OK, pick yourself up off the floor and stop laughing at that headline. When you think “electric car,” a Nissan Leaf might come to mind, or a Chevrolet Bolt, or some other weird-looking little box on wheels emphasizing function over form.
That’s changing, and fast.
Tesla proved that electric cars are alluring. Car companies are taking note, and in the years to come numerous EVs wrapped in seductive sheetmetal are due to hit the streets. Let’s take a look at some of the more provocative models coming soon to a showroom near you, listed here in alphabetical order.
Audi E-tron GT
In advance of a starring role in Marvel Studios’ upcoming summer blockbuster film “Avengers 4,” the 2020 Audi E-tron GT debuted in concept format at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. A sleek, 4-door gran turismo equipped with 590 electrified horsepower, the E-tron GT melds style, sophistication, and speed into a clearly lust-worthy EV.
Ford “Mach 1”
Officially, this new electric crossover SUV from Ford won’t be called the Mach 1, as was originally rumored. However, its styling is clearly influenced by the Mustang, and when it arrives in 2020 it will be similar in form, if not powertrain format, to vehicles such as the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
Jeep Wrangler PHEV
Popular with people of all ages, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds, whether you’re going off-roading or not, nothing reflects a fun, carefree lifestyle quite like a Jeep Wrangler. And if you’re into electrified rides, you’ll be happy to know that Jeep will start selling a plug-in hybrid version of its popular SUV in 2020, one potentially using the same setup as the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, which supplies more than 30 miles of electric range.
Volvo’s Polestar performance brand has morphed into its electrified luxury performance brand, and the first model you’ll be able to buy is the Polestar 1. Blending clean, Swedish design aesthetics with a 600-hp plug-in hybrid drivetrain powering all four wheels, this appealing 4-seat coupe represents the clip of the electric apex for Volvo.
Wearing a name that roughly translates to “lively young horse,” the Porsche Taycan (ty-con) started life as the Mission E concept. A pure EV, the Taycan marks the start of a new era for Porsche, a 4-door sports coupe that is expected to spawn a crossover sibling and will boast a carbon-neutral production process. The specs? TBD. But rallying legend Walter Röhrl had this to say about a prototype drive: “It’s crazy. In all my years of rallying, I’ve never experienced such performance.”
Rimac C Two
Based in Croatia, Rimac Automobili is led by Mate Rimac, CEO and hypercar visionary. The startup has debuted two sports cars, the Concept One and the C Two. Almost unbelievably, the Rimac C Two delivers 1,914 hp and acceleration to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds, or so says the company. To keep drivers rubber-side-down, a Driving Coach function loads selected racetracks into onboard computers to provide counsel on racing lines, braking points, and more.
Trucks are the most popular vehicles in America, and EV startup Rivian is seizing an opportunity with the planned R1T. Featuring the rugged good looks truck buyers favor, combined with the futuristic details high-end EV buyers thrill over and a driving range of 400 miles, the Rivian R1T’s planned price of less than $70,000 could give high-end pickups a real run for their money.
Tesla showed the world how to build appealing electric cars at scale, and no list of tempting EVs would be complete without at least one of the company models. The upcoming Roadster is exactly that: A sultry high-performance sports car with a claimed 620-mile range and a $200,000 price tag. Go ahead. Reserve yours today. It’ll show up…eventually.