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Guide to Future EVs

We've said it before and we'll say it again, electric vehicles are the future. No carbon emissions, cheaper to run and packed to the brim with cutting-edge technology, it's no secret that EVs offer a mouthwatering number of benefits. For some, electric cars have become the norm, having already swapped out a traditional combustion engine vehicle for one that utilises an electric motor. For others who haven't indulged in the delights of an EV, the fun is yet to come. By no means are we discrediting petrol and diesel vehicles, or hybrids for that matter, but the reality is that by 2030, these vehicles simply won't be in production anymore, except for hybrids which will be in production until 2035. Due to the government’s outlaw of petrol/diesel vehicles on this date, electric vehicles will take centre stage.

If you're thinking that there isn't a range of electric vehicles good enough to replace petrol/diesel engines, think again. There are already some incredible options that provide a great driving experience and hundreds of miles of range on a single charge. Plus, 2030 is still way off, giving the biggest brands in the industry, and some lesser-known companies too, the chance to produce some new electric models that will revolutionise the market. There are plenty of new models on the way too, each with a plethora of game-changing features. With huge names including companies from Tesla to Audi, the race for the most popular EV is on.

Although we don't see it as a competition, we are just as excited as you to see what the EV tech moguls have got lined up for us. To satisfy your curiosity, we've looked into the future of the EV industry and plucked out some of the most eye-catching models. The EV landscape is surely set to change again, which poses huge questions, such as 'Will Ford improve upon the Mustang Mach-E?' and 'Will the Tesla Cybertruck live up to expectations?'. 

Let’s get started. Here are the electric vehicles heading our way:

Tesla Cybertruck

Arguably the most popular and well-known of the yet-to-be-released EVs on this list is Tesla's Cybertruck. Due to the reveal of the truck not going exactly how Musk had planned it, the truck and company gained huge publicity. At the event, the durability of the truck was being tested, specifically the strength of the windows. However, when a metal ball was thrown at the window, it was expected to bounce back... but it didn't. Instead, the window cracked, leading to a flurry of news stories and memes being scattered around the internet. It was later revealed that the integrity of the window had been weakened during a test off-stage. The antics proved to be a brilliant publicity stunt, though, leading to everybody suddenly being aware of Tesla's brand new vehicle, which is on the horizon.

It wasn't just the reveal that got people talking either, as the striking design of the truck was a hot topic too. Its retro-futuristic and 'boxy' aesthetic has led to many questioning its practicality. It's certainly a striking design and will most definitely turn heads whilst out on the roads, but it's not all style - there is substance there too. For those who like to take regular off-road trips, camping or otherwise, there is a cargo hold at the rear, which provides space for luggage, outdoor equipment, or the accompanying Cyberquad, which can be purchased separately.

The Cybertruck is billed by Tesla as 'better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car'. Its durable exoskeleton has been designed to provide maximum protection for passengers, and its flexible interior allows for extra storage space. Various 'add-ons' can be selected such as a version with dual motors or a tri-motor option. The vehicle hasn't entered production yet but is available to order through Tesla's website.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2022

Price: £54,000 (without add-ons)

Range: 250+ miles (EPA est.)

Top Speed: 130mph

Audi A6 e-tron

The Audi A6 e-tron is an absolutely stunning electric concept (for now) vehicle. The design, which is reported to very closely resemble what the production model will look like, shows the vehicle as chunky, but with classy styling. The front grill area and sleek headlights give the A6 a mean look, as though it is ready for business, and, with its reported specs, it backs up those claims too. The two electric motors that feature in the concept are capable of kicking out around 469 horsepower, which is just short of what the Ferrari F430 can achieve. 

Audi has also invested in fast-charging technology, which will feature in the A6, as they claim it'll be able to be charged to 80 percent of capacity in just 25 minutes. If this is the case, this could be a game-changer for re-charging whilst on the road. Previously, it was expected that an EV could be charged to around 80% in less than an hour, but if this time can be cut down to less than half an hour, this would be incredible progress!

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2022

Price: £56,000 (est.)

Range: 400 miles (est.)

Top Speed: N/A

Audi Q4 e-tron

The Q4 is a compact, all-electric SUV. It's not lacking in power either, with the capability to kick out around 201bhp, giving it the ability to reach 99mph. The sleek design of the vehicle and great battery life make for a vehicle with a great distance. Couple this with the spacious cabin and with lots of room for passengers and you've got the perfect family car. The Q4 is just another addition to Audi's all-electric lineup, putting them in an excellent position for a post-combustion engine vehicle market. 

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2021

Price: £40,750 (est.)

Range: 250 miles (est.)

Top Speed: 99mph

Audi e-tron GT

Audi's fully electric sports cars are designed to deliver maximum performance. The models that will be available include e-tron GT Quattro and the RS e-tron GT, with each one delivering incredible power. The Quattro is capable of reaching 0-62 in 4.1 seconds, but the RS e-tron is able to stop that, achieving 62mph in a staggering 3.3 seconds. Both models also have the capacity to be charged to 80% in just 22.5 minutes. This can make owning an EV far more practical as downtime is dramatically reduced, meaning you can spend more time on the road and less time waiting around.

