Coming soon…the future! All electric. All new.
Electric cars are everywhere, but you ain’t see nothin’ yet. The so-called electric effect is sweeping the globe, with the promise of a wide assortment of pure electric cars in the very near future. It’s the very beginning of the fall of the internal combustion era and the rise of an all-new EV auto industry. Prices for electrics are falling, models are diversifying and we’re seeing increasing investment in charging networks.
By 2027, just five years from now, with the rate of EV development (and investment) being done today, no doubt things will have changed. Could the future bring decline to the titans of the industry, while new, upstart brands replace them? What new brands will emerge, capturing marketshare and bringing new and exciting models to market? How will these new vehicles perform, what about durability and battery life?
We’ve already seen Rivian turn the pickup world on its ear. The Ford F-150 lightning and Tesla Cybertruck are among the most anticipated vehicles in generations. They’re coming…along with many others. Here are our favorite five.
Mercedes recently unleashed the magnificent EQXX, with it’s huge battery — over 100kWh, delivers a 620-mile range. Mercedes claims their battery is 30% lighter and 50% smaller than EQS’s. A spectacular, aerodynamic design, brute-force power and a space-age interior — the EQXX — and Mercedes — is leading that way to better efficiency.
The Kia EV9 takes the company’s electric cars to a new level — with what looks essentially like an electrified Telluride. The EV9 will share a platform with the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 7 and should come with either rear- or all-wheel drive, with the latter version using dual electric motors. In the brand’s smaller EV6 SUV, the dual-motor setup makes up to 576 horsepower. Driving range is said to be as high as 300 miles per charge.
The Toyota bZ4X is a battery electric compact crossover SUV which debuted in April 2021 as the “bZ4X Concept”. It is the first vehicle to be based on the e-TNGA platform co-developed by Toyota and Subaru, and the brand’s first model to be part of their Toyota bZ (“beyond Zero”) series of zero-emissions vehicles. Worldwide sales of the bZ4X will commence in mid-2022.
The Toyota bZ4X is equipped with a 71.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is expected to be very durable with an impressive capacity retention target of 90% after 10 years or 240,000 km (150,000 miles).
Audi A6 e-tron
This upcoming sleek sedan has all the brand’s bleeding-edge technology. Audi says it’s targeting a driving range of more than 400 miles per charge. The A6 e-tron is powered by two electric motors with one driving each axle, which powers its all-wheel drive. Also standard will be DC fast-charging capability. An impeccable interior, impressive power and great range. Can’t wait for this one.
VW ID. Space Vizzion
VW had long said it was going to have a full family of ID electric cars and the Space Vizzion is what you get when you pull together an electric estate or station wagon. It’s quite the looker we can’t help thinking and while many are focusing on SUV or crossover models, the lower and longer effect that you get from a wagon could do wonders for the performance of this EV, not to mention the boot space.
VW report 300-370 miles of range with the ID. Space Vizzion. Some report a higher range estimate with Motor1 suggesting that the vehicle will offer a range of 435 miles, based on claims by Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter. The Space Vizzion will reportedly offer a 111kWh battery back and a 272hp electric motor at its rear axle.
The future’s gonna’ be interesting.