If you are looking at switching over to an Electric Vehicle in 2021 the industry has now given you a few more options.
With close to 400,000 plug-in cars and over 10,000 plug-in vans now registered in the UK, the EV revolution is here and is growing faster than ever. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) recently reported that fully Electric Vehicles sales (BEV’s) were up over 180% year-on-year, alongside a 91% increase in Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV’s). In comparison petrol vehicles are down 39% and diesel vehicles are down over 55% year-on-year.
With more people seeing both the environmental and financial benefits of switching to EV’s, the automotive market has responded accordingly. If you or your business is interested in discussing the switch to electric vehicles, please contact one of our product specialists to discuss how we can support your journey.
Here are some of the new electric vehicles we can expect to see in 2021.
Audi E-Tron GT
Expected in summer 2021 the Audi E-Tron GT is a 4-door coupe with 4-wheel drive and 590HP, with a 0-60 of 3.5 seconds. The GT will provide supercar-like performance in a 4 door coupe and will offer some more alternatives in the luxury electric vehicle sector, alongside the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.
Skoda Enyaq iV
Expected in summer 2021 the new Skoda fully electric SUV will boast a range of up to 310 miles. Expected to launch with 3 battery sizes and 5 power variants, the Enyaq will offer an entry level version aimed at families, alongside an 82kWh battery variant offering longer distances. A four-wheel drive VRS version is also expected to cater for those looking for a bit more performance.
Tesla Model Y
Tesla’s Model Y has already launched in the US and is expected to launch in the UK in 2021. The Model 3 based crossover SUV boasts a range of up to 314 miles and a 0-60 mph time of 3.5s, as well as AWD across the range. it can also accommodate up to 7 adults and recharge up to 158 miles of range in 15 minutes at a super charger location.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Mach-E is Ford’s first purpose built fully electric vehicle, with a range of up to 379 miles and AWD. The performance is expected to match its Mustang moniker with a 0-60 mph time of 5.1 secs. It will also boast up to 150kW rapid charging capability to ensure your charging time while on the road is minimised, allowing up to 73 miles for every 10 minutes charging.
BMW iX3 Premier Edition
BMW were early adopters of electric technology with the i8 and i3 launching back in 2014. They also have several models across the range which boast plug-in hybrid EV technology. The new iX3 is BMW’s first fully electric SUV and boasts a range of up to 279 miles. Like other high-end Electric Vehicles, it’s also capable of rapid charging at up to 150kW, this enables the iX3 to charge up to 80% in around 30 minutes.
The ID.4 is VW’s second mass market purpose built electric vehicle using Volkswagen’s modular MEB platform, following on from the iD.3 which launched late 2020. The MEB platform will be the base for over 70 electric models in the coming years (this is the 3rd MEB platform vehicle on this list so far). The ID.4 will initially launch with 52 and 77kWh battery variants, with up to 310 miles of range, and like its more expensive competitors it will also have up to 150kW rapid charging capability.
Seat el Born / Cupra el Born
The Seat el Born is another vehicle based on the VW MEB platform. The Seat version will have a range of up to 260 miles, and the Cupra (Seats performance brand) will go as far as 310 miles. In my opinion, the Cupra el Born is also one of the nicest looking mass market EV’s currently available. Expected late 2021 with an 82kWh battery and 100kW rapid charging, enabling up to 161 miles of range in around 30 minutes.
Fiat 500 Electric
The new Fiat 500 electric is expected in spring 2021 and will be one of the cheapest electric vehicles available, launching with 24kWh and 4 kWh battery variants and a range of up to 199 miles of range. The entry level model Fiat 500 E Action is priced from £19,995 and should be available to order in a matter of weeks. The higher spec models in the range will also feature up to 85kW Rapid Charging, recharging the battery up to 80% in around 35 minutes. It’s also available as either a hatch back or cabriolet variant, maintaining its chic-look form the original 1957 version.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
The XC40 Recharge is Volvo’s first fully electric car (it does however share many components with the Polestar 2, which is also manufactured by Volvos parent company Geely). The XC40 will have a 208-mile range, along with 150kW rapid charging capability which can take your battery from 0 to 80% in around 40 minutes. The XC40 also impresses in the performance area with 408 HP and a 0-62 Mph of 4.9 Seconds.
Tesla’s flagship vehicle which debuted back in 2017 was expected in 2020 but is likely to hit our shores in 2021. The Roadster will boast some of the most impressive figures in the world of all vehicles not just EV’s. With a staggering 0-60 Mph time of just 1.9 seconds and a top speed more than 250 Mph. this all-wheel drive monster features 10,000 Nm of wheel torque. But by far the most impressive figure is its range, which Tesla claims to be 620 miles.