11 Best Electric Cars to Consider Buying in 2021
With the governments all around the globe providing subsidies or credit facilities to buyers and growing climate concerns, it can be easily said that electric cars or EVs are the future. Companies now are promising zero-emission vehicles by the end of the next 2 decades. Meanwhile, countries are preparing to ban sales of new gasoline vehicles by the mid-century due to growing climate concerns.
Now, EVs are taking the roads and the market by storm. Fortunately for us, due to the growing demand, newer and better models, companies and alternatives are launched in the market almost every month. There are electric luxury sedans, exotic supercars, compact commuters, and even pickup trucks coming this year.
With the electric car behemoth, Tesla finally getting some competition brewing. The latest tech development further lowers the cost of home charging stations. All this gives us more options and more EVs to choose from. From this growing industry, here are the 11 best electric cars to choose from.
11. Ferrari SF90 Stardale
Base Price: $511,250 | Max Range: 15 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 2.5 sec | Drive: Plug-in Hybrid AWD|
Fascinated by a Ferrari but are also want something quiet and environment friendly? Don’t worry, the Italian automaker has now done it- its first-ever plug-in hybrid car.
A vehicle that rolls over just 15 miles on its battery and if you push want to push further, a huge 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 combustion engine will roar to life gathering everyone’s attention as if they are watching a beast.
The trio of electric motors and an 8kWh battery reminds the owners what peace of life really means. It makes driving smoother and efficient for short distances like picking up groceries or going for a dinner date with your loved one.
The hybrid beast kicks out 986 horsepower with the V8 engine accounting for more than 750. Thinking about 0 to 60 mph? Thanks to those 986 horses pulling this Italian red horse, it takes just 2.5 seconds. What’s magical is its top speed of 211 mph.
Don’t worry about flying and crashing! Thrown in with heaps of technological advancements like ground-effects air vectoring sucking the car down on the road at high speeds and a “shut-off Gurney,” which is a movable, two-part rear wing that reduces drag at high speeds and increases downforce in corners and under braking.
The non-US models will come with matrix LED headlight technology providing clear visibility at night without blinding the oncoming cars. Being one of the techiest exotic sports cars, Stradale expects its user to be always carrying an iPhone (Apple car Play) as it doesn’t support Android Auto.
10. Hyundai Kona Electric
Base Price: $38,575 | Max Range: 258 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 6.4 sec | Drive: FWD |
Here it is, the not-so-attractive electric Hyundai crossover car, the Kona which continues to be a hit with shoppers. A comfortable car according to its space and pricing, Kona continues to be a good alternative to standard cars.
This compact car is priced well within the range and supports welcoming features such as the 7-inch center touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Furthermore, the car is just slightly worse in terms of maximum range than the Tesla Model 3. Good news for customers in the US, the car qualifies for Federal tax credit and so is somewhat cheaper than its Tesla counterpart.
9. Audi e-tron
Base Price: $66,995 | Max Range: 222 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 5.5 sec | Drive: AWD |
The 2021 Audi e-Tron is a package of luxury EV. A $9000 fall in the prices has made this beauty a little more affordable. With 2 electric motors (one in the front and the other at the back), the car provides an all-wheel drive.
The luxury EV kicks out 355 horsepower while maintaining a swift and composed driving experience. The feeling is further complemented by the smooth and quiet ride quality and an amazing braking system.
This e-Tron is a typical Audi SUV and can run for 222 miles on a single charge while the better Sportback version just covers 218 miles. The car doesn’t miss out on the standard Audi inside techs and its compatibility with a 150.0-kW DC fast-charger. This allows the car to replenish 80 percent of its battery in about 30 minutes. Those using a more conventional 240-volt outlet will be able to fully charge the e-Tron in about nine hours.
8. Mustang Mach E Premium
Base Price: $56,200 | Max Range: 300 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 6.1 sec | Drive: RWD |
A Mustang that doesn’t look like a Mustang, this Ford EV is now officially set out to come out on the roads. Though a Mustang in name only, the car stands out proudly for its styling and a solid mix of technology and performance.
The exterior of the car is well finished and is somewhat new from what has been coming out of Ford lately. With raised front fenders and wide haunches, Mach- E definitely looks like a tech-filled treat of the modern car world.
Talking about the interior, this Mustang has a 15.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto – Yes Android Auto so you don’t have to go out and buy an iPhone after emptying your pockets on this 4 wheel premium. What’s amazing is the sound quality from its premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Already comparing it with Tesla X? Go ahead but do not forget to notice the $25,000 price difference between the two, which makes Mach- E Premium one of the best EVs for its price tag.
7. GMC Hummer EV Edition 1
Base Price: $112,595 | Max Range: 350 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 3.0 sec | Drive: AWD |
Yes, the veteran is coming back to life. The iconic huge Hummer, the car of excess. A car loved by all for its “too wide” approach and the amazing off-roader looks, is coming to you after more than a decade. The best part? It’s an EV now.
The Hummer EV Edition 1 is coming with a trio of engines (one in front and 2 at the back). Showing off as one of the best-looking pick-up trucks, the EV is anything but normal. Capable of churning out 1000 horsepower and launch control, this beast elephant can roll from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds. Unload your pocket fats, as the company is equipping the first EV Hummers with its full-on off-road package.
This will include skid plates, rock sliders, and washable underbody cameras. Suspend your tension about suspension as the car can raise its body half a foot more(with its “Extract Mode”) to get out of trouble.
