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Electric cars are going to have a big moment at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Major car makers from around the world are in Germany for the Frankfurt Motor Show — and this year's gathering looks like it will be a big year for electric cars.

We rounded up the electric car models that are set to make their international debut.

While some of these are still concepts, several are headed for production and could challenge Tesla in the coming years.

Scroll down for a closer look:

BMW's flagship electric car is getting a new dose of power at this year's show. It will have a 184-horsepower electric motor, up from the 170 hp that's been standard since 2014.

BMW is giving its i3 a facelift for 2018. The automaker will release a sport edition called the i3s that comes equipped with a starting range of 97 miles and 184-hp electric motor. play

BMW is giving its i3 a facelift for 2018. The automaker will release a sport edition called the i3s that comes equipped with a starting range of 97 miles and 184-hp electric motor.

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BMW says we can also expect upgrades when it comes to speed, torque, and range. The German automaker said it plans to reveal 12 fully electric cars by 2025.



BMW will also debut a new Mini concept that will serve as the basis for a production model coming in 2019.

BMW also debuted a new Mini concept that will serve as the basis for a production model in 2019. There's no word on specs yet, but the concept shows the next Mini may not have chrome features for the first time. play

BMW also debuted a new Mini concept that will serve as the basis for a production model in 2019. There's no word on specs yet, but the concept shows the next Mini may not have chrome features for the first time.

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There's no word on specs yet but we're hoping for a 200-mile range.



BMW will unveil a four-door, electric sedan at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We think it could be the i5, which has been rumored for a release in 2021.

BMW will unveil a four-door, electric sedan at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We think it could be the i5, which has been rumored for a release in 2021. play

BMW will unveil a four-door, electric sedan at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We think it could be the i5, which has been rumored for a release in 2021.

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There have been reports that BMW is planning to launch the i5 in 2021, so we're hoping that's the reveal BMW has in store.

Here's what BMW has said about the mystery reveal:

"At this year’s IAA, we will unveil another significant milestone in our roadmap for e-mobility. It is a vision of how we imagine a four-door, fully-electric vehicle between the i3 and i8. It is a vision we want to realize in the foreseeable future. And a further step in our commitment to sustainable mobility."



It's not purely electric, but Mercedes will debut its hydrogen-powered GLC. The SUV will come with an electric motor with a 30-mile electric range.

It's not purely electric, but Mercedes will debut its hydrogen-powered GLC. The SUV will come with an electric motor with a 30-mile electric range. play

It's not purely electric, but Mercedes will debut its hydrogen-powered GLC. The SUV will come with an electric motor with a 30-mile electric range.

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Mercedes will sell the hydrogen-powered SUV in the US before the end of 2019. The range is subject to change once the car is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency.



Mercedes will show off a purely electric SUV, Concept EQA, that it claims can drive 250 miles on a single charge.

Mercedes will show off a purely electric SUV, Concept EQA, that it claims can drive 250 miles on a single charge. play

Mercedes will show off a purely electric SUV, Concept EQA, that it claims can drive 250 miles on a single charge.

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Daimler, Mercedes' parent company, will show off an adorable smart car concept. Called the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo, the tiny car will be powered by a 30kWh battery.

Daimler, Mercedes' parent company, will show off an adorable smart car concept. Called the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo, the tiny car will be powered by a 30kWh battery. play

Daimler, Mercedes' parent company, will show off an adorable smart car concept. Called the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo, the tiny car will be powered by a 30kWh battery.

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The concept showcases Daimler's vision for autonomous ride-sharing in cities.



Audi will showcase its Aicon concept car, a luxury electric sedan that is said to travel 500 miles on a single charge.

Audi will showcase its Aicon concept car, a luxury electric sedan that is said to travel 500 miles on a single charge. play

Audi will showcase its Aicon concept car, a luxury electric sedan that is said to travel 500 miles on a single charge.

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Audi will also debut an electric SUV concept, the Elaine. Both the Aicon and Elaine will preview Audi's vision for self-driving tech.

Audi will also debut an electric SUV concept, the Elaine. Both the Aicon and Elaine will preview Audi's vision for self-driving tech. play

Audi will also debut an electric SUV concept, the Elaine. Both the Aicon and Elaine will preview Audi's vision for self-driving tech.

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Volkswagen will bring its I.D. Crozz to Frankfurt, an electric SUV coupe in a gorgeous red. The SUV, which can drive 310 miles on a single charge, will launch in 2020.

The 310-mile range is subject to change once the SUV is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency. play

The 310-mile range is subject to change once the SUV is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Honda will debut its EV Concept, which the automaker has described as its "first EV for Europe." A production version will hit the European market in 2019.

Honda unveiled the design for its Urban EV concept that will serve as the basis for a production car arriving in Europe in 2019. play

Honda unveiled the design for its Urban EV concept that will serve as the basis for a production car arriving in Europe in 2019.

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Honda wants two-thirds of its vehicles to be electric or hybrid by 2030.