New electric cars coming in 2023 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
Electric cars have never been more popular, with more than 260,000 of them sold in the UK last year. In fact, EVs accounted for 16.6% of new car sales in 2022, making them the second most popular after petrol-powered models.
With the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars looming, manufacturers are developing and launching 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 hottest and most interesting new electric cars hitting the street in 2023 and beyond…
Abarth’s souped-up versions of the Fiat 500 city car have been part of hot hatch lore since the 1960s, and in 2023 the performance brand will launch its first EV: the Abarth 500e. In traditional hot-hatch style, the Abarth is front-wheel drive only, and uses a single electric motor producing 152bhp and 235Nm of torque; enough for 0-62mph in exactly seven seconds. Range stands at 155 miles from the 42kWh battery, and it will be offered as a hatchback and convertible. It also features a sound generator that the brand says is capable of “faithfully reproducing the sound of an Abarth petrol engine”. Find out more about the Abarth 500e here.
AEHRA electric SUV
AEHRA is a new luxury car brand from Italy that plans to “rewrite the automotive design rulebook”. It's first model will be an electric SUV that was unveiled in November 2022, however it's name is still name is still firmly under wraps for now. The striking EV features a set of top-hinged gullwing-style doors to aid ease of entry and egress, and AEHRA says the car’s cabin will fit four “full-size [basketball] players” thanks to a three-metre wheelbase. The AEHRA's party piece is a huge screen that stretches the entire width of the dashboard, and rises upwards when the car is parked for an immersive cinema-style experience.
A whopping 120kWh battery powers three electric motors – one on the front axle, and two on the rear – producing up to 850bhp, while AEHRA claims it's targeting a range of at least 800km (497 miles) through the use of “leading-edge battery platform technology”. AEHRA's as-yet-unnamed electric SUV is expected to start from upwards of £150,000 when it goes on sale in 2025. Find out more about AEHRA and its luxury electric SUV here..
Afeela electric saloon
If you've not heard of Afeela before either, that's because it's Sony and Honda's new electric car brand, which is set to launch its first EV by 2026. A prototype of the as-yet-unnamed electric saloon was presented at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, featuring bold, futuristic styling, a panoramic infotainment screen that spans the entire width of the dashboard and dual-motor powertrain. For reference, it's about the same size as a Tesla Model S or Lucid Air, which could serve as potential rivals depending on the Afeela’s price. Find out more about Afeela's forthcoming electric soon here.
Alpine GT X-Over
Alpine, the performance-car offshoot of Renault, has announced plans to launch a total of five EVs by 2028, including three electric SUVs. The first is its answer to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, BMW iX1 and Kia EV6 called the Alpine GT X-Over, which is set to enter production in 2025. It will sit on the same 'CMF-EV' platform as the Nissan Ariya, but the GT X-Over is expected to use a new triple-motor setup, for four-wheel drive and a power output in the 400-500bhp range. Find out more about the Alpine GT X-Over here.
Alpine’s EV line-up won’t consist entirely of SUVs, however. Its first electric car will be a hot hatch based on the forthcoming Renault 5 (profiled further down). The Alpine R5 is due to hit the road in 2024, will be front-wheel drive only and use a single electric motor that’s expected to produce 215bhp. Other than that, technical details remain firmly under wraps, and styling-wise, the single teaser image Alpine has released of the R5 so far only indicates it’ll get a sizeable rear wing. Find out more about the Alpine R5 here.
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 the Audi A6 Avant e-tron estate car concept.
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.
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. The i5 is expected to be unveiled in 2023, and offered in both saloon and Touring estate car (above) forms. Read more about the BMW i5 and i5 Touring here.
Chevrolet Corvette EV
The first “electrified” version of the Chevrolet Corvette sports car was unveiled in January 2023. Called the Corvette E-Ray (above), it pairs a 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 with an electric motor on the front axle for four-wheel drive, 646bhp on tap and a 0-60mph time of just 2.5 seconds. 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.
Cupra has confirmed its all-new flagship electric SUV, the Tavasacan, will launch later this year before the first examples arrive in 2024, five years after the Tavascan debuted in concept form. No technical details for the Tavascan have surfaced yet, but we know it will sit on the very familiar MEB platform used by the Skoda Enyaq iV, Volkswagen ID.4 and about half a dozen other electric cars at this stage. The sharp design hasn’t changed too much from the original concept, including the wide black front grille panel and sloping roofline. Find out more about the Cupra Tavascan here.
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 £17,600 at today’s exchange rate) – despite offering a range of up to 273 miles. Read more about the Cupra UrbanRebel here.
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.
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.
