Electric cars are a big business these days and it's a good sign, not only for the automobile industry, but also from the environmental point of view. Electric cars produce no tail-pipe emission at all and hence, it's a good alternative to conventional fuel powered cars, resulting in a cleaner and greener Mother Nature (provided one is producing clean electric energy).
Following the success of electric vehicles in 2016, we are expecting an onslaught of exciting electric vehicles this year too and the years to follow. More and more mass automobile manufacturers are becoming interested in electric cars and are launching them with immediate effect, not only to profit their business, but also to profit their image in the market.
Although Electric cars are expensive to manufacture, given the incentives by governments across the globe to such cars (FEMA is one such scheme in India), we are positive about an electric future. So, what does the immediate future look like for electric cars? We give you a list of the top 5 electric cars to be launched in 2017!
Jaguar I-Pace SUV
Unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show 2017, and modelled on the lines of the successful F-Pace SUV, Jaguar will launch their first electric vehicle in the form of the I-Pace SUV. The luxury SUV comes with a 90kWh battery pack developed by Jaguar, and can do a 0-100 kmph run in around four seconds, making the I-Pace one of the speediest electric vehicles on the market. The all-new Jaguar I-Pace is expected to get a quick charge feature that could charge the SUV from 0-80% in under 90 minutes.
Porsche Mission E
What can be more exciting than a sportscar manufacturer, producing an electric vehicle? Not only did Porsche announced their first fully electric Mission E Concept a couple of years back, they also won the 'Concept Car Design of the Year' at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. The Porsche Mission E with its sleek and impressive design is expected to produce 20,000 Mission E per year. Porsche is aiming for a 0 to 100 kmph in 3.5 seconds and hope to cover 500 km on a single charge, with its 800-volt charging systems, refueling it to 80% in 15 minutes, a very impressive figure for any electric car.
Audi Q6 e-tron Quattro
Another electric product from the Volkswagen Group, the Audi Q6 e-tron quattro SUV is the first vehicle to be launched under the Volkswagen's commitment to build 2-3 million all-electric cars per year by 2025, a rare commitment of sorts. The commitment came after infamous Dieselgate scandal and can be seen as an effort by the German Group to rejig its image. The Q6 e-tron quattro SUV claims to cover 500 km on a single charge and Audi hopes break records in the SUV segment by keeping the drag coefficient as low as having a 0.25.
Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ
To compete against the Jaguar I-Pace (with similar futuristic embellishments), Daimler Group announced the Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ. To be produced as a volume product, the Generation EQ will run 500 km in a single run and will be the first major mass-produced electric offering from the house of Mercedes, that too in a form of an SUV Crossover. Mercedes will have an advantage over the Tesla Model X of being smaller and cheaper. The Generation EQ is already keeping the car enthusiasts on the toes who are excited to see this model come to the market.
Tesla Model 3
Last but definitely not the least is the newest product from the biggest electric vehicle manufacturer in the world - Tesla Model 3. Tesla Model 3 made its global debut last year and is expected to hit the market later this year. Such is the anticipation of the product that the Tesla Model 3 sedan has already garnered more than 400,000 paid bookings. While the base version of the Model 3 will touch 350 km on a single charge, while the high performance options will feature a dual motor and more interesting a 'Ludicrous' mode. Tesla will also add the fully self-driving capability to the Model 3 and it will be the first Tesla car to be launched in India. We are excited and how!