New battery-electric vehicles that will released for the model years of 2018 and 2019 could possibly shift the attention of consumers away from Tesla. Audi, Hyundai and at least a couple new manufacturers finally matured enough to make their own all-electric cars in the crossover SUV bodies. This video can serve as a quick overview of current market situation. Some cars are already on sale in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and China, so we were able to add prices and final technical information about them, while some are waiting for their first public debuts (companies already confirmed their production, though). Short list of things this video presentation will teach you (information about the sourced used in making this video are in the end of the presentation; image by autoblog.com/2018/02/27/hyundai-kona-electric-suv-revealed): – Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo can finally set the company to the path of electrifying their whole lineup. The 600hp E Cross Turismo SUV will be good for urban and offroad driving thanks to rugged tires and 310 miles of range; – Jaguar I-Pace is slightly bigger than most of cars on the list. Despite this, it will still show great range and be slightly cheaper than Tesla’s SUV. – Hyundai Kona is the competitor for the domination among more affordable EV options. Hyundai are known for making cars with competitive pricing and good specifications, so Kona Electric is the first long-range option to Bolt EV. – Chevrolet Bolt EV is usually described as the uncool all-electric car. Customers, who are not chasing the hype could have the time of their lives driving this car: it has the range of over 200 miles and low price compared to most of the competition. – Nio ES8 is the cheaper alternative to Model X that was created for the Chinese market. The main selling point of this big SUV is its pricing. For the smaller amount of money, you get cars that are not less advanced than ones created by Elon Musk’s company. – Audi Etron is scheduled to start rolling out of the production lines in the second half of 2018. Consumers in Europe can already place their reservations for Audi’s first long-range SUV. – Tesla Model X: no list is complete without this product. Although everyone is chasing Elon Musk, in 99% of cases Tesla remains on top. Let’s see if anything changes for them this year.
Korean automaker, Kia, already has an electric hatchback on the market now, the Kia Seoul EV. Kia plans to introduce a fully electric crossover SUV to their next generation lineup, with the 2018 Kia Niro EV. Kia already has an excellent hybrid crossover in the 2017 Kia Niro, with an EPA combined 50 miles-per-gallon rating and 600 miles of range with plenty of headroom and space for dogs/groceries.
The Kia Niro EV will be a welcome and affordable addition to the electric, sort-of-SUV market along with the Tesla Model X. The all-electric Niro will use a 28-kilowatt-hour battery pack and 88-kilowatt (120-horsepower) electric motor driving the front wheels. So while it may not be able to compete with a Tesla on the drag strip, the 2018 Kia Niro EV could make a great daily driver, errand runner, child drop-offer for many families concerned about their carbon footprint as well as their future fuel expenses.