2020 Electric Vehicles: The Big Breakthrough Year For EVs

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JAN 14 2019 BY BRADLEY BERMAN 60

The tipping point is coming soon.

As 2019 gets underway, there are more than 40 plug-in electric cars for sale in the United States. Ten more are expected to get introduced this year.

But we ain’t seen nothing yet. The 14 new electric cars expected in 2020 promise an unprecedented level of compelling designs, long range, and attractive prices.

Click through the images in the slideshow above to see the best crop of new EVs so far.

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Tesla Model Y

Tesla’s much anticipated small crossover will likely be revealed in spring 2019. That’s when the race for advanced reservations of the Tesla Model Y begins. Full production is expected in 2020.

The Model Y is essentially the small SUV version of the groundbreaking Model 3. Expect similar specs such as a choice of battery packs providing between about 240 and 310 miles. The first models will be the more expensive long-range versions that could be priced around $60,000 – with the mid- and short-range Y eventually selling in the $40,000s. Tesla has so far only released a single teaser image so the design and seating configuration won’t be known until the unveiling around March 2019.

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Volkswagen I.D. Neo

The all-electric Volkswagen I.D. Neo five-door hatchback will arrive in early 2020. Volkswagen is not yet confirming specs and details (including the final name of the car) but it’s expected to offer the exterior dimensions of a Golf – and the interior space of a Passat.  There will be three battery pack sizes offering between about 180 and 250 miles. An all-wheel-drive variant will also reportedly be available.

Spy shots and videos of I.D. Neo mules being tested emerged in Dec. 2018. A full reveal of the Neo is expected in spring 2019. The rumor mill pegs the price at about $30,000.

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Rivian R1T Truck

Start-up Rivian Automotive stole headlines at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show when it revealed its all-electric R1T outdoor adventure truck. The specs are off the charts. The R1T uses four 174-horsepower motors, one at each wheel, for a total output of nearly 800 ponies.

The first R1T version going into production in 2020 will provide 400 miles of range via a gargantuan 180 kilowatt-hour battery pack. Subsequent versions will offer 230 and 300 miles. The playful Rivian R1T offers unique storage compartments including a side-to-side storage tunnel behind the back seats. Price for the shortest-range 230 version is set at $62,000.

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BMW iX3

The BMW iX3 electric crossover was unveiled in concept form at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show. It’s one of a dozen new all-electric vehicles expected from the German automaker in the next five or so years. The iX3 is equipped with a 70-kWh battery pack providing about 220 miles of range on a single charge. A single electric motor produces 270 horsepower.

The iX3 looks much like the conventional X3 SUV. Modifications include a closed version of BMW’s iconic kidney grille and blue design accents found in other i-branded electric vehicles. The iX3 will be manufactured in China for global distribution.

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Byton M-Byte

Byton is a well-funded Chinese EV startup loaded with former BMW executives. The company plans US sales of the all-electric M-Byte SUV, its first vehicle, by fall 2020. The rear-wheel-drive SUV measures about the size of a BMW X5. It could be priced as low as $45,000 for the 250-mile, 250-horsepower version.

There’s no pricing info yet for a second 95-kWh version of the M-Byte – or a twin-motor four-wheel-drive variant making 470 horsepower. Byton’s vehicles are super high-tech with robust self-driving capabilities and a massive four-foot curved screen encompassing the entire dashboard

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Mercedes EQC

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC is an all-electric, all-wheel-drive small SUV similar in size to the brand’s GLC compact crossover. Two 201-horspower motors – one on each axle – produces a 402-hp wallop. An 80 kilowatt-hour battery pack should provide between about 220 miles of range. Regen levels can be controlled via steering-wheel paddles.

Compared to the GLC, the Mercedes EQC has more rounded edges. The grille and headlamps are combined in a single black panel. The interior features two 10.3-inch displays and air vents with gold-tinted trim. Expect all the creature comforts of a Mercedes SUV and a price starting around $80,000. Production begins in 2019 with the first sales in early 2020.

