With the world being aware of an imminent climate crisis, several brands are taking precautions by lowering the carbon emissions and moving towards electric drivetrain. Here is a quick round-up of all the Electronic Vehicles (EV) over the years that have stolen the Automotive shows around the world.
The second-generation Nissan Leaf won several awards as the “Car of the Year“. It holds an efficient technological motor, providing a charming grace. In March 2019, Nissan is awarded as world all-time best-selling highway-capable electric car. It is a straightforward machine; lowers the financial cost by charging the vehicle at home, in-return it decreases the fuel emission in the environments. The Nissan Leaf’s has retained its design in being compact with lots of cargo space.
The battery pack can deliver 40 kWh with an EPA-rated range of 243 km (151 miles). It also has a higher trim, which is the Nissan e+. The Nissan e+has a more substantial 62 kWh battery providing a forty percent better range 363 km (226 miles) versus the regular Leaf 243 km (150 miles) and a new 150 kW motor, which offers thirty-three percent more power.
Nissan’s interiors, such as the dash and the doors are covered in plush. Intelligent Mobility interface has an 8-inch display that can be updated via the cloud. Door-to-door navigation, which can sync with smartphones, is also offered along with integrated Nissan energy, a vehicle-to-home system with a starting price of approximately AED 110,000 ($29,990).
The Tesla Model X is an all-electric mid-size luxury SUV manufactured by Tesla. What’s unique about the vehicle is that it uses falcon wing doors instead of traditional automotive doors. These wings have an inbuilt radar system that prevents the doors from hitting and nearby objects while opening and closing. As for the engine, Tesla has blistering acceleration, fantastic handling, and immense cargo space. It can 0 to 100 km under 3 seconds. The Model X has an official EPA rated 402–523 km (250–325 mi)range providing an efficient fuel economy and energy consumption.
The vehicle has a beautiful panoramic windshield and considered to be one of the safest SUVs in terms of a frontal and side-impact crash. The Model X does come with Autopilot as standard and has an optional Full Self Driving chip. It also has a radar-based system that helps to avoid a collision, also equipped with emergency braking (AEB) and site-directed ultrasound detection that steers the car away from threats. The interior has a stunning 17-inch infotainment display and a host of Autopilot driver assistance features. The starting price of this vehicle is AED 349,125 ($ 84,990).
Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a compact EV with a smooth teardrop design keeping it simple with silver liners at the bumper and copper-colored cabins. The interior of the car is user-friendly and has ample cargo space.
The car is a front-wheel drive with a quick acceleration of 118 bhp, a 194 lb ft electric motor that produces power from a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery tucked under the rear seats. In Eco and Normal mode, this means 0 – 100 km in 10.2 seconds. The maximum claimed range is 1280 km (74 miles), which would almost at par with competitors such as Nissan Leaf and BMW i3. This vehicle starts at AED 83,370 ($22,400,) which makes it one of the least expensive. Since there are several variations in the trims, the price ranges from AED 83,370 to AED 110,00 ($22,400 to $29,815).
The Renault Zoe was launched in 2012, retaining most of its exterior with a compact design making it easy to squeeze within those tight spots.
The interiors have been upgraded with a soft touch 10-inch LCD panel. Additionally, a driver assistance tech has been added such as lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. Unlike other EV, Zoe has telescopic steering making it comfortable to drive.
The most important specification is the battery which is a 52 kWh pack which delivers a range of 394 km (245 miles). It has a quick charge system.
The BMW i3 is fresh and keeping it fashionable. With a few tweaks every year, such as a silver roofline strip, bumper tweaks, and a few other changes, the vehicle has remained unchanged. The interiors are high quality making the car look exquisite. The single gear electric motor draws power from a lithium-ion high-voltage battery with a capacity of 94 Ah (33 kWh). The engine pushes to a max of 170 hp with a peak torque of 184lb ft hitting 0-100 km in 7.3 seconds, achieving a top speed of 149 km (93 mph). The battery provides a range of 241 km (150 miles) at a single stretch with the standard electric version.
The i3 also has a sportier version called i3S. This vehicle throws an additional 14 bhp power to 170 hp standard output. This trim has a lower suspension; 20 mm-wider tires on 20-inch wheels are giving it a sportier look. Being an EV, this is as sporty as it can get. The starting price of this vehicle is approximately AED 175,000 ($47,650).
