Electric Cars we Can Expect in 2018
Over the past few weeks we have been receiving one good piece of news after the other. Volvo will not manufacture cars that solely rely on petrol/diesel anymore from 2019 onwards and the UK and France have made the promise to ban the sales of petrol/diesel cars by 2040. In other words, the electric revolution is here today and here to stay.
Now that more and more car manufacturers see the light and are switching their focus to EVs, more models will hit our markets soon. Let’s go through the popular cars we can expect coming to European markets next year!
Full electric models
Next year we are expecting to see at least 8 new EVs being released and are very excited that some manufacturers are coming into the mix for the first time. Focus is really shifting..
- Tesla Model 3: If any car has created a hype - it is the Tesla Model 3. This car is able to drive 350 kilometers (220 miles) on a single charge and is capable of accelerating to 100 kmph (60 mph) in just over 5 seconds. They have just start rolling out their first production and Elon Musk will throw a little party for the early pre-order customers.
- Audi e-tron SUV: Audi announced that they will reveal their all-electric SUV next year, which will also be their first full EV ever. Audi is promising us a range of 500 kilometers (310 miles) on a single charge. This car is meant to directly compete with other well-established electric SUV’s, such as the Tesla Model X and the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace.
- BMW i3S: Although the battery pack stays the same as last year's update, which is 33 kWh - allowing it to drive 320 km (200 miles), the BMW i3s will have an extra 14 pk (horsepower) and 20 Nm to your disposal. This car can go from 0 to 100 kmph (62 mph) within 7.3 seconds. The style of the car will be tweaked just a touch to visually differentiate it from the older model. It will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year.
- Faraday Future FF91: It is still a mystery if the FF91 will be released in 2018 or if the company will be another tech startup that promised more than it could deliver. The manufacturer promises a range of 600 kilometers (378 miles) with a battery capacity of 130 kWh. As it has been called the Tesla killer before, the FF91 recently broke Tesla P90D’s record at Pike’s Peak by 20+ seconds.
- Hyundai Kona Electric: Hyundai confirmed to launch the Kona EV in the first half of 2018. They aim for an electric range of 500 kilometers with a battery capacity of 60 kWh. This would be a huge leap forward for Hyundai, as their current highest electric range is 250 kilometers (155 miles) with the IONIQ. This will be the fourth electric Hyundai model and they expect to manufacture many more in the future..Keep up the good work!
- Jaguar I-Pace: Another electric SUV is coming our way next year! The Jaguar I-Pace will have a battery capacity of 90 kWh, which enables it to drive 500 kilometers (310 miles) on one single charge. With the car being Jaguar’s first full EV, they claim to deliver ‘exciting Jaguar performance’. The car will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 4 seconds.
- Nissan Leaf (upgrades): Nissan has been teasing us with features and images of what we can expect next year. There are many speculations about the range and battery capacity, but the rumours are that one of the three updated models will have a battery pack of 40 kWh, which results in a range of 320 kilometers (200 miles). Nissan has always been a frontrunner in full electric cars and we cannot wait to see the new models in all its glory!
- Lucid Motors Air: Lucid Motors is an electric vehicle company, which will debut their Air next year. The car will have a battery capacity of 100 kWh and can drive 385 kilometers (240 miles) on a single charge. They will also have a small batch of exclusive cars coming to market called the Launch Edition, which will have an electric range of 640 kilometers (400 miles). Lucid Motors is aiming for a higher segment here as both models are very luxurious and will have the possibility to drive autonomously.
Experts forecast only four popular PHEV models will hit the European roads next year, which might be the result of lower growth in sales for PHEVs, compared to full EVs, due to decreasing tax benefits for plug-in hybrids. But we do wonder if sales will get another pick-me-up, now that more and more car manufacturers are announcing their scrappage deals (The Guardian, 2017).
- Audi Q5 e-tron: Audi will both release a full electric, as a plug-in hybrid car next year. Next to a fuel engine the Q5 e-tron will have a elektromotor, which allows the car to drive 50 kilometers (31 miles) 100% electric. This is an upgrade compared to the existing model which can drive 46 kilometers (29 miles) electric. In total Audi will have 4 electric models by the end of next year.
- BMW i8 Roadster: Next year BMW will reveal its BMW i8 roadster. Fans are speculating about the specifications, as BMW is trying its best to keep them secret. The hope is that the electric range of the new model will be bigger than the current BMW i8. We will keep you updated if we receive more information about this -for now- mysterious car.
- Range Rover: Land Rover is finishing their PHEV version of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models. The cars will have an electric range of 48 pure electric kilometers (30 miles). The car will look fairly similar to previous non-electric models.
- Volvo XC40 PHEV: This new model, the XC40, will have a battery pack of 9.7 kWh, which results in an electric range of 50 kilometers (31 miles). It will be the next step in Volvo’s goal to cumulative sales of 1 million hybrids and plug-in vehicles by 2025. This obviously also contributes to their promise to stop manufacturing cars which will solely be powered by diesel/petrol. We are excited to see what Volvo will put to market the upcoming years!
We are curious to see which other models will hit the shelves next year and might be revealed on the Frankfurt Motor Show this month.
We will update this blog accordingly, but do not hesitate to let us know if you beat us to the punch and have new updates about the above mentioned car models!
Have you already ordered one of the abovementioned cars and cannot wait to charge your electric car as fast and safe as possible?