We often talk about China, but the US is very productive when it comes to electric cars. 100% electric, packed with technology, American electric cars are making their way into Europe. Here is a selection of eight cars that are eagerly awaited.
After making a selection of 100% electric Chinese cars expected in Europe, we tackled American car manufacturers. There are well-known manufacturers, such as General Motors, Ford, Tesla… and new ones trying to follow in Tesla’s footsteps: Rivian, Lucid, Lordstown, Canoo, Faraday Future and Fisker. It’s the eternal story of small, nimble, daring and creative start-ups… We don’t know who will actually reach their goals.
Delayed, then delayed and definitely delayed again. If you’re planning to crack the second edition Tesla Roadster, you’ll need to be patient (and lucky). However, the hope is that one day it will finally happen. The Roadster will be a car with great features.
When it was announced, Elon Musk said the Roadster would be able to reach 1,000 km on a single charge and hinted at a top speed of over 400 km/h. He also said that its tri-motor system (which includes one electric motor at the front and two at the rear) will enable the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 1.9 seconds. Nothing to do with the original Roadster from 2008 designed on the basis of a Lotus Elise. Outside of the official announcement, the new Roadster has made tentative appearances at official Tesla events.
In France, a price of at least 172,000 euros counts. We are talking about a first delivery in 2023… Remember that Elon Musk during his presentation at the end of 2017 promised an arrival in 2020.
It is certainly the least known of the American manufacturers mentioned here, here is Fisker Ocean. This 100% electric SUV has been seen at several shows this year. The appearance of the Californian SUV is irresistibly reminiscent of the Range Rover Evoque. You will have noticed the sunroof, which the brand assures that it can accumulate up to 3200 km of autonomy per year. Regarding this theme, we advise you to read our handling of Lightyear 0.
The huge 17.1-inch central screen impresses, in the vertical position while driving or horizontally to watch a movie when standing still. Fans of the Tesla Model 3 or Model S will all find their account… it can also rotate 90 degrees. When you hold still, you view it in landscape mode to enjoy multimedia content. On the move, the vertical mode will be more suitable to distract the driver less. The instrumentation is displayed on a small screen behind the steering wheel.
The advertised ranges are between 440 km (Ocean Sportsthe basic model, with electric motor located on the front axle) and 630 km (Ocean Exreme, with two motors on each axle) on the WLTP cycle.
Its first delivery is scheduled for November 2022 in Austria or the United States. In France, delivery is listed for April 2023. Prices are between 41,900 euros and up to 69,950 euros. It seems high, but these prices include a lot of options and are therefore attractive compared to the competition.
If you’re looking for a strong challenger to the Tesla Model S, the Lucid Air is a strong contender. In the equal segment, the majority of electric cars that try to show Tesla’s characteristics are very far from approaching it. But that’s not the case with Lucid Air.
On the spec sheet, the Lucid Aid offers 827 hp versus 680 hp for the Model S Plaid. If the two models are equal from 0 to 100 km/h, the Lucid Air is faster in recovery for the 80 to 120 km/h (1.9 vs. 2.2 seconds)
In terms of autonomy, the Lucid Air even has the luxury of consuming less on the highways (from 17 to 21 kWh / 100 km, against 19 to 22 for the Model S Plaid according to Automobile-Propre). Even charging is faster, 300kW compared to 250kW max on DC. Another detail: the battery runs at 800 volts versus 400 volts at Tesla.
At the end of August 2022, Lucid unveiled the edition Air Sapphire Edition. This Lucid Air Sapphire model has three motors with a total of 1,200 horsepower. With an extra motor in the back, it’s meant to reach 100 km/h in less than two seconds and 160 km/h in less than four seconds with a top speed of 321 km/h.
If the two cars are so similar, it’s because Lucid Motors has recruited an engineer… Peter Rawlinson, who worked on the Tesla Model S and Lucid Air. Prices in Europe start at 100,000 euros for the entry-level version, Pure, they go up to 218,000 euros for the Dream Edition (price for Germany). Reservations for the first model of Lucid Motos are already open on the manufacturer’s website. In France you cannot pre-order it yet. Lucid targets Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Norway.
