Future Luxury Electric Cars
The auto industry is going green. Luxury electric cars are the future and each year we've seen automakers add more EVs to their lineup. Electric vehicles can be more expensive, but, often, government incentives and tax benefits can help shoulder the cost. Additionally, you’ll find that electric cars are usually easier to maintain – and certainly more efficient.
Here’s your list of the most luxurious electric cars to keep an eye on.
1. Bollinger B1 (Expected: 2021): From a Michigan-based startup come a pair of utilitarian-looking high-end vehicles, including this B1 SUV, priced at $125,000 and expected to start reaching customers in 2021. They're targeted at people who are prepared to add a lot of options at extra cost to what's already a high-end SUV or truck. Both SUV and truck are claimed to offer 614 horsepower, 668 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.5-second zero-to-60-mph time. The Bollinger B1's 120.0-kWh battery pack is said to offer up to 200 miles of range. Other specs include a 5000-pound payload capacity and 15 inches of ground clearance.
2. Aspark Owl (Expected: 2021): The Aspark Owl hypercar is the first of what the Japanese EV maker promises will be a lineup of high-dollar hypercars. The Owl produces 1984 horsepower from four electric motors, what it claims is a unique torque-vectoring system, and a 64.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with which Aspark promises 280 miles of driving range. The Owl's claimed top speed is 249 mph, and it’ll cost $3.2 million. Production will be limited to 50 units worldwide, and deliveries will begin this year.
3. Audi e-tron GT (Expected: 2021): Audi says that the production version of this sports sedan mechanically, share its underpinnings and powertrain with the Porsche Taycan and offer 590 horsepower and up to as much as 637 in overboost mode. Base versions make 510 horsepower, or 12 fewer than the Taycan 4S. Audi claims its capable of 249 miles on a single charge, and we estimated it will cost roughly $163,000. It supports 150-kW fast-charging capability when it arrives in 2021.
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4. Audi Q4 e-tron (Expected: 2021): As you might expect from its name, the Q4 e-tron will slot in between Audi's Q3 and Q5 crossovers in size. But it will be different from both in that it will come only in an all-electric e-tron configuration. Like many of the Volkswagen Group's upcoming EV models, it will ride on the company's MEB platform. The Q4 e-tron concept pictured here offers a close look at what the production car will look like when it goes on sale in 2021.
5. BMW i4 (Expected: Late 2021): BMW's first "i" cars, the i3 and i8, relied upon wild, futuristic designs to make a statement. The next model in the electric sub-brand will have far more conventional styling, as it's intended to be similar to the 4-series Gran Coupe four-door hatchback. BMW has already announced that the i4 will have 523 hp and an 80.0-kWh battery pack, and it will start production in 2021.
6. Bollinger B2 (Expected: 2021): The Bollinger B2 pickup has foldable and removable body panels, Jeep Gladiator style, plus locking differentials, disconnecting sway bars front and rear, and up to 20 inches of ground clearance to seal its off-road cred. From there it gets interesting: the B2 will feature both front and rear tailgates, geared axle hubs, a hydropneumatic suspension, and the ability to carry 16-foot pieces of lumber with the tailgate closed. The B2 will cost $125,000, with Bollinger currently taking deposits for an expected 2021 on-sale date.
7. Lucid Air (Expected: 2021): This California startup, founded in 2007 as a battery-technology company, announced it would build a Tesla-fighting electric four-door sedan in 2016, but the car's actual arrival seemed in question until recently. In 2020, though, Lucid Motors received a $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabia and in November broke ground on its future assembly plant in Casa Grande, Arizona. It has also partnered with Electrify America's network of chargers, so the promised luxury sedan looks a lot closer to reality now. Lucid promises 406 miles of range, 480 horsepower, plus over-the-air updates and autonomous-driving technology for its base model. The Air starts at $77,400. The company announced it will start production in 2021, after the factory's first stage of construction is completed.
