With so many options now available within the electric vehicle market and many EV’s expected to arrive in the coming years, it can be very confusing to understand what is coming out and when.
Within the rollercoaster of a year that 2020 has brought us, we’ve seen a few different electric vehicles being released such as the like of the Vauxhall Corsa-e & the Honda E to name a couple. 2021 is expected to bring much more into the electric vehicle market and within this article, I will go over the main releases that we are most excited for.
To kick things off in 2021, the French automaker Citroen, are introducing a fully electric version of their C4 model for the first time. The new e-C4 has much different bodystyling than before with a coupe like roofline whilst retaining that SUV look.
The e-C4 will have a battery which produces 134bhp along with 192lb ft, a max range of 217 miles and will manage to do 0-62mph in a claimed 9.7 seconds.
Volvo are set to introduce their first fully electric vehicle in early 2021 with the Volvo XC40 Recharge. Technology will be shared with the sister electric manufacturer, Polestar and will be the first of many electric versions of their vehicles which Volvo plan to introduce over the coming years.
The all-electric XC40 manages to give the driver 402bhp with a maximum range of 248 miles.
Audi’s first all-electric GT vehicle is expected arrive and make an appearance early 2021 with production beginning at the back end of 2020. The Audi RS E-tron GT will share the same platform as the EV Porsche Taycan.
Audi’s newest electric vehicle introduction will use a 96kWh battery which will allow for a maximum range of 248 miles and producing a whopping 637bhp. This will then allow for 0-62mph in a blistering 3.5 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 149mph. Although this vehicle has very impressive numbers, more practical versions are expected to make a debut.
Lexus have been using hybrid technology within many of their vehicles across the range for a few years now however, the UX300e is the brands first fully fledged electric vehicle. Lexus have used a front placed battery in order to produce just over 200bhp which also allows for a maximum range output of 196 miles. The new electric UX will propel the user from 0-62 in 7.5 seconds with a limited top speed of 100mph
The UX300e is expected to arrive spring next year and will start at around £43,000 in order to compete with rivals such as the all-electric Hyundai Kona and the Peugeot e-2008.
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The Cupra el-Born has a very similar look and powertrain to the EV VW ID3 hatchback however, as this is a Cupra, the el-Born focuses more on a fun driving experience with sportier accents and styling. Cupra are yet to provide accurate performance figures for their new vehicle being introduced early next year but they have promised that an impressive maximum range of 310 miles will be present.
Ford’s newest ‘Mustang’ product is now in the form of an all-electric crossover and is the first of it’s kind for the Mustang brand. Upon the announcement from Ford, it did stir up quite the controversy for many reasons but it does look the part – in my opinion.
Upon the launch next year, the Mach-e will produce 332bhp with 0-60 being in 5 seconds. Although these are the figures of the range topping version at launch, a full ‘GT’ version of the model is expected to release at a later point which promises 459bhp and a 0-60 time within the 3 second range.
Originally, Ford had planned for the first Mach-e’s to be delivered within late 2020 however, to meet demands overseas, they pushed this back to spring 2021. Pricing on this new electric vehicle is yet to be confirmed however, you can expect the newest Mustang to set you back around £42,000 for an entry level vehicle and over £60,000 for the top of the range model.
Volkswagen’s latest electric vehicle announcement comes in the form of the ID 4 which will be the brands first electric vehicle which will be sold in Chine, the US and the UK. The ID 4 also uses the same platform which is apparent on VW’s smaller hatchback sibling, the ID 3.
It will be introduced with as many as 4 different power outputs along with 2 battery capacities available. With this being said, it should allow for the ID 4 to have quite the range of specifications to choose from and should have something to cater for all needs, including the top of the range version, the GTX Performance variant.
Pricing for the ID 4 has yet to be released by VW however, the First Edition specification can be ordered in Germany at a price of €59,950 (£54,430). The all-electric SUV boasts some attractive performance figures too with 201bhp, 229lb ft and when tied up with the 77kWh battery, allows for a maximum range of 323 miles. 0-62mph takes 8.5 seconds and will go onto a top speed of 100mph.
Nissan have been in the electric car game for a number of years now with their Nissan Leaf however, with the new Ariya arriving in the next summer, they’re hoping to be able to spread their electric brand into a successful SUV market. Taking on the likes of VW with their ID 4 & even Tesla with their new Model Y.
