expected 2018 will be a turning point when it comes to electrification of
America’s roads, though electric cars still only make up just 1.5 percent of
all U.S. auto sales. Scroll down this list to
know the most anticipated electric vehicles for 2018.
Nissan Leaf is one of the most
anticipated EV’s coming in 2018. The new EV will have a 150-mile range without
recharging. The car doesn’t cost much with a starting price in the U.S. of
under $30,000. It comes with semi-autonomous features like ProPilot that is one
of the key features of this vehicle which is a combination of adaptive cruise
control and lane-keeping assist.
2018 BMW i3
The 2018 BMW i3 redesigned model comes
with improved features including a revamped lineup complete with a wider
profile, better acceleration, and an all-new sporty trim. In addition, the 2018
model come with the larger 94-Ah battery pack (33.2-kWh) and 114 miles of
all-electric range. The BMW i3 will also have an updated infotainment system,
Apple CarPlay, and an optional larger screen. As per reports, the i3s will
begin at $47,650.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla is known as one of the pioneers
in electric vehicles and its Model 3 has generated more excitement than any
other EVs introduced in the market so far. Earlier Tesla has struggled with EV
cars but the new version of the Tesla 3 has been upgraded and is designed for
the masses. On a single charge, the car can travel up to 220 miles and is
likely to be accepted by the consumers.
Nio ES8 ($68,000)
The Chinese automaker Nio has
announced its ES8 seven-seater SUV, and is all set to reach pre-order customers
in 2018. The new car comes with an all-aluminium body and chassis, ride on an
active air suspension and an all-wheel drive. The company boasts its
“autonomous driving system” which means it can self-drive on motorways and
public roads. The ES8, starts at the price of $68,000 and the base model will
have a range of 355 kilometers (about 220 miles).
I-Pace (less than $72,000)
Jaguar is all set to launch its first electric
car in the second half of 2018. The car comes
with a 90 kWh battery pack, a 400-horsepower motor and killer looks. The car
can travel at least 220 miles and could start at around $60,000 and remain under $72,000.
Volkswagen e-Golf has been saying to
introduce electric vehicles, including the Buzz and the Crozz, but those won’t
be built until 2020. However, VW is coming up with the new e-Golf in 2018 with
a 125-mile range, updated styling and an electric motor making 134 horsepower
and 214 pound-feet of torque. VW says the new car is faster than its
predecessor and comes with battery storage at 35.8 kWh, up from 24.2 in the old
e-Golf. The car starts at a price of $30,495.
Hyundai has announced to launch the
Kona EV in the first half of 2018. The car will reportedly be equipped with a
50 kWh battery pack, which could bring their range close to 200 miles on a
single charge. Interestingly, this will be the fourth electric Hyundai model and
they expect to manufacture many more in the future. The car will start at a price point of about $39,000.