Up until 2019 there were a limited selection of EVs to choose from but the year has opened the door to more affordable EV cars to choose from although still a little limiting. Step into 2020 and there is a much larger selection of vehicles due for release at even more affordable prices. Due to the increased number of EV’s we are also seeing a little more increased competition with the dealers, that said you won’t see much of discount from the main dealers yet.
Below are some of the current makes and models available for purchase in the UK followed by some of the recently announced EV’s hitting the market later this year.
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New EV Models for 2021
There are a plethora of new models coming out this year (2020). Below are the makes and models with a brief synopsis:
BMW iX3 - 7 years after their first fully electric car (the i3), BMW will release its second fully electric vehicle this time in the form of an SUV. The iX3 will be released with the iX and i4 in November '21. The iX3 has a range of 282 miles, which is small compared to the iX's 380 miles however, it is plenty for daily trips and good enough for long journeys with minimal charging along the way.
BMW iX - BMW is adding three new EVs to their 'i' range the iX comes in 3 models, iX x40 Comfort, iX x40 Technology and the iX x50 Ultimate. They start from circa £75k and the top end starts at £115k. The iX is on order now and due to hit the roads in November '21.
BMW i4 - The i4 is BMW's first shot at a fully electric saloon and is the first-ever fully electric Gran Coupe. The i4's design is reminiscent of BMW's 3 and 4 series. The i4 will provide you with 366 WLTP miles, it will cost around £50,000 when it hits UK roads in November 2021. The i4 can go from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds and even faster in "sport boost" mode, in just 3.9 seconds.
Ford Mustang Mach e - Ford's first offering into the all electric foray has raised a few brows. With some good looks, long range and competitively priced it has already become a contender in the EV market.
There are 3 versions to choose from, First Edition (order book full), Mach E and Mach E AWD.
Prices start from £40,270 for the Mach E and £46,570 for the AWD. The Mach E has 280 WLTP mile range on the standard range model or 370 WLTP miles on the Extended range model, it has a top speed of 111Mph and o-60 in just under 8 seconds. The AWD has a 260 WLTP mile range on the standard range and 335 WLTP miles on the extended range, it has the same top speed as the Mach E but is 1 second quicker to reach 60Mph. The First Edition is already sold out on orders. In 2021 a GT version is planned for release so watch this space!
Lexus UX300e - Lexus has finally brought out a full EV in the shape of an UX200. Designed in a cross over shape similar to the Jaguar I pace, the UX delivers 249 miles on a 54KWh battery. It will take 7.5s to get from 0-62mph and has a top speed of 100mph. The UX300e comes in three versions, the standard UX, Premium Plus Pack and the Takumi. Each come with increasing different levels of extras (gadgets!). Prices are yet to be confirmed.
Mercedes - Mercedes will be releasing 3 new models in 2021, the EQA, EQS and EQB. The EQA has been on the cards for awhile and got pushed back to 2021 (COVID not helping things). The EQA aims to provide 249 WLTP miles and start at £34,075.
Tesla Model Y - The latest model from the Tesla range which is dubbed the 'baby X'. Looks and styling are very much like a Model 3 MPV. First models have been rolled out in the US and are expected to hit the UK roads in late summer but no dates have been confirmed. There are 2 versions to choose from the Performance and the Long Range. Both seat 7 passengers and come with AWD. The Performance will take you to 60mph in 3.5s with a top speed of 150mph and give you an estimated 298 WLTP miles, whereas the Long Range will propel you to 60mph in 4.8s and provides a top speed of 135mph with a range of 314 WLTP miles.
Tesla "Model 2" - Tesla's take on an electric hatchback, this model has been dubbed the "model 2" although it is unknown whether this will be its official name when it hits roads 2023. The 2023 model will cost £20,000-£25,000 and will give you an estimated 250-mile range which, despite its size, is more than the model 3, this is thanks to the new battery technology. The new battery known as the 4680 cell reduces manufacturing costs by 50%, provides 5 times more energy and will give a 16% increase in range with every charge.
Tesla Model S Plaid - The Model S Plaid is an upgrade to the model S and thanks to the 4680 cell mentioned previously with the model 2 it has the longest range of any EV in production with 390 miles for the plaid and 405 miles for the long-range. The plaid also has the highest acceleration of any EV in production going 0-62 in 1.99s.