10 ELECTRIC CARS COMING BY 2021

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Electric cars are coming, there’s no stopping it. Here’s a quick look at 10 noteworthy electric vehicles (EVs) heading for market in the next three years.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

The Ioniq is Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota Prius, available in three flavours – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric.

It’s unclear whether we’ll get both hybrid versions, but Hyundai Australia plans to introduce the Ioniq Electric around mid-2018, and has “quite strong interest” from government and fleet operators.

Powering the electric version is an 88kW/295Nm electric motor, hooked up to a 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Claimed range is 280km.

Tesla Model 3

It’s been almost 10 months since the official reveal, and Tesla maintains – for now – the Model 3 is on its way.

Pitched as a rival to the BMW 3 Series, the Model 3 is meant to be the affordable addition to the Silicon Valley startup’s line-up.

In standard form, the electric sedan manages a 5.6-second sprint from 0-60mph (0-96km/h) and a range of 355km. A more powerful version claims a 5.1-second 0-60 dash and more substantial 500km range.

Provided Tesla actually releases it, the Model 3 could be a good thing indeed.

Nissan Leaf

The original Leaf was ahead of its time, offering affordable zero-emissions motoring with a (largely) conventional design.

The second-generation Leaf brings added power and range, while introducing a host of ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technologies.

Adding 10kWh to the battery pack – now 40kWh – makes for a range of 400 kilometres, more than double what the outgoing car offered in Australia.

Outputs of 110kW and 320Nm mean the Leaf is as powerful as a turbocharged Volkswagen Golf, with 0-100km/h taking around 10 seconds.

While the new Leaf has been confirmed for our market sometime this year, it’s unclear exactly when we can expect it to arrive in local showrooms.

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