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June 2020

The increase in popularity for eco-friendly cars over the past few years has been astounding. Global EV sales reached over seven million units last year, and the industry’s growth is not slowing down. Among other things, that means that more automakers are joining the electric movement than ever before.

That makes 2020 a very exciting year for the EV community! There are many electric vehicles coming down the pipeline with incredible innovations in store for all, and in this blog post, we’re going to take a look at three particularly exciting SUVs. Get the lowdown on the Tesla Model Y, the BMW iX3, and the Ford Mach-E SUV.

Luxury and Handling: The BMW iX3

This SUV crossover has been designed with one thing in mind: driving pleasure. Getting behind the wheel of a car should be a joyful experience, and BMW is cutting no corners when it comes to their sparky new front-runner.

Talk of a luxurious drive is refreshing when discussing electric cars. Often, the focus is on making the car almost exactly like a gasoline-driven car, rather than utilising the benefits of an electric drivetrain to make something quiet and smooth to drive.

No revving, a regenerative braking setup, and the superior handling that is characteristic of BMW makes the iX3 a beautiful drive. Of course, this iconic brand has not compromised on performance for the sake of this sumptuous vehicle. You can enjoy a 210kW drivetrain with a smooth 70kWh that will carry you four hundred kilometres on a single charge.

Performance and Distance: The Tesla Model Y

It is the crucible of Tesla to one-up their own creations, and time and time again, they have risen to the challenge admirably.

The new Model Y is a compact SUV crossover with three trims: Standard, Long-Range, and Performance. Regardless of the trim you choose, this car is nothing short of fantastical, but for the sake of brevity, we’ll only be looking at the specs for the Performance model.

The 7-seater Tesla Model Y Performance trim will shoot from 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds, with two individual motors controlling the front and back wheels, allowing the ultimate control no matter what your speed. On a single charge, you can enjoy 540km of range. Plus, the versatile seating and storage options to accommodate both cargo and passengers—the ultimate electric car for Kiwi roadies.

It’s setting the bar for a new generation of SUVs that incorporate luxury, economy, and an environmental concern. Advanced reservations for the first line of production started late in 2019, and the first Model Ys will be hitting streets in February of 2020.

Power and Torque: The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

Finally, we cannot neglect the occurrence of the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT. This is Ford’s solution to an environmentally friendly Mustang; just take out the V8, replace it with an electric motor that has some very big shoes to fill, and turn it into an SUV. If the Nissan Leaf had an antithesis, this would be it.

According to the statistics released thus far, the motor they’ve put into this SUV is rumoured to live up to its gasoline-powered predecessor. Unfortunately, we don’t have as much data as we would like, as the Mach-E GT is only slated to hit showrooms in late 2020. However, what we do know is exciting enough:

  • A 400-kilometre range on a single charge.
  • 0 to 100km/h in approximately 3.5 seconds.
  • A ridiculous amount of torque that earns that GT badge.

On top of all of that, the GT also features front-loading storage and All-Wheel Drive. In other words, this car has something for everyone, and we cannot wait to start seeing it on the streets.

Keep up to date with the latest turnings in the world of electric vehicles.

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