It’s no secret that the automotive industry is beginning to change when Tesla started building electric cars. People were at first sceptical because electric cars at the time were slow, had a limited range and just looks straight-up weird. It seemed that Tesla cars were simply going to be another one of those bad electric cars but this wasn’t to be the case after a while word began to spread that these new electric cars drove well, had enough range for daily driving and were quick.
Before long, there was a cult following of the Tesla Motor Company in the mid-to-late 2010s, recognition began to grow until the average Guy knew what a Tesla was when he saw it on the road.
As we approached the end of the 2010s, other car companies have stopped laughing at Tesla and have realized that electric cars are here to stay. If they don’t get it now they’ll soon be missing out on a huge market in the future.
Let’s take a look at some of Tesla’s competitors first and I will define what should be considered for a competitor of Tesla case. I’m referring to new fully electric cars from established companies.
So, not companies like Faraday Future, Lucid Motors or Bison or older cars such as the BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf and I’ll be taking a look at the high-end specs of each Tesla competitor mission. Let’s check the list –
The I-PACE is to be the most refined electric car according to Jaguars marketing team and comes as a strong competition to Tesla.
Anyway, for example, during the design phase, each car went through eight weeks of continuous vibration testing, the IPA features a 90-kilowatt-hour battery and two motors that generate a combined power of 294 kilowatts and 700 newton-meters of torque. This will propel the car from zero to 100 kilometres an hour in 4.8 seconds the iPace is up to 480 km of range and DC fast charging will take over 2 hours.
This is what makes the iPace a little different in is its dimensions, with the freedom given by the absence of a conventional engine. A few changes have been made for starters the hood of the car is very short and the cabin has been extended forward. So, it stops over the front wheel arch. This was done to give more room for the interior, not even the Moto X or Moto S have been designed with this in mind.
The estimated release is mid-2018, starting in a hundred thousand US dollars for the base model by 2025.
Jaguar wants all of its new cars produced to be electric in one form or another as Porsche just trying to one-up Tesla or is this just something they want to do to just keep improving their brand.
The Porsche Mission E is to be the quickest of the bunch and marks itself as a Tesla Motors competitors claiming 0-100 kilometres under 3.5 seconds but still, a ways off the 2.5 seconds achieved by Tesla’s T 100 D model. The mission is to get to 200 kilometres per hour in less than 12 seconds and has a top speed of 250 kilometres an hour.
To keep the acceleration going strong all the way to the top speed – speed gearboxes will be used. Stephan work bulkhead of the project confirmed that the Porsche Mission II have computer blended braking where the brake pedal is a request for braking rather than an actual link to mechanical brakes.
When the pedal is pressed, a computer works out whether it reduces the disc brakes or regenerative braking from the motor. Porsche claims a 15 minute charge time from 0 to 80 percent on their specialized charges. The company states that these charges will deliver a ton vote with cooling technology to prevent overheating. This energy will, of course, come from renewables.
Interestingly, by about 2020, there’s going to be a network of chargers across continental Europe and it will be about 120 kilometres apart. Porsche is investing in this network along with Mercedes, BMW, Ford and Audi.
The range of the electric Porsche is said to be 500 kilometres compared to 630 kilometres for Tesla’s P 100 D. But these are EPA ratings, so the real world values will be less obvious. The Mission II pricing has been aggressively set to start at $75,000.
The South Korean company Hyundai is taking a bold step into the electric market with their Kona and comes with a budget cracker competitor to Tesla. There are two options for the Kona but the longer range is said to have a 64-kilowatt-hour battery pack with an EPA range of 470 kilometres.
The car which use in the 150-kilowatt motor to go from 0 to 100 kilometres an hour in a little over 7 seconds in terms of charging a1-hour fast DC charge will get you 0 to 80 percent battery life. The higher ranges under Kona is said to be about 45 thousand US dollars.
The next competitor to Tesla is the British company, Aston Martin. They’ve recently revealed that they’re going to make an all-electric version of their car. It’s set to enter production in 2019 as part of the company’s second-century plan. The initiative the Rapid E will have 600 kilowatts of power, in an all-wheel-drive format and 320 kilometres of range, acceleration figures haven’t been given yet but we can assume it’ll be pretty quick.
The cost is said to be two 255 thousand US dollars and there’s going to be the limited production run of just a hundred and fifty-five cars.
Aston Martin’s President and CEO – Dr Andy Palmeractually took a dig at Tesla directly, quote that “most of the people buying a Model S are buying it fully loaded. They’re not limited by their cash, they’re limited by the offer. We’re looking to those people who are looking for something above Tesla that consumers probably aren’t looking for the ludicrous mode. Our offer will have a very credible acceleration equal to a gasoline Aston Martin but you’ll be able to drive the car rapidly all the way around and without a derating or Konkan out on you and shots fired Aston Martin is teaming up with the Chinese firm Lee Eco to develop the electric car.
Mercedes is also getting into the action with their new car the EQ and it is definitely going to be a Tesla electric car competitors. The German automaker says that its battery capacity is over 70-kilowatt-hours with a range of about 450 kilometres as for power. Mercedes says that the EQ is equipped with two electric motors on the front and rear axles for a total combined power output of 300 kilowatts. The automaker claims that this will drive the car from 0 to 100 kilometres an hour in under 5 seconds.
The pricing starts of 76 thousand US dollars and the car is set to be arriving in 2019.
Audi also has their sights set on an electric future and spot a position as a Tesla motors competitors starting with their e-Tron Quattro SUV. The company says that the e-Tron Quattro has around 442 kilometres of range on a 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack. The all-electric SUV is equipped with three electric motors for a total output of 320 kilowatts pushing the car from 0 to 100 kilometres an hour in 4.8 seconds. DC fast charging will load up the battery in just 50 minutes.
The car will start at $100,000 in Germany but International pricing is currently unknown. The new all-electric Audi is set to be coming in late 2018.
So, as you can see the competition for Tesla is heating up in the all-electric space no matter the outcome. This is ultimately a good thing the industry has been forced to move and in the long run, consumers win.
But with all of that being said, there’s something that Tesla has that the others don’t, the Tesla brand name. Currently, Tesla stands for something they’re far and away the leader. When it comes to all-electric vehicles and they have a vision that goes with that but ultimately only time will tell who will be the leader in electric cars in the future.
So, all in all, this is some great stuff we are witnessing as a new Tesla competitor. The first major change in the order industry in a hundred years and is strongly looking like the 2020s will be an electric decade.