For those who are fans of classic Audis and other sports cars that create a signature 'roar' when the engine is fired up, the e-tron models have a little trick up their sleeve. Making sure not to alienate those fans, the e-tron models have been engineered to deliver a thrilling sound when the electric motors are used. This sound can also be adjusted in the vehicle’s settings, making it quieter if you're looking for a more discreet experience.

Key Info:

GT Quattro

Estimated Release Date: 2021

Price: £79,900 (est.)

Range: 295 miles (est.)

Top Speed: 152mph

Key Info:

RS e-tron

Estimated Release Date: 2021

Price: £110,950 (est.)

Range: 280 miles (est.)

Top Speed: 155mph

Mercedes-Benz EQS 

The EQS is a brand new model that Mercedes wants to shout about and, when you look at the spec list, it's easy to see why. The new EV boasts a range of 453 miles, making it the longest-ranging all-electric vehicle, ahead of the Tesla Model S with a range of 412 miles. It's also able to be charged extremely quickly, reaching up to 80% in just 35 minutes. As you will have likely noticed from the features that the other EVs in this list offer, cutting down charging times is a priority and something that is most definitely going to attract more customers. For a lot of road users who don't drive an EV, these modern features and its quick charging capability are the most likely factors to turn heads.

This particular model also features space for passengers in the back seats too, with a four-door setup to allow easy access. Mercedes have found the perfect balance with this car's design, blending its sportier features with a more practical build. Taking a leaf out of Tesla's book, the EQS resembles the Model 3 quite closely, in terms of design. As a stylish electric vehicle that has substantial miles of range, models such as the EQS could set the standard for high-end EVs moving forward.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2021

Price: £80,000 (est.)

Range: 453 miles

Top Speed: 235mph (est.)

BMW i4

The BMW i4 has been claimed by the manufacturer to be ‘the first all-electric Gran Coupé’ that delivers an outstanding driving experience. This model has been designed to be one of BMW’s most efficient yet, featuring an aerodynamic design and a powerful battery, which work in tandem to achieve up to 365 miles on a single charge. The i4 can also be charged super quick at fast-charging points, making it more convenient to boost your battery on the move. At fast-charging points, it can be charged to achieve 62 miles of range in just 4 minutes.

The design of the i4 follows the classic shape and structure of what has made BMW models so recognisable over the years. It does, however, feature some elegant design choices such as the flowing roofline, which also give a sporty look to the vehicle. As the vehicle is all-electric, the front grill is no longer needed for air intake, meaning that it can instead be used for real-time data, which is collected using built-in camera technology.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: Available Now

Price: £51,905

Range: 365 miles

Top Speed: 118mph

KIA EV6

When the KIA EV6 is released, it will be KIA’s first dedicated electric vehicle and one that will boast a range of 328 miles (assuming the preliminary target is met). Much like the BMW i4, the EV6 also features fast-charging technology, which allows you to charge the battery to achieve 60 miles of range in just 4.5 minutes. When compared with the previous charging times of most electric vehicles, this is an incredible feat, and one that is likely to turn the heads of those who never considered an EV because of this wait time.

The design of the vehicle also reflects modern values, with vegan leather or suede being used in the interior. These stylistic choices extend into the dash, with curved displays that provide clear visibility whilst showcasing important controls in an easy-to-access format. The Augmented Reality (AR) display provides a virtual guide to help you get to your destination and also helpful data feedback, aiding your decision making to ensure safety.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2021

Price: £40,895

Range: 328 miles 

Top Speed: 115mph

IONIQ 5

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a striking vehicle, which pushes boundaries with its bold design. A sleek hood and diagonal indentations on the body make for a striking appearance that emphasises its modern capabilities. The E-GMP platform allows you to enjoy a more satisfying driving experience with better handling and more living space inside the vehicle. The spacious interior creates a more relaxing and modern feel, which will likely set the standard for Hyundai’s EVs in the future.

The front LED headlamps can provide 256 cubic pixels of light power for increased viability in dark or difficult conditions. Another benefit of LED headlamps is that they require minimal energy for more efficient performance. One of the most eye-catching features of the IONIQ 5 model is the wheels, which are 20” in size and help accentuate the overall aesthetic of the vehicle. 

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: Out Now

Price: £41,945

Range: 240 miles

Top Speed: 115mph

Mazda MX-30

The MX-30 will be Mazda’s first all-electric model, making it a historic milestone for the manufacturer. As more brands continue to produce incredible EVs, the market is becoming far more competitive and, with this new entry from Mazda, they’ve proven that they’re willing to go toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names in the industry. The spec of the MX-30 is top-end too, as it’s capable of travelling 124 miles on a single charge. Granted, that’s not as far as some EV’s, but with a charging time of 36 minutes to reach 80% capacity, boosting your battery won’t ruin your journey.

