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October 2019

Here at GVI Electric, we’re an electric car dealer with an enthusiasm for electric cars that would rival the same enthusiasm most motorheads feel for ICE cars. We’re witnessing the exponential growth of an increasingly relevant industry, and now that a lot of the world’s automotive manufacturers have caught on, there are a lot of up-and-coming vehicles to be excited about.

With 2020 on the horizon, we’re keen to go through some of the best and brightest of the upcoming models. From the latest high-performance Tesla to the impressive debut of China’s Byton brand, we go through the top five vehicles storming the coming year.

The Tesla Model Y

As an evolution of one of the most incredible lines of electric cars so far, the Tesla Model Y marks a huge advancement in electric car technology. It flies from a standstill to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, so this car is just as fun to drive (if not more so) as all of the previous incarnations. Two independent induction motors look after the front and back sets of wheels, controlling the torque and resulting in buttery-smooth handling.

Tesla has kept its traditional frame and chassis, built for safety and a low centre of gravity to improve handling on corners. Not only that, it’s an ideal family car. Seven seats, 1.9 cubic metres of cargo space, and an incredibly robust impact protection system will keep your family safe and happy at all times on the road.

We love the Tesla Model Y for its versatility, functionality, and for its new occupation as the flagship of the electric car industry. It’s the brand that proves to everyone, sceptics and enthusiasts alike, that an electric vehicle can be a fantastic car while remaining emissions-free. (Although the benefits are reflected in the cost.) Furthermore, it demonstrates that range anxiety is becoming a thing of the past. 540km will pass before you need to recharge this beauty, and you can regain half of that distance back with a supercharger in as little as fifteen minutes.

Need we say more?


The Byton M-Byte

From legacy line to rookie newcomer, 2020 has a lot in store for the electric vehicle industry. The Byton M-Byte electric vehicle falls into the latter category, as the first release from brand new Chinese electric car company Byton. The company has promised the world a series production of this SUV in 2020, and other brands are preparing for another true competitor to join the ranks. Let’s take a look at the specs:

  • Top speed of 190km/h.
  • Rear-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive trims.
  • 80% DC Charge in 35 minutes.
  • Range of 550km.

All of these specifications rival the top-of-the-line models currently occupying the electric ranks, but Byton has made it clear that they plan to offer their vehicles at a lower price.

What really makes this car interesting, though, is its degree of technological integration. Byton is calling this SUV a “digital living space”, and has incorporated the newest technology into every facet of this car. Instead of the traditional physical buttons, drivers will control their M-Bytes using a plethora of touch screens, gestures, and voice commands. Not only that, the car will detect and respond to potential threats with its “Smart Gateway”, while simultaneously providing customised cabin settings through the Byton ID system. With the M-Byte, we go from drivers to users.

The Fisker EMotion 

As Henry Fisker has said, “the electric vehicle renaissance has truly begun – one that must be met with both timeless, yet futuristic form and hyper-intelligent function”. With the EMotion, Fisker delivers on this principle.

The company has taken the electric car aesthetic in an entirely new direction, demanding that we bring the timeless, classic trims of the most beloved ICE cars and create an electric car that does it better. The interior of the EMotion is a study in classic beauty, with a tan leather trim and steel fixings that strike the balance between future and past.

In terms of performance, Fisker has not compromised at all. The EMotion goes from dead still to 100km/h in less than three seconds, launching itself toward a top speed of 260km/h. Despite this high-octane performance, owners won’t have to constantly stop and recharge, as Fisker claims an electric range of 650km. If that holds true, it will make the EMotion a top-performer in the field of electric range.

This car is performance incarnate, an electric Lamborghini with the trim of a Jaguar, and the emissions of neither.

The Polestar 2

Polestar is Volvo’s electric offspring, and it’s going to be making its mark in 2020. An integral aspect of their philosophy is performance, as we saw with their flagship Polestar 1, and their upcoming second son is sure to be even better.

Early specs are as follows:

  • Powerful independent motors for front and rear axle drive.
  • Targeted range of 500km.
  • 6600Nm of torque from the high-performance optimised electric drivetrain.
  • Symbiotic battery to improve handling, while remaining exceptionally silent.

If you compare this car to brands like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, you won’t discover any weak points. It runs with the big boys without delivering any of the same emissions. Even its silhouette speaks to the hidden grunt, with a fastback body shape to reduce the drag co-efficient and slice through the air.

There are a number of incredibly fun features on this car, including the panoramic roof that promises gorgeous sky views at all times, reduced solar radiation and dimmed glare. Seamless digital integration seems to be the catch-all theme for new, future-proofed electric cars, and the Polestar certainly does not fall behind in this regard thanks to phone-based recognition software and an 11.15-inch tough display at the driver’s fingertips.

In this car you can speed to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, keep going to the future, and you won’t look at all out of place.

Rivian R1T Pickup

Now for something a little bit different. When most people picture an electric vehicle, a Prius immediately comes to mind, or perhaps even a sleek Tesla hatchback. Not many can reconcile the concept of an electric pick-up truck. The concepts of grunt-work and electric power have historically been on opposite ends of the spectrum. But next year, Rivian is going to take those assumptions apart.

Their brand new R1T all-electric pick-up truck demonstrates an electrifying amalgamation of performance, power, and environmental care. This beauty can put out up to 750 horses and tow up to almost 5000kg, absolutely no problem. The quadruple motor system puts this car on the map in terms of off-road control, and you can put the R1T in up to a metre of water without any issues. Combine these traits with the 650km of electric range, and there’s nowhere you cannot go with R1T.

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