All the electric vehicles we saw at the Chicago Auto Show
The nation’s largest Auto Show comes to Chicago every February. This year, the show runs from February 8 – 17 and will attract around 1 million people to see what’s coming up in 2020.
The electric vehicles at the show covered a wide variety of use cases, from finely tuned racing machines to muscle cars to economy cruisers. It was fascinating to get a look at the electric vehicles that will be on the road in 2020 – it’s not just Teslas. In fact, Tesla had no presence on the show floor whatsoever. So, who was there? Let’s find out. These are all the EVs we saw at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show!
The Jaguar I-Pace is an update from previous years with a gorgeous comfortable interior. There’s a fairly small touch screen for entertainment and environment controls. We especially loved the Qi-charging pad in the center console. Appropriately, Android Auto and Apple CAr play are aboard. From a specifications standpoint, this EV carries a single drivetrain option in the form of a 90 kWh battery pack and dual electric motors. Total output is 394 horsepower and a reported 240 miles of range. Oh, and speaking of ranges, expect this car to cost between $69,000 to $86,000.
From the i-PAce to the E-Tron! Companies continue to add vowels to their cars to indicate that they’re EVs. They didn’t let us sit in the E-Tron, so we can’t speak to its comfort or interior options. The Audi E-Tron is new for 2020 and comes with one drivetrain option in the form of two asynchronous motors and a 95kWh battery pack that’s good for 204 miles. The E-Tron can go from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph. You’ll also find Apple CarPlay and Android Auto inside. The E-Tron pricing comes in at $74,000 to $80,000.
The Porsche Taycan was one of the sexiest cars we saw at the Auto Show. It doesn’t really have the Porsche signature design that we’ve come to expect from th eGerman manufacturer, but that’s a good thing. IT’s also Porsche’s first ever all-electric car. Once again, we didn’t get the chance to sit inside the car to try it out but there are screens everywhere inside the car, including one that spans all the way to the passenger door. It also supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The Taycan comes with one of three drivetrains. There’s the 4S with a 390 kW motor and 522 horsepower, the turbo with a 500 kW motor and 670 horsepower, and the Turbo S with a 560 kW motor and 751 horsepower. The latter goes from 0-60 in 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 155mph and a range of 279 miles. Pricing ranges between $103,000 and $185,000.
Hyundai Ioniq and Kona Electric
Hyundai had a pair of gas-powered-but-we-also-sell-electric variants at the sow: The Hyundai Ioniq and Kona. Both vehicles are unchanged from previous models. Both cars have very understated interiors with just a single entertainment console screen. Both support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Ioniq has an electric motor that produces 120 horsepower with a total range of 124 miles, which is not awesome. The Kona has a 150 kW motor that produces 201 horsepower with a range of 258 miles. Both cars fall within the $22,000 – $38,000 range.
The Chevy Bolt has been around for years now and the 2020 model is largely unchanged. The hatchback is roomy, front and back, but the interior is a bit on the plain side compared to other EVs we saw. A single screen dominates the center console; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available. Normal buttons and knobs control the environmental settings, which is actually quite refreshing.
In terms of updates, Chevy did increase the range to 259 miles, up from 238, plus a high def rearview and surrounding cameras. The drivetrain is a single speed transmission connected to an electric motor with 150 kW of power and around 200 horsepower. Pricing will range from $37,000 to $42,000
Finally, we get to the literal centerpiece of Ford’s offerings, the Mustang Mach-E. Funny enough, it doesn’t really even look like a Mustang. We can’t tell you much about how the car feels on the inside – while we did manage to sneak in, we were kicked out pretty quickly. The Mach-E on display is one of only two prototypes making the rounds these days, so Ford is a little protective. The Mach-E has a large display on the center dashboard that looks a lot like a tablet superglued to the environment controls.
The Mustang Mach-E will come in rear-wheel drive standard with all-wheel-drive as an option. There will be three drivetrains offered of 255, 282, and 332 horsepower. Range on the car will be somewhere between 230 and 300 miles depending on options and trim. Pricing will range from $43,000 to $61,000 and will be available later this year.