New electric cars 2021
Carmakers are pressing ahead with new electric cars and we're seeing new models arrive all the time. Here's what's coming soon...
Electric cars are rapidly becoming mainstream in the UK; nearly 11% of new cars sold in 2020 had a plug. That number is growing all the time and there are loads of new electric cars being launched, ready for customers to make the switch to electric power.
Over the next 12 to 18 months we expect even more brands to enter into the electric car market, and makers that already have electric cars in their range will start to add more models. And it's not just cars – take a look at our list of electric vans coming soon, too.
Not every area of the market has an electric model available, but that will soon change. An upcoming ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars will see to that, which is why manufacturers are pressing ahead with the launch of new electric cars. Read on to find out more about all the best new electric cars coming soon...
Audi e-tron GT
Sales start in May and the high-performance four-door costs from £79,900, going up to £133,340 for the top-spec model. It has 469bhp or 590bhp in the RS model, with 0-62mph times of 4.1 and 3.3 seconds respectively. Their electric ranges are 295 miles or 280 miles respectively. Read our review here.
Audi Q4 e-tron
Audi’s Q4 e-tron is based on a concept of the same name and will be offered both in standard SUV format and as a more rakish coupe-SUV, badged Q4 e-tron Sportback. Power will come from a pair of electric motors producing a total of 302bhp, fed by batteries with either a 52kWh or 77kWh usable capacity.
A range in the region of 300 miles is claimed, though we tested a prototype that showed 240 miles of range on the display. Add 125kW DC rapid charging capability and the result is a very appealing electric SUV. Read our review of a pre-production Q4 e-tron here.
BMW has definitely taken note of the Tesla Model 3's disruption of the compact executive-car class; the American model offers compellingly low running costs and high-tech appeal for the same price as a high-spec diesel 3 Series, or its key rivals the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
BMW's answer to the Tesla is this i4. Production is expected to start in August or September 2021, so it’s expected to be out before 2022. It will use the 523bhp BMW eDrive powertrain, with a range of around 373 miles for the i4 from an 80kWh battery pack. It should go from 0-62mph in about four seconds. Read more about the BMW i4 here.
BMW is launching a whole slew of electric models in the near future, with this large iX SUV set to be the biggest of the lot. Originally previewed in concept form by BMW as the 'Vision iNEXT', the production version was revealed in late 2020 badged as the iX.
Power comes from two electric motors with a combined 496bhp, enough for 0-62mph under five seconds. A large 100kWh battery is used, with a claimed range of just over 370 miles. Prices start at £69,000 in the UK. Read more about the BMW iX here.
The BMW 7 Series is the brand’s flagship model and the next version is likely to get a rebrand as the i7, along with an overhaul to electric power, taking on the Mercedes EQS. We’ve seen spy shots of the car ahead of its official reveal, but we don’t have much information about the car’s tech yet. Petrol and plug-in hybrid versions of the 7 Series are also on the way. We don’t expect to see the i7 until 2022, although it may be revealed in 2021. It’s likely to cost more than £100,000. Read more about the BMW i7 here.
The Cupra Born is the SEAT spinoff brand's answer to the Volkswagen ID.3, based on the same mechanicals and offering a similar family-car package – albeit with a sportier edge. An 82kWh battery gives a range of 310 miles, while a 0-31mph time of 2.9 seconds has been quoted in lieu of more conventional performance figures.
We don’t yet know how much the car's chassis will differ from its Volkswagen counterpart, but it's safe to assume it'll offer a more driver-focused set-up. Sales will start later in 2021. Read more about the Cupra Born here.
The cheapest car on this list could also turn out to be one of the most important. The Dacia Spring Electric – based on the Chinese-market Renault K-ZE crossover – is set for Europe and undercuts the current cheapest electric cars you can buy by a large amount. The car uses a 43bhp electric motor paired with a 26.8kWh battery, with a claimed range of 140 miles. Sales have already started in Europe at around £14,500, but it hasn't been confirmed for the UK. Read more about the Dacia Spring here.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai got off to a good start with its electric offerings to date: we rate the Ioniq Electric hatchback and Kona Electric SUV highly. The South Korean company won't be stopping there, however; it plans to launch a sportier and more stylish zero-emissions car this year in the shape of the Ioniq 5.
The Ioniq 5 is expected to cost around £38,000 for the entry-level version, and will use 58 or 72.6kWh batteries, for a range of around 300 miles. The high-spec version will have a 215bhp motor and a 7.4-second 0-62mph time, thanks to a 208bhp rear motor and 94bhp front motor. 350kW charging is available, too. Read more about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 here.
Kia and sister brand Hyundai have big plans in the area of electrification over the coming years, with Kia planning to launch multiple new zero-emissions models by 2027. They'll be headed up by a flagship model called the EV6, which was revealed recently. It'll have a 300-mile driving range and ultra-rapid 350kW charging capacity for a recharging time of less than 20 minutes. It can also go from 0-62mph in under three seconds in its fastest form. It’s likely to cost in the region of £50,000, and will appear later in 2021. Read more about the Kia EV6 here.
