What EVs Would the Game of Thrones Characters Drive?

 

The Game of Thrones characters have it tough. Someone is always trying to usurp their power and prestige. They truly live in an alternative world in which conflict and strife are a daily occurrence and the rewards for selflessness and egalitarianism are quite fleeting.

And, to top it off, their transportation modes are really quite arduous. Have you ever tried sitting on a scaly dragon? How about those bumps on the carriage road from King’s Landing to Winterfell? What about the long and tedious walking in the lands beyond the Wall?

Well, the online used car dealership Carspring inspired us here at Gas2. They matched the great houses in Game of Thrones with modified cars. We took the idea in a different direction. Wouldn’t the Game of Thrones characters give anything to have the luxury of electric vehicle (EV) transportation at their leather-gloved fingertips? Here is our Gas2 vision of matching the Game of Thrones characters and their EV chariots.

Ned Stark: New Chevy FNR-X prototype hybrid electric SUV

An honorable patriarch, Ned Stark is loyal to Robert Baratheon when most others would tell him to come down off his throne of swords and get sober. Ned’s EV would be the Chevy FNR-X, with its bold and brawny styling that is oh-so-trendy right now. The GM press release said of the FNR-X, “The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle can switch between its engine and electric motor, while offering two driving modes: V (Versatility) and S (Sport).” Yup, that’s Ned Stark all right. Loyal to Catelyn but torn by affection to his son, Jon, by another mom. Wanting to believe that young sadomasochist Joffrey Baratheon would rise to the occasion of his kingship. Oh, Ned. You would drive a concept vehicle that has “a high-tech, artistic feeling underpinned by the spirit of craftsmanship.”





Robert Baratheon: Rimac Concept_One

A lout, Robert would drive a Rimac Concept_One. Lacking self-reflective skills, Robert would think that the lovely, low sculpted stance of the Rimac is a perfect match for him. With 1,000 horsepower available from four electric motors, the car moves from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 220 mph. The Rimac All Wheel Torque Vectoring system samples conditions at all four wheels 100 times a second and analyzes exactly how much power to deliver to each one, depending on road conditions, throttle position, and steering angle. Ah, wouldn’t that be great for Robert as he gallops through forests after those elusive boars while pounding down a flagon of wine.

Jaime Lannister: Porsche Mission-E

This knight of the Kingsguard and member of House Lannister would really like the Mission E with its supposed 600 horsepower from dual electric motors and a range of 300 miles. As a member of one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in Westeros, Jaime is an evolving character, as is the Porsche Mission-E. He first appears ruthless and immoral, but later Jaime, with the foil of Brianna of Tarth by his side, shows a different side, one that is much more complex, principled, and sympathetic. With the Mission-E’s claims that it will be able to get an 80% recharge in just 15 minutes using a 150 kW charger, it’s the car for Jaime as he negotiates surrenders and pleads with his sister for her attentions.

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Catelyn Stark: Mercedes S550e Plug-in Hybrid 

As someone whose belief in following tradition — which is her undermining at the Red Wedding —- Catelyn Stark is proud, strong, benevolent, and unstinting in her affection for her children. As she’d drive the Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid, Catelyn would get all the benefits of the well-respected Mercedes flagship sedan but also the 20 miles of all-electric range and even up to 40 miles per gallon. She’d need all that and more as she uses her strong grasp of politics to further House Stark’s position in the realm while protecting her family. In the same way that critics apply superlatives like divine, opulent, exquisite and spectacular to describe the style, performance, and comfort of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, so, too, has Catelyn responded with dignity and aplomb against the most cruel of human drives: greed.

Tyrion Lannister: Nissan LEAF

Tyrion, known also the the Imp or Halfman, uses his status as a Lannister to assuage the alienation and loss he feels as an Outsider within his brutal and self-serving family. What better EV would there be for one of our  It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and can travel up to 107 miles on a single charge. It answers Tyrion’s craving for acceptance and desire to be understood. Okay, he might continue to remedy his inadequacies with a bit of wine, wit, and self-indulgence, but the Nissan LEAF is an all-electric hatchback that can travel up to 107 miles on a single charge. It’s just what our intelligent dwarf would need for independence anytime Bronn abandons him… which tends to be more often than is wise.

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Cersei Lannister: Tesla Model S P100D

Earlier this year, a 2017 Tesla Model S P100D accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.275507139 seconds while being tested by Motor Trend. Cersei would insist on owning this powerful electric car with the longest range in the U.S. with combined rating of 335 miles. With dual motors and the company’s largest battery — 100 kWh– the Model S combines a quiet powertrain and what Tesla calls “the sound dynamics of a recording studio.” Cersei needs this quiet to contemplate her next Game of Thrones realm takeover. The 17 inch touchscreen would help her as she drives both day and night away from the theocratic demise of King’s Landing and toward a reconciliation with her brother/ lover in the many tangled webs she has woven.

Daenerys Targaryen: Tesla Model X

Our beloved dragon mother would, of course, be attracted to the falcon wings of the Tesla Model X. She would have the space and versatility of a SUV and, as the Tesla Model X 90D was named as the best SUV in 2017 for fuel efficiency by Consumer Reports, she’d also have the ability to travel long distances unimpaired when her pesky dragons are awol and off burning bad guys. Born in the midst of a great storm and rising up as one of the realms’ most powerful rulers, Daenerys has used her acquisitions for tactical advantage and prestige, ending slavery and injustice with her combined strong moral compass and ability to deal ruthlessly with her enemies. The Model X is the ideal vehicle for her, with all-wheel drive, a 100 kWh battery providing 295 miles of range, and ability to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in as quick as 2.9 seconds. It a dragon for the streets.

