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
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 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
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. 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 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 EQS, Lucid 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.
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 EQA, Audi 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. The BMW iX1 goes on sale in November, but in the meantime, you read more about it here.
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.
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.
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 electric muscle car
Dodge will launch the first-ever electric muscle car in 2024, with a concept set to be unveiled sometime in 2022. Official details remain thin on the ground as we’ve only seen a short teaser video of Dodge’s forthcoming electric muscle car to date, but the American brand expected to use parent company Stellantis’s new STLA Large platform for the underpinnings. The EV-dedicated platform can accommodate dual-motor setups capable of producing up to 885bhp, with the company hinting 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 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. The PEAR will be roughly the size of a Kia Sportage and has an expected starting price of $29,900 (around £24,500 at the time of writing) in the US. Fisker has confirmed plans to bring the PEAR to Europe, with production slated to begin in 2024. 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 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
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. Battery sizes and range figures have yet to be announced, but it'll have 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. Read more about the Genesis GV70 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 6 and Hyundai Ioniq 7
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was perhaps the most impressive electric car to launch in 2021, with its futuristic styling, spacious interior and ultra-rapid charging. It kicked off the second generation of Hyundai EVs, which will expand in 2022 with an Ioniq 6 saloon (recently spied testing) and again in 2024 with an Ioniq 7 SUV. Details on either car are thin on the ground at the moment, but we do know they'll use the same platform that underpins the Ioniq 5, and that visually the 6 will draw heavily on 2020's Hyundai Prophecy concept car. Read more about the Hyundai Ioniq 6 saloon here and the Ioniq 7 SUV here.
After launching a string of plug-in hybrids, the first pure-electric Jeep will arrive in Europe in early 2023. Given the new, as-yet-unnamed car will be launched in around a year’s time, it's likely to be a sister model to the existing DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e SUVs. If true, the Jeep EV would get a 50kWh battery for a range of around 200 miles, plus 100kW rapid-charging. What’s not clear is whether the new Jeep will be available with four-wheel-drive – until now an essential feature of all the brand’s models – or just front-wheel drive like its potential sister models. Read more about the first electric Jeep here.
Kia EV6 GT
When Kia unveiled the EV6 in 2021, the brand also revealed that it would produce a high-performance version called the EV6 GT. This extra potent flagship model produces 577bhp from a dual-motor setup and is capable of 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds. The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, Tesla Model Y Performance and Volkswagen ID.5 GTX rival is priced from just under £60,000, with first UK deliveries set to arrive in October 2022. We’ve had a ride in the passenger seat of the Kia EV6 GT, which you can read more about here.
Kia Niro EV
The Kia e-Niro was introduced in 2018 and has been one of most popular electric family cars since, offering a winning blend of practicality, efficiency and on-board technology. This is the second-generation version, now called the Niro EV, which looks to build on the success of its predecessor with a fresh new look. What hasn’t changed that much is the powertrain, which consists of a 201bhp electric motor and 64.8kWh battery for up to 287 miles’ range. Watch our first-look video on the new Kia Niro EV to find out more.
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.
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, 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.
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. Top-spec versions produce 1,095bhp from a dual-motor setup and can do 0-62mph in just 2.5 seconds. The Lucid Air has already gone on sale in the US, but potential UK buyers can reserve one now, as Lucid plans European expansion soon.
Lucid has already announced its followup to the Air will be an electric SUV, currently referred to as Project Gravity. The Tesla Model X and Mercedes EQS SUV rival is set to be unveiled in 2023. Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson has also expressed interest in producing a less expensive zero-emissions saloon that’d rival the Tesla Model 3, but that car won’t arrive until 2024 or 2025 at the earliest. 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, and the first of a trio arriving in 2023 alone. The two-door GT will feature a triple-motor setup delivering “way more than 1,200bhp”, plus all-wheel drive, which will result in a 0-62mph time of less than three seconds according to the brand. A convertible version called the GranCabrio Folgore will arrive the same year. 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 will be the first zero-emissions pickup to officially go on sale in the UK when order books open in August. It uses a 201bhp electric motor and an 89kWh battery located under the chassis, which is enough for a range of 196 miles on the WLTP city test, according to Maxus. We therefore expect the Ford Ranger-sized EV will be able to cover around 130 miles on a charge in mixed driving conditions. Read more about the Maxus T90EV here.
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’ 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
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.
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 is expanding its range of electric cars once again, this time with a zero-emissions hatchback to rival the Volkswagen ID.3, Nissan Leaf and Renault Megane E-TECH Electric. The MG 4, as it’s expected to be called in the UK and Europe, is due to be launched later this year, but the brand has now revealed the car’s equivalent for the Chinese market, where it’ll be known as the MG Mulan. Not only that, it’s been revealed the sharp-looking hatchback will use parent company SAIC’s new EV-specific ‘Nebula’ platform, and according to MG, will take just four seconds to go from 0-62mph. Read more about the MG 4 here.
MG has been toying with the idea of producing an electric sports car for some time now. But, earlier this year, the brand confirmed that a version of the MG Cyberster two-seater concept will be going into production in 2023. Technical details about the as-yet-unnamed drop-top EV haven’t been disclosed yet, but a patent filing did reveal what MG’s answer to the electric Porsche Boxster will look like. Click here to take a closer look at MG’s first electric sports car.
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.
But before either the hatchback or drop-top versions of the latest zero-emissions MINI arrive, later this year MINI will launch a fully electric crossover, which could see the return of the Paceman name. The British brand is also launching the successor to the current MINI Countryman family SUV in 2023. It’ll be available in combustion-engine and pure-electric form, and is expected to use the same underpinnings as the next-generation BMW X1/iX1. Read more about the new MINI Electric here, including our impressions from a ride in a pre-production prototype.
The Ariya is Nissan's take on electrified family transport and will be a major rival for the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. 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 charge, depending on the specification. It's being built on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi CMF-EV electric-car platform, which also forms the basis of the electric Renault Megane E-TECH. Prices for the Nissan's first EV since the Leaf start from from £41,845, rising to £58,400 for the range-topping dual-motor model. Watch our first drive review of the Nissan Ariya here.
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.
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.
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.
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 X, Audi e-tron and BMW iX, with an expected starting figure of around €75,000 (roughly £63,000 at the time of writing). 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.
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.
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 electric
The new Porsche Macan is set to arrive in 2023, 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.
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 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’s new electric crossover will arrive in showrooms very soon, hoping to better the likes of the Cupra Born, Volkswagen 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
Another addition to Volkswagen's ID. range is a production version of the ID. Aero electric saloon concept. The roadgoing model will be revealed in 2023, effectively serving as an electric successor to the long-serving Passat saloon. It’ll be based on the same MEB platform as the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 SUV, while Volkswagen Group CEO Ralf Brandstaetter revealed earlier in 2022 that the production car will have a range of 435 miles – nearly 60 more than a Tesla Model 3 Long Range. Find out more about the Volkswagen ID. Aero here.
Volkswagen ID. Buzz
First unveiled in concept form back in 2017, Volkswagen's retro-inspired ID. Buzz minibus is on sale now, with deliveries due later this year. Prices for the entry-level ID. Buzz Life start from £57,115, rising to £62,995 for the top-of-the-range 1st Edition. All models feature a 77kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor for a range of 258 miles, but more variants are on the way, including a dual-motor ID. Buzz GTX with four-wheel-drive and 295bhp. There’s also a commercial van ID. Buzz Cargo coming, as well as a 'California' camper-van. Read more about the Volkswagen ID. Buzz here.
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