Google Trends data show that, since the PM’s launch of the COVID-19 recovery strategy (11 May), there has been a significant boom in demand across the automotive industry – so much so that the demand is now parallel with the numbers pre-lockdown, this surge in demand is especially evident in the electric vehicle industry.
The Road to Recovery Dashboard: Electric Vehicles is part of a tool built by LeaseFetcher, a car leasing comparison site based in Scotland. “The dashboard aims to observe long term and immediate changes in demand and will help inform predictions about the future for the electric vehicle and automotive industry,” says Will Craig, Founder of LeaseFetcher.
Pulling its raw data from Google Trends on a weekly basis, the tool provides an invaluable insight into consumer sentiment and behaviour.
In March, demand across the automotive industry nosedives. Now, following the announcement on the 11th of May, introducing step one of the recovery strategy, demand is once again on the rise.
While search volume for ‘electric car’ hasn’t yet returned to its pre-COVID levels, there’s every indication that it will do soon.
Specifically, the Tesla Model S and Model X have seen strong recoveries, matching and even exceeding interest this time last year.
Demand for the compact BMW i3 has recently returned to its pre-COVID levels, while the higher-end Audi e-Tron has already exceeded this. This is a strong recovery considering the demand fell by 70.1% and 63.5% respectively from the 8th of March to the 22nd of March.
With over 200 miles of range now the norm and 30 minute fast chargers popping up left, right and centre, electric car owners have less and less to grumble about and potential new owners fewer transition barriers. With demand bouncing back with such force, we are likely to see a surge in new electric vehicle registrations in the coming months.
If COVID-19 has shown us one thing, it is the very tangible impact of air pollution on our health. Around the world, people have had their first taste of truly fresh air for a very long time as roads were closed, cars left unused and heavy industry was brought to a standstill. Electric cars produce zero tailpipe emissions, which make them an invaluable part of any strategy to tackle inner-city emissions and to make the world a greener, better, place.
More and more manufacturers are focusing on developing new electric power trains and platforms which could result in the number of electric cars to grow rapidly over the next several years. The fall in prices, improvements in range, increased investment, and rollout of charging networks has started to create serious competition on the market. Big automakers like Volkswagen and Daimler are accelerating the transition towards electric drive, paving the way for the breakthrough of electric vehicles. Today we’ll talk about the top 10 all-electric cars that will hit the roads as early as 2020.
Audi e-tron Sportback
Audi aims at electrifying one-third of all new models and is going to bring its next all-electric car to market in 2020. The newly unveiled e-Tron Sportback comes with a futuristic design and embedded innovative AI technologies to ensure a comfortable and connected environment for its passengers. The vehicle will be built using the same electric drivetrain and battery as the company’s first all-electric car, the e-Tron Quattro SUV, but it’s equipped with a coupe a roof which makes the vehicle more aerodynamic, allowing it to overcome around 6 miles more distance. The all-wheel-drive SUV coup will be available in two options the higher-end version is expected to have a real-world range of about 210 miles on a full charge. It will be equipped with dual electric motors for a total regular output of 265 kilowatts and 414 pound-feet of torque. The new electric coupe a crossover features an innovative lighting technology with digitally controlled matrix LED units at the front and rear, which can produce excellent light combinations enabling the vehicle to communicate visually with the surroundings. The Audi e-Tron Sportback will have a starting price of about $78,000.
