here are five electric sedans that want to eat Tesla

2023 should not be an easy year for Tesla. After leaving it to wipe out the plasters of the electricity market, the traditional manufacturers decided to kill it.
In fact, if most of them have bet on good big SUVs for their first 100% electric vehicles, the time seems to have come to look for the Californian manufacturer in its favorite land, the sedans.

While the Model S and Model 3 seem untouchable so far, new products from Mercedes, Volkswagen and some Chinese manufacturers with long teeth could change the cards. The search has begun for Tesla will you tell us? True, Audi with e-tron RS, Mercedes with EQS and Porsche with Taycan are already wearing the first banderillas, but we are talking about luxury cars, the price of which can easily exceed 100,000 euros. The new generation of sedans, the one that should hit the road at the end of 2022 and in 2023, has, in addition to its intrinsic qualities, the advantage of competing with Tesla in terms of price. Especially since, for a few weeks, Tesla no longer has the benefit of a particularly attractive price. Now that the small sedan is no longer eligible for the full-time ecological bonus, its price of 53,490 euros makes it even weaker.

Here are the five best-equipped electric sedan models to tease the Tesla Model 3:

Mercedes EQE: the younger brother of the EQS plays the luxury card

It’s hard to find a better approach than the star-studded power strategy brand. After concentrating its efforts on its most premium model, the EQS, Mercedes opted for the runoff and converted the rest of its range to electric. As such, the EQE has everything in a mini EQS, in terms of size of course, but also in performance.

Even better, the electric E-class has all of Tesla’s land-hunting arguments and more. With the signature driving pleasure of Mercedes sedans, a higher level of finish than Tesla, one of the best infotainment systems on the market and almost 700 km of autonomy, the EQE combines strengths. Its price, on the other hand, brings it closer to the Model S than the Model A, which may lead some future buyers to wait for an electric version of the C-class (which unfortunately is not the best EQXX concept).

Its main strength : a mini EQS
His greatest weakness : its price (79,300 euros)
The potential for trouble for Tesla : 8/10

Ioniq 6: the most serious rival?

What if it was the Model 3’s most serious competitor? Hyundai’s electric sedan has been making headlines for a while now. Even before its formalization at the end of June, it was a scarecrow for the Model 3. Since its manufacturer revealed its design and technical characteristics, the competition has become clearer. With a 239 kW (325 hp) engine, a torque of 605 Nm and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, it promises to be more efficient than the Tesla Model 3 propulsion (6.1 seconds). It should also exceed this in terms of autonomy. In fact, with the impressive drag coefficient (Cd of 0.21) and the 77 kWh battery, the Ioniq 6 intends to cover more than 600 km in one charge. This is again 100 km better than the entry level Tesla. And what about the fast charging capability. The Ioniq 6 can support 400 V and 800 V loads. With a 350 kW terminal, the battery goes from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes. It’s simple, to be able to compete with Tesla, you need to look at the Long Autonomy version, the closest in terms of technical characteristics. This one sells for 62,490 euros, exactly the same.

Apparently, prices have not yet been announced by Hyundai for this electric sedan, but since an Ioniq 5 is sold from 46,500 euros, it is difficult to imagine the Korean going beyond this price level. In fact, the Ioniq 6 already appears to be the Model 3’s fiercest rival.

Its main strength : value for money
His greatest weakness : nothing
The potential for trouble for Tesla : 10/10

Volkswagen Aero/ID.7: the wagon is electrified

We already know a lot about Volkswagen’s upcoming sedan. And yet, the official presentation of the Aero concept took place in June. Volkswagen’s first 100% electric sedan seems ready to give birth to a Passat! True, the ID. Aero likely to be named ID.7 when it goes on sale. In fact, considering its dimensions, the German electric sedan can be placed more in opposition to the Tesla Model S. This is the price positioning risk to face it with Tesla’s entry-level (perhaps in its Performance finish) .

In fact, the ID.7 has the advantage of taking an architecture that the VW group already knows, the famous MEB, the limits of which it will return to the maximum. Thus, the motor and battery parts should have some surprises (the 77 kWh block will be the only one in the game). On the other hand, the work of VW engineers seems to be concentrated on the consumption of the car. It already claims 620 km of autonomy, a very interesting performance that it obtained thanks to its drag coefficient of 0.23. Aerodynamic, efficient and perhaps less expensive than other German electric sedans, the ID.7 is a serious challenger.

Its main strength : a very coherent whole
His greatest weakness : its platform starting date
The potential for trouble for Tesla : 7/10

NIO ET7: the surprise challenger

In this list of contenders, NIO may be the least known of the five, but not the least ambitious. The Chinese manufacturer has just landed in Europe, more precisely in Norway and should expand to the Old Continent in the coming months. Its launch model in this part of the world is the ET7, an electric sedan with an exceptional price/quality ratio.

In fact, for 3,500 euros more than Tesla’s entry level, the ET7 offers a technical sheet… worthy of the Model S. Motor of 480 kW (653 hp), torque of 850 Nm and battery from 75 kWh up to 150 kWh, for a minimum of 550 km of autonomy… the Chinese electric sedan clearly has no shortage of arguments. Finally, the only weak point of ET7 is the lack of NIO reference in our regions. No doubt this is the risk that will punish him in his match against Tesla. Unless the quality/price ratio ends up convincing the skeptics.

Its main strength : his price
His greatest weakness : unknown to many
The potential for trouble for Tesla : 7/10

Audi A6 e-tron: a unique style

After increasing more than a factor in the number of 100% electric SUVs in its catalog, Audi is finally attacking sedans. A brand with rings needs its time, but its first livery, with the A6, should be worth its weight in peanuts. Developed on the group’s new platform, the PPE, like the Porsche Macan, it relies on 800 V technology that will allow it to go from 10 to 80% battery in less than 20 minutes.

In addition to strong technical arguments, the Audi A6 e-tron can also rely on a particular working style, which breaks its thermal version. Finally, if Audi’s electric sedan in its classic version is too soft to attack Tesla, it can count on solid reinforcements in the months after its sales with a station wagon version and a sports version, the RS. . The Audi A6 e-tron is expected in 2023, without further details.

Its main strength : his being a sportsman
His greatest weakness : it came too late to the market
The potential for trouble for Tesla : 8/10

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