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Polestar (Volvo) Polestar 2

Polestar is the new dedicated EV brand from Volvo (which is owned by China’s Geely). In 2019, the company will sell a limited number of the $155,000 Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid supercar. But Polestar will make a bigger splash in 2020. That’s when the Polestar 2, a 300-mile all-electric five-passenger fastback will go on sale.

Hints from Polestar executives suggest a price of between $40,000 and $65,000 for the 400-horsepower EV. Annual production will target 50,000 units. Sales of the Polestar 2 will start on the west coast. Test drives will be provided via retail galleries in upscale shopping centers.

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Volvo XC40 Electric

Volvo’s Polestar brand is dedicated to original models designed from the ground up as electric vehicles. Meanwhile, in the next few years all existing Volvo-badged vehicles will be offered with all-electric and plug-in hybrid options. That process is underway with plug-in hybrid versions of the XC60, XC90, and S90 already in showrooms.

In 2020, the first pure electric Volvo will arrive in the form of a battery-powered XC40 small crossover. Volvo executives hinted that the XC40 will offer about 250 miles of range – and come with a price tag below $50,000.

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Ford’s Mustang-Inspired Electric SUV

Ford is promising a 300-mile all-electric crossover SUV by 2020. The styling is said to be inspired by the Mustang, Ford’s iconic pony car. The five-seat crossover EV should be about the size of the Ford Edge – but with a sleeker, sportier design. The EV is expected to offer wireless home charging and over-the-air software updates.

Few other details are known except that the all-electric SUV will be the signature vehicle among Ford’s upcoming crop of 16 pure electric cars expected as soon as 2022.

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Honda Urban EV

Honda’s adorable Urban EV will go on sale in Europe in early 2020. It’s uncertain if Honda will sell the Urban here where it would become the smallest car sold in the US by the Japanese automaker. Americans show little interest these days in subcompacts.

If the retro-styled, four-door Urban makes it to our shores, it would be unique in the EV market – a new, small battery-powered commuter among a wave of electric crossovers and sedans. The Urban EV is expected to offer about 150 miles of range on a single charge.

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Volkswagen ID Crozz

The I.D. Crozz will use the same platform as the I.D. Neo but will offer as much interior space as Volkswagen’s Tiguan compact SUV. Compared to the Tiguan, the Crozz’s sloping roof, high hip-line, and raked tailgate feel sportier. In concept form, the Crozz uses a 83 kilowatt-hour battery pack, which should grant about 220 miles of range.

The vehicle is equipped with a dual motor powertrain, placing a 100-horsepower electric motor up front and a 200-hp mill on the back axle. The combined 300-hp powertrain is good for a top speed of 112 miles per hour. A fun, retro microbus version, called I.D. Buzz, is expected to follow in 2022.

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Audi Volkswagen-based e-tron SUV

Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform undergirds the I.D. Neo and I.D. Buzz. Audi will borrow the same platform for use in its own small SUV. It will become the third e-tron model – following the 2019 e-tron SUV and sportback variants. (The sporty e-tron GT sedan is due in 2021.)

Think of this yet-unnamed model as an affordable, high-volume baby e-tron. Fingers crossed that its range will exceed its big brother’s 220 or so miles on a single charge from a 95-kWh pack. We will get our first look at it in 2019. The market introduction will occur in 2020.

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Aston Martin RapidE

Aston Martin will build 155 examples of its outrageous 602-horsepower all-electric Rapide E four-door sports sedan. The first units are expected to roll out of the company’s plant in Wales just as 2020 arrives. Two electric motors and a 65 kilowatt-hour battery pack will replace the conventional Rapide’s 6-liter V12 powerplant. Powered by electrons, the RapidE is expected to hit 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds. Torque will be rated at 700 pound-feet. Driving range should be about 200 miles.

Sorry but all 155 units are already pre-sold. But if all goes well, Aston-Martin says the company will make more electric cars.

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Fisker eMotion

Henrik Fisker, the former Aston-Martin designer, made a splash when he unveiled his all-electric eMotion supercar in Las Vegas in early 2018. Its 775-horsepower powertrain provides acceleration to 60-mph in less than three seconds. The eMotion uses a honking 140 kilowatt-hour battery pack to promise more than 400 miles of range. The eMotion features four butterfly doors, more rear legroom than a BMW 7-Series, and robust levels of automation.

