Many new electric cars are being released in the coming months. The Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling EV with about 180,000 units sold since December 2010. There are also plenty of other models on the market to choose from. Another thing you should know about electric cars is that they are slightly more expensive than regular gasoline/diesel-powered cars. They do not require oil changes and the battery lasts up to 12 years which saves you money in the long run.
Electric cars are often advertised as being 100% electric, but that’s not entirely true because you still need gasoline for the generator. By using electricity and gas, the car can run without producing emissions. It does this by switching from battery power to a combination of battery and generator power when necessary. The list of new and upcoming electric cars is as follows:
Tesla Model 3:
Tesla Motors uses its Twitter account to answer questions about the Model 3. Tesla Motors is currently taking orders with a $1000 deposit for the Model 3 which has an expected MSRP of $35,000 before tax incentives and gas savings. The official unveiling date of the Model 3 was announced as March 2016.
The Audi E-Tron will be a fully electric car that is expected to have a range of 310 miles. In late 2015, the future release date for this electric vehicle was not announced but it is speculated to be available sometime in 2020.
BMW announced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show that its new fifth-generation i-cars would feature new technology including a battery cell with more than double the energy density and a more powerful 150 kW motor along with an extended driving range of nearly 300 miles on a single charge. BMW stated that production models of the i5 might hit showrooms as early as 2021.
The BMW iX3 is expected to be fully electric with a range of 250 miles, it will have 429 hp and 372 lb-ft of torque. The expected price is around $75,000 for this car which will compete with Tesla’s Model X.
Nissan plans on releasing the new 2020 Nissan Leaf in late 2018 which will include increased battery capacity and increased power output. Some reports indicate that the new model could come equipped with an autonomous driving mode even though self-driving cars are not currently legal in most states.
Ford Electric SUV:
Ford announced at the 2016 Detroit falcon-wing Auto Show that its new fully electric SUV would go into production sometime after 2020 and it has been confirmed for China and Europe but not for the United States.
Tesla Model Y:
Tesla Motors uses Twitter to confirm that a small SUV similar to the Model 3 will be released in 2020 as a new entry-level car from Tesla. This car will have falcon-wing doors as well as some other features, but it is expected to have a lower price than either the Model 3 or X which could make it extremely popular since SUVs are currently one of the most popular vehicle types sold.
General Motors announced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show that its first 100% electric car aimed at consumers would hit showrooms by late 2016 with a starting MSRP of under $37,500 before tax credits and gas savings. The Bolt has 238 miles of range and an impressive 136 horsepower from its electric motor.
Ford Electric F-150:
Ford will introduce a fully electric version of its popular F-150 truck sometime after 2020. The new vehicle is expected to have 300 miles of range but it has not been confirmed if the F-150 will have a sleeper cabin or other features that would allow it to be used as a workhorse.