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3 September 2020

Keeping track of every new car and knowing when they’re due to go on sale can be tough, especially if you’re only interested in EVs.

There are so many due to arrive over the course of the next twelve months, in spite of the ongoing global health emergency, so it’s worth learning how long you’ll be waiting for the one you want to go on sale. 2019 saw new entrants to the category from the likes of Audi, Mercedes and MG, with major launches from well-known electric pioneers such as Tesla, Nissan and Renault all following soon after.

The final few months of 2020 and early 2021 look to be even more stacked, as manufacturers work hard to meet increasingly tough emissions rules with the introduction of more all-electric models.

New Cars 2020: what's coming this year and when?​

Here is our comprehensive list of what EVs are coming when in the car industry.

September

Audi E-tron Sportback, E-tron S

The coupe-styled version of Audi's first dedicated EV arrives in the UK this month, carrying a price premium over the regular E-tron as well as several mechanical upgrades that promise a slightly improved electric range over the SUV. 

It will be joined by a pair of Audi's first electric performance models. The E-tron S duo use three electric motors, becoming one of the first production cars to do so, producing 496bhp.

MG 5

The UK's first affordable electric estate car will make its official debut shortly, sitting alongside the ZS EV crossover in MG's growing range of zero-emissions models. The MG 5 is understood to be a reengineered version of the China-only Roewe Ei5, and should deliver 214 miles of range from a 52.5kWh battery pack.

Cost will be the 5's strongest selling point, with the estate expected to arrive at a similar price to the ZS EV - undercutting many smaller electric models from European and Japanese rivals.

Volkswagen ID 3

Designed and built as a pure electric car, the ID hatchback is a crucial launch for VW. It closely matches the Golf hatchback in size, with limited-run First Edition models retailing from £38,880. Eventually more entry-level models will be sold at a price closer to that of a Golf diesel, roughly £27,000.

Built on the modular MEB platform, the ID 3 offers a variety of battery options for a range of between 249 and 373 miles between charges. The final design largely remains true to the original concept, which was first revealed in 2016 and went on to inspire several other ID models, which are all due to launch over the next five years.

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October 2020

Ssangyong Korando EV

Conventional petrol and diesel versions of the South Korean firm's new Nissan Qashqai rival appeared on UK forecourts back in 2019, but an electric variant inspired by Ssangyong's recent e-SIV concept is expected to arrive very shortly.

It will likely carry only minor visual changes from the standard car, but will be a proper 4x4, with all-wheel drive and strong towing ability - a key feature for many UK Ssangyong customers.

December 2020

Citroen e-C4

The latest generation C4 will arrive with radically different coupe-crossover styling, and will be offered as an electric variant for the first time. The e-C4 sits on the PSA Group's CMP modular EV platform, currently used by the Vauxhall Corsa-e, and will use the same powertrain. 

Customers can expect 134bhp and 192lb ft from the motor driving the front wheels, and 217 miles of range from the 50kWh battery. Top speed should be 93mph and the e-C4 should manage 0-62mph in 9.7sec.

Mercedes-Benz EQA

The entry-level EQ model is set to borrow its body shape from the GLA compact crossover rather than the A-Class hatchback, leaving more room beneath the seats for batteries without compromising on interior space.

Mercedes has yet to reveal much about the car, including which electric powertrain it will use, although the EQA is predicted to deliver 249 miles of range between charges, and will likely be priced to compete with the BMW i3. Styling should closely follow that of the EQC.

Mercedes-Benz EQV

The luxury van-based MPV has already made its debut, but won't be reaching UK forecourts until later this year. It will be one of the first in its class to go on sale, and borrows much of its styling from the conventional V-Class model.

252 miles of electric range is promised, along with a choice of seating configurations, and prices starting from £70,000.

Tesla Model S Plaid

Long promised by Tesla boss Elon Musk, the Model S Plaid should soon arrive to challenge Porsche's Taycan Turbo S for the electric performance saloon crown. A Model S Performance can already manage 0-60mph in 2.4sec, but the Plaid (named as a nod to Mel Brooks comedy classic Spaceballs) will gain an extra motor that allows for torque vectoring. Battery capacity should also be increased to cope with the extra performance without compromising on range. 

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Prototypes have been spotted testing at the Nurburgring with sizeable rear wings, larger wheels, lowered suspension and a wider rear track, but it is unclear whether any of those will make it onto the production car.

Tesla Model X Plaid

Improvements made for the Model S Plaid will almost certainly make their way into Tesla's family SUV, already the fastest-accelerating seven-seater on sale in the UK. Adding an extra motor to the Model X could see it manage 0-60mph in an even quicker time than its current 2.7sec.

