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Hyundai, Kia urged again to recall nearly 3 million crossovers, sedans in U.S. for fire hazard

Automotive Business Review - 12 oct. 2018 - 21:32
The Center for Auto Safety on Friday renewed calls for Hyundai and Kia to recall almost 3 million crossovers and sedans in the U.S. for potential noncollision fire risk.

Tesla seeks patent for 'Teslaquila'

Automotive Business Review - 12 oct. 2018 - 20:49
What started as an April Fools' Day joke that left a poor taste in Tesla investors' mouths may soon become a reality.

Best 2020 New Cars We Can’t Wait to Arrive

China car times - 12 oct. 2018 - 19:10

The automotive industry is arguably heading into an interesting direction with crossovers steadily taking the reign. Furthermore, every automaker worth its salt has already started implementing an electrification strategy that should start bearing fruit come MY 2020. In that regard, even the near future 2020 new cars are radiating the kind of excitement that would otherwise be expected from vehicles scheduled to arrive much, much later. Here, we’ll reflect exclusively on all-new models that have never had the pleasure to grace our roads before and the iconic models that are making a comeback after a prolonged period of absence from the markets. Whether they’re EVs, hybrids or conventional internal combustion models doesn’t really matter; all we care about is that they’re models that either have been absent from our roads for some time or have never seen them. We also won’t discriminate on the respective model’s body style and class basis. Expect a wide range of vehicles from family cars to supercars, but every one of them will instantly earn a special place in many a car enthusiast’s hearts when they roll off the assembly lines in 2020.

Without further ado, here are some of the best 2020 new cars we can expect to see in two years’ time.

2020 Aston Martin DBX (Varekai)

The British automaker is one of the last remaining major luxury and ultra-luxury carmakers without a crossover/SUV in its portfolio. This is about to get rectified soon as their long-anticipated DBX crossover is about to arrive during MY 2020. First announced as the DBX concept back in 2015, the upcoming luxury performance crossover will likely don the Varekai name for production. Speaking of production, it’ll take place at the British automaker’s new assembly in St Athan, Wales, U.K. Unlike the 3-door coupe-crossover the DBX is, the production model will take a more conventional, 5-door form like its competitors. Despite zeroing in on its reveal date, the Varekai is still largely shrouded in mystery. We know it’ll be partially hand-built, so expect its price to reflect the stickers of its more and more widespread competitors like the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, and Maserati Levante.

The exact powertrain lineup is also unknown at this point, but here we have some tangible details at the very least. Simon Sproule, Aston Martin’s vice-president and chief marketing officer, had rejected the possibility of Varekai sporting an electric powertrain. The Varekai’s electrification isn’t entirely excluded for years beyond the inaugural, but the 2020 Aston Martin DBX or Varekai will be exclusively gasoline-powered. The most likely of candidates to fill the vacant engine position within Aston’s newest model comes from the most unlikely of sources. There’s a very good chance of that being the Mercedes-Benz’s mild-hybrid 3.0L straight-six found across the mid-tier AMG 53 lineup. It produces around 450 horsepower which would put the Varekai at a disadvantage compared to its rivals. For that reason, the British will likely up-tune it to a certain level. If they decide to go with it, that is.

2015 Aston Martin DBX concept pictured

2020 Polestar 1 and 2

Established in 1996 as Flash Engineering and rebranded Polestar in 2005 – Volvo’s performance division is finally becoming a brand of its own after being purchased by the Swedes in 2015. Like its parent company, Polestar will emphasize on pragmatic luxury, safety, and performance, but unlike Volvo, it’ll be focusing exclusively on hybrid and electric vehicles. Their first model aptly named Polestar 1 was already showcased prior to its MY 2020 arrival whereas their second vehicle (you guessed it) Polestar 2 should follow closely after. While their first model is a high-performance plug-in hybrid 2-door coupe, the Polestar 2 should become one of the biggest Tesla Model 3 competitors the instant it arrives in the market. Both models are based on Volvo concept cars from the past (2013 Concept Coupe and 2016 40.2 concepts respectively), but they’ll be miles apart when it comes to price and availability. The high-performance Polestar 1 coupe will cost as much as $155,000, whereas the Tesla-fighting Polestar 2 EV sedan could well start from just under $40,000.

