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[NEWS] New electric cars 2021: what’s coming and when?

New electric cars 2021: what’s coming and when?

New electric cars 2021

Every debut and new model due to arrive over the next 12 months, all in one place

Keeping track of new cars and knowing when they’re due to go on sale can be tough, especially if you’re only interested in EVs.

2020 produced 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, such as the Polestar 2. It's now almost the end of 2021 and we've seen a host of electric models as manufacturers work hard to meet increasingly tough emissions rules.

Here's our list of what EVs are coming before the year is out, with a comprehensive list of next year’s biggest electric models. 

Winter 2021

BMW i4

Based on the 4 Series Gran Coupe, which is also due this year, the electric BMW saloon will rival the Tesla Model 3 with 373 miles of range from an 80kWh battery and 523bhp electric motor - giving it more power than the upcoming M4. BMW is accelerating its electric vehicle plans, and so production of the i4 has been brought forward to the autumn of this year.

Technology will be a major focus of the car, with BMW’s eighth-generation iDrive operating system enabling over-the-air updates.


BMW's upcoming flagship should arrive before the turn of the year, starting from £69,905, and promising two powertrains. The family SUV caused plenty of controversy at launch with its radical styling, but it appears the German EV will have the performance to back up those powerful looks. Both models will be offered in the UK in Sport and M Sport trims. As standard, Sport includes a 12.3in digital instrument display, which links with the 14.9in touchscreen to create a 'curved' display unit, an 18-speaker Harmon/Kardon audio system, 21in wheels and a range of driver assistance systems.

BMW has optimised range by increasing the energy density of the batteries, rather than the size of the units themselves, to reduce weight. The xDrive40 is capable of charging at speeds of up to 150kW, which, BMW claims, is fast enough to gain more than 56 miles of charge in as little as 10 minutes, whereas the xDrive50 has 200kW charging capability for 75 miles in 10 minutes. Both cars, the company claims, can be charged from 10% to 80% capacity in less than 40 minutes and use less than 21kWh of electricity per 62 miles travelled, on average. Over the course of 125,000 miles, BMW claims, the iX xDrive40 has a 45%-lower global warming potential than that of a comparable diesel car.

Cupra Born

The Born will be car number two to launch on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. Visually similar to the ID 3, the Cupra-branded hatchback will feature sportier styling and 77kWh battery pack with 310 miles of range. Four battery and motor combinations will be up for selection - a 45kWh, 150bhp model will mark the entry point to the range, offering 211 miles of range. A larger 58kWh battery will provide 204bhp and 260 miles of range. Top-rung variants will offer 231bhp and 335 miles of range from a 77kWh battery. 

GMC Hummer EV

Set to go into production in the final months of 2021, with customer deliveries to follow next year, GMC’s bold electric pick-up truck is set to resurrect the Hummer brand in the US. Although it's 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.

Volvo C40 Recharge

The Volvo C40 is the Swedish company’s second fully electric vehicle, and is based on its first; the XC40 Recharge P8 SUV. It boasts almost identical measurements to the XC40, but features a coupe-style roofline. Volvo claims a range of around 260 miles from a 78kWh battery, with dual 201bhp electric motors shifting the model from 0-62mph in 4.9secs. 

Cars arriving in 2022

Citroen Ami

The tiny two-seat EV will head to the UK in Spring 2022 after over 14,000 customers registered an interest. The decision marks a significant U-turn for the brand as the Ami was never intended for sale in Britain, but eager buyers and the influence of the firm’s managing director Eurig Druce has seen the model green-lit for a launch on our shores. The Ami will only be sold in left-hand drive, but at 1390mm wide and 2410mm long, drivers only sit 300mm adrift of a typical car driver. Other parts of the model will change for UK shores, including the integration of a type 2 charging plug, a change to miles-per-hour instead of km/h, and headlamp adjustments.