Volvo XC40 Recharge P8

The company’s very first electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge is the first of what will quickly become an entire range of EV-adapted versions, rather than brand new ones built around batteries and electric motors. That means an electric XC90 will follow.

Hardware will be shared with Polestar 2, has already arrived on UK shores, with customers having to wait until the tail-end of 2020 to see XC40 Recharge models on the roads. When it does, it will deliver 402bhp from twin electric motors, and promises 248 miles of range. Pricing was revealed at £53,000 - nudging the Recharge over the government's updated plug-in car grant maximum cost.

Spring 2021

Audi Q4 e-tron

The concept version of Audi's upcoming mainstream electric SUV was revealed at 2019's Geneva motor show, but a production version isn't set to arrive until 2020 as the firm's fifth electric model. It borrows styling from the e-tron, and will slot in beneath the Q5 in terms of size.

It will use the VW Group's MEB platform, rather than the adapted MQ platform used by the larger e-tron. Twin motors will provide Quattro all-wheel drive and up to 302bhp - around 100bhp less than the full-size e-tron but 100 more than MEB-based hatchbacks like the VW ID.

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Audi E-tron GT

The electric grand tourer, which will share a platform with the Porsche Taycan, is expected to make its production debut towards the end of the year. Audi will likely time its reveal with the 2020 LA motor show, if it goes ahead post-pandemic, with the final car expected to go on sale in early 2021.

It is predicted to use a 96kWh battery good for 248 miles of range, with 350kW rapid charging and twin electric motors producing 582bhp. The E-tron GT should be capable of 0-62mph in 3.5sec and a 149mph top speed.

Pininfarina Battista

Only 150 Battista hypercars are set to be produced, but with individual motors for each wheel producing a total 1900bhp, it promises to be powerful in the extreme. Lucky customers will see deliveries towards the end of 2020 from the design house-turned-manufacturer, which has partnered with Rimac for the underlying powertrain. 

Tesla Model Y

Originally revealed in March 2019, Tesla's compact SUV saw North American deliveries begin earlier this year. The sister car to the Model 3 isn't expected to arrive in the UK until next year at the earliest. The much-in-demand SUV will arrive with the option to add a third row - which could make it the go-to EV for large families. It shares a platform and powertrain with the Model 3 saloon, which will hopefully speed up Tesla's ability to deliver cars on time.

A more advanced version of the company’s ‘supercomputer’ semi-autonomous driving system is also predicted, as is a more potent Performance variant.

Tesla Roadster

A flagship sports car to replace the original, Lotus-based Roadster that announced Tesla to the world, the next-generation Roadster has been previewed extensively ahead of an official debut. Tesla claims a top speed in excess of 250mph, a 0-60mph time of 1.9 seconds, and a range of 620 miles thanks to a 200kWh battery pack - the biggest in a production EV. Prices are expected to start at around £189,000 for the first 1000 cars, which will be badged as Founders Edition models. Following that, prices should be around £151,000 when general sales begin in mid-2020.

Rivian R1T

A surprise announcement at 2018's Los Angeles motor show, despite the company behind it having been first formed in 2009, the Rivian R1T is a pick-up truck reimagined for an EV generation. It has clever packaging that makes the most of available space, while the underlying powertrain promises to deliver as much as 754bhp and a 0-60mph time of under three seconds.

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It is set to go into production in late 2020, which might be enough time to beat Tesla's upcoming pick-up to the punch.

BMW IX 3

An electric version of BMW’s X3 SUV, the iX3, made its debut in mid-2020 with a new rear-wheel drive powertrain comprising a single electric motor. It closely resembles the petrol-powered X3, rather than taking any design inspiration from the more radical i3 and i8, and is only the company’s second pure electric car. The motor develops 282bhp from a 80kWh battery, and is capable of delivering 285 miles of WLTP-certified range. UK deliveries will begin in March 2021.

Cupra el-Born

The second non-VW model to launch on the MEB platform, the el-Born has a very similar powertrain and engineering to the ID hatchback, but opts for sportier styling and a more engaging driving experience. Set to arrive early next year, it will be powered by a 77kWh (82kWh gross) battery pack and promises 310 miles of range per charge, though the brand has yet to confirm exact performance figures. 

With the VW ID 3 only reaching the UK in September 2020, it will be at least six months before the sporty EV arrives in showrooms. When it does, it is expected to pack around 201bhp for a 0-31mph time of 2.9 seconds. 

Fiat 500

The new electric Fiat 500 shares much of its styling with the current petrol-powered model, but underneath it is entirely new, with a bespoke architecture, 117bhp electric motor and 42kWh lithium iojn battery pack. Range is quoted at 199 miles on the WLTP test cycle, giving it an edge over the Mini Electric and Honda E.