Tesla Model Y
Tesla has officially launched its highly anticipated compact crossover SUV which is expected to come to the market in fall 2020. The Model Y’s design is remarkably similar to the Model 3’s design, but thanks to its 10% bigger size it can be outfitted with a third row of seats for a total seating capacity of seven. The company offers both rear and all-wheel-drive variants which come with impressive aerodynamic performance enabling at the higher end version to reach 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. The car is mostly free of buttons on the inside featuring a large infotainment display in the middle of the dashboard the vehicle is able to achieve a real-world range of up to 300 miles on a single charge and has a starting price of $48,000. The cheaper version with a smaller battery is due to go on sale in spring 2021 with a price of $39,000. Tesla also has plans to produce a more powerful version of the Model S in 2020 which will come with a three-motor powertrain and new rear-facing seats. The specifications are still unknown but it will be quicker than the Tesla Model S P 100 d with ludicrous mode ready to set new records from an electric sedan
Ford Mustang Mach E
Ford finally unveils it’s gorgeous powerful long-range all-electric SUV, which is inspired by the company’s iconic muscle car. The Mustang Mach II comes with the three bar taillights and a familiarly shaped grille cutout. The vehicle will be available in five variants with both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive power trains featuring standard and extended range battery options respectively. The company will first deliver the premium and first edition models in late 2020 which can achieve a real-world range of 270 miles with a pair of electric motors powered by an extended-range battery and the premium model with a single motor-driven powertrain can overcome a distance of 300 miles. The rear-wheel-drive base model can achieve a range of 230 miles on a full charge and reached 60 miles per hour in about 6.5 seconds driven by two electric motors. A special GT performance Edition, which will be available from spring 2021, is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds like the all-wheel-drive Model Y performance variants. Mach E offers a spacious interior featuring a large touchscreen in the center of the dashboard for navigation and entertainment as well as an additional screen in front of the driver for speed and battery information. The Mustang Mach E has a starting price of $43,900.
US-based automotive start-up Rivian has launched its first all-electric pickup truck which comes with an impressive all-electric powertrain and special features. It’s an intelligent adventure machine, with a robust and rugged design featuring as the company describes a lockable gear tunnel that extends through the entire width of the vehicle and provides more than 350 liters storage area. The five-passenger vehicle comes with three powertrain options equipped with four independent electric motors on each wheel and the higher end version provides a maximum 562 kilowatts power capacity and 3500 Newton meter of grounded torque per wheel. The ability to control the torque at the wheel and configure the total power output to different levels enables the owners to steer the pickup truck like a tank which is capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in an incredible three seconds. The different power levels match different choices of battery packs which can provide a range of 230 to 400 miles on a full charge. Inside it features a 15.6-inch touchscreen display dominating the middle of the dashboard for navigation and entertainment. Rivian has been working on possible configurations of the r1t to offer owners different options which could result in a zero-emission camper version of the vehicle. The r1t starts at $69,000 and the first deliveries are set to begin in late 2020.
BMW IX 3
BMW that aims at electrifying 25 models by 2023 is going to bring its next all-electric car to market in 2020 which will feature the fifth generation of BMW E drive technology for the first time. This means that the BMW IX 3 which was unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show will feature more integrated powerful and compact drivetrain and battery packs with higher energy capacity. BMW classifies the IX 3 as a sports activity vehicle that comes with a 70-kilowatt hours battery pack with an expected peak output of 250 kilowatts and at 150 kilowatts charging capacity. The BMW IX 3, which is due to go on sale next year, will be the first model produced for the entire global market at the Chinese production location in Shen yang.
Volvo’s performance brand Polestar has launched its first all-electric car which is due to come to market in 2020. The Polestar 2 is built on Volvo’s all-electric adaptable compact modular architecture platform and comes with a performance-oriented design delivering a lower drag coefficient for enhanced aerodynamic performance. It’s the first vehicle that features an Android-powered infotainment system creating a unique and responsive customer experience the system provides all the necessary information on the vertically mounted 11-inch display and offers a broad range of services and functions using an in-car version of Google Assistant. A pair of electric motors, one on each axle, that joined forces to provide a total output of 300 kilowatts and 488 pound-feet of torque send a vehicle from naught to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds. The battery has a total capacity of 78 kilowatt-hours for a real-world range of about 275 miles on a full charge. Dual electric pole star 2 which has a starting price of around $45,000, goes into production in China to be distributed globally from June 2020.
