Which electric cars to watch out for in 2019

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BMW i3 120Ah (January 2019)

BMW's i3 has been with us for over six years and showed us the capabilities and benefits of having an electric car coupled with a combustion engine 'range extender'. The i3 will ditch the combustion engine entirely this year for a larger capacity battery. BMW claims the new 120Ah lithium-ion battery will deliver a range of 193 miles, a 30% improvement on the hybrid i3.

Removing the petrol engine will free up more space in the cabin. Credit - InsideEVs

Audi e-tron (March 2019)

Compared to the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace, Audi's e-tron looks like a more conventional take on the SUV - at least from the outside.

The e-tron will be Audi's first electric SUV and will feature virtual wingmirrors (a screen in the cabin and cameras feeding images from the usual wingmirror position).

The e-tron will be capable of 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and a 124mph top speed. Credit - Autotrader

The WLTP range is 249 miles, 50 miles shorter than the I-Pace. Although being shaped like a traditional SUV it should be slightly more commodious inside.

Kia e-Niro (Spring 2019)

With the Kia Stinger GT-S still the apple of most car journalist's eyes in 2018, the e-Niro shows that Kia can fight a two-pronged attack of fun, powerful, rear-wheel drive saloons but also be at the forefront of the electric car revolution.

Blue coloured accents and a blanked grille? Yep, this is an electric car. Credit - Kia

A range of 282 miles coupled with a sub-£30,000 price tag means Kia can go up against the established Nissan Leaf. While slightly more expensive than the Leaf, the additional 100 miles in battery life would surely tempt a few buyers over to South Korea's newest electric car proposition.

Tesla Model Y (Spring 2019)

The Model Y has been delayed so much that you would've been forgiven if you thought it was concept rather than an actual production car. Although it shares its platform with the Model 3, the Model Y will be a compact SUV.

The Model Y will be revealed in March but won't go on sale in the UK until at least 12 months after. Credit - Autoguide

A new version of Tesla's semi-autonomous system will make its debut on the Model Y and a third row of seating is expected, making the Model Y more capacious than the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron.

Mercedes-Benz EQC (Spring 2019)

The EQC has been in the pipeline for almost a decade under many guises but we'll finally see it on public roads in 2019. Mercedes aims to have 10 all-electric cars in production by 2025 and the EQC will be the first for the German brand.

Despite being a bespoke model for electrification, the ECQ looks like a regualr SUV. Credit - The Verge

Based on a modified GLC platform, the EQC will have a dual motor set up - one for the front wheels and one for the rear. Thanks to the positioning of the electric batteries, there should be more room in the cabin and 79 more litres of luggage space.

The EQC should match the Audi e-tron for range at 249 miles but should be half a second quicker to 60mph at 5.1 secs. Impressive for a 2425kg car.

Tesla Model 3 (Summer 2019)

Tesla's issues with meeting production deadlines has caused significant delay to the Model 3's release. It's already on sale in the U.S. but we'll have to wait until June 2019 to see it on these shores.

The Model 3 was the first Tesla to sport the next generation flush grille. Credit - Tesla

Early tests of the stateside Model 3s have already proclaimed it as the most refined car in its segment and M3-rivalling performance - in a straight line at least. A range of 338 miles for the dual motor version means it has the longest range of any car tested under the WLTP. Unfortunately for Tesla, the quality of fit and finish isn't up to scratch but surely will improve with plans for more giga-factories across the world.

Porsche Taycan (Autumn 2019)

Porsche have been offering hybrids for a while now in the form of the Cayenne E-Hybrid and Panamera E-Hybrid, but their first foray into all-electric vehicles will come later this year with the much-anticipated Taycan.

A camouflaged Taycan showing redundant (obviously) exhausts. Credit - Carhd

It's expected the four-door saloon Taycan will sit between the Cayenne and Panamera pricing-wise. The Taycan won't be the only all-electric Porsche, you can expect existing models to adopt electrification, such as the 911.

Aston Martin Rapide E (October 2019)

Like Porsche, Aston Martin have been hesitant to release an all-electric vehicle - although you could probably put this down to a lack in funding. 2019 will the the Gaydon company's first EV and to no doubt save some pennies it'll use the Rapide as an existing base.

The Rapide E will look essentially the same as the Rapide S. Credit - Aston Martin

In keeping with Aston Martin's image of power and speed the Rapide E will have 602bhp from dual electric motors and a 0-60mph time to match its petrol sibling, the Rapide S.

Mini Cooper S E (Autumn 2019)

The original Mini is regarded by some a the first hot hatch. This new Cooper S E ('e' for electric, obviously), could be the first ever all-electric hot hatch. With a 0-60mph of less than seven seconds and a low centre of gravity thanks to the low-slung battery, its sporting prententions look promising.

The production car will use much of the Cooper E concept (pictured) styling cues. Credit - Mini

The original Mini showed us you could have go-kart fun on a budget. This one could show us that electric cars can also have a degree of yobbish fun, although it certainly won't be cheap like the original.

Polestar 2 (Autumn 2019)

Polestar will be Volvo's electric-focused premium sub-brand and they have already shown us the hybrid Polestar 1 coupé - going on sale later this year.

If the Polestar 1 is any indication, the 2 should be a looker. Credit - Volvo

The Polestar 2 is an all-electric four-door coupé which is aimed at rivalling the Tesla Model 3. Details haven't been confirmed but Polestar is hoping for a range of over 300 miles and around 400bhp from the dual motor set up. 

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense (Winter 2019)

Since its inception as a stand-alone brand, the 7 Crossback SUV has been DS' only new offering. This 3 Crossback E-Tense will be the first all-electric from the PSA brand so it's fair to say it will be quite important for the French company. 

The DS 3 Crossback E Tense will be front-wheel drive only. Credit - DS 

DS is focusing on premium interiors and urm, let's say 'distinctive' exterior looks. Instead of having electric-only models, all DS cars will have combustion engines or electric versions. The E-Tense will have an electric range of around 180 miles on the WLTP-rated cycle. 0-62mph should be around 8.7 seconds, with a top speed of 93mph.

Volvo XC40 Electric (Winter 2019)

The XC40 SUV has been scooping up motoring awards throughout 2018 and will be re-released in 2019 with an all-electric variant. The XC40 Electric will be the first EV from Volvo but it'll share much of its battery hardware with the Polestar 2.

There won't be much to differentiate the XC40 Electric from its combustion engine sibling, apart from the charging cover. Credit - Autoguide

Volvo will be producing electric cars based on current combustion engined cars while leaving bespoke all-electric models to its Polestar sub-brand. 

Honda Urban EV (Winter 2019)

The Honda Urban EV was shown as a concept way back in 2016 but should finally be with us in late 2019. The retro-inspired looks were praised but it remains to be seen how far Honda has stuck to the original concept. It's unknown if it will be offered in three-door or five-door layout, but expect it to be smaller than the Jazz supermini. 

From this spyshot it looks like the Urban will get a camera/screen set up instead of wingmirrors. Credit - Motor1

A range of 155 miles is estimated, forgivable considering its city-car dimensions. It will also be Honda's first EV sold directly in Europe. 

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  • I noticed this in someone else's YT comment about Tesla;

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    Sorry Tesla, but I still think the Italian and Japanese cars of the 20Th century look way better.

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