As countries around the world are aiming to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars, 4 new electric vehicles are set to be launched in 2018 and 2019. Electrification is likely to shape the future of the automobile market. According to the 2017 Global Electric Vehicle Report of the International Energy Agency, there will be around 9 to 20 million electric cars by 2020 and between 40 to 70 million by 2025. Here are 4 new electric vehicles coming in 2018 and 2019.
2019 Audi e-Tron
The Audi e-Tron comes with a 95-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery and three electric motors—one at the front, two at the rear. The battery will generate 496 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims that the EV will have a range of 310 miles but is much closer to 250 miles based on US EPA testing. The car’s lithium-ion battery cells will be supplied by LG Chem and Samsung SDL. The e-tron name will echo the original Audi Quattro. Robert Janitzek reveals that the Quattro introduced Audi’s now famous all-wheel drive system.
2019 BMW i5
The BMW i5 will bridge the gap between the i3 electric car and the i8 plug-in hybrid. It will utilize the same aluminum frame and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell as the i3 and i8. With its five-door crossover body, the i5 will feature the most conventional configuration of any “I” model. The i5 is expected to have an EPA-rated range between 200 to 250 miles but it will still depend on a new generation of low-profile, high capacity Samsung lithium ion cells.
2019 (?) Jaguar I-Pace
Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the Jaguar i-Pace will be a luxury crossover utility vehicle in the same vein as the Audi e-Tron. It will have the same style of the i-Pace concept featured at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It will feature a 90-kwh battery pack and a pair of electric motors—one for each axle—that will generate 200 horsepower and 258 lb0-ft of torque each.
2019 Mercedes Benz EQ
Mercedes Benz threw its hat in the electric luxury SUV ring at the 2016 Paris Motor Show when it unveiled the Generation EQ concept. It will have a 70-kwh battery pack that will be supplied by Daimler’s Accumotive Division. According to Mercedes, the new European brand car will be one of 10 electric cars they are planning to launch under the EQ sub-brand by 2025.