Future electric cars for 2020 and beyond

The electric car revolution has continued in earnest into the 2020s, with exciting new electric cars arriving every month

BuyaCar team
Apr 30, 2020

Electric cars are everywhere now, and with a huge number of brand new ones expected to arrive in 2020 and beyond, there has never been a better time to consider making the jump towards zero tailpipe emission travel.

By the end of 2020 we're expecting to see at least 30 fully-electric cars on sale, from small city models such as the new Mini Electric Vehicle (EV) and Fiat 500, to tall SUVs including the Mercedes EQCAudi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace, which are already on sale. Even Porsche is joining the act with the Taycan, a high-performance super-family car.

The latest breed of electric cars have a lot going for them. Prices are just about starting to come down to affordable levels, and range is going up. They skip out on the latest strict emissions charges, too. Better still, while new models still are pricey, more and more used electric cars are available for a far more attainable monthly price, bringing electric cars within reach for a far broader range of drivers.

The government has cut the grant on offer to new electric car buyers but it's still a useful subsidy, which is worth £3,500 off the price of brand new models. The increasing supply of vehicles is also improving the selection of used electric cars. You can find out if battery power is likely to be right for you in our complete electric car guide, or scroll down for details of the latest models, some of which have alread hit UK roads with others set to arrive soon.

Future small electric cars

Fiat 500

On sale 2020
Price from £25,000 (estimated)

After 12 years on sale, the Fiat 500 has finally been replaced with an all-electric version, which has a similar design to the existing model, but gains a sleeker, more high-tech interior.

Fiat's small city car will not be available with petrol or diesel engines, so entry-level prices will be high, to cover the cost of expensive batteries and a more luxurious interior. As a result, the new Fiat 500 won't spell the end of the existing car: it will continue into its thirteenth year as a budget model.

Mini Electric

On sale March 2020
Price from £24,400

The instant acceleration that you get from an electric motor should mean that the electric Mini is just as energetic as the petrol-powered Cooper models, but the question is whether it will be able to change direction as sharply, given that Mini makes so much of the standard car's 'go-kart handling'.

With an official range of 145 miles per charge on the latest economy test format - which is more realistic than the previous verison - and an 80% charge taking 36 minutes with 50kW fast charging, the Mini Electric i an appealing option for those after an electric but fun small car.

Honda E

On sale Summer 2020
Price from £26,160 or £28,680

The Honda e may have a bland name, but the striking styling makes this cute small car stand out from retro rivals like the Fiat 500 and Mini Electric above. The salad spinner wheels, squat shape and grille that doubles as a message screen combine a quirky design with modern technology.

While the car that will eventually hit production hasn't quite retained the same flair as the concept car that wowed so many onlookers, we still expect it to be a hit among city car buyers who will find the car's expected 150-mile range more than enough.

As for the interior, the e offers an impressive large split-screen touchscreen, which expands the whole width of the cabin, and importantly, actual buttons to control the volume of the stereo, which should make it safer to control while driving.

Peugeot e-208

On sale Now
Price from £25,050

The Peugeot e-208 offers a 211-mile range, and charging times of zero to 80% in around 30 minutes from 100kW fast public chargers (when they are eventually installed in Britain). That range alone should make the e-208 a realistic prospect to most drivers.

It's powered by a 100kW (134hp) electric motor, which will provide maximum power the instant that you press the accelerator. So it'll be quick for this type of car. Due to the electric power, it's also pricey, but again nearly-new models should address that issue when they start to filter through.

Future electric SUVs

Audi e-tron

On sale Now
Price from £59,900

Audi's e-tron SUV offers a range of around 250 miles and rapid performance. Similar in size to the current Audi Q5, it's also the first car to come without side mirrors, taking advantage of a change in legislation that allows them to be replaced by cameras.

First deliveries of the e-tron in the UK are expected from May.

