New EVs Due Next Year

With sales of electric still on the rise, what can we look forward to in the coming year?

BMW i5

The first fully electric 5 Series is due in the next couple of months. The eDrive40 is the first option on offer and packs 335bhp and a range of around 350 miles. If you’d like a bit more power you’ll need to sacrifice a little range and go for the M60, this boasts an an impressive 590bhp by using an additional motor. These cars are around £75,000 and £98,000 respectively. Expensive but very composed, though missing a little of the sportiness of the previous 5 Series’.

Rolls Royce Spectre

Yep, Rolls Royce has gone electric. And it really does make sense. For almost 120 years they have sat at the top of automotive luxury and for the last half a century they’ve been renowned for making amazingly silent cars. EV technology means that the modern Rolls Royce can be seriously quiet and refined as well as packing huge torque and smooth acceleration. The Spectre has four wheel drive which uses a motor at the front and the rear to deliver a combined 576bhp when needed. Prices start at around £350,000.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 N

The South Korean marque’s sporty N versions of it’s cars have been very successful. The i30N is now seen as a real alternative to the more well-known German offerings. So why not try it with an EV? The Ioniq 5 styling certainly harks back to a sporty car (the Lancia Delta) but that’s where the similarity ends. EVs tend to be very heavy and the Ioniq 5 N will weigh in at around 2000kg! I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it handles but the other figures are pretty impressive. Dual motor, all wheel drive ; over 600bhp available ; wel over 500lbft of torque ; 0-60mph in under 3.5 seconds. You can also drive it by using a simulated DCT system.

Porsche Macan EV

No photos of this one as it is still very much in development but expect it to look a bit like a cross between the existing model and the Taycan. Expected to go on sale next year alongside the existing petrol and diesel offerings the EV Macan should cost £90k. Like all Porsche models there will be a big choice of trims and options. Expect rear wheel drive and four wheel drive and a range that may get to around 400 miles on a charge. The Macan shares a platform with the now delayed Audi A6 e-tron.