Over the next few years, you can expect the number of electric vehicles (EVs) offered by manufacturers to rocket. The car industry’s biggest players have been transforming their businesses and plunging millions into the design and development of electric cars. Here is our run down of what you can expect in 2021…
The electric Audi e-Tron is now available to buy. This is only the beginning of the Audis electrified plans. Earlier this year a Sportback version of the eSUV was spotted.
The new Audi e-Tron GT continues the new, electric design language introduced on the e-Tron SUV, and transposes it onto an A7-style body – though at 4.96m long, 1.96m wide and 1.38m high, it’s both lower and slightly wider than that conventional grand tourer. And although it uses the Taycan’s J1 platform – and keeps the same roofline as the Porsche – this is unmistakably an Audi. It’s a concept for now, but its understood to be pretty much production ready.
Audi is on an electric charge, and it is now suggested the Q2 is latest model to swap fossil fuel for batteries. A new emissionless version of Ingolstadt’s baby SUV has been seen in testing, and there are a few changes compared to the ‘standard’ Q2.
Munich is desperately ramping up its electric car ambitions and the i4 will move the sub-brand into a more high-volume, family-friendly part of the market. The production-spec i4 saloon will use two electric motors, all-wheel drive and torque vectoring. It’s likely that BMW will follow Tesla’s lead in offering different versions with a choice of power outputs.
Nissan’s upmarket premium wing Infiniti has pledged to launch electrified cars by 2021.
The polarising XJ luxury saloon is due for replacement in 2020 and its suggested that it will be a pure electric car. Traditionally the XJ has battled the likes of the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8, but its successor must move its cross-hairs towards Porsche’s Taycan, Audi’s e-Tron GT and, in particular, Tesla’s now-venerable but highly successful Model S.
The Seat el-Born is the first car from the Spanish brand to put on the VW Group’s MEB trousers. It made its debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show and follows on from the rather Twizy-esque Minimo car shown at MWC 2019. The Seat el-Born has a total system power of 201bhp, capable of launching the electric hatch to 62mph in 7.5 seconds. Up to 260 miles can be gleaned from its 62kWh battery pack, and it can be recharged via a 100kW in around 45 minutes.
The Seat Minimo is a new concept car not unveiled at Geneva, but at Mobile World Congress (or MWC). Seat says the all-electric concept has been developed to meet the challenges of ‘city driving and emission regulations.’
Tesla Cybertruck pick-up
Not content with electrifying saloons, SUVs, sports cars and – soon – articulated lorries, Tesla has now unveiled its radical new Cybertruck, the first all-electric pick-up from Fremont. With a range of up to 500 miles, three different power outputs and seating for six, the Tesla Cybertruck is one of the most exciting trucks on the market.
If performance is your thing, the new Tesla Roadster v2 due in 2020 is hard to ignore. In typical Elon Musk fashion, the entrepreneur has decreed that the first open-top Tesla will also be the world’s fastest car – with 0-60mph in a claimed 1.9sec.
Tesla Model Y
The Model Y is the more upright, SUV-style version of the smaller, cheaper Model 3 – and it could arguably be an even more important car for the pioneering EV company.