Tesla has consistently been ahead of the curve on electric cars, but major automakers are finally starting to pose competition.
Audi, Volkswagen, and Mercedes are just a few companies that are planning to unveil an electric car by 2020. We got a glimpse of what they have in store at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
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BMW is giving its i3 a facelift for 2018. The automaker will release a sport edition called the i3s that comes equipped with a starting range of 97 miles and 184-hp electric motor.
BMW also debuted a new Mini concept that will serve as the basis for a production model in 2019. There's no word on specs yet, but the concept shows the next Mini may not have chrome features for the first time.
It's not purely electric, but Mercedes debuted its hydrogen-powered GLC car that will go on sale in the US in 2019. The SUV has a combined range of 310 miles. The 9.3kWh electric motor boasts a 30-mile range.
These estimates were provided by the New European Driving Cycle. The range will likely be lower once the car is assessed by the Environmental Protection Agency. You can read more about the GLC F-Cell here.
Audi unveiled an electric concept, the Aicon, that it says could drive 400 miles on a single charge. The Aicon also supports wireless charging and the battery can be charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes, Audi says.
Honda unveiled the design for its Urban EV concept that will serve as the basis for a production car arriving in Europe in 2019.
Because it's a design concept, Honda didn't release any specs for the vehicle. But it shows how Honda is considering a more modern interior with a large display screen and bench seats.
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