The world-famous New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) has officially kicked-off at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center this week. Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are dominating this year’s show, with a number of leading automakers gearing up to make eco-friendly cars next year’s biggest automotive trend.
“We are at the tipping point where technology, engineering, sport, marketing and customer preferences are starting to come together in the form of electric transportation, and this year’s New York International Auto Show is the place to see it all,” said Mark Schienberg, president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. “With more than 60 world and North American debuts, many of them are focusing on the future of mobility through electric vehicles, this year’s show is the place to explore for environmentally-savvy New Yorkers.”
While we may be decades away before flying cars are a reality, as predicted in the 1985 cinematic thriller, “Back to the Future,” electric vehicles are headed full-speed into the public mainstream. From the world’s first self-driving, all-electric smart car, to EVs with a driving range of more than 200 miles with a single charge, attendees at this year’s NYIAS will get a glimpse at the most innovative, environmentally-conscious vehicles the world has to offer.
Here’s your sneak peek at five of the most impressive cars at this year’s NYIAS, leading the way in electric and plug-in hybrid cars:
1) HYUNDAI KONA EV 2019
The all-new, 100 percent electric Kona EV, produced by Hyundai, made its world debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show. Starting at just $19,500, this sleek, affordable new model combines the sleek design of a sports car with all the perks of an EV. With an estimated total electric range of 240 miles on a single charge, Hyundai leads the pack as the most innovative and affordable EV car in the industry. The Kona EV 2019 will go on sale this fall.
2) JAGUAR I-PACE 2019
Jaguar debuted its first all-electric vehicle at this year’s New York International Auto Show. The Jaguar I-PACE combines elegance and sophisticated engineering for one of the most sophisticated vehicles to make its debut this year. The model, which stemmed from the manufacturer’s 2016 C-X75 supercar concept, is now a reality. With a 90 kWh battery powering Jaguar-designed electric motor, the I-PACE delivers a whopping estimated range of 240 miles per charge. But it isn’t just its electric range that makes this vehicle so impressive. In a true spirit of Jaguar’s sporty personality, the I-PACE has a 0 to 60 mph acceleration in as little as 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 124 mph. The I-PACE, which also features the wealth of driver assistance features, will arrive at U.S. retailers in summer 2018 and is expected to have a base price $69,500.
3) BMW i8 ROADSTER 2019
The first-ever BMW i8 Roadster made its New York debut at this year’s Auto Show at the Javits Center. With roots as a mere concept vehicle back in 2012, German automaker BMW is raising the stakes with this new model. Boasting a top speed of 155 mph and 0 to 60 acceleration in just over 4 seconds, the new i8 Roadster combines emission-free mobility and high-performance engineering for the ultimate hybrid sportscar. The all-new i8 Roadster will hit the market later this spring, but if you plan on adding this BMW to your sports car collection – it’ll cost you. With a base price of just under $150,000, the i8 Roadster 2019 is poised to be the most expensive BMW product to ever be sold in the U.S.
4) NISSAN LEAF 2018
When Nissan first debuted its all-electric LEAF, it received mixed reviews. The automaker has completely reinvented the wheel with its second-generation model, which is already on-sale. Combining a greater charge range of 150 miles and a new, bold design, the all-new 2018 LEAF is an innovative and affordable option for the environmentally-conscious consumer. With a base price of just under $30,000 the all-new Nissan LEAF 2018 boasts 147 horsepower and advanced technologies like e-Pedal, Automatic Emergency Braking, this new model will literally transform your daily commute without breaking the bank.
5) HONDA INSIGHT HYBRID 2019
Honda has established itself as a world leader in the automotive industry – and it is no wonder why. Honda’s highly-anticipated 2019 Insight compact hybrid made its global debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show. The Insight Hybrid is a spacious, five-passenger sedan that offers an elegant design and an fuel economy range in excess of 50 mpg. Powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative and efficient two-motor hybrid system, Insight’s 151 net system horsepower combines with a lightweight structure to deliver the best power-to-weight ratio in its class as well as up to 55-mpg in the city. The Insight is expected to hit the market in late 2018. While the base price has still not been announced, the 2019 Insight is positioned and priced between Civic and Accord in Honda’s passenger car lineup.
While they didn’t quite make our top 5 list, the all-new 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Lexus UX 250h, the all-electric 2019 Lincoln Aviator and the Volvo XC60 T8 PHEV deserve an honorable mention as highlight EVs and hybrids at this year’s New York International Auto Show.