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Five Electric Cars Tesla Should Be Worried About

Five Electric Cars Tesla Should Be Worried About

The age of the electric car is here and we've pulled together a list of five electric cars that will give Tesla a run for its money

Electric cars are no longer a thing of the past. While Tesla undoubtedly has become synonyms with electric cars and continues to make strides towards better all-electric vehicles (they just released a dual motor Tesla 3), big car companies haven’t been sitting around doing nothing. Some of the world’s largest car companies, including Porsche, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz have been hard at work making their own versions of futuristic electric automobiles.

We’ve compiled a list of five electric cars that will be released within the next two years that will give Tesla a run for its money. Ok, so one of the cars on our list is another Tesla model but it’s so cool that we couldn’t help but mention it.

 

Volvo all-electric XC40

 Photo courtesy of Volvo

Photo courtesy of Volvo

Estimated Range: 250 miles

Estimated Battery pack: 70 kWh

Estimated Price: $45,000

Available: 2019

Volvo has been stepping up its game within the past couple of years, releasing sexier cars and making cool ads that show anything from animated baby Foxes to cars you can subscribe to.

Volvo’s new XC40 is a beautiful compact SUV that many have fallen in love with. The Swedish carmaker plans to make an all-electric version of the XC40 as soon as 2019. We’re hoping that the electric model won’t cost too much more than the original model, which starts at $36,000 but regardless, it looks like this car will be a great challenger to Tesla’s Model X which sells for twice as much.

 

Porsche Taycan

 Photo courtesy of Porsche

Photo courtesy of Porsche

Estimated Range: 300 miles

Estimated Battery pack: 100 kWh

Estimated Price: $80,000+

Available: 2019

Porsche does nothing less than impress us with their new Taycan, which is expected to debut next year as well. Otherwise known as the Mission E, the Taycan could very well be the car that turns many mainstream car enthusiasts to electric (if the Model S hasn’t already converted them).

While the price of this car is still to be determined, it will definitely be in the luxury class, closer to the six-figure price range. The Taycan will surely be one of the nicest cars produced by the German carmaker.

 

Mercedes-Benz EQC

 Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Estimated Range: 250 miles

Estimated Battery pack: 70 kWh

Estimated Price: $70,000

Available: 2019

Similar to Volvo, Mercedes-Benz is looking to develop a sporty all electric, luxury SUV. The EQC will be one of the first electric cars built from the ground up thanks to Daimler’s new Mercedes electric platform. The new car will signal the launch of Mercedes-Benz’s new electric EQ brand, which plans to roll out three additional electric vehicles within the next couple of years.

Mercedes says that the SUV will come with two electric motors on the front and rear axles for a total power output of up to 300 kW – which will allow it to get up to 60 mph in roughly five seconds.

 

VW I.D. Concept

 Photo courtesy of VW

Photo courtesy of VW

Estimated Range: 250+ miles

Estimated Battery pack: 60 kWh

Estimated Price: $30,000

Available: 2020

While not quite as exciting as the other three cars, Volkswagon’s I.D. Concept car (otherwise known as ‘Neo’) is planned to be released into the market by 2020, based on plans the car company shared back in 2016. Similar to Tesla’s Modele 3, this car is a smaller four-door sedan that will likely appeal to the mass market.

With an estimated starting price tag of $30,000, this car is twice as affordable as the other cars listed. Volkswagon also plans to use the vehicle to launch its latest autonomous driving technology, which will be interesting to compare to other autonomous driving vehicles already on the market.

 

Tesla Roadster

 Photo courtesy of Tesla

Photo courtesy of Tesla

Estimated Range: 620 miles

Estimated Battery pack: 200 kWh

Estimated Price: $200,000+

Available: 2020

As noted above, we couldn’t resist from including one of the newest Teslas on our list. The Tesla Roadster, which is a newer model from the original Tesla car released over a decade ago, is an electric supercar that will most likely be the fastest production car ever made.

Tesla plans to get the new Roadster to hit 0-60 mph in under 2 seconds, fly by a quarter-mile in under 9 seconds, and chart a top speed of over 250 mph. It will also be the first electric production car to get over 620 miles on a single charge. Starting with a price tag of $200,000, we would hope for nothing less from this beast of an automobile.

That sums it up with our list of the top five electric sports cars to look out for within the next couple of years. Let us know which of these cars you want to drive in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more electric car news and other entertaining reads.

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