Here are five electric sedans that want to eat Tesla

2023 is not supposed to be an easy year for Tesla. Leaving it to wipe the plaster of the electric market, traditional manufacturers decided to make leather out of it.
Indeed, if most of them have bet on good big SUVs for their first 100% electric vehicles, it looks like it’s time to look for the California manufacturer in its favorite terrain – sedans.

While the Model S and Model 3 seemed untouchable, the new productions of Mercedes, Volkswagen, and some long-toothed Chinese manufacturers could shuffle the cards. The hunt for Tesla has already begun, tell us? True, Audi with the e-tron RS, Mercedes with the EQS and Porsche with their Taycan have already carried the first banners, but these are luxury cars that easily exceed 100,000 euros. The next-generation sedans, which should hit the roads in late 2022 and 2023, will have, in addition to internal qualities, an advantage in competing with Tesla in terms of price. Especially since Tesla no longer has a particularly attractive price tag for a few weeks. Now that the small sedan is no longer eligible for a permanent environmental bonus, its €53,490 price tag makes it more vulnerable.

Here are five models of electric sedans that are best for showcasing the Tesla Model 3:

Mercedes EQE: EQS’s little brother plays a luxury card

It’s hard to find more methodical than a brand with a star in its electric strategy. Concentrating on its most premium EQS model, Mercedes is opting for a stock model and moving the rest of its lineup to electric. So the EQE has everything that the mini EQS has, in terms of size of course, but also performance.

What’s more, the electric E-class has all the arguments to go hunting Tesla’s land and more. With the signature driving pleasure of Mercedes sedans, a higher trim level than Tesla, one of the best infotainment systems on the market, and nearly 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 could lead some future buyers to wait for an electric version of the C-Class (which, unfortunately, won’t be a superior EQXX concept).

His main strength : mini EQS
His biggest weakness : its price (79,300 euros)
Troublesome potential for Tesla : 8/10

Ioniq 6: the most serious contender?

What if it was the most serious competitor of the Model 3? Hyundai’s electric sedan has been in the spotlight for some time now. Even before it was officially unveiled at the end of June, it was a bogey for the Model 3. Ever since its manufacturer unveiled its design and specifications, the rivalry has become even more evident. With a 239 kW (325 hp) engine, 605 Nm of torque and a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 seconds, it promises to be more efficient than the Tesla Model 3 engine of 6.1 seconds. It must also surpass it in autonomy. Indeed, with an impressive drag coefficient (Cd of 0.21) and a 77 kWh battery, the Ioniq 6 is capable of driving over 600 km on a single charge. This is again 100km better than Tesla’s entry level. How about fast charging? The Ioniq 6 can support 400V and 800V loads. With a 350kW terminal, the battery charges from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. It’s simple, in order to be able to compete with Tesla, you need to watch the Long Autonomy version, which is the closest in terms of technical characteristics. The same one is sold for 62,490 euros.

Clearly, Hyundai has yet to announce pricing for this electric sedan, but with the Ioniq 5 starting at €46,500, it’s hard to imagine the Korean going beyond that price point. In fact, the Ioniq 6 already seems like the biggest competitor to the Model 3.

His main strength : price of money
His biggest weakness : nobody
Troublesome potential for Tesla : 10/10

Volkswagen Aero/ID.7: station wagon electrified

We already know a lot about the future Volkswagen sedan. And yet, the official presentation of the Aero concept took place only in June last year. Volkswagen’s first 100% electric sedan looks set to give birth to the Passat! Indeed, ID. Aero, which will probably be renamed ID.7 when it goes on sale. In fact, given its size, the German electric sedan could be more pitted against the Tesla Model S. It’s its price positioning that runs the risk of clashing with the entry-level Tesla (probably in its Performance trim).

Indeed, the ID.7 will have the advantage that it uses an architecture already well known to the VW group, the famous MEB, which it will expand as far as possible. So the engine and battery parts shouldn’t be a surprise (a 77kWh unit might be the only one in the game). On the other hand, the work of VW engineers seems to have been focused on car consumption. It already claims an autonomy of 620 km, which is a very interesting performance due to the drag coefficient of 0.23. Aerodynamic, efficient and probably less expensive than other German electric sedans, the ID.7 is a serious contender.

His main strength : a very connected integer
His biggest weakness : its platform that is starting to update
Troublesome potential for Tesla : 7/10

NIO ET7: Surprise Challenger

On this list of contenders, NIO is perhaps the least known of the five, but not the least ambitious. The Chinese manufacturer has just settled in Europe, more precisely in Norway, and should enter the Old Continent in the coming months. Its launch model on this side of the globe is the ET7, an electric sedan with amazing value for money.

Indeed, at €3,500 more than the entry-level Tesla, the ET7 offers a data sheet… worthy of a Model S. The 480 kW (653 hp) engine, 850 Nm of torque and a battery ranging from 75 kWh to 150 kWh, like at least 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. This is undoubtedly something that risks punishing her in the match against Tesla. Unless the price / quality ratio convinces skeptics.

His main strength : it’s price
His biggest weakness : unknown to the general public
Troublesome potential for Tesla : 7/10

Audi A6 e-tron: unmistakable style

With more than a reasonable amount of 100% electric SUVs in its catalogue, Audi is finally attacking sedans. The brand took its time with the rings, but its first livery, with the A6, should be worth its weight in peanuts. Developed on the new PPE platform, like the Porsche Macan, it uses 800V technology that allows the battery to be charged from 10 to 80% in less than 20 minutes.

In addition to solid technical arguments, the Audi A6 e-tron can also look forward to particularly refined styling, breaking with its thermal version. Finally, if Audi’s electric sedan in its classic version proved too soft to attack Tesla, it could count on some serious reinforcements in the months after the station wagon version and the sporty RS version hit the market. The Audi A6 e-tron is expected sometime in 2023, no details yet.

His main strength : his sportsmanship
His biggest weakness : its very late introduction to the market
Troublesome potential for Tesla : 8/10

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