Nearly every mainstream manufacturer either has an electrified car on sale, or will do so in the next couple of years. That alone tells you how important they are to the new car market.
In the first few months of 2018, there has already been an influx of major new electric cars that have been confirmed, revealed or have gone on sale, as well as the array of electric concepts revealed at the start of March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
We take a look at what will be supercharging the electric car market in 2018.
The I-Pace is said to be Jaguar’s most important car in a long time, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the manufacturer’s first electric car, and with a Tesla-rivalling 300-mile electric range, it is likely to sell in droves. This is definitely one to watch out for, and is available to order now from £63,495.
The Nissan Leaf has been by far the best-selling electric car in the UK – and Europe for this matter – since it first hit showrooms in 2010. There was quite a buzz surrounding the latest version, and the model hit British showrooms in January, with many enthusiastic owners getting their hands on the Sunderland-built hatch.
It boasts a significantly improved range as well as a host of innovative features, including the e-Pedal that allows you to control the car using just one pedal to maximise efficiency. Expect to see many more on British roads in the near future.
Hyundai has so far proved itself to be a manufacturer with the future firmly in its sights. It already has its Ioniq hatch on sale, and has been developing fuel-cell technology, too, but next up is an electric version of its Kona crossover.
The Kona Electric has been signalled as a game-changer by many in the industry, with its impressive 300-mile electric range and a more affordable price tag around £30,000.
The E-Tron SUV will Audi’s first fully-electric car, following on from the plug-in hybrid versions of its A3 hatch and Q7 SUV. The German manufacturer showed off a version of the car in camouflage at the Geneva Motor Show, with a production version slated for later in 2018. It will rival the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace, and it’s certainly set a precedent for further luxury electric SUVs to follow.
The 2018 Geneva Motor Show was as vibrant as ever with new metal, with three out of the four above being unveiled there.
What was clearly noticeable, though, was the influx of electric concept cars on show at the event. SsangYong displayed its E-SIV concept – an all-electric concept that gives a firm impression to the looks of the 2019 Korando crossover.
Elsewhere, Aston Martin unveiled its breath-taking Lagonda Vision Concept that previews the manufacturer’s all-electric luxury sub-brand that will initially consist of an SUV and a saloon.
Another big unveil was from Porsche that pulled the covers off the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept – effectively an all-electric version of the Panamera Sport Turismo. This is also said to be a concept that will spawn a production version of the car in 2021.
Another star was the Volkswagen I.D Vizzion – a showcase concept for Volkswagen’s electric future from its I.D all-electric range. Models already confirmed include a Golf-sized hatch, crossover and campervan – the first of which will go on sale in 2020.
It’s worth noting that none of the above are fantasy concepts, they are concepts that will undoubtedly spawn some of the most important and exciting electric cars to hit the market in the next five or so years.
What’s happening in the electric world outside of new cars?
While the talk of new cars is always exciting and will tempt many into looking – and probably buying – an electric car, one of the key issues that many have still voiced concerns over is infrastructure.
Thankfully, several important companies have committed to building up and improving charging facilities and infrastructure in recent months.
Chargemaster, the UK’s largest charging provider, has already committed to ensuring that the charging network will be able to keep up with demand. This is good news for anyone considering an EV or plug-in hybrids, particularly as the range of EVs increasingly close in on matching, or exceeding, those of conventionally-powered vehicles.
Another exciting development has come from the National Grid. The energy firm is planning on building a network of ultra-rapid chargers that will be strategically placed across the UK motorway network so that most drivers are within 50 miles of a charger. Most excitingly, though, the firm has said they will be able to charge an EV in just five minutes – depending on the battery size – bringing it very close to the time it takes to fuel a petrol or diesel car.
Content Marketing Executive at Motors.co.uk
April 4, 2018