The world of electric cars is seriously heating up in 2019. Remember when it seems as though Tesla was the biggest game in town? Sure you had vehicles like the Toyota Prius that began the saving money on gas craze, and hybrids became normal in the car driving community, but when Tesla hit the electric scene it really felt like a huge push. But now it's not just Tesla that's been making humongous progress in the electric market. All car manufactures have gotten in on an industry that doesn't seem to be fading any time soon. From Audi to Mercedes, to Kia, everyone's coming up with something new. Speaking of new, we thought we'd take a look at 20 electric vehicles set to make a splash in 2020.
1. Audi e-tron
The Audi e-tron is not spectacular in any way. It’s a conventional Audi, an electric car that doesn’t try to be radical, but just aims to gently persuade SUV buyers to make the jump to electric. Audi refers to this as ‘concept clarity’. Audi, defending huge sales volumes, has created a car that people will recognize, understand. Similarly sized to a Q7, the e-tron is built in Brussels. The battery is also built in Brussels, albeit a separate factory, it will bolt directly on to the bottom of the chassis. Top Gear describes the e-tron as having five seats, a large 605-litre boot and innovative side cameras instead of mirrors.
2. Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai combines space with head-turning good looks. This car promises to offer an exceptional electric driving range of up to 279 miles. This is down the fabulous 64kWh battery, like those that, until recently, were found only in astronomically expensive Teslas. While the Hyundai Kona is available to purchase, the Hyundai website points out that there are no more available in 2019 due to high demand. There are long waiting lists for this car, indicating that it will be a hit.
3. Jaguar i-Pace
The Jaguar all-electric SUV offers the first credible rival to Tesla’s premium EV dominance. The I-Pace offers hope that mainstream manufacturers, not just Silicon Valley start-ups are prepared to invest in building new desirable electric cars that you might be able to afford. Jaguar USA suggests that every Jaguar feels like no other car on the road. They assure us that switching to all-electric power wont change this. The New Jaguar I‑PACE is a pure Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). It is thrilling to look at and drive.
4. Kia Niro EV
Car and Driver describes the 2019 Kia Niro EV as a spectacular entry-level electric car. This is an exciting indication that the future has arrived and it’s fully electric. The all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV has already made its international debut. This long awaited electric vehicle has an electric motor, which provides an estimated 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque. And thanks to a state-of-the-art liquid cooled battery, Kia is targeting up to a 240-mile range on a single charge. Every last detail of the Kia Niro EV is impressive and innovative.
5. Nissan Leaf Long Range
Nissan has finally updated its Leaf to a 200-mile-plus EV in the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus. This will allow it to compete with the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Hyundai Kona EV, and the Tesla Model 3. Nissan expects the Leaf Plus to run for 226 miles on a full charge of the 62-kWh battery. Performance will be much better than older models too, with implied 0-60 mph times under 7 seconds. For the moment, Nissan will keep the 40-kWh Leaf around for those satisfied with 150 miles of range and a lower price tag. Engadget points out that the Nissan Leaf has fallen short of some of its rivals, offering only 150 miles of range. However, the 2019 Leaf e+ is set to change all that; packing a 62 kWh battery pack that will capably drive about 226 miles.
6. Tesla Model 3 Base Model
Teslarati describes the concept of the long awaited Tesla Model 3 as a mass-market electric car that can be competitive in price against ubiquitous passenger cars like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. So, what will come as standard in a $35,000 Model 3? There is unlikely to be any buttons, gadgets or instruments, beyond the 15-inch central touchscreen that will come standard. The base model, includes 18-inch wheels, a tinted glass roof, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, manual-adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, "standard maps and navigation," standard audio system, Bluetooth, and a center console with storage and four USB ports. These days, this is a pretty basic offering, particularly in a vehicle costing $35,000. It is also notable that the Tesla is only available in black for $35,000. Exterior paint other than black will cost an additional $1,500 (for silver or blue metallic), $2,000 (for pearl white) and $2,500 (red).
7. Aston Martin Rapide E
James Bond is reportedly set to embrace pure-electric power when the secret agent returns to the big screen on April 8, 2020. Of course, it is entirely possible that a one-off model could be created for ‘Bond 25’ but it’s more likely the action flick will feature the 602bhp, £250,000 Aston Martin Rapide E luxury grand tourer that will enter limited production later this year. An electric Aston Martin seems like the stuff of science fiction. Aston Martin is planning to produce 155 of the RapideE cars. Green Car Reports comments that the RapideE will be a powerful machine, with more than 600 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque that should deliver 0-60 mph acceleration in the range of 4 seconds.
8. Bollinger B1
Bollinger's B1 electric SUV will sport a fully removable glass top, in addition to the option of an aluminium roof, The American start-up electric SUV manufacturer says its B1 SUV, which it claims to be the most extreme and durable battery-powered off-roader, has been designed to allow airflow through the top of the bonnet from the front of the car, and setting the headlights in a grille. The Verge describes the Bollinger B1 as having 360 horsepower and up to 200 miles of range. It is built for – and in – the great outdoors.
9. Mini electric
Driving and owning a Mini is pretty special. These cars are iconic, of that there can be no doubt. The Mini electric is scheduled to roll of the production line in 2019, and Mini promises that the Mini Electric will have everything you’d expect from one of the most recognizable cars of all time – stylish looks, the unique go-kart handling – as well as a fully electric engine. The Mini Electric attempts to blend the desirability of the Mini with the zero-emissions appeal of an electric powertrain. As the Mini hatchback is one of the most desirable new cars, the Mini Electric will be a very interesting barometer of the public’s interest in pure-electric hatchbacks.
