It’s an exciting time to be thinking about buying an electric car. Only a few years ago, they were expensive, offered limited battery range, and, worst of all, there just weren’t that many options to choose from. Today, however, a range of 200 miles between charges is common and you can choose from a wide variety of makes, models and body styles.
And there are more on the way.
Can’t decide which one to start saving up for? Keep reading for carwow’s guide to the upcoming electric cars that will be going on sale in the next couple of years:
Audi e-tron Sportback
The Audi e-tron Sportback is a coupe version of the practical e-tron SUV, which came out in 2018. You can expect it to have a range of around 250 miles and for it to go on sale later this year.
DS 3 Crossback e-tense
With a 190-mile range, the 3 Crossback e-tense is the first of a range of electric cars coming from DS. It has a stylish design inside and out, bolstered by a cabin that has space for the family and their luggage. Also, its nippy acceleration makes the Crossback perfect for city driving.
With a range of just 125 miles, the Honda e isn’t a car you’ll want to take on long journeys. But don’t hold that against it; after all, the e is designed specifically for the city. Its small size means it’s easy to park and its tight turning circle is ideal for manoeuvring through busy streets. Its cutesy exterior and upmarket interior mean it should appeal to you if you’ve previously bought a Mini 3-door hatchback or Fiat 500.
There’s a new version of the Renault Zoe electric city car just around the corner. While it might not look all that different from the current model, the new Zoe gets a posher interior with revitalised infotainment. It also has an improved, 240-mile range and the option of a new electric motor that makes it significantly quicker than the old car.
Smart EQ Fortwo
Smart has said it will be an all-electric brand by 2020. An updated EQ is expected in 2020, before an a-new car is launched a couple of years later.
An updated VW e-Up small car is expected to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Even better, it could even go on sale before the year is out. Basically an Up with an electric motor, the new e-Up should have a range of more than 130 miles – compared to the old car’s 100-mile limit – and get improved interior quality.
Audi e-tron GT
Audi’s electric car push will continue apace in 2020. This is the e-tron GT: an alternative to the Tesla Model S. It’s a four-door coupe with around 590hp, a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and a range of more than 250 miles. It has space for the family and an interior posh enough to make a Tesla owner jealous.
Audi Q4 e-tron
The Audi Q4 e-tron is an alternative to the Mercedes EQC electric SUV. It may be a bit smaller than the Q5, but it’s almost as spacious inside. You can expect the Q4 to have plenty of performance and a range of more than 250 miles, too. It should be on sale by the end of 2020.
The BMW iX3 is another electric SUV due on sale next year. An alternative to the likes of the Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace, it looks similar to BMW’s conventionally powered X3. Inside, it will have space for the whole family and a range of around 250 miles.
Got the best part of two-million quid to splash on an electric car? Then how about this Lotus Evija? As a 2,000hp hypercar, its performance – like its price tag – is expected to be eye-watering. Lotus reckons you’ll be able to charge the car’s batteries from zero to full in just 18 minutes using a 350kW charger.
Mini’s first electric car has the cute looks that you’d expect, as well as the nippy performance of a Cooper and a range of between 120 and 140 miles. The Mini Electric will cost from around £24,000 (this includes the government’s plug-in grant of up to £3,500) and come with a range of personalisation options, such as the stylish wheels you see in the above photo.
A production version of Nissan’s electric concept car, first revealed in 2017, is due to go on sale next year. This SUV has four-wheel drive and an expected range of around 370 miles between charges. It is also set to have a host of autonomous driving technologies, too.
The all-new Peugeot 2008 SUV will be available as an electric car from early 2020. It will have a 100kW electric motor, a 50kWh battery and a range of around 190 miles. Aside from that, though, it will be the same as the normal 2008, so expect it to have plenty of room for a young family and their luggage.
The e-208 uses much of the same electric car underpinnings as the e-2008 SUV. However, it’s a bit smaller and lighter, meaning it can go an increased 211 miles between charges. It’s based on the 208 city car, possessing its pretty looks and an infotainment-rich interior.
Minimalist yet cool looks – inherited from Polestar’s close relative, Volvo – and a 300+ mile range could make the 2 a viable alternative to the Tesla Model 3. It’s a sleek coupe-style SUV with a raised ride height, room for the family and a posh interior that makes the one in a Tesla look cheap.
Porsche Macan EV
The next generation of the Porsche Macan will be electric-only, and will be the first of three electric cars the manufacturer will sell over the next few years. The new Macan will have a range of more than 200 miles and should take an 80% charge in less than 20 minutes.
The showroom-ready version of this concept car will be SEAT’s first electric vehicle. It will be based on the VW ID.3 (see below), albeit with some slight styling revisions. That means it should manage 260 miles from a full battery and have a roomy interior.
Skoda Vision iV
This is an all-electric SUV based on Skoda’s Vision iV concept car. It has a range of over 300 miles and the production model will come with four-wheel drive, for plenty of grip on slippery roads. You can expect it to have loads of room in the back for adults, as well as a massive boot.
Tesla Model Y
This is the fourth in the range of Tesla Model cars. You’ve already seen the S, 3, X, so this Y finalises the brand’s S3XY line-up. Geddit? It’s a small(-ish) SUV that has a range of around 280 miles and a 0-60mph time below five seconds. Expect it to go on sale around autumn 2020.
There are four things you need to know about the Tesla Roadster: 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds; a top speed above 250mph; a 620-mile range; a release date in 2020. Simple.
Vauxhall’s first pure electric car will be the Corsa-e. It will have a lot in common with the Peugeot e-208 – apart from where it puts its ‘e’. Ergo, it should have a range of around 200 miles. If you have a fast charger, you can fill the Corsa-e up from empty to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
Volvo XC40 Electric
One of the coolest SUVs currently on sale will get a full-electric version ready for sale in early 2020. The XC40 Electric is part of Volvo’s plans to make half of its range electrified by 2025, so expect similar versions of other models to follow.
There’s a lot to look forward to with the VW ID.3. It’s about the same size as a Golf but with the interior space of a Passat, and is set to have a range of up to 260 miles. It should be on sale by the middle of 2020.