All the electric cars coming soon
New petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2030. Fortunately, these upcoming electric models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...
Electric cars coming soon
Under the latest Government plans, all new cars will have to be electrified from 2030, but even before that announcement, sales of such models were booming.
Indeed, they accounted for 18.5% of all new car sales in September, with registrations of fully electric models up 184% compared with the same month last year.
Tax incentives are no doubt playing a part in the, but it also helps that electric cars have come on massively; where previously they had quite limited ranges that made them unsuitable for long journeys, that's no longer the case.
In fact, the best models are now fantastic all-rounders and standards are continuing to improve. Here we take a look at the upcoming electric models that you might want to consider waiting for.
The EU’s drive to reduce emissions is slowly but surely making traditional city cars such as the Kia Picanto, Volkswagen Up and Fiat’s 500 untenable. So, here’s an electric version of the latter with a bespoke body and an official range of 238 miles. It’s plusher inside than the regular car to help justify its £29,995 price, plus there are rear doors to make it more practical.
Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
Volvo has used its outstanding family SUV as the basis for its first electric car. With a 201bhp motor on each axle, the XC40 Recharge is four-wheel drive and can can do 0-62mph in just 4.9sec. Its 78kWh battery yields 248 miles of range and can be charged to 80% in 40 minutes. All is familiar inside apart from a new, Android-based infotainment system. The one problem is the price: the P8 Recharge costs from £59,985, which is a lot more than most petrol XC40s.
This fully electric version of the new C4 hatchback is powered by the 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery that we’ve already seen in the Peugeot e-2008. In the e-C4, the result is an official range of 217 miles. Meanwhile, the battery can be replenished to 80% in 30 minutes using a 100kW rapid charger. Other highlights include the Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension that gives the C5 Aircross such a cushy ride, although it works less well in the C4 Cactus.
The MX-30’s official range of 130 miles is far less than that achieved by the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, both of which are proven to be capable of more than 250 miles in real-world conditions. But Mazda reckons that most of its European customers drive an average of only 31 miles each day, and says that by using a smaller battery than those cars, the MX-30 is able to achieve fewer emissions throughout its life. It make the MX-30 significantly cheaper to buy, too, with a starting price of £28,490. And that's before the Government's £3000 electric car grant.
Skoda Enyaq iV
Just 5cm shorter than the conventional Kodiaq, the Enyaq will cost from £33,450 before the £3000 Government electric car grant, with that entry-level model featuring a 146bhp motor, rear-wheel drive and a range of around 211 miles. More expensive versions, meanwhile, will produce up to 302bhp, come with four-wheel drive and be able to travel as far as 311 miles between charges.
Based on the same underpinnings as Volkswagen’s ID.3, the el-Born will be about the same size as the Leon family hatchback. Cupra is promises a range of up to 310 miles, with rapid charging making it capable of receiving 161 miles' worth of charge in 30 minutes. And while no 0-62mph time has been released, Cupra is quoting 0-31mph in 2.9sec.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
This £40,250 electric SUV can take you farther than any current rival: 370 miles. And while it’s not as fast as some, 0-62mph in less than 7.0sec is hardly slow. Inside, you’ll find a new 15.5in touchscreen, digital dials and space for five.
Audi Q4 e-tron
The Q4 e-tron is the smaller sibling to Audi's E-tron electric SUV and was seen in thinly veiled concept form at the Geneva motor show last year. It's slightly wider and shorter than today's Q5 and is powered by two electric motors – one on either axle – producing around 302bhp. The 82kWh battery pack mounted under the Q4 e-tron's floor is said to give it an official range of up to 280 miles. It will be offered in both regular and coupé SUV forms, with the latter carrying the Sportback name.
While it’s based on the conventional BMW X3 SUV, the fully electric iX3 stands out by dint of its closed-off front grille and smoother bodywork with blue accents. It has four-wheel drive and an official range of 285 miles, while prices start at £61,900.
Hyundai has announced plans for a new Ioniq sub-brand, which will specialise in electric cars and introduce three new models in the next four years, starting with a family SUV called the Ioniq 5. Technical details are still to be confirmed, but we know its looks will be inspired by the sleek Hyundai 45 concept (above), which was shown at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show.
Even in entry-level, two-wheel-drive form this long-awaited SUV sister to the Nissan Leaf produces 215bhp and can take you 223 miles between charges. The mid-range model ups those figures to 239bhp and 310 miles, while the flagship e-4orce 87kWh Performance variant delivers 389bhp and a range of 248 miles. This version can also sprint to 62mph in 5.1sec – faster than a Porsche Macan.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
This estate version of the Porsche Taycan was originally due to go on sale this year, but was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and high demand for the saloon. Prices are still to be confirmed, but expect to pay a low four-figure premium on top of the saloon's £83,635 starting price.
About the same size as today's X5, the iX will offer Level 3 autonomy, which means it will be able to steer, accelerate and brake for itself in certain situations (including at speeds of up to 80mph). It will also have around 500bhp, meaning 0-62mph should be possible in less than 5.0sec, while the 100kWh battery is expected to deliver a class-leading range of more than 370 miles in official WLTP tests.
Acting as both a design and technology showcase for Jaguar, the new XJ will retain the sleek profile that's traditionally been associated with this model but switch to a five-door layout, making it more practical than the old four-door saloon. Jaguar is targeting a 0-60mph time of less than five seconds and a range of more than 300 miles, with power coming from two electric motors to make the XJ four-wheel drive.
Land Rover Road Rover
Twinned with the next-generation Jaguar XJ, the Road Rover (this internal nickname is likely to be replaced by a Range Rover badge) will be Land Rover's first fully electric car. It's designed to be the brand's most road-focused car yet, and promises a range of around 300 miles in the official WLTP test. Prices are expected to start at around £90,000.
The latest S-Class limousine was recently revealed, and will get an all-electric sister car called the EQS. Previewed by the 2019 Vision EQS concept (pictured), the production version is expected to have a range of 435 miles between charges and to feature the most advanced autonomous driving system Mercedes has ever developed. Recent spy photos have confirmed that the EQS will feature the S-Class’s portrait-oriented 12.8in touchscreen infotainment system.
Tesla Model Y
Essentially an SUV version of our reigning Large Electric Car of the Year, the Model 3, the Model Y can seat up to seven. Two versions are likely to be offered in the UK initially: the Long Range, which is capable of around 300 miles between charges on America's official EPA test cycle, and the more powerful and expensive Performance, which still manages 280 miles.
BMW is very much going after the Tesla Model 3 electric saloon with its i4, because it has announced some very healthy performance figures: 0-62mph in 4.0sec and a top speed of 125mph. The i4 should also achieve a very competitive range of 373 miles, partly thanks to a large (80kWh) battery.
This second-generation Tesla Roadster is an all-electric four-seat convertible that is claimed to accelerate from 0-60mph in 1.9sec; in other words, it’s blisteringly fast. With three electric motors, the Roadster is also said to have a top speed of more than 250mph, while an advanced 200kWh battery gives a claimed range of more than 600 miles. Prices are expected to start at about £190,000 for the first examples.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
The ID Buzz MPV features a retro design that draws heavily on the Volkswagen Microbus of the 1950s. It has seating for up to eight people in a reconfigurable interior, with space for luggage at both the front and rear. Volkswagen is even promising a steering wheel that retracts into the centre console when the car is driving itself – although this Pilot mode won’t be available from launch.
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