The next couple of years promise to be quite interesting for electric cars.
A minimum of six new models are expected in that time period, all promising ranges of 200 miles or more—which until a few months ago had been the exclusive province of Tesla Motors.
The list includes two affordable 200-mile electric cars: the second-generation Nissan Leaf, and the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3.
It also includes the first production long-range battery-electric cars from Audi, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz.
Finally, the BMW i5 could prove to be a crucial model for the German automaker’s “i” sub-brand, which has been in a holding pattern.
Here is a quick look at each of these models, and a summary of what we know so far.
2018 Nissan Leaf
Along with the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Tesla Model 3, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is one of three affordable electric cars with 200 miles of range or more that’s expected to go into production this year.
The second-generation Leaf has big tire tracks to fill: the version it replaces was a major part of the first wave of modern electric cars, as well as the best-selling electric car in history.
The 2018 Leaf is expected to offer at least two battery-pack options, though only the largest is likely to provide the marquee value of 200-plus miles of range.
The new Leaf will also be offered with Nissan’s ProPilot technology, which the automaker says will offer limited self-driving capability.
Styling will likely be inspired by the Nissan IDS concept that first appeared at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and will bring the Leaf more in line with other current Nissan models.
Expect the 2018 Nissan Leaf to be revealed this summer or fall, while retail sales will likely start at the very end of 2017 or perhaps early next year.