10 years ago nobody believed in the idea of electric vehicles except for Elon Musk and the founders of Tesla Motors. But thanks to Tesla, electric cars have become an inseparable part of our roads today. According to Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance Forecast, the sales of passenger electric vehicles will rich 10 million by 2025, and 56 million by 2040, exceeding number of it’s gasoline counterparts with a 57% share.
Meanwhile due to falling battery prices, it’s estimated that the prices of electric cars and ICE’s will intersect by the middle of this decade. To bring these predictions into fruition, Tesla along with other electric car manufacturers and start ups are steadily increasing their model offerings of zero emission fully electric vehicles, setting new standards in the automotive industry while using autonomous technology, sustainable materials and smart connectivity.
Tesla model Y which was unveiled in early 2019 is Tesla’s fourth passenger electric car which is currently available to buy more options coming in 2021. Tesla also recently completed and began production in its Gigafactory in Shanghai which as Elon Musk announced in last month’s Battery Day, will allow Tesla to make the model Y and 3 much cheaper by sourcing raw materials in China. The activation of the Shanghai Gigafactory has all but cemented Tesla’s lead on electric vehicles in all segments.
Today we will talk about 10 electric SUVs from around the world that are taking direct aim at the Tesla Model Y which all helps to accelerate the electric transportation revolution and all but ensure a greener less polluted future for transportation.
1. Volkswagen ID CROZZ
One of the largest automakers in the world, Volkswagen has set a goal to hit 1 million annual EV sales by 2025. The company has already begun introducing their next generation of electric vehicles to market starting in 2020. The ID Crozz is Volkswagen’s first all electric crossover SUV which was initially debuted in the United States at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show.
The vehicle is built on Volkswagens new electric platform and is designed to serve the needs of 21st century drivers, with a smart and stylish design, driving Range, affordability and much more. It is equipped with two electric motors, one for each axle, which produces a combined 225 kW power output. With an 83 kWh lithium ion battery pack, the ID Crozz is able to achieve 280 miles of real world range on a single charge, similar to the all-wheel-drive Tesla model Y.
The ID Crozz will be possible to charge with a 150 kW DC fast charging option which will give the vehicle a full charge in about 30 minutes. The sporty crossover also features a fully autonomous driving mode called ID Pilot, which is expected to go live in VW’s electric cars in 2025. The 2021 Volkswagen ID Crozz Electric SUV is expected to hit dealerships in late 2020. Volkswagen already began production of the ID Crozz in the US and it is expected to be cost above $50,000.
2. Skoda Vision IV
The Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda has a goal of introducing more than 10 all electric vehicle models by the end 2022. This will mark Skoda’s first major steps in this journey towards electric mobility by introducing an all electric premium crossover to the electric car market. The auto manufacturer which is owned by the Volkswagen group will build the Vision IV on Volkswagen’s new MEB platform, which features a spacious innovative and user-friendly interior, equipped with a floating infotainment system in the middle of a dashboard.
The Vision IV sports a very robust and dynamic look with an athletic body that features a horizontal line strip extending from the grill to link up to the led matrix headlights which gives a vehicle commanding appearance. The all-wheel-drive Vision IV gets its power from 83 kW battery pack which offers an EPA rated range of 278 miles on a single charge and can be charged to 80% in just 30 minutes. The vehicle comes with level 3 autonomous driving technology like the Volkswagen ID.4, and uses cameras instead of conventional wing mirrors. It is slated to go into full production at the end of 2020 and is estimated to cost up to $50,000.
3. Audi Q4 E-Tron.
Audi unveiled its latest all electric SUV model built on the E-Tron brand at the 2019 Geneva motor show. The Q4 E-Tron is a smaller version of the Audi E-Tron collection said to be launched at the end of 2020. Like most upcoming electric vehicles produced by the Volkswagen Group, the Audi Q4 E-Tron is also based on a modular electrification platform which offers a broad range of drive variance and power levels.
The interior and coverings of this premium all electric SUV is mainly made from organic and sustainable materials. The all-wheel-drive Q 4 E-Tron is packed with a total power output of 225 kW and 340 pounds feet of torque which allows it to accelerate from 0-62 mph and 6.3 seconds, and reach and electronically limited top speed of 112 mph. With an 82 kW power battery pack, it’s going to deliver a real world maximum range of 265 miles on a single charge. The price has not yet been announced but it’s expected to cost more than $50,000.
