• Going the Distance with Electric Cars Coming in 2018 and 2019

    With 169 countries looking to reverse climate change, grow the economy, and protect public health, automakers are looking at electrification as means of reducing harmful emissions and work towards achieving the ambitious climate goals of the Paris Agreement.

    Over the past decade, electric vehicles have progressed rapidly. The number of fossil fuel-burning cars are being traded in for EV cars is growing each year. Unfortunately, alternative fuel vehicles account only for a small percentage of all the cars on the road today. The reason for this is that most of today’s fully electric cars have a limited range between charges, which make them only good for short trips. But a host of manufacturers are preparing to launch new models that tackle the range issue, while also offering stylish looks and innovative technology. Here are seven new models that will be available in the next two years and augment the existing fleet of available battery electric cars.

    Electric cars - 2018 Nissan Leaf 2.0
    2018 Nissan Leaf 2.0

    2018 Nissan LEAF 2.0

    The first generation LEAF started with the 2010 model year and matured with only minor updates. The 2018 LEAF begins marks the second generation and comes fully stocked and loaded with new safety, security, and driving assistance technologies such as ProPILOT assist and e-Pedal technologies. Now, the maximum range on a single charge is up to 150 miles from a 147 horsepower electric motor. Starting price is $29,990, which is $690 below the current 2017 LEAF starting MSRP. Watch for the all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF to go on sale early 2018 in all 50 states.

    Electric cars - Audi e-tron quattro concept
    Audi e-tron quattro concept

    2019 Audi e-tron quattro

    The Audi e-tron will start production next year at Audi’s Brussels plant and will evolve the styling and powertrain components from the e-tron quattro concept that first appeared at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Official details haven’t been announced but the concept had a 95-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and three electric motors—one at the front, two at the rear—providing a total of 320 kilowatts (496 horsepower) and 590 lb-ft of torque that can be boosted to 370 kilowatts and 590 lb-ft of torque for short bursts of power.

    Zero to 60 mph performance for the e-tron quattro concept is a blazing quick 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. Audi claims a range of 310 miles, albeit on the highly-optimistic European testing cycle. That number might well be closer to 250 miles under U.S. EPA testing. The production model will likely adopt the concept’s “crossover coupe” design, with a low roofline combined with more traditional SUV styling elements.

    2018 BMW i3s

    Set to debut at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show is a more performance-oriented version of the refreshed i3. The sportier all-electric i3s differs from the typical i3 with a wider track, higher wheel arch moldings, and a more muscular stance. Max output comes from an electric motor that tops out at 184 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The standard i3 has a maximum output of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The i3s snaps from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, almost a half second faster than the i3, and has a top speed of 100 mph.

    A sport-tuned suspension with specially developed spring, dampers, and anti-roll bars plant the i3 firmly on the road. Also new is a SPORT mode that quickens accelerator response and sharpens the steering characteristics. An available range extender engine increases the overall range from 87 to 97 miles.

    The new i3s is scheduled to reach showrooms November 2017.

    Electric cars - 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
    2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

    2019 e-Golf

    The 2019 VW e-Golf is due to begin production next year and reach showrooms by late 2018. Volkswagen is keeping details under wraps, but expect the new e-Golf to have a range of 186 miles. According to a report by Autoblog, the eighth generation e-Golf will feature a 48-volt onboard power supply — a mainstay with all of VW’s future hybrids and battery electric MQB-based cars and crossovers.

    Electric cars - 2019 Jaguar I-Pace in motion
    2019 Jaguar I-Pace Concept

    2019 Jaguar I-Pace

    We expect Jaguar will officially announce the details of their new all-electric, all-wheel-drive sporty crossover soon. Styling will be heavily influenced by the I-Pace concept, which debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Jaguar, the concept has a 220-mile range on the EPA test cycle and featured a pair of electric motors that drive the front and rear wheels — each producing 150 kw (200 hp) and 258 lb-ft of torque. Production is slated to begin in March or April of 2018.

    electric cars - Porsche Mission E Concept
    Porsche Mission E Concept

    2019 Porsche Mission E

    Porsche originally revealed the Mission E concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Their high-performance all-electric concept boasted an output of 440 kilowatts (600 hp) and a range of 250 miles. Obviously, the emphasis is on performance along with zero emissions. Its design already won awards and is expected to launch the 350 kW ultra fast-charging technology developed by the company.

    Proven to be a winner, Porsche confirmed Mission E three months after its debut with a target launch date “by the end of the decade.” Plans since have progressed such that Porsche announced they will produce and deliver the Mission E in 2019. MSRP will be in the neighborhood of $86,000 With options and more powerful powertrain configurations expected to push the price significantly higher.

