- By John R. Quain
CES: A Bevy of BEVs
There was a bevy of BEVs at CES.
Just a couple of years ago, the parking lots around the Las Vegas Convention Center were filled with autonomous car demonstrations, but this year it was the year of battery electric vehicles (BEVs)–with implications not just for consumers but for retailers as well in the years to come. From scintillating prototypes to delivery robots to infrastructure plays, CES showed just how electrification is going to change the retail landscape.
Certainly, CES had its share of expected electric car and pickup truck introductions. GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, took the (virtual) opportunity to reveal the company’s forthcoming electric Chevrolet Silverado. GM already has electric versions of the Hummer coming off the line, and startup Rivian’s well-reviewed R1T EV pickups are already rolling down highways. Ford is expected to get its F-150 Lightning EV to market this spring.