22 of the biggest electric cars going on sale in 2020, from the BMW iX3 to the Volkswagen ID3

22 of the biggest electric cars going on sale in 2020, from the BMW iX3 to the Volkswagen ID3
22 of the biggest electric cars going on sale in 2020, from the BMW iX3 to the Volkswagen ID3

2019 has been a big year for electric cars.

Registrations are up 125 per cent year-on-year and a host of new models have been launched, including models from Audi, Mercedes and MG. That pattern is set to continue into 2020, with a raft of new all-electric models from established car makers and relatively new firms.

Some are already open to order while others won’t reach showrooms until much later in the year but here we’ve rounded up all the major EV models already announced.

Audi e-tron Sportback

Audi e-tron Sportbac
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Audi’s e-tron SUV went on sale earlier this year as the firm’s first all-electric model. At the LA Motor Show in early November it unveiled the e-tron Sportback – an “SUV coupe” based on the same platform. Audi says the Sportback will offer a sportier drive from its 335bhp twin-motor setup, with a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a range of 240 mile. It will come as standard with adaptive sports suspension and a bespoke seven-mode drive select system. First deliveries are due in the second quarter of 2020 and Audi says that by 2025 it will have 20 all-electric models in the e-tron portfolio.

Audi Q4 e-tron

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As the name suggests, the Q4 e-tron will be a mid-sized SUV, slotting in between the Q3 and Q5 ICE models. It will be based on the VW Group’s EV-specific MEB platform and feature twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain with an estimated 300bhp. When it goes on sale later in 2020 the 82kWh battery should give a range of 280 miles.

BMW ix3

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Like several of the EVs coming in 2020, the iX3 is an all-electric version of an existing model. The SUV will look largely like the standard X3 but will be powered by a two-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain. BMW says it will offer around 266bhp and 249 miles of range from its 70kWh battery when it goes on sale in the second half of 2020.

Read more: The cheapest electric cars on sale in 2019 

DS3 Crossback E-Tense

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The luxury branch of the PSA group is getting in on the EV action early in 2020 with the E-Tense version of its striking DS3 Crossback. Using the same underpinnings as the electric Peugeot 208, 2008 and Vauxhall Corsa, it’s a 134bhp, 206-mile compact SUV with a premium twist and a £30,000 price tag.

Ford Mustang Mach-e

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Ford has split opinion with its decision to use the Mustang name for its new EV but the car itself is intriguing. A five-seat, four-door SUV, it will come with a choice of power and drive options. Entry level cars will have a 75kWh battery, 333bhp and rear-wheel drive, with around 280 miles of range. A 99kWh battery increases that to 370 miles on the WLTP cycle and both battery options will also be available with four-wheel-drive. Shortly after launch in late 2020 a high-performance Mustang Mach-E GT will join the line-up with 458bhp, 612lb/ft and a sub-five second 0-62mph time.

Honda e

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Honda’s cutesy concept car stole the show in Frankfurt in 2017, with press and the public clamouring for a production version. Fast forward to 2020 and they’ll get their wish. The design has been toned down a little but the urban EV still looks fantastic and promises 136 miles of range from its 35.5 kWh. The rear-wheel-drive, single-motor city car will cost from £26,160 when it arrives in early summer, with a choice of 134bhp or 152bhp outputs.

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Kia Soul EV

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Orders are already being taken for the £33,795 Soul EV, ahead of deliveries early next year. An all-new version of Kia’s first electric car, the Soul EV shares a platform with the e-Niro and offers up to 280 miles from its 64kWh battery, with a 201bhp single electric motor and up to 100kW DC rapid charging.

Mini Electric

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Based on the existing hatchback platform and with only subtle design cues to identify it as different, the Oxford-built Mini Electric will hit the streets in March 2020. Priced from £24,400 it uses a 32.6kWh battery pack with a 144-mile range and features a 181bhp motor driving the front wheels. Mini says it offers an even more go-kart-like drive than the standard car thanks to a lower centre of gravity and bespoke suspension.

Peugeot e-208

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Peugeot’s all-new supermini is also the brand’s first pure EV, with an all-electric version on offer alongside conventionally fuelled models. On the surface there are only a few design hints that it’s different but underneath, a 50kWh battery and 134bhp electric motor give it its power and a 211-mile range. Order books are already open, with pricing starting at £25,050 and deliveries due to start in “early” 2020.

Peugeot e-2008

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Next in line for the all-electric treatment after the 208 is Peugeot’s 2008 SUV. The all-new version of the B-segment crossover will be arriving in early 2020 as both a conventionally fuelled and pure EV model. Early e-2008s will be high-end models starting at £32,000, with cheaper trims to follow. It uses the same 134bhp/50kWh motor and battery as the e-208, offering 193 miles of range and up to 100kW DC rapid charging.

