2.1.2019Top 10 Green Cars 2019 - Part 2
Next Green Car takes a look at the year ahead, picking out the best and most exciting green cars due to be launched in 2019 - here looking at the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model 3.
3 - Porsche Taycan
From the previous Volks-EV to something more high-end, Porsche's Taycan is certainly not going to sell in huge numbers, but is a very important model for the industry nonetheless. Early reports indicate that its driving range will be at least a match for Tesla's line-up, though with greater flexibility in terms of performance. Most importantly though, is the ultra-rapid charging capability that will see the Porsche accept up to 350 kW.
Despite having a battery that will be around the 100 kW mark, this means a conventional rapid top-up will take only around 10-15 minutes on the right charge point. Compared to a Nissan Leaf for example, it will take less than half the time to rapid charge, but add more than twice the range.
4 - Tesla Model 3
As Porsche expands into Tesla's territory, so Tesla expands its range into other manufacturers'. The Model 3 has been well received in the US, with demand far outstripping supply initially. With manufacturing issues ironed out though, Tesla is now selling its smallest model in other markets, with the UK set to get right-hand drive versions in the second half of 2019.
Quick, spacious, and with a driving range of between 220 and 310 miles on a single charge depending on specification, the Model 3 is a challenger to BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, and Lexus, offering pure-electric motoring at the traditional small-executive price tag. Expect a fair few company car drivers switch from their petrol, diesel, or PHEV saloons to the Model 3 in the next year or so.