Most car manufacturers are focusing on making most of their cars electric in the near future. And some are creating all-new models to help bring in this new era of electric motoring.
Although some of them have been released over the last few years, 2020 is set to be a big year for battery-powered vehicles. Many new models have been unveiled that will be making their way onto our roads next year, and here are some of the best.
Ford Mustang Mach E
Taking the name of a V8 muscle car and adding it to an electric car might seem like an odd move. But the Mustang Mach E looks ahead to a zero-emission future for the famous car.
The styling points have been added to an all-electric crossover body, and Ford says it will do 370 miles on a single charge. It also comes with a 15.5-inch central display and the latest tech – making this a tantalising option to start the new decade.
Audi e-tron Sportback
Following the success of the e-tron, Audi has decided to give the electric SUV a different design option. With its sloping roofline, the streamlined Sportback has more style than its sibling.
But the Sportback remains just as practical as the standard e-tron. It comes with a slightly longer range of 248 miles and has the same kit you’d find on the original model.
Fiat 500 Electric
The standard 500 is one of the top city cars around. And by adding an electric powertrain, Fiat have created a model that stands out even more as an option for urban drivers.
With a rumoured range of 250 miles, the 500 Electric will be able to be even nippier around town and go for days without needing a charge. It’ll look the same, but the thrumming soundtrack of a small petrol engine is set for a silent replacement instead.
With the new 2008 as its base, the e-2008 is set to offer crossover practicality with zero-emission driving. Peugeot says this will have a 198-mile range – just shy of its smaller e-208 sibling.
You’ll be able to charge it to 80% in just 30 minutes at a 100kW fast charger – meaning less time plugged-in. This version of the 2008 also comes with new interior styling and equipment.
Although VW has made electric models before, the ID.3 is the first in a new line of purpose-built EVs. Similarly sized to a Golf, the ID.3 has more interior space thanks to a longer wheelbase and higher roof – while the interior is crammed with tech.
With the largest battery pack on-board, it can achieve 340 miles on a single charge. And the ID.3 is set to be followed by a series of other battery-powered models.
The standard version is one of the UK’s favourite cars, so it’s not surprising this new model is expected to be just as popular. And with Vauxhall using an all-electric powertrain on this version too, it could be an even bigger success.
Using the same powertrain as the Peugeot e-208, the Corsa-e comes with a 205-mile range and can be charged at home from flat to full in just 7.5 hours. It also comes with multiple driving modes to suit the driving style you need.
As its parent-brand BMW leads, Mini follows. And the Mini Hatch is going to be available as an electric model, using an advanced version of the powertrain from the BMW i3.
The battery setup allows for 145 miles of range, while it also comes with fast-charging capabilities. The styling of the hatch remains, but Mini has given it a few tweaks here and there to give the Electric its own feel.
After the Urban EV concept from 2017 got a lot of praise, Honda decided to take it into production. With the ‘e’, the Japanese firm will take further steps into the EV world and the cute city car certainly looks the part.
With a range of 124 miles, the e comes with a raft of advanced features – including a bank of 5 screens mounted on the dashboard and digital door mirrors. It’s aimed at urban drivers, and is set to rival the likes of the Renault Zoe and Peugeot e-208.