While we have previously mentioned upcoming electric cars on the blog, COVID-19 caused some production delays last year. 93% of all American auto production closed in March 2020 for at least some time, though new safety measures and vaccines have allowed them to reopen. Some cities, such as Detroit, have even expanded vaccine eligibility to autoworkers. Analysts already expect EV sales to increase this year, especially as automakers release their newest 2021-2022 models. Here are just a few new BEVs that our team is watching.
Originally planned for late 2020, the Rivian R1T pickup truck will begin deliveries this June. According to Rivian, the Launch Edition offers an estimated 300+ miles, and a later January 2022 edition will expand to 400+ miles. At $75,000, the R1T Launch Edition includes a quad motor powertrain, up to 11,000lb towing capacity, driver assistance software, and off-road upgrades.
The ID.4 is VW’s first new model on the modular MEB platform for the US market (the first model, the ID.3, was exclusive to Europe). This compact SUV started to arrive at dealerships this month and features an EPA estimated range of 250 miles. The First Edition is already sold out, but the Pro Edition starts at $39,995 and features all wheel drive, driver’s assistance, and 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV
Two new versions of the Chevy Bolt will reach showrooms this summer, according to Car and Driver: the 2022 Redesigned Bolt EV and the 2022 Bolt EUV! First introduced in 2017, the Bolt is one of the top selling battery electric cars in the United States. The new 2022 Bolt EV is a hatchback that begins at $31,995 with 259 mile range, safety assistance technology, and a newly redesigned interior and exterior. The new 2022 Bolt EUV, on the other hand, is a compact SUV that begins at $33,995 with a 250 mile range and a new Super Cruise handsfree driver’s assistance software.
Of course, these are not the only new EVs coming this year. BMW has been teasing its new i4 sedan recently, which might “enter the market” later this year. And the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric is scheduled to arrive in the US this spring. Do you have a favorite new EV model that we didn’t mention? Share your thoughts with us!