2019 Electric Cars: The New EVs Worth Waiting For

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The highlight of 2019 EVs could be a trio of affordable, long-range Korean EVs.

As 2018 wraps up, it’s clear that the Tesla Model 3 dominated the EV world this year. The Model 3 became one of the best-selling cars in the United States irrespective of powertrain. Additionally, it’s the number one most popular small to midsize luxury sedan. That’s a breakthrough for EVs. The Model 3 will likely continue to command headlines in 2019, especially as more affordable versions go on sale.

But let’s take a big-picture look at the coming year, in which we will add about 10 new plug-in cars to a market that already offers more than 40 EVs and plug-in hybrids.

Click through the images above to check out the new electric cars arriving in 2019.

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Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona Electric is the first long-range, value-oriented electric car with true crossover dimensions. It offers a compelling balance of size and capability with an E.P.A. estimated range of 258 miles. That’s more driving range than any EV that’s not a Tesla. Compared to the Chevrolet Bolt, the Kona EV offers 20 more miles of range, nearly three more feet of cargo, and a couple more inches of rear shoulder space.

Those advantages become an even bigger deal when you consider that the Kona EV’s starting price is $36,450 – or below $30,000 after the federal tax credit. Isn’t the Kona EV precisely the kind of long-range, affordable electric car that could bring EVs to the masses? We say yes, but fulfilling that potential will depend on Hyundai producing enough of them to meet demand.

RANGE: 258 miles
BASE PRICE: $36,450

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Kia Niro EV

Do you want a little more space than the Kona Electric offers? Are you willing to give up 20 miles of range to get more room? That’s the proposition posed by the 239-mile Kia Niro EV. The Niro model already comes as a plug-in hybrid and conventional (no-plug) hybrid. In 2019, there will be an EV added to the mix. The attractive, aerodynamic, and high-riding profile of the Niro is a great platform for the Hyundai-Kia electric powertrain and its sizable 64-kWh battery pack. The electric Niro’s looks are the same as its sibling models except for a closed grille, arrowhead-shaped LED running lamps, and a blue-lit lower intake.

The Niro EV, which is expected to be priced at around $38,000 before incentives, will go on sale in California and a few select states as soon as February 2019.

RANGE: 239 miles
BASE PRICE: TBD (Approx. $38,000)

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Kia Soul EV (2nd Gen)

The current 2019 Kia Soul EV’s 111-mile range is well below the range that EV buyers have come to expect. The new 2020 version of the Soul EV was expected to get an upgrade to 140 miles of range – but that also was below the new EV bogey of about 200 miles.

Kia responded at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show by announcing that the new Soul would utilize the same electric powertrain as found in the Kona EV and Niro Electric – making it the third flavor of a Hyundai-Kia long-range EV. The 2020 Soul EV, expected by mid-2019, should offer a driving range of more than 240 miles. The new Soul in all its powertrain variations will feature a sleeker front end and floating roof design.

RANGE: TBD (Approx. 240 miles)

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Porsche Taycan

Not all new EVs arriving in 2019 will be thrift-oriented Korean models. We’re also eagerly awaiting a set of luxury, performance electric vehicles – all too often mislabeled as Tesla Fighters. The most exciting of this new wave is the Porsche Taycan (pronounced tie-khan), which was introduced two years ago as the Mission E concept.

Two motors produce more than 600 horsepower to provide acceleration to 60 miles per hour in about 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 155 miles per hour with a driving range expected at around 300 miles. Expect a starting price of about $75,000. The Taycan’s biggest contribution to the EV movement will be its 800-volt quick-charging system, a first for the industry. With 800-volt capability and the right type of highway quick-charger, Taycan drivers could add about 250 miles of range in 15 minutes.

BATTERY: Multiple TBD (Approx. 80 kWh and 95 kWh)
RANGE: 239 Miles
BASE PRICE: TBD (Approx. $75,000)

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Audi e-tron SUV and Sportback

Audi is taking a counter-intuitive strategy with the e-tron, the brand’s first electric car. Based on its looks and road manners, the e-tron is an utterly normal luxury crossover SUV that just happens to be electric. The idea is to make Audi brand loyalists as comfortable as possible with moving into an EV. That means a smooth, capable powertrain using a pair of electric motors – one on the front axle and one on the rear – to produce 400 horsepower.

