New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond

With electric cars making up an ever-increasing proportion of sales, the industry is working flat out to launch new models – here's what's on the way soon

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With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars quickly approaching, electric cars are becoming more and more mainstream, with nearly 12% of new cars sold during the course of 2021 being fully electric.

Manufacturers are continuing to develop and launch waves of new electric cars of all varieties, from city cars and hatchbacks to seven-seat SUVs and luxurious limousines, as established automotive brands go head-to-head with recently founded startups.

Here, we take a look at some of the most anticipated and interesting new zero-emissions models coming your way during 2022 and beyond…

Audi A6 Avant e-tron electric estate car concept

Audi A6 e-tron

The Audi A6 e-tron electric saloon will join the German brand’s e-tron-badged range of electric cars in 2023, followed just a year later by an estate version. The production versions of the A6 e-tron and A6 Avant e-tron (above) concepts will use the new 'Premium Platform Electric' (PPE) Audi co-developed with Porsche. Audi says the A6 e-tron models will boast a range of up to 435 miles, with the most potent variants capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in less than four seconds thanks to dual-motor setups for quattro all-wheel-drive. All models based on this new technology will also get the 800-volt electrical system for ultra-rapid charging up to 275kW – fast enough to add 186 miles of range in 10 minutes, or go from 5-80% battery capacity in less than 25 minutes. Read more about the Audi A6 e-tron concept here, as well as Audi A6 Avant e-tron estate car concept here.

Audi Q6 e-tron

Audi Q6 e-tron

The Q6 e-tron SUV will be the next addition to Audi’s zero-emissions line-up, expected to arrive in showrooms in 2023. The Q6 e-tron and its sister model the electric Porsche Macan will be the first production EVs to sit on the new 'PPE' (Premium Platform Electric) underpinnings that Audi will use for a series of both high-riding SUV and regular saloon, estate and 'Sportback' hatchback models in time. A range of around 300 miles can be expected, as well as a 500bhp power output – possibly boosted further in an 'RS' performance model. Read more about the Audi Q6 e-tron here.

BMW i5 November 2021

BMW i5

Rather than launching specific electric models, BMW is planning to offer most of its range with a choice of combustion, hybrid or electric power in the coming years. The latter models will get names beginning with 'i' and there are no prizes for guessing that the 'i5' badge will sit on the back of the fully electric version of the next BMW 5 Series. BMW first confirmed this car would be offered as a zero-emissions model in 2020, but so far only spy shots of prototype examples (above) have appeared. It's expected to be unveiled during 2022 as a 2023 model-year car. Read more about the BMW i5 here.

BMW i7 xDrive60

BMW i7

BMW is fully embracing electrification, as clearly evidenced by the latest 7 Series flagship saloon. This time around, the luxury model is only being offered in plug-in hybrid or fully electric form in the UK, with the zero-emissions i7 first on track to arrive. The i7 is the German marque’s response to the Mercedes EQSLucid Air and Tesla Model S, with xDrive60 models getting a dual-motor powertrain producing 536bhp and promising a range of 388 miles.

As standard, the i7 comes with the same curved, dual-screen infotainment setup as the iX and X7 luxury SUVs. Behind the steering wheel, which is a new design for this model, is a 12.3-inch driver’s display paired with a 14.9-inch central touchscreen. The car is also offered with a 31.3-inch 8K touchscreen display that BMW calls the “theatre screen”. Read more about the BMW i7 here.

BMW iX1

BMW iX1

With electric SUVs in huge demand, it's no surprise BMW is launching its third in as many years. The iX1 is the brand’s most compact yet, set to take on the Mercedes EQAAudi Q4 e-tron and Volvo XC40 Recharge among others. Every model gets a 64.7kWh battery, which BMW claims is good for between 257 and 272 miles on a charge, depending on specification and wheel size. Power comes from two electric motors – one on each axle – which combined produce 309bhp and 494Nm of torque; enough for 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds. Inside, there’s the dual-screen infotainment system from the flagship iX SUV and 490 litres of boot space. Prices start from £51,350 with the BMW iX1 due on sale in November, but in the meantime, you read more about it here.

Chevrolet Corvette hybrid

Chevrolet Corvette EV

Chevrolet has revealed that an “electrified” version of its Corvette sports car could arrive as early as 2023, likely featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain with at least one electric motor on the front axle for all-wheel drive. However, it’ll be joined in time by a fully electric model wearing the iconic nameplate. The zero-emissions Corvette will use the same Ultium battery technology and platform as electric versions of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup and the Equinox and Blazer SUVs, as well as the Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq. Read more about the electrified Corvette here.