The Polestar 1 combines Volvo’s proven 2.0L turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder petrol engine up front with a duo of electric motors combining for a total of 215 horsepower at the back. Together with a 34 kWh battery pack, they generate as much as 600 horsepower while providing 150 miles of electric-only range according to the overly optimistic NEDC cycle. Only 500 units will be produced and potential buyers will be able to acquire them through either a flat-out conventional purchase or a new subscription plan which aims to attract a younger audience which is otherwise not overly enthusiastic about owning a car. The Polestar 2, on the other hand, boasts as much as 350 miles of all-electric range and a total of around 400 horsepower. This is the range-topping model which should cost around $60,000, though. The entry-level models will likely offer fewer amenities, less power, and shorter range. They too will be available through Polestar’s subscription plan, but no matter how you get your hands on one, there’s no doubt these are going to be some of the most exciting 2020 new cars headed our way.

2020 Ford Bronco

Back by popular demand according to blue oval brass – the iconic nameplate returns in 2020 after two and a half decades of absence. The 2020 Ford Bronco will be neither the compact off-roading 4X4 SUV of the early days nor the bulky full-sizer from the SUV’s later years. Instead, it’ll be a contemporary intermediate underpinned by the Ranger pickup platform. However, Ford still intends to pit it directly against the Jeep Wrangler which can mean only one thing – the modern Bronco will be one highly capable off-roader for sure. It would seem it’ll also come with a removable top, and possibly even in a 2-door setup. The 4-door Bronco is a sure thing, though. Furthermore, in order to successfully challenge the Wrangler, the next-gen Bronco will be fitted with the same front and rear Dana axles with AdvanTEK gear technology like its adversary. Whether the front ones will be solid or independent, remains to be seen.

The 2020 Ford Bronco’s powertrain lineup has yet to be revealed, but there’s a number of powerful yet efficient EcoBoost mills to choose from. Considering it shares both the platform and assembly plant with the Ranger pickup, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if it gets the same family of engines as well. For now, this means a 300-horsepower 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A slightly larger 2.7L EcoBoost V6 could also be on the cards for both the Bronco and Ranger, further down the line. Expect the 2020 Ford Bronco to finally arrive to dealers during late 2019 with stickers starting in the low $30,000 figures. After so many agonizing years of torture, the all-new Bronco better be one of the best 2020 new vehicles around. Otherwise, Ford will have a lot of angry Bronco fanatics to answer to.

Rendering from the Bronco 6G forums

2020 Porsche Taycan

First unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show as the Mission E concept, the first all-electric Porsche vehicle is finally set to appear in 2020. The high-performance EV has been given a production name which doesn’t sound particularly pleasing. Roughly translated to a “lively young horse,” the Taycan name does fit well with everything the German company stands for, though. After all, their logo depicts a prancing horse upon the Free People’s State of Württemberg crest and, considering it’s a Porsche, the Taycan will definitely be “lively.” Despite representing a step out of the German manufacturer’s comfort zone, the Taycan won’t differ from other Porsche models in terms of styling. The 4-door coupe shouldn’t be confused with the Panamera, but they’ll at least have one thing in common – price. Expect the Taycan to start from the mid-$80,000 range and climb to almost $200,000 with all the performance, safety and luxury equipment included.

The 2020 Porsche Taycan will be offered with two battery capacity options and three different power outputs. In addition to 80 kWh and 95 kWh batteries, the Taycan should be able to generate either 402 hp, 536 hp, or 670 hp. The powertrain that enables such intriguing figures consists of a couple of electric motors on each axle which provides the Taycan with all-wheel drive. Moreover, the most powerful of the available setups should be able to propel the Taycan to 60 mph from a standing start in just 3.5 seconds. The total range will depend on the chosen setup itself, but the Germans certainly won’t let us down. In addition, they’re working on an all-new ultra-fast 800-volt charger network which should be able to provide around 250 miles of battery life after only a 15-minute stop at the station. The future looks bright indeed and the Porsche Taycan will definitely be one of the best upcoming 2020 new cars around.

2020 Rimac C_Two

It might have a rather unconventional name spelling and it might be coming from the most unlikely of places, but there’s nothing uninteresting about the Croatian company’s second hypercar. The Rimac C_Two came to, saw, and conquered the 2018 Geneva auto show with a combination of immaculate design, highly-advanced technology, and otherworldly performance. The EV supercar company’s second model even eclipses the notorious Rimac Concept One, which almost took Richard Hammond from us, in almost every segment. Only 150 units will be built and sold for a staggering $2 million or thereabouts depending on exchange rates. Unsurprisingly, the company says almost all of them have already been spoken for. The exorbitant price tag is there for numerous reasons including the almost fully carbon-fiber-built body and Level 4 autonomous capability with artificial intelligence.

