If you want to get an idea of what tomorrow's mobility might look like, you should, if possible, take a look at the studies that are on the Geneva Motor Show (9th to 19th March) again this year.
It shouldn't be necessary to convince even the greatest skeptic that electric drives are very popular. Even the high-end brands, whose products are probably the last bastions for classic combustion engines, are rethinking massively. The model name of the Bentley EXP12 Speed 6e study in no way indicates the number of cylinders - because the Briton rolls on purely electrically. And while Bentley is silent about the engine performance, there should be high performance when charging. So you should be able to charge the luxurious convertible inductively and, above all, quickly. The range should be 500 kilometers. In contrast, messages that the Englishman also has a high-resolution OLED screen are quasi cold coffee.
Hyundai, on the other hand, wants to point out subtly futuristically that there is still the hydrogen drive. The FE Fuel Cell Concept is a study with an exaggerated design, lots of LED gadgets and a cockpit that seems to be a bit ahead of its time, but is close to series production. The Koreans promise a range of 800 kilometers.
With the four-door AMG GT Concept, Mercedes relies on a fine mix: classic four-liter V8 combined with a powerful Stromer. And even if there are still no performance values - from a standstill at country speed within less than three seconds should be enough to make the mouth water in the mouth of the fans. In terms of design, the four-wheel super sports car is based on the current AMG GT, although various light games give it something more futuristic.
Speaking of futurism. The Peugeot Instinct doesn't look like it will go into series production in two years, apart from its 300-hp hybrid drive. With the spacey study, the French want to demonstrate how connected the car could be in the future. Instinct uses a cloud to unite all possible data sources. Which actually exactly, you do not know. In any case, the Instinct can also network with the home and offers a high degree of driving automation. In contrast to the Volkswagen Sedric, the Frenchman can optionally be controlled by the driver - the unusually futuristic Wolfsburg has neither a steering wheel nor pedals.
In contrast, the Tamo Racemo (Tamo is a sub-brand of the Indian manufacturer Tata) is really cool. Especially from a European perspective, because you perceive Tata primarily as a Jaguar owner, but not as a really great car manufacturer. The Tamo Concept looks crisp and sporty, is powered by a mid-engine with 1,2 liter displacement and around 190 hp. Its interior exudes a sports car feeling, and plastics dominate, but they come across as hip rather than cheap. The start button on the flattened steering wheel is reminiscent of motorsport, while the suede coverings on the dashboard even give the Racemo something noble. (Patrick Broich / SP-X)