Let’s Count All Eighteen Upcoming All-Electric CUVs

3 weeks ago by Domenick Yoney 22

The 2018 Jaguar I-Pace at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show

Come count crossovers with us

Everyone, it seems, wants a crossover (CUV) these days. Soccer moms, millennials — name the demographic, and unless they’re in the market for a pickup truck, there’s a good chance a smallish SUV with all-wheel-drive is on their car-shopping radar. It makes sense, then, that automakers are looking to these vehicles as worthy candidates for electrification.  Over on the InsideEVs Forum, we’re tracking what all-electric CUVs are here and what’s coming to the segment on our Counting Crossovers thread. So far, our tally totals eighteen here, or on the horizon.

Besides makes, models and expected production dates, we’re also filling in details like prices, battery size, and expected range as they become available. We encourage you to go have a look (and maybe let us know if there’s something we’ve missed), but first, we want to talk about a few that excite us the most.

Here and now

Tesla Model X with falcon wing doors aloft.

In the “already arrived” category, the Tesla Model X (right) stands alone.With the first deliveries taking place over two years ago, this CUV (ok, it leans more towards being a full-size SUV, but we’re using “squishy” definitions) has blazed the trail. Unfortunately for those of us slim of wallet, it starts at $89,000, which gets you the smaller 75 kWh battery option, good for 237 miles of range. Though its sales haven’t eclipsed those of its sibling Model S, as might have been expected, around 35,000 examples have been delivered since production started, so current production doesn’t lag far behind the sedan.

What’s Next

It’s uncertain at this point what the first competitor to the Tesla in the segment will be, but certainly an electric Jaguar will be one of them. The I-Pace (top), which we think cuts a rather handsome figure, is said by the company to be first sold in the 2nd half of 2018. There are some grounds to suspect it may be a bit ahead of that schedule, though, as supplier Magna Steyr has said production will begin “...in the first quarter of 2018.”

When it does arrive, expect the stats to echo those of the concept version, with 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from two electric motors powering all four wheels. The concept’s range was stated as  310 miles on a NEDC cycle, so in America expect the EPA to bless it with something in the neighborhood of 265 miles. Though its 90 kWh battery may be a bit slow to fill up — think 90 minutes from empty to 80 percent from a DC 50 kW charge station — its acceleration of 0-to-60 in four seconds may keep you from dwelling on that weak point. With a base price tag reading under $100K, this is a vehicle with the Tesla Model X square in its sights.

2018 Audi E-Tron Quatrro

Premium CUV shoppers may stroll past these two choices next year, though, once the Audi  E-Tron Quattro hits. Also a handsome machine, it cradles a 95 kWh battery in its belly, which should give it approximately 275 or so miles of range. It’s spritely, but not quite as quick as the Jaguar, putting up a 4.6-second 0-to-60 performance. For some, charging speed may be more important and here, the Audi delivers. If you can find a Combined Charging System (CCS) station with 150 kW, something we expect will be more common soon, it should fill as fast as a Tesla. That means empty-to-80 percent in about 30 minutes, or full in just under an hour. If Audi manages to hit its early price target of £60,000 in the UK, we may see it in the U.S. near $79,000.

What’s affordable

Although the previously mentioned three vehicles are all quite appealing, the vast majority of consumers will want something far more affordable. In the coming year, it seems only the Korea-based duo of Kia and Hyundai will be serving up crossovers that fit that bill. The Kia Niro EV is perhaps the best known quantity, since it is already available in the US, and elsewhere, with an internal combustion-based drivetrain. Details are still vague regarding the electric version, but last we heard, we should see a pair of battery pack options  of 39.2 kWh and 64.2 kWh on offer. Range, then, would probably be about 140 and 230 miles.

The gasoline-powered 2017 Kia Niro in red

The Kia Stonic will be that brand’s second all-electric CUV, sharing a platform with the Hyundai Kona EV, (the third Korean model expected for 2018). Since we’ve heard Kona EV will have the same battery options as the Niro EV, it’s quite possible that the Stonic will as well. Pricing at this point is anyone’s guess, and ours is that they three will occupy various spaces between $30,000 and $40,000.

With their entry to the market so close, it’s quite likely the trio will make their official debuts during the upcoming car show season, perhaps as soon as the LA Auto Show, which starts December 1st. If not then, we’ll be keenly watching their booths during North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. All the particulars should be made public around the times of their unveiling.

What we want

Ultimately, what we want in a CUV is what most others want: a vehicle big enough for our families and stuff, which can travel at least 200 miles on a charge, recharge quickly, and do all of that while looking good. Among the dozen crossovers set to arrive post-2018, there are any number which excite us. Certainly the Tesla Model Y is one we are keen to lay eyes on, since that company tends to have pleasant technological surprises with each new addition to its lineup, and its constantly expanding, simple-to-use Supercharger network takes much of the worry away from long-distance trips. Another is the Volvo XC40 EV, which will be that brand’s first 200-mile plus all-electric, and available in 2019.

 If an all-electric crossover is in your future, or if you’re just curious to see how the market is shaping up, we invite you to track all of the above crossovers, as well as the many unmentioned models with us on the InsideEVS Forum.

