MG E-motion concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show [photo: Ronan Glon]Enlarge Photo
The golden years of British automaker MG are a thing of the past. Its future, however, looks brighter and greener.
The now-Chinese-owned company unveiled an electric sports car concept, the MG E-Motion, complete with BMW i8-like "bird-wing" doors.
Were it to hit production, the E-Motion would step on Tesla’s toes as a luxury, fully electric model with an estimated range of 310 miles.
The maker also claims that its concept would do the 0-to-62-mph sprint in less than 4.0 seconds.
2018 Nio ES8Enlarge Photo
Newborn manufacturer Nio already has two models under its belt after less than a year on the market.
Back in November, it launched its first production electric vehicle: the EP9 supercar, a 1,300-plus horsepower monster priced at more than $1,000,000.
This month in Shanghai, Nio followed up by unveiling a more accessible, all-electric, three-row SUV; the ES8.
While more details will be shared closer to the expected production start date at the end of the year, Nio has already confirmed that the ES8’s battery will be swappable.
Qoros Model K-EV concept, 2017 Shanghai auto showEnlarge Photo
Another electric sports-car concept made its debut at the Shanghai auto show—and once again, Tesla is the target.
Presented with staggering claimed performance numbers, the Chinese-built Qoros K-EV Concept is yet another proof that electric doesn’t equal boring.
This Model S competitor has been advertised with a 300-mile range, an output of 870 horsepower, and the capacity to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds.
Though only a concept, the Chinese manufacturer has already promised that a production version will be heading to the 2017 Guangzhou show this November.
Volkswagen ID Crozz concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show [photo: Ronan Glon]Enlarge Photo
The Volkswagen ID Crozz is the third model to join the automaker’s family of ID all-electric concept cars and to be built on its “MEB” platform.
The ID Crozz, for crossover, adds some compact utility to the electric lineup.
Sporting what Volkswagen calls a “charismatic design”, the coupe crossover could offer a range estimated at up to 250 miles.
Mass production of Volkswagen’s ID models is scheduled to begin in 2020, starting with the hatchback introduced in Paris last year.
For all the green concept cars and production vehicles that appeared, visit our Shanghai auto show news page.
— Sabrina Giacomini