Five key electric concept cars on display at CES 2022

As previously predicted, major automakers are massively abandoning traditional auto shows in favor of more direct means of engagement. One industry showcase that continues to see a reliable spike in interest is the annual Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) in Las Vegas, a January jaunt that evokes equal levels of anticipation and fear among tech veterans and commentators. CES 2022 saw another range of concept cars shown in the city for the first time, where they stood out against the usual chatter background.

In addition to major players such as Mercedes and BMW, there was a newcomer in the area. Sony is of course no stranger to CES, but the Japanese electronics giant surprised everyone by unveiling its second concept car and hinting widely that it might get into cars. Cadillac and Chrysler, two all-American brands that were dwindling their influence, came up with interesting new ideas, while BMW broke the (monochrome) bling with an E Ink concept and a renewed focus on in-car entertainment. Read on for tomorrow’s transportation technology.

CES 2022 Electric Concept Cars

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept

Credit: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX Concept, one of the concept cars unveiled at CES 2022

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX Concept

Credit: Mercedes-Benz

The Vision EQXX is a Mercedes for a more minimalistic future. Designed to do everything possible to maximize its range, this ultra-aerodynamic four-door sedan stands out for its rejection of most modern Mercedes design cues, right down to the grille. The company describes it as the first EV ever to break the magical 1000km (621 miles) barrier, aided by the ultra-smooth bodywork that culminated in a severed ‘Kamm’ tail. The EQXX also continues Mercedes’ obsession with huge displays and features AI-generated expressive voice models from UK-based Sonantic. Personality is ingrained in the cars of the future.

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