streets everywhere, and at a cost nearly everyone can afford.
The car, called the I.D., is expected to cost less than $30,000, which is less than both the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt. It will have much longer range, and it could go up to about 375 miles on a single charge, the automaker said at a presentation ahead of the Paris Motor Show.
The catch: It won’t go on sale until 2020, and there’s no telling how much competitors’ electric cars will have improved by then.
The concept features a light-up front logo, thin blue tires, and will be ready to accept software updates to make it self-driving.
Will that be enough to make the I.D. revolutionary? It doesn’t appear so. Then again, the I.D. will be the first of an entirely new line of electric vehicles built on the same architecture, so perhaps its refreshing simplicity will indeed go down in history as a revolution in electric cars. At the very least, it should help to make electrics even more accepted and more common into the 2020s and beyond.
Volkswagen isn’t the only automaker unveiling EVs. The Mercedes-Benz EQ concept is a fully electric SUV that will be the first of the new EQ sub-brand. The automaker expects electric cars to make up 20 percent of its global sales by 2025.
Renault and Opel have also unveiled electric cars in Paris that aren’t bound for the U.S.
The 2020s are shaping up to be the decade that makes electric cars prevalent, affordable, and driveable in the real-world.
What would keep you from buying an electric car within the next few years?