With every year, drivers have more and more all-electric vehicle options and 2019 is not going to be an exception. Electric cars have begun to gain more ground, buyers are impressed about ultra-low running costs and zero emissions. And as many people are finding out, there are lots of reasons why an electric car could and should be your next automotive purchase. Although in the EV space, every year is more exciting than the last one, we will soon see a massive acceleration of new EV models coming to market. The cost of running these cars is incredibly low compared to equivalent petrol or diesel and their performance is addictive. From the smallest city car to large electric SUVs, all deliver their power from low down with a strong surge, a feature that characterises electric cars. So, let’s find out a few things about new all-electric models hitting the market and that’s going to result in more options to buyers:
1. Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar I-Pace is an all-electric SUV incredibly impressive. This model is 94% aluminium, it has a 90kWH lithium-ion battery containing 432 pouch cells sits between the front and rear wheels, with an all-wheel-drive electric motor setup that delivers 395bhp. Even though this zero-emissions EV is quite heavy, it’s still incredibly rapid, sprinting from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds.
2. Nissan Leaf
The second-generation Nissan Leaf is an evolution of the original that launched Nissan onto the electric-car scene. We are not talking about a new vehicle, but the Nissan Leaf is also getting a significant enough update to merit a mention here. It has a 40kWh battery gives an official range of 168 miles. The battery can be recharged to 80% in 40 minutes from a rapid charger, 7.5 hours from a home wall box and 21 hours from empty to full with a three-pin plug. Nissan Leaf benefit of a roomy interior and 435-litre boot support this, as well as some of the advanced semi-autonomous Pro Pilot driving technology on offer on higher trim levels. The 0-62mph sprint takes 7.9 seconds, but the instant hit of power from the 148bhp electric motor means around-town acceleration is good.
3. Kia e-Niro
Kia e-Niro is a great car, a compact SUV very comfortable, practical, with 282 miles of range and great value for money, making it one of the best all-around packages on the electric car market today. It has a 64kWh battery and a 201bhp electric motor. Inside, the Kia e-Niro is well equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen, sat nav, leather heated seats, adaptive cruise control, a reversing camera and many other things besides. Its 451-litre boot is an ideal size for families, and Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty is included too.
4. Tesla Model S
Tesla has a 75kWh battery which gives a 304-mile range. Inside everything is controlled through the screen and it’s a nice piece of technology. Interior quality could be better, but with no transmission tunnel, there’s plenty of room. Even though Tesla isn’t the best car to drive, as while it’s fast, the suspension is on the firm side and the steering light and slightly at odds with the dulled agility due to the weight, but is still a great premium electric car.
5. BMW i3
Even BMW i3 it’s not a brand-new electric car, it’s getting a significant enough update to merit a mention here. Electric cars are about efficiency and environmental performance, and the i3 reflects this by using reclaimed materials inside. The i3 is made from carbon fibre, a light and stiff material that also keeps weight down – the enemy of range in an electric car. It has a 42.2kWh lithium-ion battery, the official range stands at 193 miles.
6. Renault ZOE
Renault ZOE is about the most affordable electric car, with a choice of battery packs and electric motors. The latest to join the range is the 108bhp R110, which adds even more performance and improves response around town, even though the R90 model it replaced was still sprightly enough. It has a 41kWh battery, which can be recharged very fast.
7. Volkswagen e-Golf
If you need a family car, the e-Golf electric version offers a 134bhp motor supplied with energy by a 35.8kWh battery, which means 0-62mph takes 9.6 seconds. The infotainment system is one of the best on the market. The touchscreen is bright, clear, responsive and displays electric-car data bespoke to the e-Golf in beautiful clarity. The interior has a lot of usable space and nicely integrated technology.
8. Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric it’s a small SUV that uses either a 64kWh or 39kWh battery. The former gives a range of around 300 miles on a full charge, while the second drop to around 200 miles and is a more affordable model with the smaller battery. The 201bhp motor in the 64kWh model helps the Hyundai accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds. The 39kWh model makes do with 134bhp. Hyundai Kona Electric offer great pick-up around town like all electric cars, with an instant hit of power when you push the accelerator, a roomy interior, strong infotainment setup and 332-litre boot, while the ride is relatively fluid.
9. Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Another premium car from Hyundai, Ioniq it’s older than the Kona Electric, so the vital figures aren’t quite as impressive, but with a 118bhp electric motor and a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds, performance is strong, so you’ll never feel swamped by traffic in the Ioniq. The rage is about 174 miles, the Ioniq Electric’s 28kWh battery is smaller than even the most affordable Kona Electric – but this also means it’ll be quicker to charge. Also, the infotainment is similar to the Kona.
10. Audi e-tron
The Audi e-tron is the German brand’s first all-electric car, with a 248-mile range, and with 150kW rapid charging. With a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and an impressively high-tech interior that can even feature cameras in place of side mirrors, it looks set to be one of the best premium electric cars.
Electric cars are the future and if you’re not yet a fan of these eco-friendly vehicles, there might be something on the horizon that changes your mind. Automakers have made significant progress with their development of electric powered cars. Improvements in performance along with their range and available features that make them desirable choices are getting better with each new year.