Plug into the Windy Metropolis.
Plug-in minded attendees of the 2019 Chicago Auto Present could also be disillusioned in the event that they had been hoping for freshly revealed choices. That doesn’t imply traipsing across the vehicle-laden expanse of McCormick Place received’t end in seeing any plug-in autos. There are, as we found, fairly a quantity among the many varied reveals.
We’ve put collectively a gallery (under) of all of the battery-powered autos we noticed for these of you who might not have the chance to go to the Windy Metropolis (which is certainly fairly windy, as we found). In addition to a have a look at what you’ll discover on the present, it’s additionally a very good indication of what’s obtainable now (or arriving quickly) at dealerships throughout the nation. Notable autos not in attendance included something with a Tesla or BMW badge (amongst a number of others) and, mysteriously, the Kia Niro EV, which is predicted to go on sale comparatively quickly.
Whereas the vehicles grabbed our consideration, it was additionally fascinating to see one other side of plug-in possession on show: the charging gear. Virtually each plug-in on show was really plugged in. It was fascinating to see the assorted EVSE (residence charging gear) manufacturers in use on the varied stands. ChargePoint appeared to have the most important share of autos, however we did notice a few corporations used gear bearing its personal branding. Oddly, within the case of the Chevy Bolt, the unit used was from AeroVironment, which offered its EVSE enterprise to the Webasto Group.
On the threat of sounding like an auto author who loves solely essentially the most quirky and under-appreciated of autos, this scribe freely admits he most loved seeing the Vanderhall Edison2 in individual — hopefully obtainable quickly, however unable to substantiate since its stand was unattended each occasions we visited. We perceive our way more sensible readers most likely have totally different favorites. Hit us up in Feedback and tell us which automobile you’d most wish to grace your storage.
*The creator attended the Chicago Auto Present as a visitor of Volkswagen, who lined his transportation and lodging.