22.12.2020Top 10 Green Cars 2021
There’s a definite theme with the list of electric vehicles due out in 2021 - crossovers are king. It’s practically impossible to make a list of the ten best new electric cars that doesn’t include SUVs or crossovers, such is the car market’s focus on these models.
Still, as buyers keep snapping them up, it makes sense for manufacturers to produce electric versions, and there are some great examples expected in the below list. Here we highlight those electric cars due in 2021 that are most likely to have a big impact.
Volvo XC40 Recharge P8
Volvo’s electrified its entire range now, with multiple plug-in hybrids across its line-up. The Swedish manufacturer’s electrified performance arm has launched the Polestar 2 in 2020, and now it’s the turn of Volvo to go full-electric. Launching the XC40 P8 Recharge is a smart move as the popular compact SUV is likely to be a hit with an electric only powertrain too.
Clever packaging allows for more storage inside, and the XC40 EV gets the same powertrain as the Polestar 2 so we have some clue as to how it will perform - and those clues are promising. A range of more than 200 miles on a charge, ultra-rapid charging for a top-up to 80% in 40 minutes, and more than 400hp for a sub-5 second 0-62mph time cover all the bases, and Volvo’s design is in a real sweet spot currently to further tempt buyers in.
Anything the Swedes can do in terms of design, the Italians can match it - especially when the design in question is for the iconic 500 city car. Fiat is launching the next-generation of its best-selling 500 as an EV for the first time in the UK, and it’s got options to fit buyers’ needs.
Available as both hatchback and convertible, there are two battery options for a range of around 120 miles or just under 200 miles on a charge depending on model. Rapid charging is possible on all models, but the larger battery pack gets DC charging at up to 85 kW to keep times down, and the electric Fiat 500 looks to make this latest-generation of one of Europe’s most famous cars even better.