Here are the 10 American electric cars that could be a hit in Europe

The Detroit Auto Show, the city nicknamed the Motor City, is an opportunity to see the latest in the American automotive industry in its cradle. We detail each model on site for you.

Chevrolet Equinox EV

This year, Joe Biden himself came to cheer up the troops of the “big 3”, the 3 automotive giants based in Detroit: “I believe we can own the future of the automotive market”, he swears. And for that, a single leitmotif: electric! Joe Biden’s speech at the Detroit Auto Show is a good picture of the electric car situation in the world and more particularly in the United States by way of introduction.

For most of the last century, we ruled the (automotive) world. And something went wrong. We are in danger of losing the upper hand as a nation, and China and the rest of the world are catching up. Today, if you want a long-range electric vehicle, you can buy one made in America. The companies announced new investments of more than $36 billion in electric vehicles and $48 billion in battery manufacturing in the United States. And we’re just getting started. Under the Infrastructure Act, we are investing US$7.5 billion to build a network of 500,000 charging stations. The big trip to America will be fully electrified

After our archive on the 8 American cars to watch up close, here’s a tour of the Detroit show, with all the American electric cars featured there. It must be said that with Joe Biden’s anti-inflation plan, American manufacturers are encouraged to go electric.

ford electric cars

On the strength of this realization, automakers are lining up the 100% electric news in Detroit, even if the show’s first star is the very thermal one with its traditional big V8: the new seventh-generation Ford Mustang. However, it shares the stage with the Mustang Mach-E, and especially the 100% electric F-150 Lightning pickup, a true phenomenon in the US with around 200,000 orders and a year of waiting before being able to drive with the truck quiet.

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Ford F-150 Lightning

For a price that starts around $40,000, the already Ford bestseller offers excellent performance with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in about 4 seconds thanks to its generous 580 hp and its “truck-like” torque. more than 900 kg of payload and towing a trailer up to 4.5 t. On the autonomy side, it announces 515 km. Its smart look of a traditional pickup can only be fantasized with a strip of LEDs across its front, while inside, the premium versions are entitled to digital instrumentation and a large vertical display taken from the Mustang Mach-E.

The Reign of the Pickups

While waiting for the Tesla Cybertruck, joining the Rivian R1T, several competitors put themselves in the starting blocks, starting with the General Motors group and its Ultium platform, designed for different types of vehicles.

Chevrolet Silverado EV

So it is for the pick-up Chevrolet Silverado EV which will launch in 2023 at a price close to that of the F-150. A strong monster with 660 hp and over 1,000 Nm of torque to carry heavy loads effortlessly, with a remarkable range rated at 640 km on the EPA combined cycle. Always important in the US, acceleration must stay in the seats: mission accomplished for the big truck Chevrolet, with 4.5s from 0 to 100 km/h. True sports sedan performance.

GMC Hummer EV

Quite original in its ultra-massive lines, it will be able to make a good figure against another monster built on the same platform, the GMC Hummer pickup (5.50 m long), also in Detroit, also in an SUV version that resembles the famous military 4×4 .

But a Hummer has to be an upman and with 1,000 hp combined through 3 engines in its most powerful version, it’s capable of going from 0 to 100 in 3 seconds! It incorporates batteries below 800 V capable of discounting a quick recharge of 350 kW, offering up to 560 km of autonomy. An originality: it is able to roll like a crab thanks to the 4-wheel steering!

Lordstown Resistance

Finally, among the electric pickups, a discreet newcomer was also unofficially present at the Detroit Motor Show, is the Lordstown start-up with its model called Endurance, with a frankly more basic design.

Crossovers galore

The Ultium platform is also used in a more modest version, intended for human-scale crossovers. For example, the Cadillac Lyriq plays elegantly with its chrome and sophisticated, even complicated, front end. Premium obliges, prices are high (from 63,000 dollars) for this model given by 500 km of autonomy and equipped with a beautiful interior all in XXL screens.

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Chevrolet Equinox and Blazer EV

It shares its technical base with two Chevrolet models, the Equinox and the Blazer EV. The former is more familiar and accessible and the latter more sporty, especially in its red paintwork both on the outside and inside. The Equinox will be launched next year in several versions, with 1 or 2 engines (290 hp max and 6 s from 0 to 100) and 480 km of range, starting at just US$30,000.

A beautiful 17.7-inch screen displays a good infotainment package with stylish graphics. Semi-autonomous driving is on the program for this car which we would also easily see on our streets – but not relevant at the moment, even if the manufacturer is asking the question.

Chevrolet Equinox EV

As for the Blazer EV, it therefore plays the sport card and, on its launch next year, is predicted with a weaker top-of-the-range engine, strong at 557 hp, for prices between $45,000 and $66,000. .

Finally, the disappointment when approaching the Jeep stand, which has just announced no less than three 100% electric models: neither the Avenger (which is reserved for the Paris Motor Show), nor the Recon and the Wagooner S do not were present.

There are no shows without concept cars

Along the corridors of the Huntington Center in Detroit, which hosts what is called the NAIAS (North American International Auto Show), despite the absence of impressive stands like a few years ago and in a somewhat cheaphowever, we managed to dig up some show cars, these futuristic concepts made for dreaming. The most successful is certainly that of Buick, the Wildcat EV Concept, a story of waiting for the arrival in 2023 of the first electric Buicks under the label… Electra.

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Even more whimsical, the Lincoln L100 is yet another concept that presents the interior of an autonomous vehicle as a rolling room, here with doors that run the entire length of the car to better clarify the view inside.

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More realistic and attractive, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept subtly reproduces electric sports cars (for a muscle car…). No technical data is revealed for this two-door sports coupe which heralds a very powerful sound treatment – ​​as much as a V8! – nominated Fraztonic Chamber Exhaust

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Electric to save the American auto industry

The American automobile is definitely a world apart, and manufacturers will work to preserve these specifics with the transition to electric. If the big engine culture remains impressive in the US, especially in the interior, the immediately available strong torque of the electric motors and their thrust allowing acceleration and sensations will be able to seduce, as long as a good soundtrack accompanies it.

Long ranges, essential in many states pending the extension of charging networks, go hand in hand with big batteries and therefore big vehicles. Here, too, tradition is preserved. Time will tell how quickly US drivers will convert, certainly not all states will follow California’s pace.

And maybe even some models will cross the Atlantic, as electric cars make it possible to standardize rules and restrictions on a global level. There is indeed a sacred precedent, answering to Tesla’s name. And as the Chinese manufacturers also prove, which are preparing to conquer Europe.

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