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16.04.2020 | 8 minutes

The new electric cars: These models are raring to go

The car manufacturers have planned many new models for 2020. After all, the demand for e-mobility continues to grow. New electric cars are available from VW, Porsche, and of course Tesla.

The next few years are key years for electric cars: They need to prove themselves suitable for mass production and everyday use. It’s what the national and state governments are looking for and are strengthening e-mobility by providing subsidies for electric cars and charging stations.

2020 is also the first year in which the limits on CO2 emissions for vehicle fleets set by the E.U. will become binding. Car manufacturers must comply with the fleet limit of 95 grams per kilometer; otherwise, they will have to pay the E.U. fines from 2021. For this reason, it is high time to launch new electric cars for all customer segments. Here you will find our insights on the major newcomers – whether from well-known car brands or smaller startups.

Compact cars

MINI Cooper SE

Der ersten vollelektrische Mini: MINI Cooper SE.

Photo: BMW

An electric car is simply part of doing business for a company like Mini, which is perceived as an urban lifestyle brand. This specialist for urban driving since 1959 is now launching the first fully electric MINI Cooper SE. Distinctive features of the new electric car: Neon yellow accents, a closed radiator grille, and 16- or 17-inch aluminum rims in the special SE design. Another innovation is the digital gauge cluster (finally).

Key figures:

  • Range: 230–270 km
  • Maximum speed: 150 kph
  • Acceleration: 7.3 sec
  • Horsepower: 184 hp
  • Consumption: 16.8 kWh/100 km
  • Battery capacity: 32.6 kWh
  • Pricing starts at €32,500


Der VW ID.3 zeigt sich als erstes komplett elektrisches Auto.

Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen also presents new developments in e-mobility in the compact car class. Volkswagen has a lot of plans: 15 to 20 percent of all vehicle models are to be electric by 2025 already, and the VW ID.3 will be the first completely electric car. The name is composed of the number 3, which stands for compact class (the third level in the usual classification of vehicle classes), and the abbreviation ID, which stands for “intelligent design.” The VW ID.3 is the first vehicle of the VW ID. family, with the electric SUV ID.4 to soon follow.

Key figures:

  • Range: 330 km
  • Maximum speed: 160 kph
  • Acceleration: 8 sec
  • Horsepower: 150 hp
  • Consumption: 14.8 kWh/100 km
  • Battery capacity: 45 kWh
  • Pricing starts at €30,000

Mid-range cars/sports cars

Polestar 2

Volvo bringt den Plug-In-Hybrid Polestar 2 raus.

Photo: Polestar

Volvo’s electric brand will launch the Polestar 2 in the coming years, which follows in the footsteps of the Polestar 1 as a plug-in hybrid. Production is scheduled to start in 2020, but Volvo will only offer launch models by 2021. The range of 500 kilometers, which is achieved by an underbody battery, is exceptional. The Polestar 2 is one of the first vehicles to feature a version of the Android operating system for infotainment.

Key figures:

  • Range: 500 km
  • Maximum speed: 205 kph
  • Acceleration: 4.7 sec
  • Horsepower: 408 hp
  • Consumption: 19.98 kWh/100 km
  • Battery capacity: 78 kWh
  • Pricing starts at €55,000

Porsche Taycan 4S

Der Elektro-Sportwagen Porsche Taycan 4S.

Photo: Porsche

Porsche will launch the Taycan electric sports car in 2020. It is a four-door coupé and not only innovative because it is the first e-Porsche. The vehicle configuration can be designed with anything from traditional to individual to sustainable. For example, options include a classic leather interior and the sustainably tanned Club Leather called “OLEA,” which uses olive leaves in the tanning process. In addition to the 4S version (“4” stands for all-wheel drive and “S” for sporty), the Porsche Taycan will also be available as Turbo and Turbo S models. The differences lie in individual performance, range, and base price.

