Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon
Automakers are offering new models in all shapes and sizes for 2021 and beyond
The coronavirus pandemic has slowed auto development and production, but manufacturers’ plans to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) continue unabated. A record number of almost 100 pure electric models are set to debut by the end of 2024.
Audi Q4 E-Tron
Audi will expand the E-Tron nameplate later this year with the Q4 E-Tron. A close relative of the Volkswagen ID.4, Audi’s compact electric SUV will be built on the Volkswagen MEB modular electric vehicle platform. Based on its size, the Q4 E-Tron will compete with the likes of the Tesla Model Y and Volvo XC40 Recharge. Audi has not yet announced the Q4 E-Tron’s driving range, which is the distance a vehicle can go between charges or fueling. The current range estimate for the Q4 E-Tron is 280 miles, but it’s based on EU test standards, which are more optimistic than the U.S. ones. That’s considerably less than the Model Y.
On sale: Late 2021
Audi E-Tron GT
Audi’s new flagship, the E-Tron GT, shares the electric vehicle architecture that underpins the Porsche Taycan, an EV that also falls under the aegis of the Volkswagen Group, one of the world’s largest automakers. The E-Tron GT features a layout and electric powertrain similar to the Taycan, but the styling and infotainment system are distinctively Audi. All E-Tron GT models will feature all-wheel drive. In the performance-oriented RS trim, combined output from the front and rear motors is 637 hp, which Audi says is capable of launching the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph. EPA range estimates are not yet available for the E-Tron GT, but Audi’s estimates are 238 miles for the base model and 231 miles for the RS.
On sale: Summer 2021
The new BMW i4 is a conventional-looking EV that broadens the appeal of BMW’s electric offerings. There are two versions available. The eDrive40, with 335 hp and rear-wheel drive, is estimated to have a range of 300 miles. The all-wheel-drive M50, with a maximum of 536 hp, promises sports car performance and 0-to-60-mph acceleration in less than 4 seconds but a lower range of 245 miles. It’s probably no coincidence that those acceleration numbers are similar to Tesla’s Model 3, a rival. With high-power 200-kW DC charging, available only in public venues, the i4 can gain up to 90 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Standard active safety systems include FCW, AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, LDW, and LKA.
On sale: Early 2022
Learn more about the BMW i4.
The iX is BMW’s new electric flagship SUV. Designed from scratch and a showcase for the automaker’s latest tech, it’s nothing like any BMW we’ve seen before, with its massive grille, squared-off steering wheel, and wraparound floating touch screen. According to BMW, the iX will have 500 hp and employ two motors to give it AWD capability, and it will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds. Range is claimed to be 300 miles, and it can add 75 miles of charge in 10 minutes of DC fast charging. Charging from empty at 240 volts will take 11 hours, which is par for the course.
On sale: Early 2022
The Cadillac Lyriq showcases next-generation styling for the brand and introduces a new modular electric platform. It’s roughly the length and width of the Cadillac XT6 SUV. But the Lyriq has a much different profile, being 6 inches lower in height and riding on a wheelbase that’s 9 inches longer. The dominant feature in the cabin is a curved 33-inch LED display that stretches from the instrument panel all the way to where the infotainment screen is traditionally placed. This builds on the presentation found in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which has a 38-inch curved OLED display. The initial Lyriq is a 340-hp, rear-drive model with a 100-kWh battery, a combination that the automaker estimates is good for at least 300 miles of range. Production starts in early 2022 at the Spring Hill, Tenn., facility. GM has pledged a $2 billion investment in that factory to support electric vehicle production. In addition, the company is spending $2.3 billion on a new battery manufacturing plant in the same town as part of a joint effort with LG Energy Solution.
On sale: Early 2023
Learn more about the Cadillac Lyriq.
Chevrolet Bolt EUV
The Bolt EUV, a new, small front-wheel-drive SUV, is built on the same platform as the freshened 2022 Bolt EV. It features clean and uncluttered styling. The EUV is more than 6 inches longer than the hatchback model, and has a longer wheelbase and more legroom for rear passengers. Both the Bolt EV and EUV share the same 200-hp electric motor that drives the front wheels. The EPA range estimate for the EUV is 247 miles on a full charge. The instrument panel features a multicolor display and a large center stack touch screen, along with a smattering of buttons and switches. Active safety features, including FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist with lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and a following distance indicator, come standard. Super Cruise, the driver assist technology that allows hands-free driving as long as the driver pays attention to the road ahead, is available.
On sale: Summer 2021
Learn more about the Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV.
Ford F-150 Lightning
The Lightning name returns on an electrified F-150 crew cab truck with prodigious power and strong work capabilities. This pickup is offered in two power configurations, with 426 and 563 hp. The standard-range battery promises 230 miles, and the extended-range battery is projected to provide up to 300 miles. Among the benefits of going electric is a large front trunk that can hold two sets of golf clubs. And the F-150 Lightning boasts up to a 2,000-pound payload capacity (standard range) and 10,000-pound tow capacity (extended range). Power plugs in the “frunk” and bed add to the truck’s versatility. And familiar innovations carry over from the regular F-150, such as a foldaway gear selector and deeply reclining seats. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite is standard, with FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, lane keeping assist, parking obstruction warning, and rear automatic braking.