Citroen Ami

Citroen Ami

It was unclear for some time whether or not the Ami would be made available in the UK. However, not only is the ultra-compact electric vehicle coming here, order books have opened up to early reservation holders. Prices start from £7,695 – or £19.99 a month if you get the Ami on finance – with plenty of customisation options to choose from.

All Amis are left-hand-drive, but as Citroen points out, this means drivers can exit the car directly onto the pavement. The Ami uses an 8bhp electric motor powered by a 5.5kWh battery, allowing the car to reach a top speed of 28mph. Range is pegged at just 46 miles but as the Ami isn’t a car, but a quadricycle, anyone with an AM moped licence can drive one on the road. Read more about the Citroen Ami here.

Citroen e-C4 X

Citroen e-C4 X

In addition to the Ami, this year Citroen is also bringing a fastback of its e-C4 electric hatchback to the UK. Called the e-C4 X, it uses the e-C4’s familiar electric powertrain, consisting of a 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery pack for a range of 224 miles. Practicality-wise, although the e-C4 X doesn’t have a full hatchback tailgate, it does offer 510 litres of luggage capacity, up from 380 in the standard e-C4. It also gets several of the comfort-focused features from the flagship C5 X plug-in hybrid, as well as its infotainment system. Read more about the Citroen e-C4 X here.

Cupra UrbanRebel

Cupra UrbanRebel

Cupra, Skoda and Volkswagen are all launching affordable electric cars in 2025, based on the same mechanical platform. But, Cupra has been the first to provide us with a clear look yet at its entry-level EV: the UrbanRebel. The compact four-door EV concept you see here is about 95% representative of the car that’ll arrive in showrooms in a couple of years. Cupra CEO Wayne Griffiths previously hinted that the entry-level EV would cost just over €20,000 (around £17,000 at today’s exchange rate) – despite offering a range of up to 273 miles. Read more about the Cupra UrbanRebel here.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT

Dodge electric muscle car

Dodge will launch the first-ever electric muscle car in 2024, and has already given a glimpse of what to expect with the wild Charger Daytona SRT concept. It uses an 800-volt ‘Banshee’ electric architecture and Dodge claims its faster than its own 717bhp Hellcat performance models in “all key performance measures''. It’s also louder than a supercharged V8-powered Challenger Hellcat thanks to a 'Fratzonic chambered exhaust' system that pumps out a 126 decibel computer-generated whine. 

The road-going version is likely to use parent company Stellantis’ new STLA Large platform for the underpinnings, which can accommodate dual-motor setups capable of producing up to 885bhp. The company has also hinted that the fastest models to use this platform will be capable of 0-62mph in two seconds.

Fiat e-Ulysse

Fiat e-Ulysse

A sister model to the already-on-sale Citroen e-SpaceTourer, Peugeot e-Traveller and Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life, the e-Ulysse revives the name of an old Fiat people-carrier model for a nine-seater fully electric minibus. In common with its Stellantis Group siblings, the e-Ulysse will get a 134bhp electric motor and a choice of 50 and 75kWh battery packs for a claimed range of up to 205 miles when equipped with the larger unit. Full UK pricing and specifications are under wraps for now. Read more about the Fiat e-Ulysse here.

Fisker Ocean

Fisker Ocean

The Ocean is a zero-emissions SUV that'll rival the likes of the Tesla Model YAudi Q4 e-tronBMW iX3Ford Mustang Mach-E and Toyota bZ4X when it arrives in the UK in 2023. Prices will start from £34,990 for the entry-level model, while top-spec versions will be capable of covering close to 400 miles on a single charge. Inside, there’s a slim digital driver’s display behind the two-spoke steering wheel, while the dashboard is dominated by a 17.1-inch central infotainment touchscreen that's portrait-orientated when you’re driving, but can rotate 90 degrees into 'Hollywood' mode when parked, so you can watch a movie while topping up the battery. Read more about the Fisker Ocean here.

Fisker PEAR teaser

Fisker PEAR

Fisker’s second EV will be a smaller, more affordable electric crossover called the PEAR – an acronym for 'Personal Electric Automotive Revolution'. The electric crossover SUV will be available with single and dual-motor setups for a choice of rear or all-wheel-drive. There will also be two battery options, with the larger Hyper Range pack expected to return over 310 miles on a charge. It will measure 4.5 metres end-to-end – about the same as a Kia Sportage – and according to CEO Henrik Fisker, the PEAR could start from close to £25,000 when it comes to the UK. Production slated to begin in 2024. Find out more about Fisker PEAR here.

