The 5 Most Exciting Electric Vehicles Launching in 2018
The electric vehicle industry as made notable progress in 2017. Sales figures rose worldwide and one of the most eagerly anticipated EVs to date was released, the Tesla Model 3. Here at EVtide our sights are fixed firmly on 2018, and these are the electric vehicles we’re most excited about.
Faraday Future FF91
Faraday Future seems to have its eyes set on Tesla’s target market with its first EV. The FF91 certainly has the specifications to back these intentions. A 782 kW motor will get the FF91 to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds and it’s 130 kWh battery means it’s good for 378 miles.
Faraday Future CEO, Nick Sampson, suggested the luxury EV’s price would be “under $300,000” – not cheap.
Audi e-tron Quattro
To date, Audi’s electric vehicles haven’t exactly been groundbreaking but their e-tron range looks set to change all that. The Quattro will be the first of the e–tron range to be launched and has a 95 kWh battery, giving it a 311-mile range. A 370 kW motor will take the e-tron Quattro to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
British automaker, Jaguar, is set to release its first ever EV in 2018, the I-Pace. Unlike some manufacturers, Jaguar isn’t pulling any punches with their first EV. A massive 516 lb-ft of torque will be available, produced by a 300 kW motor.
These figures result in a 4 second 0-60 mph time, and the I-Pace will keep going for 220 miles.
A starting price of $99,000 means the I-Pace is entering Tesla Model X and Model S territory.
Finally, Nissan is launching a Leaf with some menace to it – the best selling EV ever is getting a facelift. The long-range version will have a 220-225-mile range, whereas the standard model will have a 150-mile range. The next generation Leaf will actually be cheaper than the previous, starting at $29,990 for the base model.
Hyundai Kona Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq was well received in 2017 and the Kone Electric looks set to be a bigger success again. The Kona Electric is expected to launch in the first half of 2018 and have a 242-mile range (long range version). Hyundai will launch two versions, one with a 39.3 kWh battery and one with a 62.2 kWh battery.
Prices for the Kona Electric are expected to start at $39,000.
Let us know what electric vehicles you’re excited to see hit the roads in 2018.