(Pocket-lint) – Electric cars are already a mainstay on the roads, with a growing number of all-electric models being available to buy right now. The electric effect is now in full force, with established brands committing to offering a wider range of pure electric cars in the future, while those who depend heavily on diesel are seeing sales falter – with a deadline of 2030 in regions like the UK to halt sales in combustion cars.
Prices are falling, models are diversifying and it’s all going hand-in-hand with increased investment and roll-out of charging networks.
But what electric cars are coming? Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect to see hitting the roads in the next few years.
Ford F-150 Lightning
Ford is unveiling the electric version of the F-150 on 19 May, giving it the name Lightning. Ford had previously said it would be the most powerful F-150 it’s ever produced, with the ability to use the battery as a mobile power supply.
Porsche E Macan
Expected to sit on VW’s PPE platform, it has long been known that Porsche was going to make the Macan an EV – and a prototype has been out in testing. It will be all-wheel drive, feature a 100kW battery and is slated to arrive in 2023.
Bentley electric SUV
Bentley has confirmed that an electric SUV in the works and is likely to be a beneficary of the Audi Artemis platform that’s in development. Little else is known, but it will be another high luxury model for the most discerning customers.
Genesis Motor electric models
Genesis Motor – the luxury arm of Hyundai – has announced its European launch, as well as promising three electric models over the next year. The first will be the Genesis Electrified G80, with SUV models to follow, thought to be based on the E-GMP platform, like the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Spotted in spy photos, the VW ID.5 is expected to offer the same spec as the VW ID.4, but with a sportback, a dropping rear roofline for those who want something more coupe and less SUV in style.
Launched at Auto Shanghai, the Mercedes EQB is a key model for China, offering seating for seven. There will be a range of configurations including single and dual motors, with a 66.5kWh battery and 100kW charging.
Toyota BZ4X Concept
The Toyota concept introduces a new platform – shared with Subaru – with the promise of solar charging to top up the battery. Nothing has really been revealed, but Toyota is rather late to the electric car party, having been a dominant force in hybrids.
Audi A6 e-tron Concept
The Audi A6 e-tron is just a concept, but we’ve seen most of Audi’s recent e-tron concepts become a reality. This is for a large executive sports coupe like the A5 or A7. It looks like it wants to rival the Tesla model with a 100kWh battery, 270kW charging and 0-62mph time under 4 seconds.
Audi Q4 e-tron
Audi’s mass market electric car will be the Q4 e-tron, coming in both SUV and Sportback styles. It’s available for pre-order, with deliveries from June. The starting price is £40,750. The Q4 e-tron sits on the VW MEB platform, like the VW ID.4, and will have choices of 52 or 77kWh batteries, with single or dual motor configurations.
The Mercedes EQS aims to be the most comfortable and luxury electric car on the road, taking the Mercedes S Class standard and applying it to EVs. That means loads of space, a massive internal display dominated by displays for both driver asnd passenger. There will be a 108kWh battery option promising over 400 miles of range. It will be hitting the road towards teh end of 2021.
The Kia EV6 follows the Hyundai Ioniq 5, sharing the same platform, but with Kia having its own twist. There’s two battery options, 58 or 77.4kWh, with RWD or AWD options. Most of the talk will likely be about the EV6 GT, however, which pairs the bigger battery with all-wheel drive, for blistering performance, with a 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds. It will be available in late 2021.
The BMW i4 is due for launch in 2021 and sits on the same fifth-gen eDrive system as the BMW i3X and the iX. There is an 80kWh battery that will charge at 150kW and give a range up to 363 miles. The motors will produce 530bhp, giving a 0-62mph time of 4 seconds and a top speed of 125mph. It looks and sounds exactly what you want your mid-range BMW saloon to produce. It will be on the roads in 2021 – but there’s also been a tease of an M Performance model. The BMW i4 has been brought forward 3 months, launching sooner than expected.
Land Rover Discovery and Evoque
Jaguar Land Rover is making sweeping changes to its business over the next few years – and that’s resulted in the reveal of a new future platfrom – EMA. This platform has been confirmed to underpin the Discovery Sport and the Evoque and it’s designed for electric vehicles, suggestion that those will both launch as electric cars. the platform is due to launch in 2024, which is when we expect to see an pure electric Land Rover model.
Arguably, the C40 is Volvo’s first bespoke electric car – excluding the adapted XC40 Recharge – and that’s an exciting prospect. It has a 78kW battery, promises 260 miles of range and it comes with unlimited data. That’s right, Volvo wants the Android-based system in this car to be always connected, so it’s removed the worry about where that connection comes from. We suspect this crossover-style car will have plenty of family appeal.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first in a new series of electric cars from the company, sliding into the popular crossover space. There will be choices of 58 or 72.6kWh batteries, with rear or all-wheel drive. It gets a fresh new design, with a flat floor and sliding centre console – we suspect this is going to be a big seller.
