Lately, automakers are making it clear that they will introduce new electric and hybrid vehicles in the face of tighter efficiency and emissions standards. The first electric vehicles were launched in the US and Europe, and some manufacturers are revising their earlier estimates and planning to meet their electrification targets sooner than expected.
By 2019, the electric vehicle market has grown significantly for several automakers, and the industry has even bigger plans for the coming years. As there are more and more electric models to buy, electric cars will be a mainstay on the road for many years to come. Prices are falling, models are diversifying, and more investment in charging infrastructure and networks is being channeled into the production of new electric vehicles and hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as the development of more efficient and cost-effective hybrid models.
Looking at the plans of some of the big automakers, which seem to be the goal, so let’s take a quick look back at what we can expect in the next few years.
Back in August, Cadillac President Steve Carlisle told The New York Times that the brand's entire product range would be electric within six to ten years. Last month, Volkswagen announced a mammoth $1.5 billion budget for research and development of new technologies. Not to mention Tesla, has so far made its way into the top 10 of the US electric vehicle market.
But one of the biggest obstacles to electric vehicle production is exactly what consumers are worried about: charging. The way - much more important question that many are asking is whether 2020 will be the year that other automakers other than Tesla make a dent in the California electric vehicle market. Tesla's Model 3, which sold in Canada last year, bears the Tesla emblem.
With Tesla's highly anticipated crossover due to hit the market later this year, competition will be fierce to grab market share. But at least one automaker feels it has the ponies to take over Elon Musk's reign.
Here is a list of electric vehicles that we can drive next year, and some that have real cars.
As it stands, the wave of plug-in vehicles has the potential to turn the industry upside down, but Tesla won't be the only one playing on the field. Falling battery costs and the introduction of the Tesla Model S and Model 3 have led to what must be seen as a turning point: a 200-mile electric car that lets consumers run $30,000 less without incentives.
Almost all automakers plan to launch a battery-powered model in the coming years, as they have to comply with strict state pollution control regulations. The big automakers want - and need - a lot of plugs in their sales in order to remain relevant as a brand-compliant company.
We have compiled a list of electric cars that are expected to reach showrooms in the coming years. Not only will they be faster, but they will also offer more range and better technology.
Importantly, we have only included cars that have been officially announced and that we are confident are in the pipeline. How many will come to the UK remains to be seen, although we know that Toyota is planning a number of models that are already in the pipeline, such as the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Corolla.
With Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Jaguar and Audi all pursuing their own electric vehicles, it is no surprise that Vauxhall is also looking for a slice of the electric car pie. Vuxhall's electric car range will consist of a new Corsa e supermini in 2019, while it will include a range of electric cars such as the new E-Class by the end of 2020. By 2021, eight new all-electric models will be coming to dealerships, and by 2024, all cars manufactured will have hybrid and electric versions.
A battery-powered version of the competing Dispatch Relay van will go on sale in 2020, with the all-new Berlingo Electric due to hit the market a year later.
Details of Dacia are thin, though we know the model will be an urban city car, suggesting it will be a Mii. We will find out more in the coming months as they aim to put it on sale in 2022, while a preview study will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
It may seem a long way off now, but remember that Ford is chasing the US market with its first all-electric vehicle, the Ford Focus Electric. According to the company, it will be launched in 2020 and will be the first electric car with a range of up to 200 miles on a single charge.