Elon Musk started Tesla Inc. with a goal of accelerating the switch to electric cars, keeping environmental safety in his mind. And he succeeded, giving the sector a good push and taking Tesla to pole position.
However, Tesla’s dominance on the premium electric vehicle sector is now on shaky grounds, challenged by a number of other brands with their updated models. From Jaguar’s I-Pace crossover to Audi’s e-tron later this year, every major carmaker is launching stylish, sporty electric vehicles to the prototype of Tesla’s Models S, X and 3. Besides these, Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW Mini E, 2018 Nissan Leaf E are some fossil-free competitors too. This shows the auto industry’s massive revolution and shift, away from diesel investment and into electrification, in both pure electric and plug-in hybrid for a better cause.
- All-Electric Jaguar I-Pace
I-PACE is going to arrive later this year challenging Tesla’s model X, with super car looks, sports car performance and SUV space, in one electric package. It is the product of authentic Jaguar DNA, electric technology and contemporary craftsmanship. The electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack were designed in-house to give best possible performance and range. Being the first Tesla challenger from a global automaker, I-PACE is equipped with a 95kWh battery offering 240 miles of range and bigger battery options in the future. Giving an impression of being more high-tech than the Tesla, this one is predicted to have a great future ahead.
- Mercedes Benz EQ S
Deriving its name EQ from the Mercedes-Benz brand values of “Emotion and Intelligence”, it is an electric sedan in its S-Class. Confronting Tesla in the premium electric vehicle market, EQ S is one among the 10 all-electric cars by Daimler unit. It will be a plug-in hybrid, encompassing all key aspects for customer-focused electric mobility with innovative technology. This is all set to be launched in the SUV segment next year.
- Audi e-tron Quattro
Audi’s upcoming E-Tron Quattro is an electric, connected, and high-tech but conventional SUV expected to hit the European market this year. The E-Tron’s design language will be characterized in every upcoming electric member of the Audi lineup. It’s slightly bigger than the Q5 in terms of size and will offer weather-beating all-wheel drive. Fast-charging technology will replenish most of the lithium-ion battery pack in just 30 minutes. It will be followed by E-Tron Sportback, a combination of SUV and luxury sports Sedan with electric drive train in 2019. This pair of Audi will directly challenge Tesla’s Model X and Model S, claiming a range of 500 kms.
- 2018 Nissan Leaf
The all-new Nissan LEAF is more than the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, posing the biggest threat to Tesla’s model 3. Its advanced technologies like e-Pedal, Automatic Emergency Braking, and available Pro PILOT Assist will literally transform the daily commute. Nissan Intelligent Mobility makes driving an exciting experience with its high-performance motor. Featuring sharp lines, a dynamic front end, signature “floating” roof and comfortable interior with redesigned modern dash, it surely will pose a tough threat to Tesla.
While the rest of the automotive segment is geared to challenge Tesla, let’s see what Elon Musk has in mind for the sector!