Audi e-tron GT
The Audi e-tron GT was shown off as a concept in 2018, and then Audi launched the very same car, after adding the door handles. Sleek design graces this sports coupe, while the back doors add a sense of practicality, like the Taycan which shares the same platform. A 93kWh battery sits in both the regular and the RS version of this car, promising blistering performance. It will cost from £79,000 and be available during 2021.
Jeep Wrangler BEV Concept
Jeep has teased an all-electric Wrangler. Thanks to a site looking forward to the future of Jeep, we now know that the brand is looking at an electric offroader. Not much has been declared about the plans.
Renault 5 Prototype
When in doubt, roll in nostalgia. That seems to be the approach that Renault wants to take, showing off an prototype of an electric Renault 5. We’ve all got fond memories of this classic, and it would go head-to-head with the Mini Electric and the Honda e as a compact EV for urban dwellers. Please Renault, please, please, please reinvent the Renault 5.
Jaguar goes all electric
While the Jaguar i-Pace is already a common sight on the roads, there’s going to be a lot more electric Jaguars in the future. The company has confirmed that it will be electric only from 2025. That’s a big shift for this company with a long motoring history – at the moment we don’t know exactly what models well get when, but there’s going to be a lot more luxury EVs to choose from.
Mini will be an electric brand
Mini has confirmed that its last combustion model will arrive in 2025 as the brand goes all electric. We’re expecting the Mini Countryman replacement to be electric, and a general line up of electric models that reflects the current line-up.
BMW has announced its flagship electric SUV, the BMW iX. This is the production model of the long-tease iNext, now appearing more like an electric X5 in terms of size. It promises a number of configurations, with 300 mile range, all-wheel drive and a 500ps model. There’s a refreshed interior design too, so it feels like something of a continuation of the BMW i3.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai has announced a refreshed version of the Kona Electric, due on the roads in 2021. While the underpinnings remain similar – it will still give impressive 300 mile range and come in two battery sizes – there’s been a refresh to the interior and the exterior to make this car look a little more like an EV. No word on pricing, but we expect it to compeitive.
There’s an electric Hummer coming that promises to be a capable as combustion version. Hummer is throwing in loads of tech and loads of power, wanting to rival the Tesla Cybertruck. There’s 350 miles of range promised and a super-fast 350kW charging, while the motors will deliver 1000hp and a 0-60 time of 3 seconds. There’s full visibility with cameras under the body, as well as the ability to drive diagonally, thanks to all-wheel steering. Production won’t start until late 2021.
The Polestar Precept was a concept design, but Polestar has announced that it’s going to put it into production. It’s going to be aimed at the premium end of the market, with grand coupe lines and the promise not just of zero tailpipe emissions – but of an environmentally conscious approach to all the materials used in the car.
Nissan’s latest electric car is the Ariya. It was originally unveiled as a concept in 2019, but has made its way to production practically unchanged. It’s an SUV, sitting in the space between the Qashqai and the X-Trail.
The Ariya will offer two battery sizes and a number of different motor configurations, as well as options for two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. With prices starting from an estimated £40,000, it’s expected on the roads in 2021.
Audi has setup a special working group, called Artemis, with the aim of creating a highly-efficient electric car. The new group has been designed to work autonomously with plenty of freedom, with a target date of 2024 for a new vehicle. It’s being headed up by Alex Hitzinger, formerly working on the Apple car project, and previously with some of the biggest names in motorsports. We’re expecting something that pops out of the Audi template here, so watch this space.
BMW has confirmed that the next-generation of BMW 7 Series will include an all-electric version. It’s not going to be exclusively electric as there will be petrol, diesel and hybrid versions too – but there’s talk of two versions, the i7 and the i7S. The latter is expect to have a 120kWh battery, 660hp and a range of 320 miles. BMW is serious about electric cars and there’s a lot in the pipeline – the BMW i7 will take things to the luxury level.
If you wanted a vision of the future, then Tesla may have delivered it. Unveiling the Cybertruck, this is Elon Musk’s promised pickup truck, with dual cab and then a loading bay at the rear. The Cybertruck is eye-catching with its unusual angular design. On the practical front it will come in three different versions with 250+, 300+ or 500+ miles of range, with the top model, a tri-motor version promising a 0-60mph time of 2.9 seconds. Tesla doesn’t do things by half. It’s available for pre-order now, deliveries expected from 2021.
VW ID. Space Vizzion
VW had long said it was going to have a full family of ID electric cars and the Space Vizzion is what you get when you pull together an electric estate or station wagon. It’s quite the looker we can’t help thinking and while many are focusing on SUV or crossover models, the lower and longer effect that you get from a wagon could do wonders for the performance of this EV, not to mention the boot space. It’s a concept for now, but we’re expecting this electric Passat (did we say that?) to be available in 2021. VW is saying 300 miles of range which isn’t quite the 600 miles you’ll get from the diesel, but we don’t have to drive that far to walk the dog, so we’ll all cope.
