A Major Electric SUV Push is Coming in the Next Few Years
【Summary】The next few years are going to be a busy time for automakers, as major automakers have plans to come out with electric SUVs – 13 in total – that will fill a once-secluded segment.
Tesla started the electric craze with the Model S sedan. After the release of the all-electric luxury sedan, automakers have had to play catch up to try to compete with the electric automaker's vehicles. There's one segment of the industry that no one's really cornered yet, and that combines the nation's love affair with crossovers/SUVs and electric cars.
As Green Car Reports laid out in a lengthy article, automakers are looking to fill the void with a mad release of electric SUVs over the next two years. The outlet pointed toward 13 vehicles that are coming out between now and 2020. The list is in order of vehicles that are coming out sooner to later.
The Jaguar I-Pace recently went on sale in the United States, shortly after the automaker finished testing the vehicle in California, and things are already looking really good. While the I-Pace has the automaker's stunning exterior design, it's the internals that are proving to be impressive.
Thanks to its 90 kWh battery pack, the I-Pace has a range of 240 miles on a single charge. Its available 50 kW DC rapid charger allows the electric SUV to recharge 80 percent of its battery in just 85 minutes. While performance isn't exactly on par with Tesla's offerings, the I-Pace can get to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a rating of 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque.
Initial reviews of the vehicle are stating that the machine is more enjoyable to drive on curvy roads than the Tesla Model X and has better interior build, too.
Volkswagen's diesel scandal altered every automaker's course under the brand's massive umbrella. Audi, a brand that has deep roots with diesels, has altered courses towards electric vehicles. The new Audi e-tron will be the automaker's first all-electric SUV that's estimated to have a total of 250 miles on the European Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure.
While that figure will shrink when calculated by America's standards. The e-tron has a trick up its sleeve when it comes to charging. Audi claims the SUV's 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack will be able to support 15-kW DC fast-charging. The innovative system will allow the e-tron to get a full charge in a matter of just 30 minutes.
Last we heard, Audi had plans to unveil the e-tron at the end of August, but that figure has been pushed back to an unnamed date. We still expect the vehicle to be revealed before the end of the year.
Mercedes-Benz's recently christened EQ family of electric vehicles is starting things off with a bang, as they first vehicle from the new line will be an electric SUV that's called the EQC. Not a lot of information is known on the machine, except that it will be built in France and be revealed on September 4.
Green Car Reports states that the SUV will have a range of around 250 miles and will be marketed as a 2019 model year. The vehicle is expected to have high-tech fast-charging technology that will be able to add 62 miles of charge in just five minutes.
Not so long ago, Volvo revealed that its compact XC40 crossover would be the first model in its lineup to get an all-electric variant. The vehicle is expected to come out in 2019 and have a price tag of just $35,000, but the automaker has not stated whether that includes incentives or not. For that price, the crossover is expected to have a range of roughly 240 miles.
At the Beijing Auto Show in April, BMW took the wraps off of the iX3 all-electric SUV concept. While just a concept, BMW claims that the SUV, when it hits the road, will have a range in excess of 249 miles. Since BMW is an automaker that prides itself on sporty vehicles, the machine will make a claimed 270 hp. Charging will be one of the iX3's strong suits, as it will be able to utilize a 150-kWh charger that lets it charge in roughly 30 minutes.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Despite being revealed at this year's New York Auto Show, Hyundai still has some time before putting the Kona Electric onto the road. The electric crossover will feature a 64-kWh battery pack that gives it a range of 250 miles. Despite being larger than other electric offerings on the road, the Kona Electric is expected to have a combined rating of 117-MPGe, which is better than the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt. When connected to a 100-kW charger, 80 percent of the Kona Electric's battery pack can be filled in roughly 54 minutes.
The Kona Electric will go on sale in California before the end of the year. Hyundai will spread to other states shortly after.
Kia Niro EV
The regular, hybrid-powered Kia Niro is a fantastic little vehicle. It's efficient, comfortable, and relatively fun to drive. Kia wants to make the first part of the equation even better by introducing an all-electric variant that will go on sale by the end of the year.
The Kia Niro EV is claimed to have a range of 236 miles thanks to a 39.2-kWh battery pack. The crossover's electric motor is estimated to produce 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque – not bad for a pint-sized SUV.
Ford Mach 1
Ford has been slow to capitalize on both the electric and autonomous revolution. The American automaker doesn't have a lot of electrified vehicles in its lineup, but it's looking to change that with the introduction of the Mach 1 SUV that's set to come out in 2020. There's not a lot of information out there for the SUV, but it's expected to have a range of 300 miles and share some design cues with the Ford Mustang.
Tesla Model Y
Tesla may finally be getting over its production issues with the Model 3, but the electric automaker already has something else in the pipeline – the Model Y crossover. The crossover is expected to be smaller than the Model X and have seating for five passengers. Tesla hasn't stated what kind of range the vehicle have or what kind of price tag it will wear, but the vehicle should be out in 2020.
Byton isn't a household name, but the Chinese automaker is looking to become a hit in the United States with a few electric cars. The brand has released a lot of information on the K-Byte Concept, but little is known when it comes to the brand's electric SUV – the M-Byte.
The M-Byte will have two available battery sizes, which include a 71 kWh and a 95 kWh pack. With the smaller battery pack, the vehicle will have a range of 200 miles, while the larger one will be good for 310 miles. Byton wants to have the M-Byte on the road by 2019 at a price of roughly $45,000.
Detroit-based Rivian Automotive purchased an old Mitsubishi plant in Illinois last June with the intention of overhauling it to manufacture electric vehicles. The electric startup wants to have a full line of electric vehicles, which includes a SUV and a pickup truck.
Both vehicles will have an 80-kWh battery pack that's good for 450 miles on a single charge. More interestingly, the vehicles are expected to generate 800 hp and be able to get to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.
SF Motors SF7
SF Motors is another Chinese-based automaker that wants to make a splash in the United States. The automaker revealed its first EVs, the SF5 and SF7 for the first time in March with some staggering specs. The SF5 is expected to be the first machine on the road from the brand and will be on the road by 2019.
Both vehicles will utilize SF Motor's bespoke flexible motor system that allows the vehicles to use various electric configurations, including one, two, three, or four. In its most powerful version, the vehicle is expected to produce 1000 hp, which results in a zero to 60 mph time of under three seconds.
Faraday Future FF91
Faraday Future has not had an easy birth. The automaker's future is still up in the air and it seems like its doors could close at any moment. Thanks to some extra money recently, the brand still believes that it can bring the all-electric FF91 to the market.
The vehicle is believed to have a price tag of $300,000, which would make it one of the most expensive electric vehicles on the road and have a range of 378 miles thanks to a 130-kWh battery. The FF91 is a SUV of large numbers, as its electric motor (or motors) is estimated to put out 1,050 hp. Getting to 60 mph will take just 2.4 seconds.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
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