Electric cars are already a mainstay on Britain8217;s roads, with a growing number of all-electric models being available to buy right now. The electric effect is now in full force, with established brands committing offering a wider range of pure electric cars in the future.
The Audi e-tron Quattro SUV concept was shown off at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2015 and has since been teased, tested and confirmed for launch in September 2018. It will go head-to-head with the Jaguar I-Pace (which is on sale now), but has some cool features that will make it worth waiting for.
It will have a 95kWh battery, capable of over 300 miles range, but it is designed to drive and feel like an Audi. The interior offers Audi8217;s Virtual Cockpit and a similar layout to Audi8217;s recent cars, with dual touchscreen interfaces. It8217;s an SUV at heart and although you can reserve one with a £/$1000 deposit, we8217;re still waiting to hear what the price will be.
Audi is also putting a lot into developing the European charging network, supporting 150kW charging in the e-tron, which would see it charged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes. The Audi e-tron will be delivered to customers in Europe by the end of 2018, and hitting the US in 2019.
The e-tron Sportback 8211; previewed by Audi Elain in Frankfurt in 2017 8211; is a concept car for now, but will launch in 2019 as a full production model for an estimated £50,000. It looks a lot like the Audi A7, but has huge 23-inch wheels to give you a commanding view of the road. The road going car will be smaller than the e-tron Quattro (above).
While Audi has committed to a getting a number of different e-tron models on the road in the next few years, all the focus is on the launch model: it has been confirmed, however that the second model 8211; the Sportback 8211; will sit on the same platform with the same battery. We suspect that most of the tech specs will be the same and it will be a change in exterior stylings, for a sleeker look.
The Model 3 is the most affordable Tesla you can buy. You8217;ll note the use of 8220;is8221; in that sentence, when this is a story about future EVs. With the Model 3, the 8220;is it here, is it the future?8221; gets a bit complicated. Half a million people have reserved Tesla8217;s most affordable car, which starts at $35,000 in the US. The first customers have got their cars over in the States, but as production delays have hit, those in the UK 8211; and beyond the US more widely 8211; will be waiting until 2019 to get their Model 3. Place an order now, in the UK, and you8217;ll likely be looking at a 2020 delivery.
The $35,000 is just the starting price of course. That8217;s for the entry-level 220 mile range Model 3. It does 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, but if you8217;re prepared to pay extra, a 8220;long range8221; version will crack 60 in 5.1 seconds and does 300 miles on a single charge. Unlike Tesla8217;s S and X models, if you buy a Model 3, don8217;t expect to get free use of Tesla8217;s Supercharger network, but you can pay per use. The Model 3 seats five, features Tesla8217;s Autopilot system (if you pay extra for it) and information in the minimalist cabin is all displayed through a single, landscape-orientated 15-inch centre display screen.
Mercedes plans to introduce 10 electric 8220;EQ8221; models by 2022, and it8217;ll start with this 8211; the EQC, which will be similarly sized to the firm8217;s mid-sized, premium GLC SUV. Officially unveiled on 5 September 2018, the new Mercedes EQC (or EQC 400 4MATIC) is an all-wheel drive SUV, equipped with an 80kWh battery, claiming to give you around 200 miles of range. It will charge to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes.
The 400 in the name comes from the 402hp that the motors will generate, taking this car to 60mph in 4.9 seconds. It will be limited to a top speed of 112mph. The interior evolves from the current futuristic design you8217;ll find on modern Mercedes SUVs.
This electric sports car ditches the 12V petrol engine for a 610PS rear motor driving the back wheels and a 65kWh battery, said to be good for 200 miles of range. It will hit 60mph in less than 4 seconds and will be able to repeat that performance; Aston has said you8217;ll be able to thrash it around the Nürburgring with no drop-off in battery performance 8211; taking a deliberate poke at Tesla.
The Taycan was, up until recently, known as the Mission E. It was the first all-electric car that Porsche showed off at the Frankfurt Motor Show all the way back in 2015. The car will go into full production in 2019, although the company has yet to reveal how much it will cost when it finally goes on sale.
The Taycan will get two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) which combined will deliver over 600hp, catapulting the Taycan to 62mph in under 3.5 seconds and 125mph in under twelve. Porsche also claims a driving range in excess of 310 miles on a single charge, based on the NEDC.
Mini has confirmed that a fully-electric version of the Mini 8211; called the Mini E 8211; will be available to buy from 2019.
Like the recently-announced plug-in hybrid, Mini8217;s CEO Peter Schwarzenbauer says the electric version of the Cooper will arrive with new battery technology that will offer superior performance compared to other electric vehicles currently on the market. That8217;s likely to mean a range of over 200 miles, with performance to embarrass a Cooper S petrol.
BMW recently took the wraps off its Concept iX3 all-electric SUV, with images revealing what we can expect the final production model to look like when it launches in 2020. The iX3 will get BMW8217;s fifth-generation eDrive technology, which puts the electric motor, transmission and power electronics all into one singular unit.
