Aww yiss! Electrical automobiles with a spread of greater than 200 miles have gotten the norm
This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean the fleet report, a publication that provides readers with the information they need to switch to the best fuel economy cars and trucks, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.
Ford Mach-E Hits 300; VW ID.4 250; Charging the Volvo XC40 208
Range and the associated fear continue to dominate discussions about electric vehicles. That discussion is about to rise to a new level as three major new electric vehicles received their official EPA certifications this week.
The Mach-E will have a range of 300 miles on some models
The three electric crossovers – Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen’s ID.4, and Volvo’s XC40 Recharge – all got numbers over 200, with a Mach-E model promising a range of 300 miles. Of course, we know mileage will vary in practice, but the EPA numbers provide a common benchmark for consumers to compare apples to apples. We’re going to be throwing in the Tesla Model Y EPA numbers as they are part of the competition for these cars.
Here is the list of newcomers:
- Tesla Model Y AWD long-distance performance – 75 kilowatt-hour battery, 19-inch wheels
- Tesla Model Y AWD long-range power – 75 kWh pack, 21-inch wheels
- Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD Extended Range – 300 Miles (88 kWh Pack)
- Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD Extended Range – 270 Miles (88 kWh Pack)
- Volkswagen ID.4 RWD – 82 kWh pack
- Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD standard range – 68 kWh pack
- Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD standard range – 68 kWh pack
- Volvo XC40 Recharge AWD – 78 kWh pack (208 miles)
Take the battery numbers with some of the same grains of salt as the range numbers. Not all companies use the same measurement, so the area numbers are the only thing you can really compare in this table.
Other new competitors are pushing for the number envelope, although official EPA numbers have not yet been released. The Lucid Air sedan claims a range of 517 miles. Rivian says its pickup will come in two versions – one with a range greater than 300 miles and another with a range greater than 400 miles – with a $ 10,000 premium. GM said its electric vehicles, based on its new architecture and second generation batteries, will all have a range of more than 400 miles.
Tesla’s Model S just received a software boost that increased its range to 402 miles. Elon Musk said last week he expects more models in the 400-mile range and believes his new smaller model could offer 1,000 kilometers of range. The Tesla Model S plaid variant due next year should have a range of more than 500 miles.
The reach of the new models could be exactly what the industry needs to build a new wave of EV adoption.
For the models discussed, it is a mixed bag as far as the market is concerned. The Tesla Model Y is already available. Some of the first Ford Mustang Mach-E models will be shipping later this year, as Volvo has promised for the XC40 Recharge (although mixed signals have emerged on these dates). The first edition of the Volkswagen ID.4 Crossover should appear in the first quarter of 2021. Lucid Air debuts in the second quarter. The first GMC “New Wave” EV, the GMC Hummer, is slated to ship before the end of 2021, while the original model of the Rivian will be released around the same time, although both are limited editions. All ordered now will not be on the market until 2022.
The most popular Rivian
While most of the early models mentioned above are crossovers / SUVs, it looks like pickups are just as popular with electric models as they are with internal combustion engine models. The launch edition of the Hummer was sold out, as was the Rivian. Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado electrics will come as early as 2022. One indicator is the configurator for the Rivian models – one a pickup and one an SUV – with similar prices. Early results reported in one of the popular communities showed that the R1T pickup model outperforms the R1S SUV model by almost two to one – 63.2%. to 36.8%.
The Tesla Cybertruck was left out of the above discussions, and according to the company it will hit the market late next year at a price well below the Rivian or Hummer (for entry-level models). Reservations are cheap ($ 100) and refundable, and number in the hundreds of thousands. Based on Tesla’s Model 3 experience, this is likely to result in a significant number of asterisks in the market forecasts for the other electric vehicle manufacturers. The bottom line is that we have an abundance of riches ahead of us – electric crossovers and pickups that are rewriting the automotive landscape with competitiveness and prices that make them even more appealing to consumers than electric vehicles up to this point. It’ll be fun to watch – and we’ll be right in the middle of it.
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Published on December 23, 2020 – 01:00 UTC