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Best new electric cars coming in 2017 (and 2018)

Are electric cars the future? It certainly appears so, and plenty of car makers including Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes and Tesla have announced new electric cars which are set to launch in 2017.

Electric cars are far from becoming mainstream, but they’re definitely not going away. Battery technology is – slowly – improving and electric cars have all the best tech in them, whether it’s autonomous driving or other driver convenience features such as having Alexa or Cortana built in as a voice-activated assistant.

Here are the best new electric cars coming in 2017 and 2018 See also: Best older electric cars and 5 reasons to buy an electric car[1][2]

Faraday Future FF91

  • Range: 434 miles
  • Price: £100,000-120,000 (rumoured)
  • Expected launch date: Early 2018

Will the Faraday FF91[3] ever see the light of day? It’s hard to say, but if the company can put the car into production, owners will have a record-breaking vehicle.

It has the highest range of any electric car at 700km (434 miles) and the fastest acceleration, capable of 0-60mph in 2.39 seconds. It will have amazing tech inside, opening its doors when it recognises your face. You can’t buy it in the UK, though.

Deposits of £5000 are being taken if you live in the US, Canada or China.

Jaguar I-PACE

  • Range: 310 miles
  • Price: ?50,000+ (rumoured)
  • Expected launch date: Second half of 2018

As well as the expected Jaguar high performance (0-60mph in under 4 seconds) the I-PACE[4] will – according to the British car maker – have next-gen technology and will charge 80 percent in 90 minutes. The I-PACE will seat five adults and have a decent 310-mile range.

Tesla Model 3

  • Range: 220 miles
  • Price: Approx ?30,000 (£35,000)
  • Launch date: July 2017

The Model 3[5] is Tesla’s most affordable electric car yet, but it’s still expensive compared to it’s petrol- or diesel-powered family saloons. It’s a luxury car, though, set to compete with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-class among others.

Those aren’t electric, and the Model 3 will have Tesla’s autopilot hardware, too. It’ll do 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, and a long-range version will let you drive 310 miles and go a bit quicker in a drag race at 5.1 seconds. It’ll cost US£44,000.

The first Model 3 examples have been given to Tesla employees following a launch event, and CEO Elon Musk didn’t give a date on which pre-orders would be ready. You can put down a ?1,000 refundable deposit right now, but the UK is likely to get the Model 3 after all the left-hand drive countries so you probably won’t see them on these shores until late 2018.

BMW i3S

  • Range: 195 miles
  • Price: TBC
  • Expected launch date: Early 2018

Unlike the Ford Focus, the BMW i3 is unmistakable as an electric car as its styling is so different from the company’s fossil fuel-powered cars. BMW has already increased the i3’s range from the original 81 miles to 114, but the 2017 model, dubbed the i3S, is set to reach almost 200 miles.

Rumours suggest it won’t look much different, but will have an upgraded infotainment system as well as an uprated motor which will allow it to reach 60mph from a standing start in 7.2seconds.

Mercedes EQ Concept

  • Range: 310 miles
  • Price: From around ?37,000
  • Expected launch date: 2018

Standing – somehow – for Electric Intelligence, the EQ Concept[6] is Mercedes’ concept all-electric car with a range of 500km (310 miles). Like several other cars here, it’s an SUV which is likely to cost around the same as Mercedes GLC, which starts at around ?37,000.

Audi E-tron Quattro Concept

  • Range: 310 miles
  • Price: TBC
  • Expected launch date: 2018

Audi’s E-tron range currently comprises hybrid versions of its Q7 and A3 Sportback. But an all-electric Quattro is in the works.

The Quattro Concept[7] is has three motors, one driving the front axle and two at the rear. They provide 430bhp with short boosts to 500bhp. However, unlike most SUVs, it has only four seats.

There’s no word on price at the moment.

Hyundai Ioniq

  • Range: 174 miles
  • Price: From ?28,995
  • Expected launch date: On sale now

There are rumours of a Hyundai electric SUV, but it’s extremely unlikely that will go on sale within the next year or so. However, Hyundai’s Ioniq[8] went on sale in late 2016 and is one of the cheaper fully Electric cars. Prior to this, there was a hybrid version, but this one ditches the combustion engine completely.

It’s no sports car: the 0-60 slog takes over 10 seconds, and although the 174-mile range is reasonable, it’s not going to be enough for some people. And don’t forget, this is the best-case range: it will be reduced a lot in very cold weather.

Ford Focus Electric (2017)

  • Range: 100 miles
  • Price: From ?31,000
  • Expected launch date: On sale now

The 2017 update to the Focus Electric is fairly minimal. The range has been improved to 100 miles (up from 70) so it’s only suitable for a commute.

Ford says it didn’t increase battery capacity much as it wanted to keep down costs and weight.

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References

  1. ^ Best older electric cars (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ 5 reasons to buy an electric car (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Faraday FF91 (www.ff.com)
  4. ^ I-PACE (www.jaguar.co.uk)
  5. ^ Model 3 (www.tesla.com)
  6. ^ EQ Concept (www.mercedes-benz.com)
  7. ^ Quattro Concept (www.audi.com)
  8. ^ Hyundai’s Ioniq (www.hyundai.co.uk)

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