Back on the streets, it has all the major techy things you want in your car. This includes something closer to a self-driving technology- GM’s Super Cruise hands-off feature. Further sporting a 13.4-inch center touchscreen multimedia system and a 12.3-inch gauge cluster, it runs to satisfy the cravings of drivers wanting a big bad bully kind of pick-up truck with all the tech and an EV engine.
6. Jaguar I-Pace
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Base Price: $71,000 | Max Range: 253 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 4.5 sec | Drive: AWD |
This fascinating Jaguar crossover EV defines luxury according to its price. The car prides itself with a range of 253 miles with a one-time full charge. This pricy beast further boasts a fast-charging capability and instantaneous acceleration. The I-Pace feels more like a sports car than a crossover with its controlled demeanor and tactile steering. This Jaguar does not lie behind its luxury EV competitors with cutting-edge design, ample passenger space, and popular features.
The car produces 394 horsepower. A car made for scooting around the city and racing down the highway, I-Pace presents to you a comfortable ride with an air suspension and steering feedback. Although fun to drive, the uneven braking system of stands as a shortcoming in the fight against the other luxury EV competitors such as Audi and Tesla.
5. Mini Cooper SE
Base Price: $30,750 | Max Range: 110 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 6.9 sec | Drive: FWD |
One of the best compact cars, Mini Cooper gives drivers the feeling of a fun drive. The more you roll the wheels the more you’d want to continue. Now, the EV version is just like its normal counterpart in terms of weight, space, and technology. The car sports rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate controls, and an Apple CarPlay compatible infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
What gives this EV a superior feeling is the new traction control and the braking system helping the car producing 181 hp without any problems. This helps the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds at most. Now being a Mini, the drive quality of the car is superior in most aspects. The problem here is that of the maximum range that the car can pull. With just 110 miles drive on a single charge, this Cooper stands out more like an urban commuter.
So, the car is fun to drive, has a short-range, and defines its own tech standards. If you love to drive and mostly are scooting around the city or commuting to work, this EV is the best choice.
4. Polestar 2
Base Price: $59,900 | Max Range: 233 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 4.7 sec | Drive: AWD |
Polestar was founded by Volvo and boasts the safety tech of its parent company. The Polestar 2 is the first pure-electric 5-door from the company. Driven by 2 electric motors capable of rolling out 233 miles on a single charge, the Polestar 2 leaves Tesla behind with its latest and more advanced infotainment system founded on the Google Android Auto platform. That’s not all, the car further impresses one with all the niceties like self-cleaning headlights and an amazing sound system from Harmon Kardon.
The car comes with Volvo’s Pilot and some very unique features making it a safety package. The car also sports Volvo’s emergency braking system, pedestrian detection system, run-off mitigation suspension system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and lane centering to name a few. This Volvo Sedan can be easily considered among the top safe EVs on road in its category.
3. Porshe Taycan Turbo S
Base Price: $185,000 | Max Range: 201 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 2.4 sec | Drive: AWD |
The Porsche Taycan can be called the King of ‘Firsts’ in the EV industry with many first times going to the car. Being one of the best electric cars, the Porsche stud is a sedan capable of boasting a supercar look.
With a frightening acceleration, carbon-ceramic brakes, active anti-roll bars, air springs, and high-speed rear-wheel steering, this beauty doesn’t look any different from your average sports car. With improved aerodynamics, a new heads-up display, satellite radio, and over-the-air software updates, the 2021 model pushes the car into the extreme.
The brand stands for its value. The Stuttgart brand emblem surely boasts luxury prices. The base models start around at a price of more than $100K while the Turbo S — the one you see here starts at $185,000.
2. Tesla Model 3
Base Price: $36,490 | Max Range: 263 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 5.3 sec | Drive: RWD |
Tesla, the largest and most valued car company and the pioneer of the EV industry has launched several models but none were as popular and as inexpensive as its Model 3.
A long list of features and a price that demonstrates that Teslas aren’t just for the 1-percenters. The car can push itself to at least 263 miles on a single charge (with the standard battery) and looks bigger and plumper than the Model S which is priced at almost double what Model 3 is selling for.
With its world famous driver-assist AutoPilot feature with software updates offer continual improvements, the car stands out above most EVs. Better versions with longer range and better drive terrain capabilities are available with prices starting above $45,000.
1. Tesla Model S
Base Price: $81,190 | Max Range: 390 to 520 miles | 0 to 60 mph: 3.1 sec (for base variant)| Drive: AWD |
Everyone has heard of Tesla. The biggest EV corporation and the most valued car company, Tesla’s Model S has been in the market for quite a while. While the vehicle continuously receives software updates, the 2021 version seeks out something different.
With two more trims above the base variant (Plaid and Plaid+) which will boast 1020 horsepower from three onboard electric motors, the top-spec car is expected to reach from a zero-to-60-mph in less than two seconds. Not stopping here, the Plaid+ also guarantees a good 520 miles drive on a single charge.
The standard improvements in all the specs include refreshed exterior designs and a renovated interior with a better infotainment system. The most noticeable change is that of the steering wheel. The U-shaped steering wheeling surely is something new and gives a feel of F1 racing.
With 2 electric engines and its history of fun driving experience, the car is a proven agile sports sedan. Further, two different settings allow drivers to choose heavy or light steering effort, promoting a comfortable ride with crisp handling.