If electric cars are the auto industry’s future, SUVs represent its present. SUVs continue to take an increasingly large share of the global auto market, worrying those who support a movement toward higher fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
But the popularity of SUVs has presented an opportunity to ease the transition from gas-powered to electric vehicles. While smaller vehicles have dominated the first generation of electrified cars, an upcoming wave of electric SUVs could help bring battery-powered cars further into the mainstream.
In the coming years, both established auto companies and startups plan to release a range of electric SUVs to compete with Tesla‘s Model X.
Here’s what they have planned:
1. Jaguar I-Pace
Jaguar will release its first fully-electric vehicle, the I-Pace, in the US during the second half of this year.
Jaguar says the I-Pace has the kind of performance specs you’d expect from a luxury brand.
Designed as a competitor to Tesla’s Model X, the I-Pace will have 394 horsepower, 512 pound-feet of torque, up to 240 miles of range and the ability to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, according to Jaguar.