The electric cars to get excited about in 2021

Jack Evans, PA Motoring Reporter
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2020 has proved to be a big year for electric vehicles. With increasing demand, the production of EVs has increased significantly and newer and more innovative models have come onto the market.

It means that 2021 looks set to be an even bigger year for battery-powered cars. Needless to say, there are some exciting new electric vehicles on the horizon, but we’ve picked out some of the key ones you should be getting excited about.

Ford Mustang Mach-e

Ford Mustang Mach-E
(Ford)


Ford’s new Mustang Mach-e is by far one of the most exciting EVs due to arrive next year. As the firm’s first standalone electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-e is how the Blue Oval will properly announce its entry into the battery-powered world.

With more than 330bhp on tap and a 0-60mph time of just over five seconds, the Mustang Mach-e looks set to have the performance boxes ticks, too.

Skoda Enyaq

Skoda Enyaq
The Enyaq arrives with a range of over 300 miles


Electric models are cropping up thick and fast across the entire Volkswagen Group and Skoda looks set to become the next to debut its own electric vehicle with the new Enyaq. With a range of up to 316 miles, the Enyaq is expected to cost from £33,340 – excluding the Government’s plug-in car grant.

It’ll be available with two battery size options, too, as well as rapid charging capabilities.

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30
(Mazda)


Mazda’s striking MX-30 looks set to shake up the EV segment, bringing striking looks and a classy cabin alongside that all-important electric powertrain. Though its range is on the shorter side of things at 124 miles, as a rival to the likes of the Honda e and Mini Electric the MX-30’s practicality shines through.

Plus, it features clever suicide-style doors which are likely to get a conversation going.

BMW iX3

BMW iX3
The iX3 is BMW’s second electric vehicle


Though BMW’s i3 has been a key contender in the EV segment for many years now, the German firm has yet to elongate its range of electric vehicles – until now, that is. The iX3 enters into the flourishing electric SUV area of the market, bringing a high ride height and imposing looks, which are part and parcel in the segment.

It’s got a decent 285-mile range, too, and will deliver a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds.

Cupra el Born

New Cupra el-born
The el-born sits on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform


Cupra has really come on song since announcing itself as a standalone brand from Seat, introducing smart and performance-orientated models. In 2021, Cupra will be switching its focus to electric vehicles with this – the el Born.

Based on the same platform as the Skoda Enyaq, it too will bring a range of over 300 miles as well as fast charging capabilities.

Volvo XC40 Recharge P8

Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD in Glacier Silver
(Volvo)


Volvo has already committed to an electrified future, but up until this point, all of its vehicles have only incorporated mild- or plug-in hybrid powertrains into its line-up. The Recharge P8 is its first fully electric vehicle, packaged into the smart and well-finished XC40 design.

Thanks to two electric motors it’ll push out 402bhp, yet deliver a range of up to 248 miles.

Citroen e-C4

Citroen e-C4
The e-C4 remains composed on the open road


Citroen has revived its much-loved C4 nameplate, but rather than applying it to another hatchback-style model, it has instead reimagined the C4 as more of a crossover-style vehicle. It’s offered with three powertrains, too – petrol, diesel and electric in the aptly badged e-C4.

With a striking, well-made cabin and an equally innovative exterior design, the e-C4 will be an EV for those who like to stand out from the crowd.

Audi e-tron GT

Audi e-tron GT
The look of the e-tron GT has been highlighted by concept images


Audi has already experienced a good degree of success with its e-tron electric SUV, but is now looking to introduce a more performance-orientated model with this – the e-tron GT. Sitting on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, this four-door electric car will bring more than 240 miles from a charge.

Not only that, but expect a 0-60mph time of under four seconds and a top speed of 149mph.

Volkswagen I.D 4

I.D 4 Interior
The I.D 4 uses a ‘floating’ dash


Volkswagen has already made great electric strides with its new I.D 3, but it’s looking to push further with the introduction of the I.D 4. Larger and more practical than the smaller 3, the I.D 4 is an EV aimed at family buyers.

Though it has yet to be fully revealed, photos of the I.D 4’s cabin have already been shown, highlighting an interior with far more space than the smaller 3 offers.