Electric cars coming soon

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...

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What Car? team
30 November 2016

Electric cars coming soon

Honda Urban EV

Honda Urban EV

On sale 2019

The Urban EV started life as a wacky concept car at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, but it proved so popular that Honda will make few changes to the design of the production version due next year.

It’s too early for pricing, but Honda has admitted that the Urban EV won’t be cheap, despite its small size, and will instead be positioned as a premium model.


Jaguar XJ

2019 Jaguar XJ

On sale 2019

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.

The 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.


Audi E-tron Sportback

Audi E-tron Sportback

On sale 2019

Soon after the regular E-tron SUV goes on sale, Audi will follow it up with a coupé-like Sportback version, previewed by 2017’s Elaine concept.

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.


Maserati Alfieri

Alfa Romeo Alfieri

On sale 2020

One year after the conventionally powered Alfieri goes on sale in 2019, an all-electric version of the two-seat sports car will be launched. No details have been released, but the car’s styling should stay true to the original Alfieri concept of 2014.

As for the regular Alfieri, this will come with a V6 engine rather than the originally planned V8, because of strict new limits for CO2 emissions.


Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

On sale 2019

Tesla’s smallest and cheapest car to date is an electric rival for executive saloons such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

It should cost from about £35,000 in the UK, and our early drive in one has suggested that it’s both engaging to drive and practical enough for most families. However, unlike Model S and Model X owners, those who buy a Model 3 won’t have any free access to Tesla’s Superchargers.

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