Coming soon: electric cars

Don't buy a new car until you've read this – our ultimate guide to the new models coming in 2020 and beyond...

Audi E-tron Sportback rear

Audi E-tron Sportback

On sale Spring

Audi’s second electric car is a coupé version of its first. A sleeker body and other efficiency gains result in an official range of 240 miles – three miles up on the regular E-tron. It will also be capable of 150kW rapid charging and can be specified with either 355bhp or 402bhp

BMW i4

BMW i4

On sale Late 2020

BMW is very much going after the Tesla Model 3 electric saloon with its i4, because it has revealed some very healthy performance figures: 523bhp, 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.


BMW iX3 concept

On sale Summer

Like the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace, the iX3 has a motor on each axle, giving it four-wheel drive. Aesthetically, it stands out from other X3 models by dint of its closed-off grille and smoother bodywork with blue accents. Its anticipated official range of 249 miles matches exactly that of the E-tron, while prices are predicted to start at £56,000.

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e

On sale September

The EU’s drive to reduce emissions is making traditional city cars untenable. So, here’s an electric version of the huge-selling 500 with bespoke underpinnings, a battery and a motor for a range of 200 miles. It will be plusher inside and have rear doors to make it more practical. Mild hybrid and Giardiniera estate versions of the regular 500 are also coming.

Ford Mustang Mach E

Ford Mustang Mach E front

On sale October

This SUV can take you farther than any current rival: 370 miles. It’s also rather potent, with up to 333bhp made by its motors, so it can do 0-62mph in less than 7.0sec. Inside, you’ll find a new 15.5in touchscreen, digital dials and space for five. Prices will start at £40,250.

Jaguar XJ

2020 Jaguar XJ rendering

On sale Autumn

Acting as both a design and technology showcase for Jaguar, the new XJ will retain its sleek profile but switch to a five-door layout, making it more practical than the existing four-door saloon. Power will come from two electric motors, making the XJ four-wheel drive. Jaguar is targeting a 0-60mph time of less than five seconds and a range of more than 300 miles.

Land Rover Road Rover

Road Rover rendering

On sale Late 2020

Twinned with the next-generation Jaguar XJ, the Road Rover 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. Like the XJ, it will be powered by two electric motors – giving the Road Rover four-wheel drive – and prices are expected to start at around £90,000.

Polestar 2

Polestar 2

On sale July

Think of the Polestar 2 as an all-electric, coupé-like version of the Volvo XC40 and you won’t be far wrong. Previewed by the 40.2 concept car in 2016, the Polestar 2 should be capable of covering up to 350 miles between charges, with up to 400bhp expected from its electric motor. Top-end models will cost around £50,000.

Seat el-Born

Seat el-Born concept front

On sale: Late 2020

Look just beneath the surface of this el-Born concept car’s funky, futuristic styling and you’ll glimpse Seat’s first bespoke electric car. Based on the same underpinnings as Volkswagen’s ID 3, the el-Born will lead to a production model with about the same footprint as the current Leon family hatchback.

Skoda Vision E

Skoda Vision E

On sale Late 2020

Skoda wants its electric SUV to be seen as a performance and technology flagship for the brand; that’s why it will come with around 300bhp from its electric motors and be capable of hitting 62mph from rest in six seconds. Longer and lower than the existing Kodiaq, the Vision E has a targeted range of around 310 miles. A planned rear-wheel-drive-only variant could offer more range.

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

On sale 2021

This second-generation 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 said to have a top speed of more than 250mph, while an advanced 200kWh battery gives a range of more than 600 miles. Prices are expected to start at about £190,000 for the first models.

Volkswagen ID 3

2020 Volkswagen ID 3 front

On sale July

Volkswagen is no stranger to electric vehicles, but the new ID 3 hatchback will be the brand’s first car to have been designed as an EV from the outset – as opposed to the e-Golf and e-Up, which are electrified variants of existing cars. With styling that will stay true to the futuristic concept of 2016 in all but details, the ID takes the form of a five-door family hatchback and has a range of up to 341 miles.

Volkswagen ID Buzz

Volkswagen ID Buzz

On sale 2022

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 configurable interior, with space for luggage at both the front and rear. What’s more, the steering wheel will retract into the centre console when the car is driving itself – although this Pilot mode won’t be available from launch.

Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

2020 Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge - front studio shot

On sale October

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 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. Expect to pay around £50,000

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