If you’re closely following electric car news you must have felt the drought of new releases that we have been living through during 2020. maybe the COVID 19 pandemic a reason for the postpones of new automobile releases.
Fortunately, it appears that electric deficiency is finally over. and we’ve flooded once again with promising EV rivals. in this article, we’ll sum up the freshest announcements in the zero mission world, latest electric car releases for 2021. let’s talk about the rumors and scandals and hopefully solidify your belief in the sustainable future of the planet earth.
Just this summer, we reported that Lucid is finally back on track with their electric luxury sedan. they were testing over 40 prototypes and now the company claims to have perfected the model and is ready to start production in spring 2021. the sedan beats all the previous expectations. offering from 406 to astounding 517 miles of EPA estimated range. Lucid does not tell us much about the battery tech that allows it to cover all those miles.
But we do know that it was in-house developed by the brand has a capacity of 113 kWh and is compatible with dc fast chargers. the latter allows the air to regain 300 miles in 30 minutes by charging the car.
For now, the car will be only released in a dual-motor all-wheel-drive configuration. making 620, 800, and 1080 HP. it will be connected inside out will come factory equipped with 32 sensor drive resistance package. and will challenge its major competitor Tesla model S by offering a new level of first-class interior luxury.
Volkswagen ID 4
At the newly unveiled MQB platform resident tries to distance itself from other electric vehicles. if the germans abandoned futurism before conservative calmness and priced the model at $32,500 after incentives. which allows it to go straight after the segments.
I see bestsellers or F4, Honda CR-V, or even VW’s own Tiguan. the first edition gets a 250 miles EPA range. single motor a rear-wheel-drive powertrain with 201 HP and 228 lb.ft of torque. the 82 kWh battery can be recharged to 80% in 40 minutes via a 125 kW charger, interestingly.
First buyers will get 3 years of complimentary charging. which is secure to see a VW’s Electrify America EV charging subsidiary. shortly we will also see a dual-motor all-wheel-drive version of the crossover with 302 HP output. the Volkswagen ID4 interior is minimalistic yet tack packed with such features as ID light, hello ID, IQ drive, and two screens.
In recent years, General Motors were focusing on BEVs only in china. but now the American company has to work harder to catch up with competitors in the home market. their latest efforts come in the form of the all-new Cadillac crossover that rides on a specially developed platform and utilizes GM’s new battery technology.
Cadillac confirmed to offer 300 miles of range. Lyriq’s battery has 100 kWh capacity. it uses 70% less rare earth materials than a traditional lithium-ion pack. and is compatible with level 2, 19 kW chargers as well as 150 kW DC stations. Cadillac says that the model will be released in a single motor, rear-wheel drive, and dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variants. with a starting price below $60,000.
Being a part of the GM’s luxury offensive the five-seater is expected to offer a quiet ride plush seating a state-of-the-art augmented reality, a heads-up display, a 33-inch diagonal screen, and AKG 19-speaker audio.
Audi e-Tron S, S-Sportback
Whether a Cooper, an EV, an ICE car, the vehicle is wearing an Audi badge it is entitled to receive a performance version. in the case of the e-Tron SUV and Sportback, they come in the form of the new S models that are powered by 3 electric motors producing 486 HP, and 717 lb.ft of torque.
Two of the motors power the rear axle while the third unit is located upfront and is engaged in challenging performance situations. interestingly if you activate the sport mode of the ESC stabilization control. and select the dynamic drive modes you will be able to perform controlled drifts.
These SUVs will sprint to 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds tapping at the electronic limiter set on 130 mph. .audi e-Tron S and S Sportback get electrically-adjustable sport seats with leather and central upholstery the instrument panel is driver-oriented and there is s-patching all over the place.
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When the Endurance backup was unveiled in July 2020. it was slowly rolling through a warehouse and onto the stage. much like a conceptual prop rather than a hardcore machine that was pitched by the presenters. Since then the Lordstown startup which was previously known as “Workhorse” has managed to collect two billion dollars worth of pre-orders and released footage of the truck aggressively hitting the dirt. the endurance keeps the looks of its w15 predecessor.
But completely rethinks the PHEV powertrain. all the motors are placed inside the wheels to reduce the number of moving parts and provides true four-wheel drive capability. combined the motor make 600 HP which translates to 7,500 lb of towing capacity. the battery of undisclosed capacity is covered by 8 years warranty ensures 250 miles of range after a single charge. supports upward power for tools and accessories at 120 volts 30 amps.