The five-passenger e-tron, which is between the size of a Q5 and Q7, offers plenty of passenger comfort and cargo space. The range is expected at about 230 miles with a 150-kW quick-charging capability that could add 180 miles of range in 30-minute highway pit stops.

A stylish Sportback version of the e-tron SUV will arrive later in 2019.

RANGE: 239 miles
BASE PRICE: $74,800

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Mercedes-Benz EQC

The field of all-electric luxury SUVs will start to get crowded in 2019. Next up is the EQC – the first vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz sub-brand of EVs dubbed “EQ.” The EQC, which goes into production in mid-2019, is built on the platform of the GLC-Class SUV. Converting gas platforms to electric will enable Mercedes-Benz to introduce a mind-boggling 22 EQ electric cars in the next three or so years.

The EQC’s electric drivetrain produces 402 horsepower – based on a 201-hp motor placed on the front and rear axles. An 80 kilowatt-hour battery pack in a relatively heavy SUV would logically yield between about 220 and 230 miles of range. Expect all the creature comforts of a Mercedes SUV and a price starting around $80,000.

RANGE: 239 Miles
BASE PRICE: TBD (Approx. $80,000)

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A decade ago, BMW created a limited run of all-electric MINIs as a test platform. Those cars, offering about 100 miles of range, were absolutely adored by the 600 or so leaseholders who drove the car for a couple of years. Ten years later, BMW unveiled the MINI Electric Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, revealing its intent to try again with a battery-powered MINI. BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer then hinted that the entire MINI brand could move “in the direction of becoming an electric urban mobility company.”

We will learn just how real those intentions are in 2019 when a new and improved MINI Electric is expected to go into production before the end of the year. Few specs are available but it would surprising if a new and improved MINI Electric in this era was not capable of at least 200 miles on a single charge – plenty of range for a fun, all-electric urban runabout.


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Polestar 1 (Volvo) Plug-in Hybrid

Polestar is Volvo’s new dedicated brand of premium plug-in electric cars. The brand’s first offering is the Polestar 1, which begins production in mid-2019. It’s a high-performance, ultra-luxe plug-in hybrid providing more than 90 miles of all-electric range. With that amount range, the Polestar 1 would effectively drive like an all-electric car on most days. But for longer trips, the Polestar 1 will deploy a hefty combination of its 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged engine, two 163-kW motors, and a single 35-kW integrated starter/generator to produce more than 600 horsepower.

That’s supercar territory – and the Polestar 1 will have a corresponding price tag of $155,000. Annual production will be limited to 500 units.

The idea is for the Polestar 1 to create a splash for the brand, thus paving the way for the Polestar 2 in 2020. The Polestar 2 will be the brand’s breakout EV, a 300-mile four-door electric fastback with a price tag of around $50,000.

RANGE: 90 miles (plus gas)
BASE PRICE: $155,000

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Range Rover Sport P400e

In 2018, Land Rover declared that electrified vehicles will make their way to the brand’s entire lineup. It starts in 2019 with the Range Rover Sport P400e, a 404-horsepower plug-in hybrid offering more than 30 miles of all-electric range (supplied by a 13-kWh battery pack).

The P400e’s powertrain combines a 296-horsepower 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo, and a 114-hp electric motor. Total power output falls just under 400 ponies, which is more grunt than the diesel and V6 powered Sport models. But it’s $79,295 sticker price is also more expensive than those models.

RANGE: 30 miles (plus gas)
BASE PRICE: $79,295

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Lucid Air

We are including the Lucid Air in our round-up of 2019 EV debuts – even though its introduction was recently delayed until 2020. It’s on the list as a placeholder for the dozen or so Chinese EV start-ups vying to sell all-electric models in the United States. The best known are Byton, Nio, and the now-defunct Faraday Future. Lucid, which was founded in 2017, received an infusion of $1 billion in funding in September from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. With the announcement of the financing, Lucid pushed back the introduction of its Air from 2019 to 2020.

There are reports of the Air as a luxury sedan offering 400 horsepower, 240 miles of range, and a price tag of $60,000. And there are also hints of Lucid variants with 1,000 horsepower and 400 miles of range. Are these numbers too good to be true? The answer for Lucid and other Chinese EV start-ups will emerge in 2019.