Fisker Ronin

Fisker Ronin

In addition to its pair of electric SUVs, Fisker has revealed it’s working on a four-seater convertible GT car with a range of approximately 600 miles. CEO and founder Henrik Fisker shared the news on social media, adding that the Ronin will be capable of 0-60mph in close to two seconds, thanks to its three electric motors. Development of the Tesla Roadster and Maserati GranCabrio Folgore rival is already underway, with prices expected to start from under $200,000 (just under £160,00 at the time of writing) when it goes into production in 2024. Read more about the Fisker Ronin here.

Future Ford EVs

Ford Puma EV

Ford has confirmed an electric version of its hugely popular Puma compact SUV will arrive in 2024. It’s one of three new electric SUVs the Blue Oval is launching, with the other two being an as-yet-unnamed "medium-sized crossover" and a "sports crossover". Details remain thin on the ground about Ford’s follow ups to the Mustang Mach-E, but we do know the two zero-emissions crossovers will use the same underpinnings as Volkswagen's ID. electric models thanks to an agreement between the two companies. Ford also claims the medium-sized crossover that’ll be unveiled in 2022 will seat five people and be capable of up to 310 miles on a charge. Read more about the Ford's other upcoming electric cars here.

Genesis Electrified GV70

Genesis Electrified GV70

The GV70 is the first electric SUV from Genesis. It's only available with all-wheel drive, thanks to a dual-motor setup that produces 483bhp and 700Nm of torque in Boost mode. The result is 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds – faster than a Jaguar I-Pace. The 77.4kWh battery offers up to 283 miles on a charge and the Electrified GV70 is able to switch between two and four-wheel drive for improved efficiency and increased range, based on speed and driving mode. It also has the same rapid-charging capability as the other electric models in Genesis' line-up, meaning topping up from 10-80% will take under 20 minutes from a 350kW charging point. Other notable features are the Active Noise Control-Road (ANC-R) system, which eliminates road noise; and suspension that can be adjusted based camera and sat-nav data about the road ahead. Prices for the BMW iX3 and Lexus RZ rival start from £64,405. Read more about the Genesis GV70 here.

Honda e:NY1 Prototype

Honda electric SUV

2023 will see Honda launch its second electric car, four years after the Honda e city car went on sale. The Japanese carmaker has yet to release any details about the zero-emissions SUV, but its e:Ny1 concept does provide us with our first look at what the forthcoming Hyundai Kona Electric and Smart #1 rival. More details about the roadgoing version of the Honda e:Ny1 prototype will be revealed over the coming months. For more, read our story on the Honda e:Ny1 prototype here.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Hyundai has confirmed the first electric car to wear its N performance badge will be a hot version of the Ioniq 5 family hatchback due on sale in 2023. Technical details for the Ioniq 5 N are thin on the ground at the moment, but it’s likely to feature a dual-motor powertrain for all-wheel drive and close to 600bhp like the Kia EV6 GT. It may also inherit some of the driver-focused features and technology from the South Korean brand’s recent RN22e and N Vision 74 concepts, both of which we’ve driven. Find out more about the Hyundai ioniq 5 N here.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Meet the Hyundai Ioniq 6 – a sleek four-door saloon sibling for the impressive Ioniq 5 hatchback and a new rival for established contenders like the Tesla Model 3BMW i4 and Polestar 2 when it goes on sale in 2023. The Ioniq 6's rakish, almost coupe-like roofline, ducktail spoiler and very short overhangs at the front and rear are all elements carried over from the brand's Prophecy concept car. Those short overhangs should help maximise cabin space, as will the electric saloon’s 2.95-metre wheelbase, which is roughly the same as a BMW 5 Series

It does carry over some styling cues from the Ioniq 5, like its square LED lights and bold surfacing, plus the hatchback's dual-screen infotainment setup. It also uses the same EV-dedicated E-GMP underpinnings as the Ioniq 5Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60, but thanks to the saloon’s more aerodynamic body influenced by the ‘streamliner’ cars of the 1930s, the Ioniq 6 should be able to cover up to 379 miles on a charge, according to Hyundai. Customers will get a choice of rear and all-wheel drive, too. Watch our first-look video on the Hyundia Ioniq 6 here.

Jeep Avenger

Jeep Avenger

Jeep remains one of the few carmakers yet to feature an EV in its line-up, but that’s about to change. The American brand has confirmed plans to introduce four all-new electric cars by 2025, with the first being this: a compact zero-emissions SUV called the Jeep Avenger. It uses the same underpinnings as the Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e, but the Avenger will be available with all-wheel drive and has a target range of 249 miles – 40 miles further than the Mokka-e can cover on a charge. More details will be revealed when the car makes its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, but for now, click here to read more about the Jeep Avenger.

