Battery technology has come a long way over the last decade, with mainstream electric products from General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla proving over and over again that EVs are more than capable of being, you know, real cars. As such, I feel like a lot of you are reading this and thinking, “All cars should be electric!” and that’s true– but that’s not what this post is about. Instead, I’m taking a look at the current crop of 2019 cars powered by internal combustion engines, thinking about what purpose and what customers they serve, and then picking the ones that I think would serve that same purpose and that same customer BETTER by being electric.
Once I had my list, I narrowed it down to 5 New Cars that Really SHOULD Have Been Electric for the 2019 model year. Hopefully, you’ll like the list and we’ll be able to do something like this every year– at least until every new car is electric, anyway! Now, away we go:
2019 Chevy Camaro SS | Drag Racing Specialist
Chevrolet’s Camaro SS is massively powerful, insanely quick, and more than fast enough to frighten all but the most steel-eyed passengers. Despite all that big V8 grunt, however, it’s not the shining star of the muscle car universe you might expect it to be. Heck, even the faster– albeit, significant uglier– Camaro ZL1 is often forgotten whenever people talk about fast American coupes, overshadowed by specialty cars like the Dodge Demon and Mustang Cobra Jet, both of which are ultimately quicker than the Camaro when it counts … but it doesn’t have to be that way.
It makes all the sense in the world to stuff the Camaro’s massive engine bay with electric motors and turn into a 1000 lb-ft drag race special that banks on GM’s decades of EV heritage. Heck, they could even Call it the Chevy Camaro EV1 and get away with it! On top of that, it would be a massive marketing coup. Not only could they suddenly find themselves in the thick of the ultimate speed fight between Ford and Dodge, they could do it in a way that positions GM as the forward-thinking domestic brand. The best part? They already know how to build it.
Now, Chevy just has to make the electric Camaro official.
2019 Fiat 124 Spider | Fun in the Sun
The Fiat 124 is something of an enigma in the automotive world. That’s because it takes a chassis and platform from Mazda and stuffs it full of Fiat’s own Tigershark engine– and that’s a bid of a head-scratcher, because Mazda is known for producing great engines, and Fiat is known for producing great chassis. So, like, is this particular marriage the worst of all possible worlds? You’d be forgiven for assuming that, but there’s a way for Fiat to fix the 124 Spider in a way that improves the driving experience and helps set it apart from Mazda at the same time.
What Fiat needs to do to “fix” the 124 Spider is simple enough. They just have to put one of the Fiat 500e’s electric motors in the 124.
Oddly enough, the very criticisms I leveled at the 500e back in 2018 are a part of what would make the Fiat 124e Spider so great. Sure, it would only have an 85 mile range, but that’s more than enough for cruising around Cape Cod or darting out to dinner downtown. Since most of these are second cars, anyway, the need to do hundreds of miles on a charge would vanish by its nature– but, more importantly, you could take advantage of the electric motor’s low-end torque to carve up traffic as easily as you would a racetrack. Simply put: this car, electrified, would be awesome!
2019 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon | Adventure Lover
I’ve often said that the best way to learn to appreciate nature is to get out into it, and there is almost no better vehicle to get you out into nature than a Jeep. Further, there is almost no vehicle that could benefit more from electrification than a Jeep– and the new for 2019 Gladiator Rubicon is a prime platform to discuss the possibilities.
Imagine a Jeep with four electric motors, one in each wheel. They make peak torque at 0 RPM, so power is instant. They can be activated independently, and in either direction, making “tank turns” possible, but also enabling a Jeep with traction at just one wheel to effectively pull the entire vehicle forward. Best of all, an electric Jeep would be quiet enough to avoid disturbing all the nature you’re out there to see– and the new pickup bed (the thing that makes it a “Gladiator” instead of a “Wrangler) is an ideal place to put an extra battery or three. You know, for even bigger adventures!
2019 Rolls Royce Pebble Beach Collection | Smooth Operator
A Rolls Royce is supposed to be many things. Above all, however, a Rolls should be smooth, effortless, and quiet. By now, you already know where I’m going with this: a Rolls Royce would do all those Rolls Royce-y things better if it was electric.
Trust me, I’m no genius, and I’m not the one who figured all this out. Bentley did– and if you could call any carmaker a competitor to Rolls Royce, it would be Bentley. Bentley celebrated the brand’s centennial with a fully electric coupe. Rolls Royce, meanwhile, launched an all-new pastel color palette at the Pebble Beach Concourse meant to give off a more relaxed, less stuffy vibe and set itself apart from the more subdued Bentleys and Maybachs out there. It’s too bad, too, because it would have been so easy for BMW to use the opportunity to launch the first all-electric Rolls Royce. Maybe the first real challenger to Tesla’s ultra-elite, celebrity status.
2019 Toyota Prius AWD | Original Team Green
Time was, if you wanted to let the world know that you cared about the environment, you went down to the Toyota store and bought yourself a Prius. The Prius may have seen its days as a trend setter come and go over the last twenty years, already, but it’s still a powerful brand name– and one that could have a bit of a renaissance, if it was used to launch a new line of fully-electric Toyota cars.
An all-electric Prius is the natural evolution of a car that started as a hybrid, developed into a plug-in hybrid/EV, then– what? Launched an AWD version that very, very few people even asked for? The Prius name deserves better, and so does Toyota, for that matter.
Of course, that’s just my opinion. Maybe the Prius name means “hybrid” and that’s all it should ever mean. Maybe “Camaro” means “V8” and my whole point of view is just wrong– but I don’t think it is. In fact, I’m almost positive that electrifying these 5 cars would make all the difference, in a positive way. What about you guys? Do you agree with my arguments, above? Do you think I missed a truck or van that could benefit even more? Scroll on down to the comments section and let us know!
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