2015 saw an upsurge in the development of futuristic aspects in upcoming vehicles. We know for sure that future vehicles are going to be powered by sustainable fuel - electricity generated through renewable sources like solar energy or hydrogen. We also are pointing towards a future that has only autonomous vehicles on the road - cars that can drive by themselves and communicate and learn from each other. For once, we know that vehicles of the future are going to be more like “gadgets” than like “mechanical things on wheels”. (Suggested read: The future of mobility)
Thought the year, I wrote about some interesting cars that were ridiculously innovative. For the survey, I listed them down for you to vote. Here are the results:
With 45.6% votes, we have the Tesla Model X.
The Model X is Tesla’s third major car, after the Roadster and the Model S. The Model S defines how electric cars should be - from the high capacity, fast charging battery to the insane 17” touchscreen display that replaces all knobs and buttons and adds a more functionality to the dash. The Model X takes these features, and adds to it a larger, more spacious cabin and some really well designed “falcon wing" doors, and of course, the "bioweapon defence mode". Essentially, you are getting a car that is fast, easy to maintain and really, really safe to be in. I’ve covered all these features in detail in this article about the Model X, so read on!
With 21% votes comes the Koenigsegg Regera.
This car far more beastly than your average supercar. It produces a whopping 1800 bhp. That translates to 0-100 in 2.7 seconds (faster than the Agera), which is bonkers.
The thing is, it is a hybrid. The 5 litre twin-turbo V8 produces 1100 bhp, while the 3 electric motors add 700 bhp more to it. By no means is this a practical car; but it still is far more efficient that the rambling Agera RS. Fun fact: unlike the Agera, the Regera has no gear box!
The Regera translates to “To Reign” in Swedish, and it sure does. This limited edition car truly shows the power of a hybrid vehicle.
I’ve written about the Regera in this article.
Finally, let us talk about the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion.
Personally, this car made most impact on me this year. The F 015 takes imagination to the next level: it is hard to even think of a car that looks like that, drives itself, has the most unique interior layout and is hundred percent electric. I’ll leave it to the pictures to explain this car to you. I’ve written about this car here.
The Porsche Mission E is another very interesting electric (concept) car, and is the first one (that I’ve heard of) to feature inductive “wireless” charging. Read more about it here.
The cars in the list are truly inspirational, bringing the best of technology, design and sustainability into one cover. And I? I can’t even wait to drive (or be chauffeured by) them.