Jeep Recon 4x4

Jeep Recon 4x4

The Jeep Recon 4x4 looks to be a zero-emissions alternative to the brand’s iconic Wrangler, and will be offered exclusively with electric power when it comes to the UK in 2025. The electric off-roader has been designed to go off the beaten track, coming equipped with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction management system, under-body protection, tow hooks and aggressive off-road tires. It’ll also come with all-wheel drive and use the brand-new STLA Large platform that it’ll share with the electric version of the Jeep Wagoneer coming soon (profiled below). Find out more about the Jeep Recon 4x4 here.

Jeep Wagoneer S

Jeep Wagoneer EV

The final Jeep EV confirmed so far is an electric version of the brand’s flagship Wagoneer SUV due to arrive in 2024. Currently code-named the Wagoneer S, Jeep says it’s targeting a range of 400 miles on a single charge for this large electric range-topper. It will also be capable of 0-60mph in around 3.5 seconds and produce over 590bhp. Like the Recon 4x4, it’ll use the new EV-dedicated STLA Lage platform and be built in North America. Find out more about the electric Jeep Wagoneer here.

Kia EV9 spy shot

Kia EV9

Kia has confirmed it's new flagship seven-seat electric SUV – the EV9 – will be coming to the UK in 2023, and has suggested that the future Hyundai Ioniq 7 and Mercedes EQB rival will be capable of 0-62mph in five seconds and offer a range of approximately 336 miles. The EV9 is one of 17 new electric cars Kia plans to launch by 2027, and will be the first to feature its autonomous driving technology which it calls ‘AutoMode’. Read more about the Kia EV9 here.

Lexus RZ 450e

Lexus RZ

Having stuck with hybrid technology for years, Lexus is finally moving to zero emissions in a big way. You can already buy the UX 300e electric SUV, but that shares a platform with the UX 250h hybrid. The RZ is more representative of Lexus' electric future, which will see a whole range of EVs launched using the e-TNGA platform developed by parent company Toyota. Inspired by the LFZ concept's styling, the RZ 450e – to give the car its full name – has a range of over 250 miles and a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system; it’s offered with steer-by-wire and steering-yoke setups, plus a typically high-tech interior. Read our Lexus RZ 450e prototype review here.

Lotus Eletre

Lotus Eletre

The Lotus Eletre is the first of three lifestyle EVs the British brand has in the works, and the first SUV in its 74-year history. Key rivals include the BMW iX, forthcoming Mercedes EQS SUV and Tesla Model X. Under the heavily sculpted bodywork is a pair of electric motors and an >100kWh battery that Lotus claims is good for a range of over 370 miles. But not only does the Eletre have all-wheel-drive, Lotus says power outputs for the ‘hyper-SUV’ will range from nearly 600bhp to 900bhp. Watch our in-depth walkaround video of the all-new Lotus Eletre here to find out more.

Lucid Air

Lucid Air

American startup Lucid's Air luxury electric saloon is the most direct rival to the Tesla Model S yet. With the ability to cover up to 520 miles on a charge, the Air holds the record for the longest range of any electric car currently on sale, as well as being the first production EV to get over 300kW ultra-rapid charging capability. The recently unveiled Lucid Air Sapphire sits at the top of the range, featuring a tri-motor setup that'll produce over 1,200bhp. The firm's Tesla Model S Plaid fighter will also have a top speed exceeding 200mph and sub-two second 0-62mph time, plus a set of carbon ceramic brakes and track-tuned suspension.

The Lucid Air has already gone on sale in the US, and we’ve confirmed that a right-hand-drive version of the luxury electric saloon will go on sale in the UK at some point, but exactly when that’ll happen has yet to be determined.

Lucid has already announced its follow-up to the Air will be an luxury seven-seater electric SUV called the Gravity. The Tesla Model X and Mercedes EQS SUV rival is set to be unveiled in 2023, and will use the same underpinnings as the Air saloon. Lucid has also begun work on a ‘mid-size’ electric car that’ll arrive in 2025 or 2026, but hasn't revealed any details on what shape its third EV will take. Read our first drive review of the Lucid Air here.