Skoda Enyaq iV
the debut of the production-ready Enyaq iV took place in early September 2020. revealing attractive design with an illuminated crystal grille, sharp led headlights, a curved roofline, and lots of wheels options from 18 to 21 inches in diameter. as expected, the model comes built on the VW MEB modular platform and gets 3 battery options. 55 kWh 62 kWh, and 82 kWh.
3 lower spec modifications get a rear-wheel-drive system with a single electric motor and up to 283 miles of range. however, the top ADX and RS SUVs sport a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup with 265 HP and 306 HP motor power respectively. and get 255 miles of driving. size-wise the Enyaq iV is similar to the company’s Kodiaq model. it sits 5 and offers 20.6 cubic feet of boot space.
Finally, this SUV gets the latest technology solutions like a 13-inch central screen, augmented reality, head-up display.
With all the off-roading teaser videos anticipation for the Rivian truck is simmering. sadly though fence will have to wait a little bit longer. since the illness delayed its first deliveries until June 2021. till then the prototype vehicle will be tested in the upcoming 1200 mile women-only rebel rally. m hall from CNet’s roadshow will be driving the truck through California and Nevada deserts while testing its promised capabilities.
Most likely she will get the top specked quad motor version with up to 400 miles range. 750 HP output, and 11,000 lbs towing capacity. though future buyers can also expect to see more affordable units making from 402 Horsepower and offering 230 miles of driving. with the three feet, water weighting capability rock crawling, and high-speed cornering modes the Rivian R1T can become a worthy vehicle for this competition.
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GMC is willing to overlook the achievements of their Yonko competitors and public claim that their creation will become the world’s first all-electric super truck. by the 2022 model year, the iconic hammer will return with an EV moniker and shall follow the open-air design. meaning that four roof panels and front T-bar will be easily removable.
Preliminary data can form say single as well as all-wheel drive dual and dry motor configurations. with up to 1,000 HP power and 11,500 lb.ft of torque. it is also expected to use GM’s new modular battery architecture allowing for a variety of battery sizes.
Developed for heavy-duty use. essentially it is a fuel cell and battery electric hybrid with astounding 600 miles of range. the badger gets a large 160 kWh battery pack that ensures 300 miles. while another 300 is courtesy of 8 kilos of hydrogen converted to electricity in the fuel cell. the Nikola pickup is expected to have a peak output of 906 HP and 980 lb.ft of torque. while also being able to tow 8,000 lbs and accelerate to 0-60 in a supercar-like fashion of 2.9 seconds.
At least on paper, the battery looks like a very compelling newcomer. especially after General Motors have taken a 2 billion stake in the company and agreed to provide a proprietary battery attack to the startup. however, according to the latest reports Nikola corp has entered the investigation by u.s justice department. for the alleged misleading of investors which were cited in the so-called Hindenburg report.
Tesla Model S plaid
Many investors and EV fans were somewhat disappointed with the long-anticipated tesla battery day. since this time Elon Musk did not have yet another groundbreaking EV model to introduce. however, the announced breakthroughs in battery development that promise a 16% increase in capacity, 5 times more power, cheaper production costs that foreshadow the release of a $25,000 tesla and full self-driving do sound like great news to us.
Moreover unveiling to yield to Lucid Air the latest claims of becoming the world’s longest range and fastest electric sedan. Tesla has officially confirmed the production of the Model S Plaid. the new tri-motor saloon has 520 miles of range and can put to the wheels 1100 HP of motor power output. that translate to 200 mph top speed. under 2 seconds 0-60 mph. and under 9 seconds of quarter-mile time. price from 140 grand that is already available for pre-order with production kicking off in late 2021.
Electrification is steadily spreading to all corners of the automotive industry. causing the rise of the new EV startups not only in the supercar or passenger car segments. but also in the commercial trucks market. one of the newest entries in this field is the Swedish Volta trucks that revealed their first urban delivery vehicle in September 2020.
Instead of a regular electric motor. the truck gets a new e-Axle unit that contains the rear axle the motor and the transmission. it is powered by a large battery with up to 200 kWh capacity that has the lithium-ion phosphate structure and promises up to 125 miles of driving range. the bodywork of the Volta is revolutionary as well. since it is composed mainly of natural flax weave and resin materials. that are biodegradable. despite being a 16-ton vehicle the model is compact enough to squeeze through narrow city streets. while also carrying 16 euro size pallets.
All these new electric cars by the industry’s leaders feel like the game is finally on for the EV stimulation. the sales are growing and the specifications are getting better.