The Ocean is a zero-emissions SUV that'll rival the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Audi Q4 e-tron, BMW iX3, Ford 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’s second EV will be an affordable electric city car called the PEAR – an acronym for 'Personal Electric Automotive Revolution'. The PEAR will be available with single and dual-motor setups for a choice of rear or all-wheel drive, plus two battery options, with the larger Hyper Range pack expected to return over 310 miles on a charge. The PEAR will measure 4.5 metres end-to-end – about the same as a Kia Sportage – and according to CEO Henrik Fisker, it could start from close to £25,000 when it lands in the UK. The cut-price EV is due to be unveiled in the second half of 2023, before production begins the following year. Find out more about Fisker PEAR here.
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.
Ford electric SUV
Ford is expected to reveal its next electric SUV, and the follow-up to the Mustang Mach-E, in March 2023. The new "medium-sized crossover" will use the same platform and running gear as the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, and when it lands will be head-to-head against the Skoda Enyaq iV, Nissan Ariya and Hyundai Ioniq 5. The boxy, slightly square-jawed design appears to have been influenced by the Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport and Explorer SUVs that are currently sold in North America, meanwhile Ford has previously said this new EV will seat five people and be capable of up to 311 miles on a charge. Read more about the Ford's new electric SUV here.
Ford Puma EV
Ford has confirmed an electric version of its hugely popular Puma compact SUV will arrive in 2024, after its as-yet-unnamed "medium-sized crossover" (profiled above) and a "sports crossover". We know the Puma EV will roll off the same Romanian production line as the existing petrol-powered model, but technical details have yet to be revealed. It won't use the same platform as Volkswagen's ID. electric models though, which will serve as the underpinnings for the other two electric SUVs Ford has in the works. Read more about the Ford's upcoming electric cars here.
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 has confirmed the first electric car to wear its N performance badge will be a hot version of the Ioniq 5 family hatchback, which is 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 Kona Electric
The second-generation Hyundai Kona Electric will arrive in 2023 alongside petrol and hybrid versions of the South Korean brand's new baby SUV. The design is a clear evolution of the outgoing Hyundai Kona, though the larger Hyundai Tucson appears to have had some influence, too. The cabin design on the other hand has been more close resembles those in Hyundai's Ioniq 5 hatchback and Ioniq 6 saloon. Technical details will be revealed later this year, but in the meantime, you can find out more about the second-generation Hyundai Kona Electric here.
The all-new Jeep Avenger is the 4x4 brand's first electric SUV, and is based on a new version of Vauxhall Mokka Electric and recently facelifted DS 3 E-Tense’s platform. There is an all-wheel-drive version coming, but at launch the Avenger features a single 154bhp electric motor powered by a 54kWh battery. Range, according to Jeep, is 248 miles, or as much as 342 miles in stop-start city traffic, while 100kW rapid charging speeds mean a 10-80% top-up only takes half an hour. Prices start at £36,500 for the Avenger in 1st Edition specification, but more trim levels will be introduced later this year. In the meantime, you can read our first drive of the all-new Jeep Avenger here.
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 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 has confirmed it's new flagship seven-seat electric SUV – the EV9 – will make its world debut in March 2023, and has suggested that the future Mercedes EQB and Hyundai Ioniq 7 rival will be capable of 0-62mph in close to five seconds and offer roughly 300 miles of range. Based on the latest images shared by Kia it's clear that the styling of the original Concept EV9 has been carried over practically unchanged, including the boxy, Land Rover Defender-esque proportions and striking bluff front-end design. The EV9 is one of nine new electric cars Kia plans to launch in the UK by 2027, and will be the first to feature its autonomous driving technology which it calls ‘AutoMode’. Read more about the Kia EV9 here.
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.
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, Mercedes EQS SUV and Tesla Model X. Under the heavily sculpted bodywork is a pair of electric motors and a 112kWh battery that Lotus claims is good for a range of up to 373 miles. But not only does the Eletre have all-wheel-drive, power outputs for the ‘hyper-SUV’ range from 595bhp to 893bhp, while prices start from £89,500. Watch our in-depth walkaround video of the all-new Lotus Eletre here to find out more.
Lotus Type 133
Lotus is preparing to launch its answer to the Porsche Taycan, Tesla Model S, Lucid Air and forthcoming Polestar 5. Codenamed the Type 133, Lotus’ first electric saloon is expected to be revealed later this year and will sit on the same platform as the Eletre hyper-SUV profiled above. If fitted with the same 112kWh battery as the Eletre too, it could potentiialy cover over 400 miles on a single charge. Of course, Lotus hasn’t confirmed any technical details yet, nor has it revealed the Type 133’s official name, though in keeping with Lotus tradition it will almost certainly have a moniker beginning with ‘E’. Find out more about the Lotus Type 133 electric saloon here.
