The Future of Cars in Chicago: Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by John Robinson

From all-electric Teslas to self-driving cars, the future of cars is bright. The Chicago Auto Show, held in February of 2023, gave us a look into the future of cars. It appears that the auto industry is at major crossroads nowadays. Dodge and Chrysler are calling this year the “last call” as some of their gas-powered models will never be seen again. That may be sad news for some, but it also means new beginnings in the world of electric and autonomous cars

Auto Show Concept Car Roundups 2024 In Chicago

A concept car gives us a glimpse into the manufacturer’s plans, be it 1 or 10 years from now. Because electrification is rapidly popularizing in the field of automobiles, it is no surprise that many new emerging concepts revolve around it. 

Buick Wildcat Concept 

Like most car concepts this year, the full-electric Buick Wildcat isn’t expected to go into production shortly, and no details are given regarding its performance or powertrain. Instead, it is meant to give a prototype of the company’s electrified future design theme. 

The 2+2 coupe shows a wide and low stance, wraparound windshield, and sloped roofline. Inside the car’s futuristic cockpit-style cabin are multiple screens coupled with a smaller screen extending to the rear seats. 

Chrysler Airflow Concept 

This concept is a 4-door electric vehicle that gives us a clue into the company’s plans to launch its first fully-electric vehicle production in 2025. This concept rides on 22-inch wheels and features a sleek exterior with a wide track, long wheelbase, and low ride height. Crystal LED lights on the vehicle’s front and back with a well-lit logo designate the concept’s electric powertrain. 

The vehicle will also have an all-wheel-drive system with two different 150-KW electric motors and will get 300 to 400 miles on a single charge. Moreover, the car will be equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities. The cutting-edge interior of the Chrysler Airflow Concept is designed to create a customized experience that mimics a work or home environment.  

Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept 

Unlike other concepts at the Chicago Auto Show, the BEV Concept goes beyond just a design exercise; it represents a pickup dubbed the 1500 REV, which will hit the market in 2024. 

The concept proudly announces its electrified grade with an illuminated badge, an LED “tuning fork” design in the front, a one-touch frunk, and built-in LED lights. It will also feature a camera-based rearview mirror, two 14.2” touchscreens, and an AR head-up display. Lastly, the vehicle will feature Levels 1 and 2 and DC fast charging and will be able to go upto 100 miles in around 10 minutes thanks to the 800-volt DC fast charger. 

Final Thoughts 

Fully electric and autonomous cars are not a thing of the far future. As we saw at the Chicago Auto Show, several new and improved features are expected in a couple of years, which will soon become the new norm. Driving an autonomous car takes some getting used to, so if you are a new driver, it is best to hire a personal injury lawyer to assist you in any accidents or injuries


John Robinson
John Robinson

Howdy! I’m John Robinson from Levittown, New York. I am a mechanical engineer for 15 years and already had an established car repair company. I developed a personal relationship with cars since I was a kid. I always love the sounds and smell emitted by a car or truck and even at construction machinery. Since then I have been married but my love for cars only grew.