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Tesla is about to get a lot more competition.
At a time where sedan sales are falling, larger SUVs remain popular among consumers. Automakers- including Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, and more – are following suit and opting to build SUVs as their first long-range, electric vehicle.
Here are 9 electric SUVs slated to arrive in the next few years:
1. Jaguar first unveiled its I-PACE electric SUV concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but the automaker recently showcased the car in a stunning red. The car is serving as the basis for a production model slated to arrive in 2018 — and we like what we’re seeing so far.
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.
There are two touchscreen displays on the center console of the I-PACE. 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 can drive 310 miles on a single charge, according to Mercedes. The car will fall in the same price range as Mercedes’ GLC Crossover, which currently starts at $39,150.
The concept 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. 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 e-tron quattro 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 e-tron quattro 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.
4. BMW has said it will release an electric version of its X3 SUV, pictured below.
5. Ford will release a small, electric SUV by 2020.
Ford said the SUV will have an estimated range of 300 miles and will be sold in North America, Europe, and Asia.
6. Bentley is considering adding a small electric SUV to its lineup.
Bentley is certainly releasing a small SUV, but is still toying with whether it will be all-electric.
“If you are looking for such a car [small SUV] then we are looking to that in combination with the possibilities to go full electric,” Rolf Frech, Bentley’s board member for engineering, said at a recent press event. “It only makes sense if you get really new customers into the brand.”
Last year, Bentley committed to releasing a hybrid Bentayga in 2017, according to the Drive. So it seems likely that Bentley will either release an all-electric or hybrid SUV in the near future.
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 with a range of 110 miles – fairly limited for today’s electric cars. The Ioniq will go on sale before the end of the year, 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.
9. Tesla plans to offer a compact SUV in addition to its Model X crossover, pictured below, Musk confirmed in his “Master Plan, Part Deux.” The SUV is expected to be called the Model Y.
You can read more about Tesla’s Model Y plans here.
BONUS: The Chevy Bolt is an all-electric crossover that has already hit select dealerships. It won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award in November, making it the second electric car after Tesla’s Model S to secure the honors.
The Bolt is already available in Oregon and California, but will roll out to dealerships in all states by September of this year.
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.