RANGE: TBD (between about 240 and 400 miles)
BASE PRICE: $60,000

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Lucid air is a vaporware plus I’m not buying from those Saudis Terrorist

It does seem to be circling the drain like Faraday Future…

True, but still a shame. We could use a few exiting EV designs from newcomers instead of the old school auto makers.

It is nothing like FF as the key talent is still there and they continue raising funds.

I used to think Lucid would make the perfect electric Lincoln, and that Ford might pounce. Alas. Great opportunities only come so often and favor those with some foresight and the means to follow through.

Don’t write them off just yet. It is not easy to make a great car from scratch, it is also not impossible.

So if they were a big investor at another company, you wouldn’t buy their EVs, too?

That is rascist! Not cool Will….Not cool😕😠

Love Thy Enemies

Announcing the Polestar 2 before the Polestar 1 is available (at a third of the price) sounds like the Osborne effect on steroids. Good luck Volvo, that’s a strange halo you’re promoting!

Polestar 1 is sold out and sold out basically on the first day. Hardly possible to have an Osborne effect when there is nothing to be “Osborned”. 😉

Polestar 1 will only have 500 made per year. At such a low production volume, seems more like a collelctor’s item than a car actually meant to be driven.

The Polestart 1 only exists as a Halo car, so it actually makes sense to have the car they want to actually sell (polestar 2) come to market as soon as they can along with their limited edition Halo car.

1. Where is the Honda Pilot PHEV?
2. 400 km Hyundai Ioniq electric?

The Pilot is an ICE. Who cares.

A pilot phev is coming. They spied one testing

Ship …. sailed

Really? No one has proven they can build an affordable BEV SUV.
PHEV will be a viable choice until battery costs are cut in half.

Honda Pilot? Sounds like a flying bike… didn’t know that model existed and not interested in a PHEV version of it…move along, nothing of interest there….

The upgraded Ioniq will be a bit interesting though, but not so much when you have the Kona and e-Niro already.

Well, based on the efficiency of the Kona Electric, I am sure a 64kWh Ioniq could achieve 300 miles of real-world driving range. Combine that with the more powerful motor, and you have a recipe for a relatively fast, long-range EV, with a very low-cost. A true competitor to the Tesla Model 3.

The pilot is a good suv, it is a 7 or 8 seater

Pilot is more of a US market thing. I believe from your posts in the past that you are not?

The pilot phev should come in 2019. Honda said that a hybrid variant of the light truck will come. And the pilot phev was seen testing

Too late

The only think interesting and affordable would be the BMW Mini.

The problem with the MINI line is that the aerodynamics suck. You can get away with that for a cute nostalgia ICE car but aerodynamics are too important for EVs since it helps make them practical & affordable.

As cost per kwh for batteries comes down aerodynamics will be less of a factor.

True but we are not that cheap yet. People will take a 200 mile range Model 3 over a 150 mile range MINI.

To get a good range/price, you just have to have good aero for now. That’s why NO ONE will make a pure EV boxy SUV, pick-up, etc yet. They would be cost prohibitive.

Actually I believe you are mistaken. The best looking one not mentioned here is the Rivian RT1 (?) pick up truck that is expected to get 400+ miles on it……added to that it is a fantastic looking truck….good for off roading. I don’t think it is expected til 2020 though.


Except for the Taycan. That’s my kind of car.

Agree on the Taycan.

Note to author: they pronounce it Tie-con, not Tie-can.

So it’s a con not a can.

Down voted because you correctly corrected the sad fact that InsideEVs was wrong on the pronunciation? I would expect that InsideEVs would have corrected the article by now.

Yes, the Taycan is pronounced “Tie-khan.”

Fixed. Thank you.

I prononce it like tay-khan

For a new EV to have an impact on the market, it must have two things:

(1) It must be compelling; a true competitor for best-selling gasmobiles, and not a “dorkmobile”, nor an uncomfortable and underpowered “punishment car”.

(2) It must be made and sold in significant numbers as gasmobile models are. It must not be relegated to the low production and sales of a mere “compliance car”, sold only in a single country or only in CARB compliant States of the U.S.

