Everyone talks about how CES has become the main auto show of the year, pushing the Detroit Auto Show from its long-running time in January to June starting in 2020. But it’s not just cars or what goes in them on display at the tech show in Las Vegas.
Hold on tight for some of the funkier, over-the-top concepts, prototypes, and even real production vehicles that vie for the spotlight at the massive tech trade show. Here’s a collection of electric flying vehicles, electric motorcycles, three-wheeled scooters, and much more. And, as always, we can’t forget the e-scooters.
Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle
The LiveWire — Harley-Davidson’s first all-electric motorcycle — was on display after the motorcycle-riding community learned this week that pre-orders are now open. The bike is expected to arrive in August and will cost about $30,000.
This is not a concept vehicle — it’s actually coming, and soon.
Personal flying vehicle
The ElectraFly from Deseret UAS is a hybrid-electric one-person flying vehicle. But getting someone to willingly strap into the device might be a hard sell. It’s still a prototype, but the company envisions this as a tool for military or emergency services. Eventually the flying machine wants to become an air taxi. That’ll be quite the ride to hail.
Bell air taxi
The monstrous Nexus from helicopter company Bell couldn’t be avoided — it was so huge on the show floor everyone noticed.
It’s just a concept of what on-demand air travel could one day look like. But it’s intense.
Pal-V flying car
Pal-V didn’t bring their Liberty flying car to CES, but they were showing VR demos of the hybrid vehicle experience.
The Dutch company plans to take off this year. Pal-V showed off the car/plane combo that seats two people and can fly or drive on the road. It’s been taking reservations to buy the vehicle and is expected to debut sometime this year.
Yamaha’s three-wheeled vehicles
A three-wheeled motorcycle sounds like a tricycle with a powerful engine, but Yamaha put its Niken on display to show that this is a beast of a machine.
Next to it was the smaller, less intimidating Tritown concept vehicle — especially a three-wheeled electric scooter. Yamaha calls it a “compact electric stand-up riding” vehicle. The way you stand controls its balance.
Segway-Ninebot provides the scooter hardware for a lot of e-scooter companies like Bird, Lyft, Spin, and others. This year at CES, they showed off a new model.
Meet the Shared Scooter Model Max, intended for repeated use and tough conditions on city streets.
Other battery-powered scooters were all over the show as well, like the AppScooter from Etergo, which claims to have 150 miles of range.
And you can’t forget the creature-like AT-AT-lookalike Elevate, a four-legged rescue vehicle from Hyundai.
It’s way more than cars at CES.