IF you thought 2018 was a vintage year for new cars, wait until you see what's on the way over the next 12 months. It's going to be truly electrifying!
A whole fleet of new mains-powered models are slated to hit the roads and, according to a recent survey, almost a fifth of British drivers will seriously consider buying greener, alternatively fuelled models in 2019.
Virtually every auto manufacturer will have something to offer, including a barrage of plug-in hybrids, a battery of all-electric models and even a new hydrogen-powered SUV.
So is this the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine? Hardly, for although the UK's network of charging points is growing, petrol and diesel power will remain king until such a time as a proper, nationwide system is in place, particularly in rural areas.
Thanks to advances in battery and powertrain technology, however, many of the new EVs appearing this year will provide longer ranges than ever before and will prove more attractive to buyers.
The new, battery-powered Kia e-Niro, due to hit the roads in April, will cover more than 280 miles before needing a re-charge. It costs just under £33,000 after the Government's recently-reduced £3,500 electric car grant.
At the other end of the EV scale, the all-new Porsche Taycan four door sportscar, is due to be revealed later this year. Based on the company's Mission E concept car, it is being claimed to have a range in excess of 300 miles and is expected to cost around £60,000.
The two may be poles apart in terms of power, desirability and performance, but together they provide ample evidence of the rapid advances in electric-power technology.
In between there'll be plenty of other newcomers to choose from in 2019, both electrically and conventionally powered, not least of which will be the long awaited MINI Electric, the order books for which are expected to be opened later in the year.
A new Jaguar XJ with twin electric motors is also on the cards, building on the massive success of the I-PACE, while Aston Martin is expected to reveal its first all-electric sports car, the Rapide E in 2019.
An all-new Vauxhall Corsa will be announced in the Spring with both petrol, diesel and electric power. It will share its underpinnings and powertrains with a new Peugeot 208 with both cars expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Now part of the French Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) conglomerate, Vauxhall is taking advantage of PSA's expertise in alternative-fuel technologies.
That expertise will also be seen in a couple of newcomers from PSA's prestige brand DS. The new plug-in DS 7 Crossback E-Tense hybrid will arrive next Spring and the smaller, all-electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is due on sale in the Autumn and is expected to cost less than £30,000.
Over in Germany, the country's prestige car makers Audi and Mercedes-Benz will be launching rival battery-powered SUVs in the new year. The new Audi e-tron will arrive in the Spring, while the Mercedes EQC is slated for launch in the Autumn. Both cars are credited with a 249 mile range under the new WLTP test procedure which is designed to be tougher and provide more realistic fuel consumption figures for petrol and diesel cars and more accurate range estimates for electrically-powered vehicles.
Japanese and Korean makers remain at the cutting edge of alternative-fuelled technology and one of 2019's most significant newcomers will be the Hyundai Nexo which uses a hydrogen fuel cell to achieve a range of over 400 miles.
While Hyundai is committed to developing fuel-cell technology, the launch of the Nexo in the Spring is little more than a dipping-a-toe-in-the-water excercise given the expected price-tag of around £60,000 and the fact that there are few hydrogen refuelling points outside London.
A more affordable and practical option will come from sister company Kia which will launch a new version of the battery-powered Soul EV later in the year with a more powerful 64kWh powertrain and a single-charge range of approaching 300 miles.
Around the same time, Honda will reveal a rival to the boxy Soul in the shape of its funky-looking Urban EV. Details are scant at the moment but it is expected to have a range of around 150 miles and a sub-£30,000 sticker price. Next year will also see the arrival of a hybrid version of the Honda CR-V.
Of equal significance will be the 2019 arrival of a batch of hybrid-powered newcomers from Toyota.
A new Toyota Corolla will arrive in February, replacing the Auris, in hatchback, saloon and estate body styles with either 1.2-litre petrol engine or 1.8 and 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains. It will be followed in the Spring by the return of the Toyota Camry - which replaces the Avensis - and a new generation RAV-4, both of which will have 2.5-litre hybrid power trains.
Away from alternative-fuel vehicles there'll be plenty of tasty new conventionally powered models with cleaner and leaner petrol and diesel engines for buyers to drool over but, for sure, whichever way you look in 2019, the future is increasingly electric.