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore

The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore is the one of six electric cars the Italian brand is set to launch by the end of 2025, with the zero-emissions GT due to arrive in 2023. But, the Italian brand has already shared a video of its first EV, undisguised, driving in California and some key technical details. Maserati's first EV will have a 0-62mph time of just 2.7 seconds and a top speed of over 200mph thanks to a tri-motor setup, all-wheel drive and more than 1,200bhp. Maserati also claims you’ll be able to add 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes from a suitably fast ultra-rapid charger. A convertible version called the GranCabrio Folgore will arrive the same year. Find out more about the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore here

Maserati Grecale Folgore

Maserati Grecale Folgore

The Maserati Grecale Folgore is Italy’s answer to the electric Porsche Macan and BMW iX3. The premium electric SUV will arrive in showrooms in 2023, produce around 540bhp and 800Nm of torque, and feature a 105kWh battery, meaning it could cover close to 400 miles on a charge. By 2025, the Maserati’s EV line-up will also include a zero-emissions version of its recently released MC20 supercar, as well as the next iterations of the Levante SUV and Quattroporte saloon, which will both be electric-only. Read more about the Maserati Grecale Folgore here.

Maxus T90EV

Maxus T90EV

Electric pickup trucks are nothing new at this point; the Rivian R1TFord F-150 Lightning and Hummer EV all went into production in the past year. However, the new Maxus T90EV is the first zero-emissions pickup to officially go on sale in the UK, with prices starting from £49,950 excluding VAT. It uses a 201bhp electric motor and an 89kWh battery located under the chassis, which is enough for a range of 220 miles on the WLTP test cycle, according to Maxus. Deliveries are expected to start in the first few months of 2023. Read more about the Maxus T90EV here.

Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV

Mercedes EQE SUV

Not yet fully revealed by Mercedes, this fully electric equivalent to the GLE combustion-engined SUV has nonetheless been spied undergoing testing on public roads, wearing varying degrees of camouflage. It'll slot into the Mercedes electric SUV line-up above the already-on-sale EQA, EQB and EQC, offering a large and luxurious zero-emissions driving experience. As with other EQ models, the EQE SUV is likely to be available with a range of different battery sizes and power outputs. The range-topper should easily exceed the 350-mile range, as well as offer a punchy sub-five-second 0-62mph time. Read more on the EQE SUV here.

Mercedes Concept EQG

Mercedes EQG

Mercedes’ CEO Ola Kallenius has confirmed that a fully electric version of the German brand’s square-jawed  G-Class 4x4 will go into production in 2024. The Mercedes EQG will use a modified version of the current G-Class’ platform, and is expected to have very similar styling to the Concept EQG from 2021 (above). Even with the switch to electric, the zero-emissions version of the iconic G-Wagon will remain an uncompromising off-roader, thanks to features like a two-speed transmission with a low-range setting for off-roading. Read more about the Mercedes EQG here.

Mercedes EQS SUV

Mercedes EQS SUV

Big, expensive luxury SUVs are a Mercedes speciality – just look at the vast G-Class and GLS models. The EQS SUV is Mercedes’ flagship zero-emissions SUV, serving as the German brand’s answer to the BMW iX and 2024’s electric Range Rover. It uses the same dedicated EV platform and 107.8kWh battery as the EQS limousine, for a range of 410 miles. Inside, the EQS SUV is available with a seven-seat layout and the EQS’ Hyperscreen infotainment system, which features a 12.3-inch driver’s display, a 17.7-inch central touchscreen and another 12.3-inch unit for the front passenger – all housed under a single piece of glass that spans the entire dashboard. Read more about the Mercedes EQS SUV here.

EQT

Mercedes EQT

More sensible and down-to-earth models haven't been forgotten as Mercedes makes the leap to electric. A replacement for the Citan passenger van, the EQT is aimed at families and buyers with active lifestyles, who need spacious and practical transport. The Concept EQT (pictured) hints at what the production version will look like. In similar fashion to the outgoing Citan, the EQT will be made in co-operation with Renault, sharing the platform and powertrain of the latest Renault Kangoo E-TECH. That means we can expect the same 44kWh battery, for roughly 160 miles' range from a charge. Read more about the Mercedes EQT here.

