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Best Electric Vehicles of 2021: A Quick Overview

The replacement of conventional cars in the market with electric vehicles is considered a major factor in reducing global carbon emissions. Many automobile manufacturers have introduced electric vehicles this year to save bio-resources and achieve worldwide carbon neutrality. Electric cars are the world’s future, and there are already many models to choose from. Prices range from affordable and practical to more expensive luxury vehicles. Which electric vehicles will be the best in 2021, and how do they differ?

Tesla Model 3

If safety is your primary concern, Tesla brings their third model to the market with a well-built exterior body constructed of aluminum and steel to give a more robust mix. The main feature of the model is safety and strength: during the roof strength tests, the Tesla Model 3 roof withstood four times the weight of two African elephants.

Tesla Model 3

For the Tesla Model 3,  the main option is a twin-engine four-wheel drive. It has a lowered suspension for total control, and a carbon fiber spoiler improves stability at high speeds in all weather conditions. As expected from a Tesla vehicle, the design is trendy because it comes in a minimalist futuristic style. This model from Tesla is distinguished by state-of-the-art charging technology; after fully charging the electric vehicle, it travels around 267 miles and reaches 0-6 mph in 5.3 seconds. The top speed it offers is 140 mph. The Tesla Model 3 is made with an interior similar to the Mercedes and BMW3 series, giving it an extremely comfortable seating interior. However, all these features come at quite a hefty price tag – few people in the world would be able to afford this EV. Additionally, this model’s design may not appeal to everyone, and it doesn’t have huge major differences compared to previous vehicles in the Tesla Model series.

Porsche Taycan

One of the most successful electric vehicles this year, the Porsche Taycan, is an innovative and revolutionary 2021 model.

Porsche Taycan 2021

The Porsche Taycan meets high-quality standards and is easy to drive. With a sporty interior, it still has four seats and boasts excellent acceleration. Despite the heavyweight of this model (2.2 tons), it hides its mass well, and the streamlined exterior body enhances the vehicle’s maneuverability. The standard model produces 523 horsepower in 4S format at 0-62 m/s in 4.0 seconds. After upgrading to the 750-horsepower Turbo S version, its acceleration is surprisingly fast: it can go from a standstill to 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds!

Porsche will introduce a new battery type to become a more affordable base model for rear-wheel vehicles. Smaller batteries deliver less power but have the advantage of being more affordable. The Porsche Taycan also features an improved charging system that has efficient, fast-charging technology.

The model case also improves the satellite radio, color palette, air conditioning, head-up display, simple interior, and high-quality elements. All of this may even remind you of the beautiful design of older Porsche models. In addition, this revolutionary model features all-season climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats. It is typically a four-seater vehicle, although one seatback can be added if desired. It is a model that will shape Porsche’s future and inspire electric vehicle enthusiasts.

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is designed for consumers who prefer practical, no-nonsense cars.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the first all-electric (all-electric crossover) by Ford. The electric model is powered by a dual battery (75.7 kWh/98 kWh) and can travel over 305 miles. It has ample storage space and can accommodate up to 5 passengers. The engine allows the car to reach 480 horsepower and up to 634 torque. The Mach-E battery is located under the floor, which gives this model more space for cargo and passengers. The exterior is very similar to the classic Mustang, which needs no introduction. Looking on the inside, the front dashboard draws attention with its enormous vertical display. It features many options, such as differential lighting in the cabin, heated front seats, wireless charging, and many more. The car’s technological compatibility is reflected in new features such as the car’s mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Ford Mustang Mach-E has proved to be one of the most sophisticated electronic models of 2021.

Renault Zoe 2021

A lesser-known model among EVs, the Renault Zoe is a small, practical, and affordable model.

Renault Zoe 2021

The Renault Zoe comes with an efficient battery that you can use to travel long distances on a single charge. Although it may not look that futuristic from the outside, it is packed with the latest technologies. It includes a modern dashboard and feature-packed infotainment system which meets the standards of most electric vehicle users. Despite its small size, its seating arrangement is quite comfortable (especially the front seats). This car cuts out all the gimmicks you find in other cars and offers a simple and effective package at an affordable price.

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S was the first car to be used as the equivalent to a simple internal combustion engine about eight years ago. It is an improved and adapted version of the Model 3, albeit more practical.

Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is one of the larger Tesla models and includes seven-passenger seats. This model can travel 405 miles at 100 kWh. It can establish a permanent connection with multiple Bluetooth devices and has a wireless charger for all passengers. Its interior is designed for convenience and provides enough energy to charge your devices (e.g., laptop or phone) quickly. The 960W audio system features noise cancellation, so you can listen to better-quality music while traveling. In addition, the model’s benches can be folded up, which frees up space in the cabin. The Model S is one of the highest-performing vehicles Tesla ever made, although this comes at a higher cost.

Kia e-Niro

A well-established vehicle brand makes a return to the EV field in 2021.

