2020 is taking a new turn for Electric Vehicles, regular fuel-consuming vehicles used to be the best (and probably the only) option but the tide seems to be turning. Aside from the fact that EVs will totally unseat emissions, they are much more sustainable and the world is keen on attaining maximum comfort.
While EV manufacturers keep improving the ranges and also increasing the number of charging infrastructures, the world will gradually adjust. Who knows, we just might be approaching an era where combustion engine cars will no longer be produced.
This brings us to the bill passed in the Senate House, in Nigeria, seeking to gradually end the use of petrol cars in the country.
It was sponsored by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, who strongly believes that fuel subsidy could be completely eradicated and all petrol stations can be replaced with solar charging stations.
The truth is, this is very possible in Nigeria and it will save cost, but for some reason, other lawmakers disagreed with Senator Bruce. For now, a bulk of Nigerians will keep up with their petrol-powered vehicles, while others who want to join the EV league will have to independently sort out a solar system.
However, we can’t ignore the fact that EV models keep improving and some even offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Let’s take a look at 8 best EVs available in 2020, suggested by Naijauto.com!
1. Nissan Leaf Plus
Since the first model has been on sale from 2011, the competition keeps getting stronger and now, Nissan Leaf is heading for the Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt, and Hyundai Kona. The new Nissan Leaf Plus is definitely an upgrade, having significant changes compared to the pure-electric Leaf. Of course, it’s cheaper, has 147 HP, and drives up to 151 miles (which is only good for short commutes) after a single charge, but the Leaf plus offers even more. If money isn’t an object, you can go for the SL version of the Nissan Leaf. This version offers features like blind spot warnings as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
- Price: $36,550 (~N13.2 million)
- Engine capacity: 214 HP
- Range: 226 miles
- Recharge duration: Depending on the EV charging station, 100-KW DC will charge up to 80% in 45 minutes, while 50-KW DC does the same in an hour.
The new Leaf Plus offers up to 229 miles of range as well as faster acceleration
2. Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Apart from the pure Electric powertrain, Hyundai Ioniq comes in two other versions: as a hybrid (electric and gas) and a plug-in hybrid. Every model of the Ioniq features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Just in case you want to go for the Hybrid model (it’s available in 3 trims: SEL, Blue, and Limited), the SEL is equipped with a power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as active safety features that include Automatic Emergency Braking.
- Price: $29,500 (~N10.7 million)
- Engine capacity: 118hp
- Range: 124 miles
- Recharge duration: 3-7 hours (Depending on the EV charging station)
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Hyundai offers three trims - Hybrid, a Plug-in Hybrid, or a pure EV
3. Tesla Model 3 2019
Well, this electric sedan is meant to bring the EV technology to the masses, but the prices don’t seem to agree. However, it’s a great sedan that comes with 4 different models: Standard Range Battery, Standard Range Plus Battery, Long Range Battery, and the most pricey, Performance. The Model 3 Performance model comes with upgraded brakes, a top speed of 155 mph, and a lower suspension. Also, the Standard Range Plus Battery offers 240 miles of driving range, heated front seats, and other cool features.
Speaking of the Model 3 interior, it’s simply sophisticated, featuring enough cargo space, a massive touchscreen, multiple USB connectivity, Navigation, Bluetooth, and a few other infotainment luxuries.
- Price: $36,000 (~N13 million) - $61,100 (~N22 million)
- Engine capacity: 258hp
- Range: 220 miles
- Recharge duration: 150-KW DC will charge fully within 30 minutes, while 50-KW DC charges full in 60 minutes.
For the Model 3, Tesla is offering a limited warranty of 50,000 miles or 4 years
4. Hyundai Kona Electric
The interior is quite comfortable and it offers convenient tech features. All Kona Electric models offer touchscreen features, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the higher specs, you’ll get more interior comfort like the pedestrian-detection technology feature, ventilated leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, and adaptive cruise control. Automated emergency braking and blind spot monitoring are standard features in all Kona specs.
- Price: $36,450 (~N13.1 million)
- Engine capacity: 201hp
- Range: 258 miles
- Recharge duration: 50-KW DC - 1hr 15mins
The accelerative performance of this EV is somewhat stronger than other EV's in its class
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5. 2019 Chevrolet Bolt
The roomy hatchback isn’t very attractive on the outside, but the price and its range delivery make it worth the buy. It offers nice functionality, a rear-view camera, a 10.2-inch touch screen, and a tire-fill alert.
- Price: $37,495 (~N13.5 million)
- Engine capacity: 200 hp
- Range: 238 miles
- Recharge duration: 9 hours
The Chevrolet Bolt is roomy and highly functional
6. 2019 Honda Insight
It’s a Hybrid car that allows you to go electric without even realizing it. While driving, the 60-cell lithium ion battery car can go electric at low speed. It relies on the gas for a while and you don’t need to plug in the car – the gas engine can recharge the battery while driving.
The Insight comes in three specs: EX, LX, and Touring. LX lacks infotainment features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the EX and Touring trims have both, along with an 8.0-inch touchscreen system. You can also find LED fog lights, leather seats, navigation, a 10-speaker audio system, rain-sensing wipers, and heated front seats in the Touring trim.
- Price: $22,930 (~N8.2m) - $28,190 (~N10.2m)
- Engine capacity: 129 hp
- Range: 551 miles
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Even the mainstream specs version offers a very appealing infotainment system
7. Rivian R1T Truck
This all-electric pickup is amazing for several reasons, the most significant part is the charging system. Scheduled to be officially released in 2020, the American start-up brand, Rivian, explained that the truck will be able to charge up for 200 miles of range in 30 minutes. In cases where charging stations can’t be found easily, owners have access to auxiliary battery packs and on top of that, vehicle-to-vehicle charging will be enabled (Rivian to Rivian). In addition, the R1T truck can tow more than 11,000 pounds.
- Price: $69,000 (~N24.9 million)
- Engine capacity: 754 hp
- Range: 400 miles
A five-passenger electric pick-up looks like an all-in-one package!
8. 2019 Audi E-tron Sportback
It’s a five-seat crossover with great performance and a sophisticated interior. Although the features vary according to the trims, the sleek SUV has a cabin with several driver assistance options. On the dashboard, you’ll find multiple HD screens that include Audi’s digital gauge cluster, called Virtual Cockpit, and two touchscreens located in the center. There are also features like adaptive cruise control, Alexa compatibility, self-parking assist and the ultimate sound system by Bang & Olufsen.
- Price: $74,800 (~N27 million)
- Engine capacity: 402 hp
- Range: 248.5 miles
- Recharge duration: 8.5 hours
The e-tron comes twin charging ports, allowing you to charge on both ends.
Although the Rivian pickup isn’t up for sale yet, it looks like a great option. You can go off-road with an electric vehicle that won’t let you get stuck because it offers convenient charging options. It sounds like the perfect vehicle for traveling through undeveloped areas across Nigeria (probably to the villages). Of course, the model 3 Tesla is a good choice too, be sure to go for what suits your style!