The first eMotion units are expected sometime in 2020. Since its unveiling, Fisker has been quiet about the supercar – instead, he's talking up next-generation solid-state batteries and his self-driving Orbit shuttle concept.

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Model Y and Rivian’s two vehicles are my favorites for 2020.

The Rivian vehicles are really nice, both interest me greatly, but are too big. I am also very interested in the ID Crozz depending on pricing. Model Y as well, but honestly have very little idea about what it will be. I also like the Volvo XC40.

The I.D. Neo hatchback promises the most impact for a large amount of mainstream consumer looking for a car IMO, and the I.D. Crozz has huge potential for an affordable CUV that many will be in the market for.
Great article Inside EVs!!!

I’ve been waiting for a 7 seat vehicle just like the Rivian SUV and with a 400+range I am so excited for this! All the other EV’s are small, which is fine for most, but those that want to take families or extended families on a roadtrip, this is the one for me.

Me too. One of each please

There are also Peugeot 208, Opel Corsa, Fiat 500, Opel Mokka, Mercedes EQB/EQA (probably) and (maybe) Tesla Roadster…

Also a Skoda and a Seat EV based on the MEB platform too.

Tesla Semi. I suspect any that are built this year will just be used by Tesla directly and serve double duty as a part of their logistics and also to prove that the vehicle works, and then next year will be when Tesla actually delivers them to other companies.

How many TESLA needs semis for itself? I expect the deliveries to start soon. May take 2 years for open market sales as it may take a year to deliver against the bookings.

A lot auto manufacturers are still coming up short of thier promises. Ford promised a 300 mile SUV and 16 BEV. GM promised 22 BEVs.

Volkswagen doesn’t have any new production ready models. Hyundai and Kia haven’t proven they can build large numbers of BEVs. There are a lot of big plans but little progress.

I’ve decided my next EV is going to be AWD with 200+ mile range and a real Class III towing package. There are a few very expensive models coming out soon that meet this specs but I usually don’t buy into that price range. Right now I’m in a wait and see mode but I am expecting to wait and see for at least a couple of years.

200+ mile range or 200+ mile range while towing? Two very different things.

I usually don’t tow long distances but, with a 200+ range, I should be able to tow a load the maximum 120 miles between Electrify America charging stations. Of course there are some roads, like I-70 going west into Denver, where you need all the battery capacity you get so that you can drive the posted speed limit, against elevation changes and head winds, between charging stations.

You should have no issues coming across the plain to Denver. Plenty of charge stations along the way assuming you are Tesla.
If you are CCS, you likely can not make it.

Well I did make it, using CHAdeMO chargers not CCS. Electrify America has three operational stations between Kansas City and Denver with one more in construction and another planned. There are also seven CCS stations, six of those are also CHAdeMO, between Omaha and Denver.

Your Tesla bias has corrupted your objectivity.

Does the Model X do Class III towing? If so, I’d guess the Model Y will also do so, which would probably make it perfect for you… or maybe you could get a used Model X?

I don’t do Teslas.

then you will not do texas to Colorado.

Not now, but just wait… In just a couple years the EV scene will be so much more than Tesla’s are now. It’s taking time, but the wave we all look for is in view!!

It’s not the EV, it’s the charging network.

Yes, that’s also so true, and something I advocate for btw. We need reliable Tesla like DCFC infrastructure. http://nextgenfastchargenetworks.blogspot.com

Already did, several times, in two different EVs and plan to do so once a year.

I’d like a pony.

2018 saw a big 80% increase in EVs in USA, whether 2019 will see a similar increase is a big question since Tesla is maxing out and others don’t contribute much.
But in China, the growth will happen.

Europe too. I think 2019, europe is gonna similar growth that the us saw in 2018. There are so many models coming out, iPace – ramping up in 2019, most of its sales will take place in 2019, etron, eqc, M3, Kona, eNiro, upgraded Leaf, upgraded i3, upgraded zoe, mini e are just on top of my head – think market share could double over 2018.

so many choices and not enough moneys

Is there any logical purpose to the way those Fisker doors open? At least with the Model X, the way they were designed made sense in a few ways, even if they had/have a lot of issues.

