5 electric cars driving the future
Elon Musk has proven that the way forward is electric, but Tesla isn’t the only luxury carmaker embracing the joys of going petrol-free. Meet some of the models and concepts that will be (silently) hitting the streets in the coming years.
1. Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo
This cross-utility vehicle (CUV) unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show is an all-electric four-door concept study. Porsche says its ‘electric athlete’ will be able to accelerate from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in under 3.5 seconds and will reach 200 kilometres per hour within 12 seconds.
2. Jaguar I-PACE
The smaller sibling to the F-PACE is available to order now with delivery expected at the end of the year. Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, with space for five adults plus luggage, is expected to deliver a 480-kilometre range from its 90-kilowatt-per-hour Lithium-ion battery and charging from zero to 80% in just 40 minutes.
3. Aston Martin Lagonda Concept Vision
The name may be taken from the archives, but Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says all-electric Lagonda aims to be the world’s first zero-emission luxury brand. The marque unveiled its first concepts at the Geneva Motor Show, with ideas that could be seen in production vehicles as early as 2021. Think limousine comfort, silk carpets, carbon-fibre trim and autonomous driving.
4. Audi e-tron Prototype
Another model that is launching this year, Audi’s e-tron SUV prototype is the first in what is expected to be a line of 20 electric and hybrid cars for the make by 2025. This debut will now undergo extensive testing across four continents and five million kilometres bearing its signature e-tron camouflage.
5. Morgan EV3
SUVs and autonomous limousines may be driving the electric revolution, but what of the vehicles designed purely for the drive? British carmaker Morgan has taken its bespoke, handcrafted approach and applied it to its first zero-emissions vehicle, the EV3. The asymmetrical three-wheel design harks back to aeroengine race cars of the 1930s, bringing historical sensibility to this future-focused domain. The concept, due to begin production at the end of 2018, weighs less than 800 kilograms, will have a range of 240 kilometres and will accelerate from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in nine seconds.
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