Over the past two decades, electric vehicles have made leaps and bounds in cost, range and size which has opened up the possibility for sleek performance vehicles, everyday drivers and even trucks to be fully electric. Tesla, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and many more manufacturers have moved away from hybrid powertrains to focus on full electric. With great ranges now and a price that has become more affordable, the versatility of the electric powertrain is seemingly endless. The two newest production electric vehicles have been highly anticipated, the Porsche Taycan and the Volkswagen ID.3. These two new German offerings are here to change the game for fully electric people’s car as well as a fully electric performance sedan.
The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is an all-new hatchback that unfortunately is will not be available in North America right away. We will see this new platform on the ID electric lineup that is coming from VW that features the new Microbus as well. This new hatchback looks similar to the concept and is very futuristic while also maintaining Golf sizing and hatchback versatility. This ID.3 is said to have a range of over 340 miles on one charge and features fast charge ability for 290kms in under 30 minutes. The powertrain is a 150kw motor which is about 200hp and 228 lb ft of torque that drives the rear axle. Yes, this future electric hatchback is rear wheel drive. This hatchback features all of the necessary convenience options including plenty of luxury upgrades that you could find in a conventional hatchback. The ID.3 starts at about $33000 USD or $44000 USD for the loaded model if they were to be sold here.
The 2020 Porsche Taycan high-performance sports sedan saw its world debut right here in Niagara Falls. This Porsche has been highly anticipated since the Mission-E concept in 2015 and looks just as good as the concept. This high-performance EV features up to 751hp and 774 lb. ft of torque on the top-end Turbo S model. The Taycan features two electric motors, one on each axle, which creates a great all wheel drive system with a 2-speed transmission unique to Porsche, rather than a CVT. The Taycan will do 0-60 in as little as 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 260km/h. The interior is just as stylish and futuristic. It doesn’t forget classic Porsche styling or dynamics but features 4 screens up front, even one for the passenger. This new Taycan is built in Stuttgart, where Porsche hired more than 1400 people in Germany to support the production and development of this new sports sedan., Production began this past Monday. So far, the vehicle is priced similar to a Panamera, with the Turbo starting at $150,900 USD and the Turbo S around $185,000 USD. More affordable options will be revealed, but expect the pricing to still be in the six-figure range.
The future of electric is bright, with Volkswagen finally debuting its all-new electric powertrain that will underpin its large ID lineup. Expect more future electric vehicles in the near future, with Chevrolet, Tesla and a new pickup, Ford with its electric F150 and many more.
Written by David Murphy