By the year 2023 it is predicted that most big automotive manufacturers will have around 20 All-electric models in their lineup. That is just five years away. And while one of the motives behind the change will be to meet stricter government standards – the other side of this change is the awesome torque happiness that allows a true sports EV to really put a smile on your face.
Within an electric motor comes the possibility for massive torque, instantaneous throttle response, and a controlled drivetrain that takes all the guesswork out of being a good driver. And while we still have a couple of years until the sport electric car is everything it can be – these next two years promise a couple of pretty close examples.
2019 Porsche Taycan
Imagine one of the hugest charging systems an EV has carried (800 volts), combined with a max range of 300 miles per charge. And this Super EV should be in production towards the end of the year, and you can expect to pay less than $100,000 for the privaledge of ownership.
2019 Electric Mini Cooper
The Mini Electric is a looker in concept shoes. But may not be much of a performer if you go by the rumors that BMW’s 5th generation technology will be bypassing Mini and heading straight to the iX3. What a shame.
2020 Tesla Roadster
10 years ago an EV Roadster was released that rocked the world. It was new, funky, sleek, sexy… and more fun to drive than most people would have thought possible. Technology has advanced a lot since the original Tesla Roadster, but the revamped concept is still just as sexy as ever. However, this time they are gunning to make this the fastest production car ever made… period. We like that kind of gumption.
We don’t make it a habit to shop for our electric sedans based on the size of their screen, but if we did – the electric car startup, Byton, and their concept car K-Byte would be at the top of our list. The Chinese company is looking to become a fierce competitor to Tesla, and to accomplish this, they are going to be ignoring much of what Tesla has done in the past and just doing their own thing.
They plan on relying on simple advertising and usable features that will amplify sales by word of mouth. And this is not an electric car for the business elite, but rather the average Joe and Jolene. It isn’t a car you can only dream about, but rather one to save up for at an estimated price of $45,000. And that isn’t $45,000 right now, it is $45 grand come 2021 when the company estimates it can unleash these electric sedans onto American soil.
And just look at the size of that dash screen. It is huge at 49-inches and will offer plenty of information and entertainment for its driver and passenger who have better things to do other than drive. This will be a level 4 autonomous vehicle, which means you will be in command of the surface streets, but can sit back and relax into passenger status the moment your K-Byte hits the highway.
And you also get a tablet-like device in the center of the steering wheel. We’d like to assume this is to tone down the arguments that may ensue when one passenger wants to watch Rosanne, versus another who prefers Modern Family. But that is only our guess.
Tesla motors has thus far been skipping along with minimal competition in the electric luxury/sports car bracket, but the BMW i3 and i8 are looking pretty competitive. The i3 will feature a 125 kW electric, rear-wheel drive motor, which in laymen terms, means it will be worth about 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of instantaneous torque. Considering its bantam weight of just 1,250 kilograms (2,750 lbs), the i3 should cruise through its single gear from zero to sixty in a little less than 8-seconds. It’s expected range is somewhere around 100 miles per charge cycle. However, keep in mind, this is the practical version of the BMW i-series. Continue reading BMW i8, 0-60 MPH in Less Than 5 seconds→