Multiple compelling plug-in EVs have appeared on the market in the past year, or soon will appear in the next few months. Cars such as the Jaguar I-Pace and the Hyundai Kona Electric. Cars which have attracted a lot of press on EV websites, and have EV advocates excited.

But where is the volume? It seems the Kona Electric will have sales restricted, at least in the U.S. to CARB States only. And it looks like Jaguar won’t be making enough of the I-Pace to satisfy demand, either.


Couldn’t agree with you more. In addition not having an alphabet soup of charging plugs and keeping it simple would be a great help. I am an old guy, seen muscle cars, crappy cars ect. To me a car is something that goes from point A to B in the most comfortable affordable and economical manner. Hundai Kona if it is ever available would suit me.


I have frequently been called a “Tesla fanboy” or even a “Tesla cültist”. But it’s not that I want to see Tesla continue to be the only auto maker making and selling PEVs (Plug-in EVs) in large numbers; it’s that Tesla is the only auto maker (aside from BYD) which is actually doing that.

I’d love to see other auto makers start selling compelling PEVs in large numbers, whether it’s legacy auto makers such as Ford and Honda, or newcomers such as Rivian and Rimac.

Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening until auto makers other than Tesla and BYD move to build high-capacity battery factories at which the auto makers — and not the battery cell makers — set the levels of production. Until that happens, other auto makers are going to be severely constrained in production even if and when they do decide to crank up production on EV. This isn’t just my opinion; it’s now proven fact. For example, Volkswagen has complained about having to go to multiple battery cell makers to get enough cells over the next few years, because no one cell maker can give them an adequate supply.

Well said.
No EV mfr is serious about EVs until they can secure a massive battery source, and then sell their vehicles widely.

#1 is by far the most important thing holding back sales. Until they design decent EVs, the cell production really does not matter.

BUT,I agree with pretty much what you have there.

Tesla is addressing all of the issues. Not a single other car make is. Not even BYD.
Simple as that.

I think BYD does for the Chinese market.

BYD was actually a battery manufacturing company that bought out one of China’s countless obscure little carmakers for the purpose of getting into the plug-in business. Maybe all the Chinese battery makers should do the same thing. Not practical in other countries, where you don’t have hundreds of carmakers fighting for survival.

Unfortunately, Samsung sold its car division to Renault in 2000. It does sell the Twizy in Korea.

I believe you echo the sentiment of must readers here. I’m also sure the auto industry is pretty much aware of battery strains and how it will affect their strategies. As for the first issue, you bet there’s a revolution coming.

It’s already a rebellion. We just got our hands on the Death Star plans and the X-Wings are attacking.

Totally agree.

Not visible from the USA, but Hyundai-Kia and Renault-Nissan are increasing their production volumes to levels comparable with Tesla and BYD.
Those cars are not coming to the USA, not because of a lack of batteries, but because the sales channel is broken.
Even California, the second largest BEV market after China, is getting only a token number of cars. Car makers are commercial enterprises, and at the end of the day, there are better places to do business than the USA for them.

But, will these cars actually be on sale in 2019?

Most of them should be. Some are on sale now in non-US markets.

I doubt the mercedes will

Mercedes EQC is supposed to hit dealers in July 2019 (in europe). Originally it was announced for q1 2019.

Speaking as a 2018 Leaf owner, these weren’t worth waiting for.

Oversized 4 door sedans are right out, the Leaf handles in-town driving great.

What I want now is an electric sport coupe, using any of the great 90s coupes— Porsche 968, Nissan 300ZX, RX-7, Supra, 3000GT VR4 — as a basis. Low, small, and nimble.

Either that or a Rivian. I could see the SUV model pulling an Aussie expedition trailer nicely.

A sports-coupe like those good old Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi 300GT, Nissan Z (300, 350,370) would be great , maybe on the Tesla-3P chassis ……

“The Kona Electric is the first long-range, value-oriented electric car with true crossover dimensions.”

You are on crack. The Kona is in no way a Crossover. It may come from a crossover ICE design, but it has a lower ride height than its ICE sibling, and less rear legroom than the Bolt.

