The future of electric cars
(iSeeCars) – While questions about electric vehicles and their ability to serve mainstream consumers remain, there’s no denying the auto industry’s growing focus on electrification and the inevitable shift from internal combustion to as the powertrain of choice. That doesn’t mean we’ll all be driving electric models next month, next year, or even the next decade. But government regulations in countries like China and the United States, as well as localized requirements in cities in Europe and states like California, are forcing every automaker to plan for an all-electric future.
In the near term, we’re likely to see an increase in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models, as they can offer zero-emissions all-electric driving over a range of between 10 and 60 miles and high EPA efficiency ratings; while providing a long-range solution for owners who don’t want to deal with EV chargers on a long road trip. But PHEVs aren’t all-electric, so they don’t benefit from the latest EV tax credits just enacted by Congress and they won’t ultimately be legal for sale in multiple markets by the middle. of the 2030s. To bridge this gap and save money, several automakers have designed modular platforms that allow hybrid and electric versions of a vehicle to be built on the same chassis.
We have seen a significant increase in new electric vehicle offerings from traditional brands over the past 2 years, including models from Ford (Mustang Mach E), General Motors (Cadillac Lyriq), Hyundai (Ioniq 5), Mercedes-Benz (EQS), and Porsche (Taycan). We’ve also seen startups like Lucid (Air) and Rivian (R1T) release their first production models, while mainstream and start-up brands assure us more are on the way.
Let’s see what the next 12 to 24 months will look like for future electric cars.
Acura Precision EV
That name may or may not hold true for the production car, but Acura just showed off an all-electric concept SUV that foreshadows a production model that’s coming soon. Likely borrowing its platform from the parent company’s Honda Prologue (see below), Acura’s first electric vehicle is about to launch.
Audi Q6 e-tron
Following on from its recently released Q4 e-Tron, Audi will launch the 2024 Q6 e-Tron in two body styles, expanding the brand’s electric SUV offering with a larger, more luxurious model with both exterior and interior styling. from the Audi brand (which we like).
Audi Sphere Concepts
If the Q6 e-Tron is still too traditional for your tech-focused eyes, Audi has released three ‘Sphere’ concepts in the past year, and all of them look like they’ve been pulled from a Buck Rogers movie set. We really like the SkySphere and GrandSphere, and Audi has suggested a production version is coming…
Following on from its entry-level i4 models, BMW is planning a full-fledged, no-compromise luxury sedan with its upcoming i7. Expect all of BMW’s latest interior and driver-assist technology… plus all of its most aggressive front-end styling… (you can’t win them all…).
Chevrolet will launch its first electric pickup next year, running on GM’s Ultium platform (also used by the Hummer EV) while offering all-wheel drive and up to 400 miles of range. The Silverado looks good on paper and should give Ford’s F-150 Lightning some competition.
Henrik Fisker has proven, time and time again, that he can design a great car. He’s also proven (at least once) that he can’t run a successful car business. But it’s doing it again with the Fisker Ocean, a sleek electric SUV set to be built by Magna in Austria and arriving soon. We will see…
Ford E-Transit van
Promising less maintenance, on-board power (to run jobsite equipment) and multiple configurations, Ford’s new E-Transit van is an all-electric cargo hauler for business or personal use. But beware of your route distance – they cap out at 116 miles of range.
Genesis G80 and GV70
Genesis has a proven track record of attractive styling, cutting-edge technology, and high-quality materials. And it has already launched the all-electric GV70 crossover. Next step: the electric versions of the brand’s elegant G80 sedan and GV70 SUV.
Honda hasn’t done much in the all-electric world. Still. But the 2024 Prologue is supposed to change all that with an all-electric SUV. Honda says it will offer a range on par with its conventional SUVs and have a long wheelbase to maximize interior space.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
Hyundai is taking a different approach with its next electric vehicle. Rather than the hatchback utility form of the Ioniq 5, the 2023 Ioniq 6 will be a streamlined sedan with premium styling cues inside and out. It will come with a single or dual motor drivetrain and have a range of up to 379 miles.