Fisker is trying to shake things up with a range of luxury electric cars. The Fisker Ocean got an official unveiling in January 2020 – although it’s not due on the road until 2022. It will use recycled and vegan materials, have an 80kWh battery and a range of 250-300 miles. Fisker wants to compete with Tesla with a 0-60 time of less than 3 seconds, but the big unique feature is the option for a full-length solar roof to help charge the battery.
Seat is joining the electric car movement with the El-Born, named after a region of Barcelona. The car sits on VW’s MEB platform and is due to arrive in 2022, getting its first appearance at the Geneva International Motorshow in 2019. Seat is looking at a 420km range (260 miles), with a 0-62kpm time of 7.5 seconds. There will be 204PS from the 150kW motor and a 62kWh battery.
Cupra – now a separate brand from Seat – has its own version of the el-Born. It also has the same name, Cupra El-Born, which doesn’t really aid its cause of being seen as a separate entity. It has sporty looks, a custom chassis control and claims of 310 miles from the 82kW battery.
Byton originally showed off an SUV EV concept, with broad ambitions for a start-up in the EV segment. That has now matured into the Byton M-Byte, with production getting started and looking to get on the road in mid-2020 – in China at least. The price of €54,000 sounds fairly aggressive, but there’s little telling what verison that’s for. There are two- or all-wheel drive options, with the latter claiming a 270 mile range. Most of the conversation is about the huge 43-inch display curving across the interior, however.
The Lotus Type 130 or Evija as it is called, is an all-electric hypercar limited to just 130 models, but paving the way for future production cars from Lotus. It has been designed for maximum performance, with 2000PS and a 70kWh battery that aims to give 250 miles of range. However, the car will offer blistering acceleration, and while Lotus hasn’t given final figures, it’ll hit 186mph in under 9 seconds. This car will cost £2 million pounds and preorders are open, asking for a £250,000 deposit.
The Lightyear One is a luxury saloon that adds solar panels to the roof and bonnet of the car, aiming to give the owner a boost from the sun all the time – even when driving. While much of the car is conventional for an EV, the additional solar panels will give a 12km range boost per hour (in good light). That might mean free charging while parked at the beach – although in winter you’ll have to charge it more. However, the asking price for the limited run Lightyear One will be €119,000, so going solar comes at a price.
Rivian wants to join the EV movement with this offroader of its own. It’s designed to tackle the great outdoors, boasting a wading depth of 3ft and 0-60mph time of 3 seconds. Why you’d need to go so fast offroad, we’ll never know.
Rivian is a newcomer to the EV space, showing off its cars for the first time at the LA Auto Show in 2018 – there’s also a truck/pickup version – and is available for pre-order for a $1000 deposit. We’d be tempted to wait until these are actually on the road before parting with any money.
BMW unveiled the i Vision Dynamics concept coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. It previews a mid-sized saloon car, in the BMW i range that’s likely to be called i5 when it launches in 2021. It’s bigger than the company’s 3-Series saloon, but smaller than a 5-Series and designed to sit between the i3 and i8 in the electric BMW i range.
The family-sized car will be capable of reaching 60mph in under 4 seconds, go on to a speed over 120mph and be able to last up to 372 miles on a single charge. Let’s hope it arrives with the same futuristic design displayed on the concept version.
Faraday Future FF91
A huge question mark hangs over the striking FF91. The company has been through ups and downs, but managed to showcase pre-production drivable models in 2020. The FF-91 has a huge 126-inch wheelbase, but that makes for a huge interior. The panoramic sunroof, rear and side windows use Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Glass, which passengers can tap on to tint the windows and let less light in. Don’t expect to get a conventional rear-view mirror inside, as Faraday Future has replaced it with a widescreen monitor instead.
The 1,050bhp electric power unit will accelerate to 60mph in 2.39-seconds and will have a driving range between 378 and 435 miles. Faraday Future says the battery can be completely recharged in 1 hour.
ID Buzz and Cargo Concept
The ID Buzz is due to go on sale in 2022. It references VW’s historic Microbus and will able to seat up to eight people, with an interior that can be constantly changed around. There’s also a Cargo Concept, which may well get launched before any passenger model arrives, with the rising demand for clean first and last mile transport. Two electric motors will give the ID Buzz a total power output of 369bhp to propel it to 60mph in around 5-seconds. It will be limited to a top speed of 100mph, will have four-wheel drive and a 372 mile driving range. You will be able to recharge the battery to 80 per cent, which VW says will be enough for 298 miles of travel, in 30 minutes.
Writing by Chris Hall. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.