It also gets a fifth-generation electric motor, especially designed for BMW8217;s Sports Activity Vehicles, which produces 270hp and up to 249 miles on a single charge based on the WLTP cycle. BMW has also said it will support 150kW fast charging, meaning the battery can be fully topped up in just 30 minutes.
The iX3 is a clear sign of BMW reacting to an ever expanding market, but it8217;s odd that it8217;s taking the company so long to get the must-have SUV-body style with an electric powertrain to market, given that the i3 has been on sale since 2013.
BMW confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 that it will introduce an i4 in the early part of the next decade, and that it will be based on the 4 Series Gran Coupe to give it a sportier look than many bulky and tall EVs. It8217;ll land before the larger i5 (see below), which was previewed by the i Vision Dynamics concept. While not officially confirmed, power will likely come from a front-mounted electric motor that sends power to the back wheels, it8217;s BMW8217;s latest electric architecture, which will also appear under the forthcoming iX3 electric SUV from the Munich brand.
Autocar, who broke the i4 story, believes the car will have similar performance to the 335d GT, which itself produces 350bhp. It will likely have a range of 310 miles when it launches and seems likely to be one of the sportier EV offerings debuting around the turn of the decade.
BMW unveiled the i Vision Dynamics concept coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. It previews a mid-sized saloon car, in the BMW i range that8217;s likely to be called i5 when it launches in 2021. It8217;s bigger than the company8217;s 3-Series saloon, but smaller than a 5-Series and designed to sit between the i3 and i8 in the electric BMW i range.
The family-sized car will be capable of reaching 60mph in under 4 seconds, go on to a speed over 120mph and be able to last up to 372 miles on a single charge. Let8217;s hope it arrives with the same futuristic design displayed on the concept version.
A huge question mark hangs over the striking FF-91. It should have been launched in 2018 8211; after all, this car debuted at CES in early 2017 and the company opened order books for those wishing to place a deposit. But since then, Faraday has been threatened with bankruptcy, shed plenty of its workforce and work has stopped on its factory. Still, we hope the company makes it.
The FF-91 has a huge 126-inch wheelbase, but that makes for a huge interior. The panoramic sunroof, rear and side windows use Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Glass, which passengers can tap on to tint the windows and let less light in. Don8217;t expect to get a conventional rear-view mirror inside, as Faraday Future has replaced it with a widescreen monitor instead. It8217;s used to show live footage from a camera on rear of the car, along with cameras on the sides, so you can see literally everything around you.
Another thing to be thrown out is a key. Instead, you use your phone to unlock the car, or if you don8217;t have it with you, your face becomes your key. The FF-91 is able to individually recognise each user and will automatically adjust the seat position, climate control, entertainment preferences and driving routes based on your individual tastes.
The 1,050bhp electric power unit will accelerate to 60mph in 2.39-seconds and will have a driving range between 378 and 435 miles. Faraday Future says the battery can be completely recharged in 1 hour.
Byton joins Faraday in the Tesla-rivalling, start-up car brand stakes. Launched at CES 2018, Byton brought the credibility Faraday perhaps lacks, by offering anyone a test-ride around the parking lot in its prototype SUV. The company says the real car 8211; which it claims will look 8220;95 per cent of the concept8221; will go on sale some time next year 8211; for a scarcely credible $45,000. This base model, should be good for 250 miles of range, and 0-60mph in around 5 seconds.
When we rode in the car at CES, we came away impressed, mostly be the enormous 8220;coast to coast8221; cross-car screen. At 49-inches wide and 10 inches deep, it makes a Tesla8217;s 17-inch display look just a bit small. But the Byton impressed with its clever design, generous space and 8211; well 8211; the fact it doesn8217;t look too weird. Designed in Silicon Valley and Munich, it8217;s funded by and will be built in China. First sales will be in its home market, but the company plans to export to Europe and the US in time. If everything works out, expect an early-2020s on sale date in the UK.
The Fisker EMotion is an electric car designed by Henrik Fisker 8211; the man responsible for designing the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9 to name a few 8211; and is due to be released in August 2017. It will be Fisker8217;s rival to a Tesla Model S, not just in power, but in price too.
New proprietary battery technology developed at the Fisker Nanotech battery division will give the EMotion a 400+ mile range, and it will eventually support autonomous driving modes thanks to a radar and camera integrated in the front of the car.
Ford announced at the Detroit Motor Show 2018 that it will invest $11 billion in electric vehicles, and plans to have 40 electrified vehicles on the road by 2022, 16 of which will be fully electric, while the rest will be plug-in hybrids.
The new cars won8217;t necessarily be completely new models though, but rather electric versions of current models that are popular amongst customers. The company already sells an electric version of the Focus in some markets.
There8217;s a new team 8211; Ford Team Edison 8211; looking at the electric future and an 8220;electric Mustang-inspired utility8221; is one of the vehicles in development. Ford said it8217;s keen to stick to vehicles that its customers know and love, and something electric that leans on Mustang heritage will certainly fit the bill.