Like Lucid, Rivian is often in the business news as its announcements and other figures are scrutinized by the industry. Rivian’s first major communication was the major deal with Amazon. The American group worked closely with Rivian to design the vans, which were assembled at Rivian’s factory in Normal, USA. Rivian presented two models: a pickup called the R1T and an SUV called the R1S. The R1S, like the Lucid Air mentioned above, is already rolling on American roads.
It is a large 7-seater SUV, still with a 100% electric motor. Its characteristics are very close to the R1T, the two cars share the same platform. The Rivian R1S wants to be seen as the worthy successor to large American-style SUVs. It already makes an impression with its mirror cabinet look, like a Chevrolet Tahoe or a Ford Expedition. Therefore, this does not make it a very efficient car.
|Battery capacity||105 kWh||135 kWh||180 kWh|
|Powerful||300 kW (408 hp)||522 kW (710 hp)||562 kW (764 hp)|
|R1T autonomy||370 km||480 km||640 km|
|R1S autonomy||386 km||499 km||660 km|
The Rivian R1S is available in the US starting at $70,000, and no European availability date has been announced. Rivian announced big losses for the second quarter of 2022, we are talking about 1.7 billion dollars, but 98,000 pre-orders have been registered with 25,000 vehicles that were supposed to be delivered in 2022.
The Celestiq Project
… it is “ultra-luxury”. We’re talking about a $300,000 entry level ticket here, with no options.
Celestiq will therefore offer hand-assembled materials, four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and GM’s next-generation Ultra Cruise driver assistance system. The powertrain will also be GM’s work, it’s Ultium technology.
Pre-orders will be open from 2023, with first deliveries scheduled for 2025. Clearly, Cadillac is not immune to a little delay. This SUV could come here a little later, as suggested by General Motors, which sees in the electric an opportunity to return to Europe.
Canoo is a young American startup. We chose this American manufacturer because we like their approach to the car. This is the case, for example, with the official NASA car.
This seven-seater car reminds us of the Volkswagen ID. Buzz, its design was guided by efficiency, but also carpooling. Moving away from the classic design of cars, its panoramic glass roof and its side windows that wrap around the entire rear cabin will undoubtedly provide an ideal view of the entire exterior. The rear passenger area will impress with the curved bench seat like a sofa and the large central compartment.
Canoo plans to put its minivans on the market starting in 2023 in the United States at a price of $34,750. Several variants will be offered, including delivery to professionals.
Here we attack an American icon, a sports car called the Charger Daytona SRT. Dodge is working on the electrification of its range, which will then allow it to consider marketing in Europe, as for General Motors and Cadillac.
It’s done, Dodge promises us one electric version of the muscle car for 2024. The style has been revised to win in modernity, but also in aerodynamics, a key element to improve autonomy. We have covered this concept in detail in this article.
Buick Electra EV
Buick has unveiled two concepts in the form of a coupe and a sedan, announcing the arrival of its 100% electric Electra sedan from 2024 in the United States. The first is called Wildcat EV, and has the form of a superb 2+2 electric coupé, with very futuristic lines. But be careful, because this isn’t meant to directly announce a production model, but rather give an idea of the stylistic direction the brand will take in the coming years.
The other is the Electra-X. This then fills some elements of the coupé, on the other hand, it stands out with its raised silhouette.
We don’t want them in Europe: Ford F 150 EV, GMC Hummer EV, Lordstown Endurance and Tesla Cybertruck
This is a subjective opinion shared by the Frandroid editorial team. Personally, I love pickups. Little known in Europe, they are the most popular vehicles in the US. They offer plenty of utility, with huge towing capacity. As huge SUVs, they are now sophisticated and luxurious products … with a huge efficiency problem.
Pickups have made great strides in efficiency. But they’re still big tanks moving through space, and as such they’re still the least fuel-efficient cars. These pickups have also become impressive, especially since they have four doors and safety systems. Finally, the car infrastructure in Europe is not adapted to these cars. To move, to park, to maneuver in difficult situations and to integrate in public and private car parks.
Also, in some countries the 100% electric Hummer EV pollutes more than some thermo cars due to its gigantic energy consumption to move around.
In short, despite the Cybertruck’s futuristic styling, we don’t want it in Europe. Except, on the border, for small pickups like the Ford Ranger.
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