Key figures:

  • Range: 407–463 km
  • Maximum speed: 250 kph
  • Acceleration: 4 sec
  • Horsepower: 435 hp
  • Consumption: 21.1 kWh/100 km
  • Battery capacity: 79.2 kWh
  • Pricing starts at €105,607

Luxury cars/SUVs

Tesla Model Y Performance

Das Kompakt-SUV Model Y von Tesla wird in der Gigafactory 4 in Brandenburg produziert.

Photo: Tesla

Starting in 2021, the Model Y, a compact crossover utility vehicle from Californian car manufacturer Tesla, will also be available in Germany. Planned production site: Gigafactory 4, which is being built in Brandenburg. The model is the smaller version of the heavier Model X, yet it still has plenty of space for an electric car. It optionally offers a third row of seats and a front trunk (or “frunk”). There will be three versions in total. The two other versions differ from the performance version by featuring greater range, which is up to 540 kilometers – giving rise to the additional name: “maximum range.”

Key figures:

  • Range: 480 km
  • Maximum speed: 241 kph
  • Acceleration: 3.7 sec
  • Horsepower: 483 hp
  • Consumption: 17.7 kWh/100 km
  • Battery capacity: 75 kWh
  • Pricing starts at €66,000


BMWs erster Elektro-SUV heißt BMW iX3 und ist ein Plug-In-Hybrid.

Photo: BMW

The first electric SUV from BMW is to be launched in 2020. By 2023, the automobile manufacturer wants to launch 25 electrified models on the market, with 12 being purely electric cars and 13 being new plug-in hybrids. The BMW iX3 will be one of the first electric models. It will compete directly with the Tesla Model Y, offering a range of around 440 kilometers. Using a newly developed onboard charger, the iX3 should be able to take a charging rate of up to 150 kW. That means, with an adequately sized charging station, the battery would then be completely charged in 30 minutes.

Key figures:

  • Range: 440 km
  • Maximum speed: 210 kph
  • Acceleration: 7 sec
  • Horsepower: 270 hp
  • Consumption: 20 kWh/100 km
  • Battery capacity: 74 kWh
  • Pricing starts at €70,000


e.GO Life 20

Eines der günstigsten E-Autos, der e.GO Life 20, stammt vom deutschen Start-up e.GO Mobile AG.

Photo: e.GO Mobile AG

One of Germany’s most affordable new electric cars comes from e.GO Mobile AG, a startup founded by RWTH Aachen University in 2015. Delivery of the 3.35-meter-long car has already begun. The four-seater offers sufficient head-, arm-, and legroom, despite its compact size. But the highlight is the price. Buyers can purchase the Life starting at €17,900. It is also available in three versions, which differ based on range. The Life 20 offers a range of up to 100 kilometers, with the Life 40 and 60 offering up to 113 and 145, respectively. They cost up to an additional €5,000.

Key figures:

  • Range: 100 km
  • Maximum speed: 112 kph
  • Acceleration: 7.7 sec (to 50 kph)
  • Horsepower: 27 hp
  • Consumption: 20 kWh/100 km
  • Battery capacity: 14.5 kWh
  • Pricing starts at €17,900

Aiways U5

Der Elektro-SUV Aiways U5 wird vom chinesischen Start-up Aiways hergestellt.

Photo: Aiways

The Aiways U5 electric SUV is available for as little as €35,000, making it a real bargain. Produced by Aiways, a startup founded in China in 2017, the electric car is scheduled to be launched in Germany before the end of 2020. The SUV has much to offer: The standard range of 460 kilometers can be expanded by another 100 kilometers if you rent a battery package consisting of six batteries. In the future, the packages can be rented or exchanged at any filling station. Another highlight is the biometric technology. The doors can be opened by facial or palm recognition. The Mobileye EyeQ4 camera, which is required for autonomous driving, is also part of the exclusive vehicle configuration available.

Key figures:

  • Range: up to 560 km
  • Maximum speed: 160 kph
  • Acceleration: 10 sec
  • Horsepower: 197 hp
  • Consumption: 16 to 17 kWh/100 km
  • Battery capacity: 63 kWh
  • Pricing starts at €35,000

* All pricing courtesy of the respective manufacturers and ADAC.


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