This year, it seems that everyone who ever wanted to talk in the automotive world was an electric car. In March, nine EU countries called on the European Commission to speed up the cuts in EU and diesel-powered vehicles. In November, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a law that would require all newly built houses and office buildings in England to be powered by charging electric vehicles. As of December 1, more than 15 U.S. states had pledged to end the sale of new cars with combustion engines; at least two more such movements are still pending.
Automatic shows such as the one in Munich in September went from being an annual sleep trade fair to an attractive electric comb with a series of electric stars and the concept of EV racing cars. Wall Street spent billions of dollars on electricity generation promising a bright future for EVs that they had not even done yet.
Hennessey and Rolls-Royce have announced their very cheap plans. Bugatti has acquired a new electric overlord. Detroit’s traditional car dealers worked hard — and spent billions — to convince consumers and legislators that they embraced the future of electricity as a whole.
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Don’t let the hype hide the truth. Even California, South Africa’s largest electric car market, reports that only 6% of its electric vehicles are electric. Every other U.S. still moving at about 2%. By 2040, EVs will add only 31 percent of all vehicles to U.S. roads, according to BloombergNEF.
There is still a long way to go before EVs can be completed. Most require high-cost premiums over conventional power vehicles, and many include problems with electrical and software operations during the pre-test. Some have poor interior art and chintzy quality. Then there is the question of driving distance, which is really about the lack of a national electricity charging network for drivers.
Yet, happiness is a reflection of something real. I have written about cars, SUVs, trucks, and motorcycles for almost two decades, and I have never seen the most exciting, challenging, and amazing time in the automotive industry. Consumers are ultimately the winner of the entire electrical system because cars keep getting better.
Here’s a look at the top five electric cars I could drive in 2021 :
Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC(Source: Mercedes-Benz) :
Mercedes EQS :
The Mercedes-Benz S Class was the single best car I have ever driven this year. Its electric counterpart, the $ 102,310 EQS, does not have the extreme overkill and the perfect mechanical and technical balance of this sedan official. But the interactive EV touch screen command center (available in the EQS 580 4Matic high) and powerful fast driving provide a healthy view of how the best electric sedans of the future will feel and function.
Compared to its rivals, the EQS falls on the high side of the broad-based debate: Its 485-kilometer distance is preceded by the 412-mile Tesla Model S and the less than 300-mile Porsche Taycan. Charger up to 80% of capacity in 31 minutes with fast DC charging, about the flow rate these days.
It is not the fastest car in the area the best EQS 580 4Matic gets 516 hp and 631 pounds of torque and goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds on its four-wheel-drive, slow-moving chassis higher versions of Taycan and Model S. But in a car with internal accouterments and technology that far surpasses those models, the owner of the EQS will not notice — or care — the difference.
Rivian R1T electric truck :
Rivian R1T :
This was probably the hottest car of the year when the newborn Rivian electric car maker came out on top with $ 100 billion when it first appeared in November. I and other journalists can lay another charge on this: I called R1T the car I wanted to drive the most in 2021.
The size of the global electric truck market is expected to reach $ 1.9 billion by 2027, according to Allied Market Research, from $ 422.5 million in 2019. What Tesla did to electric cars — which compels general consideration — will still be done for electric trucks.
Rivian’s R1T is the first competitor. Aimed to climb the triathlete “gorp-core” (grapes and nuts) Silicon Valley tech-bro, a $ 74,075 bakkie lists a number of innovations in its name, including under-truck storage and factory filing, an on-board air compressor for emergency emergencies. Also, it is 314 miles wide and looks at least good enough to support the company’s claim to be “Patagonia Trucks.”
I drove it for a few days in and out of the streets near Breckenridge, Colo. The RiT software is still buggy and not as rugged as the standard Jeep and Land Rover but is the first exciting gift from a company we are sure of. to see plenty.
Audi AG RS electric car Tron 55 Quattro
Audi RS in Tron GT :
The $ 139,900 Audi RS Aron RT is built on the same Porsche Taycan electric platform, using two identical gears from its parent company, the Volkswagen AG. Both surpass the Tesla Model S in appearance, build quality, interior design, and infotainment understanding. It is therefore important to note how different they are, especially since Taycan, which came to market a year before eTron, is a very strong fan of electric car enthusiasts. If not, you just pick the hood badge you like, right?
In my eyes, the e-Tron GT looks better than the Taycan. Extremely shiny, with a flat roof — the lowest for any Audi, except for R8 — and powerful with 21-inch alloy wheels such as blades and bright LED lights followed by blue. The panoramic glass roof comes standard on the GT base, while the more sophisticated, more expensive RS versions come standard with a carbon-fiber ceiling. (Glass roof for those is preferred.)
The most notable new feature is the e-Tron GT “shifter” which is the size of a Tic Tac box that shifts the car from neutral to rear or steering. (Taycan has one, too.) If not, the interior is of a lower quality, with fewer computers and touch screens than Taycan and warm wood-veneer options throughout.