8. Lotus Evija (Expected: Late 2021): Lotus is planning on making another track-ready carbon-fiber car, but in a twist, which it makes 1254 lb-ft of, it'll be all-wheel drive, make an absurd 1972 horsepower, and (gasp) will be an EV. Lotus is planning to call this monster the Evija, and only 130 will be made, at a price of $2.1 million each. There's no word on what range can be expected, but Lotus claims that it can charge up to 80 percent in 12 minutes thanks to ultrafast charging rates. Other track-ready goodies include a pushrod-operated rear suspension and extensive aerodynamic bits that include a diffuser with a drag-reduction system and an adjustable rear wing.
9. Pininfarina Battista (Expected: late 2021): The Pininfarina Battista is a 1873-horsepower EV coupe that uses Rimac's carbon chassis and EV powertrain also found in the Rimac C_Two to reach a claimed 186 mph in less than 12 seconds. It's top speed is even faster, with a claimed 217 mph capability. It's an EV hypercar, and last year completed its first high-speed test at the Nardo test track in Italy with one of nine of its prototypes. Expect a price tag over $2 million, but don't expect to ever see one at your Cars and Coffee. Deliveries are said to begin later in 2021.
10. BMW iX3 (Expected: 2022): First things first: This BMW EV is not U.S. bound. Also, the BMX iX3 was previewed in 2018 and we're still waiting for it. This iX3 will accommodate 150-kW charging, which is capable of replenishing the battery pack in as little as 30 minutes. Additionally, the iX3 features a model-specific rear-axle subframe to accommodate the new powertrain. 200 miles of range is expected.
11. 2022 Tesla Cybertruck (Expected: Early 2022): To say that the design of the Tesla Cybertruck is polarizing is a massive understatement, and the Cybertruck itself is massive—a hunk made of stainless steel and hubris that we estimate could weigh upward of 9000 pounds in its production version. CEO Elon Musk has claimed as many as 200,000 would-be buyers have put down deposits in less than a week after the Cybertruck's unveiling on November 21. Its dimensions, which are similar to those for the market-dominating Ford F-150, and its stainless-steel unibody make it an intriguing potential addition to the coming glut of EV pickup trucks. The first, lowest-range version (250-plus miles) is claimed to be priced starting under $40,000, with a production time that will be "near" later in 2021.
12. Tesla Roadster (Expected: 2022): The Tesla Roadster's second generation has been announced for 2020. It has a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of 1.9 seconds, an 8.8-second quarter-mile time, and a top speed of 250 mph. The Roadster will likely have an all-wheel-drive system with a pair (or maybe even three) electric motors that, along with a 200.0-kWh battery pack, can give this two-door a range of up to 620 miles. We expect the starting price to be around $200,000, a worthy price if the Roadster can live up to the performance claims.
13. BMW iNext (Expected: 2023): The iNext starts production in 2021 and should arrive in the U.S. sometime later. Europe will get it before we do. It's intended as a flagship for BMW's expanded "i" family of electrified vehicles. BMW says it will have a range of over 400 miles with Level 3 autonomous driving capability.
14. Lagonda All-Terrain (Expected: 2023): Aston Martin has relaunched the Lagonda name as an all-electric luxury brand for the upper crust. It's wagon hull rides on the same platform as the Aston Martin DBX, which makes us wonder how close an electric DBX is from production. Aston boss Andy Palmer told us that he expects electric models to have performance similar to the brand's gasoline equivalents and that he expects more than 300 miles between visits to the plug.
15. Genesis Essentia (Expected: 2023): Very much a concept, the Genesis Essentia is a slick luxury coupe planned for possible production. Hyundai invested $90 million in the Croatian carmaker Rimac which specializes in battery-electric supercars, a year after this concept debuted. If it happens, it would be the first EV from the Hyundai/Kia luxury brand.
16. Cadillac Celestiq (Expected: Sometime before 2025): The Cadillac Celestiq was teased this year as the companies electric four-seat hatchback. Like every future GM EV, it will be built on GM's Ultium battery platform, and will likely have a driving range of 300 miles or more. Dual-motor all-wheel-drive is also available, and will also have four-wheel steering, likely the same system as already showcased from the GMC Hummer EV. It also features a four-panel "smart glass" roof that can change its level of transparency over each passenger. This will likely be Cadillac's EV flagship, and start around $100,000. More details coming soon.