Kia e-Niro 2021

In 2018, Kia released an electric version of the E-Niro hybrids with a large 64 kWh battery pack. In 2021, this model was renamed the e-Niro 4+. The Kia e-Niro is one of the best EVs, with an impressive range of up to 282 miles on a single charge. The Nero 2 is limited to 180 miles, but the Nero 3 is different because it has an electric drivetrain like the Hyundai Konda and offers a range of 282 miles.

The Kia e-Niro has a sophisticated design and offers many features. It is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels (215 / 55R17), AndroidAuto or Apple Carplay, Smart Cruise Control, rearview camera, parking sensors, and eight touchscreen displays with DAB radio. In addition, there are some optional extras for the Kia4 +, such as front and rear parking sensors, ventilated seats, 8-speaker JBL audio system, 11 kW three-phase charger (4+), and a heated steering wheel. Furthermore, the Kia 64WK battery is one of the best in the industry.

The Kia e-Nero has a futuristic design. Although it may not be as luxurious looking as a Jaguar or Audi, it still manages to look high-class. The headlights and taillights give the car a modernized look. The interior is on the smaller side but with a minimalist design. There is a multimedia control on the steering wheel and USB ports for charging devices. The infotainment system accepts Bluetooth connections. Its steering wheel is incredibly light, allowing the driver to maneuver it easily. Overall, this is a great electric vehicle choice for 2021 buyers.

2021 Kia Soul

A small but affordable EV choice with a decent range.

2021 Kia Soul

This is a popular model among smaller cars in the market – however, don’t let the size fool you into thinking it’s uncomfortable. The Kia Soul has plenty of room for four adults, and its interior cuts out any unnecessary gimmicks to maximize the space. In theory, five people could fit into this model’s cabin, but it may be uncomfortable for long-distance rides. The fifth seat can be transformed into a cup holder. You can find an additional compartment under the boot. In terms of design, the Kia Soul goes for a more “classic” look. Its headlamps have a split design with a turn signal and daytime running lights. The Soul has the same 64 kWh battery as the e-Niro, meaning it ranges up to 280 miles on a single charge. The battery is located under the floor, which keeps the center of gravity closer to the ground.

Volkswagen ID3

The first Volkswagen “ID” electric vehicle appears as an alternative to other well-known brands.

Volkswagen ID3

Volkswagen is no new name in the car industry, and its manufacturers hope the Volkswagen ID3 will become a valuable product in the automotive industry. This five-door family hatchback model is known to be extremely comfortable to sit in. The model offers three battery sizes: the middle size is 58 kWh, which ranges up to 260 miles. Volkswagen ID3 seems to represent the future of Volkswagen cars. The interior of the model complies with modern standards and meets the latest technological requirements. It is controlled by a ten-inch touch screen, is a thoughtful design of the newest generation, and is considered an advanced model.

Polestar 2

The second car in the Polestar series is Volvo’s first battery-electric vehicle.

Polestar 2

The liftback design of the Polestar 2 is not particularly inspired, but the twin electric engine certainly makes up for it. This is the first EV by Volvo, as its predecessor was a hybrid. The engines are separate (one in the front, the other in the back), giving all-wheel drive at a total of 402 hp. For an EV, it’s impressively fast. The 78 kWh provides an estimated driving range of 233 miles, which we’d prefer to be higher. The interior blends three materials in a model spartan aesthetic, and the ample storage space (14 cu ft.) and intuitive infotainment system are excellent.

2021 Jaguar I – Pace

This monstrous beauty by Jaguar is more than a crossover electric vehicle. It is Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle.

2021 Jaguar I - Pace

At 394 hp, it accelerates effortlessly, and driving is a pleasant experience. Due to the low center of gravity, it is very steady on the road (the battery is placed below the floor). The interior is spacious, and their infotainment system is user-friendly and fully featured. It has quick at-home charging using an 11 kW onboard charger and a fast-charging port that can go up to 80% in two-thirds of an hour. It also has a driving range of 253 miles which is the average for its price. The SE version adds extras such as leather upholstery, better headlights, heated seats, adaptive cruise control, and more. Once again, Jaguar lives up to its name for automobile excellence.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

This budget EV offered by Hyundai performs better than expected.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

For a budget option, the electric version of the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric still packs a lot of features, such as semi-autonomous driving assist, fast-charging, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. However, its 170-mile driving range is significantly less than other cars in its price range. It also comes with a heat pump to increase the range when driving in cold weather. The driving experience is pleasant but nothing exciting. Its 0-60 time is 8.3 seconds, and the braking system is regenerative, with customizable settings. Overall, it’s stylish and performs relatively well. But, the range is lower than expected for its price point.

2021 Nissan Leaf

A reliable EV that requires very little maintenance.

