Will the electric car industry produce models that will become legendary over time? With the evolution of our relationship with the automobile, nothing is less certain.
Porsche 911, Jaguar Type E, Ford Mustang, AC Cobra, Beetle, Mini, Fiat 500, Citroën 2hp and DS… So many names that probably sound forever in the ears of car enthusiasts like so many mythical and timeless works. I’m talking about a time when the automotive passion still had a meaning, made up of the art of living, design and mechanics thought and designed by aesthetes of the area. They all have one thing in common: at one time or another they had a prominent role in a movie or a series.
The great couturiers of the sector were then called Giugiaro, Pininfarina and Bertone in the most visible part, but other, more discreet goldsmiths worked in the shadow of design offices and workshops in Stuttgart, Munich, Detroit or Turin to develop mechanics that enthusiasts and connoisseurs from times not so distant cry with happiness.
In the electric age, it is nothing to say that the cards are slightly reshuffled and that the benchmarks are no longer the same. Firstly, because the automotive object itself has evolved considerably, giving prominence to technology and – if possible – to efficiency. Then, because the consumer has changed, and the use of the car is no longer the same.
Are electric cars still a dream?
Suddenly, taking these two criteria into account, the relationship with the automobile is very different from that of one or more decades ago. Clearly, for a millennial, owning their car – or even their license – is often the least of their worries, and can even be perceived as a sign of unwanted individualism and carbon footprint in these times of aspiration for degrowth and the preservation of nature. . environment.
A trend that the shift to all-electric appears to be accelerating and reinforcing. We first look for a car that pollutes as little as possible and takes us from point A to point B with the least amount of comfort and safety. Line ? It doesn’t matter. The power ? Who cares who has the biggest guy. The pleasure of driving? Sorry, what are you talking about? Driving is a constraint, not a pleasure, strongly autonomous car! In short, ideally, the car should be something you don’t own, that you just borrow when you need it, and that would have more of a roof bike (with electric assist anyway, don’t fiddle around) than a construction site. of art.
In this context, is there room for a dash of passion? Can an electric car deliver that little thrill, or does its own computer-on-wheels design definitely make that thrill a thing of the past?
If you are one of those who still vibrates in front of a beautiful car, whatever your age and his age, rest assured, the case may not be completely closed. Many manufacturers are working to inject their electric models with some of these ingredients that aim not to abandon enthusiasts on the side of the road.
Whether it’s power, sound, line or agility (hmm, it didn’t win with pachyderms above 2 tons), brands work so that the car doesn’t lose its place in the inventory, which will always motivate the human being to overcome itself to achieve the “Dream” .
But then, where are (or what are) the electric icons of tomorrow? Who will invent and produce the 911s, Mustangs and other Minis of the 2030s? Do these models already exist and are in front of our eyes without us realizing it? Do the brands and manufacturers that will produce them still exist?
Let’s look at the current production and try to choose between models that could blatantly occupy this position. The exercise is not easy, because troops are still scarce, and the Wow effect is long overdue, where it triggers from 100,000 euros and more. Which is not very fair. Note that for this very subjective exercise, cars that are already electric remakes of already famous thermals are excluded. The models presented are, therefore, originals that only exist on the tram. Get off the Mini SE, Smart EQ and other Fiat 500e’s, sorry about them.
Tesla Model 3 performance
(“Pfft another pro-Tesla article”…)
Regarding Tesla, we could have put the Roadster 1 or the Model S. Or a Model 3 LR or Standard. But it seems to me that when it comes to icons, Perf 3 ticks more boxes. A little more “pretty” and “sassy” than the other versions thanks to very rare and discreet external signs of wealth and speed, it’s also the one that brings together everything we love about the Californian brand, the demonic performance and technology, not to mention, of course, the infernal efficiency/autonomy duo. You don’t have to be a great visionary to imagine that she will long occupy her place as the pioneering icon of modern electricity in the collective unconscious. And that we can still find some in 30 or 40 years, original, in operation, like a 911 Carrera 3.2 from 1977 today. At 150,000 euros. The restoration essentially consisted of replacing the batteries.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Korean crossover impressed when it was introduced, and copies in circulation easily draw attention. An esteemed success mainly for its line… unclassifiable. The machine looks a bit like a version of the Golf 1 XXL, which is rather strange as a reference. But it works, and the very successful and firmly planted general line on large supports impresses the average person. Perhaps we will look at her with tender eyes when her retirement arrives. And that will delight old collectors to play Pokémon today.
With the Renault Zoé and the Nissan Leaf, it’s a bit like the one that really started it all. Although its production is now complete, its timeless line does not seem to have aged, and it already had a good part of the ingredients that today embody electrical efficiency, namely equipment made with recycled materials, bicycle wheels and a contained weight. Why her and not Zoé or Folha? Perhaps because its BMW DNA and a certain rarity give it a slight edge in terms of its ability to become iconic over the years?
Concentrated on technology and everything on screen, the Honda e evokes the happy times of Japanese automotive engineering and design, masterfully combining practicality and cuteness. This kind of yogurt pot, a little bigger in real life than in the photos, quickly catches the eye, and its interior will remain top notch because of its fully screen-lined panel. If, after this kind of excess, the electric car one day returns to more conventional panels with a better balance between any screen and classic controls (which I believe), the Honda e might conquer its place in collectors’ paradise.
Here is the only model on this list not yet marketed, but which brings together many ingredients to quickly become a must. The lineup of small, smart and curvaceous SUVs is quite irresistible, and the interior makes you want to settle down to travel peacefully down small roads with your elbow in the window. Okay, it looks a lot like a Mini Countryman in profile, which is a shame for a Mercedes, but that probably won’t stop it from making its way into the hearts of car enthusiasts.
This is cumbersome and very expensive, but difficult to complete this kind of chapter without including a brand that is present in almost every book on automotive passion. There is no need to go back on the success that this Taycan represents, materialized very quickly by the fact that it has unceremoniously surpassed the 911 in terms of sales, and that its commercial success is undeniable. I’ve already had the opportunity to say, the Taycan is perhaps the electric 911, whether in terms of line, road qualities or driving sensations. It will certainly still feature prominently in all the electric car anthologies that will come out when we are no longer in this world.
This inevitably arbitrary inventory could have invited other models to its ranks, such as the Renault Twizy, the Dacia Spring, the Lucid Air, the Tesla Cybertruck (and the future Roadster 2), or even the Hyundai Ioniq 6 Prophecy sports sedan whose announcement is imminent. and is also likely to turn heads. Nor can we forget that the sector has yet to produce a stylish sports coupe or a beautiful convertible, but that will be the case soon.
We certainly missed some. It’s up to you to tell us which models you see entering the electric car legend.