On sale: Spring 2022
Learn more about the Ford F-150 Lightning.
Genesis has unveiled its first electric vehicle, based on a platform shared with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. Details will be released as its production date draws closer. The company says it’s committed to making all its new vehicles purely electric starting from 2025 with fuel-cell EVs and battery EVs, with the goal of being a 100 percent zero-emission vehicle brand by 2030 and carbon neutral by 2035.
On sale: 2022
GMC Hummer EV
The Hummer badge was once antithetical to alternative fuels, representing hulking, gas-guzzling SUVs inspired by military vehicles. But the all-new electric Hummer EV SUV and pickup truck promise to be both green and off-road ready, with gratuitous power and sports-car-quick acceleration. The nameplate’s revival is led by the five-seat, four-door pickup truck. Its 5-foot pickup bed features a power tonneau cover and multifunction tailgate. Both vehicles have removable glass roof panels to create an open-air driving experience. Among their tricks are the ability to “crab walk,” or move diagonally; up to 18 cameras for negotiating trails; and available Super Cruise driver assistance. The Hummer EV pickup truck launches in 2022 with the pricey, full-featured Edition 1 boasting 1,000 hp and promising 350+ miles of range. The SUV follows a year later, with top output being about 830 hp. Over the following two years, other less-expensive versions of each will be offered with reduced power and range.
On sale: Early 2022
Learn more about the GMC Hummer EV.
The Kia EV6 is the brand’s first car designed from the ground up to be electric. Sized like a Ford Mustang Mach-E, the EV6 crossover promises to be the first in a series of EV models. The EV6 will be offered in a number of powertrain configurations, with rear- and all-wheel-drive versions, and several motor combinations. Acceleration is said to be as swift as 3.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. The EV6 is compatible with 400- and 800-volt fast-charging stations in public places, enabling the car to go from 10 to 80 percent charge in 18 minutes. A neat feature: The EV6 is capable of powering other equipment or serving as an emergency power source for your home. A comprehensive suite of active safety features, including FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, RCTW, lane keeping assistance, and a driver attention monitor, will be offered.
On sale: Late 2021
The Lucid Air, a large, sleek, all-wheel-drive sedan designed to compete with ultraluxury models such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Tesla Model S, will eventually be available in a few formats. The first to arrive will be the most expensive one, a 1,111-hp dual-motor sedan with a $169,000 price. Less-powerful versions will arrive later, including a 800-hp dual-motor model and a couple of single-motor models with either 480 or 620 hp. The car, its batteries, and the 900-volt electric architecture were engineered in-house and have already been tested and proved on Formula E cars. Lucid says the base model will have more than 400 miles of range, with a proprietary charging system that makes it possible to add 300 miles of range in 20 minutes using a DC fast charger. The Lucid Air Dream Edition R has an EPA-rated 520 miles of range (with 19-inch wheels), making it the first production EV to offer more than 500 miles. The Dream Edition Performance and Grand Touring trims have a range of 469 to 516 miles, depending on wheel fitment.
An SUV based on the Air is expected to follow.
On sale: Late 2021
Learn more about the Lucid Air.
Mercedes-Benz has committed to a $47 billion investment in EV technology, and it plans to phase out internal combustion engines by 2030. The German automaker is preparing to roll out a wave of plug-in products, including an electric version of the small GLB SUV for the 2023 model year. The EQB will be launched in two configurations: the EQB 300 4MATIC with 225 hp and the EQB 350 4MATIC with 288 hp. The all-wheel-drive system uses two motors, one in the front and another at the rear. The battery pack has a 66.5-kWh capacity. Mercedes employs several smart features to enhance the range, such as routing with energy consumption in mind, and it can advise on reducing electricity consumption should the battery be running low.
On sale: 2022
Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz GLB.
The 2023 EQE four-door sedan is the latest EV offering from Mercedes-Benz. With its futuristic styling—inside and out—the new offering is positioned to go head-to-head with the leading premium EVs, like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. The first model, called EQE 350, comes with 288 hp and rear-wheel drive; other versions, including those equipped with all-wheel drive, will be introduced later. Among its distinguishing features, the EQE offers a massive “Hyperscreen,” more than 56 inches wide and encompassing the entire instrument panel.
Cost: $85,000-$100,000 (estimated)
On sale: Mid-2022
Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz EQE.
The Ariya will be Nissan’s first electric SUV when it goes on sale in the U.S. in late 2021. The compact SUV has a starting price around $40,000. There will be standard- and long-range battery versions and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Front-drive versions make 215 hp, with the dual-motor AWD models producing 389 hp. The front-wheel-drive model equipped with the long-range battery will have an estimated driving range of up to 300 miles. The cabin has a large, horizontal display screen that serves as both the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. The Ariya will have wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Standard driver assistance features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, RCTW, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.