The Audi e-Tron looks like a regular Audi, while other EVs are differentiating themselves, this vehicle perfect blends in with other SUV’s. The Audi places itself perfectly balanced between the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class. Its interiors are installed with the utmost high tech equipment though some of its features can be challenging to use.
Each axle has an electric motor, which makes it slightly more powerful than other electronic vehicles. Its a total of 402 bhp and 490 lb-ft, and in between a 700 kg, 95 kWh battery pack. The E-Tron can accelerate from 0 to 100 km as little as 5.5 seconds. This beast has plenty of power only to provide a small hum at high speeds. It is a beautiful machine to drive within the city and on the freeways.
A quick charge of 86 km (54 miles) can be done in 10 mins, or a full charge of 140 km (204 miles) can be done in 9 hours. The entry-level option has a starting price of approximately AED 275,000 ($74,800) to a prestige option of approximately AED 300,000 ($81,800).
Hyundai Kona Electric unsurprisingly kept it simple by comprising the basic features such as collision warning, driver attention monitor, and emergency braking. Some competitors would charge a high price for such features by Hyundai has included them in the basic package. This vehicle has ample of space in the cargo. In addition, it has a quick accelerator and focuses on the essentials, which is the battery pack.
There are two versions to the battery pack; one is a standard 39.2 kWh set of cells with a 300 km (186 miles) range producing 136 bhp/291lb ft. The price tag on this vehicle is AED 134,000 ($36,490). The premium version of the battery pack is 64 kWh, 300+mile range, 204 bhp, 291 lb ft of torque with a price tag of AED 166,000 ($45,200). The acceleration of 0 – 100 km takes about 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 167km(104 mph).
Telsa Launched in 2012, since then, has made several upgrades and advances in battery technology. The model S has always thrived in the market and has come a long way in attaining a position among the top electrical vehicles. It is a five-seater four-door saloon car a force to be reckoned with and gives its competitors a hard time.
The engine draws power from two electric motors with a 100 kWh battery pack each, driving all four wheels through a single-speed transmission. The performance of this vehicle is extravagant. The fastest Model S, which is the P100D, can perform a 0 – 100 km in less than 2.5 seconds. Even the lowest-priced trim, which is the 75D, conducts a 0 – 100 mph in 4.2 seconds. A single charge can deliver a range of 500 km (310 miles). The starting price of this vehicle is approximately AED 183279 ($49,900).
Ranked as the #1 SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace has an elegant design with 20-inch alloy wheels and a bold finish on the grill. It delivers vigorous acceleration, sharp handling, and a cushioned ride. It stands to rival against its competitors such as the Tesla. I-Pace has two concentric electric motors placed on each axle for permanent four-wheel drive, similar to the Audi E-Tron. With the pedal floored to the bottom, the engine delivers 394 bhp and 513 lb ft of torque.
The lithium-ion batteries are under the floor of the car weighing at 90 kWh, which gives a range of 298-mile. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 – 100 miles is on 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 200 km (124 mph). Charging takes a little longer – 10 hours to top it up from 0–80 percent with a 7 kW home charger, or 45 minutes if you can find a 100 kW DC supply.
The I-Pace does not skip on the luxury or the thrills. It provides stable power output, an excellent all-electric range, and a ton of standard features. The cabin is also fairly roomy and very comfortable. With a starting price of nearly AED 257,000 ($70,000), the I-Pace is not the lowest-priced model in the class, but few competitors can match its driving dynamics and a long list of standard features.
The Tesla Model 3 is smaller compared to Tesla Model S and is priced just as half. This perfect sports sedan family car launched in 2016, with over 500,000 people who had made a paid reservation. With such a high volume of bookings, this created a significant impact on the production line with some delays but was a perfect plan to get rid of fossil fuels from the roads. The Tesla Model 3 was quick to be adapted in the United States, especially the California region.
The Tesla Model 3 has several trims, which makes it challenging to keep up since the options keep changing frequently. It has two options: on the standard line, the single motor engine rear-wheel-drive offers a range of 260 miles with a 0 to 100 mph in 5.6 seconds. The starting price for this model is $35,000. While the premium option is a dual-motor all-wheel-drive, which has a longer battery life delivering a range of 310 miles. A 0 to 100 km on this option is 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 250 km(155 mph. The price tag on this trim is approximately AED 220,000 ($59,900)