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, and thanks to several tweaks the saloon’s drag coefficient was reduced to just 0.197Cd: the lowest of any production car.
The entry-level Lucid Air Pure offers a range of over 400 miles and starts from $87,400 in the US (just over £73,000 at the current exchange rate). Meanwhile, the Lucid Air Sapphire sits at the top of the range and features a tri-motor setup that produces 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 a handful of countries in Europe. 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's next EV is a luxury seven-seater electric SUV called the Gravity. We've already got our first look at the future Tesla Model X and Mercedes EQS SUV rival but it'll be fully unveiled in 2023. The Gravity sits on the same LEAP (Lucid Electric Advanced Platform) platform as the Air and is expected to be offered with a similar variety of powertrains to the saloon. Lucid has stated the Gravity will boast “supercar levels of performance” and “more range than any other EV” outside the company’s own line-up.
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
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 arriving in 2023. Maserati's first EV will have a 0-62mph time of just 2.7 seconds and hit a top speed of nearly 200mph thanks to a tri-motor setup, all-wheel drive and more than 750bhp on tap. Maserati also claims the fully electric GranTurismo has a range of 279 miles, and 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 also arrive in 2023. Find out more about the Maserati GranTurismo Folgore here.
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.
Electric pickup trucks are nothing new at this point; the Rivian R1T, Ford 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 EQE SUV
The Mercedes EQE SUV is the fifth SUV in Merc’s EV line-up and the fourth electric car to use the marque’s bespoke electric-car platform, shared with the flagship EQS SUV. Its many rivals include the BMW iX, Polestar 3, Lotus Eletre and Audi Q8 e-tron, with the EQE SUV starting from just over £90,000. Every model sold in the UK comes with dual motors for all-wheel drive and around 330 miles of range thanks to a 89kWh battery. An AMG-tuned version has also been unveiled and boasts a 0-62mph time of just 3.5 seconds, while inside Mercedes’ latest electric SUV is available with the 56-inch Hyperscreen infotainment system from the EQS limousine. Watch our walkaround video of the new Mercedes EQE SUV to find out more.
The Mercedes G-Class is not the first car you’d think might be in-line for the EV treatment, but in 2024 a fully electric version of the legendary 4x4 will go into production. It’ll be called the Mercedes EQG, and will use a modified version of the current G-Class’ platform. The EQG’s four individual motors allow for what Mercedes has called a ‘G-Turn’, which involves the wheels either side spinning in opposite directions so the EQG can rotate like a tank. We experienced this first hand when we got to ride shotgun in a prototype EQG, which you can read more about here.
More sensible and down-to-earth models haven't been forgotten as Mercedes makes the leap to electric. The next addition to the brand’s EV line-up is the EQT minibus, which is based on the T-Class with the powertrain tech from the eCitan panel van. Its 120bhp electric motor is powered by a 45kWh usable battery that’s good for 175 miles on a charge. At launch, the EQT is only available in five-seat configuration, but a long-wheelbase version with seven seats is due to arrive in 2023, as is a micro camper Mecredes has already hinted at. Click here for a closer look at the Mercedes EQT.
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 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 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.
MINI Countryman EV
The new third-generation MINI Countryman will use the same underpinnings as the latest BMW X1 and fully electric iX1, and will be offered with a similar choice of petrol or electric power. Back in 2017, MINI claimed the Countryman EV would offer a range of around 280 miles and given the iX1’s 270-mile official range this checks out. The new Countryman will also grow in size, with MINI's first electric SUV to serve as a rival to the Volkswagen ID.4 and Kia Niro EV, among many others. MINI has confirmed production of the Countryman EV will begin later this year, but has yet to announce when exactly the car will be unveiled. Click here to find out more about the electric MINI Countryman.
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, and MINI has confirmed that it’s developing electrified John Cooper Works (JCW) models, one of which we expect will be a hot version of the new electric hatchback. Read more about the new MINI Electric here, including our impressions from a ride in a pre-production prototype.
MINI Electric Convertible
In the summer of 2022 we got to drive a one-off, electric version of the current MINI Convertible, and now the British brand has unveiled a production model that a lucky few will be able to buy. Just 999 examples of the MINI Cooper SE Convertible are being made, with only 150 making their way to the UK and each one costing £52,500. Range for the Cooper SE Convertible stands at 125 miles, according to MINI, while the 181 electric motor powering the front wheels is enough for 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. Inside, every model comes fully loaded with all the kit MINI could throw at a car, so if you fancy one for yourself order books open in April 2023. Find out more about the first MINI Electric Convertible here.
