Porsche has already built an electric Boxster prototype to test out the latest battery technology. Engineers have said the car performed well in tests, but delivered lap times that were slower than expected because of its increased weight. If an electric Boxster is made, expect it to launch before any electric 911.
While an all-electric 911 sports car is a real possibility, the challenge is how to package an electric motor and battery within the confines of the 911’s shapely bodywork. One solution proposed by engineers is to mount the car’s battery where the 911’s rear seats are, turning the car into a two-seater.
Porsche Mission E
Due on sale by 2020, Porsche’s flagship electric sports car promises a range of around 311 miles and a charging time of just 15 minutes. The four-seater will face direct competition from Tesla’s Model S, and will be capable of receiving over-the-air continuous updates just like its main rival. A whole range of Mission E models is planned, including a potential range-topping version with 590bhp that will be capable of completing the 0-62mph sprint in less than 3.5sec.
Porsche 918 Spyder
Very few of us will ever get to drive Porsche's halo sports car but, having been on sale since 2013, a second-generation version should come to market within the VW Group's timeframe for new electric cars. Porsche could use its electric Boxster and 911 models, as well as the Mission E, to test the public's appetite for a range-topping electric model.
VW has an entire family of ID electric cars planned, but the first one you’ll be able to buy is this electric hatchback. It’s due to go on sale in 2020, will cost you around £22,000 and has a range of about 250 miles. Its single electric motor produces 167bhp. Perhaps more importantly, though, VW plans to introduce a follow-up version of the car in 2025 that is capable of driving itself.
Volkswagen ID Crozz
The second all-electric car from Volkswagen’s ID family is the Crozz, a stylish SUV that was first shown in concept car form last year. Inside, the Crozz is said to have interior space on par with the Tiguan Allspace, as well as a large boot. It’s powered by two electric motors – one on each axle – that together produce 302bhp.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
Yes, the ID Buzz is essentially an electric version of the classic VW Campervan. It’s due on sale in 2022, and offers four-wheel drive thanks to its two electric motors, which combined produce 369bhp. Its top speed is limited to 99mph, and it has a range of around 270 miles. Its batteries are built into the floor, maximising interior space for people and luggage – in fact, the ID Buzz has seating for up to eight people inside its configurable interior. A commercial version, likely to be called the ID Buzz Cargo, is also planned.
Volkswagen ID saloon
The final ID family member is understood to be a large, luxurious saloon, and is likely to be seen for the first time at next year’s Geneva motor show.
If you don't want to wait until 2030 to buy an electric car, then there are already plenty to choose from. Below are our top ten electric cars to buy right now, as well as the ones to avoid.
Top 10 electric cars to buy right now
10. Volkswagen e-Up
The regular Volkswagen Up is one of our favourite city cars, and this electric version is just as practical and good to drive; it feels almost entirely uncompromised by its conversion to electric power. It's just that, unfortunately, it costs twice as much as the petrol models.
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9. Nissan Leaf
One of the more affordable electric models on sale, the Leaf is about the same size as a Vauxhall Astra and similarly easy to drive. There are two battery options to choose from: a 24kWh that allows a theoretical range between charges of 124 miles, and a 30kWh that extends this to 155 miles. The latter is only available on the more expensive trim levels, though.
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8. Toyota Mirai
The Mirai is a hydrogen-fuelled car, which means that you'll need to fill it up with hydrogen at specially chosen filling stations, of which there are currently very few. It's powered by a single 152bhp electric motor and can travel for up to 400 miles between refills. We found it to be quiet and well controlled but, at around £66,000, it's certainly pricey, and with limited volumes coming to the UK it's likely to be a very rare sight.
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