Lets be honest, Tesla did that only for style. They could have had same practicality with minivan sliding doors, but it wouldn’t be as cool. Fiskar just skips any sense of doing it because it’s practical.

Incorrect. The battery pack is in the floor. The top part has an aggressive sweep for aerodynamics. The middle part would run into the strut towers. The falcon wing doors are one of the few options then for decent 3rd row access given the requirements of aerodynamics and automated, self opening/closing door.

Sliding minivan-type doors would have been just fine for the Model X. Still would be, if Elon would relax a bit and allow different options to be put into production. The only reason he didn’t allow much simpler, much less problematic sliding power doors as an option for the Model X is that he didn’t want it to get labeled a “minivan”.

The last time I saw this subject discussed in an IEVs comment thread, someone claimed that if Tesla switched to sliding doors, the door wouldn’t be able to slide back far enough to allow full access.

Fortunately this isn’t true; some engineers can think outside the box:

http://cycle-space.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/custom-honda-fit-airbrush-paint-yellow-brown-sliding-doors.jpg

Elon did it to give the “X” The “Falcon Theme” , A symbol of Freedom and a co-relation Spinoff of His “Falcon Rockets” . Elon further insisted this to prove that the naysayer were wrong . They all Said that the complexity of those doors would never allow them to ever work properly , because they were so far beyond complicated , Guess What ? ha ha ha ha ha ha .. As usual ., Elon Wins Again !

even model x doors are just waste of money.
conventional doors are the most cost effective and problem free.

Tesla (or Elon) said they wanted doors which allow easier access to the back seat, for moms putting a child seat into the car. I don’t know just how much that was the motive for making the doors more complex than they need to be, but at least that was the claim.

But one can achieve the same results with minivan-style sliding doors.

The only one there for me is the VW Neo. Living in the UK we wont have to play 2nd fiddle to LHD regions deliveries first. It is also a proper hatchback that’s not an SUV so ideal for me and the UK smaller roads.

I really want that one too, unfortunately not in US 🙁

I love that it is a proper RWD hatchback. Good power, good range, practical vehicle. Should sell very well in Europe. I think it would even do okay in the US as a hot hatch.

The id neo the only one of the 15 that I would actually consider buying but my understanding (probably from this website) is that in the U.S. we will only get the crozz. Anyone know if this has changed? Might the neo be coming here (the U.S.)????

Highly unlikely, because all things must be crossovers.

Maybe GTI/R version of ID. Neo? The sportier Golf (GTI&R) outsells the regular Golf in USA and Canada.

Maybe if demand was high enough, but they have said outright that it isn’t coming here. We get the Crozz and micro bus (don’t recall name off hand).

The CEO of VW group H. Diess mentioned in Detroit that the Tennessee EV plant will make Cross and Buzz – nothing about a Golf sized Neo (seems to be too small for US taste).

The question/debate of whether the I.D. Neo hatchback is coming to the US or not is definitely unsolved. I’ve seen most info on it saying that it’s not coming to the US, but chatting with Tom Moloughney last year he told me he has word that it will make it here to the US. Just my intuition, but maybe it’s just not coming right away, but will rollout in Europe and then here. We’ll just have to wait and see I suppose.

I suspect a quarter to a third of those are no-shows.

Or at least late.

If this is a US-based view than almost none of the models shown seem a breakthrough one. Too many are luxury segment where Tesla already broke all barriers. Others seem niche (Honda Urban EV) or 100% guarantee to arrive at substantial delay if at all (e.g., Ford of Model Y).

I’d say that globally 2019 is the breakout year, with Model 3 shipped overseas, Nissan having its full range of Gen 2 Leaf options at increasing volumes, the Koreans and Germans stepping up the ranges and volumes, China keeps accelerating, etc.

Have to agree…With no options below $40k…. tough to be a real breakthrough on sales.

Look out for the EV replacement for the Jaguar F-Pace in 2020.

In December 2010, we got the first-generation Volt and Leaf introduced. We have come a LONG way in 10 years!

