Which new cars will we be seeing on our roads this year? One thing’s for sure – things will be more electric than ever before! From the small SUV to the large sports coupé – here comes a selection of the key e-cars for 2021 that are set to launch.
The E-Mobility Report from IAA MOBILITY has already shown as much – sales of electric-powered vehicles are going through the roof. The European market, in particular, posted high rates of growth in 2020. These e-cars – presented alphabetically by manufacturer and all launching this year – are set to give a further boost to the registration figures.
Sleek and streamlined like a coupé, but with four doors, the Audi e-tron delivers up to 530 electrical horsepower, achieving 488 kilometers on a single battery charge. Unlike its brother in engineering, the Porsche Taycan, the Audi focuses more on comfort and suitability for long-distance travel.
Market launch: May
Audi are following up on their large SUV e-tron with a smaller SUV that shares its engineering platform with VW’s ID.4 E-SUV. The Q4 e-tron packs up to 299 bhp under the hood, and can travel up to 520 kilometers on a single battery charge. Alongside the classic SUV version, there is also an option with a coupé-style raked tail.
Market launch: June
Following the iconic electric trailblazers i3 and i8, things have been quiet in the i division at BMW for some time. Now BMW are launching a muscular, 500 bhp-powered E-SUV called the iX, controlled using the latest version of the BMW operating system and, in the range-optimized version, reportedly capably of up to 600 kilometers without recharging.
Market launch: November
In the mid-range class, too, BMW is bringing out a pure e-model: The i4 launches as a gran coupé and is also set to come in an M-Sport version. Here, too, BMW are promising great range, of up to 590 kilometers.
Start of production: summer; delivery by end of the year/early 2022
Automotive experts might think they are seeing double: the first pure e-car from Seat launches under the sports brand Cupra, and in its basic shape it strongly resembles its brother in engineering, the VW ID.3. But it comes with more of a sports feel in its front design and performance.
Market launch: end of the year
Germany’s cheapest e-car – that’s what Renault’s sister brand Dacia is calling it. For entry-level e-car owners, the Spring offers 45 bhp and a range of up to 225 kilometers, at a combative price. The compact SUV costs EUR 21,790, so with the EUR 9,570 e-bonus taken off it costs roughly the same as its petrol-powered brother, the Duster.
Market launch: fall 2021
Visually, the compact Hyundai is a combination of tradition and the future. On the engineering side it is cutting-edge, and according to the manufacturer – thanks to its 800-volt technology – it can charge to 80 percent within 18 minutes.
Market launch: summer
Related to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in terms of its engineering, this car sets very different accents in terms of looks. The tail resembles a coupé, and the front-end is similarly a lot sportier than on the Hyundai. The Kia EV6 will also come in a sports GT version.
Market launch: end of the year
Market launch: spring
Freshly unveiled at Auto Shanghai: the EQB. Like the GLB, visually it reveals clean lines, while its engineering is closely related to the EQA. It offers seven seats, and currently up to 292 bhp.
Market launch: not yet known; likely to be late summer/fall
This is the first car at Mercedes whose engineering has not been derived from a vehicle fitted with a combustion engine. Up to 760 bhp can be achieved, with an impressive range of up to 770 kilometers. The luxury saloon also offers exciting new features such as giant displays that span the entire the dashboard, or highly-automated driving at up to 60 km/h.
Market launch: anticipated in the fall
The sporty Taycan saw Porsche producing an eye-catching electric car – and now it comes in an option with a coupé-style sloping rear roofline. As a result, there is more head clearance for passengers in the rear.
Market launch: summer
The new-generation Kangoo leisure activity vehicle sees Renault also immediately launching an electric version. Passenger and van versions are both available.
Market launch: end of this year/early 2022
There’s space for seven people – something that’s not immediately apparent when looking at the Model Y. The mid-size SUV is very similar to the Model 3, but is taller. The first cars are already being delivered, and by 2022 at the latest it will be Europe’s turn. The car has a range of up to 505 km.
Market launch: early 2022 at the latest
Even if the ID.6 shown here (presented at Auto Shanghai) is only planned for the Chinese market – VW is going into attack mode with the currently-launched ID.4. It is possible that the ID.5 coupé version could be brought out this year.
Market launch: not yet known, possibly by the end of the year
(Stage photo: © Audi)
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