Consumers are gradually but steadily warming to what appears to be a promising future for EVs. In 2020, EV vehicle registration in the United States reached a new high of 1.8 per cent. Moreover, EVs continue to gain popularity year after year, despite accounting for a small portion of recent vehicle sales. Here we present the list of best electric cars for 2021 that are sure to increase EV market share — and might persuade you to make the switch to electric.
What's New in the Best Electric Cars of 2021?
These fully electric vehicles range from practical daily drivers to special performance-oriented eye candy, as well as some of the latest and greatest tech and better battery range than ever before. Because hybrid and plug-in passenger cars, as well as plug-in and electric crossovers and SUVs, have already been covered separately, we will concentrate solely on all-electric vehicles (and one hypercar). We'll also look at some highly anticipated 2022 EV models because fantasizing about the future is all part of the fun with electric cars. So, without further ado, here are some of the best electric vehicles that 2021 has to offer.
1. Tesla Model Y 2021
The Tesla Model Y 2021 is a mid-size SUV between the Model 3 sedan and the full-size Model X SUV. The Model Y has dual motors and AWD as standard, making it ideal for rain or snow. In addition, the Model Y is intended to be a versatile people and gear haulier, with seating for 5 to 7 passengers and folding second-row seats. The 2021 Tesla Model Y is available in two trim levels: Performance and Long Range AWD. The Performance has a range of 303 miles and a top speed of 155 mph for thrill-seekers. The Long Range AWD increases the oven to 326 miles per charge while decreasing the maximum rate to 135 mph. With either package or you can recharge 162 miles in less than an hour.
2. 2021 Chevy Bolt
Suppose you're looking for an EV but have a limited budget. In that case, the 2021 Chevy Bolt ranks alongside the Model 3 as one of the more affordable EVs on the market. In addition, this compact 4-door is available in two trim levels: the LT, which starts at $37,495 and the Premier, which starts from $ 42,695.The Bolt's battery range is 259 miles and produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It has front-wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Though it is not the fastest or fullest EV on the list, the Bolt is the most popular EV option if you don't want the technology of a Tesla or the price tag of a Porsche.The Chevy Bolt hasn't changed much since its debut in 2016. However, keep an eye out for Chevy's new Bolt EUV. This expanded offering takes the famous Bolt and transforms it into a redesigned SUV in 2022.
3. 2021 Hyundai, IONIQ Electric
Hyundai has 2021 IONIQ as an answer to the EV question. Though only available in a few states, this versatile, fully electric hatchback is an affordable way to get into the EV game. The IONIQ is available in two trim levels: SE ($33,245) and Limited ($38,815). Both have an estimated 170 miles per charge range and are powered by a 100-kW electric motor producing 134 hp. With the option of an extended 10-year/100,000-mile battery and drive train warranty and a federal tax credit of around or up to $7,500, the IONIQ, while not the most advanced EV on the market, maybe the most practical. So give the IONIQ a second look, mainly if you use a daily driver for short commutes. In that case, the 170-mile range should suffice. There’s seating for five people inside and an intelligent interior design with high-tech featuring like a 10.25-inch touchscreen and Apple Car Play or Android Auto. However, suppose you're not sold on the 2021 model's somewhat bland styling. In that case, you might want to wait for the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, a sharp-looking all-new car with futuristic EV flair.
4. 2021 Polestar 2
With a production start date of early 2020, Polestar 2 will be a fully electric vehicle and the second Polestar model in the new company's lineup. However, with a starting price of $59,900 and a 233-mile range, the Polestar 2 may have difficulty competing with the Tesla Model 3's appeal.The luxury fastback is a logical choice on the CMA platform, which also underpins the Volvo XC40 and several Lynk& Co models sold exclusively in China. To power, two separate electric motors, one for each axle, the 2021 Polestar 2 has a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 78kWh. As a result, 402 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque are available from the Polestar 2.Volvo and Polestar offer an optional performance package that includes Ohlins adjustable shocks and dampers, and Brembo brakes despite its lack of excitement. In addition to a high-tech interior, the Polestar 2 will feature an 11-inch vertical touch screen display, and adequate advanced safety gear, and even a smartphone key, to name just a few. But, of course, your choice between three different "city-inspired" interior designs will depend on your taste.
5. 2021 Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf comes under the most popular electric cars on the market today, and it's easy to see why. New Leafs start at $31,670, putting them at the lower end of the EV price spectrum.Both battery configurations are available for the Nissan Leaf. You can choose between a 40kWh battery with a range of 149 miles or a 62kWh battery with 226 miles. In addition, there is a choice of two batteries for the Leaf: 147 hp or 214 hp, depending on the battery size. You'll also find an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
6. 2021 Porsche Taycan
When it comes to the all-electric car race, Porsche's answer is the Taycan. Outside, this fully electric sports car has a Porsche design that can't be mistaken for anything else.In addition to the Taycan 4S and Turbo S (along with the upcoming Cross Turismo), there are several other Taycan models to choose from, each with its package options and price points. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive both are available. For the 402 horsepower base Taycan, the range is 225 miles, while the 750 horsepower Turbo S can go 201 miles.The 2021 Porsche Taycan is amongst the ones that are not much affordable EV on the market, starting at $79,900 for the basic model and ranging from top models up to well. It is $180,000 for the Turbo S packages. Still, it is highly customizable, with 17 exterior colours and 19 interior colours to choose from the option.
7. Lotus Evija
The 2021 Lotus Evija is an entirely new car that no one could have predicted when Geely acquired Lotus. Enter the first true hypercar from the British company, limited to only 130 units and priced between $1.8 and $2.5 million. Nevertheless, as a piece of electric car engineering and hypercar eye candy, the Evija makes our list.The carbon fibre monocoque chassis of the Lotus Evija 2021 significantly reduces the overall weight of the car. This hypercar weighs 3,700 pounds. In addition to the active aerodynamic system, it has a host of driver-oriented technologies, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For obvious reasons, Lotus expects that the Evija will perform flawlessly as well.
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