Concept cars always tease a too-good-to-be-true future. In the case of the much-hyped Toyota fuel cell FCV, the production car delivered on the technology without delivering on the styling the concept proposed. Still, the realization was important. For every dreamt-about car that makes it to market, there are countless others — like the Cadillac Ciel — that die back on the drawing board.
Electric vehicle concepts are twice as tricky. By the time an automaker gets the car rolling out, battery and motor technology have taken several steps forward. Automakers have to think several years ahead when bringing a model to production. Nonetheless, the industry needs every that pressure to continue pushing the standards ahead in emissions, performance, styling, and range. Here are six electric vehicle concepts that deserve a production run.
1. Rimac Concept_One
Cars like the Tesla Model S destroy the argument that electric vehicles are flimsy or weak. The Rimac Concept-One would power the EV industry light years forward as a supercar that can race with the fastest vehicles in the world. Capable of going 0-60 in 2.8 seconds with four electric motors that provide 1088 horsepower, the Rimac Concept_One would be faster off the line than the Koenigsegg Agera R, the supercar that recently arrived in America.
Just as importantly, the Concept_One would offer the world an electric car capable of topping the Model S for electric range. Rimac’s Croatian founder and designer expects the Concept_One to get 373 miles on a full charge, which would be best in the EV industry. The first small run of production is expected to begin in early 2015.