New electric cars 2021: What’s coming and when?
Every debut and new model due to arrive over the next twelve months, all in one place
Keeping track of every new car and knowing when they’re due to go on sale can be tough, especially if you’re only interested in EVs.
There are so many due to arrive over the course of the next year, so it’s worth learning how long you’ll be waiting for the one you want to go on sale.
2020 saw new an influx of major new models from mainstream manufacturers, including the Volkswagen ID 3, Honda E and Vauxhall Corsa-e, despite an ongoing global health emergency, as well as the first models from new brands like the Polestar 2. The next twelve months look to be even more stacked, as manufacturers work hard to meet increasingly tough emissions rules with the introduction of more all-electric models.
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Here is our comprehensive list of what EVs are coming when in the car industry.
The entry-level EQ model is set to borrow its body shape from the GLA compact crossover rather than the A-Class hatchback, leaving more room beneath the seats for batteries without compromising on interior space. Originally slated for a mid-2020 debut, the ongoing pandemic forced Mercedes to delay things, but the car is still expected to make its first official appearance before the end of the year.
Mercedes has yet to reveal much about the car, including which electric powertrain it will use, although the EQA is predicted to deliver 249 miles of range between charges, and will likely be priced to compete with the BMW i3. Styling should closely follow that of the EQC.
Largely expected to make an official appearance alongside the EQA, the EQB will be an electric version of Mercedes' GLB SUV. UK sales aren't due to begin until 2022, and there's very little information about what kind of performance customers can expect. A 60kWh battery is rumoured, with a potential range of around 310 miles.
It's also unclear whether the EQB will retain the seven seat option seen in the GLB.
The latest generation C4 officially went on sale in November 2020, but UK customer deliveries aren't expected to begin until the new year. The latest car to wear the C4 badge will arrive with radically different coupe-crossover styling, and will be offered as an electric variant for the first time. The e-C4 sits on the PSA Group's CMP modular EV platform, currently used by the Vauxhall Corsa-e, and will use the same powertrain.
Customers can expect 134bhp and 192lb ft from the motor driving the front wheels, and 217 miles of range from the 50kWh battery. Top speed should be 93mph and the e-C4 should manage 0-62mph in 9.7sec.
The luxury van-based MPV made its official debut back in August, but isn't set to reach UK forecourts until the beginning of the year. It will be one of the first in its class to go on sale, and borrows much of its styling from the conventional V-Class model.
252 miles of electric range is promised, along with a choice of seating configurations, and prices starting from £70,000.
-Volvo XC40 Recharge P8-
The company’s very first electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge is the first of what will quickly become an entire range of EV-adapted versions, rather than brand new ones built around batteries and electric motors. That means an electric XC90 will follow.
Hardware will be shared with Polestar 2, which has already arrived on UK shores, with customers having to wait until the tail-end of 2020 to see XC40 Recharge models on the roads. When it does, it will deliver 402bhp from twin electric motors, and promises 248 miles of range. Pricing was revealed at £53,000 - nudging the Recharge over the government's updated plug-in car grant maximum cost.
-Audi RS E-tron GT-
The electric grand tourer, which will share a platform with the Porsche Taycan, was originally slated to make its production debut towards the end of 2020, timed to coincide with the annual LA motor show. The ongoing pandemic forced those plans to change, and now the final car isn't expected to make an official public appearance until early 2021 - though we've already driven a prototype.
It is predicted to use a 96kWh battery good for 248 miles of range, with 350kW rapid charging and twin electric motors producing up to 637bhp. The RS E-tron GT should be capable of 0-62mph in 3.5sec and a 149mph top speed.
More mainstream versions are expected to follow.
-Audi Q4 E-tron -
The concept version of Audi's upcoming mainstream electric SUV was revealed at 2019's Geneva motor show, but a production version isn't set to arrive until 2021 as the firm's fifth electric model. It borrows styling from the e-tron, and will slot in beneath the Q5 in terms of size.
It will use the VW Group's MEB platform, rather than the adapted MQ platform used by the larger e-tron. Twin motors will provide Quattro all-wheel drive and up to 302bhp - around 100bhp less than the full-size e-tron but 100 more than MEB-based hatchbacks like the VW ID.
A coupe-styled Q4 E-tron Sportback is expected to follow a year later.
The first electric Lexus builds on the popular UX compact crossover, and is set to reach customers in the Spring. It uses a front-mounted motor that produces 201bhp, with energy coming from a 54.3kWh battery good for 196 miles of range.
Capable of 0-62mph in 7.5sec and with a limited top speed of 100mph, it sneaks under the government’s plug-in car grant cutoff with a retail price of around £43,000, and competes with the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Peugeot e-2008 and Hyundai Kona Electric.
