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Guide to the electric vehicle events at CES 2016


We are kicking off the new year at Electrek with extensive coverage of everything electric vehicle related at CES in Las Vegas this week.

There might be a few surprises, but we made a quick list of the main events, especially the new electric cars debuting at the show, so you can have a good idea of what’s coming in the EV industry in the next few days:

Faraday Future

You know it’s coming, we have been covering it for a while now. Faraday Future will unveil its electric car concept on January 4 at 8:00PM PST at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We will be covering the event live.

After the unveiling, FF will have a booth in the North Hall from January 6 to 9.

Earlier this year, the company did leak some information about the battery technology it plans to use, we will see if they can confirm some of it during the unveiling:

  • It will have 15 percent higher specific energy than a Tesla Model S 85 kW-hr pack. That works out to 98 kW-hr.
  • It’s a multi-cell solution, like Tesla’s.
  • The company is aiming for the highest energy density and specific energy vehicle on the market.
  • It will be single cell, thermal-runaway fault tolerant (will not propagate to other cells)
  • Single or groups of cells can be replaced.
  • Module designed for mass production, utilizing new processes and technologies
  • Same battery design to be used in all vehicles with only a change in capacity (no change in voltage)
  • The higher energy density allows for larger crumple zones than on the Tesla Model S.

Here’s a teaser image of the concept:

faraday teaser video 2

GM’s Chevy Bolt

GM is set to unveil the production version of the all-electric Chevy Bolt. We’ve already seen it version with recent spy shots, so there shouldn’t be any surprise for the exterior design, though it should be our first look at the interior.

Here’s the concept’s interior:

bolt concept interior

The vehicle is expected to appear during GM CEO Mary Barra’s keynote address for 1 PM Wednesday, January 6 in the Westgate Las Vegas, Westgate Theater.

We might get an updated timeline for the vehicle, which is currently expected to hit the market in late 2016 at best, but most likely sometime in 2017.

Presumably, Barra should release more information about the trims of the vehicle and if different battery pack sizes will be available. The Bolt is expected to have a range of over 200 miles on a single charge and start at $37,500 before incentives.

Volkswagen’s Electric Minibus

VW has been teasing it for a while now, but it should finally reveal its long-range all-electric minibus at CES during brand chairman Dr. Herbert Diess’ keynote scheduled for 8:30 PM January 5 at the Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Theater.

In a press release, CES says that Diess will debut a “new era of electric mobility” with his keynote address. We should expect more talking points about VW’s ambitions in the EV sector as the company is moving away from diesel after the recent scandal.

Teaser for VW’s electric minibus:

Rumor has it that the vehicle will be able to travel more than 200 miles on a single charge and be ready for production in 2018.

Ford’s electric push and possible Google partnership

Ford CEO Mark Fields and CTO Raj Nair will hold a press conference Tuesday, January 5th at 7:30AM Pacific Time. Ford recently announced a $4.5 billion investment in electric mobility and 13 new electric models coming to its lineup by 2020.

The presentation should include comments on this effort, but the biggest news coming from Ford at CES should be the announcement of a joint venture to build self-driving cars with Google, according to a recent report.

Tesla is a no-show, but maybe something from Panasonic?

Tesla Motors doesn’t have an event scheduled at CES, nor does it have a booth for the show. But last year, its partner Panasonic had a Model X alpha prototype at its booth. We will try to stop by the battery maker’s booth this year to see if they are showcasing anything electric vehicle related.

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  1. Roy Richardson - 7 years ago

    Faraday Future will unveil its electric car concept 8:00 PM PST – great time to pick = when all of Europe will be in bed.

    • Fred Lambert - 7 years ago

      Yeah not ideal. Though you can check electrek the next morning and we should have all the details. cheers!

  2. WalksOnDirt - 7 years ago

    About Faraday Future:

    Fifteen percent higher specific energy says almost nothing about the size of the pack.
    I would be astounded if anyone ever came out with a single cell solution.


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