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Los Angeles Auto Show Opens with Focus on Electric Vehicles

WASHINGTON – As the Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off on Wednesday in the Californian city, automakers showcased their new and prototype electric vehicles that are set to hit the showrooms in the future.

Volkswagen (VW) presented its ID. Space Vizzion, Porsche its Taycan 4S, Ford its Mustang Mach-E, Audi its e-tron Sportback, Mercedes-Benz its EQC, Toyota the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid 2021, and Karma Automotive a prototype with 1,100 horsepower and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 1.9 seconds.

A long list of electric vehicles debuted at the motor show, although still dominated by models equipped with internal combustion engines.

Mazda arrived in Los Angeles with the new CX-30, Nissan with the redesigned Sentra, Land Rover announced the return of the classic Defender to the US, Mercedes-Benz brought its high-performance beast – the all-road SUV GLE 63 S, South-Korea’s Kia presented the SUV Seltos and Audi brought out its RS Q8.

Mercedes-Benz’s US CEO Nicholas Speeks said at the event that the popularity of electric vehicles would increase as owners interacted with other drivers who have the vehicles.

It is this word-of-mouth advertising that has sparked interest in models of Tesla’s high-end electric vehicles, as the Elon Musk-founded company dominates the US electric vehicle market, accounting for 80 percent of all sales.

Last year, the sale of electric cars increased by 80 percent compared to 2017, largely thanks to the popularity of Tesla’s Model 3. Nevertheless, electric vehicles accounted for only 2 percent of all car sales in the US.

But vehicles like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Audi e-tron Sportback or the VW ID. Space Vizzion look to change the equation as they are only the first of a hundred electric models set to appear in the market over the next two years.

The first units of the Mustang Mach-E that Ford has presented in Los Angeles will appear at Blue Oval dealerships of the brand in late 2020s.

Ford has said that the vehicle, based on the platform of the sports classic Mustang, will have an initial price of $43,895 for its base model, called Select. The standard battery version of the Mustang Mach-E will provide 75.7 kilowatts per hour while the extended range battery increases the figure to 98.8 kilowatts per hour.

The Audi’s e-tron Sportback is also an all-terrain SUV with a capacity for five passengers. The vehicle will arrive in Europe in March 2020 and in the US in the summer or fall the same year bearing a price tag of around $80,000.

Another high-performance electric vehicle presented in Los Angeles has been the Porsche Taycan 4S, with 79.2 kWh and 93.4 kWh batteries that develop a horsepower of 522 and 562, respectively.

The maximum speed of this Porsche is 250 kilometers per hour and goes from 0 to 100 kph in 3.8 seconds.


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