The Kona has about 19.2cu-ft behind the rear seats the Bolt has 16.9cu-ft. That’s 2.3cu-ft delta. Not 3. But Bolt EV has ~56.7cu-ft with the rear seats down and the Kona only gets 45.8cu-ft with the seats down.

If you are calling the Kona crossover (which it isn’t), ya gotta call the Bolt a crossover (which I wouldn’t).

You are right. The Kona is smaller than the 2018 Leaf. I would not even call it a CUV. They try to make it look like one, but when you actually see one and get inside of it. It’s a very small vehicle. That doesn’t mean it’s “bad”, but you should realize what it is. I am sure for those that are fine with that size of vehicle, it will be a great car. It’s overpriced (at least in Canada), but anyway, volume will be very low in North America for sure.

I remember seeing the Bolt classified as a “truck” and a CUV. It seems car companies will do anything to have their cars not classified as a sedan or hatchback. The Model 3 shows that a cool sedan still sells just fine. Too bad GM doesn’t do a “hot hatch” version of the Bolt to humiliate the GTI crowd. Sportier suspension and tires, 250hp/300 lb-ft torque, and some real seats would be pretty cool.

The Model 3 looks good. That’s something that can’t be said for any “CUV” or any of the cars in the article (except the Porsche).

CUV is just a body style. If it looks like one then it is. Kona does, Bolt doesn’t.

No, it needs to have “utility” to tow, haul, and go offroad, otherwise what is it crossing into, a boxy car?

” what is it crossing into, a boxy car?”

Yes. Crossovers combine car functionality with SUV looks.

The Kona self identifies as a crossover and if you call it a hatchback then you need to get woke, bro.

Bradley must have been bored when he wrote this so called article. The only thing of real substance on the list is the Korean trio, they will make a difference. The Germans are existing cars turned into EV’s through compromises, except for the Porsche but it’s going to sell in so low numbers it will be an event to even see one. And why show Volvo and Range Rover’s hybrids, or was the list going to be too short without them? Seriously. It’s an EV, ONLY, when it doesn’t have an ICE pulling it around, why even bother showing them? The Tesla model S has been on the market since 2012, still, nothing comes close to it, except other Tesla’s. Not looking to change anytime soon either.

And funny enough the Kona EV and e-Niro are technically 2018 vehicles, the US is just the last to get them.

Okay, I admit that the list for 2019 is not exactly scintillating. But it’s always been the case that a few key products drive the entire rest of the market. I’ll take the introduction of three Korean ~250-mile EVs — when Hyundai-Kia hasn’t received much fanfare — as a small but important step forward. And the MINI E will also be a fun addition.

I am kinda surprised the 60kWh Leaf didn’t make the list. The drivetrain is different enough from the current Leaf to make it a “2019 car worth waiting for”.

Looking at all of the small ones and I see hatchbacks similar to my VW Rabbit that I owned back in the 80s.
Now, they call them Crossover, which is supposedly a small SUV.

I really appreciate this article as it tells us what the major new EVs are for 2019. While it’s nice to have more choices, I didn’t see anything in the affordable price range that made me think “that’s a step up from the choices we have now”. A couple of comments:

– The 3 Korean cars (Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia Niro EV & Soul EV) compete directly with the GM Bolt, but benefit from the $7500 tax credit where the Bolt does not. Hopefully the Bolt gets a similar subsidy in South Korea.

– The Audi e-tron SUV and Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz EQC are priced at $74.8K and up. At that price point in 2019 we should be seeing 300 miles of range, but we don’t – they’re rated for 239 miles of range.

The Koreans are a step up from what we have now in terms of styling. Which matters.

Why should the $75-80k Germans have 300 mile range? There $80k+ Tesla X 75D has 237.

Because they claimed they would crush Tesla specs! Guess they can’t do better than Tesla after-all.

Not really a fan of the styling. I owned a Soul so clearly I can look past that but the plastic wheel arches look kinda chintzy and the square look-alike mini CUV leaves me uninspired.

I struggle to understand why you included the Range Rover Sport P400e – everything suggests this to be a compliance conversion with around 20-25 miles of range. The battery is in the boot so you loose space and you loose the 7 seat option. MT got 18 miles of pure EV range in stop and go traffic and 19-22mpg in a 500 mile test. And this was in very optimal weather conditions. EV Worth waiting for?

