2016 BMW Vision 100 Next concept | BMW
Here’s When Automakers Will Abandon Gasoline
Detroit mightِ beِ churning outِ trucks andِ SUVs withِ reckless abandon, andِ oil companies areِ carrying onِ with business asِ usual, butِ the writing isِ on theِ wall.
But let’s beِ honest: EVs haveِ anِ advantage overِ the oldِ engine inِ more ways thanِ one.
UBS predicts vehicles withِ battery packs couldِ reach parity inِ Europe byِ the endِ of 2018.
For overِ 40 years, BMW hasِ beenِ able toِ call itselfِ “the ultimate driving machine” thanksِ to itsِ iconic cars andِ fantastic engines.
By 2021, BMW willِ haveِ a dedicated four-door EV toِ compete withِ theِ Tesla Model S — orِ the Model S replacement.
Seeing asِ the company currentlyِ offers 25 differentِ models, thisِ plan doesn’t leave muchِ room forِ conventional gas-powered vehicles.
2016 Mercedes-Benz EQ concept | Mercedes-Benz
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Not toِ beِ outdone byِ its rival, Mercedes’ future looksِ a wholeِ lot greener, too.
By 2020, Mercedes willِ offer fourِ EVs underِ itsِ newly minted EQ brand.
By 2022, anotherِ 10 willِ arrive.
Next: This brand made headlines with its embrace of electric power.
Volvo’s hybrid XC90 T8 platform | Volvo
Volvo stole headlines inِ summer 2017 byِ promising toِ embrace hybrid andِ EV technology muchِ sooner thanِ later.
Come 2019, theِ Swedish automaker willِ beginِ phasing outِ allِ of itsِ gas-powered models forِ hybrids orِ EVs.
By 2021, itِ will offer atِ least fiveِ pure EVs, andِ by mid-decade itsِ gasoline-only engines willِ beِ a thingِ ofِ the past.
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Despite selling theِ juggernaut thatِ isِ the Prius, Toyota’s isِ notably silent inِ the current EV market.
But thatِ couldِ change veryِ soon: It announced it’s developing safer, longer-range solid state batteries, alongِ with a newِ platform toِ house them.
This wouldِ makeِ itِ the firstِ major automaker toِ offer theseِ expensive-to-manufacture batteries.
2017 Toyota Prius Prime | Toyota
Next: This legendary brand is trying to reinvent itself as an innovator.
In recentِ months, Ford hasِ goneِ allِ in onِ autonomous vehicles.
But byِ 2020, itِ will introduce itsِ firstِ purpose-built EV, a compact crossover.
We don’t knowِ much yet, butِ the company’s chief technical officer Raj Nair saysِ itِ will cost lessِ than $40,000 andِ will haveِ atِ least 300 miles ofِ range.
Next: This company is looking to the future by reinventing its past.
2017 Ford Focus Electric | Ford
Jaguar announced itsِ future whileِ alluding toِ theِ pastِ — inِ the form ofِ a gorgeous electrified 1968 E-Type.
But comeِ 2020, itِ will offer anِ all-electric version ofِ everyِ vehicle itِ offers, fromِ the F-Type sports car toِ theِ F-Pace SUV.
2018 willِ seeِ the debut ofِ the I-Pace, anِ electric compact crossover.
7. Land Rover
It’s oneِ thing forِ Jaguar toِ goِ electric.
After all, theِ majority ofِ itsِ vehicles areِ either performance cars orِ people-movers — theِ perfect candidates forِ electric power.
The iconic off-road builder willِ offer anِ electric version ofِ everyِ model itِ sells byِ 2020.
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Known primarily asِ a builder ofِ diesel engines, Cummins lists Ram, Nissan, andِ a number ofِ semi-truck builders asِ its biggest clients.
But After Elon Musk’s strong hints atِ a Tesla over-the-road electric hauler, Cummins’ AEOS concept hasِ beat theِ upstart brand toِ theِ punch.
This isِ on theِ heels ofِ Mercedes’ 2016 Urban e-Truck concept andِ the startup Nikola One, suggesting thatِ evenِ the builders ofِ big rigs canِ see theِ writing onِ the wall.
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Maybe theِ “Dieselgate” scandal wasِ a blessing inِ disguise. Volkswagen hasِ beenِ working onِ a newِ electric platform, theِ MEB. All fiveِ vehicles areِ expected toِ beِ sold inِ China, whileِ threeِ will beِ sold inِ the U.S.
Next: This company is embracing green power with open arms.
And asِ the world goesِ headlong intoِ anِ electric future, itِ looks likeِ it’s goingِ to beِ a leader. For 2018, itِ will debut theِ e-tron quattro SUV, anِ all-electric crossover toِ compete withِ theِ likes ofِ the Tesla Model X. But ifِ you wantِ toِ wait, itِ will debut anotherِ two electric models byِ 2020.