10. Polestar 2
The Polestar 2 was revealed in Sweden on February 27th 2019. This will be the first full-electric vehicle of the Chinese-Swedish brand. Production of the Polestar 2 is set for February 2020 and the specifications and prices are already available for the top-of-the-range 'Launch Edition'. Following the launch, a cheaper base model will also become available, but details are unknown as of yet. Top Gear reported that the Polestar 2 is a five-door saloon-shaped hatchback with a 311-mile range from its 78kWh battery, it’s a powerful 402bhp and can do 0-62mph in less than five seconds.
11. Porsche Taycan
Porsche announced that its first full-electric sports will be Taycan. The name translates as “lively young horse”, and is a tribute to the centre of the Porsche crest. Porsche describe their new electric sports car as athletic and performance-oriented. This will be the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche. Porsche see the Taycan as the beginning of a new era, and there is already a lot of interest in the model. Production levels of the Taycan are expected to be around worldwide annually. The Taycan has already been previewed officially, and has been spotted testing in prototype guise, so we can be certain that it is not far away!
12. Rivian R1T
While Tesla have already announced an all-electric pickup truck, the folks from Rivian have beat them to the spotlight and launched a production version of their own vehicle. This striking truck doesn’t have a massive grille up front, instead it has a thin illuminated stripe which runs across the entire width of the front fascia, with two vertical, LED taillights splitting the unit in three. It really is spectacular. The sloping upper line of the glasshouse and the angled C-pillar gives this truck an incredibly sporty look. The rear fascia is amazing in its simplicity, with a single red LED stripe running across the tailgate. Engadget reports that the R1T is built to live in the wilds. The best battery pack available with the R1T offers a massive 180kWh pack that pushes the range to well over 400 miles.
13. Tesla Roadster
Tesla has said that their roadster will be the quickest car in the world. The incredible all-electric battery-powered four-seater sports car made by Tesla will be capable of 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 1.9 seconds. Tesla has priced the Roadster at $200,000—$250,000 for Founder's Series cars. It is requiring a full $50,000 deposit within 10 days of purchasers signing a contract. Those who do want one of the 1,000 Founder's Series cars have to put down the full quarter-million dollars up front.
14. Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is a crucial development for the company. It has been almost four years in the making and presents the company with a massive opportunity. SUVs account for about 50 percent of the new car market in the United States these days. More than half of customers who bought a vehicle last year in the $30,000 to $50,000 price range purchased an SUV. So if all goes well, demand for a car like the Model Y should be strong. The Guardian claims that the company is banking on the new model to revive excitement about the brand as traditional carmakers expand their electric vehicle offerings.
15. Volkswagen ID
Volkswagen are almost ready to start taking reservations for its first Fully electric car, the ID. The Golf sized car will be officially revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this autumn. VW has already set itself strong targets for the electric ID, hoping to shift 100,000 cars per year in 2020, and ten times that figure just five years later. Pocketlint describes VWs philosophy as “electric for all” comparing it with the likes of Tesla and Audi who seem to have opted for “electric for those with money”. The first ID is planned to be a five-door hatchback which, at 4.25 metres long, is almost identical in size to a Golf. However, the use of the all-new electric vehicle ‘MEB’ platform means the wheelbase is around 20cm longer, at roughly 2.83 metres. As a result, interior space should be closer to a Passat.
16. Mercedes Esprinter
The eSprinter all-electric van will have a range of up to 150 km (93 miles) and a maximum load of 2,200 lbs. Mercedes will have produced two battery pack options for the van: 55 kWh for the max range of 150 km (93 miles) and 41 kWh for a range of 115 km (71 miles). Both versions are fairly short as far as range, but the vanis designed for driving in inner city traffic and is particularly well suited to delivery fleets. Daimler describes the chief goal of the electromobility strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans as being an all-round eco-system with an individual customer approach. The company are committed to developing the electric range further in time.
17. Mercedes EQC
The all-electric EQC is a stylish SUV crossover, combining the benefits of emission-free motoring with the comfort, convenience, quality, and safety from a Mercedes-Benz. The EQC Boasts a total power output of 300 kW (408 hp) and peak torque of 765 Nm, it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds whilst offering an impressive range of over 280 miles on a full charge. Wired described the EQC asMercedes attempt at fulfilling all things to all people, they are very complementary of the SUV and suggest that when you do climb into the driver's seat and mash the right pedal, you'll feel a pleasurable jolt, along with your own giggling.
18. Kia Soul EV
Insideevs claims that the Kia Soul EV is aiming for efficiency rather than excitement with the Soul EV. The new Soul EV uses the same kit as the eNiro, including the 64kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor resulting in a very similar 280-mile range. Road testers of the car in South Korea have reported that this range is pretty accurate – even on the motorway. The 2020 Kia Soul EV was unveiled only a few months ago, but the upgraded model is getting very close to being ready to launch. Kia has made several significant improvements over the first generation Soul EV, particularly in the drastically improved range.
19. Ford Mustang Electric
One of the most exciting developments in the motoring industry has to be the hotly anticipated fully electric Mustang-inspired performance SUV. The details of the vehicle still remain largely a mystery, but Ford has been dropping hints about the new model since 2018. All that is known is that the vehicle is set to be a 100% electric Mustang-inspired SUV and it will be released to the market by 2020. While Ford has not confirmed any more information or released a photo of what it will look like, it announced that the SUV will have a 600km range.
20. Peugeot e-208
The all-new Peugeot e-208 has it all is designed to be distinctive and exclusive. This fine-looking machine has body-colored checkered front grille; gloss black wheel arches; 17” aerodynamic aluminum wheels* and refined upholstery. It is a spacious family car kitted out with plenty of technology and gadgets. Peugeot claims the car is truly innovative, and can be charged using an ordinary domestic plug. The Peugeot e-208 even offers programmable deferred charging via the color touchscreen or through an App on your phone.
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