But the Rimac C_Two’s most expensive bit has to be the 1,888-horsepower powertrain consisting of four electric motors – one at each wheel. The latest of the all-electric hypercars also sports a 120-kWh Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide battery pack which allows it slightly north of 400 miles of range according to the NEDC cycle. The EPA figures will be lower, but still impressive as they’ll likely translate to something between 300 and 350 miles of range. With seamlessly all the ponies in the world under its – well, not hood – the 2020 Rimac C_Two is capable of accelerating to 60 mph from a standstill in just 1.85 seconds. It’ll also max out at 256 mph making it one of the fastest production cars in the world at the moment. Fastest or not, the 2020 Rimac C_Two is certainly among the best new cars 2020 will have to offer.

2020 Tesla Roadster

It didn’t take the Rimac C_Two long to beat the fastest acceleration of any production vehicle in history. That record was, for a brief time, held by the new Tesla Roadster which was revealed at the Tesla Semi event in 2017, in spectacular fashion. Elon Musk’s second take on the Roadster name is supposed to be much more successful than the first one. The Roadster Mk2 should, by all means, be the most advanced Tesla model yet, and one of the most advanced and best 2020 new cars at the same time. The stylish 2+2 roadster with a glass roof should become one of the most unique supercars on the market the moment it arrives. This should happen in 2020, but knowing the California-based company’s punctuality, we wouldn’t exclude a later date just yet. When it does arrive, the next-gen Tesla Roadster will cost around $200,000.

Not only will the new Tesla Roadster come with an exorbitant price tag, but with ample power and range to boot. Thanks to three electric motors (one up front and two out back), the Roadster will be able to hit the 60 mph mark from a standing start in just 1.9 seconds while maxing out at around 250 mph. Thanks to its large 200 kWh battery pack, on the other hand, it should provide as much as 620 miles of range if driven relatively lightly. Not only will it be ludicrously fast, but equally tech-savvy as well. It is expected that Tesla will include their latest autonomous driving technology in the mix, but who would want to pass up the opportunity of enjoying the ultimate EV’s ride the proper way?

2020 Genesis GV80

The youngest South Korean car manufacturer currently operating on the U.S. market is finally expanding its range with long-anticipated all-new crossovers. The first of the two new upcoming vehicles will be the mid-size luxury Genesis GV80 poised to give the likes of BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Mercedes-Benz GLS Class cause for concern. The 2020 Genesis GV80 will either be underpinned by a stretched Hyundai Santa Fe platform or a modified in-house rear-wheel-drive platform that’s currently underpinning the Genesis sedans. It’s safe to say that the final product will differ from the GV80 Concept unveiled in New York in 2017. It should adopt the Genesis sedan’s design cues while sporting the Santa Fe’s overall shape. Continuing with their audience-winning strategy, the Koreans will likely offer their typical ‘better-than-the-industry-standard’ warranty and maintenance conditions alongside a price that undercuts that of its competitors.

Being the largest of the upcoming Genesis models, the 2020 GV80 will likely be offered with the company’s most powerful engines. In practice, that means a modern 3.3L twin-turbo V6 and a traditional 5.0L V8 option. The former will produce 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, whereas the latter should be good enough for 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Expect a modern 8-speed automatic unit as its sole transmission option. The Genesis GV80 might not be one of the most anticipated new arrivals for MY 2020 in the general population’s eyes, but that’s only due to the South Korean luxury brand’s general obscurity. If they continue to offer pure quality and refinement they’ve been offering to date, they won’t remain obscure for long. And the GV80 will deservedly be able to find its own spot under the sun.

Genesis GV80 concept pictured

2020 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

Marketed for three decades between the early sixties and early nineties – the Wagoneer nameplate remains one of Jeep’s most storied models alongside the larger Grand Wagoneer. Much like the Ford Bronco and Chevy Blazer, the Wagoneers are making a comeback after being absent from the market since the nineties. The modern take on the iconic models definitely won’t be a trip down the nostalgia lane, but shouldn’t come as a surprise either. The Wagoneer will ride on a shorter wheelbase whereas the Grand Wagoneer will, of course, ride on a longer wheelbase providing FCA with a long-anticipated dedicated three-row SUV. They’ll compete with other domestic body-on-frame full-size SUVs like the Escalade and Navigator which means they’ll be the most expensive and luxurious Jeep models to date.