German high-performance premium automobile manufacturer Porsche has finally unveiled the production version of its highly anticipated first all-electric car which comes with quite
stunning design and impressive performance. The Taycan’s stylish design which is very similar to the original Mission E concept enables superior driving dynamics with an impressive 0.22 drag coefficient. The company is going to bring both the higher end and base versions of the Taycan to market next year. They’re equipped with two permanent magnet synchronous motors one on each axle which can deliver a maximum power output of 560 kilowatts and 777 pound-feet of torque, enabling the higher-end version of the vehicle to hit 62 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds and develop a top speed of 162 miles per hour. A newly developed automatically switching to speed transmission on the rear axle provides quick acceleration and improves efficiency at high speeds. The 90 3.4 kilowatt-hours high class lithium-ion battery pack which Porsche calls the performance battery plus is based on an eight hundred volt technology instead of the usual 400 volts for improved charging and drive performance. As a result, the Taycan will be the first production Road car capable of charging at a maximum rate of 270 kilowatts, that can deliver an 80 percent charge in just twenty-two point five minutes. The cheapest version comes with a seventy-nine point two kilowatt-hours battery pack with a total output of 390 kilowatts and 225 kilowatts charging capacity. Taycan models can achieve a real-world range of 225 to 255 miles on a full charge. The sport sedan comes with a luxury forward-thinking interior offering innovative digital assistant services through several touchscreen displays and the interactive voice assistant to access all relevant information and control a host of features inside and outside of the car. The Porsche Taycan will be delivered to Europe and the US in the first half of 2020 and has a starting price of around $104,000.
Volkswagen has finally launched its first next-generation all-electric car, the id3, which is based on the company’s new MEB platform. The German giant is taking huge steps in electrifying the car industry. The automaker is investing intensively in an all-electric platform and has plans to convert some of their entire gasoline-powered car production capacity to electric vehicle production capacity. For example, the Zwickau factory where the id3 is being produced now is set to be fully converted by 2022 enabling it to produce three hundred and thirty thousand electric cars per year. The company offers three options of the id3 electric hatchback with different battery packs respectively. Offering an impressive range of 205 to 340 miles on a full charge, the automaker will first deliver the mid-range variant or the first edition but the price is only known for the basic version which costs around $33,000. Thanks to the absence of the internal combustion engine the id3 are much roomier on the inside compared to the company’s popular golf hatchback and come with intuitive user experience and a bunch of high-tech features. The vehicle is controlled by the 10-inch touchscreen display and touch-sensitive buttons throughout the cabin. The id3 comes with Volkswagen’s latest driver-assist features and communicates visually with its occupants thanks to the completely new intelligent ID light concept. The car will start being delivered to Europe in the middle of 2020.
Mini Cooper SE
BMW has launched its second all-electric car the Mini Cooper SE electric hatchback which is slated to arrive in the first quarter of 2020. The vehicle shares the iconic mini design and characteristics but comes with a completely different powertrain based on the BMW i3 electric powertrain. With a front-mounted electric motor that delivers a maximum 135-kilowatt power output and 200-pound feet of torque, the car can reach 62 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds, transferring the thrill of its agility and performance. The electric mini cooper SE offers three style options that come with their own innovative technology and features. With the battery’s energy content of thirty-two point six-kilowatt hours, the vehicle can achieve a real-world range of about 140 miles on a single charge. The electric Mini will be delivered to Europe in the US at the beginning of 2020 and in the US it will have a starting price of $29,900.
French automobile manufacturer Peugeot has launched its first all-electric production car the e-208. The sharp and smart-looking five-door electric hatchback offers a smooth and instinctive driving experience. The vehicle comes with the same interior and cargo space as its gasoline-powered counterparts. Inside it features a 10-inch HD color touchscreen for the center display and a 3d instrument panel display for speed and battery information the front-mounted 100-kilowatt electric motor is powered by a 50-kilowatt hours battery pack for a range of 211 miles on a full charge. The electric hatchback will arrive in early 2020 and is now available to pre-order from Europe with a starting price of about $34,000. The French automaker also has plans to bring its production cars to the US and Canada by 2023.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its next-generation all-electric car under the EQ brand at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. The company intends to have more than 10 all-electric vehicles on the
market by 2022. The compact electric hatchback has aesthetic appeal thanks to the light technology featuring laser fibers the black panel at the front end acts as a virtual radiator grille and changes its look and color depending on drive modes. The vehicle will be equipped with two electric motors one on each axle for a total output of 200 kilowatts and 370 pound-feet of torque to send the EQA from 0 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds. With a 60-kilowatt hours highly efficient lithium-ion battery pack it can achieve a real-world range of more than 200 miles on a single charge. The price and precise delivery date is not clear but the EQA is expected to arrive in 2020 which one of these models would you like to be parked next to your house in the upcoming months tell us in the comments section below