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Stop Press: 2019 Year of the Electric SUV

From reduced fuel costs, to fewer emissions and lower road tax, electric vehicles are quickly becoming a considered choice for UK motorists.

Yet until now, fully electric cars have consisted of small hatch-back models or ultra-expensive luxury vehicles, making it tricky for everybody to find a suitable car choice.

However, 2019 is gearing up to be the year of the electric SUV – bringing electric motoring closer to drivers ready to transition to the green side, but who ultimately require the practicality of an SUV.

With our attention turning to SUVs and many car manufacturers beginning to roll out models, we take a look at what innovative SUVs will be available in 2019.

Jaguar I-PACE

Jaguar’s first full-size fully electric performance SUV is capable of achieving 298 miles of range on a single charge, and is one of the most spacious SUVs with a 717 litre rear boot space.

Described by Jaguar as a ‘five seat sports car’, the I-PACE has a low centre of gravity due to the floorpan-mounted batteries and all-wheel drive from the two electric motors. This means the car is able to generate 294kW of power and accelerate from 0-62pmh in just 4.8 seconds. This is a seriously desirable, practical and exhilaratingly Jaguar experience that just happens to be an electric vehicle.

Technology is in abundance for the Jaguar I-PACE, inside and out, with innovation at its core. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system will combine your desired route and previous journey driving styles to create a personalised and accurate range prediction, eliminating the ‘range anxiety’ occasionally suffered by owners of electric vehicles. What’s more, you’ll be able to pre-set your climate control while the I-PACE is charging, thus preserving the full driving range for once you are on the move.

Audi e-Tron Quattro

Audi’s first all-electric SUV with 300kW of power can achieve around a 250 mile range on a single charge and can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, reaching top speeds of 130 mph.

The e-Tron Quattro is also capable of 150kW DC fast charging, meaning you can recharge your car from zero to 80 percent in 30 minutes - which is the real race when owning an electric vehicle! Audi is truly dedicated to taking your electric motor experience to the next level, with the new e-Tron electric charging services, providing charge points at 72,000 locations across Europe.

It will also be the first electric vehicle in the market with virtual exterior mirrors and cameras. Its sporty exterior, aerodynamic design, comfortable sleek interior along with 615 litre boot storage space makes this all-wheel drive an impressive contender in the e-SUV market.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mercedes-Benz have unveiled their first electric SUV concept EQC, which will serve as the basis for a typically high class production vehicle from the brand, arriving in 2019.

Equipped with the latest generation of lithium-ion battery, the EQC has two electric motors and a combined capacity of 300kW, capable of reaching 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and a driving range in the vicinity of 250 miles.

Mercedes also expects to take advantage of new fast-changing technology, allowing drivers to replenish roughly 62 miles of range in as little as five minutes – ideal for charging on the go!

The Mercedes concept SUV comes with a massive 24-inch display that shows speed, battery charge, and navigation information. The MBUX Infotainment system offers natural voice recognition and learns more about you, including your habits, with every drive.

Dubbed as the electric car for the new era and the cleanest Mercedes-Benz ever; we look forward to the production of the EQC to begin in Germany in 2019.

BMW iX3

Looking similar to the X3, the new iX3 is a fully-electric SUV by BMW and will arrive in showrooms in 2020.

While the BMW iX3 doesn’t look hugely different to the X3, the new electric SUV model is completely different. The iX3 has two electric motors, that allows for a sophisticated four-wheel drive system, and with top speeds of 100mph, the iX3 is capable of reaching 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds

BMW has also confirmed the specification has a maximum output of over 200kW and is powered by a model-specific high-voltage battery with a net capacity of over 70 kWh for a range of 249 miles. When hooked up to a 150kWh fast charger, the high voltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes.

In terms of practicality, the iX3 offers a regular SUV size capacity too – with plenty of space for all the family and accompanying luggage.

The iX3, confirmed for production in 2019, is just one element of the brand’s i Division plan: the target is 12 pure EVs by 2025, and 13 plug-in hybrids. 

E-SUVs to look out for in 2020 and beyond

These and many other car manufacturers are at the forefront of making our future green and emission free, which is great for the whole industry, forcing car manufacturers to up their electric fleet game with more choices for consumers.

While the first generation of electric vehicles has been established in the motoring world, it’s now time for bigger cars to arrive in the market.

Here are some models to look out for in 2020 and beyond.

Volkswagen ID. Crozz

The VW ID. Crozz is another hotly anticipated e-SUV. It will be the third car in VW’s upcoming worldwide electric-car line-up, and is due in the latter half of 2020 as a 2021 model.

VW says it will have a range of 300 miles from an 83kWh battery sitting under the floor and will use two electric motors, a 200-hp rear motor complemented by a 100-hp front motor to give the ID. Crozz all-wheel drive.

With a wide bonnet, clearly contoured wing panel and a high gloss back roof surface, the ID. CROZZ makes a powerful style statement. The interior open space format, with its generous amount of room and highly flexible seating concept, has been enhanced with a range of new features. The ID. CROZZ also features a new voice assistant that can open and close the doors with a simple spoken command.

BMW i5 Self Drive

BMW is also reportedly planning to launch an electric SUV, dubbed the i5, with self-driving capabilities in 2021. BMW confirmed the next major launch part of its electric i-series line will occur in 2021, with close sources suggesting it is likely to be an SUV. The new car will launch in 2021 with some self-driving capabilities and will become fully autonomous by 2025.

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