The Nissan Ariya will come with a few different versions to choose from, each differing with both 2wd & Awd being offered as well as having a choice between a 63kWh battery or a more powerful 87kWh battery. With the range topping performance specification producing 389bhp and will propel the Ariya from 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Skoda’s entry into the ever-growing electric car market is in the form of their new SUV, the Skoda Enyaq iV. Expected to arrive next summer, this EV also shares the same platform which is present within the VW equivalent, the ID 3 & ID 4.
The Enyaq iV will be introduced with a few different power/batteries to choose from along with a top of the range ‘vRS’ performance model also being in the works which will produce 302bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 6.2 seconds. The Enyaq will boast a maximum range of 316 miles with the Rear wheel drive model or a maximum range of 285 miles if you opt for the All-wheel drive variant.
Skoda’s first electric vehicle will start from £30,000, after government incentives.
Mercedes are set to introduce their all-electric S-Class luxury vehicle next year and we’re sure that it will be loaded with the latest tech and luxurious features which the S-Class has become known for in the recent years. The EQS will be focussing on the same market segment as the Porsche Taycan and will also have very similar figures which will help it keep up with the Taycan on the roads.
Mercedes’ high performance brand, AMG, are also expected to have an input on the new EQS which will be arriving in 2022 with as much as 600bhp.
The Model Y is the newest Tesla to hit the markets with deliveries to customers already occurring during 2020 in the United States however, we unfortunately have to wait until late 2021 before seeing the Model Y hit our roads.
The Model Y slots into the Tesla line-up nicely with having very similar tech to the Model 3 but not being as big or as expensive as its bigger brother, the Model X. With a maximum range of 316 miles, a top speed of 135mph and a 0-60mph time of just 4.8 seconds, we can see this being a very popular choice among the EV market.
BMW’s range of electric vehicles is vastly growing with a EV line-up to suit everyone. The iX is the newest addition to the family expected to make its appearance late 2021. The looks & design of the ix caused some controversy at launch and we are yet to hear if BMW will make any alterations to the final design before going on sale to the public.
The iX also boasts some very impressive figures with 500bhp powering all 4 wheels and will make for a 0-62mph time in less than 5 seconds with a maximum range of 373 miles.
In terms of performance, up to 500bhp is expected from two electric motors driving all four wheels. It should manage 0-62mph in less than five seconds and deliver up to 373 miles of range.
The new Hyundai ‘Ioniq 5’ is expected to arrive on sale within the UK at the back end of next year and will be the first car to fall under Hyundai’s new ‘Ioniq’ sub brand.
The Ioniq 5 is expected to take it’s design from the previously revealed ‘Radical 45 concept’ which was unveiled in 2019. This would make the Ioniq 5 a very different vehicle from what we have seen previously from Hyundai and details are scarce as it stands due to the full vehicle not yet being revealed and only camouflage tested vehicles being seen.
Currently, the 2021 all-electric vehicle that Kia are brining to us late 2021 is yet to receive a name but that doesn’t stop us knowing about it! Kia’s first bespoke EV is planned to be one of as many as 11 different EV’s within their line up by 2025.
The 2021 Kia EV is expected to be a close sibling to Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, also being announced late 2021, planning to offer a maximum of 310 miles with aims to try and push this to as much as 500+ miles when production is fully underway. This paired up with the immensely quick 800V charging will allow for a full battery charge in under 20 minutes!
Styling on this upcoming model is very secretive with few test vehicles being spotted on the roads with camouflage however, it is expected to have inspiration from the Kia concept vehicle which was revealed in 2019.
Tesla have been teasing their ‘Roadster’ for a while now which will replace the original Roadster which Tesla introduced as their first vehicle back in 2008. The newest form is a much more complete vehicle and has been extremely popular with the car industry pre-launch.
Tesla are claiming that the Roadster will be able to do 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, a top speed of over 250mph and a range of 620 miles with the massive 200kWh battery – which will be the largest battery in production within the EV market. All of this kit won’t come cheap though as it is expected to begin with a price tag of around £189,000 for the first production models dubbed the ‘Founders edition’ or £151,000 once the Roadster is widely introduced.
Tesla’s hyper-electric vehicle is expected to arrive late 2021.
25th November 2020
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