Fisker Ocean

The seven-seat Fisker Ocean is set to rival the Tesla Model Y with a range of 300 miles, and the California-based firm claims it will be the “world’s most sustainable vehicle.” Most versions will feature a 301bhp four-wheel-drive powertrain. Be prepared to see several in the UK. Onto, a British electric car subscription service has ordered the SUV to join its line-up next year, with Fisker itself planning to open a special vehicle development outpost on our shores.

Genesis Electrified GV70

Genesis claims its electric GV70 will “set a new standard for luxury electric SUVs.” The model is set to come to Europe offering more than 310 miles of range. The SUV, which already has its own internal combustion engined model, will be available with four-wheel drive only and a total of four motors producing 214bhp and 258lb ft of torque on each axle. Genesis claims the model will carry significant power. Figures are pegged at 482bhp and 516lb ft, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 4.5sec when the car is in Boost mode.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

Hyundai has committed to offering electric models under its hot 'N' performance division, and what's understood to be a hot version of the Ioniq 5 has now been spied testing. The hot version of the electric SUV has been photographed on public roads near the Nürburgring, near the European base of the firm’s N division. Several models have already received the N treatment from Hyundai, with the i20, i30, Kona and Veloster gaining their own ramped up variants. In fact, the Korean firm is aiming for 18 N-Line and N models by the end of next year.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

The Ioniq 6 will become the flagship model for Hyundai’s all-new Ioniq electric sub-brand. The EV saloon is strongly based on the Prophecy concept first seen in March 2020, and will ride on the firm’s new Electric Global Modular Platform. The platform offers a combination of seating configurations and features a flat floor and long wheelbase to maximise interior space. Inside, Hyundai claims the Ioniq 6 will feature design cues from a “smart living room” set-up. The car was previously delayed so Hyundai could make some final design changes, but it's looking likely that the all-electric saloon will appear in 2022. 

A high-performance Ioniq 6 is also likely. It’s expected that an Ioniq 6 N will be equipped with dual motors to deliver a top speed of around 162mph, and a 0-62mph sprint time of less than 3.5sec. Range will vary between models, with the most capable variants expected to manage more than 310 miles between charges. High-speed 800V charging capability at up to 350kW will be standard, and models will be backwards-compatible with existing 400V charging stations.

Lotus Evija

Although it was hoped that production could begin in time for the first deliveries to be completed in 2020, the Lotus Evija was pushed back until the latter stages of 2021. That hasn’t deterred potential buyers, though. The Evija swiftly sold out its first year allocation with a hefty price tag of £2.04 million each. Each build slot required a £250,000 deposit.

We drove the prototype earlier this year, which was limited to 1578bhp and a 140mph top speed. The production model is expected to have over 1972bhp, regenerative braking, active aerodynamics, active suspension, torque vectoring and stability and traction control. 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. It’s more powerful than both the 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron and 1888bhp Pininfarina Battista.

Mini Moke

The revived Mini Moke will return next year as an all-electric model. Order books for the new EV are already open, with prices starting from £29,150 (that’s before taxes and incentives), meaning a £32,480 price here in the UK. Drivers will have the opportunity to specify a right or left-hand drive model, while power comes from a 44bhp electric motor. This, teamed with the Moke’s lightweight  800kg body, means a 0-34mph time of 4.5 sec and a top speed of 62mph.

MG E-Motion

A few years ago, MG revealed how it would bring its history of sports cars into the modern age. The E-Motion is expected to be based on the concept from the 2017 Shanghai motor show, though details about the model’s final name, design and powertrain are yet to be confirmed. The four-seat electric sports car could feature a twin-motor, four-wheel drive powertrain from parent company SAIC, which would give it a 0-62mph time of less than four seconds.

Mercedes EQE

The electric E-Class will rival the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2 and BMW i4 when it launches in mid-2022. The car sits on the brand’s EVA2 platform, like the bigger and more luxurious EQS. Prices are still yet to be communicated, but it’s expected the EQE will be available from £60,000 and positioned between the E-Class and EQS. 