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BMW iX3

On sale 2020
Price from £55,000 (estimated)

A wide grille and aerodynamic wheel designs will mark out the iX3, as another contender in this rapidly growing electric car SUV segment. A range of around 250 miles and fast acceleration is a given but it's not known whether the car will offer the same space and agility as rivals.

Unlike the electric SUVs from Jaguar, Mercedes and Audi, the BMW iX3 will be based on the standard X3 SUV. This could limit the practicality and usability advantages of the latest electric cars, as engineers may have to compromise on the location and size of the battery pack to fit them into a car designed to fit a conventional engine.

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

On sale Now
Price from £30,490

The fully-electric version of the DS 3 Crossback is now on sale, with a claimed range of 191-206 miles - again on the latest, more realistic fuel economy test - swift acceleration and a vast array of paint colours, wheel designs and luxury fittings to personalise the car and inflate the price.

Fast charging at 100kW will be possible, when compatible chargers are available in Britain. These should have the ability to add 5.5 miles of range for every minute that the car is plugged in.

Kia e-Niro

On sale Now
Price £37,995

Thanks to its claimed range of 282 miles, a reasonable price tag and a seven-year warranty, Kia's e-Niro might not be as flashy as most of the other new electric SUVs, but it might well be the one that you're most likely to buy. Especially as second-hand models filter through, with that seven-year warranty meaning that used models will be particularly appealing as you can take advantage of a lower price and still have plenty of manufacturer warranty cover left.

It uses the same electrical system that Kia's sister company, Hyundai, has fitted to its Kona Electric, helping to keep the price low and offering a range that will be enough for most families. This is combined with the practical layout of the Niro (already on sale here as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid), which provides enough space for four adults and a reasonable 451 litres of boot space.

Mercedes EQC

On sale 2020
Price from £67,720

Mercedes' electric SUV looks offers many of the benefits of electric driving without a great deal of compromise. It's relatively spacious inside, accelerates from 0-62mph in a rapid 5.1 seconds and has a claimed range of 280 miles on a single charge.

Although the underwhelming design is similar to the petrol- and diesel-powered Mercedes GLC - but somehow both more bland and fussy in looks - the EQC is an entirely different car, designed from the start to use only electric power, which should mean that the batteries are placed low in the car to boost space and reduce the effect of their weight around corners.

MG ZS

MG ZS EV front

On sale Now
Price from £22,495

The MG ZS has transformed the fortunes of the Chinese-owned company from a brand struggling for any significant sales, to one of the fastest-growing car producers in Britain today. A strong value-for-money SUV should ensure the MG brand an even greater spike in sales.

The ZS isn't the fastest or highest-range electric car, but what it does do is offer drivers the high driving position and bold SUV looks that many drivers are after, all for a lower cost than pretty much all the alternatives. That alone makes it well worth consideration.

Tesla Model Y

On sale 2022 (estimated)
Price from £40,000 (estimated)

A fourth car will be added to Tesla's current range in 2021: a taller and more spacious version of the Model 3 medium-sized family car. It's slightly longer, giving it space for an optional third row of two seats (where legroom is likely to be limited), to make it a seven-seat SUV.

Apart from this, the car has the same features as the Model 3; a sensible choice given that Tesla claims to have received almost half a million reservations for that car before the first models were delivered. So the Model Y comes with a minimalist dashboard where virtually everything is controlled using a large 15in touchscreen, as well as long-range battery options that give the car a claimed range of 300 miles on a single charge.

Prices are also billed to be relatively affordable, starting at $39,000 in America for an entry-level car with a range of 230 miles. It's likely to cost from £40,000 when it goes on sale in Britain. That may happen in 2022, but Tesla's delivery schedule is anything but predictable.

Electric family cars

Polestar 2

On sale 2020
Price from £49,900

Volvo's electric brand may not have delivered a car yet, but it's already looking to topple Tesla, with a car that offers rapid performance, a range of almost 300 miles on one charge.