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22 responses to "Let’s Count All Eighteen Upcoming All-Electric CUVs"

  1. Lausbub says:

    I basically really like the shape of the i-Pace, but what are all the air inlets for at the front? They make it totally look like an ICE car. Unfortunately.

    1. Dan says:

      All EVs I’ve seen have air inlets too. How do you think thermal management of the battery works? The air inlet needed for an ICE is no bigger or smaller than the one needed for cooling a battery

      You’re basically mistaking a grille (a cosmetic feature) with the inlet to the radiator, which in modern cars is quite tiny.

      1. alohart says:

        Waste heat generated by all EV systems including the battery pack is far less than that generated by ICE’s, so EV radiators and thus air intakes can be considerably smaller than on an ICE vehicle that produces similar power.

    2. GreenMD says:

      My understanding is that it’s mostly a cosmetic grill leading to the hood scoop. It makes the hood slope look more traditional when in fact, it’s more stubby, like a Bolt.

  2. Yogurt says:

    Would be nice if it was all autos and not just crossovers sonce I fall into the nobody category:(…

    1. Domenick Yoney says:

      Yogurt,
      if you peruse the Counting Crossovers thread on the Forum, you’ll find a member has posted a more complete list on a Google document.
      http://www.insideevsforum.com/community/index.php?threads/counting-crossovers-tracking-whats-coming-and-when.146/

      1. Yogurt says:

        Thanks…

  3. Will says:

    Dont count on Y until all 3s reservation are deliver so it wont be out till 20-21 at best

    1. Terawatt says:

      Please, post the assumptions you made to arrive at that figure. While the ramp up seems anything but certain, nor is it clear it can’t ever succeed. And if production is going at 500k cars per year by early 2019, and there are multiple other options to choose from, it’s far from obvious demand will be strong enough to provide much of a backlog beyond that point.

      It’s possible, but you write “at least” and in such a matter of fact way it’s easy to suspect you don’t actually care whether it’s true and haven’t actually tried to think it through. But please price me wrong by posting your assumptions and attempting to justify them as so likely as to justify the “at least” claim you made – which implies this is the best case scenario.

  4. Yogurt says:

    All the new BEVs comming out makes me think Tesla has a year or two to fix their Consumer Reports ratings when the market turns from enthusiasts to joes…
    BEVs from all makers should top CRs relability charts and should be recomended buys…

  5. Ray says:

    All I want is a car/CUV that fits in my garage and can seat 7 or 8. I don’t care how fast it goes or how fast it charges. I would like one that goes about 250 miles. My Toyota Highlander fits perfectly in my garage so something that wide and long.

  6. Gerhard Hauer says:

    Why is everybody saying that the iPace is targeting the X?
    The Jaguar is a LOT smaller.

    1. Domenick Yoney says:

      Mostly because price, performance, range, recharging speed, premium segment.

      Would be nice to see a side-by-side size comparison, as that’s obviously quite important for many buyers.

    2. Terawatt says:

      I think they are very real competitors. Not many buy an X, it any other Chelsea tractor for that matter, because they need or even want the space. They like the high seating position, the prestige, and the high price!

  7. Nix says:

    I wish more of them were AWD.

    1. Klaus says:

      Me too. I’m hoping in 3 yrs I’ll be able to get a 200+ mile CUV EV with AWD. Bonus for decent ground clearance.

  8. Steven says:

    I’d rather counts the ones that aren’t compliance vehicles.

  9. DJ says:

    Was that 18?
    1) X
    2) iPace
    3) e-Tron
    4) Niro
    5) Stoic
    6) Kona
    7) Y
    8) XC40

    Did you guys throw a teen on to it for some reason? Don’t get me wrong, I’d love 18, I just didn’t see them.

    1. Domenick Yoney says:

      You can see them all over here on the Forum, as is mentioned in the article.

      http://www.insideevsforum.com/community/index.php?threads/counting-crossovers-tracking-whats-coming-and-when.146/

  10. Haha says:

    I didn’t even count 8!

  11. Don Zenga says:

    Any automaker planning to design a new car should know that CUVs have captured 1/3 market share in the Top-3 markets of the Word: China, EU, USA and its increasing in other markets like Japan, India as well.

    Many reasons to buy a CUV.
    5 door design makes it easier to load lots of stuff and with the seats folder, we can load big boxy items.

    Being few inches taller gives enormous interior space and also easy to get into the vehicle.

    And an AWD trim(s) helps in offroading which is very important for people who are becoming nature loving and adventurous.

    For the Electric vehicles, CUVs makes even better sense as batteries take some space and its available. Adding a motor in rear axle will make it AWD and having 2 motor system increases the range.

    I see only few CUVs; iPace, Kona, Outlander, Stonic and few more, please exclude VW’s products until it hits the market.

  12. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Kona, Niro aren’t CUVs. They are freaking short station wagons.

    Just about every other CUV on the market is taller than Niro. In fact, even some sedans are taller than Niro.

    Then again, some stupid people thought Toyota Venza was a CUV too.

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