Electric Car Year 2021: The Most Important New Models (Part 2 – Ioniq 5 to Volkswagen ID.4)

Part 2 of our electric car outlook for 2021: What manufacturers from Hyundai to Volkswagen are planning for new Tesla alternatives for Europe in the coming year.

Ioniq 5
The new Ioniq 5 comes from the Korean brand Hyundai, which will also market electric cars under the name Ioniq in the future. The newly developed platform should enable ranges of 500 kilometers. The charging power should be up to 230 kW, whereby energy can even be drawn bidirectionally. No prices have been officially named so far, but they are likely to be around 50,000 to 60,000 euros. The battery size, which was stated in earlier reports as 58 and 73 kWh, has also not yet been confirmed.

Mercedes EQS
With the designation “S-Class” it is probably over in the age of electric vehicles. The Mercedes EQS is positioned in the segment of the recently revised combustion S-Class, i.e. as a luxury car. So far it is known that the battery should have at least 100 kWh, which should be enough for a range of more than 700 kilometers. More than 200 kilometers per hour are also possible, although the engine output of 476 hp is lower than that of the Audi e-tron GT, for example.

Nissan Ariya
Also announced for 2021 is the Nissan Ariya, which appears as a sporty crossover coupe. Two batteries can be combined with different motor variants, with some equipment lines being added. 63 kWh or 87 kWh are available for the batteries, 160 kW or 290 kW are provided by the motors that can be ordered. Nissan has named 130 kW of DC chargers and 22 kW of AC sources as charging power. The range should be between 360 and 500 kilometers according to WLTP, prices start at 45,000 euros.

Seat Cupra El Born
The Cupra El Born is based on the Volkswagen ID.3, but is marketed as a sportier version with more esprit. It receives visual enhancements, but is otherwise pretty much the same equipment. According to initial reports, the El Born is said to be sportier than the ID.3, but is still limited to 160 kilometers per hour. No exact details are known about the battery size. However, a press release from July 2020 mentions a 77 kWh version that should enable a range of over 500 kilometers. Other sources speak of just under 420 WLTP range. As in the ID.3 and ID.4, it is charged with up to 125 kW. Prices have not yet been determined, but following the Group’s strategy, they should be slightly higher than the Skoda brothers.

Skoda Enyaq
Based on the ID.4, the Volkswagen subsidiary Skoda will also launch the Enyaq on the electric car market in 2021. Prices start at around 33,800 euros, with three battery sizes (50, 60 and 80 kWh) being available and enabling ranges of up to 510 kilometers. The Enyaq is shorter than the currently popular volume model Skoda Octavia, but offers more space. Most versions are charged with just 7 kW at home as standard, but 11 kW are also possible for an additional charge. 125 kW should be possible on DC chargers. Except for the RS version, the Enyaq is limited to 160 kilometers per hour.

Volkswagen ID.4
Probably the most important new electric car for 2021 (apart from the foreseeable European launch of the Tesla Model Y) at the end: Volkswagen wants to start delivering the ID.4 at the beginning of the year. Like the ID.3, it is based on the MEB platform, but comes in the more spacious and popular SUV format and should already take criticism of VW’s first electric vehicle into account. Like the Model Y, it is offered worldwide – compared to the Tesla crossover, probably at lower basic prices, but with less equipment and performance.

Compared to internal competitors, the ID.4 should offer as much space inside as the VW Tiguan. Prices start at 36,950 euros for the variant with a smaller battery of 55 kWh. With a capacity of 82 kWh, the range should be up to 520 kilometers and the charging speed up to 125 kW.


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