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3 Under the Radar Electric Vehicles to Watch in 2020

You can expect to see a surge of electric vehicles sharing the road with you in 2020. The ever-increasing cost of fuel paired with the fact that drivers are becoming more aware of the impact their driving has on the environment makes electric cars significantly more appealing.

According to data collected by Markets Insider, the number of electric vehicles sold globally will increase from the 2 million vehicles sold in 2018 to 4 million sales in 2020. Markets Insider believes that by 2030, 70% of all vehicles will be powered by an electric battery.

When the average consumer thinks about electric vehicles, they automatically picture a Tesla, which is the most famous brand of electric vehicles. But, there are several under the radar electric vehicles to watch in 2020.

The Chevy Bolt EV

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The Chevy Bolt EV proves that high-quality, reliable electric vehicles can be manufactured in the United States. The same vehicle also proves that electric cars can be bigger than a postage stamp. The vehicle is modeled after Chevy’s popular crossovers. This means drivers and passengers enjoy more interior room than they typically expect from an electric vehicle.

You won’t notice any big differences between the 2019 and 2020 Chevy Bolts. The vehicle is powered by a 60 kWh battery pack load which helps provide the Chevy Bolt with 200 horsepower and 266 lb.-tons of torque.

The battery is designed to store 60 kilowatt-hours of energy. Officially, you can drive 238 miles on a fully charged battery before you have to plug the Chevy Bolt EV in. However, there are reports of drivers exceeding 300 miles on one charge. In fact, the EPA estimates that if the Chevy Bolt EV was a gas-fueled vehicle, you’d get about 118 MPG.

The Nissan IDS

Who says that just because you want to drive an environmentally friendly vehicle, that you also must own a boring vehicle? Absolutely nobody! The Nissan IDS effectively proves that electric vehicles can be fun to drive, exciting to look at, and very eco-friendly. 

Now, if you’re looking for a powerful vehicle, the Nissan IDS isn’t for you. But, if you crave speed, you’ll love this car. It’s designed to reach speeds of 155 miles-per-hour. The fun car is powered by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Luckily, the Nissan IDS will be as high-tech as it appears. Nissan plans to equip it with many autonomous features that will help compensate for driver errors and predict and evade collisions.

Production on the Nissan IDS is planned for 2019/2020.

The Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric
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Hyundai is quite proud of the compact crossover, the Hyundai Kona. There are electric, gasoline, and diesel versions of this vehicle. Interestingly, the company has made some tweaks to the Kona’s design which you’ll see when the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electrics arrive at your local dealership.

Most of the improvements to the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric took place in an attempt to make the vehicle as safe as possible. Specifically, the changes include lane assist warnings to alert drivers to potential problems and improved blind-spot monitoring. In addition to the safety features, the infotainment center has been enlarged making it easier to see, especially for older drivers.

Consumers can choose from two different output options when selecting a 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric: standard and optional. Both output methods allow the vehicle to travel 292 miles on a single battery charge. Early reviews state that the vehicle, which will be available in the second half of 2019.

These three cars are just a small sampling of the electric vehicles that will be available in 2020.