The Munich Motor Show has started again and Europe’s biggest carmakers are taking the chance to debut all the latest electric vehicle designs with some surprising developments.
With governments across Europe moving to ban the sale of internal combustion engines by 2030, manufacturers are racing to bring out a range of affordable zero-emissions cars to avoid being left behind.
Yet as prices come down and technology improves, the spectacle is a sad one for Australians, given how unlikely it is that many of these cars will find their way onto country roads anytime soon. .
Industry figures such as Michael Bartsch, managing director of Volkswagen Group Australia, have long warned that Australia is fast becoming a “dumping ground in terms of automotive technology” due to an uneven patchwork of regulation and a lack of federal leadership.
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The Renault 5 has a long and storied history. When it first launched in 1972, the “little Frenchman”—a front-wheel drive hatchback supermini—became an instant hit and took its place as a bestselling car in France between 1972 and 1986. By 1980 it was one of the most popular cars. In this world.
While Renault headlines its Munich launch with the electric Megane e-Tech, the highlight was the announcement that it would bring back the stylish 5 design with an updated EV variant.
The concept is expected to enter production in 2022 with a 52kWh battery offering 400km driving range. There will also be a cheaper option with a 40kWh battery – but don’t expect it in Australia in the near future. Last year the company pulled the Zoe Renault from Australia in what was described as a “policy failure” by the government on electric vehicles.
Volkswagen is looking to step into the affordable end of the market with its concept design for the id For Life, a small crossover urban SUV that is expected to enter production in 2025.
However, the title had a low asking price. When it goes on sale in Europe, it will come with a price tag in the $30,000 range – significantly cheaper than the all-new EV in Australia right now.
Designed as an urban run-about, the 231-horsepower, single electric motor is expected to come with a 57kWh battery. Front-wheel drive will have a range of about 400 km between charges.
Smart Concept #1
Smarts had a tough time in Australia, a country where environmental and geographic conditions have created a taste for bigger, faster, more physical vehicles.
While it did well in Europe, the Smart’s small and beloved – but expensive – “microcar” officially left Australia in 2015. In Munich, however, the company offered its design for a new generation of EVs: a five-door urban SUV not to look out of place on Australian roads.
Due to begin production next year, the Concept #1 is a sleek SUV that will come in single motor rear-drive and dual motor all-wheel-drive – though the company currently has no plans to dip its toe back in the Australian market. Not there.
Mercedes announced five new EV models this year but perhaps most interesting is the way the company has reimagined the E-Class for the electric age.
The EQE will enter production in 2022 and will become the second model to be built on the company’s purpose-built EV platform.
Two offerings will be sold at launch, though Mercedes has provided information about only one of them – the EQE 350, which comes with a 215kW engine, and a 90kWh battery with a range of 660km.
For those who want to roll in style – but permanently – the Mercedes EQS is the company’s pitch for how ultra-prestige luxury vehicles will look when they transition to zero emissions.
Currently the EQS is only a concept, but production is expected to begin next year, with the SUV limousine featuring a spacious grille, 24-inch alloy wheels and automatic doors that sense the driver’s point of view. It is expected to have a range of 600km and a super-fast 200kW charging capability.