More recently, the upcoming CES 2022 exhibition took place in Las Vegas. Formally, it is not a car showroom, but in recent years, the world’s leading automakers have increasingly presented their promising new products here. Tech giants intend to enter the automotive market in the future.
BMW Chameleon Car
The main premiere of the exhibition was a demonstration of a promising technology: the BMW enterprise presented a model of the future – BMW iX Flow. Digital capabilities made it possible to adapt the appearance of the car to certain conditions, which literally blurs the boundaries with reality. The body has an E-ink coated surface containing electronic ink that can change color smoothly. The driver can do this whenever he wants.
A special coating reproduces the shape of the body, and multi-colored pigments under the influence of electricity come to its surface, as a result, the color changes. This technology is based on the electrophoretic process.
Millions of ink microcapsules contain negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments. The electric field forces the pigments together, which gives the crossover the desired color: white, black or variations of gray. The choice of color “according to the mood” can be rational, for example, white in hot weather.
Chevy vs. Ford
The novelty has nothing in common with the ordinary Silverado, unlike the version of the Ford pickup truck, developed on the basis of the standard model. The electric pickup has fully independent suspension, pneumatic tires and a fully controlled chassis. The cabin is equipped with an 11-inch instrument panel and a 17-inch infotainment system screen. For an additional fee, you can get:
- projection screen (14 inches);
- glass roof;
- Super cruise autopilot.
The base model will receive an all-wheel drive system and two electric motors with a total capacity of 510 hp. One charge will cover a distance of 664 km, while it is possible to recharge from another electric car. Up to a hundred, a powerful van with a relatively small payload (590 kg) can accelerate in 4.5 seconds. The RST version is more prestigious and receives a 673 hp engine.
The Trail Boss off-road modification is coming soon. Its technical characteristics are not yet known. But there certainly won’t be an extreme three-motor version, like the Hummer EV.
The first winter electric bike
MoonBike introduces an amazing new product, the world’s first electric snowmobile. A device weighing 90 kg can accelerate up to 45 km/h in one hour of autonomy. Without recharging, it can work up to 3 hours. An electric bike has a ski in the front, a track and an electric motor in the back.
Among the advantages are:
- lightness (weight three times lower than standard devices);
- ease of management;
- work on electricity (completely);
- low fuel consumption;
- low sound level.
However, the practicality of such a model is questionable, since there are not many snowy places on the planet where MoonBike would be in demand.
CES 2022 will be remembered for its exciting new products and modern technological advancements, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles. There were few visitors as coronavirus cases are on the rise in the United States. And some companies have moved to a virtual presentation of their products. More attention has been paid to computer technology, artificial intelligence and robotics. A special novelty was racing on high-speed self-driving cars.