5 Outstanding Concept Cars Leading the Future of Electric Vehicles

Xiaobai Software  2022-05-16 18: 43  read 156 views

Concept cars are the most amazing and futuristic cars we'll ever drive.They often use self-driving technology that is not yet road-legal, as well as interior displays that look amazing but are too distracting for the driver.

The exterior designs of these concept cars are also incredible, as designers have almost all the freedom in the world to incorporate the automaker's design language into vehicles that don't have to comply with government regulations.

Even so, some of these futuristic concepts will eventually seep into cars for consumers.Here are five of the most stunning concept EVs that point to the future of consumer EVs.

1. Lamborghini Terzo Millennio

 

One of Lamborghini's first electric vehicle concepts, the Terzo Millennio, was unveiled in 2017 with an incredible exterior design for its unique all-electric powertrain.Lamborghini has teamed up with MIT professors to create a concept design for a future all-electric sports car.

Lamborghini chose to ditch the traditional lithium-ion battery and instead outfit the Terzo Millennio with the supercapacitors found in the V12-powered Aventador.

Lamborghini said in its press release that it expects its future energy storage systems to "deliver high peak power and regenerative kinetic energy with minimal aging and cycling effects during vehicle use."The concept technology made its way to limited production of the Lamborghini Sian FKP 2019 in 37, powered by a hybrid V12 powertrain.

Some of the advantages of supercapacitors include that they are one-third the weight of conventional lithium-ion batteries but can produce three times the power at the same density.Another benefit of supercapacitors is that they charge quickly through regenerative braking and release energy immediately.Lithium-ion batteries, on the other hand, take longer to charge and release a steady flow of energy.

Another unique feature of the Terzo Millennio is that the motor is located in the wheel, allowing for four-wheel drive.This, in turn, gives designers more freedom with the exterior design of the vehicle, creating unique angles and aerodynamic elements that are not possible with large lithium-ion batteries and electric motors taking up space elsewhere in the vehicle.

2. Lincoln Star Concept

 

Lincoln hopes to make a name for itself in the electric vehicle space, too, with its three electric vehicle lineup launching by 2026, according to a Lincoln press release.The car looks stunning, with an angular design, a flat, low-profile roof, and a continuous strip of taillights at the rear.

The interior is where Lincoln reinforces its character, with retractable displays, plenty of legroom for rear-seat passengers, and ambient lighting throughout.While the video for the Lincoln Star Concept mostly showcases its cool lights and luxurious interior, it also has some impressive tech that makes it an attractive package.

Lincoln's smart systems will enable its future electric vehicles to park themselves, so its upcoming driver-assistance feature is called "Park for Me."It also hints that its future self-driving electric cars will have at least Level 2 driver assistance features, allowing the car to steer itself in its lane, recognize surrounding hazards, and more.

3. Mercedes Vision EQXX

 

With all the hype surrounding Mercedes' recently released all-electric luxury sedan, the EQS, its Vision EQXX concept flew a little under the radar.Mercedes wanted to create a luxury sedan with a range of more than 600 miles, and it succeeded.The concept car is to showcase Mercedes' current battery technology, which they will use in future production cars.

The Vision EQXX increases its range to over 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) in a variety of ways.First, the exterior of the car is designed to reduce drag as much as possible. The EQXX has a low profile, sloping roofline and has several aerodynamic elements to help it move well through the air, including front flaps that open at higher speeds, and an active rear diffuser device.

The air that passes under the Vision EQXX's cooling plate also helps cool its electronics; this results in the vehicle not requiring additional fans and fancy cooling elements, reducing weight and the need for extra power from the electric motor.

Mercedes has also increased the energy density of its battery packs, making them 30 percent lighter and more efficient than other solid-state battery packs. Another interesting element of the Vision EQXX is its roof, which contains 117 solar cells for as much extra range as possible.This solar roof powers the car's navigation system, which takes one less power from the main battery pack.

In its press release, Mercedes noted that "the solar booster increases range by more than 2 percent -- which adds 1000 kilometers of range on a journey of more than 25 kilometers."

These tiny design elements add up to form an efficient EV package.

4. Sony Vision-S 02

 

Sony unveiled the Vision-S 2022 at CES 02 to showcase its design philosophy and, of course, its great-looking interior display.The exterior looks as promising as an EV, with a low-sloping roofline, sleek body lines, and bright LED headlights. The S 01 concept is a sedan unveiled at CES 2020, while the S 02 is a slightly taller compact SUV.

Sony aims to use its technological background to make the Vision-S 02 a safe Level 2 self-driving car.To do this, Sony has placed CMOS image sensors and LiDAR around the vehicle to detect pedestrians and other hazards in its path.

In terms of interior technology, both cars have a beautiful display that stretches the entire length of the dashboard; this is just one of many futuristic displays we're expecting to see.Sony includes gesture controls and voice commands to navigate the user interface more efficiently, as well as 5G connectivity for passengers to browse the web and stream entertainment.

Sony explained that it will include other forms of entertainment, such as streaming PlayStation games via a remote connection to a home console or via a 5G connection directly from the vehicle.Also included is a high-quality speaker system and a video streaming service called "BRAVIA Core for Vision-S" capable of playing video on the front panoramic screen as well as the rear-seat monitors.

No release date has been announced yet, but we're looking forward to which of these features will appear on future EVs through a partnership with Sony Mobile.

5. Polestar Precept

 

Unveiled in February 2020, the Precept showcases Polestar's design language and its commitment to using sustainable materials to build every vehicle. Polestar announced in its Precept press release that the production version will be called the Polestar 2. Polestar has already demonstrated its incredible interior and exterior design capabilities with the Polestar 5 and 1, so what's new in the Precept?

Polestar PreceptShowcasing the same design language as its predecessor; it still has the iconic Quake headlights, now separated by a central panel. The Precept also retains the bright strip taillights and revamped its panoramic sunroof, extending it further to the rear for better visibility and a more open interior feel.

One of the most important aspects of any Polestar vehicle is how the interior is made from sustainable vegan materials. The Precept's interior panels are made from natural nylon fibers, eliminating the use of plastic. Polestar also uses recycled bottles to produce the yarn in the seat covers, which are made using 3D weaving.This process builds the entire seat cover into one piece, eliminating the waste of material normally used to stitch multiple parts of the seat.

Can concept cars really show the future?

Automakers build concept cars to get consumers excited about what's coming, whether it's a new design language, a new powertrain, or a whole new type of vehicle.Of course, everyone will be disappointed when a concept car with fully transparent door panels and a naturally aspirated V10 engine looks nothing like the car it's released to consumers, but that's not the point.

The purpose of these manufacturers is to showcase the best technology and designs they have at the moment, without being constrained by government regulations and concerns about sales figures.In a perfect world, designers would be free to build any car they want and the car company would see what it expects to sell, but unfortunately, it's never been a perfect world.

But the features showcased by concept cars aren't always wasted, as we've seen some of their features end up in production cars.

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