Coming Soon to a Dealership Near You: 2019 Models
11.07.2018 - by Plug In America
Coming Soon to a Dealership Near You: 2019 Models

With 2019 fast approaching, Americans across the country head to their local auto shows and dealerships to see the latest and greatest in the automotive world. Here at Plug In America, we know that the truly latest and greatest 2019 models have one thing in common: they’re all electric. Whether you’re considering an EV for the first time or you’re looking to upgrade to a newer model, here’s what’s new in 2019.

Jaguar I-Pace
Available: Now

Jaguar’s first foray into the electric vehicle market is a sharp-looking luxury SUV that zooms from zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds riding on a 394-horsepower/512 lb-ft of torque electric motor and a 90 kWh battery pack from LG. That pack garners the Jag a 234-mile range, but a low efficiency of 2.6 miles per kilowatt hour; translation: the I-Pace needs a bigger, more expensive battery to achieve the desired range. Power is provided by dual electric motors on the front and rear axles along with air suspension for a responsive driving experience. The I-Pace seats four adults comfortably and has 25.3 cubic feet of storage space left over. With a price tag of $69,500 before incentives, the I-Pace looks to be a direct competitor to the Tesla Model X.

Audi e-tron
Available: Early 2019

Another entrant in the luxury SUV class, the Audi e-tron competes directly with the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. The e-tron eeks out a respectable range of 248 miles from its 95 kWh battery pack, with a similar efficiency to the I-Pace. Acceleration is slightly slower than the I-Pace, at 5.5 seconds to sixty; however, the e-tron features a 4,000 pound max tow rating (the Jag isn’t rated to tow at all) courtesy of its two electric motors (front and rear axle) that pump out a combined 355 horsepower, 414 lb-ft of torque. Like both the Jag and the Tesla, the e-tron features air suspension with five modes. Recharge time is 9 hours on a level 2 NEMA 14-50 plug; however, find a 150 kW CCS Combo fast charger, and the e-tron will recharge 80% of its battery in 30 minutes. Audi is clear: the e-tron is made for long range road trips. Final MSRP has been set at $74,800.

Kia Niro EV
Available: January 2019

From the same auto group as Hyundai comes the Niro EV. The Niro is an all-electric compact SUV with a 236-mile range from a 64 kWh battery pack. The Niro is 7.5 inches longer and 1 inch wider than the Kona, and sits on a 4-inch longer wheelbase; this likely accounts for the lower range when compared with the Kona, but the Niro makes up for this with additional front and rear legroom and a sightly higher cargo volume of 19.4 cubic feet. While not as much is known about the Niro, it is expected to have many of the same features as the Kona, including a 100 kW CCS Combo charger capability and a price tag somewhere south of $40,000. Look for the Kia Niro EV in dealerships later in 2019.

Hyundai Kona Electric
Available: Mid 2019

The Hyundai Kona Electric offers 258 miles of all-electric range inside a compact SUV frame. With a 201 horsepower electric motor and 19.2 cubic feet of rear cargo room all on a 164.6-inch wheelbase, the Kona packs a lot into a small-ish footprint. The Kona Electric features a regen paddle on the steering wheel that Chevy Bolt EV drivers will find familiar. Its 204 horsepower electric motor means that, despite its mild-mannered non-high performance looks, the Kona Electric can be a tire-chirper. Now down to some EV specs: the Kona Electric has a 7.2 kW onboard charger that will recharge the entire pack from zero miles in 9.5 hours. The Kona Electric features a 100 kW onboard CCS Combo charger that can inject up to 206 miles in 54 minutes, and its liquid cooled 64 kWh battery pack from LG easily meets the 258-mile EPA range, and achieves an efficiency of 4.03 miles per kilowatt hour (anything over 4 miles per kilowatt hour is gravy). While the final MSRP is yet to be determined, it is expected to be under $40,000, making this all-new all-electric a must-drive.

60 kWh Nissan LEAF?
Available: Late 2019 or 2020

Looks like the 2019 Nissan LEAF will not feature the much anticipated 200+ mile 60 kilowatt hour battery pack, at least initially. There are hints from Nissan that the 60 kWh pack may be available later in 2019, but for now expect the 2019 Nissan LEAF to launch with its 150-mile 40 kWh battery pack.