MG Mulan Triumph Edition

MG4 EV performance edition

Two more variants of the MG4 EV hatchback will be introduced in 2023, including an Extended Range model that the brand says will boast a range of just under 330 miles, as well as a high-performance version that was recently revealed in China. MG’s electric hot hatch uses a dual-motor setup for all-wheel drive and produces a total of 443bhp, which enables a 0-62mph time of just 3.8 seconds. It also gets the same 64kWh battery as the Long Range available right now, so we can expect the VW ID.3 GTX to offer around 250 miles of range. Read our in-depth review of the MG4 EV here, and everything we know so far about the hot version here

MG electric sports car patent

MG Cyberster

MG has been toying with the idea of producing an electric sports car for some time now. But, we’ve now confirmed that a road-going version of the MG Cyberster two-seater concept will be going into production in 2024, which would coincide with the company’s centenary. The zero-emissions convertible will be based on the same MSP platform as the MG4 EV hatchback, which can accommodate rear and all-wheel drive layouts, various battery sizes and is set to receive an 800-volt charging system for faster tops up in the near future. However, MG is still deliberating on the specifics for the ‘MGC EV’ sports car, as we expect to be badged in Britain. Click here to take a closer look at MG’s first electric sports car.

MINI Concept Aceman

MINI Aceman

MINI will also launch an all-new, five-door electric crossover called the Aceman in 2024, previewed by the Concept Aceman we got to take a look around earlier this year. The production Aceman will use the brand-new platform from the next-generation MINI Electric, which has been designed exclusively for EVs and should help maximise cabin and luggage space in the compact crossover. However, range and performance figures for the Aceman are still under wraps, but we expect it’ll be able to cover at least 250 miles on a charge.

The British brand is also working on the successor to the current MINI Countryman family SUV, which is due to arrive in 2023. It’ll be available in combustion-engine and pure-electric form, and is expected to use the same underpinnings as the new BMW X1/iX1. Finally, MINI has confirmed that it’s developing electrified John Cooper Works (JCW) models, one of which we expect will be a hot version of its electric hatchback.

MINI Electric prototype

MINI Electric

The next-generation MINI Electric will make its official debut in late 2023, just ahead of the new Renault 5 it'll likely compete directly with. Not only will it be a smaller package than the current model, two versions of the electric hatch will be available. The entry-level model will get a roughly 40kWh battery that should offer around 186 miles of range on a charge, while the longer-range variant that gets a roughly 50kWh capacity battery will likely cover closer to 250 miles on a charge. A convertible version of the new MINI Electric is set to arrive in 2025. Read more about the new MINI Electric here, including our impressions from a ride in a pre-production prototype.

ORA Funky Cat

ORA CAT

In late 2021, Chinese carmaker Great Wall confirmed that its recently established electric-only brand ORA will be coming to the UK. The first model to arrive will be the ORA Funky Cat – yes, that’s its real name – a zero-emissions hatchback to take on the Volkswagen ID.3 and Nissan Leaf. First Edition models come with a 48kWh battery for a range of 193 miles, a single electric motor that produces 169bhp and a dual-screen infotainment setup. Prices for the Funky Cat First Edition start from £31,995 but less expensive versions will arrive at a later date. Watch our first-look video here.

Peugeot 308

Peugeot e-308

The new Peugeot 308 family hatchback and estate unveiled last year will get electric power by the time 2023 rolls around. Both models will use a 154bhp electric motor fed by a 54kWh battery, which should be enough for a range of approximately 250 miles on a full charge. We expect to see the same powertrain available in the Vauxhall Astra-e arriving in 2023 (profiled below) and a zero-emissions version of the DS 4 that’s following a year later. Read more about the Peugeot e-308 here.

New Peugeot 408

Peugeot e-408

Peugeot has also confirmed that it will be launching an electric version of its new 408 fastback saloon in 2023, which we expect to be called the e-408. Given that the 308 and 408 share the same platform, it’s reasonable to assume Peugeot’s future Polestar 2 and Hyundai Ioniq 6 rival will utilise the same motor and battery combination as the family hatchback and estate we already mentioned. Click here for a closer look at the Peugeot 408 here.

Polestar 3

Polestar 3

In October 2022, Polestar will unveil its first electric SUV and its third model to go into production called, unsurprisingly, the Polestar 3. It will serve as the Swedish brand’s rival to the Tesla Model XAudi e-tron and BMW iX, with an expected starting figure of around £70,000, potentially rising to just over £100,000 for the range-topping model. The Polestar 3 will feature a dual-motor powertrain as standard from launch, with the company targeting a range of more than 373 miles on a charge when it arrives in showrooms in 2023. You can read what we know about the Polestar 3 so far here.

Polestar Precept

Polestar 5

After the Polestar 3 and a smaller coupe-SUV called the Polestar 4 that’s being revealed in 2023, the electric-only brand will launch its pièce de résistance: a 872bhp four-door luxury GT flagship. The Polestar 5 is due to arrive in 2024 and rival cars like the Mercedes EQS, Lucid Air and Tesla Model S. It’s currently being developed in the UK, and will have near-identical styling to that seen on the Precept concept car last year. It will also feature a dual-motor powertrain, plus a 800-volt electrical system like the Porsche Taycan. Read more about the Polestar 5 here, and check out our in-depth video on the Polestar Precept here.

