Will the electric car industry produce models that will become legendary over time? With the development of our relationship with the car, nothing is less certain.
Porsche 911, Jaguar Type E, Ford Mustang, AC Cobra, Beetle, Mini, Fiat 500, Citroën 2hp and DS … As many names that probably ring forever in car enthusiasts as so many mythical works and timeless. I’m talking to you about a time when automotive passion still had a meaning, consisting of the art of living, design and mechanics well thought out and the design of aesthetics in the field. They all have one thing in common: they have one day played a major role in the cinema or in a series.
The sector’s great couturiers at the time were named Giugiaro, Pininfarina and Bertone for the most visible part, but other jewelers, more discreet, worked in the shadow of design offices and workshops in Stuttgart, Munich, Detroit or Turin to develop mechanics that made enthusiasts and connoisseurs from the epochs not so far away, crying of happiness.
In the electric age, there is nothing to say that the cards are a bit shuffled and that benchmarks are no longer quite the same. First and foremost because the car object itself has evolved significantly, providing technology and – if possible – efficiency. So because the consumer has changed and the use of the car is no longer the same.
Are electric cars still a dream?
Suddenly, these two criteria taken into account, the relationship to the car is very different than one or more decades ago. Clearly, for a millennium, owning your car – or even your driver’s license – is often the least of the worries, and it can even be seen as a sign of unwelcome individualism and CO2 footprints in these times of aspiration for growth and preservation of environment.
A trend that the shift to all-electric seems to accelerate and amplify. We first look for a car that pollutes as little as possible and that will take us from point A to point B with a minimum of comfort and safety. Line? Does not matter. The power ? Who cares who has the biggest guy. The pleasure of driving? Sorry, what are you talking about? Driving is a limitation, not a pleasure, strongly the autonomous car! In short, ideally, the car should be something you do not own, which you just borrow when you need it, and which would have more of a bike with roof characteristics (with electric assistance anyway, do not mess around ) than those of a work of art.
In this context, is there room for a hint of passion? Can an electric car provide that little excitement, or does its very computer-on-wheel design certainly make that excitement a thing of the past?
If you are one of those people who still vibrates in front of a beautiful car, regardless of your age and his, you can be sure that the case is not completely closed. Many manufacturers are working to inject some of these ingredients into their electrical models, which are intended not to leave enthusiasts by the side of the road.
Whether it’s power, sound, line or agility (hum, not won with pachyderms over 2 tons), the brands work so that the car does not lose its ranking in the inventory, which will always motivate people to surpass themselves to achieve “dream”.
But where are (or what are) tomorrow’s electric icons? Who will invent and produce the 911s, Mustangs and other Minis from the 2030s? Do these models already exist and are they in front of our eyes without us being aware of it? Do the brands and manufacturers that want to produce them exist?
Let’s look at the current production and try to choose among the models that could shamelessly hold this rank. The exercise is not easy, because the troops are still sparse, and the Wow effect is long overdue, where it is then triggered from 100,000 euros and more. Which is not very fair play. 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 are only available in electric. Leave the Mini SE, Smart EQ and other Fiat 500e, sorry about that.
Tesla Model 3 Performance
(“Pffft another pro-Tesla article” …)
As for the Tesla, we could have put the Roadster 1 or Model S. Or a Model 3 LR or Standard. But it seems to me that when it comes to icons, the 3 Perf sets more fields. Slightly more “beautiful” and “racy” than the other versions thanks to very rare and discreet external signs of wealth and speed, it is also the one that brings together everything we love about the California brand, the demonic performance and technology, not to mention of course the infernal efficiency / autonomy duo. You do not have to be a great visionary to imagine that it will long occupy its place as a pioneering icon of modern electricity in the collective unconscious. And that we might still find some in 30 or 40 years, original, in working order, like a 911 Carrera 3.2 from 1977 today. For 150,000 euros. The restoration consisted essentially of replacing the batteries.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Korean crossover made an impression when it was presented and the copies that are in circulation easily hit heads. A success of esteem mainly because of its line … not classified. The machine looks a bit like a Golf 1 XXL version, which is quite strange as a reference. But it works, and the general line very successfully and solidly planted on large supports impresses the average person. Maybe we look at her with sore eyes when her retirement comes. And that it will delight older collectors to play Pokémon today.
With the Renault Zoé and Nissan Leaf, it’s a bit like the one that really started it all. Although production is now complete, its timeless line does not appear to be obsolete, and it already contained a good deal of the ingredients that represent electrical efficiency today, namely equipment made from recycled materials, wheels for bicycles and a contained weight. Why her instead of Zoé or Bladet? Maybe because its BMW DNA and a certain rarity give it a slight advantage over its ability to become iconic over the years?
Honda e, which is a concentrate of technology and everything on display, evokes the happy times in Japanese car technology and design, and combines masterfully practicality and cuteness. This kind of yogurt pot, a little bigger in real life than in the pictures, quickly catches your eye, and its interior remains as the first because of its dashboard fully lined with screens. If the electric car after this type of profit one day returns to more conventional dashboards with a better balance between any screen and classic controls (which I think), Honda e can win its place in collector’s paradise. .
Smart # 1
Here is the only model on this list that is not yet marketed but which gathers a lot of ingredients to quickly become a must. The line of small, smart and curved SUVs is quite irresistible, and the interior makes you want to settle down to travel quietly on the small roads with your elbow to the window. Okay, it looks a lot like a Mini Countryman in profile, which is a shame for a Mercedes, but that should probably not prevent it from sneaking into the hearts of car enthusiasts.
This is heavy and very expensive, but difficult to complete this type of chapter without including a brand that is present in almost all books on automotive passion. There is no reason to go back on the success that this Taycan represents, which was quite quickly created by the fact that it unpretentiously surpassed the 911 in terms of sales and that its commercial success is undeniable. I’ve already had the opportunity to say that Taycan is perhaps THE electric 911, whether it’s line, road qualities or driving sensations. It will certainly still be a prominent place in all the anthologies about the electric car that comes out when we are no longer in this world.
This inevitably arbitrary fixture could have invited other models into its ranks, such as the Renault Twizy, Dacia Spring, Lucid Air, Tesla Cybertruck (and the future Roadster 2) or even the sports sedan Hyundai Ioniq 6 Prophecy, whose announcement is imminent and probably will also turn their heads. Let us also not forget that the sector has not yet produced a delicious sports coupe or a nice little convertible, but that will soon be the case.
We certainly forget some. It’s up to you to tell us which models you see coming into the legend of the electric car.