A prototype Audi e-tron during testing in Namibia


“When will you build an electric car half as sexy as a Tesla?” That’s what Germany’s minister for economic affairs and energy asked the giants of his country’s car industry at an event in November. And by calling out the heads of Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW by name, there is no doubt Peter Altmaier was trying to embarrass them into action. He may not have long to wait.

Next year, electric cars from many mainstream manufacturers will hit the road. Some of them could even turn heads …

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