Nissan Ariya

Nissan is hoping the Ariya will have as big an impact on the automotive industry as the Leaf did. The SUV was due to go on sale in the latter half of 2021 as a rival to the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID 4. When it does arrive, it will pack up to 310 miles of range from five different versions.  single-motor, front-wheel-drive and twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrains will be offered, along with a choice of 62kWh and 87kWh batteries. A range-topping e-4orce Performance model will produce 389bhp and cover 0-62mph in 5.1sec.

Ora Cat

Great Wall Motors has high hopes for the Ora EV. The Chinese firm claims it has "the potential to be a game changer," and promises a range of around 249 miles from a single electric motor, good for 169bhp and 184lb ft. Great Wall also says the model will offer a level of driver assistance not “seen before in the lower mid-segment,” with hopes of becoming a “completely new lifestyle brand.” 

Porsche Macan EV

The Macan EV is still in its test phase, but already a raft of design tweaks are noticeable ahead of its 2022 release date. The EV has been spied a few times in 2021, and from what we can see it will not feature a physical grille, but has slimmed-down headlights and a lower air intake. The model’s stance also appears lower and more coupe-like than the current generation model, while the back of the car has been subtly reconfigured. 

Renault Megane E-Tech

The Megane E-Tech will form the next part of Renault's electrification strategy, offering a competitive 292-miles of range. Two power outputs for the electric motor (128bhp and 215bhp) and two battery sizes (40kWh and 60kWh) will be selectable, and claimed ranges are pegged at 186 and 292 miles respectively. The quickest variant is quoted as completing 0-62mph in 7.4sec, while optional 130kW DC charging means it’s possible to charge the battery from 15-80% in 30 minutes. 

Ssangyong Korando

The Koreon firm will introduce an electric Korando as the brand's first EV. Ssangyong has been in a sticky financial situation over the last few years, but hopes the move to electric will support its business rehabilitation efforts alongside a search for new investment. 

Tesla Model S Plaid

The Model S Plaid is expected to challenge Porsche's Taycan Turbo S for the crown of ‘best electric performance saloon.’ Long promised by Tesla boss Elon Musk, the Plaid uses three electric motors that produce a combined 1100bhp. The model completes the 0-62mph sprint in less than 2.0sec, while a 200mph top speed figure is touted as the US EV firm claims it to be the most powerful and fastest-accelerating production car in the world. It’ll also be equipped with a larger battery with as much as 520 miles of range. Pre-orders are being accepted now, with UK prices starting from £130,980. Elon Musk also confirmed the model could appear in China as early as March 2022. If you try and order one in the UK, you might be left waiting until 2023. 

Tesla Model Y

The much-in-demand crossover SUV will arrive in 2022 with a long-range variant costing from £54,990 in the UK. The Model Y shares a platform and powertrain with the Model 3 saloon and a more potent Performance variant is expected to follow, with 483bhp and a 3.7sec 0-62mph time. Long Range versions provide 315 miles of range, although it may fall slightly short of this figure when run under WLTP regulations in Europe. We reviewed it and liked it, and it could become the go-to EV for large families next year.

Toyota bZ4X

Hybrid power was Toyota's bread and butter for a long time, but the firm is now gearing towards all-electric power with the launch of its first battery electric vehicle. The bZ4X features a radical design and will spearhead the firm’s charge towards production of 15 electric models by 2025. Two variants will be offered, starting with the front-driven entry car with a single motor producing 201bhp and 195lb ft cracking the 0-62mph sprint in 8.4 seconds. Meanwhile, a four-wheel drive, twin-motor range-topper boosts power to 214bhp, torque to 248bhp and cuts the 0-62mph time to 7.7 seconds. Power is supplied from a 71.4kWh battery pack with a WLTP range of more than 280 miles.Volkswagen ID 5

The ID 5 is the third member of Volkswagen’s family of ID bespoke EVs. It will appear alongside the ID 3 and ID 4 crossover next year, with an entry level, rear-wheel driven model to go on sale from £47,000 with 172bhp and 201bhp motors. A 77kWh battery will be the standard offering in the UK, with a potential range of 323 miles. This is a slight increase of the closely-related ID 4, thanks to improved aerodynamics.

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