Is 2019 The Year Electric Cars Take Off In America?

With 4,313 miles separating Norway from our Kansas City car dealerships, it’s safe to assume many things are different between us. What may come as a surprise is this little nugget of truth: the tiny country of Norway – whose population rounds out to be 5.3 million – has more electric vehicles on the road than the entirety of America! Roughly 31% of all vehicles sold and registered in Norway last year were EVs; when you factor in hybrid cars, that number hits nearly 50%. Wow.

So, what’s the deal? After selling over 360,000 zero-emission vehicles last year, America is on track to catch up to the Norwegians — and 2019 might be the year where EVs, alternative-fuel vehicles, and PHEVs kick into high gear. Here are some of the upcoming technologies and new electric cars that should be on your radar in 2019.

Hyundai KONA EV

The new KONA EV (or CUV) took home the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Award at the NAIAS. It’s perhaps the most affordable electric SUV to ever bring home that proverbial bacon, but that friendly sticker price isn’t all that makes the electric KONA a work of art. With a 258-mile range, a grille-inset 240-volt charging port, and some seriously special handling, the 2019 KONA EV is far and away the most capable electric crossover in America.

The new KONA electric SUV should arrive at our Kansas City Hyundai dealerships this spring. Keep an eye out or contact your McCarthy Hyundai dealer in Olathe, KS, or Blue Springs, MO.

Hyundai Wireless Charging

Hyundai partnered with Kia to unveil a new concept this January: a new EV wireless charging system with built-in Automated Valet Parking. Although there are no plans to release this obviously game-changing technology before 2025, the implications are grand.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

If Toyota discontinued their Prius hybrid models last year, we’d have been shocked. After the recent announcement of a first-ever 2020 Corolla Hybrid that gets 53 mpg…let’s just say the Prius better watch out.

Although it’s not an electric car, the Corolla Hybrid is still otherworldly efficient. It will feature a 1.8L I-4, an e-CVT, 2 electric motors, and an advanced nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. Also in its genes: Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay integration, and Remote Connect capability.

The 2020 Corolla Hybrid should be out this spring, so check with our Toyota dealers in Sedalia, MO, for updates.

New Nissan LEAF Plus

Based on the country’s best-selling electric car, the Nissan LEAF Plus is set to soar like a proverbial leaf in the wind. That’s because the 2019 model is newly designed, offering more than any LEAF before it. It’s still a zero-emission EV with an e-Pedal and ProPILOT Assist, but expect the ’19 LEAF Plus to also include a new 62-kWh battery pack, standard smartphone compatibility, a 214-hp power plant with 100% instantaneous torque, and the ability to go up to 226 miles on a single charge.

The LEAF Plus will be released across the country in the spring. Check with our Nissan LEAF dealership in Olathe for more details and release info.

GM Jumps into the EV Waters

It seems General Motors wants a larger slice of EV pie, too, as they announced their plans to place future electric models under the Cadillac luxury brand. The reasoning behind this move appears to be solid. According to Cadillac’s President Steve Carlisle, “If you’re an EV buyer, you likely have other cars in the garage.” Therefore, it makes sense that GM sees Cadillac consumers as prime candidates to become EV owners.

A new EV platform will debut on a yet-to-be-named Cadillac model starting in 2021 or 2022. Until then, drivers can still enjoy the Chevy Volt and 100% electric Chevrolet Bolt EV. Browse our EV models for sale and lease at one of our Chevrolet dealerships near Kansas City: McCarthy Chevrolet in Olathe, McCarthy Chevrolet Lee’s Summit, McCarthy-Morse Chevrolet in Overland Park, or McCarthy Chevy Buick GMC in Marshall, MO.

For more info about any of our available electric cars for sale in Kansas City, simply reach out to a McCarthy dealer near you.

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