4. DS3 Crossback E-Tense
The French premium auto make a DS Automobiles, a subsidiary of PSA Group, has unveiled it’s first electric crossover SUV which is based on the standard DS3 crossback platform and the E-Tense all electric supercar concept. This EV comes with a spacious luxury interior featuring touch sensitive dashboard controls and is full of smart and safety features.
The crossback E-Tense is equipped with 100 kW electric motor powered by a 50 kW battery pack, allowing it to achieve a real world range of 186 miles on a single charge. The E-Tense is compatible with 100 kW DC fast charging rates, which allows it’s battery to get 80% charged in 30 minutes. The E-Tense went on the market in France and Europe at the end of 2019 with the starting price of about $43,000.
5. Hyundai Kona EV.
The Kona electric car is a practical stylish long range and affordable electric sub compact SUV. It was also named 2019 North American utility vehicle of the year which was quite an impressive feat. The Kona EV is quick with 150 kW electric motor which is powered by 64 kWh battery pack to achieve an EPA rated range of 258 miles on a single charge. The vehicle comes with smart technology features and is also equipped with a heads up display which is a first for EV’s. The dashboard sports an 8inch touchscreen navigation system to provide a lot of key information and options for entertainment.
Sitting in the Kona EV, you can conveniently change gears and control the powertrain using it’s innovative shift-by-wire technology in the center console. Besides Korea and Europe, the Kona EV is already available in California where it starts at $36,950 and is eligible for a government cash bask incentive.
6. Kia E-Niro
The sister company of Hyundai, Kia motors unveiled a production version of the first all electric crossover SUV in June 2018. The company has managed to build a comfortable, practical and fun to drive electric vehicle that EXUDES high standards into the electric car market. The E-Nero EV features the same powertrain as the Kona EV. It is also equipped with a 150 kW front wheel electric drive motor and high capacity 64 kWh lithium polymer battery pack with the EPA range of 239 miles on a single charge.
The Nero EV has a 100 kW DC fast charging capability as a standard feature which helps the EV receive 80% of a full charge in less than an hour. The first edition of the E-Niro EV is already available in the UK and 12 states in the US with the starting price of $38,500.
7. NIO ES6
The Chinese EV start of NIO has officially launched it’s second all electric SUV called the ES 6, which is a smaller version of the companies flagship ES8. Like Tesla, NIO is building it’s own DC fast charging stations network and trying to make battery swapping initially teased by Tesla a reality. The ES6 is made from lighter more stronger aluminum body and carbon fiber structural parts. The vehicle represents a dynamic comfortable and sophisticated mobile living machine with comforts and luxury features.
The ES6 comes with an advanced driver assist system which offers complete semi autonomous driving capability. In addition, the vehicle offers a digital personal assistant called Nomi which offers a broad range of services and functions to meet the drivers preferences. Think Alexa but for your car. The all-wheel-drive ES6 is equipped with a 160 kW high efficient permanent magnets and 240 kW high-performance induction motors which enable the vehicle to go from 0-62 mph and 4.7 seconds and reach top speed of 124 mph.
Depending on the batteries energy content, the ES6 can achieve a real world range of more than 220 miles on a single charge and the battery can be charged to 80% in 48 minutes. The ES6 is available in three options with the starting price of about $52,000. NIO began deliveries of the ES6 in 2019.
8. XPeng G3
Xiaopeng Motors, a 5 year old Tesla inspired Chinese EV startup has officially launched it’s first all electric SUV. The company started it’s operations after Tesla open sourced its electric vehicle related patents and made them freely available for other companies to use. So it’s no surprise that the XPeng G3’s dashboard features a Tesla like instrument cluster and a central touchscreen as the main control center for the vehicle. The XPeng G3 is equipped 145 kW permanent magnet electric motor and with a battery provided by Samsung, it can achieve the real world range of around 220 miles per charge.
The XPeng G3 also equipped with an extensive suite of sensors and ultrasonic raiders similar to Teslas, to offer autonomous driving capabilities. The XPeng G3 has officially gone on sale with the starting price of about $22,000.
9. Ford Mach E
The American auto giant Ford announced it would lunch 16 electric car is worldwide by 2022. In accordance to this plan, debuted it’s high-performance battery operated car at the Detroit auto show in 2019 called the Ford Mach-E. The vehicle is inspired by the companies iconic muscle car – the Ford Mustang. Ford’s president of global markets describe the Mach-E as “having the rebel soul of a Mustang”. With super powerful performance, the vehicle is estimated to have an EPA estimated range of 300 miles on a single charge. It is slated to go and production in late 2020 with an expected entry level price of $40,000.
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