Impact Investing | January 7, 2022

Mobile has a new meaning as EVs steal the spotlight at CES

Amy Cortese
ImpactAlpha Editor

Amy Cortese

ImpactAlpha, Jan. 07 – “Electrify everything” could have been the motto of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The annual electronics extravaganza in Las Vegas has morphed from a digital gadget-fest into a showcase for the distributed, decarbonized future. Stars of this year’s show included GM’s electric Chevy Silverado pickup, which boasts a 400-mile range and will start shipping next year. Ford is doubling production of its hotly anticipated Ford F-150 Lightning pickup.

Mercedes teased its solar panel-covered Vision EQXX, Sony said it is spinning up an EV unit and Turkey has its own EV startup in Togg. Even laggards like Chrysler are going all-electric.  

Beyond cars

GM’s Mary Barra announced orders from Walmart and FedEx for the company’s BrightDrop delivery vans. Amazon snapped up Stellantis’s Ram ProMaster e-vans. Mass.-based Indigo Technologies unveiled delivery and rideshare vans with wireless charging capabilities. Pure Watercraft showed off an all-electric pontoon boat (in collaboration with GM). And Vancouver’s Damon Motors debuted its electric motorcycles.

Then there was French startup Maca Flight, which offered a glimpse of its hydrogen-powered ‘carcopter.’ En avant!