The much-anticipated 2017 Geneva Motor Show is poised to be one of the best ones ever – mostly due to the unveiling of four high-performance electric sedans designed to rival Elon Musk’s Model S masterpiece. The latest entry: The Elextra by Classic Factory – the Swiss automotive and industrial design firm founded by Robert Palm.
Elextra joins an illustrious list of high-tech electric sedan marvels that include Faraday Future, Lucid Motors, and Fisker. With each EV manufacturer hoping to challenge Tesla’s impressive Model S (0-60 mph in 2.28 seconds), innovation around advanced electric powertrain technology has taken center stage. All of the bells and whistles, including autonomous driving innovation, will be on display at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show from March 9 – 19th.
Starting with the recently unveiled Elextra, here are the top performing electric sport sedans engineered to rival Tesla’s Model S:
Still in development, the swiss designed, German-built EV from Classic Factory will be engineered to clock 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less-than-2.3-seconds off the starting line. This impressive four door, four seated, four-wheel drive sedan will look like a classic Italian sports car on the outside and harness some of the most innovative powertrain technology available to EV manufacturers.
“The idea behind Elextra is to combine pure lines reminding of the most exciting Italian supercars of the past, whilst being resolutely forward-looking thanks to its low, sleek and beautiful design, paired with today’s most advanced technology,” explains Palm in a recent interview with New Atlas.
With design elements that include high-arching front fenders, a long-aerodynamic roofline, a Formula E looking spoiler, and three panoramic taillights on the rear end, Elextra is certainly drawing some much-deserved accolades for its sporty design features. Already praised for its impressive Jaguar E-Type known as Lyonheart K, Classic Factory is a world renown industrial design firm. Now it takes on the challenge of building a disruptive electric sedan that rivals Tesla’s Model S.
Capable of firing off the line at a clip of 0-60 mph in a record-breaking 2.39 seconds, the Faraday Future (FF 91) comes with a 783kW (1050 hp) peak-performance motor that makes merging onto highways a piece of cake. Armed with a super-charged 130kWh battery, the FF 91 comes with a high-energy density battery that gets 378 miles (EPA est.) on a single charge. The world-class battery storage capabilities is the result of the company’s first Inverter patent called FF Echelon. Partnering with LG Chem, the all-wheel drive FF 91 is capable of achieving 51% to a full charge in fewer than 4.5 hrs at 240V.
The Lucid Air luxury electric vehicle (EV) is an automotive marvel. Still, in pre-production and the prototype only half-built, Lucid Motors is hoping for a 2018 release date. With an estimated price tag starting at $100K, the luxury sedan is certainly impressive. Capable of traveling 400 miles on one charge, Air’s 600-hp engine can go 0-60 mph in 2.5-seconds.
The standard Air model comes with a 100 kWh battery (the same as Tesla’s Model S) but will offer a 130 kWh option with its advanced performance package. With Samsung SDI as its energy partner, Lucid Motors is focused on engineering a luxury EV far superior to Tesla’s Model S and torque that rivals the gas-powered BMW series 7.
With a top speed of 161 mph (260 km/h) and an all-electric range of 400 miles (640 km), CEO Henrik Fisker has certainly grabbed the attention of Tesla’s Elon Musk. The 400-mile (640 km) electric range is impressive – surpassing Tesla’s Model S by 85 miles (137 km).
Fisker’s EMotion EV packs some serious power with its graphene-based hybrid super capacitor technology, Named the Fisker Nanotech, the innovative battery tech is a collaboration between Fisker and Nanotech Energy, Inc. and is the engine behind the 400-mile (640 km) projected range.
As for design engineering, Fisker plans to develop an electric powertrain that has the dual effect of pushing EMotion’s cabin forward and at the same time, lengthening the wheelbase. The EMotion will be made of composite, carbon fiber, and aluminum and has a glasshouse windshield design similar to the rear glass dome featured in Tesla’s Model 3. Helping reach its top speeds of 161 mph (260 km/h), EMotion comes with a rear spoiler and diffuser – contributing to its sleek aerodynamic design.
According to the Geneva International Motor Show site:
The starting flag will go down on Monday, March 6, 2017 with the election of the Car of the Year. It is the 6th consecutive year that the winner will be chosen from the 7 finalists at the Motor Show. While the attendance at the presentation of this award will be limited to journalists, the general public can follow the proceedings by live streaming at www.gims.swiss or www.caroftheyear.org.