The automotive landscape is undergoing or about to undergo, rapid fire changes that may make some people feel like it’s hard to track all of the trends. We at AutoVerdict are doing our best to keep an eye on these changes and as the deadlines pass, check in with the companies to see if they delivered on what they promised and when they promised it. Let’s start with a full electric vehicle compendium.
Acura – an EV is planned in partnership with GM, using GM’s BEV3 platform in 2024. It will use GM Ultium lithium-ion batteries and GM Ultium Drive electric motors, “Everything above the platform will be uniquely Acura,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of national operations at American Honda. He told Automotive News in mid-March that the crossover will not utilize a GM platform or other GM parts bin components. Cadillac’s Lyriq and the unnamed future Acura EV are expected to have a similar footprint and overall size.
Alfa Romeo – It plans to have its Tonale, a mid-size SUV plug-in hybrid, on the road this year, followed by a small electric SUV in 2022, to accompany the Giulia and Stelvio.
Audi – Plans to have 30 electrified vehicles by 2025 and 20 of those will be EVs. Besides its new all-electric Q4 E-Tron crossover, the company unveiled its E-Tron GT and E-Tron Quattro 55 electric SUV.
Bentley – The automaker will have its lineup as plug-based, hybrid or batter-electric, by 2026 with plans to go fully electric by 2030. For those who cannot wait, there will be S1, S2 and S3 models, available in two- and four-door configurations plus there will be a convertible, via Lunaz, a UK electrification and restoration company that specializes in converting British cars into modern EVs. Bentley’s own EXP 100 GT concept gives clues about the company own electrics.
BMW – The company’s second fully electric crossover and the most technically advanced one, the iX will start production this year. The iX is a cornerstone of the company’s electrification plans, which call for 23 fully electric vehicles by 2023. Before the iX, there will be an i4 Gran Coupe, an i5 and an i7, plus the M-version of the i4 electric car is due out between now and 2023.
Buick – an EV is planned, in partnership with Acura, for 2024.
Cadillac – For Cadillac, the electric Lyriq SUV will go on sale first, in the middle of 2021. For customers desiring something larger, e.g., three rows, the luxury brand will feature a “globally sized” SUV that stresses interior space and cargo. A full-size, three-row SUV based on its popular Escalade. The globally sized model might be targeted for markets outside the US while the Escalade relative remains stateside. At the other end of the size scale, an XT4-sized crossover is planned, too, for the global market. The flagship title will not fall to the electric Escalade; that honor will be bestowed upon the Celestiq, an ultra-luxurious four-seater that is built by hand (1.2 vehicles per day).
Chevrolet – The 2022 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV were announced on Valentine’s Day. The Bolt EUV will be the first non-Cadillac to get GM’s Super Cruise, a hands-free driver assistance system. A crossover EV in partnership with Honda is due in 2023. An electric pick-up truck is meant to compete with Ford’s electric F-150; it’s expected to go into production by 2025.
Ford – By mid-2026, all of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid; moving to all-electric by 2030. The company’s commercial range in Europe will also be 100 percent zero-emissions capable, electric or hybrid by 2024. An EV F-150, which could be the E-150, is due during the first quarter of 2022, though the company’s Transit van will go electric first with E-Transit launching later this year. It will follow the Mach-E SUV. Ford is reportedly working on multiple EV crossovers based on Volkswagen’s MEB architecture, which will start production before the end of 2023.
GMC – The Hummer EV SUT will go on sale in late 2021 as a 2022 model, boasting 1,000 horsepower and a claimed 11,500 lbs-ft of torque and a five-foot long cargo bed. It will also likely receive a battery pack that stores 200 kW of electricity. After that, a Hummer EV SUV will join it. Both vehicles will feature removable front panels, a 15-inch infotainment screen and a 12-inch digital instrument cluster.
Honda – Two EVs are coming to America, one for Honda; the other for Acura in 2024. Dave Gardner, executive vice president of national operations at American Honda, told Automotive News in mid-March that GM will build the EVs, with one to be sold under the mass-market Honda brand and the other falling under the premium Acura umbrella. Both vehicles will use GM Ultium lithium-ion batteries and GM Ultium Drive electric motors, “but everything above the platform will be uniquely Honda,” Gardner said, indicating the crossovers will not utilize a GM platform or other GM parts bin components.
Hyundai – The company announced it will make 23 battery-electric vehicles by 2025 using an electric vehicle platform called E-GMP to serve as the foundation of the corporation’s global EV future, starting this year. The company claims 600 hp and 310 miles of range from the platform. The first vehicle will be the Ioniq 5. It will then be used in other company EVs, as well as future Genesis EVs. The company says the platform will be able to do 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. Rear- and all-wheel drive versions are planned. Dual motors will power AWD version. To save energy, the front motor will decouple from the wheels when not needed. The Ioniq 6 sedan and Ioniq 7 SUV are set for 2022 and 2024 launches, respectively.
