The advent of premium electric vehicles has been one of the most exciting new technologies in recent years. Electric cars are no longer just for the Eco-conscious types who want to help save the planet, they’re for anyone who wants to buy a car that doesn’t pollute as much. In 2020, there were over 500 thousand electric cars on the road worldwide! And manufacturers are creating new and better models every day. The latest trend is towards longer-range electric cars, known as “all-electric”, which means they have no emissions. Although the most simple type of electric car is a car with just one electric motor, these models do not produce any emissions of their own and do not make a petrol or diesel engine work harder.
Premium Electric Vehicles, Top 12 of 2021
This article highlights Twelve electric cars we believe will be available in 2021, and takes a look at how they could shape the future of mass-market automobile technology.
2021 Tesla Model 3
The top on the list of the premium electric vehicles of 2021 is the Tesla Model 3, is a mid-sized all-electric car built by Tesla, a US company. The Model 3 is expected to be priced at $35,000 (about £25,000) with buyers expecting a 0 to 60mph sprint time of fewer than 6 seconds and an electric range of over 250 miles. The new Model 3 is expected to add more value with other features such as Wi-Fi internet connection and enhanced Autopilot capability coming later.
2021 BMW i4
The BMW i4 is a plug-in hybrid designed for 4 people. It is a series production model built by the German automaker BMW. The company confirmed that the series-production version of the concept car that was presented at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show will be presented in 2021, but did not specify what platform it would use. But rumors suggest that it would be based on a rear-wheel-drive platform, perhaps similar to that used by the current-generation 3 Series (F30).
2021 Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y is scheduled to be a mid-sized all-electric luxury SUV. It will be built on a new platform. It could be the most important car ever made by Tesla if it achieves the same sales volume as the Model 3, perhaps more than 1 million per year. The vehicle is expected to have a price tag of $40,000 (compared with $35,000 for the Model 3), and achieve 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.
2021 Toyota Supra
The Toyota Supra is an upcoming sports car that will be built by Toyota as the successor to the Supra produced from 1978 to 2002. A prototype of the new car was revealed in December 2018. The new Supra will have a design that resembles the FT-HS concept car. BMW will also produce a version of the same platform, but it will be sold as a Z4.
2021 Lexus ES
Lexus is expected to build a new electric SUV called the ES. The car will have an all-electric range of over 300 miles. Power will come from an in-house developed battery pack, and it is expected that the car will also feature regenerative braking to increase range. The ES is expected to be the first all-electric luxury model sold by Lexus.
2021 BMW 5-Series
The next-generation BMW 5-Series, which will be sold as the G30, will be a high-volume luxury car produced by the German automaker. The new model will be based on a front-engine RWD platform, and be built in Spartanburg SC starting in 2021. It is expected to feature 40kWh battery modules and allow for an all-electric range of more than 300 miles. It will switch to a carbon-fiber structure which should help improve fuel economy by 15%.
2021 Audi Q5 E-TRON
Audi will build an all-electric version of the Q5 SUV that will be sold as the E-TRON. The car is expected to feature a long range of 400 miles, and have a price tag of around 60k euros. It will be the first in a series of electric Audis that are expected to launch by 2025.
2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is an all-electric car produced by General Motors and will be sold in the US market. It is expected to have a price tag of about $30,000 (compared with about $38,000 for the Tesla Model 3) and a range of 238 miles. It is expected to begin production in late 2019 by GM. The car will be built on a GM platform called Delta.
2021 Cadillac Escalade
The Cadillac Escalade is a two-door convertible that is expected to have an all-electric range of 350 miles. It is expected to be offered with a choice of two battery types from LG Chem, which would allow the vehicle to travel for over 500 miles in all conditions. The interior will be based on the latest Cadillacs and will be similar to the upcoming CT6 Plug-In hybrid which is also offered by Cadillac.
2021 Jaguar I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace is a sporty all-electric SUV that will be built by British manufacturer Jaguar. The car will have a range of 300 miles and use a 90kWh battery pack. It is expected to have a 0 to 60mph time of around 4 seconds, and an all-electric driving range of about 500 miles.
2021 Toyota Mirai
Toyota will produce an all-electric sedan called the Mirai, which will compete with the Tesla Model S. The car will have an EPA range of 300 miles and a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of around 6 seconds. The car will be built on Toyota’s long-term Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform.
2021 Porsche Mission E
The Porsche Mission E is a two-door, plug-in sports car that is expected to have a range of over 310 miles. The new car will have a price tag of around $90,000 and the company’s first all-electric model will compete with Tesla Model S and Jaguar I-Pace.
From the past 10 years of e-car development it is obvious that the market for premium electric vehicles will grow significantly and will not be restricted to Europe, USA or China. At this point electric cars are here to stay and it is good news to see that everything seems to be on track for the first half of next decade with a lot of car companies committing significant resources into developing new electric drive-trains.
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