Chevrolet Volt – Charger Upgrade
Available: Now

The 2019 Chevy Volt will come equipped standard with a 7.2 kWh (up from 3.6 kWh in 2018) onboard charger that recharges the Volt’s 18.4 kWh pack in 2 hours, double the speed of the previous year’s model.


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30 comments on “Coming Soon to a Dealership Near You: 2019 Models”
  1. Robert Patterson says:

    How much does it cost to charge ev,s every time you need it out on the road?

  2. Hal says:

    We live in San Diego. Our kids live in the San Francisco Bay Area. We drive up and back quite often. It’s about 500 miles, so I presume, under ideal conditions with say, a 230 mile electric range, I’d have to charge at least once, for probably 2 hours, so I’m kinda stuck with ICE for now. Many of our trips in this car are much longer and out in places where there are no charging stations. I think an ideal situation for EVs is putting around town where 100 mile range would be totally adequate….maybe even 50 miles would be enough. Problem is, I don’t want to spend $30K or more for a car in which I can’s really leave town. Someone needs to develope a little, inexpensive, 4 passenger electric care for $20K or less. This would meet the needs of many of my retired neighbors who probably do 10 short errands per person per day, all of which are less than 20 miles round trip, and most of those less than 10 miles round trip. Plug it in at night and you’re ready for the next day. I drove an electric scooter 6 miles to work for a few years. It had only about a 15 mile range, but I’d charge it at work and have a full battery when heading home. Minimalistic and cheap electric transportation. You don’t need a fancy comfortable car for short trips. Look at the golf carts (hopefully electric) in retirement communities.

  3. Photojedi says:

    I owned a 2012 Leaf SV for 7 years and had 56,894 miles when I traded it for a 2018 Leaf SV. My battery was down to 9 bars range (50-55 miles), so the 150 mile range of the new one is much appreciated. I got a 36-month lease for $210/mo. with a 10K mile/yr allowance. In 3 years I’ll just turn it in and will have a larger selection of EVs to choose from. I have a Level 2 charger at home and rarely need charging on the road.

  4. Robert Wells says:

    FYI, The Kona started arriving at West Coast dealers the 3rd week of December. The MSRP is just under the Chevy Bolt price. Look for the Kona appearing at East Coast Dealers by Memorial Day 2019! And highway test drives were getting 5.1 miles per KW, yes getting 300+ miles per full charge. Tests were posted on YOU TUBE, Check them out!

  5. Bobby says:

    Why is it so many “hybrid” people can’t see the difference between what an ev and a hybrid are?

  6. Marc says:

    @Mr.David there are lots of DC fast chargers around and more being added constantly. Yes, more than Tesla even. Use an app like Plugshare to easily find them when you travel.

  7. Lise MacLeod says:

    I see the plug in hybrid Subaru CrossTrek is now pictured on the Subaru website.. It’s an all-wheel-drive electric that I’ve been waiting to see and read about for a year.

  8. Robert patterson says:

    I would love to have a ev. That charges itself. With no help from from gas engines.

  9. pjkPA says:

    I already have the electric that fits fine… and after 6 years and not one problem…. I would buy another Chevy Volt. This Volt after 6 years of hard city miles (50K) it still runs like new and my brakes are still 80%.. My daughter does have a new Volt which does have some good advantages I do like. Hers is 20% faster and has 38% more range and I do like the improved regen paddles on steering wheel. Unlike the Leaf the Volt has the best battery system which had proven to be very reliable and durable. I see very little loss in battery range or performance. The superior GM battery temperature control has proven itself. After 50 years of maintaining my own cars… this Chevy Volt is by far the lowest cost of ownership… and the best performance… nothing beats the no shifting electric drive in the Volt.

  10. David Edwards says:

    I bought my new Bolt last year for <$29K net and have already taken it on a 2,100+ mile family road trip. The first affordable, long range EV is already here and has been here for a couple of years and it is not a Tesla, just GM's best kept secret.

  11. Stewart Parks says:

    The Porche Taycan will be out at the end of 2019 but no mention of that?

  12. Wendy Autenrieth says:

    I have my name (and money) in for a Tesla 3. As sexy as the car is and also tried and true, beware of the “$35,000” price. That is for the very basic model with black interior and black exterior. Be sure to calculate delivery fees ($1200) plus taxes. I test drove one yesterday but I am just not sure if I can really afford one.

