Piech Automotive's Mark Zero was a highlight of the 2019 geneva Motor Show. Supplied.
Piech Automotive’s Mark Zero was a highlight of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Supplied.

From a $A3million all-electric hypercar by Pininfarina, to the revival of the funky sixties with Volkswagen’s all-electric dune buggy – the 2019 Geneva Motor Show has electrified visitors in ways no other motor show has before.

No surprise there – with electric car sales on the increase in every major market worldwide, anyone would be hard put to find an automaker that is not making some kind of move to create their own vision of electric mobility, whether it be pure battery electric or plug-in hybrid.

The 2019 Geneva International Motor Show was more than that though – carmakers mobbed to Switzerland’s annual international automotive exhibition to show off zero emissions models and concepts in numbers never seen before.

Boundaries were also pushed like never before, with Pininfarina’s Battista electric hypercar without a doubt setting the benchmark, if not in price, in design and sheer desirability.

There were the mold-breakers, such as Jaguar’s i-Pace electric SUV which won it the European Car of the Year award, for the first time, ever.

Piech Automotive cut a decisively sharp turn into electric mobility with its Mark Zero, a grand tourer with the three – yes, three – electric motors and the ability to recharge its battery with 500km range and a “completely new cell type” to 80 per cent charge in just five minutes.

In contrast, there were the humble, such as Honda, whose honest and simple Urban EV concept made an appearance again, and marks the Japanese carmaker’s first step on a mission for all its vehicles to be electrified by 2025.

Renault, who have cemented their presence in the small electric car segment with 1 in 5 of all electric car sales in Europe in 2018, with their Zoe and Twizy, also presented its vision of an automated electric future with the EZ-Ultimo.

There was Audi, who delivered a strong message by making the decision to display ONLY electric models and concepts at Geneva 2019 – from its newest e-tron Q4 concept, to four plug-in hybrids, as well as its e-tron FE05 Formula E racing car.

Mercedes-Benz also presented an all-electric racing car that will see it enter the Formula E for the first time ever in 2019/20, as well as its concept EQV, which it says is “close to production” and will be the first people mover with pure battery electric power.

Nissan, whose all-electric Leaf has just passed a milestone 400,000 units sold, was not one to miss out on the conceptual fun with the world debut of its futuristic IMQ crossover, albeit with a dose of disappointment as electric enthusiasts realised it came with no plug-in ability, but instead a petrol-powered “range extender”.

Peugeot in comparison did not disappoint, with its first ever all-electric model, the e208 GT, along with its award-winning retro-inspired e-Legend concept.

Then of course there was Volkswagen, whose efforts to restore its former reputation in the wake of “Dieselgate” controversy have not gone unnoticed: this time, it was its revival of the iconic dune buggy in electric form.

Of course there was also Hyundai, showcasing its all-electric Kona (due to be released on the Australian market within weeks).

And then there is the Polestar 2, the all-electric vehicle from Vovlo’s premium eponymous brand, Polestar – which will be built in right hand drive and The Driven can now confirm will come to Australia.

That’s just a handful, but by far some of the very best Geneva had to offer in terms of electric mobility for 2019.

Ultimately, the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show was a statement – it said, there’s no going back, the future is well and truly electric.

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