For the Tesla fans who participated in tonight's Y-unveiling event in Hawthorne, California, the effects of the open bar and Elon Musk's pizzazz should only be about. This means that it is time to become serious here, people and size up in the competition.
Baby SUV Model Y comes in some versions, priced from $ 39,000 to $ 60,000, offering ranges between 230 and 300 miles. There are impressive specifications, but while a new Tesla still feels like a big event, a lot of family automated SUVs are already available or will come online. Glitzy debut for Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi E-tron have come and gone. You can book an order for the mass market Hyundai Kona Electric right now, or pocket your checkbook for a few more months to be able to write one for Kia Niro EV. At the same time, BMW, Porsche, Chinese Upstart Byton and the US start Rivian against rolling out their own zappy SUVs and taking a juicy piece from a market that Tesla has long dominated.
It's probably enough with that market to go around. SUVs accounted for almost half of total car sales in the US last year, according to market research firm JD Power and Associates, from 36 percent in 201
Still, chances are you, dear person, will not buy more than one electric SUV in the next few years. To help you sort through the options, we have rounded off some specifications for those that are available now and those coming soon.
"Efficiency" is a difficult thing to capture in EV, thanks to the various metrics and standards used worldwide. But a simple way to measure the efficiency of a vehicle's battery pack is to compare the size with the range. If a car can run long distances on a small battery charge, then it is an efficient battery – and perhaps a cheaper one to own, because you pay less to "top" from the charging station. Tesla has not laid out the specifications for the batteries that will be added to model Y, but Musk has said that model 3 uses about 50 kilowatt-hours and 75 kilowatts -hour packs for their standard and performance variants – so we assume that is what model Y working with.
Now let's look at sprint times. Appears, even SUVs can be fast when you run them on batteries. Model Y performance version should go 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, as well as Porsche's upcoming Mission E Cross Turismo. As with most things, less money will get you less: Model Y meets 60 from standing for 5.9 seconds and the mass market Kia Niro EV does so in 7. Still, those laggards are very quick if everything you do is trying to merge on the highway.
Bring everything: Check out all the electric SUV options! Although there is an important approach here: Mercedes EQC's range is based on European testing, as well as Audi e-Tron. EPA's testing process tends to be less forgiving, in line with 20 percent or so. And remember that when some of these vehicles are close to production, some of their specifications will probably change.
If you are really thinking about taking the study in electric SUVs, chances are you want to do a little more research on how things look and how reliable they prove. Also look at the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in your area. And then maybe you run one or two and get a taste of these sprint times for yourself.
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