What was once a niche segment for automakers with nominal competition is seeing more and more models added to it every year. Yes, we are talking about the Electric Vehicles (EV) segment. The market has seen a plethora of Electric cars, trucks and other vehicles that run on electricity added to the list in 2017. The automakers have not only made these cars efficient and a delight to behold, they have also made it affordable. If you are looking to shift to electric or just curious to know what cars the world is waiting for, read on to find out.
- Faraday Future FF91:
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Faraday Future FF91 was recently announced by Faraday and it is a vehicle to keep an eye out for. A slim curvy design on the outside makes for a pleasant view. From what is heard, the insides are also quite impressive although they have not been reviewed by anyone. An infotainment center is said to be a part of the vehicle’s inside which allows you to control everything about the vehicle very easily. Also, facial recognition unlocks the car so you never have to carry car keys again. Moreover, personal settings for seat and mirror position are stored. One of the highly anticipated models of 2018, this car is out to set some new standards.
- Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid:
Having made its name over the years by releasing one successful car after other, Porsche is all set to rock the EV market with its Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The most awaited electric car in the Porsche lineup, it has the highest performance, driving range and number of features. With a top speed of 173 mph and 0-60mph of 3.62 seconds, Porsche insists that this hybrid is fun! The range has been improved too, from 22 to 31 miles, thanks to its new liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery.
- Hyundai Ioniq:
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Hyundai has been a key innovator when it comes to EVs and has will soon release Ioniq to raise the bar. This EV has a 118-hp motor and an estimated 125-mile range. A DC fast charger that comes with the car can charge the battery to 80% in just under 24 minutes! The lightweight made possible using high-strength steel and Aluminum gives the car better performance on the road, reducing energy consumption. Also included are features such as Automatic braking and Pedestrian and Blind Spot Detection. Additional features include smartphone integration and wireless charging. The cargo room in the vehicle is pretty spacious too.
- Audi e-Tron:
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With three motors (one for the front, two for the rear), Audi e-tron is an all-wheel drive. With a 95 kW-hr lithium battery, Audi e-tron is a fierce contender in the EV market. This provides the car with 496 hp and a torque of 510 pounds per foot. This impressive battery will give you a range of 250 miles. The roofline has been deliberately kept low to give a sleek, aerodynamic design. This is not the only model Audi is set to release next year, but it definitely has consumers waiting.
- Tesla Model 3:
Undoubtedly, one of the most awaited electric vehicle of all time is the Tesla Model 3. Within a week of the unveiling, it had over 325,000 reservations and the number only keeps increasing as days pass. The standard model offers a range of 220 miles while the long-range model is capable of 310 miles. It also boasts of a fully capable self-driving hardware capable of activation by the company at a future date. The battery can be charged up to 80% in about 30 minutes. Targeted toward the mass market, it offers performance, affordability, and range. With a 0-60mph of 5.1 seconds on the long-range model and a top speed of 140 mph, the Model 3 is a highly anticipated vehicle of 2018.
EVs provide silent operation, good torque, nominal maintenance and low running costs. While range was an issue in the past, it clearly isn’t anymore. Also, all of these vehicles will give the owners tax credits giving the owner a tax rebate. The next few years promise to be quite interesting for electric vehicles as more and more automakers come out with interesting concepts and smart features for their models.