What are they like and what models do we have?
Big cities are the natural terrain for electric cars. On urban routes they are the ultimate weapon and thanks to their absolute silence, comfort, driving agility without changing gears and absence of smoke, they show such a superiority that they will make us see the combustion engines as old steam engines.
Still, if they have anything to focus on, it’s that they enable greater efficiency, especially when it comes to long commutes. A specific case, for example, we have with the BMW super saloon, the i7, one of the most representative high-end electric cars of the moment.
For sure, one of the best predisposed high-end electric cars of the moment. This is the BMW i7, which today seems like the top of the range of the German house. Packed with technology, it features a giant screen called the BMW Theater Screen that will also be compatible with Amazon Fire TV.
The novelty is that this screen is located behind, unlike in the Mercedes-Benz EQS, the natural rival of the BMW i7, which has the Hyperscreen on the dashboard occupying practically everything. with a picture avant-garde and almightyis presented with a large kidney grille that extends almost the entire vertical of the car.
It offers 485 kW (544 hp) of power extracted from two electric motors (which will allow you to enjoy four-wheel drive). Later in 2023, the i7 M70 xDrive will arrive, which boosts its performance to 660 hp. The energy will be stored in a 101.7 kWh battery that will allow traveling between 590 and 625 kilometers of autonomy with a single recharge. Their prices start at 139,000 euros.
Although it may seem otherwise due to its visual characteristics, this Cupra Born It is considered a not so affordable model, so we could include it in this list of high-end electric cars. A model that was initially born as a member of Seat’s future electric range, but Cupra’s subsequent empowerment and independence plans meant that it was finally destined for the sub-brand of the Volkswagen group.
It is available in several versions. Until now it was only available with a 152 kW (204 hp) motor and a 58 kWh battery, where the range was later completed with the arrival of the Born e-Boost and its strong 172 kW (231 hp) motor. On the one hand, it does so by equipping that battery that allows a autonomy of 500 kilometers and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds. On the other hand, e-Boost approves between 362 and 420 km, so the differences are minimal. Their prices range from 39,000 euros to 52,000 euros.
Jaguar I Pace
As could happen with the BMW i7, we have the Jaguar I-Pace, another of the high-end electric cars most ‘premium’ range, which is an electric crossover that is positioned as a clear competitor to the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron and Mercedes EQC.
It does so with a total of 294 kW (400 hp) of power, a 90 kWh capacity battery and a range of 480 km according to the WLTP cycle. It is a product of undoubted technological appeal, with an appearance similar to that of the successive prototypes presented by the brand since 2016. Thanks to the permanent all-wheel drive, it is capable of doing 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, a figure more typical of a sports car. The price of the Jaguar I-PACE starts from 79,100 euros.
Tesla Model S
Talking about high-end electric cars is talking about Tesla. One of the pioneering brands in the manufacture of this type of class, and which is the main responsible for the final take off of this type of vehicle. We do it here with the Model S, which was one of Tesla’s first electrified models and has been on the market since 2012, so its platform is already more than tested, obtaining very good long-term results.
This is one luxury saloon which has different models depending on the battery pack installed, with 75 and 100 kW models that offer routes of 490km and 610km respectively with a single charge and capable of developing between 333 CV and 612 CV of power depending on the model.
Inside, technology is very present in every detail, especially if it is equipped with the AutoPilot semi-autonomous driving system, which allows the car to drive on its own when changing lanes or en route, taking into account the rest of the vehicles and the layout of the road. Their prices range from 52,970 euros.
With a sporty design and ample space, we have the Porsche Taycan, which could not be missing from this list. One of the most outstanding elements of this is its new panoramic roof with sunlight control, since it has an anti-glare electric system. In it, and if it stands out for something apart from its great efficiency and performanceis that it has an interior in which its 8-position electric comfort front seats look very good.
It comes equipped with a high-performance battery called PerformanceBattery Plus, which has a gross capacity of 93.4 kWh that provides autonomy ranging from 417 at 498 km. Its Porsche E-Performance engine with a permanent magnet synchronous motor on the front and rear axle offers a maximum power of 571 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 100 in 4 seconds. Their prices start at 110,000 euros.
The Mercedes EQS is an electric sedan, of the F segment, manufactured by Mercedes since 2021. The first generation is currently marketed, which is characterized by being a luxury car and high performance designed as one of the top-of-the-range battery-powered electric cars.
Since its launch it has been marketed with two different powers, although there will later be a high-performance AMG version (such as the plug-in hybrid) with 490 kW (658 hp). Its autonomy can reach 741 kilometers in the WLTP homologation cycle, in which its body of 5.21 meters in length may be the most controversial point for having an unconventional design for a sedan, this being something that finds its explanation in aerodynamics.
As for the powertrain, the top-of-the-range Mercedes EQS, the 580 4MATIC, has two electric motors, one on each axle, which provide a power of 390 kW (523 hp) and a maximum torque of 855 Nm. It has a price of 119,000 euros.