A new Lexus electric car is on the way, and although details aren’t abundant at the moment, the company has confirmed the car is coming via a teaser image showing a dramatic rear end for the upcoming model. It'll use the e-TNGA platform shared with Toyota, and will take inspiration from the 2019 Lexus LF-30 concept car. It also gets four-wheel drive, with one motor on each axle. Read more about the Lexus electric car here.
While the Mercedes EQA aims to offer a sleek hatchback shape, the EQB will essentially be an electric version of the recently unveiled Mercedes GLB, which brings the bluff and boxy styling of larger Mercedes SUVs like the G-Class and GLS to a smaller and less expensive format. As part of Mercedes' plan to have eight electric 'EQ' models on sale by 2023, the GLB is expected to arrive in showrooms at some point in 2021. A starting price of around £45,000 is likely, as is a range of about 300 miles. Read more about the Mercedes EQB here.
Just as the GLA and GLB are set to get electric counterparts in 2021, so too will the next S-Class saloon – in the form of this EQS, as well as an SUV equivalent to the GLS. Mercedes even called it "a fully electric member of the next S-Class family". Details are sparse for now, but Mercedes has said the EQS will have the longest range of any electric car on sale, with 435 miles claimed. The car was last spotted testing on public roads in January and is set to go into production in mid-2021. Read more about the Mercedes EQS here.
Likely to be one of the most successful electric SUVs of the year, the Ariya is Nissan's take on electrified family transport. Based on a 2019 concept of the same name, the Ariya gets a choice of battery sizes, up to 389bhp and as much as 310 miles' range on a single charge, depending on specification.
The new car will be built on Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CMF-EV underpinnings, which will also form the basis of a similar model from Renault based on the Morphoz concept. Although the Ariya is slated to go on sale in early 2022, we expect to see prices and specifications before the end of 2021. Read more about the Nissan Ariya here.
Nissan Juke Electric
Nissan is looking to launch an electric version of the Juke SUV, using tech from the Ariya. Nissan Europe’s general manager for product planning, Nicolas Bozek, told us that there were plans to use the powertrain in future models, and that a more affordable, smaller car would make sense for that. Read more about the Nissan Juke electric here.
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
Just as the Porsche Panamera has its Sport Turismo shooting-brake bodystyle, the Taycan is getting its own estate variant – the Cross Turismo. It costs from just under £80,000 and is already on sale, although deliveries will start in the summer of 2021.
It uses the same electric drivetrain technology as its sister model, but there's no entry-level rear-drive version as it’s designed to have some off-road ability - it’s four-wheel drive only. The Taycan 4 has 375bhp and the range goes up to the crazy 751bhp Turbo S model, which takes just 2.9 seconds to go from 0-62mph. Range is about 280 miles at most. Read more about the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo here.
Skoda Enyaq iV
The Volkswagen Group's MEB electric-car platform is giving all brands under that group's umbrella the opportunity to develop their own electric models. Skoda's take is the Enyaq iV, a large coupe-SUV concept whose styling was previewed by the Vision iV concept. We've already driven a disguised pre-production version of the Enyaq and customer deliveries begin in early 2021. It's roughly the same size as Skoda's Kodiaq SUV and will start from just over £33,000 on the road, with a range of 211-310 miles depending on the battery size. Read more about the Skoda Enyaq iV here.
Tesla Model Y
It has been a long time coming, but we're going to have to wait even longer for the Tesla Model Y. The US brand's latest model's arrival in Europe has been delayed a few times; although deliveries have started in America, we expect to see the first cars in the UK towards the end of 2021. Sharing much of its mechanicals with the Model 3 saloon, the Model Y will take on the likes of the Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 at the smaller end of the electric SUV market. The longest-range model will get around 314 miles on a single charge. Read our early review of the Model Y here.
Volkswagen will launch a new model in the ID range, the ID.5, which will be a coupe-SUV based on the ID.4. It will use most of the same tech, and is likely to arrive in late 2021. It’ll have the same 52 or 82kWh batteries and a 217-323-mile range depending on variant. Spy shots of the car revealed that it’ll have a different rear window with a more pronounced slope, with a small spoiler mounted on top. It’ll be aimed at more style-conscious buyers unconcerned with a practicality deficit. Read more about the VW ID.5 here.
Volvo C40 Recharge
A new coupe-SUV called the C40 Recharge has been announced, essentially a coupe-SUV variant of the more conventionally shaped XC40 Recharge P8. It’s expected to arrive early in 2022, but order books should open in 2021. Prices will start at roughly £50,000 and it will feature 402bhp using power from a 78kWh battery. This means range should stand at about 261 miles, with 150kW charging capability as well. Read more about the Volvo C40 Recharge here.
A new smaller SUV will join the Volvo range, and it’s likely to get the XC20 name, sitting under the current smallest model, the XC40. It’ll use tech shared with Volvo’s Chinese owner Geely, and comes as part of a plan to move to electric-only vehicles by 2030. Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson confirmed to us that it would be an SUV when asked if that would be the case. "Yes - good guess! It has to be premium, and SUVs are very popular, but it should be all-electric, too," he told us. Plans for an XC100 range-topper above the XC90 were also revealed, coming in 2022. Read more about the Volvo XC20 here.
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