Petyr Baelish: BMW i3

The conniving ruler wannabe, Littlefinger is tenacious and calculating. He’d be ideal for the BMWi3, with its tons of torque and occasional off-road fun. BMW calls it “powered by performance, design, innovation, and efficiency.” That’s just what Petyr Baelish needs: control with style as he sends virgins off to serial abusers while he also courts the elusive Catelyn Stark of House Tully. Riverrun will never be the same when this descendant of a Braavosi sellsword drives up in the BMWi3, the top selling BMW electrified model that now represents 60% of combined BMW i and BMW iPerformance models.

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Jon Snow: Prius Prime plug-in hybrid

With so many misunderstandings out there right now about plug-in hybrids, it makes sense that the cautious and determined Jon Snow would choose the Toyota Prius Prime. Purposeful and aerodynamically sound at high speeds, this plug-in hybrid, with its “artfully sculpted” exterior styling and premium interior amenities, would be just the EV for our Game of Thrones hero. With the Prius Prime and its ecofriendly certainty, Jon Snow can continue on as he carefully and prudently persuades giants to join up against the forces of evil, rises from the dead to spend one more day protecting the realm, and deals with the threat of the White Walkers— all in a quest for justice.

Sansa Stark: Hyndai Ioniq

As the Game of Thrones character who probably evolves more than any other, Sansa Stark and the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq are made for each other. Traditionally feminine, drawn to tales of heroines who find their princes, Sansa moves from a naive child often used as a pawn for others’ avarice to a mature player in the realm’s games of intrigue. Similarly, the Hyndai Ioniq has become a serious contender in the affordable clean transportation sector, with its options of hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, or fully electric car. At comparable price to others in its class and an average of 58 mpg, the Ioniq drives like a conventional car, has plenty of legroom and cargo space, and is a small 4-door hatchback. It’s just what Sansa needs as she attempts to retake her family home of Winterfell.

Arya Stark: Kia Soul Electric

Car and Driver called the Kia Soul Electric “an electron-powered pack mule,” a car with comparatively limited functionality that was justified only by its relatively low asking price. Yet isn’t this exactly what the resourceful Arya Stark needs? Function, utility, and purpose? Unlike her female sibling, Arya is androgynous, often mistaken for a boy, yet also compared to the beautiful Lyanna. With dream visions of her direwolf Nymeria, Arya fights with her small sword named Needle and, through her travels, demonstrates resourcefulness, guile, and ferocity when necessary. The Kia Soul would provide just what Arya needs and no more, an austerity that fits with the likely future ruler of Winterfell.

Robb Stark:  Fiat 500E

When you’ve found yourself elevated to the position of future King, you really don’t have a lot of time for oil changes, strange things breaking in the motor, or problems with the transmission. But you also don’t want to seem like you’re caught in the past. So the cheap-to-lease and loads-of-fun-to-drive Fiat 500E is the right choice for Robb Stark. Maybe he’d have been less vulnerable to gnarled old Frey prior to Red Wedding if he’d been protected by seven airbags, a steel safety frame, zippy handling, and an EPA range of 84 miles. But, then again, when you trust the fickle lord Roose Bolton, who defects like a solar wind, maybe even the addition of the Fiat 500E to your fleet of transportation vehicles wouldn’t be enough.

Bran Stark: Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 may soon feature hardware and software that will provide a level of active safety and significantly lead all other cars on sale. If that is the case, the Tesla Model 3 may be 10x safer than the average car on the road. Brandon Stark needs all the help he can get. He’s had his dreams of being a knight dashed by Jaimie’s crippling attempt on his life, yet he’s forged ahead and assumed a mystical approach to conquering his enemies. The Model 3, too, has been larger-than-life in its approach to production and late 2017 delivery, with a silly season of sightings and the company’s ever tenacious CEO downplaying its ultimate features. With the loss of Hodor and Jojen, Bran could use a Model 3 as he travels beyond the Wall toward his destiny.

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Sandor Clegane: Tesla Semi

And while we’re thinking Tesla, wouldn’t Sandor Clegane be perfect for the future Tesla Semi? Sure, Tesla needs to resolve the size/weight/cost/range conundrum presented by all-electric heavy trucks, but the solution will accomplish Elon Musk’s goal to reroute transportation from a reliance on fossil fuels. The Hound seems to have the same longevity as a semi, and he is scornful of people like knights who pledge safety for the masses while pursuing their own self good. The Tesla Semi is the right fit for a scarred and tormented man driven by anger and hate, aspiring primarily to kill his brother until villagers building a sept are slaughtered. Then the Hound changes, promising to hunt down those responsible. Maybe long-haul drivers, too, like Sandor Clegane, will change their perspectives about EVs someday and embrace zero emissions transportation…

Khal Drogo: Ferrari LaFerrari

With all the primary and secondary characters in Game of Thrones, we could go on and on here. But we must end with the difficult, raw, and somehow appealing character of Khal Drogo. With only one television season to get to know the horse lord, we’re limited in our full understanding of him. But, like the Ferrari LaFerrari, he was able to push the boundaries of the Dothraki people to leave their grassy lands and travel on ships to Westeros to give Daenerys the chance to assume her rightful seat as the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. This leader of the tribal nation of horse riders in the steppes beyond the Free Cities would appreciate Ferrari’s first production car powered by the F1-derived HY-KERS hybrid drivetrain. It combines a 161-hp electric motor with the most powerful Ferrari V12, itself making 788 hp at 9000 rpm, for a power sum of 949 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. What great warrior wouldn’t want an EV such as the Ferrari LaFerrari to demonstrate his prowess?





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Carolyn grew up in Stafford Springs, CT, home of the half-mile tar racetrack. She’s an avid Formula One fan (this year’s trip to the Monza race was memorable). With a Ph.D. from URI, she draws upon digital media literacy and learning to spread the word about sustainability issues. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Google+