    MINI Electric Concept Car
    [Photo: Mini]

    MINI Electric

    Set to debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show is the first pure-EV MINI since 2008. Nearly ten years ago, MINI leased 600 cars to the general public as part of a trial run.  Ultimately, the Mini E collected data that BMW used to formulate the i3. This time, the MINI Electric will be a full volume production model and not have a clause for its immediate return upon an expiration date.

    When the production-ready MINI EV does arrive in 2019, it’s likely to use powertrain technology from the BMW i3. That would mean a range of around 190 miles, a peppy 0-62mph time of about 7.5 seconds and DC rapid charging compatibility. MINI also envisions it would bring an agile, ‘go-kart’ like option to the EV market. We’ll include an update shortly after the MINI Electric’s debut.

    Here is our EV roundup of all the latest electric cars from the floor of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show:

    Derek Mau
    Derek Mau
    Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few extra bits and pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history behind classic cars.

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    18 thoughts on “Going the Distance with Electric Cars Coming in 2018 and 2019

    1. >> The reason for this is that most of today’s fully electric cars have a limited range between charges

      I’d enhance that sentence to add cost as a even greater factor. There is a pretty massive price premium in purchasing a BEV. For instance, the Chevy Bolt, which is basically equivalent to a Honda Fit or Kia Soul, is almost twice the price similarly equipped. Also, the seven selected vehicles aren’t necessarily a full selection – I might have listed a few more, including at least the Ioniq and Kona (full EV versions) arriving in 2018. Leaving the Kona out seems like a huge omission, since it seems to hit the CUV and range sweet spots right on target.

      1. Good point about the cost factor being a hurdle to overcome. The possibility of taking away the federal tax credit for purchasing or leasing EVs isn’t going to help move more people to electrification.

        Thanks for calling out the Kona and Ioniq. I reached out to my contacts at Hyundai to verify the information. The Kona Electic was mentioned in their recent media announcement, which leads me to believe it won’t be sold in the U.S.

        1. Derek we bailed out the big automakers with billions in tax dollars. Companies that could have brought us better products could have ramped up to provide service stations in all cities. We bailed them out with an agreement to build better and to change their tool and die’s. Especially with the diesel scandals, they were ordered to build electric cars by 2020. The only way we will see a better product is if the government steps in and forces the issue. The big players already went bankrupt, new players like Tesla need the support if we ever want to see something better come to fruition. Cost is an issue because the big players hold the key to the jail we live in. Without help from the government GM was dead and many others were going down as well. Too bad we didn’t let them go so then Tesla would stand a chance and then not need subsidies as they would have flourished. All those lost jobs and Tesla would have had a big “We are Hiring” sign posted over service stations nationwide and with volume the costs for the cars would go down. Then we would eliminate a huge percentage of smog in the large cities and we would have abundant jobs in the infrastructure fields for service stations, new hydro dams, power lines, substations and the mining industry would go nuts. It is a good thing that the government is stepping in because they made the mistake of bailing out the big players.

      2. Look, knuckle heads, when the wheels are driven by electric motors or one electric motor, the vehicle(no matter what kind of vehicle), is far more efficient and high performance all at the same time.

        Now,, you can provide the electricity for those electric motor(s) in many way. Right now, the best and cleanest and cheapest is with a combustion engine connected to an electric generator(with or without a transmission). You don’t need a big expensive battery for this, but most hybrids these days do opt for the big battery. But the industry and the consumers will get wiser on this matter.

        Fully electric only makes sense for those living near hydroelectric or using solar panels or using nuclear. And even then, the cost of the battery will be prohibitive. But not for many years.

        so even big one ton trucks as well as tractor trucks will soon be “electric drive”, but they will still have huge fire breathing diesel engines.

        And if you doubt that, you have not been following the industry. In other words, you just are not that bright, because it is very clear and well known.

      1. There is a 3rd-gen Prius in the garage that gets used daily. I don’t own a BEV because cars of all different types and sizes continually pass through my hands. Most cars, including the electric ones, get incorporated into my lifestyle as part of the testing process. Did you read my comparison of the Leaf vs e-Golf?

        1. At least the Prius has 615 miles of gasoline range after it’s 25 miles of electric range is exhausted. It is the gasoline engine in it that makes it practical. Most people can only afford one practical car.

    2. Electric vehicles are more damaging to the planet then gas vehicles are due to the mercury in the batteries and other components so I’ll stick with diesel or gasoline.

        1. BillyHW and you said electric was propaganda, what a hypocrite. Now EV cars are responsible for child slave labor. What oil company do you work for?