It’s still unclear what kind of powertrains FCA is considering when it comes to the Jeep Wagoneer duo, but considering they’ll ride on the next-gen Ram 1500 truck platform, their respective engines will probably reflect the same idea. In other words, this probably means they’ll be powered by the HEMI V8 duo of 5.7L and 6.4L mills with a 3.6L V6 on the side as an entry-level offering. The latter might end up being exclusive with the shorter wheelbase Wagoneer, whereas the Grand Wagoneer could be limited to HEMI’s. That’s not everything, though, because the FCA has been looking for new ways to utilize their SRT Hellcat mill for a while now. The upcoming 2020 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (likely labeled Trackhawk) will be a perfect fit for it – especially since it’ll be tied to the strengthened ZF’s 8-speed automatic transmission. Have FCA brass missed their moment with the large three-row SUV? We’ll know as soon as the Wagoneers roll off the assembly lines.

Jeep Yuntu concept pictured

2020 Toyota Supra

One of the most cherished Japanese tuners is finally making a long-awaited comeback, but no one’s still sure when. Developed in a partnership with BMW, the fifth-gen Supra will definitely arrive after its Bavarian stablemate, the BMW Z4. The earliest window for the Supra would then be somewhere during mid-2019 which was enough for us to list it among the most anticipated, and probably the best MY 2020 new cars. Unlike the Toyota 86 which sports a smallish rear seat, the first freshly produced Supra in 15 years will have no such burdens. Strictly a 2-seater, the Toyota Supra Mk5 will sport a wheelbase that’s 4 inches shorter than that of the 86. Moreover, it’ll cost between two and three times more than the Japanese automaker’s other sports car. The exact price will allegedly amount to a hefty $63,500. The final product will very much resemble the GR Supra Racing concept presented at the 2018 Geneva show which explains the high sticker to some extent.

The result of the aforementioned cooperation with the BMW will be the 2020 Toyota Supra’s powertrain. Although it won’t feature a sweet and tunable Toyota in-house powertrain like the legendary 1JZ and 2JZ family of engines, the Supra will still receive a turbocharged 3.0L inline-six with ample of power to spare. The BMW’s unit should develop around 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist. Entry-level models will, however, come with the German automaker’s 2.0L turbo four capable of producing 262 ponies. Sadly, it would seem that the Mk5 Supra won’t be available with a manual gearbox. Instead, every new owner will have to settle for the 8-speed automatic supplied by the ZF which will route all of Supra’s horses to the rear. The stronger of the two engines should be able to propel the sports car’s 3,248 pounds of weight to the 60 mph mark in just 4.5 seconds.

GR Supra Racing concept pictured

2020 Jeep Scrambler

The beloved division’s first pickup truck since the discontinuation of the XJ Cherokee-based Comanche back in 1992 is almost ready for production after years of development and the plethora of rumors that had accompanied it. It’s still unclear if the Scrambler name is actually going to be pulled out of retirement for the Jeep’s first pickup in a quarter of a century, but we do know that it’s based on the JL Wrangler that debuted in 2018. It’ll not only share the new Wrangler’s platform but the overall styling as well. Furthermore, the Jeep Wrangler pickup will also sport removable doors and top, and a fold-down windshield – much like its SUV sibling. However, the pickup version of the Wrangler SUV will look further for suspension. This it’ll find in the next-gen Ram 1500 pickup. The 2020 Jeep Scrambler should be priced similarly to Wrangler, but it’ll probably be available in fewer trim options.

The Scrambler’s powertrain lineup should be very similar to that of the SUV as well. A 3.6L V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque should be standard from the get-go, while the initial option list should include another petrol and diesel alternative as well. The former will be the Wrangler’s 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder capable of making 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, whereas the latter 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 cranks up 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Considering FCA is introducing a mild-hybrid system into the conventional Wrangler lineup, the same should be expected from the pickup version of the SUV. Eagerly anticipated and thoroughly inspirational, the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Pickup (Scrambler) should easily take its place among the best new vehicles 2020 is bringing our way.

Jeep Wrangler Pickup rendering from the Jeep Scrambler Forum

35 finalists to vie for 2019 Automotive News PACE Awards

Automotive Business Review - 12 oct. 2018 - 18:00
Auto-parts suppliers specializing in sensor technology, artificial intelligence and connected mobility are among the 35 finalists for the 2019 Automotive News PACE Awards, announced Friday.

