Some people believe that electric cars are not here to stay; rather, they’re just a popular fad that will die out soon Electric cars continue to grow in popularity throughout many car manufacturers. They may be more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts, but they’re far more environmentally friendly and the maintenance is less.

Car manufacturers such as Audi and Jaguar are also jumping on the electric bandwagon.

While it could very well be just another ploy to attract more customers their way, it’s only made electric cars more popular. This has made them so popular that many have argued that 2019 is going to be the year of the electric luxury car, according to CNN.

It could be argued that the interest of electric cars from luxury car brands really took off by the end of 2018. That was when Jaguar released their electric car, known as the Jaguar I-Pace. However the momentum can be traced back even further than that.

In September of 2018, Audi released the Audi E-Tron SUV; a vehicle which is already taking $1000 deposits ahead its release in the United States. A few months after this announcement, Audi also announced the E-Tron GT- a sporty four-door sedan and the E-Tron Sportback,a sporty SUV. A preview model of the GT is expected to come to light in 2020 and Audi will start production of the Sportback that year, too.

With Audi and Jaguar seemingly getting the jump on this trend, this has left their competitors at Mercedes-Benz scrambling to play catch-up however possible. Their answer to having an electric car is their electric SUV, the EQC. This SUV is not too different from Mercedes’ non-electric counterparts in its appearance. If anything, it’s lower and looks sportier than the others. The EQC is going into production in 2019  and is expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020.

Than there’s Porsche with the Taycan, the company’s first fully electric car. Porsche claims that this car will have the equivalent of 600 horsepower, making it a Tesla Model 3 rival To put this in perspective, the Taycan can go from zero to 60 in just 3.5 seconds and the Model 3 in 4.5.  The Taycan will have a 400km range where the Model 3 long range is 500 . Porsche’s electric car offering will go into production next year.

One luxury car company that’s unveiled enough electric vehicles to rival Audi would be BMW. First is the iX3 crossover, which is going to be released in 2020. Then there’s the Vision iNext- which won’t begin production until 2021. This vehicle is said to be a large crossover SUV with interactive technology that’s also easy to hide. Their sister car company, Mini, is also going to release an electric vehicle of their own. While details about it are still far and few between, the company insists that it will be released in 2020.

 

All of these examples of car companies releasing electric cars of their own just goes to show that the demand of such cars is growing. It’s not just less expensive car brands jumping on this bandwagon; luxury brands like Audi, BMW, and Porsche are only a few that are also doing it.

Whether they’re only getting ready to make them or have solid plans to release it for the public, it’s clear that 2019 is still going to be the year of the electric luxury car.

Source: CNN

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