New Electric Vehicle Models

12 August 2020

Audi e-tron Sportback

Audi recently released the second model in its lineup of fully electric vehicles: the 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback. The Sportback will start with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $61,600 when including the discount from the federal tax credit. Even though this sedan version of the e-tron SUV comes equipped with the same-sized 95 kWh battery, it has a higher EPA estimated range of 218 miles -- 14 miles more than the SUV -- and a higher combined fuel economy of 77 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

Audi currently offers an incentive of 1,000 kWh hours of charging at no additional cost at Electrify America fast-charging stations across the country within the first four years of ownership. To complement this incentive, Audi claims that the Sportback can charge up to 58 miles in 10 minutes at a 150 kW public fast charging station with J1772 or CCS connectors.

BMW X3 xDrive30e

The 2021 BMW X3 xDrive30e is the first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model of the X3 SUV. The X3 has a starting MSRP of $43,764 when including the federal tax credit. The X3’s 12 kWh battery provides an EPA estimated 17 miles of electric range at a combined fuel economy of 60 MPGe until it switches over to its 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine to provide an additional 323 miles of range at 24 MPG.

The X3 is not compatible with public fast charging stations; but the battery’s smaller size means less waiting time when charging at home (depending on your charging equipment). All BMW EVs come equipped with a Level 1 portable charging cable that works with any standard 120 V home outlet and requires 11.5 hours to bring the X3 to a full charge. Upgrading to a Level 2 charging station means that the X3 can be fully charged in 3.5 hours.

Porsche Taycan 4S

The 2020 Porsche Taycan 4S is the lowest cost option of Porsche’s first-generation all-electric Taycan model. With a starting price tag of $96,300 (including the federal tax credit), this Taycan is around $47,000 cheaper than its alternative, the Taycan Turbo. The 4S comes in two trims: Performance Battery Plus (Plus), and Performance Battery (Standard). The Plus trim is currently the only available version, with Porsche estimating the Standard trim to be available on vehicles in production later this year.

The major differences amongst the trims are price, battery capacity and electric range. The Plus version comes with a larger battery capacity of 93.4 kWh -- similar to the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S -- that will cost an additional $9,190 when factoring in other mandatory accessories. The increase in battery size results in an EPA electric range of 203 miles and a combined fuel economy of 69 MPGe, which are currently the highest statistics of the Taycan models. A larger battery also allows the 4S Plus to be able to charge up to 270 kW at public fast charging stations with CCS connectors.


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