Peugeot plans to launch five new electric cars over the next two years alone, including the all-new, all-electric Peugeot e-3008 SUV that's scheduled to be revealed in the second half of 2023. It will sit on the brand-new STLA Medium platform that’ll eventually serve as the underpinnings for EVs from Jeep and Maserati, too, with Peugeot claiming the zero-emissions family SUV will offer up to 434 miles of range. There will also be a dual-motor version with all-wheel drive. An electric version of the seven-seat Peugeot 5008 SUV, called the e-5008, is also in the works and is expected to use the e-3008’s running gear. Find out more about the Peugeot e-3008 and the French brand’s other forthcoming EVs here.
In 2023, the latest Peugeot 308 family hatchback and estate will be available with electric power, badged as the e-308. Both models will use a 156bhp electric motor fed by a 54kWh battery, which according to Peugeot, should be enough for a range of 248 miles on a full charge. Meanwhile, 100kW rapid charging speeds mean a 20-80% top-up will take 25 minutes from the right charging-point. We expect to see the same powertrain available in the Vauxhall Astra Electric also 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.
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 156bhp motor and 54kWh battery combination as the family hatchback and estate we already mentioned. Click here for a closer look at the Peugeot 408 here.
The Polestar 3 is the Swedish brand's first electric SUV and rival to the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron and BMW iX. Prices start from just under £80,000, with two versions of the Polestar 3 are available at launch, both featuring a dual-motor powertrain and 111kWh battery that's good for a range of up to 379 miles, according to Polestar. Meanwhile those models fitted with the Performance Pack produce 510bhp and 910Nm of torque; enough for a 4.7-second 0-62mph time. The luxury electric SUV can also charge at speeds of up to 250kW, and uses the same platform as Volvo's all-electric replacement for the XC90: the EX90 (profiled below).
Inside, the Polestare 3 features an array of sustainable materials and driver assistance systems, plus a new 14.5-inch touchscreen running an evolution of the Polestar’s Android Automotive infotainment system. Boot space stands at 484 litres, with another 32 litres in the Polestar’s nose. Order books are open now, but first deliveries are not due to begin until late 2023. So until then, click here to find out more about the all-new Polestar 3.
If you couldn’t tell by the name, the all-new Polestar 4 is the Swedish brand’s aptly named fourth model that’s due to be revealed in 2023. It’s an electric coupe-SUV that, based on our spy shots of the car, will ride slightly higher than the more saloon-like Polestar 2 and have a much more sloping roofline than the boxy Polestar 3 SUV, and be more compact, too. Technical details are thin on the ground at the moment, but we expect the Polestar 4 to start from around £50,000 and take on the Tesla Model Y, Kia EV6 and electric Porsche Macan arriving in 2024. Click here to get your first look at the new Polestar 4.
After the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4, 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 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 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 their design will be influenced by the brand’s Mission R electric race-car concept from 2021. Read more about the forthcoming Porsche Boxster EV and Porsche Cayman EV here.
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. The Macan EV will use the new PPE platform that’ll underpin the Audi Q6 e-tron SUV we mentioned earlier and will be capable of faster charging speeds than the Porsche Taycan’s 270kW thanks to an 800-volt electrical system. We have also learned that the electric Macan will feature two electric motors – one on each axle – for a total power output of more than 600bhp and over 1,000Nm of torque. Read more about the upcoming electric Porsche Macan here.
Ram 1500 EV
The RAM 1500 EV is the latest all-electric pickup truck to break cover, and the newest rival to the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T and ever-delayed Tesla Cybertruck. The American brand’s first electric truck is due to arrive by the end of next year and will be built on a new EV-specific architecture from parent company Stellantis, which also owns Dodge, Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall, among many other brands. The STLA Frame platform it’ll use features an 800V electrical system that should all for charging speeds of up to 350kW, while the architecture can theoretically offer up to 500 miles from a full battery – although the 1500 EV’s boxy shape will almost certainly reduce that figure. Powertrain and range details will be revealed in due course.
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.
Following the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the electric Renault 5 prototype (profiled below), the French brand is dipping into its back catalogue once again. In 2025 the iconic Renault 4 name will be reborn as a family-oriented compact electric SUV that'll rival the Smart #1 and Hyundai Kona Electric, among others. It'll be based on the same underpinnings as the new R5 and we expect it'll come with the same 134bhp electric motor, and 40kWh and 52kWh batteries, too. The Renault 4EVER Trophy concept (above) also indicates it's design will pay homage to the original, with a particularly boxy design, relatively long bonnet and rounded front end. Read more about the reborn Renault 4 here.