  13. shawn lutz says:

    Meh.. Dc fast chargers are beginning to pop up fast these days. Power companies have taken notice of the demand for ev and are acting accordingly. No its not the same as a the tesla network… But these chargers are going in at places like walmart vs luxury hotels that avg joes like me can’t afford to stay at anyway….. The days of that supercharger network superiority are numbed……

  14. Fred says:

    I have a 2013 on 10 bars. Are you on a new battery pack? I will think about battery replacement when my battery health meter bars get lower and range becomes an issue. Would receive the newest battery composition, but only 24kw replacement so far. That would be us. Do like my LEAF.

  15. Bob says:

    Every time I look at one of these articles I cringe. All these manufacturers are trying to catch up but every one of the cars listed in this article are:

    1. Not on the roads or available in the US currently. Who knows if they even will be by the estimated date listed. (Except the iPace)
    2. Not a single one has near the range that Tesla’s have which are available and have been on the roads for a long time.
    3. None of them have a quick-charging network.

    I look forward to the competition but until these vehicles are actually on the roads, I don’t see them as anything other than PR propaganda.

    I have actually seen a Jaguar iPace on the road here in NJ driving next to me. It had Prototype plastered all over it. 🙂 It was all black and did look nice.

  16. ricegf says:

    My 2012 Leaf is similarly still going strong, such that I watch the expanding plug-in market with interest (and especially the first truly mass market EV, the Model 3), without really intending to purchase another vehicle within the next year. In fact, though I replaced the tires last year, my Leaf has never been in the shop for repairs in 7 years. Not once. Color me impressed!

    Given my Leaf’s fading battery due to their uniquely heat-sensitive design, though, I’ll probably skip Nissan next EV. Looks like I’ll have plenty of thermal-managed options from which to choose!

  17. Andy says:

    Drove Chevy Bolt from Santa Cruz to San Diego recharging at CCS Combo charging stations and getting 260 mile range by keeping mostly at 60 mph. And yes more stations will be very helpful. While not “rivaling” Tesla in many ways, the Bolt is a better surf wagon, 1 short board + one longboard inside.

  18. ecotesla says:

    Don’t know why everyone was comparing the EV’s with Tesla. The originality of a Tesla so far have no competition. None were able to design one that have a trunk and a frunk. None have the computing power, and it was a joke comparing anything with a model X. Being a 7 seater with doors that draw attention. So far, everything was forgettable.

  19. Skip says:

    Ray – I too own a Clarity PHEV. You can install a level II charger at your residence for faster charging than the Honda supplied level I EVSE.

    Great wealth of info about all kinds of stuff

  20. Ed Pollan says:

    I was looking at the Leaf but I found out from a company (highway insurance??) that the leaf has a problem with the driver front in a crash test. I would like to buy an electric car safe and not expensive
    do you have any suggestions?? A used car with low mileage I would consider.

  21. Wilma says:

    Don’t forget that the Chevy Volt also has a regen paddle, that you attribute to the Bolt in your description of the Hyundai Kona Electric

  22. Ken Ballard says:

    Would think that Plug In America could develop a common set of important standards for all EV’s. Anything out side theses standards could be added in the footnotes. Doing this would sure upgrade your image in the eyes of the non professional EVers.

  23. Ray Smithee says:

    I have a Honda Clarity. I have been happy with it so far. The range of close to 50 miles means that around town I can drive on electric only most of the time. For longer trips it get about the same gas mileage as my old Prius. But the plug-in charger is only 120 volts, so it takes about 12 hours to recharge. I do not know if there is a quick charge option because the Honda parts department only carries the 120 volt charger. I have not tried to charge at any of the public charging places yet. So, for now it’s overnight charging only.

  24. Marc Fontana says:

    I was looking forward to something new from Nissan in 2019. Too bad ! My 2011 Nissan LEAF will need last until 2020 which should offer more choices in longer range AFFORDABLE EVs. I look forward to learning more about the Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona…

  25. Mr. David says:

    Do any of the so called Tesla rivals have a Super Charging network? Stop saying a Tesla (killer or rival) until it has a Charging infrastructure. They are just local cars until then.

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