Infiniti – Nissan’s luxury brand will use its parent company’s e-4ORCE electric technology, which will arrive on our shores first in the new Ariya with I-Power. There will be two variants, base and uplevel, with the base model generating 214 hp and 221 lbs-ft; 388 hp and 443 lbs-ft in the nicer trim.
Jaguar Land Rover – The company announced plans to offer an electric version of every model it makes by 2030; its Reimagine strategy. The first Land Rover EV will arrive by 2024. Jaguar itself will stop making internal combustion engines (ICEs) in every model by 2025 as it becomes all-EVs. The electric XJ sedan, despite being nearly ready for introduction, has been scrapped. The company’s CEO, Theirry Bolloré, declined to guarantee the company would field anything resembling a sports car after mid-decade.
Jeep – The Wrangler 4xe launches this year, generating 375 hp and 470 lbs-ft from its plug-in hybrid. Using a 2.0L turbocharged engine and electric motors, it’ll do 0-60 in 6 seconds. The EPA estimated electric-only range is 21 miles while the total driving range is 370 miles. The 4xe is rated at 49 mpge.
Kia – Kia’s EV6 will mark the first of 11 promised electric vehicles by 2026. The EV6 was revealed on March 14. It will share the same platform, E-GMP, as Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, and features rear or all-wheel drive. The EV6 will join the Soul and Niro EVs in the company’s electric lineup. The other 10 vehicles to follow will retain the EV nomenclature but with different numbers.
Lexus – The upcoming Lexus EV will be based on the Japanese automaker’s e-TNGA vehicle architecture, which will also underpin the Subaru Evoltis. The new product will likely be a three-row model to place above the Lexus RXL in the current range. Lexus will showcase another concept later in the spring, which will feature the company’s dual-motor DIRECT4 system, a new electric drive control system designed for the next generation of battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles. The all-wheel-drive DIRECT4 system uses front and rear e-axles, each featuring a high-torque electric motor and transaxle.
Lincoln – The Mark E, a Rivian-based electric SUV that was due in 2022 was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lincoln is rumored to be working on an electric SUV that could replace the Corsair. This model could be built at Ford’s Oakville, Ontario plant using Volkswagen’s MEB architecture.
Mercedes-Benz – 10 new EVs from its EQ brand by the end of 2022 (EQS).
Mini – Company plans to introduce its final gasoline-powered car in 2025, for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2027 and stop selling gas-powered cars by 2030. This would mark the first brand in BMW Group to go all-electric. Since Mini offers just the Cooper, Clubman and Countryman models with various drivetrains, it would be easy to go all-electric. Currently, the Mini Cooper SE is the company’s sole electric offering now, with a crossover pending and an autonomous van concept.
Nissan – plans eight new EVs by the end of 2023; aims to sell 1M hybrid or electric vehicles per year globally.
Porsche – The company’s Taycan four-door sports car will have a range of 300 miles, an 800-volt architecture, permanent magnet synchronous motors with two-speed transmission and do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. It’ll have front and rear cargo areas with a maximum of 39.2 cubic feet of space.
Rolls-Royce – No plug-in hybrids are planned for Rolls-Royce but an electric car is due by the end of the 2020s. As with most European companies, these changes are not driven by customer demand but buy legislation banning ICEs in metropolitan or urban areas on the continent over the next 10 to 15 years. It may be the only company to go from 12 cylinders to electric motors.
Stellantis – Plans are to have fully-electric or hybrid version of all of its vehicles available in Europe by 2025, broadly in line with plans at competitors like VW and Renault-Nissan.
Subaru – The Evoltis will integrate the company’s core values – low center-of-gravity, off-pavement ready, all-weather capable, fun-to-drive and safe. Subaru will likely use a Continuously Variable Automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters for more driver engagement. It should arrive for sale next summer.
Tesla – The well-known EV pioneer already has four models to buy and what it lacks, a pickup truck, is next to emerge. With 500 miles of range and hitting 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds, the so-called Cybertruck will have options for single, dual and triple motors and on sale later this year. The more motors on board, the faster the truck will accelerate, and it will have 100-cubic-feet of storage space plus a 7,500-pound towing capacity.
Toyota – Following its pioneering and successful hybrid Prius, which entered the market in 1997, Toyota plans to reveal its X Prologue SUV on March 17. It will be built on the electric version of its Toyota New Global Architecture (TGNA) platform.
Volkswagen – The company’s ID.4 debuts this year, the company’s first all-electric SUV. It will feature an EPA estimated range of 250 miles, offer 201 hp, DC fast-charging capability, regenerative braking, seating for five people and more.
Volvo – Volvo announced in early March that it will go fully electric by 2030 and it will offer its EVs online only. Its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge, launched in 2020, was followed by the C40 Recharge in March.