2021 Nissan Leaf

This compact electric car comes in two versions, providing a range of 149 miles or 226 miles. Its infotainment system has an 8” touchscreen with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The silent acceleration is good, but it does very light steering. The cabin is more spacious than the exterior makes it seem, with plenty of legroom and a tall roof.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet’s 2021 Bolt EV has an impressive range and spacious cabin.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV

This is a redesign of the 2017 model (the first budget-friendly EV with a long-range), giving drivers a 259-mile range. It has DC fast-charging and drives well with smooth steering and braking. The spacious interior is equipped with a standard infotainment console with Android/Apple in-car assistant systems but no navigation system. There are many extra design features in the cabin, such as wide seats, extra storage space hidden under the floor panel. Overall it is a comfortable car to own, with long-range and well-thought-out features.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric packs a big punch for its price, with a high range, fast acceleration, and many tech features.

2021 Hyundai Kona Electric

This model boasts a driving range of up to 300 miles on a single charge of its 64 kWh, becoming a budget electric vehicle that can travel as far as a conventional one. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is based Based on the first Kona generation introduced in 2018. There is a cheaper version offered as well, with only 189 miles (39 kWh battery). Kona electric drives smoothly and performs well on driving tests, packing a lot of horsepower in the 64 kWh version. Although the interior is plain and minimalistic, it is nonetheless stylish and spacious. It also has a 10.3” touchscreen infotainment system and wireless charging for your smartphone. However, the storage is limited, so we don’t recommend this car for big families.

2021 Mini Cooper SE

An agile, fully electric mini cooper, the 2021 Mini Cooper SE is an option for many budget buyers.

2021 Mini Cooper SE

This car is also known as the “Mini Electric” in the UK. Mini Cooper managed to engineer its electric model even with a single electric motor to give the same horsepower as its petrol-powered predecessor. The battery makes it heavier but drives well (especially around corners) due to the excellent weight distribution. We were pleased that they skipped adding fake engine noise but opted for an electric drone sound instead. The interior is standard for a Mini, adding only the infotainment screen. The one big drawback is the low driving range of 120 miles, which may be enough for some buyers, but we would have liked to see more.

2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition

A pricey electric car option with a range performance above even Tesla’s Model S Long Range Plus.

2021 Lucid Air Dream Edition

With its futuristic sci-fi design, the Lucid Air not only offers a stylish exterior but aerodynamic functionality too. The spacious cabin is comfortable with extra storage options and driver assistance. One of the highest driving ranges we’ve tested, it offers 517 miles on a single charge. Also, the fast charging system allows more than 50% of the battery to be charged in 20 minutes. Driving is great, and depending on the model, the EV provides 480 – 1080 horsepower. It’s a fast car and glides smoothly and steadily on the road.

GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 Pickup

Branded by General Motors as ” The next all-electric super-truck Hummer EV SUV”, this is the world’s first all-electric super truck, which you can reserve in 2021.

GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 Pickup

General Motors rebrands its Hummer series with this all-electric vehicle which still has all the exterior aesthetics. It’s a massive vehicle at 18 feet, and the interior is predictably spacious, with plenty of legroom. It drives at 1000 hp and includes optional hands-free driving (Super Cruise). As for driving range, this EV achieves 300 miles using its 24 module battery. It is scheduled for release in 2023/2024.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

A hybrid minivan by Chrysler that’s highly fuel-efficient.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Pacifica Hybrid gives great fuel economy and a comfortable driving experience at 260 horsepower as the number one electric minivan this year. The infotainment system has fully-featured technological functions, housed in a stylish interior that matches the car’s modern exterior. It also offers the standard driver-assist features. The battery can go 32 miles without any petrol consumption and takes two hours to recharge. It is a safe and reliable option.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari lives up to its name with the 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale. It features crazy fast acceleration, a comfortable interior, and a trendy finishing.

Ferrari SF90 Stradale

With an impressive horsepower (986hp), Italy’s Ferrari has manufactured a comfortable plug-in hybrid powertrain. The SF90 Stradale provides many features such as automatic climate control, leather interior, and much more. This is one of the few Ferrari models with all-wheel drive, and it jumps into gear to reach 60 mph in under 3 seconds. However, as expected from Ferrari cars, the cargo space is limited to only three cubic feet. It also does not include any driver-assistance features.

Conclusion

The desire to live in a greener environment has become a shared goal across the planet, and thus the demand for electric vehicles has gone up. The main reasons against buying an electric car are the initial cost investment and inconvenient (or lack of) charging infrastructure. It is hard to say how the future looks for the EV industry, but if we look at the models presented by the automobile industry in 2021, we can expect innovations in this field and more affordable models to come. The future can be entirely driven by electric vehicles – and by the looks of it, the world is closer to achieving that goal than ever before.

An electrical engineer by day, an automotive enthusiast by night. Quentin has spent most of his adult life obsessing over the latest car technologies, and is excited about the industry's future. He loves spending time fishing, arguing with his wife, or telling his grandkids wacky stories about his past.

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