The Polestar 2 is a five-door hatchback that appears just as unique as the Tesla, thanks to a minimalist interior design that includes dark wood panels and a seemingly frameless touchscreen. The relatively low price should make it an affordable alternative to a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class, particularly if used prices are predicted to be high, which reduces monthly payments on some types of finance.

However, not all Polestar 2 models will offer quite such value for money. Luxurious additions are likely to push the price up, and all cars built in 2020 - the first year of production - will be well-equipped launch edition models with an expected price of more than £50,000.

Tesla Model 3

On sale Now
Price from £38,500

At one point, it was hoped that the first Model 3 cars would arrive in Britain by the end of 2017, it's taken a bit longer, but it's here. Prices range from £38,500 - which is hugely more affordable than any Tesla before it, but they do rise to £52,000 for the higher spec versions.

Just like larger Teslas, the Model 3 replaces the dashboard with a large touchscreen and is compatible with the company's Superchargers, which can add around 200 miles of range in half an hour. With space to carry five adults and luggage space in the boot and under the bonnet, it's a complete package.

Volkswagen I.D. Neo

On sale 2020
Price from £28,000 (estimated)

Volkswagen already sells electric versions of the up! and Golf, but this will be the company's first purpose-built electric car and it's likely to be called Neo.

Some of the futuristic touches of the concept car (above) will be lost for the production car, but its design is likely to be more adventurous than the conservative Golf. Like that car, the I.D. Neo will be a five-door hatchback with space for a growing family. Expect a range of 250 to 300 miles on a single charge, and plenty of space, thanks to the short bonnet which doesn't need to accommodate an engine.

Mercedes EQA

On sale 2020
Price from £40,000 (estimated)

Due to follow the recently-launched EQC, the Mercedes EQA will be a five-door hatchback, similar in size to the Mercedes A-Class and taking inspiration from the concept car (above). The production car may use a four-wheel drive system, with two motors - one at the front and one at the back - delivering power, which improves grip and acceleration. A range of at least 250 miles is expected.

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz

On sale 2022
Price from £40,000 (estimated)

There's enormous affection for the classic Volkswagen camper van but the company hasn't offered a true successor to the car, with only the Caravelle coming close. That will change in 2022 when the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz is due to go on sale. If it looks anything like the concept car above, then it's certain to attract a lot of attention, but it's not yet clear what type of car it could be.

Volkswagen is expected to equip it with driverless technology and use it as an autonomous taxi, although this depends on the technology being developed in time and legislation allowing it to be used. It may also be sold as a family car, with a friendlier face than menacing SUVs.

Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion

On sale 2022
Price from £65,000 (estimated)

Volkswagen plans to return to the luxury car market in 2022 when it's due to launch the production version of this all-electric I.D. Vizzion. A range of more than 300 miles is expected, along with promises of the latest driverless technology.

Electric sports cars

Porsche Taycan

On sale Now
Price from £83,367

Formerly called the Mission E, Porsche's electric Taycan is now on sale, with electric motors based on those used in the Le Mans-winning 919 racing car.

It's a high-voltage rival to the Tesla Model S, offering similar performance, with acceleration from 0-62mph taking just 2.8 seconds - at least on higher-specification cars. Owners will be able to recharge using super-fast chargers, which are claimed to deliver enough electricity in 15 minutes to take the car 250 miles.

Tesla Roadster

On sale 2020
Price from £160,000 (estimated)

The original Tesla Roadster was arguably the car that kick-started the current generation of electric cars. Proving that battery power could be fast, fun and sexy, it provided the launchpad for the Tesla's current line-up and helped spark the development of rivals across the industry.

Now the car is get to get a successor, promising hypercar acceleration from 0-62mph in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of around 250mph. At the moment, Tesla says that production will start in 2020 but, based on past models, it would be no surprise if that date ended up closer to 2025.

 

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