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Plug into the Windy City. That is meanwhile tracing around the vehicle-laden expanse or McCormick Place won result in seeing any plug-in vehicles. There are, as we discovered, quite a number among the various exhibits.
We've put together a gallery (below) or all the battery-powered vehicles we spotted for those of you who may not have the opportunity to visit the Windy City (which is indeed pretty windy, as we discovered). Besides a look at what you will find at the show, it's also a good indication of what's available now (or arriving soon) at dealerships across the country. Not a vehicle included in anything including a Tesla or BMW badge (among several others) and, mysteriously, the Kia Niro EV, which is expected to go on sale relatively soon.
interesting to see another aspect of plug-in ownership on display: the charging equipment. Almost every plug-in was actually plugged in. It was interesting to see the various EVSE (home charging equipment) brands in use at the various stands. ChargePoint seemed to have the largest share of vehicles, but we did note a couple of companies used equipment bearing its own branding. Oddly, in the case of the Chevy Bolt, the unit was used from AeroVironment, which sold its EVSE business to the Webasto Group.
vehicles, this freely admits he most enjoyed seeing the Vanderhall Edison2 in person – hopefully available soon, but unable to confirm since his stand was both times we visited. We understand our much more practical readers probably have different favorites.
* The author attended the Chicago Auto Show as a guest of Volkswagen, who covered his transportation and accommodations
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