Three European 200-Mile-Range EVs Due By 2018

If you’ve grown accustomed to only tepid efforts by European automakers in bringing all-electric cars to market, that’s due to change.

Out of a baker’s dozen list of over 13 EVs projected with more than 200 miles due by 2021, all but cars from Hyundai and Kia plus the Ford Model E crossover – which could be here by April 2020 – are by BMW, or Mercedes, or Audi, or Porsche, or Jaguar.

Already well-publicized are the soonest new members to the 200-plus club – the Tesla Model 3 beginning as we write this, the next Nissan Leaf due in September, as well as the Chevy Bolt EV which began the parade last December.

Until this model year, you’d have to have sprung for a Tesla Model S or Model X to get an all-electric car with 200-plus miles range.

No doubt more will be announced in months and years ahead. European names are popping up in a big way because Europe has awoken from a diesel-induced sleep, and its major players announced sweeping agendas to electrify their ranges from 15-50 percent by 2025.

This followed the Paris Accord on climate change, a significant tipping point in addition to other factors pushing the plug-in agenda for most of the world.

Here are the first few anticipated.

BMW 3 Series

Instead of a purpose-built i-Series i3 getting 200 miles, word has it BMW is preparing a counterpoint to Tesla’s Model 3 with a model that was called “3” long before the California-built phenomenon-in-the-making was a gleam in a reservation holder’s eye.

To be treated as a rumor for now, the car anticipated for revelation at the Frankfurt auto show this September is being taken seriously by Michigan-based analyst Alan Baum, and numerous others in the automotive world.

It might otherwise seem fair, because Tesla’s purpose-built EV has long been seen as a contender to the 3-Series, not to mention mid-entry level Audis and Mercedes.

How BMW will cram in enough batteries to give 248 miles estimated range is one of many questions for the would-be 3-Series sans internal combustion engine.

Said range is likely on the Euro test cycle which may put it below 200 in the U.S. but this is anyone’s guess at this stage.

BMW is otherwise at work on EVs, with its aforementioned i-Series which has seemed to have lost some momentum, and Reuters says it’s invested $5.87 billion since 2016 to make electrified versions of the 5-series and 7-series.

An electric Mini is confirmed for October 2019, says Baum, and an X3 for 2020 so the 3-Series reportedly due in three months is not out of the question.

Audi e-tron Quattro

From the company who once had a CEO who mocked the Chevy Volt as a car for idiots, but which has been forced to now turn its back on “clean” diesel TDIs, the would-be alternative to the Tesla Model X is due April 2018.

The e-tron Quattro has been known to be coming since before the concept was revealed in Sept. 2015, and Audi says the 310-mile range AWD crossover will be “the first real premium manufacturer doing a premium electric SUV,” thus worth the wait.

Part of the wait, says Audi, was to give the battery and infrastructure markets time to becomes minimally acceptable. The “310” miles range (500km), is another European estimate which is always higher than the U.S. EPA projects, but this much is seen s required for consumers to accept the high-priced, fast and luxurious ute with a plug.

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And, they will need somewhere to plug in. In the U.S., parent VW Group is generously shelling out millions to build infrastructure – with U.S. and California regulators holding its hand to the checkbook as penalty for diesel emissions cheating.

In Europe and elsewhere, Audi has otherwise said it is simply waiting for infrastructure to come into place as the market matures.

“It’s not our job to invest in charging points,” said Audi sales and marketing chief Dietmar Voggenreiter to Autocar. “We are pushing and organizing this, though, and working with partners on it.”

Sized between a Q5 and Q7, but closer in dimensions to the Q5, the new Audi promises 503 horsepower and 0-62 mph time in 4.6 seconds from its 3-motor electric powertain.

Jaguar i-Pace Crossover

Possibly the best saved for last, the i-Pace due July 2018 is a clean sheet exercise that even has jaded gearhead observers hopeful it will be a refreshing development from the storied and traditional British automaker.

Designer Ian Callum has been given a free hand to rethink the proportions around the fact this EV is an EV, and not designed to look like it is a gas car – as even the Tesla Model S is styled to do, with long hood that hides a frunk, but suggests a big engine.

The short-hooded i-Pace is similar to Jaguar’s existing F-Pace crossover, but departs in this and other ways while shortening the wheelbase by 2 inches yet being 4.6 inches longer.

Shown as a concept last year in LA, the lightweight aluminum-intensive car is to boast 400 horses and 516 pounds-feet. Jaguar is estimating from a 90-kWh in-floor battery about 220 miles range, and 0-60 in less than four seconds.

Road manners will also be satisfying, says the company, with an optimized independent four-wheel suspension, and the i-Pace is expected to be the first of more EVs to come by the company which says 50-percent of its cars will be electrified in some form or fashion by the middle of next decade.

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