12 electric cars that could be our post-petrol motoring future
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As of 2040, conventional petrol and diesel cars will no longer be sold in the UK - that's their government's plan anyway. At the moment, this seems like an eternity away. Not just because of the 23-year wait but also the limitations of today's electric vehicles.
However, there is already a new wave of zero-emissions models that will improve on all the core parameters, like range, performance and simple attractiveness as a buying proposition.
Here are twelve that should be coming in some form or other in the not too distant future.
Audi E-tron Quattro
The E-tron Quattro is going to be a serious challenge to the luxurious electric Tesla Model S or Model X.
The four-wheel drive SUV from Audi will be around a Q5-plus size and should have a range of over 310 miles.
Expect to see the vehicle, which ought to look quite like the concept seen at motor shows, in 2018.
Audi E-tron Sportback
A year after the release of the E-tron Quattro will come the E-tron Sportback.
It will be more A7 size, with the same sort of sleek and flowing lines, but with a higher driving position and other elements more normally associated with the ever-popular SUV sector.
Three electric motors making nearly 300bhp should give a 0-62mph time of only 4.5 seconds.
Having released its first SUV, the F-Pace, Jaguar is going to follow up with its first all-electric vehicle, the I-Pace.
With two electric motors making nearly 400bhp, this four-wheel drive model should get to 62mph in just 4 seconds.
The electric range is claimed to be a touch over 300 miles and you’ll be able to get an 80 per cent charge in only an hour and a half. Going on sale next year.
Mini gained a lot of useful experience with its experimental electric car back in 2010 [pictured].
But in 2019 there will be a new production model, which will use all the experience learned so far; and it will be built in the UK.
It will also, according to Mini, feature completely new battery technology to make it more of a practical proposition for day-to-day driving.
Porsche Mission E
This astonishingly handsome electric Porsche will be with us by 2020.
It has two electric motors, four seats, four doors and four-wheel drive.
Sticking with the numbers, it also has a new 800v charging system so you can give it an 80 per cent charge in only quarter of an hour.
Skoda Vision E
By 2025 Skoda’s vision is that 25 per cent of all Skodas will be either fully electric or a plug-in hybrid.
This Vision E will be leading that charge, although it’s expected the production car will have five seats and a range of power outputs, rather than the four of the concept car first seen at this year’s Shanghai motor show.
Tesla Model 3
This is going to be the cheapest new Tesla, with prices starting around $66,000 in New Zealand.
Joining the Model S and Model X, the third model in the line-up (the clue’s in the name) will be aiming squarely at the executive saloon class.
First deliveries should be in early 2019.
This was the first Tesla, based on the Lotus Elise. It was sold from 2008 to 2012 and, in 2019, it will be replaced by an all-new model based on a shortened version of the Model S platform.
Expect bonkers performance, radical looks and a drastic improvement on the 2008 car.
With the electric motor in the rear, VW says it has created more space inside and tightened the turning circle – ideal for a city car.
But a range of 249 to 373 miles should ensure this appeals as far more than just a city car.
Expect to see the ID in 2020 followed by a plethora of other electrified VW models.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
The 1950s Microbus was clearly a major design inspiration for the ID Buzz.
VW neatly manages to encapsulate both future and retro in one cool package. It’s practical too, with seating for eight, a highly configurable seating arrangement and luggage storage at both front and rear.
By 2025 there should be a Pilot fully autonomous mode, at which point the steering wheel can retract into the dashboard. How cool is that?
Volkswagen ID Crozz
The third new electric vehicle from VW is the ID Crozz, which combines the practicality of a four-door SUV with futuristic coupe styling.
Inside, deploying the digital key will bring in all your personal preferences, from seating position to climate control.
Speaking of which, the air inside will be of incredibly pure quality so that even in polluted cities you’ll keep fresh inside the ID Crozz.
Volvo XC40 Electric
The new 40-series will soon be with us, and this all-electric version should be on sale by 2019.
Taking the form of a small SUV, it should be one of the safest vehicles on the road, if the latest results from the company’s other new vehicles – like the S90 and V90 – are anything to go by.
- Graham Scott, Daily Mail