Without a doubt, within the next decade the ability to buy a new petrol or diesel powered car will be severely limited – or more likely – prohibited. Electric cars have been around for over a hundred years, but never become the ‘go to’ approach due to poor battery capacities, a poor range and an inability to re-charge conveniently.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, it’s likely that you’ve heard about the growth of Elon Musk’s company Tesla and how it is now the most valuable brand in the world. However, whether or not Tesla will manage to continue their dominance in the EV field over the next few years is hard to judge as the traditional big boys of motoring including Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mercedes to name a few are throwing their hat into the ring.
So which electric vehicles are we most excited about for the upcoming year?
Fiat 500 Electric
When Fiat launched the modern 500 as love letter to the classic Fiat 500 of the 1960s, it was an immediate success selling thousand of models at launch. In 2013, Fiat actually made a limited run of electric 500s, but in 2021 they’re planning to introduce it to the mainstream with a 200 mile range runabout that looks absolutely adorable.
If it’s ready in time, the new MB EQS could redefine luxury – which is saying something considering it’s from the same engineers who brought us the S-Class. The EQS is still shrouded in mystery for the moment, but once released is likely to carry on the S-Class tradition of having all the latest tech and gadgetry encompassed inside a super-fast, super-quiet luxury sedan.
The upcoming second iteration of the Tesla Roadster is sure to get hearts pumping. With a range of 620 miles off a single charge, a 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds (no, that is not a typo), and a top speed of 250mph. For many motorheads, this could be the perfect car for grand touring across Europe.
At the risk of upsetting Jaguar purists, the new XJ is set to be fully electric – although given Jaguar’s history with faulty electrics this does not bode well. That being said, it is completed re-engineered from the ground up and while there are no pictures available as of yet, those who have seen early prototypes have stated that this could help the brand be reborn in terms of style and speed.
Tesla Model Y
Tesla cars are incredibly fun thanks to their fantastic – and occasionally lovingly immature – centre console. From car games that you play with your actual car controls, to assignable whoopee cushion noises for different seats, as well as Insanity mode for you fancy going for a drive, but also fancy ploughing into a tree. But how do you make a SUV fun? Well in 2021 we’re going to find out as Tesla releases their Model Y – a people carrier capable of out-accelerating a 6.2litre Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
Because sales consultants need cars too. The new i4 is a stunning looking offering from BMW which is set to take on the latest Tesla Model S. With 375 miles of range and a hugely quick 0-60 time, the i4 looks both understated and stunning and we can’t but think that this will be the one to beat.
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