Revealed online following the cancellation of the Geneva motor show in March, the electric Fiat 500 will go on sale in the first quarter of 2021. Prices will start from £29,500 at launch for a top-spec La Prima edition convertible, with hard-top models set to follow later.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford's upcoming pony car caused controversy for several reasons. It will be the first electric car to wear the Mustang badge, and it has a crossover bodystyle. At launch, the range-topping version promises 332bhp and a 0-60 time in the mid 5-seconds, but a full GT model is expected at a later date with 459bhp and a sprint time in the threes.

UK deliveries were originally scheduled for the third quarter of 2020, but Ford pushed that back to Spring 2021 in order to meet expected demand in its home territory. While prices have yet to be made official, it is expected to cost from around £42,000 for an entry-level model, rising to over £60,000 for the top-end version.

Lotus Evija

Provided lockdown restrictions are lifted in time, Lotus is expecting to begin production of its first electric car later this year, with customer deliveries due by the end of 2020. The Evija has already sold out its first year allocation, despite costing £2.04 million each and built slots requiring a £250,000 deposit.

While Lotus has yet to confirm performance details, it is reportedly targeting a 0-62mph time of under three seconds, a top speed of over 200mph, and a 0-186mph sprint of less than nine seconds. Multiple electric motors will deliver all-wheel drive and a peak 1973bhp output, making it more powerful than both the 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron and 1888bhp Pininfarina Battista.

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Czech company's first bespoke EV, the Enyaq iV is set to begin UK deliveries in early 2021. It will be the first time Skoda has used the VW Group's MEB platform, and will arrive in a selection of different power and battery combinations, including a flagship vRS performance model. 

Physically as long as an Octavia, but with almost as much interior space as the seven-seat Kodiaq, it promises up to 316 miles of range in rear-driven 80 iV guise, or 285 miles with the all-wheel drive 80x variant. The top-spec vRS version promises 302bhp and a 0-62mph time of 6.2sec. Prices will start from £30,000 after government incentives.

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3 January 2019

It’s going to be the year EVs properly hit the mainstream. It’ll be really interesting to see how they stack up against each other and how they’re priced to lease. 

Hopefully we’ll see some minds changed about just how much fun they can be - and maybe the odd sports car scheduled for 20/21?

3 January 2019

Here's hoping Honda can make the urban look as good as the concept and that SEAT and Skoda versions of the up improve on its current range at a lower price point.

3 January 2019

I hope that Honda stays a 2-door, it just wouldn't look right with four doors.  Priced right, that's going to be really popular as a modern-day 'Citroen Saxo' for the young.  Where's all the EVs from JLR?  Oh, yes, I remember now.

3 January 2019

I'm not sure where they ALL are but I saw one on the A14 last week.

3 January 2019
That bloke wrote:

I hope that Honda stays a 2-door, it just wouldn't look right with four doors.  Priced right, that's going to be really popular as a modern-day 'Citroen Saxo' for the young. 

Unfortunately we've already seen a lightly disguised production version of this Honda: It has gone to four doors, and has lost its appealling looks. The young people wanting a modern day Saxo will have to look elsewhere.

3 January 2019

Erm...already on sale...?

9 July 2020

RoadRover, J-Pace and XJ missing from list

30 July 2020
Pietro Cavolonero wrote:

RoadRover, J-Pace and XJ missing from list

Theyve all been postponed due to funding constraints at JLR

3 January 2019
Should add the Tesla Roadster, I wouldn't be surprised if we get it before the Model Y. It normally takes Tesla more than a year after a reveal to start producing the car, and around a year after that to come to the UK. Roadster's already been revealed, and with a smaller production run it should take less time to cross the Atlantic.

Interesting to note, though, that there are absolutely no sports cars in this list. EVs should be a good fit for that format, as they inherently benefit weight distribution and power delivery. It's also a good way to cast a halo effect on the whole concept of electric cars and get people interested in them (hence Tesla starting with one). I suspect what's going on there is that brands don't particularly *want* to get people interested in the concept, just milk the ones that are already sold.

3 January 2019

The raft of new cars is exciting, some say...

What I wonder is what is going to happen just now to all the existing EVs with 'old' technology?  They were cars to buy initially but their resale value will be hit pretty hard by the 'new generation', surely?

And who would buy a current Zoe or Leaf (say) when the new one is on the near horizon?

It may be argued that this situation has always been the case with ICE cars but losing 40% of £15K over 4 years is nothing compared to losing the same or more of £30K... And the government is talking seriously of abandoning subsidies!

Could we see a dip/slowdown in sales followed by a pick-up? Time will tell...

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