Polestar O2

Polestar 6

Polestar has confirmed it will be putting its drop-top O2 concept into production as the Polestar 6. The Swedish brand’s “vision of a new era for sports cars” will be a direct rival to the upcoming second-generation Tesla Roadster, with design language and platform taken from flagship Polestar 5. It'll use the luxury saloon's 872bhhp dual-motor powertrain, with the Polestar 6 is targeting a 0-62mph time of just 3.2 seconds and a 155mph top speed. However, it's unlikely to go into production until 2026. Read more about the Polestar 6 and the original O2 concept here.

Porsche Mission R concept

Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman

The next-generation Porsche 718 Cayman coupe and 718 Boxster convertible will ditch their combustion engines in favour of a zero-emissions powertrain, with the soon-to-be-electric-only sports cars set to arrive by 2025. Porsche’s top boss Oliver Blume has also revealed the pair will use a bespoke platform and will be influenced by the brand’s Mission R electric race-car concept from 2021 (above). Read more about the forthcoming Porsche Boxster EV and Porsche Cayman EV here.

Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan electric

The new Porsche Macan is set to arrive in 2024, and will for the first time, be offered with a pure-electric powertrain. So far, there are no confirmed details about battery size or range, but we do know the electric Macan will be capable of charging at up to 350kW thanks to the same 800-volt electrical system featured in the brand's Taycan saloon and estate. It's also thought the first electric Macan model to arrive will be a range-topping 'Turbo' variant, with more affordable versions following in due course. Read more about the upcoming electric Porsche Macan here.

New Range Rover PHEV

Range Rover EV and Range Rover Sport EV

The latest versions of the Range Rover (above) and Range Rover Sport are both available with plug-in hybrid power, and on a full battery can cover up to 70 miles without consuming a drop of petrol. But, in 2024, fully electric versions of the two luxury SUVs will be unveiled to the world. Sadly, no technical details on either model have surfaced so far, but likely rivals for the flagship Range Rover EV include the Mercedes EQS SUV and Lotus Eletre profiled above. Meanwhile, the Range Rover Sport EV will take on the BMW iX and Tesla Model X among others. Read more about the latest Range Rover luxury SUV here, and the new Range Rover Sport here.

Renault 5 Prototype in Munich

Renault 5

Renault caused quite the stir online in early 2021 when it unveiled the new 5: a reinvented version of its iconic hatchback, now with electric power. So far, all we know is that the new 5 will be capable of covering up to 249 miles on a charge, should go on sale in 2024 and will take on Cupra and Volkswagen's entry-level electric cars, with prices starting from around £17,500. Read more about the reborn Renault 5 here.

Renault Megane E-TECH Electric

Renault Megane E-TECH Electric

Renault’s new electric crossover will arrive in showrooms very soon, hoping to better the likes of the Cupra BornVolkswagen ID.3 and Kia Niro EV. All versions of the Megane E-TECH Electric pump out 215bhp and boast a range of just under 300 miles thanks to a 60kWh battery. The French brand’s electric crossover also features a new infotainment system – OpenR Link – which, like the system in the Polestar 2, has been developed with Google and is based on the Android Automotive operating system. Prices start from £35,995. Find out more about the Renault Megane E-TECH Electric here.

Renault Scenic Vision

Renault Scenic

The original Scenic MPV was essentially a roomier version of the Renault Megane hatchback, which disappeared from UK showrooms in 2021. However, the Scenic name will return in 2024 as a fully electric SUV based on the same platform as the Nissan Ariya, likely with the same choice of 63 or 87kWh batteries, that could mean a range of up to 300 miles or more based on the Ariya’s stats. Although details like that can only be speculated on for the time being, we can get a good idea of what the car will look like thanks to the Scenic Vision concept you see here. Find out more here.

Rolls-Royce Spectre

Rolls-Royce Spectre

The first electric Rolls-Royce will be a two-door coupe called the Spectre, which is on track to make its debut by 2023. According to the luxury British car maker, the Spectre will represent the culmination of over 10 years of research and development, with its global testing programme expected to cover 2.5 million kilometres, simulating 400 years of real-world use. The "electric super coupe" is also going to use Rolls-Royce's own aluminium spaceframe architecture that underpins the Phantom flagship saloon. Read more about the Rolls-Royce Spectre here.

