Electric Road Cars About To Take A Huge Step Forward

Electric Road Cars About To Take A Huge Step Forward


The Geneva Motor Show may not have
happened in its usual fashion but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had a host of
new car announcements over the past few weeks. With many coming from the world of EVs, so let’s take a look at some of the new
announcements. The Audi e-tron pops up in almost any EV conversation especially
if you’re talking about SUVs and now Audi have added more e-tron models to
the mix, this time from their S-Line. The e-tron S and e-tron Sportback S are
offering more agile, sharper and more dynamic options than the standard e-tron,
thanks to the addition of a third electric motor. Bringing a form of ATTACK MODE to the road as well as the Formula E track, both the e-tron S and Sportback S
are able to go from 0 to 100km/h in around 4.3 seconds just over a second
quicker than the standard e-tron. There’s no indication on when they will
be available or a cost as of yet but the company says the S models will be the
first electric cars worldwide with three motors in mass production but these
three motors won’t be engaged in all modes of driving, normal driving modes
will use the rear electric motors with the front motor kicking in when the
driver needs extra power and in situations that require more grip or
when taking fast corners the e-tron S models sound like they will be a lot of
fun to drive. The BMW i3 which first hit the road in 2014 is currently BMWs only all-electric offering on the road, with more including the BMW X3 crossover coming later this year, so a long-awaited announcement of a BMW i4 was welcome news to EV fans. The concept version for 2021’s production i4 was recently
announced and has turned many heads in the automotive world. In full performance
mode, the i4 will boast 530bhp from a single rear motor
reaching 0 to 62mph in approximately 4 seconds flat.
A WLTP range of around 600km or just over 370 miles thanks to the 80kWh battery and a top speed of 124mph BMW offered a sneak peek at the inside of the i4
including the curved entertainment screen which according to BMW will be
used across the upcoming production ready iNEXT SUV EV as well as the
i4. The screen is said to control almost all of the vehicles functions
from heating to navigation, BMW have opted into the use of sustainable
materials inside the cabin as well including microfiber fabric and natural
leather tanned using pigment from olive leaves. An intriguing concept of the
future production model coming next year. Volkswagen made a huge splash in the
EV world in 2019 with the unveiling of the ID.3 and in the past few weeks
they’ve made further moves by previewing the production model of their upcoming
ID.4 the all-electric crossover will be a crucial part of VW’s electric fleet
when it comes on sale in Europe, China and the US in 2021. The US market being
key given that the ID.3 is not currently planned for sale in the USA there will
be a range of different battery options to choose from with the ID.4, the
largest being rumored to be an 83kWh beast offering a range of
up to 500km or 311 miles. We’ve seen prototypes of the model testing showing a similar appearance to VW’s Crozz concept and we also had a glimpse
of an ID.4 prototype previously at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show during
the launch of the ID.3 with which it looks to be sharing many design cues. The ID.4 and future ID.5 aim to combine the dynamic lines of a contemporary
sports car with off-road capabilities. With the ID.3 sale release being delayed,
let’s hope VW have learned from their software issues and managed to get their
ID.4 on sale in 2021. Finally two other interesting announcements in the EV
world come with the Dacia and Renault concepts. Dacia have previewed their
first electric vehicle concept with the Spring Electric promising that the
production version due in 2021 will be the most affordable EV sold in Europe.
A huge claim that we’ve seen made many times before so only time will tell if
they can make good on their promise. No technical information as of yet however,
Dacia say that the Spring Electric will have a range of over 200km
suggesting the car is going to be intended predominantly for city use.
Renault have unveiled the effortlessly Intriguing MORPHOZ concept car with a shape-shifting design that’s designed to
function as both a city car and a long-range cruiser come 2027. In city
form it uses a 40kWh battery with around 400km of range but,
and here’s the mind-blowing part for longer journeys the MORPHOZ can be
switched into travel mode and using similar tech to that found in a plane
wing, can be stretched at the A-Pillar and the rear to increase the length and
wheelbase of the car to offer more passenger space and luggage capacity.
Travel mode is also suggested to provide greater efficiency via methods like
narrowing the front air intakes and improving aerodynamics. More relevantly
than 2027 however, is that underneath the high-tech concept, the car will be built
on the new CMF-EV platform from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The
same platform that will be used for Renault’s first EV crossover, that’s due
later this year. An exciting time for EVs and 2020 looks to be a year filled with
more releases concepts and production than ever.