The design of the MX-30 has placed a clear focus on lifestyle and user comfort. The seats and other features create a feeling of comfort and openness, which contribute to a modern driving experience. The display on the dash can also provide important and useful information that can help with navigation when travelling to new destinations. The drive also has a display that can showcase a virtual model of the car to aid with real-time data feedback. The key stat that makes this and many other EVs so important to the future is 0% emissions, which means that these vehicles are much less impactful on the environment.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2021

Price: £27,495

Range: 124 miles

Top Speed: 86.99mph

Nissan ARIYA

The ARIYA sports an all-new EV platform, known as e-4ORCE, which can achieve 0-62mph in 5.2s. The system is capable of delivering maximum torque, stability and agility for a unique experience. The all-weather control means that you’ll never get caught out by a sudden change in the weather or extreme conditions in the height of winter - with the ARIYA, you’re covered so you can handle anything.

It’s not just the EV platform that makes the ARIYA a joy to drive either, as the design of the vehicle has been specifically engineered so that there is a 50/50 weight split between the front and the back. This makes for a much more balanced experience with increased handling, especially in wet weather. There are certain modes that can be selected too in order to better handle the road conditions. One of those options is the sport mode, which allows for a more robust experience as the response from the vehicle becomes much sharper.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2021

Price: £45,000

Range: 275 miles

Top Speed: 99mph

Polestar 3

Polestar looks set to diversify its EV offering with an SUV that is set to be released in 2022. Currently on the roster is the Polestar 1&2, neither of which are SUVs, so the 3 could be a great opportunity to appeal to a different customer base. Not much is known about the model yet, but it is rumoured to be taking on the Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi e-tron - so we know that it’s going to be a model to be taken seriously. One of the biggest hints to what the car is going to look like is a teaser image that depicts the outline of the vehicle under a white sheet. While no specific features can be seen, the size and shape of the model give customers a good idea of what to expect.

One key feature of the Polestar 3 to note is that the vehicle will be an all-electric model, unlike the Polestar 1, which is a hybrid. As the 3 will be an EV, there is speculation as to what the range of the model will be. However, it has been said that the brand is aiming for around a 310-mile range, which tops the Audi e-tron as things stand. Whether this will come to fruition remains to be seen, though it does give some indication as to the calibre of vehicle we can expect to see.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2022

Price: Unknown

Range: 310 miles (projected)

Top Speed: N/A

Volkswagen I.D. Buzz

The VW I.D. Buzz is a modern, all-electric take on the classic VW Microbus that is synonymous with the 60s. Looking at the design, you can clearly see how the I.D. Buzz has been styled on the old model; however, it loses some of its charm with a more ‘sleek’ body. That being said, the model is far from ugly and actually features some stylish LED lighting on the exterior, which highlights some of the vehicle’s aesthetic features, making it appear a much more dynamic shape.

While the specifics are yet to be confirmed, it’s reported that the I.D. Buzz could have as much as a 340-mile range from a single charge. This means that the vehicle is perfect for long-distance journeys, with 6-8 passengers (depending on cabin size) fitting easily onboard for the ride. The design of the I.D. Buzz, which cleverly fits the battery under the floor of the vehicle, means that there is more space for people and luggage, eradicating the need for ‘engine space’. This could mean that this model is even bigger than the classic Type 2 and almost certainly cheaper to run.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2023

Price: Unknown

Range: 340 miles (estimated)

Top Speed: N/A

Volvo C40 Recharge

If you think that the C40 sounds familiar, it’s because Volvo already sells the XC40; however, the new C40 model is the sportback version. The C40 is also only available as an all-electric vehicle and is expected to have a range of around 260 miles. As Polestar originally began as the EV division of Volvo, it will come as no surprise that the two manufacturers often share technology, which is also the case here, as the C40 uses the same powertrain as the Polestar 2

The C40 will feature 2 electric motors and a 75.0-kWh battery pack, to help it achieve its range. Reportedly more expensive than the XC40, this model will almost definitely be worth every penny.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2022

Price: £57,400

Range: 260 miles

Top Speed: 111mph

Volvo XC90

The XC90 is a seven-seater luxury SUV that is set to be released in 2022. It’s expected that the XC90 will offer automated driving options to assist on motorways and increase passenger safety. The vehicle will add to Volvo’s range of EV’s that are being produced as an alternative to the petrol/diesel models they have available. The design of the vehicle is trademark Volvo with the classic grill shape fronting the vehicle, while the rest of the body is chunky without losing its shape. The horizontal indentation along the side doors help taper in the vehicle’s body, offering a nice stylistic touch. 

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2022

Price: From £52,325

Range: N/A

Top Speed: 111.8 mph

Mercedes EQE 350

The EQE 350 is an all-electric saloon that acts as a smaller version of luxurious EQS. It is expected to offer around 330 miles of range on a single charge, making it ideal for longer journeys. Due to this figure, it will likely rival the BMW i4 as they both offer over 300 miles of range. The design of the vehicle is extremely sleek and features a very ‘smooth’ exterior. The front-facing headlights are chunkier than other models with the rear brake lights featuring a long strip that extends across the boot.

Key Info:

Estimated Release Date: 2022

Price: From £60,000

Range: 330 miles

Top Speed: 99mph