Electric vehicles set to steal the spotlight at Geneva Motor Show

6th March 2017

Electric vehicles set to steal the spotlight at Geneva Motor Show

The global reveal of an all-electric hypercar is set to be one of the highlights of the Geneva Motor Show this week.

The event, which runs from March 9 to 19, is set to showcase the very latest innovations in the EV market and the launch of the Dendrobium hypercar is sure to be one of them.

The vehicle has been created by Singapore electric vehicle firm Vanda Electrics, with a little help from a high-profile partner. Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology wing of the Williams Group and Formula 1 team was the technical partner for the car’s development phase.

According to Vanda Electrics, the Williams influence will be seen in the car’s powertrain, batteries and aerodynamics.

The Dendrobium is set to be unveiled at the show, however, a small number of images of the vehicle have been released in the lead up to its global debut. The pictures show a low down nose and bulbous haunches for the wheels. The mid-section tapers towards the rear. According to reports, the door and roof will open automatically and in synchronicity, resembling a fully-opened dendrobium flower.

New Jaguar electric vehicle

Other electric vehicle innovations set to be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show include Jaguar’s new all-electric I-Pace. There has been a high level of buzz around the vehicle, which many in the industry say could rival Tesla.

The Photon Red production preview model features two electric motors producing 396bhp. They power the I-Pace, allowing it to sprint from 0-62mph in around four seconds.

The Jaguar vehicle is reportedly set to have a range of around 310 miles on a single charge. A 50KW DC home charging points achieves 80 per cent of charge in just 90 minutes and a full charge in around two hours. A 7KW Jaguar home charging point will be offered for an additional cost.

I-Pace features:

  • 0-62mph in around four seconds
  • 310 miles on a single charge
  • Lithium ion battery with a capacity of 90kWh
  • A 12-inch touchscreen replaces the traditional instrument panel and another 5.5-inch touchscreen paired with rotary dials for infotainment and climate control
  • Wi-fi hotspot and smartphone app connectivity

InstaVolt’s Tim Payne reflects on the innovations due to be showcased at this year’s Geneva Motor Show

“The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events in the calendar for the automotive industry across the world. It’s seen as the most exciting platform for manufacturers across the world to reveal their latest innovations.

“It’s therefore exciting that electric vehicles are making more and more of a mark at the show and this year will see some exciting reveals.

“Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing the Jaguar I-Pace. It’s the first ever battery-powered electric vehicle from the brand and really opens a new chapter in history for Jaguar. The company is synonymous with British design and craftsmanship so it’s exciting to hear it’s working hard on a new generation of electric vehicles.

“The unveiling of the Dendrobium is also something we’re looking forward to seeing here at InstaVolt. Tesla has traditionally been seen as the leader in this arena but from the teasers we’ve seen online, this Singaporean offering could be a real contender.”

About the Geneva Motor Show

  • The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest events in the European automotive calendar.
  • It takes place in Palexpo, near Geneva airport
  • The event usually takes place in March and gives manufacturers the chance to reveal their latest models and innovations
  • Geneva Motor Show is organised by the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), which is responsible for a number of high-profile auto shows around the globe
  • This year it runs from March 9 to 19 and is open to the public from 10am to 8pm during the week and 9am and 7pm at the weekend

Find out more about the Geneva Motor Show on the official website.