Why lithium supplies will stay tight for years

Automotive Business Review - 12 oct. 2018 - 16:47
The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand, a top industry executive says.

8 of the Best 2020 Electric Cars

China car times - 12 oct. 2018 - 15:10

It would seem that the age of electric cars is finally upon us as every automaker that wants to be taken seriously is planning on heavily electrifying its lineup during the next decade. Some of them will go as far as to offer more electric and hybrid than conventional models by the time everything is said and done. In fact, projections show that battery-powered cars could account for more than 20 percent of new cars in the U.S. by 2030. All this considered, the number of upcoming hybrid and electric cars for MY 2020 is quite significant. Here, we’ll take a peek at what the best upcoming 2020 electric cars might be. We’ll only consider conventional cars this time (sedans, hatchbacks, coupes, roadsters, and wagons), as the best hybrid and electric SUVs and crossovers 2020 will bring our way are covered in a separate article. Furthermore, we won’t shy away from including a hypercar or two as well.

08. 2020 Polestar 2

Volvo’s performance division is asserting candidacy for becoming a brand of its own. They’re planning on introducing no fewer than four all-new models by the time 2020 is over. The first of them – aptly named Polestar 1 – should roll off the factory lines in early 2019, whereas the second one is scheduled to arrive later on as a 2020-year model. What they’re lacking in names, the Polestars should deliver in quality and performance. Unlike the exorbitantly expensive Polestar 1 hybrid sports coupe, the Polestar 2 should slot right in with the Tesla Model 3 and start from around $40,000 before the incentives. It well-enough presumes to become one of the best all-electric 2020 electric cars on the market and we can’t wait to see the weight it punches at.

The compact all-electric sedan will pose a serious threat to the Tesla Model 3. Not only will it be similarly priced, but it’ll sport as much as 350 miles of range while adding around 400 horsepower into the mix. Those are the initial specs of the more advanced models which should cost as much as $60,000, however. The model with smaller battery specifications still hasn’t been disclosed. The final product should draw inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 Concept unveiled in 2016. In any case, it will be built on their Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA). Although most people don’t associate the Polestar brand with its parent company immediately, everyone can see that the Swedes are finally catching up with the big players in the luxury car market. After the latest XC90 and S90 have finally pushed their luxury and quality to another level, the Polestars should position them as one of the major players on the EV market.

Volvo 40.2 Concept pictured

07. 2020 BMW i4

The aforementioned Polestar 1 won’t be the only Tesla Model 3 fighter ready by 2020. After unveiling the i Vision Dynamics Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the Germans announced the concept’s production successor at the 2018 Geneva show. It’ll don the i4 name which isn’t surprising considering the German automaker’s first mass-produced electric car – the i3 – has been available since 2013. The 2020 BMW i4 should retain the concept’s 4-door fastback styling and a few small details, but should be heavily revised in order to meet the industry’s standards. It should cost more than the Tesla Model 3, and likely the Polestar 2 as well. However, the Bavarians can’t afford to push its price tag too high, so expect the entry-level models to start from less than $40,000 after incentives. If all comes together as planned, consider this one of the more formidable choices on the 2020 electric cars market.

The i Vision Dynamics Concept was able to achieve a healthy 370 miles on a single charge, but the Germans were referring to the more-lax European NEDC cycle figures. In American-EPA terms, that would translate to around 300 miles on a single charge. The upcoming BMW i4, however, will reportedly be able to travel between 340 and 435 miles on a single charge. Those are still the NEDC figures, but the larger battery pack models are evidently going to give the Tesla Model 3 a run for its money. The remaining specs and details are yet to be revealed and more should be known after one of the early 2019 auto shows. The same goes for the remainder of the BMW i range which should be completely filled out in the next few years. The BMW i5 should be the first one to follow the i4, alongside the iX3 all-electric crossover, but those are stories for another time.

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept pictured

06. 2020 Pininfarina PF0

The fabled Italian coachbuilder and design studio is preparing to enter the world of hypercars with the mystery-shrouded PF0. Considering they’ve built some of the most iconic Italian sports and supercars over the years, this was the only fitting way to enter the market for the venerable automotive house. The upcoming 2020 Pininfarina PF0 was first revealed at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (albeit at a private showing), so most details are still sketchy at best. It is believed the Italian hypercar will be built upon the latest EV platform from Rimac which needs no introduction among electric supercar enthusiasts. Only 150 units are scheduled to be built and their price tag will probably break the seven-digit barrier. The PF0 should be publicly unveiled at the 2019 Geneva show by which time we’ll know, more or less, every important detail about what’ll surely be one of the most extreme and best 2020 electric cars.

