There has been much hype from consumers regarding electric vehicles in 2020. It's proof that the transition towards e-mobility is accelerating; as the demand continues to rise, more of the dominant car manufacturers are unveiling new electric vehicles.
Over the next several years, you can expect the number of electric cars offered by manufacturers to grow exponentially. The motoring industry's dominant players have been heavily investing into the design and development of electric vehicles; consequently in 2020 we are going to see the fruits of those huge investments in clean technology.
We have rounded up some of the most important EV's coming to the market this year within New Zealand - if one in particular takes your interests, don't forget to let us know in the comments section.
The ID.3 has been one of the most sought out EV vehicles for 2020 – it’s said to be the most important car since the beetle! Although it hasn’t been the German manufacturers first EV, it’s the brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle. Volkswagen has detailed three different battery packages for the ID.3; an entry level 45kWh (330km), a 58kWh (420km), and a top-spec 77kWh (550km). We can expect to see the VW ID.3 in New Zealand this year!
The Taycan will be the link from our heritage to the future. The first two models will be the Taycan Turbo S and the Taycan Turbo. The former has 560kW and can hit 100kmh in 2.8 seconds; the latter has 500kW and gets to 100kmh in 3.2sec. Ranges are 412km and 450km respectively. The Taycan will be a late-2020 launch for the New Zealand market, with a subsequent SUV version launched towards the end of the year.
The new fully electric Mini Cooper SE marks a further charge into the mainstream. There’s not a lot to differentiate the electric version externally from its IEC variants; being built on the same production line. It’s essentially a conversion of an existing car; using the powertrain from the BMW i3. Overall there’s no surprise to design in the Mini electric, it’s supposed to be a Mini that just happens to be electric! The Cooper SE is due in New Zealand July of this year.
Tesla Model Y
Tesla’s much anticipated small cross over will be delivered early to 2020! As the company continues to enjoy its recent successes, as the stock price continues to climb – the company has begun installing equipment to manufacture the vehicle. The Model Y is essentially the slightly larger variation of the company’s most popular and affordable vehicle, the Model 3 compact car. Sharing the same basic architecture, the Model Y will come with an increased battery range for the all-wheel-drive version of the Model Y from 450km to 500km.
Mercedes-Benz E. C is supremely luxurious and a proper Mercedes in every sense. The SUV has arrived in local showrooms as of January (with customer deliveries anticipated for later in the year). The EQC provides a level of luxury and attention to detail that exceeds many other electrical vehicle competitors. The vehicles energy consumption is rated at 21.kW/100km, with a fully-charged range of up to 430km.
New Zealand has been touted as one of the best countries in the world to own an electric vehicle. The question remains as to whether battery-powered cars are our future? Please let us know your thoughts on an electric future.