2017 Year-ender: Futuristic concept cars announced in 2017
Published : Dec 30, 2017, 2:07 pm IST
Updated : Sep 13, 2018, 1:11 pm IST
Electric cars have been around for centuries. In America, early electric city taxis date back to 1897. However, electric cars never posed a threat to its combustion engine counterparts, mostly because they were boring and had terrible limitations. Recently though, Tesla has managed to address some of these issues. The youth love Tesla vehicles for its futuristic design and features. But there are some electric concept cars that make the Tesla vehicles look like a thing of the past.
Audi's electric car concept seems to have come straight from a sci-fi movie. Its sculpted aerodynamic body looks futuristic from every angle. It is equally radical on the inside. For starters, it has no steering wheel or pedals. It is a fully autonomous car which is meant to deliver luxurious experience to its passengers. Audi is claiming a whopping range of 500 miles on a single charge.
Jaguar, a proud British brand, now owned by Tata, is no slouch when it comes to designing high tech stuff. Its Jaguar Future-type is a premium compact on-demand vehicle concept, designed to meet the mobility needs of future generations. It is a fully autonomous concept that turns steering wheel into your companion. It can sit in your house or office like desk clock and can be used for summoning the car. Unlike Audi's Aicon, the Jaguar Future-Type also offers you can option to drive the car if you wish to.
Lamborghini Terzo Millenio:
Here comes the sports car of the future. Lamborghini's cars are crazy and that's what makes them so desirable. This mean machine from the Italian brand comes with a carbon fibre body, which is laced with self-healing tech. The car is equipped with micro-channels filled with healing material that can fill in the cracks in the body and get rid of them on its own. At the core, it is an electric car made to break speed records. Design-wise, it makes BatMobile look like a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
Mercedes Concept EQA:
Historically, it is proven that Germans are incredibly good at making tanks and cars. And nothing represents the German engineering better than Mercedes. The company is quite serious about the electric future and has announced its Concept EQA. It comes with all the futuristic stuff without compromising on the looks. This car comes with a range of 400kms and supports rapid charging. A 10-minute charging can give you a range of around 10 km, which is quite impressive.
NextEV Nio EP9:
Nio claims that its EP9 is the fastest car in the world. It achieved a lap time two minutes, 40.33 seconds at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, at a top speed of 160 mph. And it did that without a driver. Yes, such speed was attained by an autonomous car. The EP9 accelerates from 0-124mph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194 miles per hour. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 265 mile. That's everything a race car enthusiast could ask for sans the noise.
This is a reminder that futuristic tech does not guarantee elegance. Japanese have a warped sense of aesthetics, but this one goes beyond that. With doors open, the I-Till looks like a scrambled egg. But, it is a full autonomous car that runs on electricity. Its selling point is its high manoeuvrability, which will be ideal for crowded cities of the future. Toyota claims that the car will be able to achieve the range of 124 miles on a single charge, which is not bad for a city car. Think of it as a replacement for Tata Indica for Uber Go.