Which Are The Best All-Electric SUVs To Buy?

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The Recent Enthusiasm Of Automotive Awards For All-Electric SUVs Have Heralded The Age Of Battery Electric Vehicle SUVs


Electric vehicles have come a long way over the past few years, from awkward small passenger cars to full blown sport utility vehicles (SUVs).  Now large families (to include their pets and all the cargo for weekend trips) can take advantage of the migration from polluting internal combustion engines (ICE) to zero-emission all-electric SUVs! 

The likes of Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-PACE have cemented the coming of age of all-electric SUVs.  In fact, at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, the prestigious ‘World Car of the Year’ accolade was won by the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Jaguar I-PACE EV. 

The all-electric Tesla Model X has also bagged a number of prestigious awards since deliveries commenced from 2015.  The model swept AAA’s 2018 Top Green Vehicle Awards to win in three categories.  In 2017, the Tesla Model X 100 D won the much coveted Forbes Car of The Year award.  

In the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year 2019 ‘Best Technology Award’, the all-electric Audi e-tron model was a finalist.  


Top Reasons To Buy An All-Electric SUV?


Lets face it. Not all of us would want to drive around in a small Renault Zoe or a Smart car.  Many of us need and demand more space and comfort.  So far, for aspiring EV owners seeking lower emission premium SUV driving, the options have been limited.  However, all that has now changed.  For many of us keen to avoid polluting petrol and diesel SUVs, there is good news.   

It is not often when one can have their cake and eat it too.  However, the world of pure electric SUVs or all-electric SUVs offers us this rare opportunity.  You can have your four-wheel drive and all the off-road capability without polluting the climate or incurring expensive running costs.  Welcome to the world of zero-emission sport utility vehicles.  

  • All-electric SUVs are zero-emissions.  Petrol or diesel SUVs with internal combustion engines,  pollute significantly in comparison.  You can now do the school run without increasing local pollution around the children.
  • The cost of recharging an EV battery is £3 to £10, while the cost of filling up a full tank in an SUV can set you back £100.  The more you save, the more you can spend on family trips.  
  • All-electric SUVs have higher performance and smoother driving.  

Top 3 Premium Electric SUVs To Buy?


For us in the UK, the three options to consider for premium all-electric SUV driving are, the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-PACE and the Audi e-tron


Tesla Model X


The all-electric luxury SUV made by Tesla with its falcon wing doors, has made certain that electric vehicles do not need to be awkward in design.  The Model X has common themes with the successful Model S, as the SUV was developed from the Model S platform.  The concept Model X was unveiled in 2012 with deliveries commencing in 2015. 

The SUV has seating for up to 7 adults.  In the seven-seat option, the second and third row seats are capable of folding ‘flat and flush’, to maximise cargo space.  The Falcon Wing doors grant easy access to rear seats.   The all-wheel drive SUV comes with a 8 year ‘infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty’ or a 4 year, 50,000 miles limited warranty.  

The Model X comes in two variants, the ‘Long Range’ and the ‘Performance’.  There are three options for the lithium-ion batteries (75 kWh, 90 kWh and 100 kWh).

Tesla Model X all electric SUV
Tesla Model X All-Electric SUV

Model X Long Range

  • Range: 315 miles (WLTP)
  • Max speed: 155 mph 
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 4.4 sec
  • Price: from £82,200

Model X Performance

  • Range: 300 miles (WLTP)
  • Max speed: 155 mph 
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 2.7 sec
  • Price: from £96,400

Reviews

  • Top Gear: 8/10
  • Autocar: 4/5
  • WhatCar?: 4/5

For

  • Distinctive looks and innovation (plenty of equipment)
  • Acceleration: the top of the range P100D achieves 0-60 mph in 2.9 sec
  • Cabin space and access to rear seats

Against

  • Does not come cheap: more expensive than its competitors (Jaguar I-PACE priced from £64.495)
  • Speed of Falcon Doors 
  • Material quality at times can feel cheap 

Jaguar I-PACE 


The four-wheel battery electric vehicle (BEV) crossover SUV, was announced in March 2018, with deliveries commencing in second half 2018.  Since then, the first all-electric SUV from a premium European manufacturer has won 62 international awards.  

The Jaguar marque owned by the British automotive manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), achieved its first ‘European Car of the Year’ award in April 2019, with the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE.  The EV SUV also won the 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car awards in 2019

The concept version of the SUV was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show.  It is also the first credible mainstream automotive manufacturer to challenge the dominance of the Tesla Model X in the premium SUV segment.  The I-PACE comes in three variants (S, SE, HSE).  All three variants have a 90 kWh battery.  We at e-zoomed can assist you buying your perfect I-PACE. Follow this link.

Jaguar IPACE SUV Electric
The Jaguar I-PACE All-Electric SUV

Jaguar I-PACE

  • Range: 292 miles (WLTP)
  • Max speed: 124 mph 
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 4.5 sec
  • Price: from £64,495

Reviews

  • Top Gear: 8/10
  • Autocar: 4.5/5
  • WhatCar?: 5/5

For

  • Radical and innovative design
  • Responsive and seamless performance 
  • Loads of luxuries, even at the entry level S spec

Against

  • Real world range not similar to ‘claimed range’
  • Infotainment system quality does not reflect price 
  • Not cheap enough for the ‘masses’.  Positioned as a premium SUV

Audi e-Tron 


Audi, the German automotive company, unveiled the all-electric luxury SUV concept in 2015 at the Frankfurt motor show.  The production version was shown in San Francisco in September 2018.  Deliveries commenced in early 2019.  The all-electric four-wheel SUV is part of the Audi e-tron family of electric and hybrid vehicles.   

The e-tron is Audi’s first fully-electric series-production model.   However, the model experienced delays in deliveries earlier in the year due to supply of electric batteries and motors.  The e-tron comes with a 95 kWh battery.

Audi e-tron 55 SUV quattro Electric
The Audi-etron All-Electric SUV

Audi e-tron

  • Range: 310 miles (NEDC)
  • Max speed: 124 mph 
  • Acceleration: 0-100 kph: 5.7 sec
  • Price: from £71,560

Reviews

  • Top Gear: 7/10
  • Autocar: 4.5/5
  • WhatCar?: 4/5

For

  • Not a radical design to encourage drivers to buy into ‘familiarity’ 
  • Well built and a safe step to emission-free premium driving (excellent on-board refinement)
  •  Smooth and effortless driving

Against

  • Unimaginative design does not stand out of the crowd. Side view mirrors (cameras) an acquired taste 
  • Pricing not as attractive as the Jaguar I-PACE 
  • Though handling and performance is strong, it  not as good as its premium priced competitors


Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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