The first mass-production EV to wear a Mazda badge will arrive with customers in early 2021, with prices starting from a competitive £25,545. It promises to do electric motoring a little differently, with a 35.5kWh battery offering 130 miles of range - far less than its closest rivals, such as the 279-mile Hyundai Kona Electric.
The compact crossover will also eschew one-pedal driving and deliver power in a more linear way, in an effort to replicate the feel of driving a combustion engine, instead of providing instant acceleration.
A surprise announcement at 2018's Los Angeles motor show, despite the company behind it having been first formed in 2009, the Rivian R1T is a pick-up truck reimagined for an EV generation. It has clever packaging that makes the most of available space, while the underlying powertrain promises to deliver as much as 754bhp and a 0-60mph time of under three seconds.
It is set to go into production in late 2020, which might be enough time to beat Tesla's upcoming pick-up to the punch.
-BMW IX 3-
An electric version of BMW’s X3 SUV, the iX3, made its debut in mid-2020 with a new rear-wheel drive powertrain comprising a single electric motor. It closely resembles the petrol-powered X3, rather than taking any design inspiration from the more radical i3 and i8, and is only the company’s second pure electric car. The motor develops 282bhp from a 80kWh battery, and is capable of delivering 285 miles of WLTP-certified range.
The second non-VW model to launch on the MEB platform, the el-Born has a very similar powertrain and engineering to the ID hatchback, but opts for sportier styling and a more engaging driving experience. Set to arrive early next year, it will be powered by a 77kWh (82kWh gross) battery pack and promises 310 miles of range per charge, though the brand has yet to confirm exact performance figures.
With the VW ID 3 only reaching the UK in September 2020, it will be at least six months before the sporty EV arrives in showrooms. When it does, it is expected to pack around 201bhp for a 0-31mph time of 2.9 seconds.
The new electric Fiat 500 shares much of its styling with the current petrol-powered model, but underneath it is entirely new, with a bespoke architecture, 117bhp electric motor and 42kWh lithium iojn battery pack. Range is quoted at 199 miles on the WLTP test cycle, giving it an edge over the Mini Electric and Honda E.
Revealed online following the cancellation of the Geneva motor show in March, the electric Fiat 500 will go on sale in the first quarter of 2021. Prices will start from £29,500 at launch for a top-spec La Prima edition convertible, with hard-top models set to follow later.
-Ford Mustang Mach-E-
Ford's upcoming pony car caused controversy for several reasons. It will be the first electric car to wear the Mustang badge, and it has a crossover bodystyle. At launch, the range-topping version promises 332bhp and a 0-60 time in the mid 5-seconds, but a full GT model is expected at a later date with 459bhp and a sprint time in the threes.
UK deliveries were originally scheduled for the third quarter of 2020, but Ford pushed that back to Spring 2021 in order to meet expected demand in its home territory. While prices have yet to be made official, it is expected to cost from around £42,000 for an entry-level model, rising to over £60,000 for the top-end version.
Provided lockdown restrictions are lifted in time, Lotus is expecting to begin production of its first electric car later this year, with customer deliveries due by the end of 2020. The Evija has already sold out its first year allocation, despite costing £2.04 million each and built slots requiring a £250,000 deposit.
While Lotus has yet to confirm performance details, it is reportedly targeting a 0-62mph time of under three seconds, a top speed of over 200mph, and a 0-186mph sprint of less than nine seconds. Multiple electric motors will deliver all-wheel drive and a peak 1973bhp output, making it more powerful than both the 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron and 1888bhp Pininfarina Battista.
-Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo-
Another casualty of the ongoing pandemic, the more practical version of Porsche’s first EV was originally set to arrive towards the end of 2020, but will instead make its official debut early in the new year. The Taycan Cross Turismo is likely to retain the same powertrain choices as the Taycan saloon, meaning two electric motors generating 523bhp in entry-level 4S guise, with 671bhp Turbo and 751bhp Turbo S variants to follow.
-Volkswagen ID 4-
Set to go on sale in Europe, China and the US, the ID 4 will be Volkswagen’s first ‘global’ electric car. The crossover hatchback uses the same MEB platform as the ID 3, and will be sold in both rear- and all-wheel drive. Four different power outputs and two battery capacities will create a distinct range of cars, with a range-topping ID 3 GTX performance model to follow.
While UK pricing has yet to be finalised, First Edition models can be ordered in Germany for €59,950 (£54,430). These rear-driven models produce 201bhp and 229lb ft, with a 77kWh battery delivering 323 miles of range. The 0-62mph sprint takes 8.5sec and top speed is 100mph.
The Leaf may have helped Nissan get an early lead in the electric car class, but it is hoping the Ariya will have an even bigger impact. Set to go on sale in the latter half of 2021 as a rival to the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID 4, the SUV will debut with up to 310 miles of range.
