It’s safe to say that a lot of us are looking forward to the year 2021. While some treat it as a fresh start full of hope; others, look at it as another calendar year brimming with innovations in the motoring world. In essence, this probably won’t be the salvation most us desperately wait for, but by the looks of it, 2021 might just be the banner year for electric vehicles (EV).
HP Coatings interviewed industry experts to know what they think are the hottest, most highly anticipated EV models in the coming year. Here are their thoughts (in no particular order):
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Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford goes electric by transforming its muscle car into a four-door, well-rounded luxury EV.
GMC Hummer EV
The popular, gas-guzzling Hummer is discontinued no more: The next generation is an SUT that can drive up to 350 miles on a charge.
The R1T pickup truck captured attention, so of course the upstart American EV-maker is garnering attention for its sport utility vehicle (SUV), which shares much of its underpinnings with the R1T.
What isn’t highly anticipated from Tesla? Tesla’s first pickup truck has a futuristic, angular design of dent-proof stainless steel.
VW’s first e-vehicle of this size features a bigger touchscreen, a panoramic sunroof, and 20-inch wheels.
Volvo X40 Recharge
This is the auto company’s first all-electric SUV.
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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQC
Mercedes Benz now joins the EV series with their 5-seater EQC. There’s nothing screamingly electric about the car; it’s just a pure and classic SUV gone electric. It doesn’t have any design flourishes like gull-wing doors or bright green lighting.
The performance of the vehicle, on the other hand, is something you can expect high from. Two motors are powered enough to carry the EQC to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds, and it’s expected to have a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge. The starting price of the vehicle is expected at $67,900.
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Volvo XC40 Recharge
The XC40 Recharge, a compact crossover and Volvo’s first all-electric offering. It packs in a 200-mile range and can do 0-60 in 4.7 sec. With a starting price tag of around $53,990, it’s in direct competition with Tesla’s Model Y and that price also gives it an edge over other brands like Audi whose offerings are more expensive. Preorders are open right now and deliveries will start from early 2021.
After its initial announcement back in 2016 and a $1 Billion investment later, Lucid is finally set to release its luxury sedan in early 2021, though initially it’ll only launch the Dream edition which costs a cool $169,000 with a 503-mile range and 1080hp.
Lucid also partnered with Electrify America to use their charging network and that gives it more ground against its competition, the Tesla Model S. And in case you don’t have $169,000 to spend, then Lucid has you covered with their entry level Air Pure version, which comes in at $69,900 with a 406-mile rand and 408hp. But that’ll start shipping from early 2022.
Bummed by the lack of EVs in the more affordable segment? Well, Volkswagen has got you covered. The new ID.4 is for Volkswagen to enter the EV game.
The ID.4 will come in front- or all-wheel drive options with 62.0- or 82.0-kWh battery packs which’ll provide you around 200 to 300 miles of range. That range might seem less compared to the competition but if you’re mostly driving around the city it’s enough and considering the price is less than the competition, it’s pretty good.
The ID.4 will start out from $39,995 and there’s also a more expensive first edition version at $43,995, which comes with a few extra perks and features. The ID.4 will start shipping from early 2021.
2021 Audi e-tron GT
If you’ve seen Avenger’s Endgame you might have seen the Audi e-tron. After its first debut in 2018 LA Auto the Audi e-tron GT is ready to hit the road in 2021.
If you’ve seen the specs or driven the Porche Tycan then the Audi e-tron is pretty similar to that. The vehicle packs in 590hp and can pull up to 248 miles on a single charge, and it can do 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. So, have around $100,000 or more to spend, well then better hold on to it for the e-tron.
The Mercedes EQA is set to be the latest addition to Mercedes’ EQ family. The EQA is a compact SUV, with a range of about 250 miles and a 0-60 time of 5 seconds.
Mercedes has yet to share other specs, but it’s supposed to be more affordable (maybe in the range of the Model Y). Production is likely to start at the end of 2020 and start shipping from late 2021.