For 2021, several novelties are coming with regard to zero-emission cars: from the low-cost Dacia Spring to the Volkswagen ID.4, from the BMW iX3 technology to the extremely sporty Porsche Taycan and Lotus Evija
After 2020 with great satisfaction, the electric and hybrid car market is constantly growing and heralds an even more interesting 2021: in fact, there are so many models that will be released starting from the upcoming month of January and that will be able to satisfy practically everyone. the tastes of the public, from those who are looking for an SUV with low operating costs like the Dacia Spring Electric to those who, on the other hand, want to aim high with the Audi offer, which offers the Q4 e-Tron, or with the branded one BMW, among which the iNext and the iX3 will stand out. Particular attention should also be paid to sports cars, a market that will be embellished by the eagerly awaited Mustang Mach-E and the Maserati GranCabrio, part of the “Folgore” family … without forgetting the Evija, the first full-electric supercar created by Lotus and above all the Tesla Model Y which will also be produced in Germany in the Gigafactory Berlin.
But let’s go in order, creating a list of the various brands protagonists of an electric 2021 that begins with the novelties of the House of the Four Rings: the first is the Q4 e-Tron, SUV with a high center of gravity (also available in the body shop Coupé) built on the MEB platform of the Volkswagen Group and characterized by two electric motors for a total of 300 HP and 450 km, while the second is the e-Tron GT, the true heir to the R8 and ready to fight on equal terms (not surprisingly they share the same platform) with the Porsche Taycan, which is also ready for its debut in an electric version on Sport trim.
Double novelty also at BMW, with the iX3 (produced in China to confirm that Asia is the capital of electric mobility), a zero-emission variant of the famous X3 with 286 horsepower powertrain and 460 km of autonomy, flanked by the iNext, first example of an entire family of high-performance electric cars but also with high mileage with a single charge. The arrival is scheduled for mid-2021, while in January the long-awaited Citroen ë-C4 will arrive on the market, an electrified version of the well-known French SUV that will get electrification “on tap” in three versions (Feel, Feel Pack, and Shine ). Great excitement also in the Cupra house with el-Born, the first vehicle on the MEB platform of the Spanish brand that will offer a powertrain with over 300 HP and a range of around 500 km.
Among the SUVs, the new Dacia Spring Electric will certainly find a privileged place, the first electrified car of the Romanian brand that aims to become the cheapest zero-emission car on the market, as well as the very powerful Ford Mustang Mach-E, which it reinterprets the American manufacturer’s “muscle car” concept with a high-performance, high-wheeled car. Moving on to Hyundai, all attention revolves around the Ioniq brand, which will identify an entire class of zero-emission cars starting with the Ioniq 5, a medium-sized SUV to be followed in 2022 and 2024 respectively by its Ioniq “sisters” 6 and Ioniq 7. Among the concepts, however, the E45 will also find space, a crossover with coupé lines that want to retrace the path of the best-seller Kona, however, raising the bar in terms of exclusivity and autonomy over long distances.
After the experience accumulated with hybrid engines, in 2021 Lexus is ready to launch its first “full electric” model, the UX 300e with 204 horsepower and over 300 km of autonomy: an SUV with generous dimensions just like the new-entry from Nissan, which will bear the name of Ariya by exploiting the CMF-EV platform on which several different configurations will be developed as regards the level of power generated by the powertrain and the overall autonomy. At Mercedes, however, the news will be the EQA, electrified version of the GLA SUV, and the EQS, a new ultra-technological S-Class sedan that will be able to count on a high-capacity battery pack for a distance of approximately 700 km.
SUV again: going in order, in 2021 the “full electric” version of the Range Rover Evoque will see the light, the highly anticipated Skoda Enyaq iV, on the MEB platform which will share the same engines as the ID.3, and Volkswagen ID.4, a crossover high wheels capable of a 204 horsepower powertrain and 490 km of autonomy, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, which will join the hybrid version already on the list, and the “queen” Tesla Model Y, which will finally reach Europe in the two configurations Long Range and Performance. The electric version of the SsangYong Korando will also arrive alongside them, as well as the Chinese novelties Xev iEV7(Compact SUV with a declared autonomy of 320 km) and Nio EC6, which in a certain sense wants to unseat the dominance built in recent years by Made in Palo Alto cars.
Also in the SUV category, there will also be the Jeep Wrangler 4xe as well as the mighty General Motors Hummer EV, which will be made available only in the United States, without forgetting the Opel Mokka-e with a 136 horsepower engine and a range of over 300 km. Among the concepts, however, we must mention the Cadillac Lyriq, a show car arriving only in 2023 but which already promises well with its double engine of 580 horsepower and 480 km of autonomy, and the Honda e: concept, the first Sport Utility Vehicle completely to batteries that will support the CR-V plug-in hybrid only for the Chinese market.
We finish our list for 2021 with two luxury cars and three supercars: among the first are the Bentley EXP 100 GT which, in reality, has yet to take shape because it stops at the rendering stage, and the Polestar 2, a premium fastback. based on the CMA modular platform of the Volvo brand. The sports cars, on the other hand, are the Aston Martin Rapid E, the first electric model of the English brand expected in only 155 units with 610 horsepower powertrain, the Lotus Evija, capable of touching 2000 horsepower with its four electric motors, and the Rimac Concept Two, which with its 1900 horsepower will be able to exceed 400 km / h of maximum speed.
A really long list and destined to expand further with the only flaw that many of these cars see the light in 2021 but their production is still limited and many are already sold out confirming the interest in electric mobility that is also infecting the ‘Italy where pure electric has gone from a thousand registrations in November 2019 to almost 5,000 in November 2020!
Not to forget the commercial vehicles that are turning drastically towards the electric in order to make last-mile deliveries (those signed by Amazon & Co) that need zero-impact vehicles and in fact all in manufacturers by 2021 propose the electric variant starting with Ford Transit and Fiat Ducato passing through PSA, Renault, Nissan, Renault and all the protagonists of the sector.