The 10 hottest electric SUVs you'll see on the road in the next few years
- Smaller vehicles have dominated the first generation of electrified cars.
- But a wave of upcoming electric SUVs could help bring battery-powered cars further into the mainstream.
- In the coming years, both established auto companies and startups plan to release a range of electric SUVs to compete with Tesla's Model X.
But the popularity of SUVs has presented an opportunity to ease the transition from gas-powered to electric vehicles. While smaller vehicles have dominated the first generation of electrified cars, an upcoming wave of electric SUVs could help bring battery-powered cars further into the mainstream.Advertisement
If electric cars are the auto industry's future, SUVs represent its present. SUVs continue to take an increasingly large share of the global auto market, worrying those who support a movement toward higher fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
In the coming years, both established auto companies and startups plan to release a range of electric SUVs to compete with Tesla's Model X.
Here's what they have planned:
The Jaguar I-Pace will be released in the second half of this year.
Designed as a competitor to Tesla's Model X, the I-Pace will feature 400 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque, and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in about four seconds.Advertisement
We haven't heard much about Tesla's planned Model Y recently, but there are rumors that Elon Musk will release more details this year.
Musk has previously said the Model Y will be available by the end of 2020, but with Model 3 production issues to sort out and the Semi electric big-rig to build, that might be an aggressive timeline.Advertisement
Audi's e-tron Quattro is expected to debut in Europe later this year before coming to the US in 2019.
Audi claims the vehicle will have a range of over 300 miles per charge, which would beat the Model X's 295-mile range, but the EPA estimates the e-tron Quattro's range will be closer to 280 miles.Advertisement
Volkswagen said it will release an electric SUV based on the ID Crozz concept in 2020.
The ID Crozz is expected to have 302 horsepower and up to 300 miles of range. It could end up integrating VW's planned ID Pilot self-driving system.Advertisement
Mercedes-Benz will launch its EQ electric-vehicle brand with the EQC SUV in 2019.
The automaker has said the EQC will have two electric motors that can produce 300 kW of power and accelerate from 0-60 mph in under five seconds.Advertisement
BMW will start producing an all-electric version of its X3 in 2020.
BMW hasn't revealed many details about the electric X3, but the 2018, gas-powered model has an upgraded touchscreen and gesture-control features.Advertisement
Faraday Future has had a difficult time bringing a vehicle to production, but the startup has said its FF91 will be available by the end of the year.
The company has said the FF91 will be incredibly powerful and fast, boasting 1,050 horsepower and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.39 seconds.Advertisement
Chinese startup Byton wants to release an electric SUV by 2019.
The company is working with self-driving startup Aurora to give the car the ability to operate autonomously.Advertisement
Hyundai is expected to introduce an electric version of its Kona SUV in Europe and South Korea first, though it's unclear when it will be available in the US.
The Kona Electric will have a range of 250 miles.Advertisement
Startup SF Motors unveiled its plans to make electric SUVs at the New York International Auto Show.
It will start with the SF5, which the company plans to start producing in 2019. SF Motors says customers will have the opportunity to equip the car with up to four motors and 1,000 horsepower.Advertisement
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