2018 Year of the Electric Car

Jaguar I-Pace Exterior
iKnowAuto Staff
New electric cars are coming all the time as the market grows and manufacturers aim to lower emissions. It is an exciting time in the automaker industry as things are beginning to transition from the burning of fossil fuels to advanced, electric powered vehicles with ever increasing maximum ranges. Electric cars of today are practical, reliable and genuine alternatives to traditional gasoline and diesel models. Let’s look ahead to 2018 and see what's coming. 
DEC 19, 2017
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Exterior 
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Interior 
2019 Jaguar I-Pace

First off, we have Jaguar’s first ever all-electric sports car. The dual motor I-Pace offers an impressive 400hp equivalent power output and 700 nm of torque. The 5 seater Jaguar will accelerate to 60mph in under 4 seconds. The range sits around 310 miles. All this is achieved from a Lithium Ion 90 kWh battery.

The I-Pace is all wheel drive and looks positively mean, just like a proper Jaguar should. The car will launch in the latter half of 2018. 

2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Exterior 
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior 
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV 

Chevrolet Bolt has been on sale since the start of 2017, winning numerous awards including the 2017 North American Car of the Year. The car is selling well and GM has slightly updated the Bolt for 2018, introducing changes to the heated steering wheel and an alteration to one of the trim levels. Chevrolet has sold almost 18,000 Bolts now, but with a government subsidy of $7,500 perhaps going away in January 2018, we could see Chevrolet counter with some pretty impressive deals.

0-60 times are a respectable 6.5 seconds, with an average sized 60 kWh battery housed under the cabin floor. By 2023, GM plan to sell 20 all new electric vehicles. 

2018 Nissan Leaf
2018 Nissan Leaf
2018 Nissan Leaf Replacement

Nissan is replacing the current Leaf, which it has sold since 2010. The new model sports more aggressive styling - that has reduced aerodynamic drag, a larger 40 kWh battery and increased the range of 235 miles. Nissan has packed the new Leaf full of advanced tech, including Intelligent Mobility, where the driver only needs to use the accelerator pedal and the car will auto brake for them to a controlled stop. The car also has a number of other driver assists and retails for under $30,000.

2019 Mercedes Benz EQ
2019 Mercedes Benz EQ
2019 Mercedes Benz EQ

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche announced the company plans to launch 10 new electric models by 2025 and are looking to reveal a new production electric vehicle, the EQ by early 2019. 

These cars will offer the same level of luxury and performance as internal combustion models, but with zero emissions and a charge time of 90 minutes to 80% capacity.

Audi E Tron
Audi E Tron
Audi E Tron

Audi is planning a competitor to the Tesla X and Jaguar I-Pace that will be launched in 2018, featuring trademark clean Audi styling. The E Tron has a 311-mile range, beating out the I-Pace by 1 mile and an equivalent of 496bhp. Expected retail price will be under $100,000.

There are a number of vehicles coming from Volvo, Porsche and electric vehicle newcomers Thunder Power, keep an eye on this space!