      1. Brandon Srt4. If batteries are so dangerous then use the motors as a generator for electric drive and no battery is needed. What do you suggest the UK does about diesel emissions since it is proven to kill thousands of people every year and millions suffer from heart, brain, kidney, skin and other organ failures along with child birth defects, proven not speculation. And the diesel fumes come from modified brand new diesel motors and motors not maintained properly despite being sold new with emissions that met standards. Its an epidemic fail. The government there is fixing the issue by offering subsidies to people who trade for EV cars in order to breath again. People are dying and living by the millions with ailments due to diesel emissions, again, proven, not speculation.

    3. Derek, it should always be important to note that electric drive is not range limited with an onboard generator. Workhorse has been doing it with their fleet vehicles for ten years now. Their step vans claim to get 400% better fuel efficiency. EV’s ARE NOT range limited. If all you have is a battery than yes the range is limited as we do not yet have the infrastructure in place. But then again if you plan your route and are familiar with charge stations then they are not range limited. You could say a fuel tank is range limited as well. It all depends on the user and where you are located. Remote areas typically run out of fuel, when their is a hurricane the pumps run out of fuel and then your gas tank is range limited. In populated areas I am seeing charge stations everywhere starting to pop up, typically at major hotels. 30 minutes gives you 80%.

      I am looking to buy into a Workhorse truck if they release the W15 to the public and it is not range limited as it runs 80 miles on a battery and then the generator kicks in for unlimited range. If I never exceed 80 miles then I just charge from home at 75mpge. Gas in Canada is over 5 dollars a gallon so I would be driving on electric for basically 3 cents a mile. If I do 10,000 miles a year, that’s 300 dollars. If I live 25 miles from my work then it is rarely ever going to use the Generator which gets 28mpg. My Tundra gets 12mpg in town and its slower and the Workhorse has more payload and comes in True AWD and has 12 inches of true ground clearance not 9 inches and I get 460HP instead of 383, 0-60 in 4.5s instead of 7s with a 2200Lb payload instead of 1200 in my Crew Max.

      There is nothing about the Trucks today that have an advantage over the W15 from a work perspective other than fluff and it is not range limited. Workhorse has been at this now for 10 years so range is not the problem, it is just economics for the big players, they are content to build the same garbage and profit from it for as long as possible and true innovation cannot get here due to lack of service stations so the big players hold all the cards. The Paris agreement forces them to change otherwise we would be driving dinosaurs well into 2050 and never see better ever come to fruition unless someone like Tesla with a boat load of money and support try to change our transportation for the better. Workhorse is another one growing in strength but they need service stations nationwide in order for people to buy their product. As a fleet vehicle Workhorse is able to thrive and support service stations in major cities so customers buy from them with a promised 400% increase in fuel savings and a 60% savings on maintenance which is a capital gain plus for these customers and Workhorse has proven so for a decade now and they are not range limited.

    4. Rambro, please.

      Want to know what mpg your tundra would give with a generator instead of a transmission?
      11 mpg

      Want to know your new 0-60 and tow and payload? All worse, especially payload.

      You are claiming that workhorse and Bollinger have not only out-engineered Toyota,your claiming they’ve beat them exponentially.

      Please consider your claim

      1. Toycrusher GM beat themselves back in 2004. I had a 2004 Sierra Denali with quadsteer that had a 1800Lb payload and 10,000 towing which beat the 2015 Denali before J2807 was introduced. So GM has not advanced in over 15 years other than engine power and a back up camera minus ride control and minus 4 wheel steering. Workhorse can easily beat the engineering, it is ancient technology. The only thing holding back better is economics and profits and the bailout we gave to the big players because they have all the service stations. For someone to step in with a better truck they need to be everywhere to service their product. So it is very easy to beat Toyota or GM. Their tool and die’s are barbaric, I had a better GMC product in 2004 then what is offered today. Less payload, less towing in a Denali trim and vibration issues that they cannot fix, both at GM and Ford in the full sized segment and a howling diff in the Tacoma that Toyota cannot fix and Ram is ranked 29 out of 29 for worst reliability. How hard is it to beat that. Take a look at Workhorse, the specs are all there, it is not a prototype it is only a question of whether they will offer it to the general public, it is being made for fleet sales regardless.

    5. Toy crusher good points weather we agree with each other we have something in common the love for automotive design and powertrains that run them.

      1. Yes sir. I am a huge electric motor fan, when it comes to my kids vehicles. I’ve hot rodded them with double and triple voltage, motor controllers, bigger motors, etc.

        When it comes to a real vehicle, it’s not the ideal solution. Too many drawbacks resign them to the position of secondary vehicle.

        Liquid petroleum (gasoline diesel etc) have proven over and over to be the most efficient method of storing energy (raw BTUs). Motors that can be powered by liquified petroleum have the greatest potential for outputting energy

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