Peugeot 208 EV is missing

the future is electric

yes and nevs 9-3 EV (~20 000€)

If the amount of people wanting to sit in my Kia Nero hybrid to see how it feels is anything to go by then the new upcoming E-Niro will do well.

Should have added all EVs, like the 3-4 vans, the small panel vans from Peuget, Renault and trucks and stuff like that.
Should also add Chinese made EVs in a chart.

Renault Zoé 2, due in the fall of 2019. Granted not planned for the USA, but looking mighty nice sofar.

Here in the land of the pickup truck, I see the occasional other Bolt or Volt, and Teslas…lots of Teslas, and no other plugins. Even the old Leafs seem to be gone. I will never see any of these vehicles here…ever.

“The Niro EV, which is expected to be priced at around $38,000 before incentives, will go on sale in California and a few select states as soon as February 2018.”

I think that is supposed to say February 2019?

A Freudian slip, supposed indeed! 🙂

Fixed the date. Thanks.

Or maybe 2020??

So there will be no new plugin vehicles introduced by GM, Ford, nor Fiat Chrysler in the coming year? Let that sink in for a bit.

That was my takeaway, nothing at all from the US domestic brands.

This is true for 2019 but I’m hopeful for something exciting from Ford in 2020.

Huh? From the company that has stopped making most sedans?
The big three have essentially become truck manufacturers. They have realized they can’t compete. I don’t see it.

They are too busy lobbying the gov’t to kill CAFE standards that would push them to sell more EV’s, and trying to kill California’s CARB ZEV program.

I wish I were just being a smart-ass. But sadly that is exactly what they are doing, through their lobbyist association.

There is a real problem coming. We are 2 years away from the end of this madness. Everyday the big three doesn’t realize this, they sink further into their grave.
I am sure they have somehow figured that the courts can decide things in their favor and the Senate will always have the rural truck drivers over-represented. The federal government will likely continue to be paralyzed.

What a poor display of variety!
When i leased my first ev in 2016 it didn’t even cross my mind that 3 years later i will not have a nice list to choose from to renew the lease. But here we are almost in 2019 and all we got is evs that are too expensive, too ugly or plain old compliance cars and lots of promises. I’m not surprised progress is slow.

The new BEV market for 2019 in Europe is exciting, and China is exploding.

Beside the vehicles mentioned in the article, Europe expects the DS3 E-Tense Crossback, Peugeot 208 EV, Opel Corsa EV, Renault Zoe 2, Nissan Leaf E-Plus, VW e-Up! 2, Skoda e-Citigo, Seat e-Mii, and at the end of the year the VW-ID-Neo.

Probably also a Nissan CUV and a Renault SUV, but those carmakers do not announce future products that can compete with current ones.

also 30% longer range i3

The pictures at the start of the article says it all, only the Tesla and Taycan really stand out.

ya, the design of Audi and Merc is too (beige) conventional for my taste. I’d take the Porsche but my parsimony will force me to buy that Kona thingy in 2019.
Kona price/range/variability = new EV benchmark

Tesla Model Y seems more deserving of a spot on this list than some of these – particularly the Lucid Air.

Not shipping in 2019.

Oh yeah you are right

Yes and their pickup truck

It’s all about the battery.

My ex-Mitsubishi I-MiEV had a 16 kWh battery, 62 mile range. Charged at 240V 15 amp 3.6 kW.
It lasted 2 hot summers in Vegas before the battery was replaced.
My current Bolt has a 60 kWh battery, EPA rated 238 mile range (I’ve seen up to 267). Charges at 240V 32 Amp 7.6 kW.
The battery has liquid cooling and heating. Thats what we learned from the I-MiEV

Nothing but battery technology is new. It’s all about the battery.

There is more cars like the recently tested production model vw Id neo as well as the Tesla model y and pickup truck

The e-tron has to be the most interesting for those who don’t live in CARB states and can afford one. MotorTrend (for example) loves the car and said things like this: “Audi’s electrohydraulic braking system is a game changer”


And it comes with off-road mode!

In retrospect, I now feel that the SEC fine slapped on Tesla/Musk was a way better outcome than Saudi funding, considering the recent history…