WHEN DISCUSSING ELECTRIC CARS, One company has dominated the conversation: Tesla. To date, the Palo Alto automaker has seen very little in the way of competition, but based on the latest unveilings, it may not be a one horse race for long. Several recently released electric vehicle concepts have caught our eye, while only time will tell if they can offer a driving experience that can challenge Tesla’s stronghold on the market, the following vehicles bear watching for anyone in search of a ride that’s equal parts luxurious and eco-friendly. LUXURY CARS GO ELECTRIC MERCEDES-MAYBACH 6 The world recently caught its first glimpse of the ultra-stylish Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. At six meters long, the sheer size of this futuristic coupé immediately stands out, with four extra-spacious seats and a large touchscreen inside. Per the Mercedes Benz website, the glamorous set of wheels will enjoy a range of over 500 kilometers, according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA). LUCID MOTORS Lucid Motors has made some big promises as well, stating that their production-ready prototype will be capable of traveling over 643 kilometers (400 miles) on a single charge with a noteworthy 1,000 horsepower. The most compelling reason to put stock in these stats is undoubtedly Peter Rawlinson, the chief technology officer of Lucid Motors and former chief engineer for Tesla. Hoping to have cars on the road by 2018, Lucid recently announced plans to build a $700 million production factory in Arizona. FARADAY FUTURE FFZERO1 CONCEPT California-based startup Faraday Future put themselves on the map when they introduced the FFZERO1 Concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with a claimed top speed of over 321 km/h (200 mph) and a 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) time under three seconds. We will soon find out just how real the young, ambitious company is, as they indicated via twitter that CES 2017 will mark the unveiling of Faraday Future’s first production model vehicle. GREEN LORD MOTORS G4 The Japanese-made G4 from Green Lord Motors (GLM) made quite the buzz upon its debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. Sleek and sporty with gullwing doors that make it look part supercar, part transformer, the G4 boasts a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) and an impressive range of 400 kilometers (248 miles) on a single charge. The acceleration is also sure to excite, with a 0–100 kilometers time of 3.7 seconds.
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