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The most anticipated electric cars of 2018/2019

The most anticipated electric cars of 2018/2019

As electric vehicle technology advances so quickly, carmakers are finding it difficult to set accurate figures for their forthcoming releases. Ranges are increasing, charging times reducing, and performance is becoming just as good — if not better — than their fossil fuel equivalents.

No doubt it's an incredibly exciting time in automotive history. And fortunately for businesses, it's a time that’s opening up a diverse marketplace of models and motors and presenting the ideal opportunity for those looking to update their company fleet to electric.

Get ready for the shift and discover which brands are set to release the most widely anticipated EVs of recent years.

Volvo EV Hatchback

It was recently reported that Volvo’s first all-electric vehicle will be based on its Concept 40.2, first previewed in 2016, and come with an impressive range of 310 miles.

Unlike many of its model lines, Volvo claims the EV will be available with different electric motors, offering the customer variation in power and price points (which are as of yet unclear). If it looks anything like the concept 40.2, it will be an imposing sporty SUV with the brand's classic angular contours and sharp lighting. And if that’s not bold and imposing enough for you, its next EV will likely be a battery-powered XC40.

The Jaguar I-Pace

Set to hit the market in early 2019, the I-Pace will be Jaguar’s first all-electric car. And with a claimed range of over 310 miles, it plans to provide both luxury and performance.

Another sporty SUV crossover, the I-Pace is one of the first electric vehicles to defy conventional design rules dictated by the internal combustion engine, for instance, long hoods and short wheel bases. And with its 90 kWh battery pack and aluminium frame, the company boast it'll reach 60 mph in four seconds - impressive, even if it will set you back £55,000.

Hyundai Kona EV and Kia Niro EV

Hyundai has plans to produce electric versions of the Kona, Niro, and Stonic over the coming years, and although it’s unsure which will come first, it will undoubtedly be an all-electric SUV for less than £30,000.

It’s reported the Kona will be powered by a 50 kWh battery pack, bringing its range somewhere around 290 miles on one charge, and will be released sometime next year. The company still claims its primary goal is fuel cell hydrogen-powered vehicles, with the models mentioned above being limited to 20,000 units.

Audi e-Tron Quattro and Sportback

Audi already has 2,500 reservations for the much-anticipated e-Tron Quattro, set to launch later this year. And customers can now place orders for the Audi e-tron sportback, expected sometime in 2019.

The e-Tron Quattro will come with a 95 kWh battery, a range of 310 miles, and a potential price point that is between the Q5 and Q7. This would make it a much more affordable alternative to the I-Pace and cars like the Tesla Model X, although the final showroom price is yet to be announced.

Audi’s e-Tron Sportback will have a similar battery pack and range, but in an “emotional coupe” package. Apart from its sporty external styling, that means an ultra-modern screen-filled interior and blistering 0-60 mph speed of 4.5 seconds.