The full 2020 Pininfarina PF0 specifications haven’t been revealed yet, but we know the electric hypercar should be able to generate between 1,500 and 2,000 horsepower thanks to a number of electric motors (most likely one at each wheel). The Italians did go out with the hypercar’s official top speed, 0 to 60 time and range, though. The Pininfarina PF0 will max out at around 250 mph while accelerating to 60 mph from a standstill in under 2 seconds. Furthermore, a fully charged battery should be able to take it on an impressive 310-mile long trip, but certainly not by pushing the car to its very limits. Driving under full throttle will likely drain the battery juice in a matter of minutes. Stay tuned in order to get further info on the majestic carbon-fiber Italian beast that may very well be the fastest of the 2020 EVs headed our way.

Pininfarina H2 SPEED Concept pictured

05. 2020 Rimac C_Two

Speaking of hypercars and Rimac in particular, the Croatian EV hypercar company recently rocked the automotive world by revealing their latest model, the C_Two. The newest addition to their supercar portfolio was, however, almost sold out three weeks after the initial release which took place at the 2018 Geneva motor show. In other words, almost 150 lucky buyers (C_Two will be limited to 150 units) were willing and able to splash close to $2 million in order to acquire the ludicrous electric hypercar. The 2020 Rimac C_Two boasts numerous state-of-the-art bits and pieces in order to justify its exorbitant price tag. A full carbon-fiber body is one of them, while large carbon-ceramic brakes, double wishbone suspension with electronically controlled dampers and active ride height, all-wheel torque vectoring, and Level 4 autonomous driving with artificial intelligence complete the pretty picture. Of the 2020 hybrid and electric cars headed to market, this is definitely the most capable.

The most astounding detail of the Rimac C_Two, however, is its performance. The all-electric hypercar boasts four separate electric motors (one at each wheel) and a 120-kWh integrated battery pack that’s generating as much as 1.4 MW of electric power. Thanks to that, the Rimac C_Two is capable of cranking up an otherworldly 1,888 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of twist. Furthermore, they allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 4.3 seconds. The top speed of 258 mph shouldn’t pose a problem for the supercar’s highly advanced liquid-cooled thermal management systems which means that performance drops due to overheating will be kept to a minimum. The 2020 Rimac C_Two should be able to travel up to 404 miles on a single charge according to the European NEDC measurements which is quite an impressive feat.

04. 2020 Porsche Taycan (Porsche Mission E)

If the name doesn’t ring any bells, all you need to know is that the Taycan is actually the official production name for the Porsche Mission E concept first unveiled in 2015. The 2020 Porsche Taycan should become the first in the long line of future Porsche all-electric performance cars which was the Mission E’s mission at its inauguration as well. At first glance, nothing’s changed apart from the name. However, the fact the Germans had baptized one of their most interesting concept cars in recent years speaks a lot more than that. The name roughly translates to “lively young horse” which makes sense after one quick glance at the Porsche crest. The Taycan will ride on a platform of its own despite resembling the Panamera. The all-electric sedan will, however, be priced similarly to the Panamera which means it should start from just below $90,000.

The German automaker’s pedigree should ensure the 2020 Porsche Taycan doesn’t become just another zero-emissions performance car. The Taycan will ride like any Porsche which promises lots of fun behind the wheel to all of its future owners. What’s more, the Taycan will come in three different tunes ranging from 402 hp, over 536 hp, to the range-topping 670 hp models. The concept itself generates 605 ponies thanks to a couple of electric motors on each axle and a large battery pack. The production model will come with at least two different battery size options, if not more. The Porsche Taycan should be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds. Its battery recharge times should be even quicker, though. The Germans are promising an optional 800-volt charging system that should be able to provide around 250 miles in just 15 minutes of charging. A truly astonishing time to be alive – and a car enthusiast, to boot – these 2020 electric cars are absolutely guaranteed to shake the industry in a way like never before.

