These upcoming cars will make people fall in love with electric cars.
The first generation of electric cars wasn't exactly revolutionary. They suffered from a lack of range, and some were so expensive carmakers had sold them at a loss. The Tesla Model S and Model X were two lone bright spots in the first generation of EV models, but we think that the upcoming generation of EVs will be much better. This next wave of electric cars is crucial, because their success or failure may dictate the future of electric cars. These are the five EVs that we are most looking forward to seeing next year.
The Porsche Mission E is shaping up to be an extremely important model. The car will use an 800-volt battery from the 919 race car that will enable a 250-mile range in just 15 minutes of charging. Porsche will likely offer a few power outputs, so performance has yet to be confirmed. Expect a 0-60 mph time below 3.5 seconds. We don't expect to see the Mission E on the road for a while. Sources say that Porsche is targeting a 2019 release, but we could well see models on the road in late 2018. With a price tag of around $80,000 to $90,000, the Mission E could be the biggest rival for the Tesla Model S, and it is important that Porsche gets this car right.
Jaguar has been quick to the EV party. The company that didn't even have a single hybrid model is already releasing an EV SUV model called the I-Pace. Even though the car was just recently revealed as a concept, a production-ready model has already been spotted in Monaco. The I-Pace is expected to have a 220-mile range when it arrives in 2018. Jaguar has been vague with the pricing, although we know that the car will cost less than $100,000. Magna Steyr has been in charge of assembling the car, which is why Jaguar was able to get it on the market so quickly. Jaguar will be in a good position because it will likely be one of the first on this list to market.
The Audi E-Tron SUV will be hot on the tails of the Jaguar I-Pace. Like Jaguar, Audi has also decided to make its first major electric vehicle an SUV. The E-tron has a target launch of 2018 with a 311 mile range. Even though the E-Tron will slot between the Q5 and Q7, it won't be called the Q6. Jaguar may not have the EV SUV market to itself for very long, because the E-Tron is expected to begin production soon and could potentially beat the I-Pace to market. Expect a price tag of around $65,000 to $70,000, so it will likely be less expensive that the $80,000 Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace.
Mercedes shocked Pebble Beach with one of the most stunning EV models that we have ever seen. The company revealed a convertible version of the Maybach 6 concept, which is powered by four electric motors generating 750 hp. The batteries will be integrated into the floor of the car and allow for a 200 mile range. The Maybach 6 will also have a quick-charge function that will add 62 miles of range in just five minutes of charging. Mercedes will only produce 300 examples of this car, and we are sure that only the very wealthy will get an allocation for one.
The Tesla Model 3 is the only car on this list that has actually been officially revealed. Still, Tesla is having production issues that have stalled the Model 3 from reaching customer hands. The Model 3 is the Tesla that everyone was waiting for. People were excited for an affordable Tesla that starts at only $35,000. We hope that Tesla figures out its production issues, because this is the EV that everyone has been clamoring for.