It8217;s long been a sceptic about EVs, but last year Honda announced plans to join the electric party, with its Urban EV. A cute concept, that8217;s shorter than a Jazz but with space for four inside, Honda8217;s making bold promises that the production car 8211; which will go on sale in 2019 8211; will look very much like the concept. Expect it to gain wing mirrors and lose the chatty front and rear displays, but keep the chilled out, simple form language, large glazed areas and 8211; to our surprise 8211; that ultra-wide screen display inside.
Honda8217;s not confirmed prices or range yet, although Autocar have been tipped the range is likely to come in at around 150 miles. Interestingly, Honda also showed a concept last year, for something called a 8220;Honda power manager8221; 8211; this device, a kind of fully connected and integrated charger 8211; would potentially integrate into your smart home and allow vehicle-to-grid power flow, which electricity companies and power grids have great interest in, as if they can occasionally use your car to balance the grid demand, it could negate the need to build new power stations to meet the extra demand electric cars have the potential to create.
Porsche unveiled its second all-electric car 8211; behind the Taycan 8211; at the Geneva Motor Show 2018. Called the Mission E Cross Turismo, it8217;s a four-seater sports car with the Tesla Model S set firmly in its sights. It can8217;t quite match the Model S8217;s Ludicrous Mode 0-60mph of 2.9 seconds, but at 3.5-seconds, the Porsche won8217;t be left far behind in a drag race.
One of the Mission E Cross Turismo8217;s biggest selling points though, is its recharge time. Porsche says you will be able to get 62 miles out of the Mission E Cross Turismo, from just a 4 minute charge, faster than boiling a pot of spaghetti. Total range from a full battery is expected to match the Taycan8217;s 310 miles.
Rimac, the Croation hypercar manufacturer, has announced a follow up model the Concept One 8211; which Richard Hammond famously crashed 8211; and it looks set to be one of the fastest cars on the planet. It has a claimed 0-60mph time of 1.85-seconds, which makes it faster than the Tesla Roadster and a range of 404 miles on a single charge.
It8217;s based on the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID Cross and the Audi e-tron Sportback. It8217;s therefore likely to have a 310 mile driving range and a top speed of 112mph. Skoda hasn8217;t revealed a 0-60mph time just yet, but it will have a 302bhp power unit, with all of those horses being available on demand.
Two motors, one on each axle, work in unison to deliver power where it8217;s needed to provide maximum grip and stability. Clever tech features include being able to automatically find itself a parking space and park, and drive by itself in traffic jams or on motorways.
Skoda suggests that, when the Vision E arrives in the early 2020s, you won8217;t need to plug it in, as there8217;ll be inductive charging floor panel that can be fitted in your garage, but if you don8217;t have space to put in the floor panel, a quick charge plug-in cable will get it back up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes.
A digital screen will replace the analogue instrument cluster, and a larger touchscreen will be fitted to the centre console to handle all things infotainment. You8217;ll also be able to wirelessly charge your phone with a charger in each door.
It will eventually, in 2025, have an autonomous driving mode that will see the steering wheel retract into the dashboard at the touch of a button. The ID Concept will have a driving range of between 249 and 373 miles from a single charge, and the battery can be topped up to 80 per cent in 30 minutes with DC fast charging. The electric motor itself produces 168bhp.
Because there8217;s no need for space to be taken up by a large engine, VW has managed to give the ID Concept a similar amount of interior space as the Passat, but in a car that8217;s roughly the same size as a Golf.
The ID Crozz will be Volkswagen8217;s all-electric SUV that will go on sale from 2020. Like the ID Concept, the ID Crozz will get an autonomous driving mode from 2025, complete with retractable steering wheel.
Like the Faraday Future FF-91, the ID Crozz can remember each driver8217;s personal preferences for things such as climate control and seating position, and will activate them when each individual driver approaches the car.
An 82kWh battery is found in the floor of the car, and this produces a Skoda Vision E matching 112mph top speed and driving range of 310 miles. Power is sent to the rear wheels by default, but it will show the front ones some love if the car feels extra grip is needed, or you can permanently engage an all-wheel drive mode.
If you know you8217;re going to be out the house and unable to accept a delivery, you will be able to grant couriers access to the boot of the Crozz so you can drive home with your packages.
The ID Buzz is the third ID electric vehicle due to go on sale in 2022. It references VW8217;s historic Microbus and will able to seat up to eight people, with an interior that can be constantly changed around.
Two electric motors will give the ID Buzz a total power output of 369bhp to propel it to 60mph in around 5-seconds. It will be limited to a top speed of 100mph, will have four-wheel drive and a 372 mile driving range. You will be able to recharge the battery to 80 per cent, which VW says will be enough for 298 miles of travel, in 30 minutes.
Like the other two ID vehicles, the Buzz will have a retracting steering wheel to enable an autonomous driving mode, and it will have cameras mounted on the outside in place of conventional wing mirrors.