What Tesla hath wrought: bumper crop of luxury electric cars Page 2


Jaguar I-Pace concept, 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

Jaguar I-Pace concept, 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

Jaguar

The Jaguar I-Pace will go into production in 2018 within months of one of its most likely competitors: the Audi e-tron.

Like the e-tron, the I-Pace is a luxury utility vehicle with car-like styling.

It was previewed by a concept that debuted at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and a production-ready version will be shown before the end of the year.

A pair of electric motors—provide a combined 400 horsepower—and Jaguar quoted a range of 220 miles on the EPA testing cycle for the concept.

Lucid Air

Lucid Air

Lucid Motors

Lucid Motors—the startup formerly known as Atieva—will begin production of its Air sedan in 2019.

It expects to deliver 10,000 cars in the first year, from a factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, that hasn't been built yet.

Lucid is the first to confirm that its electric car will be available in multiple variants, as Tesla's are.

The base Air will have 400 hp, rear-wheel drive, and a range of 240 miles.

But Lucid also plans to offer a dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain with 1,000 hp, as well as battery packs large enough to afford 315-mile or 400-mile ranges.

Like Faraday, Lucid also plans to equip the Air with hardware for autonomous driving, if and when that becomes practical.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show

Mercedes-Benz

Like many of its luxury rivals, Mercedes-Benz plans to enter the long-range electric-car arena with an SUV.

That SUV will be based on the Generation EQ concept that first appeared at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

The concept featured dual-motor all-wheel drive, 402 hp, and an estimated range of 310 miles on the European testing cycle.

Mercedes also hopes to create an "EQ" sub-brand, analogous to BMW i.

It hopes to launch no less than 10 new EQ-badged models by 2025.

Mercedes parent Daimler's Deutsche Accumotive division will likely supply lithium-ion battery cells for these electric cars.


 
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