CES Preview: VW Budd.e Concept, Chevy Bolt EV, Faraday, Ford Mystery, And More

Volkswagen 2016 CES concept teaser

Volkswagen 2016 CES concept teaser

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Despite its name, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is now effectively an auto show.

The increasing importance of in-car technology and autonomous driving has brought the automotive and electronics closer together than ever before.

Carmakers have had a big presence at CES over the past few years, and tech companies and suppliers have made numerous car-related presentations.

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That will continue this year, with several confirmed concept-car debuts, plus the unveiling of the production 200-mile 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car.

More news will likely come out of CES as the event runs its course this week, but in the meantime, here's our roundup of the confirmed green-car debuts and announcements.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV spy shots

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV spy shots

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The production version of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car will be unveiled at CES, where General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be the keynote speaker.

The Bolt EV concept was unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with a claimed 200-mile range and base price of $37,500, before any Federal, state, or local incentives.

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To develop the production version, GM entered into an unprecedented partnership with LG Chem.

The South Korean company will supply not only battery cells, but also nearly every other powertrain component, from the electric drive motor to the onboard charger.

Production of the Bolt EV is expected to commence at GM's Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan before the end of the year.

Teaser for Faraday Future concept car debuting at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Teaser for Faraday Future concept car debuting at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

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Faraday Future concept car

Mysterious electric-car startup Faraday Future will show its first concept car at CES.

This will provide a hint at the what the electric car it plans put into production by 2017 will be like.

Faraday won't discuss specifics, but it has hinted that the production car will feature some degree of autonomous capability, and could be marketed as part of a car-sharing scheme.

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The car will be built at a new factory in North Las Vegas--not far from where CES is held, coincidentally.

Faraday has said it will invest $1 billion in the factory, and that it could break ground later this month.

The company will rely on cash from Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting and the expertise of staff culled from various car companies, including BMW and Tesla.

2015 Ford Focus Electric, 2014 New York Auto Show

2015 Ford Focus Electric, 2014 New York Auto Show

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Ford will hold a press conference Tuesday, but will not discuss the specifics of its announcement.

Recent reports have claimed Ford will announce a partnership with Google to develop autonomous cars, although neither company will confirm such a collaboration.

Partnering would make sense for both companies, though. Ford could leverage Google's years of autonomous-car experience, while the tech company would finally have an automotive OEM ally to help commercialize the technology--something it has sought for some time.

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Google has a fleet of custom-built autonomous electric cars, but does not consider them production ready.

Ford announced plans for an autonomous production car at CES last year, and is currently testing an autonomous prototype based on the Fusion Hybrid.

Further media rumors suggest Ford will announce that it will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on many of its 2017 models.

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