The electric car market is thriving, with the global electric vehicle market estimated to have hit 4 million sold in August of 2018. Driven by consumer interest and technological breakthroughs, electric cars are being prioritised by manufacturers across the automotive industry. For consumers that means that there are more opportunities than ever to invest in electric vehicles that are cost effective, powerful and green.
As car brands accelerate in terms of innovation, in 2019 we can expect to see a range of new and improved features to electric models, including:
Longer range. Potential electric car buyers often report “range anxiety” as an obstacle to purchase, therefore carmakers have worked hard to eliminate it. Tesla’s Model 3, for example, is the first mass market, long-range vehicle from this leading electric brand. The Hyundai Kona Electric also boasts an impressive range, with a claimed 300 miles between charging – ideal for soothing any concerns for new EV buyers!
A cheaper price tag. In 2019, electric cars will become even more accessible to drivers – likewise, the gradual price parity between EVs and traditionally fuelled cars will continue to create significant savings for consumers and remove the barrier of a higher price tag as a prevention to ownership.
Artificial Intelligence (AI). Although we haven’t fully entered the era of autonomous cars, in 2019 some car companies will get closer. Nissan, for example, has combined advanced vehicle control and AI to create a new form of autonomous driving technology designed for both safety and convenience.
Customisation. Consumers will have more control over their investment based on what they want the car to achieve. For those looking for advanced aerodynamics, for example, Audi is giving Q6 e-tron Quattro SUV purchasers the choice to remove the car’s door mirrors and replace them with cameras that feed into small screens inside.
Easier parking. In October 2018, Elon Musk was quoted as saying that in 2019 Tesla electric cars will be able to find a parking spot on their own.
Renowned electric car companies – such as Tesla – as well as mainstream automakers are investing heavily in electric vehicles. In 2019 we will see a range of new and hotly anticipated models enter the market.
The release of the Mini E has been described by the carmaker as a “pivotal point” in its history. It will combine the features of 2018 Minis with more aerodynamic details and get a distinctive grey and yellow makeover. The fully electric model will accommodate four seats and feature eye-catching designs and bespoke features that are yet to be revealed.
The XC40 SUV will be an electric version of the petrol model that the carmaker launched in 2017 and is going to be cheaper than both the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X. It has a sleek and modern design, as well as a range of safety and performance features. Plus the car is expected to have 250+ miles of range on a single charge.
Another first for 2019 will be the Porsche’s Mission E debut into the fully-electric car market. According to Porsche, the car will do 0-62mph in ‘less than 3.5 seconds’ and multiple models are expected, including a Sport Plus.
Audi is no stranger to sleek, cutting edge style coupled with innovative engineering prowess and its latest electric cars are no exception. In 2019, the car brand will release the Q6 e-tron Quattro SUV, a premium electric car powered by two sets of motors positioned on each set of wheels. The car has a top speed of 124mph and will offer “a maximum of sportiness, driving dynamics and efficiency”
Jaguar’s classic XJ luxury saloon car is being reinvented for 2019 as totally electric with no other fuel options. The five door vehicle, with twin motors and all-wheel drive, is going to be positioned as the sportiest car in its segment.
Tesla is venturing into the more affordable mass market in 2019 with the Model 3. It will still have a range of premium options – positioning itself in a category with Mercedes or BMW – as well as significant range, but will be much more affordable too.
The Mercedes EQ C, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show back in 2016, is the first car to come from Mercedes’ all-electric EQ (Electric Intelligence) sub-brand. It will be able to reach 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds and Mercedes has estimated it should attain 280 miles from a single charge.
The Urban EV is Honda’s city car. Aesthetically pleasing with an innovative/retro design, the car will have a top range of 150 miles. That should be more than enough for the city dwellers who are its target market.
The new sports sedan from Aston Martin is going to deliver a “target range” of over 200 miles on a single charge when it arrives in 2019. The manufacturer has also been working on making the bodywork more aerodynamic to help improve speed and performance. Interestingly, the engineers behind the design want the car to feel like driving a petrol car and are innovating software to imitate the response of a 12-cylinder lump.
Due to be available for presale in 2019, the five-door I.D. hatchback range from Volkswagen is going to offer a choice of three battery capacities, the smallest being 48kWh. It will be the first affordable electric model from Volkswagen and also the first permanently online vehicle offering a range of services via the cloud.
Those looking for the full Porsche driving experience will be waiting for the reveal of the Taycan at the Frankfurt motor show next September. The car will have two electric motors, one up front and one at the rear to provide expert handling. Porsche is also working on ensuring that the Taycan will have innovative inductive charging and a range of up to 311 miles.
Set to be Audi’s most powerful model ever, the RS7 is also Audi Sport’s first plug-in hybrid. The RS7 will feature all-wheel drive and an electric motor, which will be twinned with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for optimum performance.
Updates including powertrains (for a more streamlined hybrid) make the 3 Series the latest and greatest thanks to advances in technology. BMW has plans over the next couple of years to release even more options, so drivers will be spoiled for choice.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid may not be the most budget-friendly option, ($40,000 with European costs tbc), but you get what you pay for. The fuel efficiency, 3.6L V6 engine and “up to 33 miles of all-electric range” is both comfortable and capable – ideal for larger households looking into a hybrid family car.
Recently seizing the title of ‘North American Utility Vehicle of the Year’ for 2018, the T8 eAWD Plug-in Hybrid is the pinnacle of performance and new technologies for the brand, topping the XC60 range for both cost and efficiency. This is a smart move from the brand, with this new crossover capitalising on the previous success of the XC60 and fulfilling their declaration that from 2019, "every new Volvo introduced will be electrified”, featuring both hybrid and fully electric models.
Next year will see the arrival of the S60 T8 Polestar from Volvo, which is a car all about high quality performance. It’s a hybrid optimised for exceptional styling, integrating the latest technology, and has a number of internal additions, including suspension and braking components. Production is due to start in 2019 with a limit of 500 units per year.
The Peugeot 3008 is set to compete with BMW’s electric iCars, and Audi’s plug-in hybrid e-tron range. Officially called the Hybrid Air, it uses compressed air hybrid technology to achieve impressive 97.4mpg and 69g/km stats without having to use a battery in order to do it. The innovative vehicle is changing what we know to be ‘hybrid’ and Peugeot claims it will be simpler and more cost effective than a petrol-electric drivetrain.
In terms of design, the DS 3 Crossback takes its aesthetics from the fastest selling car for this brand – the DS 3 supermini (think contrast roof, upright running LEDs). However, the Crossback will have a lot more technology at its fingertips, including electrification. DS has decided to put this tech at the heart of its brand going forward and all new models will soon have a hybrid or full-electric version.
These latest electric and hybrid cars show that the market is thriving and some of the most exciting innovation in the auto industry is happening in the electric field. 2019 could be a stellar year, both for consumers who want to go electric and for the industry itself. Once you take the plunge to become an EV or hybrid driver, NewMotion can help with all your charging needs. From home charging points to workplace installations for your business, browse our packages for fast, convenient charging solutions.