Here are the electric-car models on the way for 2019 Page 2


2019 Audi e-tron quattro, in European trim, at San Francisco launch event

2019 Audi e-tron quattro, in European trim, at San Francisco launch event

2019 Audi e-tron quattro

The Audi e-tron quattro is a five-passenger SUV, with a range expected to be just short of its 248-mile European (WLTP) estimate from a 95-kwh pack, and a price tag starting at $75,795. That puts it about $9,000 less than a Tesla Model X—and like all the other cars on this list, it will also be eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, while Teslas will earn only $3,750 now, or $1,875 after July 1. The e-tron quattro will be the first electric vehicle capable of charging at 150 kilowatts, about 25 percent faster than Teslas, at one of a handful of such fast chargers being installed around the country. Charging networks such as ChargePoint, EVgo, and Electrify America, however, are expanding such charger installations.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

The Audi e-tron quattro is expected to be followed by the similar 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC, which will be built in the U.S. at Mercedes’ factory in Alabama. The car will go on sale in Europe this spring, but will take between six months and a year to make it to the U.S. En route, it needs to pick up more range. When it was introduced in Europe, the company said it would have 200 miles of range on the relatively generous European efficiency test, which would not make it competitive in the U.S. against the e-tron, the Tesla Model X, or even the much cheaper Hyundai Kona Electric. It’s not clear whether Mercedes plans to expand the battery pack to bring the car to the U.S. or to improve its efficiency.

2020 Kia Soul EV

2020 Kia Soul EV

2020 Kia Soul EV

Kia is giving its hamster-cute little Soul hatchback a complete redesign for 2020, including its electric version. With the same big, 64-kwh battery as the larger Kia Niro EV, it will deliver a dramatic range improvement over the outgoing Soul EV. The new model is even likely to improve on the range of the Niro EV, at least in the city, with same battery in a smaller, lighter package. It will switch from CHAdeMO fast charging to a new CCS Combo fast-charge port. The Soul EV will arrive several months after the Niro EV.

2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots

2020 Volkswagen ID Neo spy shots

2019 Volkswagen ID

Late this year, Volkswagen is expected to launch the long-awaited first electric vehicle from its eponymous brand, the Golf-size ID hatchback. There's only one catch: It will only be sold in Europe and won't make it to the U.S. It will, however, be the first car based on the new MEB electric architecture that VW is planning to underpin as many as 27 new all-electric models, many of which are aimed squarely at U.S. buyers, including the 2020 ID Crozz and the 2022 electric revival of the classic microbus. Base models will probably get a 48-kwh battery, which should give them a range of about 200 miles, though VW hasn't released precise specifications. Pre-orders are expected to start in March.


 
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