Our look ahead - These electric cars are coming in 2021

Our look ahead - These electric cars are coming in 2021

Which new electric cars will be launched in 2021? In the price range between 30,000 and 50,000 euros, the choice is growing. In addition to the compacts, an armada of heavyweight E-SUVs is rolling towards us. Christoph M. Schwarzer looks for us at the electric offerings of the new year!

The pandemic has the world in its grip. The fact that demand for electric cars is nevertheless stable or even growing has to do with ever more and ever more attractive products. And with the tailwind of politics: At the European level, the CO2 fleet limits are forcing the sale of cars with charging plugs. In Germany, a delicate CO2 tax on conventional types of fuel will come into force on January 1, which should also relieve the burden on electricity prices. In addition, there will be the continuation of the so-called innovation premium, direct subsidies for wallboxes and - particularly important - tax relief for commercially registered electric cars. They account for about two-thirds of new registrations: The pecuniary advantage of the private use of a company or company car does not have to be taxed at one percent of the gross list price per month. Instead, the tax is reduced to a quarter of this for electric cars with a list price of up to 60,000 euros.

Actually, the abundance of new releases is so great that we should work through them in alphabetical order. But we don't quite stick to that, because there are also particularly interesting electric cars in 2021 that get an extra place.

Let's go:

Volkswagen will really clean up with the ID.3 and ID.4 series. The compact car and the SUV are, when viewed soberly, reasonably priced, the rear-engine drive concept of the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) brings clear advantages in terms of traction and maneuverability in everyday driving, and the software of the ID.3 has the worst behind it with the ME 2.0 and 2.1 updates. This will be followed in early summer by the all-wheel-drive version of the ID.4 with the working title GTX, and in the third quarter by the ID.5 hatchback.

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Hyundai with 800 Volt platform

Anyone who thinks that the Volkswagen Group will now have a head start for years is mistaken: the campaign for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 begins in January, and the compact car is scheduled to be in dealerships in July. The new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) switches from front- to rear-wheel drive. The battery voltage of the Ioniq 5 is 800 volts, which is otherwise only available in the Porsche Taycan. And that promises a high DC charging power or a charging curve that looks better than that of the Volkswagen ID.3. Hyundai is also competing with the latter in a second area: industry circles report that the Ioniq 5 will have a very, very large head-up display. The home TV sends its regards.

Similarly, Kia presents the CV, which shares the technical basis but not the design of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. We hope that Hyundai Motor Group's e-cars will continue to impress with low power consumption.

Tesla Model Y will be a tough competitor

Before we get to Mercedes, it's worth mentioning the Tesla Model Y produced in Brandenburg, Germany, which will be a tough competitor to the Volkswagen ID.4 alongside the Skoda Enyaq and BMW iX3. Tesla is also shipping the Model 3 Refresh without chrome trim, but with a heat pump. Industry sources speculate that the base SR+ Refresh version for our market will come exclusively from China and be equipped with LFP cells.

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The star rises

After what felt like an interminable standstill, Mercedes is getting its act together and presenting several electric cars that are extremely important for the brand: most important for the well-being - and the Chinese market - is the EQS, i.e. an electric interpretation of the S-Class. Production will begin in Sindelfingen in the first half of the year. In the second half of the year, the EQE will follow in Bremen and Beijing as a quasi-counterpart to the E-Class. On the one hand, it makes sense that two of the traditional Mercedes sedans, the EQS and EQE, will come with battery-electric drive systems. On the other hand, skeptics had long feared that Daimler would not be able to survive without a cooperation partner (hello, Geely!).

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Instead, it's now blow by blow. In addition to the EQS and EQE, the EQB compact SUV and EQA are coming, and the EQV is actually going out to customers. The EQC is available as before, but will soon be added to: SUV versions of the EQE and EQS will be built at Mercedes-Benz's US plant in 2022. That's what the global market demands.

Let's move on to the bouquet of other innovations, which is not to diminish the importance of the following vehicles!