I hope there’s something there for my use case. Current car is AWD, hatchback and 4,6m long (15ft). It’s also 7 years old and I feel I will drive it for 2/3 more years, as I’m not buying anything else until I can get an EV that ticks my boxes. Space in the back for doggies or bicycles and “stuff”. Space on the roof for my canoe, and about 450km range.

Another Euro point of view
Am a bit in same boat as you except I do not need AWD. Actually even among ICE cars despite hundreds of different models on offer it is difficult to me to find what I need, so in EV choice I might forget about it till probably around 2025. What I would like is: 1/ station wagon shape (I tend to drive +/- 85 mph on highways so SUV shape just sip too much electricity/fuel at those speeds but yet I need lots of cargo space, around 600 liters). 2/ not longer than 4.7m, possibly (present car is 4.9m and its often too long in European old cities, parking is the issue). 3/ German quality feel to it (some japanese brands do manage that, Mazda for example). 4/ German high speed poise and branking ability (in many non German brands you need to aim at their luxury models to have a car with highway capacities of a EUR 25k VW Golf, they are just not designed with relaxing high speed highway driving in mind, need of constant micro direction corrections makes them tiring in long distance driving. 5/ No German “over engineering” possibly (I like my cars to be free… Read more »

Ok, tell us something we don’t know please. 2020 has been in purview for since 2016!

As I have said, Next 2 years are huge, but the tipping point will be 2022/3, when EVs exceed ICE in terms of new sales.
But, some of these actually start THIS YEAR, not next. MY is supposed to start up towards the end of 2019. Hopefully, it is.

Neo and Crozz looks interesting. They might be VW’s first real EV.
skip IX3
Ford mustang ‘SUV’????? WTF.
Fiskars has a nice look, but if anything like his last, it will be worthless.

Tesla’s releases this year will be ground breaking.

The stupidest one of all Vehicles is the Fisker E Motion . A Ridiculous Nonsense & Really Stupid Looking Contraption ..

still waiting for something interesting in the BEV space, something materially different from the 4-door sedan experience I get with my 2018 LEAF.

Rivian is closest, but what I want is an AWD BEV Supra and/or 200kWh Promaster RV, ya know??

Why is Insideevs apparently disappointed with the 220 mile range of the “big brother” Audi e-tron quattro, that is being delivered in Europe now? It is not EPA rated yet, but will most likely have about the same real life range as the X90D with a few kWh more available battery (84kWh), at the same price as the X75D. Audi could have made it more expensive and heavier, to match the X100D, but it already has literally tons of other qualities; Good interior quality and soundproofing, good headlights and good cooling, that allows charging from 0-80% at 150kW flat, are amongst my favorites.

“2020 Electric Vehicles: The Big Breakthrough Year For EVs”

Well, “they” have said that about every year since 2011, if not before.

Maybe this time they are right… but I think it was 2018. I also think it will take a few more years before we can look back with hindsight and point unhesitatingly to one year or one event.

Every year since 2011 has been a breakthrough year for EVs. Sustained 50% year over year growth is hard to argue with. Even though some try.

Gotta say that with a single EV model selling 140,000 units in 2018, kind of makes 2018 the break-out year.

I think 2020 will certainly be a big year for EVs especially if the model Y is available in volume. But, the inflection point (for the US at least) will come when EV versions of the top 10 selling vehicles in the US (full sized pickup trucks, Civic/Corolla/Camry/Accord, RAV4/CRV/Rogue) are available at _comparable prices to the ICE versions_. That isn’t happening next year. I do think 2020 will be the inflection point for $40K+ vehicles with the model Y being the elephant in the room.

Yes. 2020 is the inflection year for the 40K+ segments. The luxury makes will be affected most at first by the ICE > EV switchover effect. The luxury makes are largely leased (80%) which makes it easy to switch brands at end of lease term. If Teslas can get a lease program rolling they will become even more appealing to the mid Luxuey segments. The M3 is overcoming its production quality and is getting noticed outside of the EV fan base. Having a few choices really helps establish a segment,

Can you update the article to specify what markets these are expected to be available in?