Electric cars coming soon: Vauxhall Corsa-e, Jaguar XJ, Alfa Romeo Alfieri
Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...
On sale: Early 2020 | Price from: £29,990
Vauxhall sees the electric variant as so important to the Corsa’s future that it chose to reveal it ahead of the combustion-engined models.
Called the Corsa-e, it uses a 134bhp motor and a 50kWh lithium ion battery that’s good for a range of 211 miles between charges on the official WLTP test cycle. That matches the figure of its sister car, the Peugeot e-208, and compares favourably with today’s Renault Zoe, which manages just 188 miles.
On sale Early 2020
Like today's Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace, the BMW 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.
An anticipated official range of 249 miles matches exactly what the E-tron manages, while prices are predicted to start at £56,000.
On sale 2020
While today’s XJ is a fairly conventional luxury saloon, next year’s replacement will be exclusively sold as an electric car, making it a direct rival to the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan.
The new XJ will also switch from a four-door layout to a five-door one, potentially boosting practicality. Powered by two electric motors driving all four wheels, it will serve as a technological showcase for Jaguar.
Power will come from two electric motors, and Jaguar is targeting a real-world range of around 300 miles. For reference, the existing I-Pace electric SUV manages 292 miles on the WLTP test cycle.
Audi E-tron Sportback
On sale 2020
With the regular Audi E-tron now on sale, Audi is looking to follow it up with a coupé-like Sportback version, previewed by 2017’s Elaine concept car.
It uses the same 402bhp dual-motor powertrain as the E-tron and should deliver a range of up to 250 miles. Plus, like the E-tron, the Sportback will be able to control its own acceleration, braking and steering in certain situations. Camouflaged prototype versions have been spotted testing, and Audi showed one off at this year's Geneva motor show.
Inside, expect to see an interior similar to that of the regular E-tron, with a large digital instrument cluster and separate screens for the infotainment and climate controls.
On sale Late 2020
The conventionally powered version of the Maserati Alfieri sports car is due to go on sale next year after an unveiling at March's Geneva motor show, and a year later it will be followed up by an all-electric version. The electric Alfieri will have three electric motors, four-wheel drive and an energy-dense battery pack. A plug-in hybrid version is also on the cards.
On sale: Spring 2020 | Price from: £20,000 (est)
The second generation of Peugeot's smallest SUV will be joined by a new electric version, called the e-2008. Powered by a single 134bhp motor, the e-2008 can cover 193 miles between charges, according to the latest WLTP tests; in comparison, Hyundai's Kona Electric covered one mile more in the same tests. Charging takes up to eight hours using a 7.4kW home wallbox but will be a lot quicker if you use a rapid charger. Buyers will also get access to a network of 85,000 charging points across Europe.
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