Ford just announced it will release a small, all-electric SUV by 2020.
Ford announced its intention to enter the electric SUV space at the same time it said it will scrap the plans for its $1.6 billion factory in Mexico. Instead, the automaker will release 13 electric vehicles over the next 5 years as part of a $4.5 billion investment.
One of those EVs will be an SUV with an estimated 300 mile range that will be sold in North America, Europe, and Asia, according to Ford.
Automakers are turning their attention to electric SUVs at a time where sedan sales are falling. As electric cars have yet to gain real traction – with them only accounting for roughly 1% of global auto sales – producing SUVs seems like the best way to trigger demand.
Here are 8 other electric SUVs coming to the market in four short years and everything we know about them:
1. Jaguar unveiled its I-PACE electric concept SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The car is serving as the basis for a production model slated to arrive in 2018.
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Jaguar said its I-PACE can drive 220 miles on a single charge and accelerate to 60 mph in 4 seconds. There’s no word on price yet, but it will likely fall in the luxury price range north of $50,000.
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There are two touchscreen displays on the center console of the SUV concept. There’s also a virtual screen instead of a traditional driver’s instrument that can be controlled using buttons on the steering wheel.
You can get a more in-depth look at the Jaguar I-PACE SUV here.
2. Mercedes unveiled its electric SUV concept at the Paris Motor Show in September that will serve as the basis for a production version arriving in 2019.
Called the EQ, the electric SUV concept can drive 310 miles on a single charge, according to Mercedes. The production version of the SUV will fall in the same price range as Mercedes’ GLC Crossover, which currently starts at $39,150.
The concept SUV comes with a massive 24-inch display that shows speed, battery charge, and navigation information.
You can get a more in-depth look at the Mercedes EQ here.
3. The Chevy Bolt is an all-electric crossover that hit select dealerships at the end of 2016. It won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award, making it the second electric car after Tesla’s Model S to secure the honors.
The Bolt boasts a competitive range of 238 miles and can hit 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. The car starts at $36,620 before federal tax exemptions.
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The Bolt comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen display on the center console and an 8-inch virtual display acting as the driver’s instrument.
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You can get a more in-depth look at the Chevy Bolt here.
4. Tesla currently offers a luxury crossover SUV option with its Model X. The base Model X starts at $74,000 and can drive 237 miles on a single charge. It can also accelerate to 60 mph in 6 seconds. But there are other battery options to choose from if you’re looking to pay extra for a bump on those specs.
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The Model X is currently being produced with new hardware that improves Autopilot’s capabilities and will enable it to be fully self-driving later on, according to Tesla.
You can read more about Tesla’s new self-driving hardware here.
But Tesla will also offer a compact SUV in addition to the Model X crossover, Musk confirmed in his “Master Plan, Part Deux.” It’s speculated that the SUV will be called the Model Y.
You can read more about Tesla’s Model Y plans here.
5. Audi revealed its all-electric e-tron quattro concept car in September 2015 as a preview of the production car that will arrive in 2018.
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The SUV concept comes with three electric motors and can drive 310 miles on a single charge, according to Audi. It can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds. But the SUV only seats four people.
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The concept also comes with two touchscreen displays on the center console and a virtual driver’s instrument.
You can get a more in-depth look at the Audi e-tron quattro here.
6. BMW is reportedly planning to launch an electric SUV, dubbed the i5, with self-driving capabilities in 2021.
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Ian Robertson, BMW’s head of sales and marketing, told Autocar that the next major launch part of its electric i-series line will occur in 2021, but did not comment on what kind of car it will be. Sources familiar with the BMW project told Autocar it will be an SUV.
The car will launch in 2021 with some self-driving capabilities and will become fully autonomous by 2025.
7. Hyundai will launch an electric SUV in 2018 with a range of around 200 miles.
A Hyundai spokesperson told the Korea Herald that the electric SUV was in the works and due to arrive in 2018.
Above, you see Hyundai’s all-electric Ioniq that the automaker says comes with a range of 124 miles – fairly limited for today’s electric cars. Hyundai is letting customers drive the Ioniq as part of WaiveCar’s car-sharing service in January. The Ioniq will go on sale this winter, but pricing has yet to be released.
8. Volkswagen is aiming to sell 30 electrified vehicles by 2025 in response to the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and it’s likely one of those will be an SUV. Below you see the company’s ID electric concept, a cross between a hatchback and mid-size crossover.
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Volkswagen said the ID concept can get a range between 248 miles and 372 miles. The production version of the car will come in 2020, and a fully autonomous version is slated to arrive in 2025.
It’s worth adding that Volvo also aims to offer at least two all-electric vehicles by 2019, one of which is expected to be a crossover or SUV, but there’s nothing concrete on that front yet.