Tesla’s mission “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport” seems to be on the right track. Tesla is finally making the headlines for the right reasons it has started to deliver it much awaited model 3 car as it is on track to meet its target goals. The last year has been quite a controversial year for Tesla ranging from Elon Musk’s tweets to his weed antics live on air.
Tesla’s lock on high-end all-electric vehicles began to break last year, with Audi and Jaguar sending electric SUVs out into the world.
They joined a lot of ordinary Evs from Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Nissan. So 2019 was, finally, the year of the electric vehicles, Right? Looks like electric cars have the potential to display petrol and diesel-powered cars
Sales of electrical autos were double those from the year before, however, they were still dwarfed by their fossil-fuel-powered brethren. With a slew of new models secured for next year and beyond, and with charging station infrastructure still being built out, the tipping point for electric autos is still in the future. Even as per Tesla research project report it claims that competition in Europe is much higher than in US. Sales of electric vehicles in Western Europe were up 51.7% to grab,49% of the market share. Of the 58,582 cars sold, the Nissan Leaf was the top seller in Western Europe last year at 14,354, the Renault Zoe second at 10,885 followed by the Tesla Model S at 8,698.
But it seems that automakers are betting big on that future. Here’s a glance at some of the electric vehicles that are just reaching the market, will soon be available or are expected to arrive in 2021.
AUDI E-TRON SPORTBACK
A four-door coupe version of the full-size Audi e-Tron sport utility vehicle, introduced last spring, the Sportback is expected to be available this spring. The all-wheel-drive e-Tron SUV charges to 90% of its 204-mile range in 30 minutes with a commercial fast-DC charger
BMW will start production of its electric SUV next year at its plant in China. The rear-wheel-drive vehicle is expected to provide 286 horsepower and a 273-mile range, according to the European test cycle.
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E
Ford enlisted its Shelby designers to create a traditional-looking electric SUV that would echo its iconic Mustang sedan. Its first version, a 332-horsepower all-wheel-drive model, will be available late 2020, with a 459-horsepower GT version expected 18 months from now. Mileage will range from an expected 210 to 300 miles.
MERCEDES EQC 400 4MATIC
Originally expected to arrive in the states next year, the first purpose-built all-electric Mercedes will be delayed until 2021, the company recently announced. The all-wheel-drive vehicle, starting around $70,000, will features its screen-based MBUX infotainment system now used in a number of new Mercedes models.
PORCHE TAYCAN 45, TURBO AND TURBO S
The “entry-level” version of Porches first electric vehicle, the 4S will be available this spring, starting at $104,000. The two current models available with 522 or 562 horsepower will accelerate from zero to 60 miles an hour in 3.8 seconds. The tycan has a range of just over 200 miles. A DC fast charger will juice it to 80% capacity that by 2025, half of its sales will be either fully electric or by hybrid models.
VOLVO XC40 RECHARGE
To cut costs and time to market, Volvo is equipping its existing XC40 SUV with an electric drivetrain. Expected at the end of 2020, for “under $48000” after incentives, this is the start of a Volvo product road map that will bring out one new EV model each year. The 408-horsepower engine is expected to provide 240 miles of range. A high-speed commercial charger will fill XC40 to 80% capacity in 40 minutes.
Distinguished by many enormous wraparound screens, this Chinese-built SUV will be sold in the United States, at a starting price of $45,000, beginning in the second half of 2021. Sales in its home country will start at the end of next year. Available as a 225 or 300-mile range version, the Byton will be sold directly and through dealers, with its first company store to open in Los Angeles by the middle of the year.
Road Ahead for Tesla
Seeing such massive entry for electric vehicles from eminent competitors it may seems to be a strenuous year. But according to an equity research paper by Jefferies, it is the only company that doesn’t share the misfortune of its competitors. In fact, Tesla will keep up the positive-sum game of growth and earnings for at least during 2019-2020, while other manufacturers still incur massive costs in EV production and seek to offset the losses by relying on their gas- and diesel-vehicle sales.
Tesla’s mission “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport” seems to be on the right track, and although numbers in the Jefferies paper are only projections and estimates, the company has remained one of the few successful independent car makers and trailblazers.
However, in this new age of electric cars, anything could happen, and Tesla has had moments of near-bankruptcy. EV Land, it turns out, is a difficult place to live.