In response to climate concerns — and to pushing from government regulators — automakers are rushing headlong to promise more, and more varied, electric vehicles in the next few years. That includes cars, SUVs and pickup trucks.
If you’re pondering your automotive future, it appears you can count on a few things through the rest of this decade. One is that EVs will become more convenient to own as public charging expands and the electric grid is upgraded to handle a huge increase in home demand. Another is that EVs will get a lot better: The EV you buy or lease today could be like an iPhone 5 in 2025 or 2030. Also possible is that a slowdown in the steady improvement of gas-only vehicles will accompany the EV progress as the current flurry of announcements on new electric platforms, models and battery-production facilities reflect a tectonic shift of research and development efforts toward EVs.
Below are some of the new EVs confirmed for production in the next few years, excluding small-batch exotics. Details for many are sparse so far, though some have at least been shown as concepts. We’ve also included their expected arrival date, but we expect that to be a moving target — particularly when it comes to their lower-priced versions, not just a limited edition of the most expensive configurations at launch. A few might never make it to the U.S. or get out of the gate at all, but we also expect this list to grow as more rumored EVs are confirmed.
In almost all cases, the years listed below are expected calendar years for the start of production, not still-indeterminate model years. Estimated prices where announced do not include destination charges except where noted, and they exclude any potential federal tax credits, which currently total $7,500 for most all-electric vehicles except those from Tesla and GM (both automakers have exceeded the sales quotas on which tax credits are allowed). Note, however, that the federal tax credit could change; current proposals include raising the sales limit to restore it for GM and Tesla, raising the total credit amount or limiting the vehicle prices to qualify.
Honda has confirmed that its luxury brand, Acura, will roll out an electric SUV in 2024. There are no details yet other than that it’s being jointly developed with GM as part of an EV partnership. The SUV will use GM’s Ultium batteries.
Atlis XT Pickup
The XT, from Arizona-based startup Atlis, has a planned price range of $45,000 to $78,000. The truck employs an all-wheel-drive system that uses four electric motors, with estimated electric ranges of 300, 400 or 500 miles. Options include 6.5- and 8-foot beds, dual rear wheels, gooseneck towing, up to 15 inches of ground clearance and payload capacities from 1,000 to 5,000 pounds. Towing capacity ranges from 6,000 to 17,000 pounds, and gross combined weight ratings for fifth-wheel and gooseneck towing ranges from 20,000 to 35,000 pounds.
Audi A6 E-Tron Sedan
An Audi A6 E-Tron concept was unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2021, and it is expected to enter production by late 2022. Details are limited, but Audi says the A6 E-Tron will be the first vehicle on a new modular electric platform developed with Porsche that will underpin a variety of cars and SUVs. (Porsche and Audi are both under the Volkswagen Group.) The concept features AWD with two motors that put out a combined 469 horsepower, and Audi says range could exceed 400 miles.
Audi Q4 E-Tron, Q4 Sportback E-Tron SUVs
Expected: Late 2021
The Q4, a small SUV, and its more coupelike Sportback version fit in size between Audi’s Q3 and Q5 SUVs. Both will ride VW’s modular electric platform and mark Audi’s fourth and fifth EVs for the U.S. market. The base versions of both SUVs have a 201-hp motor on the rear axle; AWD versions add a front motor for a combined output of 295 hp. Audi will offer a full range of premium features and options, with the interior featuring a 10.1-inch center display plus digital instruments. The SUVs will be compatible with 125-kilowatt DC fast chargers. Estimated EPA range has been offered for only the most efficient variant so far, the Q4 40 E-Tron, at 250 miles. Audi says to expect a starting price under $45,000.