On sale: Late 2021
Learn more about the Nissan Ariya.
Porsche Macan EV
The Macan was Porsche’s entrée into the popular compact SUV segment and quickly proved to be a best seller. A battery electric version will accompany its gasoline-powered counterpart, albeit on a different, EV-specific platform co-developed by Audi and Porsche. The Macan EV will use the same 800-volt electric architecture that’s now in the Taycan electric sedan. (The current Macan GTS is shown.)
On sale: 2022
Rivian R1T and R1S
The R1T is an all-electric pickup scheduled to beat Tesla’s Cybertruck to the market by two years. It has a promised range of up to 400 miles, up to 750 hp, and 11,000 pounds of towing capacity. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is claimed to be 3 seconds. It also has a transverse tunnel between the bed and the cab for storage. The R1S is a three-row luxury SUV version. Rivian is the rare tech startup that has attracted heavy-duty investors, including Amazon, Ford, and Cox Automotive. Unlike other EV companies that have faded like vaporware, Rivian may have the ability to sop up some of the pent-up demand for an electric pickup while Tesla is still developing its Cybertruck concept.
On sale: Fall 2021
Learn more about the Rivian R1T and R1S.
Subaru has announced its entrance into the EV market in 2022 with an all-electric SUV called the Solterra. Subaru faithful have been waiting with bated breath for news of the automaker’s plans to go electric as other automakers, one after another, have signaled their intent. Details are scant, mirroring other automakers’ announcements of coming EVs. But Subaru said the Solterra was developed as part of a joint venture with Toyota and will be built in Japan and China on Toyota’s new dedicated all-electric vehicle platform, known as e-TNGA. Subaru calls it the e-Subaru platform.
Learn more about the Subaru Solterra.
The Tesla Cybertruck is an all-electric pickup. Aside from its one-of-a-kind angular experiment of a truck, the design replaces the traditional truck frame with a hard stainless steel “exoskeleton,” similar to airplane design, and extra-strong glass for the windows. Tesla announced a base price of under $40,000, but we take that with a grain of salt based on the company’s record of frequent price hikes. The truck will come in three variations, with battery ranges of 250, 350, and 500 miles. The top-end version promises acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, combined with the ability to tow 14,000 pounds. The prototype is expected to evolve and decrease in size slightly.
On sale: Available for preorder now. Delivery estimated to be in late 2022 at the earliest.
Learn more about the Tesla Cybertruck.
Tesla’s roadmap has the electric-only product line expanding from the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 to the Cybertruck, Semi tractor-trailer truck, and the Roadster. The name is a nod to the original Tesla car, an electric convertible based on a Lotus platform. This car promises performance quite unlike any car that’s come before, but well-heeled driving enthusiasts will need to wait longer for the model to reach production. Back in 2017 when it was initially unveiled, Tesla said it aimed to build the Roadster in 2020. And as the saying now goes, that plan went all “2020.” Other models have taken longer to develop, stretching out the timeline as the company faces the challenge of expanding its factories, creating next-generation batteries, and engineering more advanced Full Self Driving (FSD) capability. Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says the Roadster should ship in 2023.
The Roadster is a bit of a misnomer. It’s a four-seater, with a snug back seat and a partly retractable hardtop. It uses three motors powering all wheels to deliver its claimed rocketlike acceleration, with the automaker citing 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. And it will offer 620 miles of range.
Toyota said in April 2021 that it’s developing an SUV in partnership with Subaru based on a new, dedicated all-electric vehicle platform known as e-TNGA. Dubbed bZ4X, the new EV will incorporate Subaru’s deep experience developing all-wheel-drive systems. Toyota says the bZ4X will fall under its Toyota bZ—“beyond zero,” a reference to zero emissions—brand umbrella, which includes six other bZ models to be introduced by 2025. Both automakers are withholding further details on their coming SUVs until closer to production.
Volvo C40 Recharge
Based on the XC40 SUV, the C40 Recharge combines the ride height of an SUV with just the cargo space of a hatchback car. In addition to the scrunched rear roofline, Volvo says the C40 is “lower and sleeker” than the XC40 recharge. The C40 also has a slightly different front end, a totally new rear view, and a leather-free interior. Like the XC40 Recharge and the Polestar 2 model with long-range and all-wheel drive, the C40 will have a dual-motor setup and 78-kWh battery, and an estimated range of more than 200 miles.
On sale: Fall 2021
Learn more about the Volvo C40 Recharge.
Electric Cars 101
Electric cars are bringing some of the biggest changes the auto industry has seen in years. On the “Consumer 101” TV show, Consumer Reports expert Jake Fisher explains to host Jack Rico why these vehicles might not be as newfangled as you think.