MonthJanuary 2019

5 Upcoming Electric Cars to Get Excited About

15 years ago, the notion of electric cars replacing our beloved combustion engines sounded like nothing but a pipe dream. Most Americans back then just couldn’t fathom how much technology had to advance in order to replace millions of cars on the road.  

Today we’re at the cusp of a golden age of electric cars. All because of the few who dared make it happen, including Elon Musk and his company Tesla, makers of the first truly mass-friendly electric vehicles. 

The company’s meteoric rise has inspired every other major auto company to push out their own versions of the electric car. Without further ado, here are some of the most exciting electric cars releasing in the next decade. 

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz 

This car is the perfect combination of retro looks and modern flair. A reimagining of the iconic Type 2 bus that was most popular during the 60s, the I.D. Buzz is slated to release in 2022. Volkswagen claims the production version will have a 600-mile range and go from 0-60 in 5 seconds. 

The car will also feature a customizable interior and full autonomous capabilities. Now that’s groovy. 

Faraday Future FF 91 

When someone thinks of futuristic-looking cars, the FF 91 is usually what it looks like in their head. From mercurial automaker Faraday Future, the FF 91 is set to be released in 2019. The large crossover boasts of 1050 horsepower, a 300-mile range, and a ridiculous 0-60 time of just 2.4 seconds. 

According to Faraday Future, uncompromising luxury was in mind when they came up with the vehicle’s design. From its sleek, aerodynamic exterior to its spacious interior, the FF 91 screams luxury. If you’ve got the cash, this just might be the car for you. 

Tesla Model Y 

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Tesla entry. Set to be unveiled this year, the Model Y will be Tesla’s darling in the burgeoning crossover market. Featuring the same ‘falcon-wing’ doors from its big brother Model X, the Model Y is poised to be Tesla’s most advanced electric car yet. 

We can only hope that its pricing will be as competitive as the Model 3, which it shares its platform with. 

Rivian R1T 

The Rivian R1T is the truck for the true adventurer. This incredible car was the spectacle of last year’s LA Auto Show, and with good reason. The R1T will be the first-ever electric production pick-up truck when it releases in late 2020. 

The vehicle will feature 4 motors, up to 400 miles of range, a wading depth of 3 feet, and the ability to go 0-60 in 3 seconds. Still not convinced? Rivian says the truck’s base model will be available for less than $90K. 

These are just some of the most exciting electric cars coming soon. There are plenty more good ones out there. Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll try to cover them next.  

3 Underrated Car Companies to Watch in 2019

We all know the big names in the auto industry. Most of them have existed for decades and have proved their worth to consumers worldwide. But for every Ford, Chevrolet, and BMW, there’s a Lucid Motors, Byton, and Faraday Future nipping at their titanic heels. 

Let’s take a look at 3 of the most underrated car companies you should watch in 2019. 

Lucid Motors 

Lucid Motors has had a tumultuous existence. Founded in 2007 and based in California, this luxury car company is heavily backed by Chinese investment firms. Their flagship model Lucid Air missed its production deadline in 2018, but they managed to secure a whopping $1 Billion worth of funding from Saudi Arabia the very same year. 

We may get a look at what the company is working on as soon as this summer, as reports have indicated that Lucid may have plans to unveil an electric SUV based on the Lucid Air platform. Featuring full autonomous driving, the car is set for production in 2020. 

Byton 

Some people consider Byton to be a poor man’s Lucid Motors. But that’s a bit unfair. The two companies both have similar looking cars and are both backed by Chinese investors. But whereas Lucid Motors deal in luxury vehicles, Byton looks to cater to a more conservative market. 

Last year, Byton unveiled its all-electric SUV, which it claims to be “the most advanced EV in the market as of 2019.” Whether that’s true remains to be seen, as the SUV won’t be in production until at least 2020. But there are other positives, such as the $45,000 price tag and the 300-mile range. 

Faraday Future 

Faraday Future may be the wildcard of this list. The California-based automaker is serious in its ambition. But the company has been dealing with issues with its Chinese investors, who once promised $2 billion in funding for almost half of the company. It has also survived a round of job cuts in late 2018. 

Faraday Future is still optimistic. After all, it still does have its $1 billion North Las Vegas factory. And its flagship model, the FF 91, is still the closest you can get to the Batmobile. Driving it would be great. As long as Faraday Future can deliver on its promises. 

Will these 3 companies get off the ground or implode before take-off? We’re all going to have to watch closely this year as they try to produce the best cars we’ve never seen before. 

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