With every year, buyers have more all-electric vehicle options and 2019 is not going to be an exception.
Here are the new all-electric vehicles coming in 2019.
In the EV space, every year is more exciting than the last one, but I think we will soon see a massive acceleration of new EV models coming to market.
Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s 2019.
It’s still going to be a great year for EVs with undoubtedly a record number of new EVs hitting the road, but it won’t be an exceptional year for new EV models coming to market.
I think 2020 and 2021 are going to be standout years for that.
Nonetheless, we are going to see a few new all-electric models hitting the market and that’s going to result to more options to buyers:
Audi e-tron 2019
The only reason for the Audi e-tron being on the list is actually because it is late. It was supposed to hit the market in 2018, but it was delayed due to software issues.
Now the first deliveries in Europe are expected in Q1 2019 and it should make it to North America in Q2 2019.
As I reported in my Audi e-tron first drive review, I am fairly impressed by virtually every aspect of the vehicle except for its efficiency.
Despite having a large 95 kWh battery pack, I think people are only going to be able to get about 200 miles of range out of the vehicle.
While that’s disappointing on an efficiency basis, it’s still enough for most people and I think that as a premium SUV with a $74,800 starting price before incentives, it’s going to find its place in the market in 2019.
Mercedes-Benz EQC 2019
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is going to be a direct competitor to Audi e-tron and with the two vehicles combined, I am hoping that they are going to help rapidly convert the premium SUV segment to all-electric.
Tesla’s Model X already helped, but it’s not for everyone and I think the EQC and the e-tron will bring new buyers.
Unlike the e-tron, we haven’t had the chance to try to EQC yet, but it is expected to soon go into production and we should have an opportunity to get in the SUV soon.
Mercedes-Benz is talking about a 450km (280 miles) journey, but the company was still using the NEDC standard when it made the announcement.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the real-world range is much closer to around 200 miles on a single charge.
The battery pack will be powered by 2 asynchronous motors with a total capacity of 300 kW (408 hp). It can achieve a top speed of 180 km/h (111 mph) and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds.
According to the spec sheet, the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger with a capacity of 7.4 kW and has a maximum capacity of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station.“
The German automaker has yet to confirm the price, but it is expected to start at around $70,000.
Mini Electric 2019
The BMW group hasn’t brought a new all-electric vehicle to market since the BMW i3 back in 2013, but it’s finally happening.
In 2019, BMW is supposed to start the production of the all-electric Mini.
We haven’t actually seen the production version of the vehicle yet, but Mini has been releasing electric concept vehicles for years now and the one seen above is expected to be the closest one to what is going to be in production.
Not much is known about the specs of the Mini electric.
I feel kind of bummed out about the vehicle because even though it’s years in the making, I feel like BMW is not bringing its best effort.
Earlier this year, we visited BMW to take a look at their 5th gen electric powertrain technology and they are doing some impressive things, but it won’t be in the electric Mini.
They are skipping the Mini and instead, the next-gen EV technology will debut in the BMW iX3.
We expect that the range in the Mini is going to be limited to around 150 miles of range, which is going to make more of an urban vehicle.
I am not sure if that’s the right thing to do in 2019, but it will all depend on the price. If the price is not excessive, it could maybe become an interesting option.
We should learn more in the coming months.
BMW i3 2019
While BMW has taken its sweet time to release a new all-electric vehicle, the automaker has been pretty good at consistently releasing upgrades for the i3.
It’s not a brand new electric car, but I think it’s getting a significant enough update to merit a mention here.
The 2019 BMW i3 is getting new 120Ah battery cells, which is going to result in a new 42 kWh battery pack for a range of about 153 miles, according to the automaker.
That’s about a 30% increase over the previous version.
BMW has historically been good at updating the specs of the i3 without increasing its MSRP significantly.
Right now, the BMW i3 is listed at a base price of $44,450 before incentives.
Nissan Leaf 2019 with 60 kWh battery pack
Like the BMW i3, we are not talking about a new vehicle, but the Nissan Leaf is also getting a significant enough update to merit a mention here.
The 60 kWh battery pack for the Nissan Leaf has been talked about for years, but it’s finally expected to hit the market this year.
It should bring the range of the Leaf to over 200 miles and make it an affordable long-range all-electric vehicle.
We expect to have all the details as soon as next week. Stay tuned.
The Porsche Taycan is arguably the most anticipated electric vehicle of 2019 because it will introduce a 800-volt system and the fastest EV charging we have seen to date.
Even though it’s another high-end all-electric vehicle that only a few wealthy people are going to be able to afford, the technology is going to push to the whole industry to a new level in my opinion.
Aside from the charging system, the vehicle is expected to have a significant range with different option ranging between 200 and 300 miles.
The Porsche Taycan is also expected to be able to maintain a high-speed for a long period of time without overheating.
In terms of pricing, it should start at about $90,000 and it is expected to into production around the end of the year.
Kia Niro EV
The Hyundai Kona EV has already hit the market and the Niro EV is very similar, but it offers yet another option on the market starting in 2019.
The company says that in Europe, the Niro EV will be equipped with “a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack” capable of a 100 kW charge rate and a front wheel drive 150 kW (204 ps) motor, “producing 395 Nm torque from a standstill, enabling the Niro EV to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 7.8 seconds.”
Just like the Kona Electric, a less expensive version will also be available with a “39.2 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack” for a range of “up to 300 kilometres (186 miles) from a single charge.”
The 64 kWh version is expected to result in about 250 miles of range.
We haven’t had the chance to test the vehicle yet, but we are going to around the end of January.
Like the Kona EV, the vehicle is expected to be priced aggressively, but the availability is also expected to be limited to CARB states, like the Kona EV.
Volvo all-electric XC40
Volvo’s new XC40 has been very well-received in the very popular compact SUV segment and now the automaker has confirmed earlier this year that it plans to make an all-electric version as soon as next year.
With most electric SUVs hitting the market being in bigger or more premium segment, like the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-tron quattro, this one should come at a lower price.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the vehicle just yet, but Volvo’s latest CUV platform was built from the ground up to support several types of powertrains – including an all-electric one.
My main fear with the all-electric XC40 is that Volvo could price it too high against the non-electric version, which starts at $36,000. That’s often a problem for automakers who sell electric and gas-powered versions of the same car.
If it ends up being over $50,000, I think it will be a tough sell at the dealership, but anywhere close or even below that could be a very attractive option on the market.
The vehicle is expected to have over 200 miles of range on a single charge.
That’s about it for what is expected to come to market in 2019, but there could also be a few surprises in 2019. Let us know what you think those could be in the comment section below.
Also, we are definitely going to see several new vehicles announced this year for release in the coming years, which should make for an exciting 2019.