August 4, 2021

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular as they prove to be more efficient and cost less to maintain than internal combustion vehicles. It’s not just Electric cars that are moving towards this technology, but Vans, Trucks, Buses, Bicycles, and everything in between. Batteries have finally advanced enough for these vehicles to take advantage of battery-powered technology. Here are some unique electric vehicles that are coming soon  

Volkswagen Microbus(Expected: 2022)

The Volkswagen Microbus was created in 1947 by a Dutchman named Ben Pon. It had many names throughout its life span and I heard all of them because this was my older sister’s favorite car growing up. Some of these names were Kombi, Type-2, Vanagon, T2, Transporter, Microbus, and HippieMobile just to name a few. Inspiration first came from the VW’s Plattenwagen, which was a front-loaded car parts carrier that would make great use during the Post-war recovery. The U.S. only received four generations of the Microbus while Europe went on and continued with six. VW decided to push the EuroVan to the states leaving many people wanting more of the Microbus. In 2017 the Microbus was set to make a return and a prototype design was released. We don’t know too much about this concept van but we do know there can possibly be two production versions which include a 275 kW which is said to have 369 hp with all-wheel-drive with a motor controlling each axle. The other may consist of a less-expensive 200 kW which is speculated to have 268 hp and is in rear-wheel-drive. A 300 and 400 MJ battery pack is set to be available and set to be equipped with self-driving technology which could be useful in the commercial industry.

Genesis Essentia (Expected: 2023)

When you look at Hyundai and what they have done with the Genesis brand in the short amount of time that they have been branched off from each other it’s nothing less than remarkable. Other companies need to take notes because the Genesis brand has been flying under the radar and has quietly advanced its products to really compete with the best cars in the world. The Genesis Essential is going to target the sports car and supercar market and comes constructed in carbon fiber with a low roofline. Genesis is coming with supercar attributes like a sleek aerodynamic body, butterfly doors and is said to come with lots of power. The Genesis Essentia isn’t going to be another internal combustion engine supercar but will have an electric motor which is said to go zero to sixty in three seconds. Rimac who is partnered with Hyundai Motor Group has already developed an electric powertrain that produces 1,887 hp which means this Genesis supercar has the potential to be one of the kings of the castle when it debuts if they choose to go with this motor. There isn’t enough information on it, but with the way the Genesis line has been producing quality vehicles, we at FastMint expect them to pull the trigger and go for the top spot .

Bollinger B1  and B2 (Expected: 2021)

Bollinger Motors is a Michigan-based company that was founded in 2014 and within three years they announced their first prototype’s which is the companies first offroad vehicles. There are two versions and carry the name B1 and B2. The B1 is an SUV while the B2 is a B1 but in a pickup form. Both versions are said to do zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds while producing 614 horsepower, 668 lb-ft of torque. Bollinger will offer up to a 200-mile range using a 120.0-kWh battery pack with the ability to tow up to 7,500 pounds. The B2 will be a great work/ Offroad vehicle and will come equipped with 20 inches of clearance, a hydropneumatic suspension, disconnecting sway bars, geared axle hubs, a locking differential, and able to carry up to 16 feet long products which will make this capable of going against the best when offroad or used for transporting large structures. Like the Jeep wrangler and the Ford Bronco, the B1 and B2 will have removable doors so you can enjoy the breeze on those beautiful days. Both vehicles will start at $125,000

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