In pursuit of more sustainable transportation, some States are setting deadlines for sunsetting the sale of gasoline and diesel cars. The electric vehicle (EV) market isn’t as diverse as it is for fossil-fueled cars. EVs are not as accessible to new car buyers as regular cars are, either. But you can expect that to change as early as 2021-2022.
Read on for our list of the top 10 cars, trucks and SUVs that are arriving in the USA:
|Year of Release
|Maximum Claimed Range
|280 miles (NEDC)
|Bollinger B1 and B2
|Canoo Pickup Truck
|Faraday Future FF 91
|Hyundai Ioniq 5
1) Rivian R1T
Here is one market niche that’s surely set to expand — electric pick-up trucks. The American carmaker Rivian says that the first deliveries will be made in June 2021. The R1T is set to have Level 3 autonomy, air suspension, a 300-mile standard range, all-wheel-drive, and standard and optional off-roading kit. There’s even an optional Camp Kitchen with an induction cooktop, sink with running water, and 30-piece cookware set! Rivian also plans to launch an SUV called the R1S on a similar timeline.
2) Aspark Owl EV
How fast can electric cars get? Our answer is here — the Owl hypercar gets from 0-60mph in 1.67 seconds, and that makes it the fastest accelerating production car in the world. It packs 1,985hp and 1,475 lb-ft of torque under its seamless carbon fiber bodywork, good for a top speed of just under 250mph! But it’s also practical as a $3.5 million daily driver with its 280-mile range and 80-minute charging time. It’s the lowest-slung production car in the world, but the suspension can be raised to give you over 6 inches of ground clearance. Aspark says that the 64kWh battery takes 80 minutes to charge up at 44kW. Given that the battery runs at 800 volts, faster charging options could be available.
3) Bollinger B1 and B2:
Similar to Rivian, Michigan-based Bollinger Motors also began as a startup. The boxy B1 SUV and B2 pickup truck seemed like niche low-volume products, but that was before we saw the Tesla Cybertruck. They’ll have 614hp and 668 lb-ft of torque from two motors, one at each axle.
Both B1 and B2 have a 5,000lbs payload capacity, and the B2 truck is rated to tow 7,500lbs. For the trail, you can remove the doors and windows of your Bollinger and enjoy 15 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of wheel travel.
4) Byton M-Byte:
The M-Byte SUV will be Byton’s first car to hit production, sometime in 2022. Two powertrains will be available — 270hp rear-wheel-drive paired with a 72kWh battery and 400hp all-wheel-drive with a 95kWh battery. But performance isn’t the point of this EV, luxury is. It has a massive 48-inch screen that covers the full width of the dashboard.
There’s a screen on the steering wheel and another display on the center console, and there’s even a dark mode that turns all the screens black! For rear passengers, the M-Byte will have heated and massaging seats. The 2-seater second row also features its rear center console and touchscreen.
5) Canoo Pickup Truck:
We know precious little about Canoo’s truck — it will have 550 lb-ft of torque, 200 miles of range, and a towing capacity of 1,800 lbs. It’s much smaller than a Bollinger, but it has a similarly sized 72-inch bed! The cab-forward design allows for a twin-cab layout in a smaller footprint than even a Ford Ranger.
One side of the bed has a panel that can be folded to create a flat workbench. Both all-wheel-drive and rear-drive versions will be available when pre-orders commence later in 2021.
6) Faraday Future FF 91:
The FF91 is a luxury electric SUV with 1,050hp going to three motors — one at the front axle and one at each rear wheel. The carmaker claims a 0-60mph time of 2.6 seconds, and that could make it the quickest production SUV. This lounge on wheels has always seemed too good to be true, but it could finally arrive sometime next year.
7) Hyundai Ioniq 5:
We always get excited at the sight of an upcoming boxy hatchback! There are several retro design cues and references on the exterior, and the interior is airy and spacious with large windows, a flat floor, and a cab-forward design. We love the 20-inch aero wheels and the solar roof that helps to charge the battery. Hyundai claims that when plugged into the maximum-rated DC fast charger, a 5-minute charge will give you 60 miles of range!
8) Lordstown Endurance:
Lordstown Motors claims that its truck has the fewest moving parts and lower ownership costs over the first 5 years than a Ford F-150. Powered by a 109kWh battery, the Endurance pickup truck will have 600hp transmitted through four-wheel hub motors. The top speed is limited to just 80mph, but the truck can tow up to 7,500 lbs. It will also have basic active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
9) Lotus Evija:
You just have to look at it to know that the Evija hypercar is exquisite. It makes 1,970hp and has a 200mph top speed. Lotus has always prioritized lightness, so the Evija weighs just 3,700lbs — about the same as a stick-shift Mustang GT. Not a single panel on the interior bears any resemblance to modern car interior bits. Lotus will build 130 of these, with each expected to go for $2.1 million.
10) Lucid Air:
Reservations for the Lucid Air sedan have finally opened! The fully booked Air Dream Edition costs $161,500 and will have 1,080hp and 500 miles of range. The base Pure variant has 480hp and 400 miles of range and shares its battery pack with the Touring variant which has 620hp. The Lucid Air Grand Touring trim level gets 800hp and a bigger battery, good for 517 miles of range.
Apart from interesting hypercars and pickup trucks, we’ll also see all-electric versions of more conventional vehicles. Cars such as the BMW iX3 and the electric Chevy Silverado are likely to sell in larger numbers than, say, a Lucid Air sedan. But even small-volume cars from startup carmakers tell us that the EV market is booming despite economic slumps caused by the coronavirus pandemic and other factors. By the time 2030 arrives you’ll be spoiled for choice when buying an electric car.
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