Porsche Mission E Concept pictured

03. 2020 Tesla Roadster

It hasn’t yet gotten to the moon and back, but the prototype Tesla Roadster Mk2 is definitely out there, somewhere. Launched into orbit via SpaceX’s latest rocket, code-named Falcon Heavy, the space Roadster represents one of the most daring (and expensive) publicity stunts the auto industry has ever seen. Considering how spectacular the new Tesla Roadster is turning out to be, Elon Musk could have definitely saved himself some money. The Roadster’s specifications alone should be a sufficing selling point. The electric sports car is promising to become one of the fastest-accelerating production cars ever to hit the roads, if not the fastest-accelerating mass-produced car in history.

The 2020 Tesla Roadster should be able to hit the 60 mph mark from a standing start in just 1.9 seconds while accelerating to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds. What’s more, it’ll be able to max out at around 250 mph which is another one of its speed records at the moment.  The second Tesla Roadster manages to achieve these remarkable feats by using a huge 200 kWh battery pack and no fewer than three electric motors for the total power output that should amount to around 1,000 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of torque. The power output figures are only estimates at the moment, but Elon Musk himself has confirmed that its most daring car to date will be able to travel up to 620 miles on a single charge. Needless to say, you’d need to have a soft right foot in order to achieve that. When it finally arrives, the Tesla Roadster Mk2 will cost around $200,000 to begin with and instantly become one of the most superb 2020 electric cars on the market.

02. 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E

The premium British automaker is yet another manufacturer ready to try its luck in the EV game. Surprisingly, they’re doing so by adapting the oldest vehicle currently available in their portfolio to new all-electric standards. The Aston Martin Rapide has been around since 2010 which, in ultra-luxury sedan years, borders on senior citizenship. Before the British finally update their luxury fastback sedan, they’ll treat it with one last bang, however. The upcoming Aston Martin Rapide E stems from the Rapide S which, in turn, represents an updated original Rapide and sports a completely overhauled chassis in order to squeeze in a different sort of powertrain than the Rapide S’ gargantuan 6.0L V12. The first Aston Martin all-electric car has already been sold out, which doesn’t come as a surprise since the company decided to only build 155 units. The price hasn’t been disclosed, but considering all units have already been spoken for, it hardly matters anyway. For the record, rumor has it that it actually stood at around $250,000.

In place of the aforementioned 550-horsepower V12 mill, the 2020 Aston Martin Rapide E fits two electric motors and a large battery pack worthy of 610 horsepower, 700 pound-feet of torque, and over 200 miles of range. The company says a 400-volt fast charger should be more than capable of providing up to 185 miles in an hour of charging. The Aston Martin Rapide E is not an electric sports car by any means, but it should still be capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. One also has to take a look at the bigger picture when it comes to the Rapide E. It’s the very first zero-emissions Aston Martin, but it definitely won’t be the last. In fact, the British are pushing into the EV market with staunch fervor and we can only expect more from them in the future. A future which looks lightning bright, if I might add.

01. 2020 Fisker EMotion

Fisker is an automaker mostly known for all the wrong reasons since their first project – a very ambitious one to boot – was destined to fail. The unlucky Fisker Karma luxury sedan might be gone from this world together with the company – which went under – but Henrik Fisker is obviously not someone who’s willing to back down from a fight. He recently started over with another creatively-named company and announced a new project – another 4-door sedan with sports car aesthetics. One would have thought the Danish investor spending his days in LA had learned his lesson, but you gotta give him credit for persistence. The EMotion has already been presented at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show and it looks stunning, although still not exactly production-ready. In particular, the production version won’t feature the rear butterfly doors which are more complex to produce than one would be lead to believe. But the Fisker EMotion’s aesthetics are just the tip of the iceberg.

One of the most intriguing upcoming 2020 electric cars might just become the first production vehicle with a solid-state battery pack. A technology that’s been limited to small, usually wearable electronics might become the next big thing in the automotive world. And it’s all thanks to an apparent breakthrough achieved by Fisker engineers. If they manage to get the next-gen battery technology ready in time, the EMotion will feature a battery pack more potent than anything else currently on the market, and much lighter at the same time. Solid-state battery, however, likely won’t make it in time for inaugural models which should instead sport LG Chem’s 140 kWh units. Regardless, the company promises up to 400 miles of range on a single charge and even more when the solid-state battery becomes a reality. The Fisker EMotion can be pre-ordered by putting a $2,000 deposit on it, while the final product should cost around $130,000 if nothing unforeseeable happens.

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