In December 2019, the European Union agreed on a new CO2 limit that may be emitted by cars in the future. That is why the electric car is becoming a promising alternative. We present the latest models that will be available this year.
The past year was not exactly characterized by good sales figures for the automotive industry. A crisis that made all sorts of headlines making electric cars not easily approachable. This year, however, experts are certain that the industry will receive new impetus from a large number of electric models. A valid reason for the big change is the new CO2 regulation of the European Union, which came into force at the beginning of this year what basically means that if sales on electric cars are not moving whole industry forward is necessary to ask government to force sales by legislation. This states that an automobile manufacturer must not exceed an average total balance of new cars produced with CO2 emissions of 95 grams by early 2021. So far, this threshold was 130 grams.
But it is not quite that simple, because the value is individually adjusted to the respective manufacturer. In this article we asked ourselves where the green electricity should come from. If a company mainly produces light vehicles, the target value can also be below the set limit. If it is a manufacturer who tends to produce heavyweights, the proportion may well be higher. In the end, what is important is the average balance that the respective company achieves with the production of vehicles. However, if the manufacturers do not comply with the legal requirements, they face severe penalties in the billions. But this also opens up new opportunities on the market. We have researched for you which electric vehicles will be available this year.
E-SUVs in climate-damaging boom
The triumphal march of the SUV (short for “Sport Utility Vehicle”) appears to be unbroken and continues. It is no wonder that the manufacturers focus on the whole, especially in this area. Compared to the developments from previous years, Audi, BMW and Co. have increased in range and performance.
Audi e-Tron GT
According to the manufacturer, the Audi e-Tron GT is to roll off the assembly line as a four-door coupé with a range of up to 400 kilometers. The electric vehicle uses the drive technology from the Porsche Taycan, which was co-developed by Audi and should be able to accelerate to 200 km / h in 12 seconds with 590 hp (around 430 kilowatts).
The flat floor architecture enables the e-Tron GT to have a low overall height of 138 centimeters and is intended to further reduce energy consumption. According to Audi, all-wheel drive and steering improve handling despite a wheelbase of 2.9 meters. The 96-kilowatt-hour battery can be charged to 80% in 20 minutes. This value is achieved by a charging voltage of 800 volts. This vehicle is also suitable for vegans; the design deliberately does without materials of animal origin. So far, no sales price has been published for the e-Tron GT.
“The future is electric.” This is what BMW promises with its current pioneer in electric driving. The car concept of the BMW iX3 offers a 74 kilowatt hour battery, a fast charging time of only 30 minutes and an everyday range of around 440 kilometers.
No exact price has yet been set for the pioneer of electrical series production. However, the SUV should conquer the market this year. Independent test institutes, however, speculate on a price range between 70,000 and 75,000 euros. According to the manufacturer, the top speed is around 200 kilometers per hour.
The VW ID.4X is available in 3 different versions, which are differentiated by different battery performance and range. The batteries come in 45, 58 and 77 kilowatt versions and enable a range between 330 and 500 kilometers. With the proven fast charging technology, this model can be brought up to 80% battery level in about 30 minutes.
Since this electric car will probably not appear on the market until autumn 2020, there is further speculation about, for example, an all-wheel drive. However, VW has not yet defined the sales price for the vehicle. So far, the maximum speed the car is supposed to reach remains unknown.
The first fully electric Japanese car comes from Mazda and is launched as the Mazda MX-30 First Edition. The 35.5-kilowatt-hour battery, installed in the center, can be charged to 80% within 30 to 40 minutes. With a range of around 200 kilometers, the sports car is in the lower segment in comparison. The SUV’s engine output is 105 kilowatts (around 140 hp) and provides a torque of 265 Newton meters.
Therefore, it is more suitable for short jaunts. The current price for the First Edition is currently around 39,990 euros. To reserve a vehicle until the actual start of sales, however, the customer must expect a further 1,000 euros in fees.
Mini Cooper SE
As the smallest representative of the electric SUV series, the mini electric SUV uses the technology of the BMW i3. The approximately 4 meter long vehicle with the integrated 33 kilowatt hour battery and impressive 184 HP under the hood achieves a range of around 200 kilometers and a top speed of 150 kilometers per hour.
Even if not suitable for long distances, the little speedster is sufficient for short jaunts in urban terrain. The mini SUV should be available from March for 32,500 euros.
Stop-and-go in heavy urban rush hour demands a lot, even for city speedsters made for it, and ensures increased pollutant emissions. Many manufacturers have already included e-models of their small cars in their fleet. These can be used to make simple, environmentally friendly progress, especially in cities.
The quite popular small car representative Corsa in the electric variant from Opel can only be distinguished by its non-existent exhaust pipes from its combustion engine cousin. The Opel Corsa-e offers a compact size and an average range. It is equipped with a 50 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery and a 150 kilowatt motor. With a range of around 330 kilometers per battery charge and an 80% charge time of just half an hour, the small car is wonderfully suited as a city car.
Two different driving modes, which either make the sports driver’s heart beat faster or give the environmentally conscious driver more stamina in eco mode, can either get more power or more range. The top speed is 207 kilometers per hour. The basic variant of the electric cult car is to cost 29,900 euros and is planned for the first quarter of 2020.