Pininfarina Battista

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Pininfarina is usually associated with car design rather than manufacture but the Battista represents a new direction for it and a different world from most of the cars on this list. A motor at each wheel produce a combined 1874bhp and 1696lb/ft of torque to get this all-electric hypercar from 0-62mph in “under 2 seconds”, according to the car maker, while a 120kWh battery should offer around 300 miles of range. It’s an ultra-high performance, ultra-luxurious machine and will be limited to just 150 examples worldwide, priced somewhere in the region of £2 million.

Polestar 2

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Polestar started as Volvo’s tuning arm but has now been spun off into a standalone, all-electric brand. After the ultra-exclusive and expensive Polestar 1 coupe, 2020’s Polestar 2 is its first mainstream model. Set to cost around £49,000 the four-wheel-drive fastback will pack 402bhp, 487lb/ft and have a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds. It will be dripping with the latest tech and Polestar are aiming for a WLTP range of 311 miles from its 78kWh battery.

Porsche Taycan

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The Taycan is technically already on sale but customers won’t start taking delivery until the early weeks of 2020. It’s the legendary German sports car maker’s first EV and Porsche insists that while it’s a largish four-seat saloon, it has the brand’s famed driver engagement. It certainly has the performance with between 523bhp and 751bhp depending on the model and battery setup chosen. The combination of different twin-motor and battery setups also give the Taycan 0-62mph times of 2.8 to 4 seconds and a range between 206 and 279 miles.

Rivian R1T

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All eyes have recently been on Elon Musk’s metal doorstop Cybertruck, but the Rivian R1T is looking to steal its thunder by being the first electric pick-up to market. Slated to go into production in late 2020, the R1T boasts some ridiculous figures. Rivian says it will offer up to 750bhp, a sub-three-second 0-60 time and yet still offer 400 miles on a charge from a 180kWh battery.

Tesla Model Y

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If all goes according to plan, this mid-sized SUV should start hitting the streets towards the end of 2020. It will come in three configurations, tailored for high performance or long-range abilities. The quickest dual-motor model will hit 60mph in 3.5 seconds and its battery will last for around 298 miles, while the single-motor two-wheel drive version takes two seconds longer to 60mph but should cover 336 miles. Even if it does arrive in 2020 (not guaranteed), Tesla’s roll-out model means it probably won’t reach the UK until 2022.

Seat Mii Electric

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The Mii Electric is Seat’s first EV, with first deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2020. Using the same platform and drivetrain as the Skoda Citigoe iV and VW e-up, it offers 82bhp, a WLTP range of 161 miles and 40kW DC rapid charging. Order books are open now for the Mii Electric, priced from £19,300 including the Government’s plug-in car grant.

Seat el-Born

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Seat’s family EV is the second car to use the VW Group’s new MEB platform after the VW ID3 and is expected to go on sale in 2020. Despite some quite radical styling it’s a traditional five-door hatchback and will offer “up to” 201bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds. Its 62kWh battery should be good for up to 261 miles on a single charge.

Skoda Citigoe iV

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Skoda’s first pure EV sits alongside the Seat Mii electric and Volkswagen e-Up as one of a trio of all-electric city cars. The compact five-door hatchback features an 82bhp motor powered by a 36.8kWh battery and Skoda reports a 165-mile WLTP range and sprightly 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds.

Vauxhall Corsa-e

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The end of 2019 sees the launch of an all-new Vauxhall Corsa. Initial models will be petrol or diesel powered but early next year will see the arrival of the all-electric Corsa-e. Using the same platform and drivetrain as the Peugeot e-208, the electric supermini will offer up to 205 miles of range from its 50kWh battery, with 135bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 7.6 seconds.

Volkswagen e-Up

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The third member of the VW Group’s city car triumvirate. The Up was actually the first of the three to get an electric option but it’s being significantly upgraded for 2020. Like the Seat Mii Electric and Skoda Citigoe iV, the e-Up will come with an 82bhp electric motor, a WLTP range of 162 miles and 40kW DC rapid charging. There’s also a suggestion it could cost less than the old model.

Volkswagen ID3

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The ID3 is quite possibly VW’s biggest model since the original Golf. Labelled the EV for everybody, it’s a Golf-sized hatchback based on the same MEB platform as Seat’s El-Born and will go on sale in summer 2020. VW will offer the ID3 with the choice of three battery sizes with two power outputs from its rear-mounted electric motor. The entry-level gets a 45kWh battery with claimed range of 205 miles and 148bhp; next-up is the 201bhp, 58kWh with a range of 260 miles; followed by the range-topping 77kWh battery, which also delivers 201bhp, but increases the range to 341 miles. Pricing is set to start at around £24,000 including the plug-in car grant.

Volvo XC40 Recharge

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Another model based on an existing car, the XC40 is Volvo’s first all-electric car on its march towards full electrification of its range. The compact SUV will share the electric drivetrain of the Polestar 2, meaning a 402bhp, twin-motor setup but Volvo expect it to have a range of 249 miles under WLTP testing.

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