This year, the pandemic of coronavirus has slowed production, but planning to introduce electric vehicles ( EVs) continues unabated by manufacturers. By the end of 2024, a record number of almost 100 pure electric EV models will be launched if all goes as scheduled.
There has been an increasing number of SUVs and pick-ups, as well as a wider range of hybrid plug-in models which can be powered mostly by electric power before a gasoline-powered motor starts operating and more like a traditional hybrid.
The rollout of new EV and hybrid plug-in models across various segments is good news for consumers looking for an alternative car that will suit their needs.
Here is an overview of some of the most worth watching models in the next few years. The list is auto alphabetical. In most cases, prices are estimates.
Best Electric Cars in 2021
Here are the best EV vehicles in 2021 along with its features and price.
Note: The mentioned price is the starting price.
1#. Audi Q4 E-Tron
Audi will be expanding the E-Tron nameplate with the Q4 E-Tron later this year. The compact electric SUV of Audi will be built on the Volkswagen MEB modular electric vehicle platform, a close relative of the Volkswagen ID.4. Due to its size, Tesla Model Y and Volvo XC40 are the competitors of the Q4 E-Tron. Audi has not yet announced the driving range of the Q4 E-Tron, which is the distance between fees or fuel. The current Q4 E-Tron range estimate is 280 miles, but it is based on EU test standards, which are more optimistic than the US test standards. This is significantly less than Model Y.
2#. Audi E-Tron GT
A sleek Sportback sedan developed in conjunction with the Porsche Taycan will be another addition to the Audi E-Tron line-up. The E-Tron GT all-wheel drive will have electric motors with a combined output of 590 hp on both axles. Audi says the car will reach 60 mi / h in just 3.5 seconds and its electric 800-volt architecture will be fitted with a single cooling system, which allows repeated high-speed runs.
3#. BMW i4
BMW describes its new and stylish electric vehicle as a “four-door cup,” a range of 300 kilometers, and a fast charge system that is projected to add about 60 miles in just 6 minutes. The i4 also promises sports car performance, with an acceleration of 530 hp and 0-to-60 mph in less than 4 seconds. (The speed numbers probably aren’t the same as Tesla’s Model 3, the rival.) The fact that BMW produces an electric vehicle with a wider appeal than the bizarre compact i3 provides consumers with more choices on the sports luxury market.
4#. BMW iNext
BMW’s electric SUV is approximately the size of the X5 and features avant-garde, EV-specific styling. Various battery power levels will be available; most of them will place iNext in the category of 300 plus miles. BMW said the iNext will also feature advances in autonomous connected technology.
5#. Cadillac Lyriq
The Lyriq is still a concept car. And even if the implementation of a market-ready model remains a breakthrough, Cadillac of EVs provides insights on future technologies and signal the shift of the brand to a fully electrified layout for the next decade. The interior features a 33-inch curved LED display across the dash, as compared to the 38-inch version of the new Escalade SUV. Cadillac says that the Lyriq will be available in a 300-mile range with rear and full wheel configurations. General Motors has partnered with LG Chem to develop the Lyriq-based Ultium system and the company has teamed up with EVgo to develop a network of over 2,700 fast public chargers to facilitate charging away from home.
6#. Chevrolet Bolt EUV
Chevrolet said it would start producing a new Chevrolet Bolt, together with a large SUV sibling called Bolt EUV, in Summer 2021. Both models will be built on the BEV2 platform of General Motors which is part of the company ‘s great electrification initiative. Chevrolet says the Bolt EUV is going to include Super Cruise, the hands-free driver assistance technology already only available for some Cadillac models. No official word yet, but the outgoing Bolt is 259 miles long.
7#. Ford F-150 EV
The F-series pickup truck is the best seller in the USA for decades and with all the EVs on the market, Ford would be useful to supplement its largest cash maker with an electric option. Anyone who has been following the horsepower / torque arms race between various truck manufacturers over the last few years will be aware that electric motors promise to be as able as diesel and gasoline engines to carry and transport heavy loads in vehicles. Another small advantage of the electrical F-150 over its traditional counterparts will be a “frunk” – a storage room where the petrol or diesel engine would have lived. Ford says the truck and its batteries will be built in Dearborn, Mich, at the River Rouge factory. There will also be a hybrid F-150.
8#. Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford took its most prized possession, the Mustang nameplate, and extended this to a four-door electric SUV, which would attract many customers, at a starting price of $43,895 (before a federal tax credit of $7,500). It’s Ford’s response to Tesla’s coming Y SUV and looks like it’s the first in a line of icons from Detroit to add power cars to its portfolio. Sure, there isn’t a low-slung Mach-E cut, and it doesn’t have a V8—let alone a throaty muscle-car engine grumble. (An F-150 electric pickup above and the Lincoln SUV is at work) However, this performance-oriented crossover is more convenient than a traditional Mustang. It’s still very fast, has all-wheel drive optional, and doesn’t eat a drop of gas or emit tailpipe pollution.
