It’s safe to say that even those of us who aren’t naturally interested in all things auto are paying attention to the car world now. Why? Because things are changing, and the pace is going up a gear. With every car manufacturer on the full-automation race, production is experiencing its most radical change in decades.
In case you hadn’t heard, all the major players are working themselves to the bone to produce electric vehicles. They all have a futuristic release in the pipeline, and most claim they’re going to revamp their back catalogue. Full vehicle automation may seem like a space-based concept, but our manufacturers are taking us ever closer to the goal. In fact, things are moving so fast that it’s difficult to keep up. Which is why we’re going to look at who you should pay attention to.
It should come as no surprise that Tesla are top of this list. Founded in 2003, this is a manufacturer dedicated to electric vehicles. Though competition is increasing, they’re still a hard one to beat. And, they have another exciting release coming this year in the shape of the Model 3. This sleek and comfortable offering is much more affordable than its counterparts. Ahh, the joy of competitive pricing.
Volvo also deserves their place in the hall of fame with their offering of the XC40 Electric. Not due until 2019, this electric SUV is one to look out for. Details are still uncertain. Volvo is continually making alterations to match competitors. But, they were the first manufacturer to announce they’d be revisiting their backlog. Others have since followed suit, but Volvo got there first. So, as early as 2019, you could see beauties such as the Volvo XC60 Cars experiencing a space-age revamp. If that doesn’t get your heart racing, what will?
Audi is also working hard to come up top, with two offerings over the next two years. In 2018, expect to see the Audi E-Tron Quattro. This SUV model will rival Volvo’s offering, and even looks set to take on Tesla. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ll be following it with the Audi E-Tron Sportback in 2019. This is a sleeker, sporty offering, ensuring Audi have covered all of their bases. That’s got to win them some brownie points.
Most of us still associate Volkswagen with the 60s. They’re all about campervans, aren’t they? Not at all. In fact, Volkswagen also has two electric offerings in their pipeline. Admittedly, we’ll be waiting a little longer for them. But, the wait looks well worth our while. The first release here is set for 2020. The ID is neat, manoeuvrable, and set to boast a whopping 373 miles. They may be taking their time, but they’re outstripping their competitors by doing so. By 2025, we can also expect to see the Volkswagen ID Buzz. This futuristic camper van design has to be seen to be believed. This release will, undoubtedly, take camping to a new level.