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Easy Prediction for 2020? More Electric Autos, Light Trucks, and SUVs!

(Rick Sander, CEO, Tuesday, January 7, 2020)

If you through that the market for electrified auto, light truck, and SUV (ALTS) electric vehicles (EVs) was hot last year, just wait for 2020! The new year promises to deliver a huge number of new cars, but more importantly, real electrified options for truck and SUV owners. Some of the EVs expected to become available in 2020 include:

  • Tesla Model Y: This mid-sized SUV (based on the Tesla 3) will have a price range between $48,000 and $61,000, but it won’t have the gull-wing doors that have been an issue on the Model X crossover.
  • Rivian: This electric vehicle manufacturer, funded in part by Amazon and Ford with a recent $1.3B round, plans to put two vehicles on the road in 2020: the R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV.
  • BMW: The German luxury car maker will introduce their iX3 electric SUV. The EV, which is based on the X3 conventionally-powered SUV, will utilize a 150kW CCS fast charger, which will charge the vehicle to 80% of its range in roughly 30 minutes. This will be followed by the BMW i4 in 2021.
  • Ford: The Mustang Mach-E, which is aimed at the same market as the Tesla Model Y, is expected to debut in December 2020.
  • Porsche: The Taycan, targeted at the Tesla Model S market, has just been launched with a price between $100,000 and $185,000. While the range of roughly 200 miles is not milestone-setting, this four-door sedan will be the first of several models based on this nametag.
  • Mini Cooper Electric: This electrified version of the Mini Cooper, while short on range at 110 miles, will be one of the more affordable EVs at $30,000.
  • Polestar 2: The Volvo spinoff Polestar will have a range of 275 miles and a price around $65,000. The four-door sedan will launch in mid-2020.
  • Audi: Audi will definitely launch one model (the Audi e-tron GT – yes, the same car that Tony Stark drove in Avengers: Endgame) in 2020, and potentially a second model (an e-tron SUV) as well.

And this doesn’t count other electric vehicles like motorcycles, and medium/heavy duty (M/HD) trucks and buses which will also debut in 2020. One thing that all of these vehicles will share is the ability to utilize DC fast charging. As stated in the BMW writeup, these high-power chargers allow electric chars and SUVs to charge to close their complete range in as little as 30 minutes. This puts EVs nearly on par with gasoline-powered vehicles.

Rhombus Energy Solutions is an expert in the development and manufacturing of high-power bi-directional DC charging systems. With a product lineup ranging from 60kW to 500kW, our chargers are used today with a variety of vehicles and deployment scenarios. These include integration with PV and energy storage systems, and in solutions for vehicle-to-grid charging. We have built hundreds of high-power chargers with vehicle-to-grid capabilities for a variety of customers, and are looking forward to continuing the electrification of our transport infrastructure. Find out how we can help you by contacting us at sales@rhombusenergy.com.

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