Hyundai Ioniq 7
If the sleek look of the Ioniq 6 doesn’t appeal to you, the Ioniq 7 2024 will go in the complete opposite direction. A square, upright utility device meant to offer maximum (and high-tech) interior space, the 7 is expected to have a range of over 300 miles.
Electric Jeep Wrangler
The success of Jeep’s 4xe hybrid models confirmed the desire of Jeep buyers to go all-electric. That makes sense when you consider the instant torque that comes from an electric motor and how it aids off-road four-wheel-drive efforts.
Kia EV6 GT
It’s basically a sports car version of the EV6, so it looks nearly identical but has waaaaaay more power (577!) and accelerates to 60mph in about 3.5 seconds before dying. reach a top speed of 161 mph. Did we mention it was fast? Because it’s fast. Very fast.
If you think the EV9 is just Kia’s version of the Hyundai Ioniq 7… well… you’re right. But EVs are expensive to produce and sell, so saving money by running two models from a nearly identical chassis is smart business. Plus, the EV9 looks even cooler than the Ioniq 7.
Was it time for an electric version of Lexus’ perennial best-selling RX? Maybe the past time? Well, it comes, on the same platform as Toyota’s bZ4x and the Subaru Solterra. Advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) and interior controls should give it a high-tech luxury look and feel.
One might expect Lotus’ first EV to be a svelte roadster that finally breaks the ‘all EVs are heavy’ rule. But even Lotus can’t deny the physics, so its first electric car is an SUV that still manages impressive performance, including 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and 370 miles of range.
Maserati Grecale Folgore
Get used to seeing the ‘Folgore’ attached to future Maserati models, as the term means ‘love at first sight’ and is the designation for the brand’s electric models. The Grecale already exists as a luxury SUV with traditional and hybrid drivetrains. Soon, an all-electric model will debut.
Following in the footsteps of the larger and more expensive EQS, the EQE will be Mercedes’ midsize luxury sedan with many of the styling cues and tech features of its big brother. Its 90 kWh battery should provide over 400 miles of range.
Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
Pairing the styling (and platform) of the EQS sedan with the increased interior space of an SUV is pretty much what the name suggests, isn’t it? The EQS SUV will seat up to seven people and will offer plenty of power (536 hp), plenty of torque (633 lb-ft) and at least 400 miles of range
After being one of the first automakers to produce a high-volume electric vehicle (the Leaf), Nissan has kind of lost its way in the EV race. The Ariya SUV should set the record straight, with attractive styling and a range of 310 miles.
The Polestar 1 was an interesting performance coupe, and the Polestar 2 offered efficient utility in a compact package. But the Polestar 3 will be a true SUV, with all the interior space and features that term promises. Range is predicted at 372 miles, and that sounds cool too.
Porsche Macan Electric
The 2024 Porsche Macan will offer an all-electric drivetrain and an advanced 800-volt electric charging system to fill the battery as quickly as possible. Rumors of 250 miles captured in 20 minutes sound promising, as does an active rear spoiler and Porsche-like driving dynamics.
A follow-up to the well-received R1T truck, the R1S is Rivian’s SUV, with much of the same styling and innovative technology. A 3-second zero-to-60 time and 7,700-pound towing capacity are intriguing, as are 3 rows of seating and 316 miles of range.
Even taking into account the “Elon Musk Time”, this Tesla model is way behind schedule. Luckily for Musk, his latest Model Y offering has proven wildly popular, and there’s seemingly no end to the site (yet…) at Tesla’s request. Still, it lets everyone from Ford to Rivian beat it to market in the pickup truck segment.
Volkswagen ID. buzz
Is there a more suitable successor to the original VW Microbus than an electric version called VW ID. Buzz? We don’t think so, and with the power supply this version will go out of its way. We hope early reports of a 250 mile range prove pessimistic.
Platform sharing strikes again, this time in the form of Volvo’s all-electric XC90 and the aforementioned Polestar 3. But again, it’s okay if each model has its own owner personality, and the Volvo XC90 will likely share much of its exterior with Volvo’s Concept Recharge. (Yay!).
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