Top 5 Electric Cars Coming This Year
Towards the end of 2019, one thing became abundantly clear. The release of fully electric vehicles has been kicked up a gear. We’re not just talking hybrid either but a push towards fully electric vehicles or (EV’s) seems to be bang on-trend. With improved performance and far greater range, how long until EV’s will be the vehicle of choice on driving lessons. Here’s Pass Me Faster’s Top 5 Electric Cars Coming This Year.
Where Are Things Now And Whats Coming
Streets ahead are Tesla, the Usain Bolt of the EV world. At the forefront of all things electric from the word go, Tesla has dominated the market so far. However, major car manufacturers have stepped things up a little and may just be gaining some ground.
By comparing price, power, and range can we now start getting excited about Electric Vehicles?
Let’s look at Pass Me Fasters Top 5 Electric Cars This Year.
(5) Audi e-Tron GT
There’s no denying it Audi is renowned for its world-beating quality and reliability. With the e-Tron GT labeled as their range-topping all-electric vehicle this year, you can soon see why it wins a place on our list.
Although we don’t have a figure as of yet there are rumors it could start at around the £100’000 price mark.
The e-Tron comes equipped with two electric motors delivering 590 hp to all four wheels. It will throw you from 0 to 100 kph in 3.5 seconds equal to the time it takes to sneeze slowly.
Audi has hinted at a top range of 248-miles from a full charge. A quick 20-minute recharge will have the battery zipped back up to 80% and ready for another 200 miles.
Check this out too, the braking recuperates some of the energy and then redirects it to recharge the battery.
Coming in at number 4 is the affordable Mini Electric. One of BMW’s most famous British Exports has also been upgraded to full electric status. With rumors of Mini moving towards an all-electric brand let’s take a look at their firstborn EV.
Starting with price, the Mini EV is available at three different levels. The starting price for level 1 is an affordable £24’400. Moving along to level 2 at £26’400 and finally topping out at level 3 at £30’400.
The basic level 1 one package will still come with touch screen navigation, cruise control, and air conditioning.
Level 2 comes with a driving assistance pack reversing camera and parking sensors.
Level 3 has additional front parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof.
The Mini EV will reach 100 kph in 7.3 seconds and has a maximum output of 184 hp. Its maximum speed is 150 kph.
The range on the Mini EV has been estimated to be 144 miles from a full charge. An 80% battery recharge will only take 35 minutes, just enough time for a quick coffee and a buttie at your local charging station.
(3) Porche Taycan
The Taycan is Porche’s first attempt at an all-electric vehicle. With rumors that the Taycan could be the torchbearer for future car performance, we’re including it in our top 5 EV’s for definite.
Despite the fact, you can’t turbocharge an electric vehicle Porche has decided to keep the badge even on an EV! Since the early seventies, Porche has used turbo as a sub-brand to identify the fastest model in every line.
The Taycan comes in two models. Starting with the £115’858 turbo and then its bigger brother the £138’826 turbo S. I’m sure if you can afford £115’858 for a car then the extra £22’968 for the suped-up version is peanuts. Why bother with the Turbo and miss out on the Turbo S.
The Taycan Turbo comes with 616 hp but if that’s not quite enough for you then why not try the over-boost and pump things up to 671 hp. Sadly the over-boost is only available during launch control! For those that have an extra £23’000, the Turbo S will give you 750 hp and 774 hp over-boost.
The 774 HP will get you 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 161.6 mph
Boasting a range of 256 miles from a fully charged battery we can start to see how the Taycan is rewriting the EV rule book. That’s some serious mileage.
Again like the Audi, braking will feed charge back to the battery. The Porche’s Regan system feeds up to 265 kW back to the battery when the brakes are applied.
(2)Aston Martin Rapide E
We would’nt feel right if our list of Top 5 Electric Cars Coming This Year didn’t feature an Aston Martin. After the Rapide’s first dynamic UK appearance at the Hill Climb at the Goodwood festival of speed, there’s plenty of interest for the next generation Bond car.
If you’re quick you can already place an order for your Astin Martin Rapide E. The Rapide E is Astin’s first fully electric car and there are production plans for only 155 in total.
Astin isn’t beating around the bush they’ve already let slip that the Rapide is a bit of a test run for bringing back the Lagonda brand.
Although the actual price of the Rapide is only available upon application there are rumors it could cost around $330’000 or £254’600.
The Rapide comes packing 602 hp and shifts from 0 to 100 kph in less than 4 seconds. With a top speed of 155 mph, all powered from its 5’600 cell lithium-ion battery pack.
The Rapide can travel for 320 km on a full charge. Depending on the size of the charger, 50 KW can put 300 kph back into the battery and a 100 kW 500 kph.
(1) Lotus Evija Wins Our Top 5 Electric Cars Coming This Year
Coming in at the top spot of our Top 5 Most Exciting Electic Cars Of 2020 is the Lotus Evija. The Evija is the only car on our list to break through reality, into hypercar status.
With a hefty 2 Million pound price tag this isn’t going to be sat on every other drug dealer’s driveway. This is Lotus’s first fully Electric Vehicle and they really have gone to town with it.
With 1972 bhp this thing will go 0 to 300 kph in 9 seconds, which by the way is a lot quicker than a Bugatti Chiron and 0 to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds flat. A unique battery storage system in the seat allows the ride height to be reduced by a further 105mm for less drag.
The Evija comes equipped with a 680 kg battery pack allowing it to travel to up to 250 miles on a single charge. Yes, that’s getting close to the range of a Porch Taycan in a car that shifts considerably faster.
Electric Cars Are The Future
Ten years ago you would have laughed out loud if someone suggested electric-powered cars. Getting your milk delivered quietly at 6 am by an electric float moving at 17 mph max was about all electric could do for you.
With the current range and price of electric cars matching combustion engines and performance leaving it dead in the water, I think it’s safe to say electric cars have landed. As more and more affordable electric cars like the Mini start emerging and the 2035 ban on petrol and deisel too, it’s pretty obvious we’re all going Electric. The only question is how soon will you change?