9#. Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Swedes are greener with their polished XC40 crossover version, which is pure electric plug-in. The recharge features a smart, stylish interior, as with the conventional gas-powered XC40 despite its compact footprint. Volvo claims that its 78 kWh battery should cover more than 200 miles of distance on a single charge with 408 horsepower. Will this Volvo badge allow it to steal Tesla Model Y buyers? We’ll see when the XC40 comes later or early in 2021.
10#. GMC Hummer EV
The Hummer badge once stood against alternative fuels, representing hulking, inspired gas-guzzling SUVs. The new Hummer is both green and hulking — a large, aggressive four-door pickup with great power and an undeniable off-road presence. GMC says that the reimagined Hummer will be equipped with a three-engine motor for either 800 or 1,000 hp or a 2-engine 625 hp version. For the first of these trucks – dubbed Edition 1 – online pre-orders are available within 10 minutes. Over time, lower-priced versions will roll out.
11#. Lordstown Endurance
General Motors closed last year in Lordstown, Ohio, with sedan sales drying up in the United States. It wasn’t long before a new owner, Lordstown Motors, shut down the plant that built the Chevrolet Cruze. This new car manufacturer intends to use the facility to mount a new pick-up truck – the Endurance. Lordstown Motors said that Endurance is aimed at commercial fleets. It will have four hub engines that generate 600 hp in combination. The truck can pull 7,500 lbs and has a range of more than 250 miles.
12#. Lucid Air
The Lucid Air will eventually be available in a number of formats, using a large, elegant, all rolling sedan designed to compete with ultraluxury models, such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Tesla Model S. The first to arrive is the most expensive — a 1.080-hp, $169,000 dual-engine sedan. Later versions will be less powerful, including a dual-engine 800-hp model and a few single-engine 480 or 620-hp versions. In-house, it was engineered and tested and proved on Formula E cars with its car, its batteries and its 900 volt electric architecture. The base model will have a range of over 400 miles, Lucid says, with a proprietary charging system allowing 300 miles to be added in 20 minutes by the use of a fast DC charger. An air-conditioned SUV is expected to follow.
13#. Mercedes-Benz EQC
The EQC is a Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV version electrically. It is more convenient than the Jaguar I-Pace, as it is space-constrained and less expensive than the Audi E-Tron. Mercedes is saying at this moment that the EQC is more than 250 miles based on the rating standards used in Europe, but that range customers should wait for the estimate of the Environmental Protection Agency, which is likely to be lower. The car manufacturer says that the EQC infotainment system can map and identify the most efficient routes. Mercedes also plans to release electrical versions of the EQA and EQB models of the GLA and GLB SUV models, as well as the electrical version called EQS of the S-Class flagship. In accordance with the European testing standards, the EQS will have an estimated 435-mile range.
14#. Nissan Ariya
An SUV of the Nissan Rogue range, the Ariya promises to be a fantastic rival for other battery-powered SUVs such as Tesla Model Y and the upcoming Ford Mach-E. While more luxurious and substantial than Chevrolet Bolt, the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Niro EVs, the Ariya will not be as expensive as the Y model. Equipped with a long-range battery, the front-drive model has a 300-mile range of environmental protection agencies.
15#. Polestar 2
It is Volvo’s first fully electric car and Polestar 2 falls within the previously performance-oriented Polestar brand of the manufacturer. The new EV, in the shape of a large hatchback, features a wheel drive system and a two-motor drive system that delivers 402 hp and 487 lb. ft. torque with a range of 233 miles rated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Polestar orders online, deliveries scheduled to begin by the end of 2020.
16#. Porsche Macan EV
The Macan was Porsche’s entrance into the successful compact SUV segment and quickly became a best-seller. A battery-electric version will accompany its gasoline-powered counterpart, albeit on a different, EV-specific platform co-developed by Audi and Porsche. The Macan EV uses the same 800-volt electric architecture as the Taycan sedan.
17#. Rivian R1T and R1S
The R1 T is a fully-electric pick-up planned for two years to beat Tesla’s cyber truck on the market. It is promised to reach up to 400 miles, up to 750 hp, and has a towing capacity of 11,000 pounds. Acceleration is claimed to be 3 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. There is also a cross tunnel between the bed and the storage cab. The R1S is a three-row version of the luxury SUV. Rivian is a rare technology company that has attracted high-speed investors such as Amazon, Ford, and Cox Automotive. In contrast to other EV companies that faded like vaporware, Rivian could be able to satisfy a steep demand for electric pick-ups while Tesla continues to develop its cybertruck concept.
18#. Hyundai IONIQ Electric
The Korean carmaker moves into the electricity sector, led by the silent success of its all-electric IONIQ Electric Sedan. The plug-in version of the IONIQ hatchback, which is now available, offers up to 170 miles with one load and features, fast loading and lane support. Hyundai announced recently that IONIQ will be its own sub-brand, with at least three additional EVs scheduled to start in 2021, including a middle-size crossover, a sedan and a large SUV.