An increasing number of Electric Vehicles are entering the market, while existing models are getting updated and cheaper.
The Hyundai Kia Niro EV is claimed to offer an 100kW charge rate with fast acceleration and a range that can top more than 230 miles with a single charge, depending on the version. Kia Soul 2nd Gen, expected by mid-2019 should offer a range around 240 miles, and Kona Electric offers a good balance between size and capability combined with a range over 250miles. Porsche Taycan, expected to enter the market by the end of the year, introduces an 800 volt system and fast charging of 15 minutes to reach an 80% charged battery, with a range between 200-300 miles albeit at a more expensive price.
BMW is expected to start the production of the all-electric Mini, with a range of 150 miles. At the same time they keep updating their i3 model with a new 42 kWh battery pack capable to support a range of 153 miles– that is, almost 30% up from the previous version. Similarly, the range of the updated version of Renault Zoe will get a 60-mile increase reaching 250-miles with a single battery charge and is expected by the end of the year. The updated version of Nissan Leaf will come with a 60kWh battery pack and increase its range to over 200miles.
In the field of SUVs, Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC have a range of 200miles with a single battery charge, and top speed reaching 180km/hr. And there’s even more to follow. For example, Dacia announced that they intend to release an affordable EV by 2020/21, building up on their alliance with Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. The car will use proven technology and will target city car usage, with a range of approximately 100 miles.