Five different versions have been confirmed for the UK, with single-motor, front-wheel drive and twin-motor, four-wheel drive powertrains offered, as well as a choice of 63kWh and 87kWh batteries. A range-topping e-4orce Performance model will produce 389bhp and cover 0-62mpg in 5.1sec.
-Skoda Enyaq iV-
The Czech company's first bespoke EV, it will be the first time Skoda has used the VW Group's MEB platform, and will arrive in a selection of different power and battery combinations - including a flagship vRS performance model.
Physically as long as an Octavia, but with almost as much interior space as the seven-seat Kodiaq, the Enyaq iV promises up to 316 miles of range in rear-driven 80 iV guise, or 285 miles with the all-wheel drive 80x variant. The top-spec vRS version promises 302bhp and a 0-62mph time of 6.2sec. Prices will start from £30,000 after government incentives.
Arguably one of the most important new models to come out of Gaydon next year, the reborn XJ will continue Jaguar’s journey towards electrification and provide a direct rival to the Tesla Model S at the premium end of the saloon spectrum.
Likely to prioritise comfort and driving dynamics over outright pace, the new XJ will share styling elements with the I-Pace electric SUV.
The S-Class of electric cars, as Mercedes-Benz is pitching it, won’t arrive with UK customers until the second half of 2021, but it promises to be a tech-laden limousine capable of keeping pace with the Porsche Taycan when it does. Production will take place alongside the S-Class at the company’s Sindelfingen factory in Germany.
An AMG performance version is also expected to arrive the following year with as much as 600bhp.
-Tesla Model S Plaid-
Long promised by Tesla boss Elon Musk, the Model S Plaid will go into production in the latter half of 2021 and challenge Porsche's Taycan Turbo S for the electric performance saloon crown. It will use three motors to produce around 1100bhp, and be capable of 0-60mph in less than 2.0sec. Top speed is expected to be 200mph, with Tesla claiming it will be the most powerful and quickest-accelerating production car in the world.
The Plaid (named as a nod to Mel Brooks comedy classic Spaceballs) will also gain a larger battery, allowing for as much as 520 miles of driving range on a single charge. Pre-orders are being accepted now, with UK prices starting from £130,980, and deliveries expected before the end of 2021.
-Tesla Model Y-
Tesla's compact SUV saw North American deliveries begin in mid-2020, but the sister car to the Model 3 isn't expected to arrive in the UK until the tail end of 2021 at the earliest. The much-in-demand SUV will arrive with the option to add a third row - which could make it the go-to EV for large families. It shares a platform and powertrain with the Model 3 saloon, which will hopefully speed up Tesla's ability to deliver cars on time.
A more advanced version of the company’s ‘supercomputer’ semi-autonomous driving system is also predicted, as is a more potent Performance variant.
The “technology flagship” for BMW’s growing range of EVs made its debut at the tail-end of 2020, but isn’t set to go into production until the following year. Deliveries are expected in the Autumn. The family SUV caused plenty of controversy at launch with its radical styling, and it remains to be seen whether BMW tones things down before it goes on sale.
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.
-GMC Hummer EV-
Set to go into production in the final months of 2021, with customer deliveries to follow the next year, GMC’s bold electric pick-up truck is set to resurrect the Hummer brand in the US. Though unlikely to make its way to Europe in any official capacity, the extreme EV looks set to make a big impact on the other side of the Atlantic, with an estimated 986bhp and 11,500lb ft of torque, a 0-60mph time of around three seconds and up to 350 miles of range on a full charge.
-Ssangyong Korando EV-
Conventional petrol and diesel versions of the South Korean firm's new Nissan Qashqai rival appeared on UK forecourts back in 2019, but an electric variant inspired by Ssangyong's recent e-SIV concept is expected to debut this year. The company began teasing an electric Korando variant back in July of 2020, but it isn't expected to reach the UK until the later half of 2021.
It will likely carry only minor visual changes from the standard car, but will be a proper 4x4, with all-wheel drive and strong towing ability - a key feature for many UK Ssangyong customers.
A flagship sports car to replace the original, Lotus-based Roadster that announced Tesla to the world, the next-generation Roadster has been previewed extensively ahead of an official debut. Tesla claims a top speed in excess of 250mph, a 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds, and a range of 620 miles thanks to a 200kWh battery pack - the biggest in a production EV. Prices are expected to start at around £189,000 for the first 1000 cars, which will be badged as Founders Edition models. Following that, prices should be around £151,000 when general sales begin in mid-2020.
-Tesla Model X Plaid-
Improvements made for the Model S Plaid will almost certainly make their way into Tesla's family SUV, already the fastest-accelerating seven-seater on sale in the UK. Adding an extra motor to the Model X could see it manage 0-60mph in an even quicker time than its current 2.7sec. Tesla has yet to confirm its existence, and will likely wait until Model S Plaid deliveries have started before beginning production of a go-faster SUV.
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