Stop Press: 2021 Year of the Electric SUV

From reduced fuel costs, to fewer emissions and lower road tax, electric vehicles are quickly becoming a considered choice for UK motorists.

Yet until now, fully electric cars have consisted of small hatch-back models or ultra-expensive luxury vehicles, making it tricky for everybody to find a suitable car choice.

However, 2021 is gearing up to be the year of the electric SUV – bringing electric motoring closer to drivers ready to transition to the green side, but who ultimately require the practicality of an SUV.

With our attention turning to SUVs and many car manufacturers beginning to roll out models, we take a look at what innovative SUVs will be available in 2021.

Jaguar I-PACE

Jaguar’s first full-size fully electric performance SUV is capable of achieving 298 miles of range on a single charge, and is one of the most spacious SUVs with a 717 litre rear boot space.

Described by Jaguar as a ‘five seat sports car’, the I-PACE has a low centre of gravity due to the floorpan-mounted batteries and all-wheel drive from the two electric motors. This means the car is able to generate 294kW of power and accelerate from 0-62pmh in just 4.8 seconds. This is a seriously desirable, practical and exhilaratingly Jaguar experience that just happens to be an electric vehicle.

Technology is in abundance for the Jaguar I-PACE, inside and out, with innovation at its core. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system will combine your desired route and previous journey driving styles to create a personalised and accurate range prediction, eliminating the ‘range anxiety’ occasionally suffered by owners of electric vehicles. What’s more, you’ll be able to pre-set your climate control while the I-PACE is charging, thus preserving the full driving range for once you are on the move.

Audi Q4 e-Tron

Audi Q4 e-Tron can achieve over 300 miles on a single charge and can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds, reaching top speeds of 111 mph.

The Q4 e-Tron is capable of 125kW fast charging, meaning you can recharge your car from 5 to 80% in 38 minutes – which is the real race when owning an electric vehicle! Audi is truly dedicated to taking your electric motor experience to the next level, with new e-Tron electric charging services, providing charging points at 72,000 locations across Europe.

The Audi Q4 e-Tron and Q4 Sportback offer 1,490-litres of boot storage with the back seats down, which makes this all-wheel drive an impressive contender in the e-SUV market.

Mercedes-Benz EQA

Mercedes-Benz have released a brand new all electric SUV for 2021, using the 250 spec.

Equipped with the latest generation of lithium-ion battery, the EQA can charge from 10% - 80% in half an hour and has a capability of reaching 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, with a driving range in the vicinity of 265 miles.

The Mercedes-Benz EQA comes with a massive infotainment with two screens and a clever sat-nav that incorporates charging points into your journey. The MBUX Infotainment system offers natural voice recognition and learns more about you, including your habits, with every drive.

Dubbed as the electric car for the new era and one of the most premium Mercedes-Benz cars; the brand is also planning to release a version of the EQA that can achieve even more miles on a single charge. An exciting prospect for the next stage of the electric revolution.

BMW iX3 Premier Edition

The new iX3 Premier Edition is a fully-electric SUV by BMW and will arrive in the showrooms in July 2021.

The iX3 Premier Edition has 5th Generation BMW eDrive, that allows for a sophisticated four-wheel drive system. With top speeds of 100mph, the iX3 Premier Edition is capable of reaching 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and delivering 286hp.

In terms of practicality, the model offers a regular SUV size capacity too – with plenty of space for all the family and accompanying luggage. The iX3 Premier Edition, confirmed for release in 2021, is just one element of the brand’s i Division plan: the target is 12 pure EVs by 2025, and 13 plug-in hybrids. 

E-SUVs to look out for in 2021 and beyond

These and many other car manufacturers are at the forefront of making our future green and emission free, which is great for the whole industry, forcing car manufacturers to up their electric fleet game with more choices for consumers.

While the first generation of electric vehicles has been established in the motoring world, it’s now time for bigger cars to arrive in the market.

Here are some models to look out for in 2021 and beyond.

Volkswagen ID. Crozz

The VW ID. Crozz is another hotly anticipated e-SUV. It will be the third car in VW’s upcoming worldwide electric-car line-up, and is set to start production in 2022. 

VW says it will have a range of 300 miles from an 83kWh battery sitting under the floor and will use two electric motors, a 200-hp rear motor complemented by a 100-hp front motor to give the ID. Crozz all-wheel drive.

With a wide bonnet, clearly contoured wing panel and a high gloss back roof surface, the ID. CROZZ makes a powerful style statement. The interior open space format, with its generous amount of room and highly flexible seating concept, has been enhanced with a range of new features. The ID. CROZZ also features a new voice assistant that can open and close the doors with a simple spoken command.

BMW i5 Self Drive

BMW is also reportedly planning to launch an electric SUV, dubbed the i5, with self-driving capabilities in 2021. BMW confirmed the next major launch part of its electric i-series line will occur in 2021, with close sources suggesting it is likely to be an SUV. The new car will launch in 2021 with some self-driving capabilities and will become fully autonomous by 2025.

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