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The Consumer Electronics Show – the First (Electric) Car Show of 2020?

(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Thursday, January 9, 2020)

It used to be that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was all about televisions, stereos, and similar devices. Cars started to first appear here as “stages” for car audio systems. In the 2000s, computes became the “hot” items at CES, followed by HDTVs and Blu-Ray players. These were followed later by smartphones and video consoles. By 2017, cars started to take center stage at CES, with electric vehicles (EVs) and self-driving cars being the highlight items.

The 2020 CES will follow and amplify the trend of CES as a premiere auto show. This year’s show has two entire tracks focused on autos – one on self-driving cars, and the other on vehicle technology. Fisker, the carmaker behind the Fisker Karma electric supercar launched in 2012, has already announced that they will launch their Fisker Ocean electric SUV (with a $40,000 price tag which is well below that of the Karma) at CES 2020. Underscoring the importance of cars to CES, Daimler Chairman Ola Kallenius will be one of keynote speakers at this year’s conference. Also expect to see electric motorcycles from more than one manufacturer. These auto manufacturers will be joined by Nissan, BMW, and Ford. Rounding out the lineup (at least from an EV standpoint) will be charging network operator ChargePoint.

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