Smart 1 electric SUV

Smart #1

In 2022, Smart will launch its first electric SUV, aptly named the Smart #1. Not only will it be the first in a new generation of electric cars from the brand, the compact Vauxhall Mokka-e rival will be responsible for kickstarting the brand’s revival. Its single 268bhp electric motor is fed by a 66kWh battery, which is enough for a range of up to 273 miles, according to Smart. The styling of the Smart #1 is largely unchanged from the Smart Concept #1, unveiled in 2021, including a smooth, minimalist design; full-width rear light bar; and a roof that ‘floats’ above the cabin. Watch our first-look video on the all-new Smart #1 to find out more.

Smart #1 Brabus

Smart #1 Brabus

Before the Smart #1 has even gone on sale, renowned turning house Brabus has been allowed to create a high-performance version of the forthcoming Kia Niro EV rival. Brabus has added an extra electric motor on the front axle for all-wheel drive and to boost total output up to 422bhp and 543Nm of torque. Good, Brabus says, for a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds. The hot version of the Smart #1 also gets a few styling and aerodynamic tweaks to help distinguish it from the regular car. Click here to take a closer look at the Smart #1 Brabus.

Subaru Solterra

Subaru Solterra

The Solterra is the Japanese brand's first electric model and will go on sale in July 2022. Unlike its Toyota bZ4X sister car, the Solterra is only available in all-wheel-drive form. Its two electric motors produce a combined 215bhp and 336Nm of torque, with the Forester-sized SUV capable of up to 289 miles on a charge, according to Subaru. It also gets the off-road-focused features you’d expect from. Prices for the new Tesla Model Y rival start from £49,995; you can watch our first-look video on the Solterra to find out more.

Plaid

Tesla Model S Plaid

Sales of the Tesla Model S are in limbo at the moment – at least for buyers in the UK. Pricing for the brand’s flagship saloon has been removed from the customer site, and you can’t place an order for one at the time of writing. But if you're willing to wait, coming soon is the ludicrously fast Model S Plaid. Thanks to a triple-motor powertrain, it’s claimed to have more than 1,000bhp, top out at 200mph and do 0-62mph in just over two seconds. It also has a range of close to 400 miles. Read more about the Model S Plaid here.

New Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra-e

Vauxhall has confirmed an electric version of the eighth-generation Astra, called the Astra-e, will be available by 2023. The forthcoming rival to the Volkswagen ID.3, Cupra Born and Citroen e-C4 – among others – will join the company’s range of electric cars, which currently includes the Mokka-e SUV and Corsa-e supermini. As well as the Astra-e, Vauxhall is launching electric successors to the current Insignia saloon and Crossland compact SUV over the next few years, as well as a four-door coupe-SUV that’ll bring back the Manta name from the 1970s. Read more about the Astra-e here, and Vauxhall’s other upcoming EVs here.

Volkswagen EV teaser

Volkswagen ID.1

The Volkswagen ID.1 is the German brand’s forthcoming entry-level electric car. The Polo-sized EV is set to go into production in 2025 alongside a crossover model called the ID.2, plus similar models from both Skoda and Cupra. All will use a smaller version of the group’s MEB electric-car platform, with prices expected to start from under £18,000 for the ID.1. Based on the teaser image Volkswagen released of the VW’s entry-level EV, it’ll also have very similar styling to its larger ID.3 hatchback sibling. Find out more about the Volkswagen ID.1 here.

VW ID.X

Volkswagen ID.3 GTX

Volkswagen is launching a high-performance version of the ID.3 electric hatchback that will be, to all intents and purposes, a zero-emissions Golf GTI. The fully electric hot hatch will arrive in conjunction with the regular ID.3’s mid-life facelift in 2023, likely using the same dual-motor powertrain as the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX we’ve already tested. If correct, that’ll mean nearly 300bhp on tap and all-wheel drive. Read more about the ID.3 GTX here.

Volkswagen ID. Aero

Volkswagen ID. Aero

Another addition to Volkswagen's ID. range is a production version of the ID. Aero electric saloon concept. The roadgoing model will go into production in 2023, effectively serving as an electric successor to the long-serving Passat saloon. VW's Polestar 2 and Hyundai Ioniq 6 rival is based on the same MEB platform as the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV, and is likely to use the same 77kWh battery as the concept car you see, which VW claims can cover 385 miles on a single charge. An estate version of the ID. Aero is also in the cards after Volkswagen unveiled the ID. Space Vizzion concept back in 2019. Find out more about the Volkswagen ID. Aero here.

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