The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 opened to thousands of people on Wednesday in Las Vegas, despite the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, as one of the world’s largest trade shows attempts to resume its activities.
After a series of top companies like Amazon and Google were canceled due to growing virus risk, the return of the in-person convention was initially questioned.
But organizers insisted on the mandatory health passport and face mask requirements inside the event, as well as the significance to the show – with its mix of journalists, entrepreneurs and amateurs. technology from around the world – to continue.
And tech enthusiasts weren’t disappointed; one of the key words at this year’s tech show was sustainability, with electric vehicle makers among those who made it to Las Vegas.
Car manufacturers are going green
From racing cars and backhoes to superbikes that claim to compete with some of the world’s biggest brands, manufacturers have missed no opportunity to wow audiences and prove that you can still ride in style while passing. at the Green light.
Plus, they say, electricity shouldn’t mean sacrificing style anymore.
“Well that’s the key. I mean until Damon came along the answer was no, if you went from a gasoline bike to an electric motorcycle you’d be making a compromise, which nobody did. is willing to do just to go electric. ”Jay Giraud, CEO of Damon Motorcycles, told Euronews Next.
“That’s why we’ve focused on developing a whole new kind of electric powertrain technology that delivers so much power and energy needed to outperform gas.
“So this bike is capable of 200 mph, 146 miles of range, zero to 60 in under three seconds and it’s as good or better than any superbike you can buy from any of the main manufacturers “.
Other vehicles, like gas-guzzling trucks, as much a symbol of America as Bruce Springsteen and dinner-and-the-road, are also going fully electric and are already available for sale, provided people are willing to pay up to three times the cost of a diesel or gasoline truck.
The challenges of charging infrastructure
Another challenge for potential buyers would be finding a place to charge their electric truck, as the charging infrastructure for this type of vehicle is still in its infancy.
In contrast, charging electric superbikes is relatively straightforward, according to Giraud.
“There are already tens of thousands of charging stations across North America and Europe – they’re basically ubiquitous,” he revealed.
Not surprisingly for entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts, one of the big brands on display this year is Tesla.
Elon Musk’s engineering firm went underground, building tunnels under the conference center, to transport passengers back and forth from the venues.
After descending into the tunnels below the conference center, visitors are invited to board one of the futuristic cars for an undoubtedly smooth and enduring – albeit slightly eerie – journey underground to your destination.
Someday, it’s possible, all trips will look like this, but that moment could still be far away.
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