5 Major Manufacturers About to Launch their First Electric Cars

It seems crazy to think that there are still a large number of manufacturers with no EVs currently for sale. Thankfully, most of the stragglers do have plans to get their first electric vehicle on the road. These are the ones we’re most looking forward to.

1. Jaguar I-Pace

We first got a glimpse of Jaguar’s I-Pace concept at the Los Angles Motor Show, more recently, Jaguar released an official image. A production version of the I-Pace, in Jaguar’s racing colours, was also spied at Jaguar Land Rover’s Coventry headquarters.

Jaguar I-Pace

Judging by the pictures, Jaguar will be carrying over a lot of the key features we saw on the concept model. It’s expected that the I-Pace will produce 396 bhp and have a 310-mile range. The I-Pace is set to be released in 2018 and will be in direct competition with Tesla’s Modal X.

2. Porsche Mission E

The Porsche Mission E concept was the star of the Frankfurt Motor Show when it was first unveiled in 2015. Although, Porsche doesn’t plan to have a production Mission E ready until 2020.

Porsche Mission E

The Mission E will have two motors producing around 600 bhp, so we know it’s going to be fast. But the high speed we’re interested in is its charge time, thanks to new charging technology. This technology will see the Mission E charged to 80%, of its 310-mile range, in just 15 minutes.

3. Audi e-tron

Audi’s e-tron SUV was another all-electric car first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. Set to be released in 2018, Audi will be battling with Jaguar and Tesla for the best premium electric SUV. The e-tron will have a 311-mile range, which is certainly enough to put it in contention for best electric SUV.

Audi e-tron quattro concept

4. Volvo

Volvo recently announced that it would launch its first all-electric vehicle in 2019, but no official images have been released. We don’t know if it will be an SUV or a sedan yet, but it should cost between $35,000 and $40,000. This price point and its 250-mile range put it in direct competition with the Tesla Model 3.

Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric

The Swedish company has high hopes for their EV range and also want to produce another, larger, EV in 2019. It’s about time this brand, renowned for its quality and safety records, got into the EV industry.

5. Skoda Vision E

The Skoda Vision E concept was revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show, and a road going version should be ready by 2020. The Vision E will be yet another all-electric SUV with a range of around 310 miles. The expected price is still unknown but it will probably be cheaper than the rest of the competition in the class.

With each new manufacturer, the electric car industry grows stronger and more diverse. How long can the rest of the major manufacturers hold out before getting involved in the EV game?

By Robert Bacon