Electric Vehicles of 2020
Although the California based Tesla is the pioneers of luxury electric vehicles, the rest of the carmakers are now catching up. The Audi e-Tron is already launched to the market and Mercedes and Porsche are set to launch their EVs by the end of this year. The trends show that slowly but surely, the automobile market is going to become electric.
Here are some electric cars launched by most prominent automobile manufacturers.
The I-Pace was unveiled by Jaguar Land Rover at the Geneva 2018 auto expo. It is available at several international markets. The car is supposed to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The SUV features a 90kWh lithium-ion battery. The range is claimed to be 298 miles on a full charge. The powertrain delivers around 395bhp and 65 Nm torque. The design, handling, and interiors have been commended by most experts.
The charging time is rather long: a standard 7kWh connection would take around 10 hours for an 80% charge, while a 100kWh DC connection would take 45 minutes for the same. Also, the range and a theoretical 298 miles, compares poorly with that of its competitors. The car is not priced for the masses, costing around £ 53,000 for the basic model.
The i3 from BMW is a conservative yet nimble vehicle. It has a 42.2 kWh battery and promises between 150 to 180 miles per charge. It delivers a torque of around 184 lb-ft and around 170bhp. It goes from 0 to 62 mph in around 7.3 seconds; however, its acceleration from 0 to 30 mph is a lot more.
The car has a zippy acceleration, tons of additional features and a jaw-dropping design. But, it’s technical specification pales in comparison to the other cars of its league for example, the Chevrolet Bolt.
The all-electric SUV by MG is the first EV by MG motors. It is the first car by the British automaker designed in China. It is perhaps the first EV to have concrete plans of introduction in India. It is currently under some testing. It delivers around 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The charging takes about 7 hours with 7kWh chargers and around 30 mins with fast chargers.
The eZS has around a200 mile range. This is nowhere in league with the other luxury electric cars. The handling is fair, although not as good as it could have been. But seeing, as the car has been priced at £12,000 it is quite cheap when compared to other luxury electric cars.
This is perhaps the first electric supercar, coming out of Italy. The technical specifications of the Batista are comparable to those of the Formula One racecars. Pininfarina only plans to manufacture 150 units initially. It features a120kWh battery. It is supposed to go from 0 to 62 mph in under 2 seconds. It delivers an incredible 1900bhp and around 1695 Nm torque.
The car also features unique digital interiors. However, Pininfarina has opted to keep the look more traditional than what could have been. The fact that this vehicle is so elite and cost about £2 million to manufacture means that, it is going to be as rare as they come. The Batista is perhaps the pioneer in the class of hyper EVs.
Porsche Mission E Taycan
Porsche has two EVs lined up for release within the next two years. Taycan is a performance-based vehicle that has a sporty design. It promises a range of over 250 miles and a 0 to 62 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds. These are indeed impressive features. Porsche also claims a rapid charging speed; 80% in 15 minutes with fast chargers. It delivers around 600 bhp.
The price of this luxury vehicle means that it is in no way, made for the masses. Also, recharging must be done with the right chargers else it may take up too much time.
Mercedes Benz EQC
The car was teased at the Geneva 2018 expo. It features more than 200 miles of range and more than 400 horsepower. It features an 80 kWh battery and delivers around 560 lb-ft of torque. It also has the unique voice-activated infotainment system, the MBUX, a trademark of Mercedes.
The EQC design is quite similar to the GLC. This gives a sense of familiarity to the driver. It is perhaps the heaviest of all EVs of its specifications. Its 80 kWh battery doesn’t quite keep up with the higher battery specifications of the competition. However, the safety of the EQC is miles ahead of what the competition has to offer. It is perhaps the safest EV in the market.
The verdict of the automotive industry is clear; it is going to be all electric in the future. The development marks heating up of the competition in the Electric vehicle sector. These cars are perhaps the most prominent among the rising class of electric vehicles.