Three Upcoming Mass-Market EVs to Look Out for in 2020
【Summary】Here are some lesser-known mass-market EVs gearing up to take the segment by storm next year.
2018 was definitely a big year for the electric vehicle segment. Last year, a majority of mainstream automakers announced their first entry into the segment, amid the growing popularity of electric vehicles. So far, the 2019 electric vehicle segment is ramping up to be just as big and there are lot more surprises lined up for later this year.
However, if you are looking for the ultimate EV deal, you might want to hold off until 2020, as some lesser-known but equally exciting EVs are gearing up to take the segment by storm.
The 2020 Volkswagen ID
German automaker Volkswagen is set to introduce a series of small affordable electric vehicles. Kicking things off for the Wolfsburg-based carmaker will be a small electric hatchback powered by a 160 HP electric motor. The hatchback dubbed "ID" is expected to offer an all-electric driving range of 249 to 373 miles on a full charge, depending on the variant.
It is also expected that Volkswagen will follow the ID with a crossover version named the "ID Crozz" which will be based on the same platform.
It seems like affordability is the key to success in the growing electric segment. A perfect example of this would be the popularity of the lower-priced Tesla Model 3.
BMW is also taking a page from Tesla's book because it is all set to introduce an electrified version of the Mini Cooper. The upcoming EV from BMW's British subsidiary will share the same platform as BMW's i3 electric hatchback.
The company has not officially disclosed any specifications of the upcoming model, but it has been rumored that the Mini electric will get an all-electric driving range of around 200 miles.
Kia Soul EV
The popularity of Kia Niro EV prompted Korean automaker Kia Motors into paying more attention to its electrified portfolio. Kia is currently developing a revamped version of its boxy compact all-electric Soul EV.
The refreshed EV has been slated to hit showrooms sometime next year and will feature a new 264 kWh liquid cooled lithium-ion polymer battery pack.
The new Soul EV will offer an electric driving range of around 225 miles, which is impressive considering the 150-mile range limit of the current model.
All three of these new entries will offer consumers a more affordable EV option than the more expensive offerings from Tesla, Audi and Jaguar.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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