The reborn Renault 5 caused quite the stir online when it was unveiled in early 2021, so it came as no surprise when the reinvented and fully electric version of Renault's iconic hatchback was given the green light shortly after. It will sit on a brand-new platform and be offered with a choice of 40kWh and 52kWh batteries, the larger of which should offer around 250 miles of range. The electric Renault 5 is expected to start from under £20,000, and go head-to-head against the Fiat 500e, Honda e, next-generation MINI Electric and the production versions of the Cupra UrbanRebel and Volkswagen ID.2. The Renault 5 isn't not due to arrive until sometime in 2024, however we had the unique opportunity to drive an early prototype of French brand's retro-inspired EV! Read our first impressions of the reborn Renault 5 here.
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.
The first electric Rolls-Royce is a two-door, ultra-luxury coupe called the Spectre, which is set to arrive in late 2023. According to the British car maker, the Spectre represents 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. Technical details are still under wraps, but we do know the "electric super coupe" will produce 577bhp and 900Nm of torque in all, allowing it to hit 62mph in 4.5 seconds, and it'll boast a range in the region of 320 miles on a single charge. Read more about the Rolls-Royce Spectre here.
Suzuki Jimny EV
Suzuki has declared it will launch its first electric car in Europe in 2024, and will introduce a total of five EVs to the continent by 2030. The Japanese brand hasn’t shared many details on what it’s working on, but it appears an electric version of its hugely popular Jimny compact SUV could be on its way based on this image from Suzuki’s European product plan for 2030. However, Suzuki hasn’t confirmed which of the five EVs it teased will be arriving first, or when the first model will even be unveiled. Find out more about Suzuki's EV plans here.
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.
Vauxhall Astra Electric
The Vauxhall Astra has become the latest household nameplate to go electric. The new, rather unambiguously named Vauxhall Astra Electric hatchback and Astra Sport Tourer Electric estate will go on sale in 2023, and face fierce competition from the Volkswagen ID.3, Cupra Born, Renault Megane E-TECH and MG4 EV. Vauxhall claims the Astra Electric 54kWh battery is good for a range of up to 258 miles, while its 100kW rapid charging speeds should be enough for an 80% top-up in half-an-hour. We expect prices for the Astra Electric to start from between £35,000 and £40,000 when order books open in early 2023, but in the meantime, click here to find out more about the electric hatchback and estate.
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.
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 is likely to use the same dual-motor powertrain as the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX we’ve already tested, as well as ID. Buzz GTX Volkswagen has also teased. If correct, that’ll mean nearly 300bhp on tap, all-wheel drive and a 0-62mph time of around six seconds. Read more about the ID.3 GTX here.
Volkswagen is also readying a zero-emissions saloon to rival the Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Polestar 2. The new ID.7 won't be unveiled until later this year, but we know it'll use the same MEB platform as the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV, and Volkswagen has said the ID.7 will boast a range of up to 435 miles. Inside the ID.7 will feature a 15-inch central touchscreen, an augmented reality head-up display and a new digital driver's display, plus back-lit illuminated sliders for the climate controls – a first for VW's ‘ID.’ range of electric cars. An estate version of the ID.7 is also in the cards after Volkswagen unveiled the ID. Space Vizzion concept back in 2019. Find out more about the Volkswagen ID.7 here.
Volvo has announced it will be unveiling one new electric car every year before it becomes an electric-only brand in 2030. In 2023, not only will the Swedish carmaker launch its new flagship EV – the seven-seat EX90 (profiled below) – it will also reveal its new baby electric SUV that we expect to be called the EX30. Volvo has already begun to tease the arrival of the EX30, and provided us with a glimpse at the compact electric SUV’s rear and rather boxy silhouette. Find out more about the Volvo EX30 here.
The zero-emissions replacement for Volvo's flagship seven-seat XC90 has been a long time coming, but the all-new, all-electric EX90 SUV has now been unveiled and will go on sale in 2023. The EX90 uses the same platform and running gear as the Polestar 3, which means every model is powered by a 107kWh usable battery that feeds two electric motors – one on each axle – for all-wheel drive. It also offers up to 364 miles of range at launch, 250kW rapid charging speeds, features a Google-powered infotainment system and seven seats.
The EX90 also comes with an extensive list of safety systems and LiDAR technology as standard. The latter uses laser light to scan the road ahead and detect objects, the benefits of which are that it works at motorway speed, during the day and at night, unlike a camera-based system which requires light. Therefore, the LiDAR system offers more levels of protection regardless of driving conditions. Prices will start from £96,255 at launch, and you can find out more about the Volvo EX90 here.
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