Some luxury electric cars set new standards in terms of design, technology and comfort - These are the best models of 2021
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Author: Talisa Moser
The demand for Electric cars has risen sharply in recent years. Many consumers see the advantages of e-mobility and not only because the government supports new purchases with the environmental bonus. According to KBA Accordingly, almost 37% of the registrations in January 2021 were electric. Because the automotive industry is developing rapidly in terms of Technology as well as the design and comfort of electric cars. This marks the beginning of a completely new era for the E-Volution:
Now, following pilot projects, automobile manufacturers are going into series production with various electric models and are also setting ambitious goals: For example, GM is planning around 2025 electric vehicle models in its fleet by 30, under the motto "Reimagine", Jaguar wants to become a fully electric luxury brand by 2025 and Ford is investing around 29 Billion euros in electric mobility.
But what are the advantages of electric cars, how sustainable are they and which are the most beautiful luxury models? Find out here:
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Advantages of electric cars
- Driving with electric vehicles does not generate any emissions and therefore causes significantly less CO2 than conventional cars
- Also of great importance: In E-Mobility, the electricity for charging should come from renewable sources - So, the energy transition plays a major role
- Electric cars have a longer lifespan and require less maintenance because, for example, there is no need to change the oil or filter
- When braking, electric cars can use recuperation to recover energy, which they can then use for a longer range. This is particularly advantageous in city traffic
- Many manufacturers are addressing the issue of recycling: Renault, for example, is currently trying to develop a Circular economy for its critical lithium-ion batteries to recover raw materials as well as reuse batteries elsewhere. VW is also opening its world's first recycling plant for high-voltage vehicle batteries in January 2021.
- One innovation is the so-called solid state battery. This could replace the lithium-ion battery in the future. The manufacturer Toyota, for example, is working on this and is planning the first prototype for 2021.
Top 10: These are the best luxury electric cars of 2021
Automakers are increasingly launching electric luxury models on the market, especially this year. They are characterized by design, premium equipment as well as the latest technology. Here is the list of top luxury e-cars 2021 including it-factor, range, price and market maturity:
- Piëch Mark Zero
- BMW iX
- Mercedes EQS
- Porsche Taycan
- Audi EQ4 e-Tron GT
- Rimac C_Two
- Jaguar i-pace
- Tesla S
- Polestar 1
- Cadillac LYRIQ
1. Piëch Mark Zero
With his start-up Piëch Automotive, Anton Piëch is now launching the prototype of the futuristic Mark Zero sports car in series production. The installed 70-hWh battery features a special type of cell that develops hardly any temperature during charging and discharging. The sustainable Piëch car can drive up to 500 kilometers with it. The manufacturer promises a charging time from 0 to 80 percent in under 5 minutes. The sleek luxury cars are scheduled to go into series production in 2022 and will be sold starting at around 150.000 euros.
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2. BMW iX
With the BMW iX, the traditional German brand is now launching its premium Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) at the end of 2021. Special features: Fully electric all-wheel drive with a remarkable range of 600 km. The vehicle with a reduced design language and the new BMW design is available for around 100.000 euros.
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3. Mercedes EQS
The electric flagship from Mercedes-Benz is the fully electric S-Class called EQS. The aim was to outdo the Tesla in terms of range. Namely, because the new sustainable luxury body promises a range of 700 kilometers. The Vision EQS was presented at the digital Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. As part of “Ambition 2039”, Mercedes-Benz is also working on creating a C02 neutral new vehicle in less than 20 years. The MBUX Hyperscreen in the interior should be an eye-catcher: It is radically simplified and personalized by artificial intelligence.
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4. Porsche Taycan
Die-hard Porsche drivers should be pleased: The manufacturer will be going into series production with the Porsche Taycan - another electric sports car - in March 2021. After the Taycan Turbo S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan 4S, this will be the fourth version of Porsche's first all-electric sports sedan. The model also relies on rear-wheel drive and is available with two battery sizes, enabling it to achieve a range of up to 484 km.
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5. Audi EQ4 e-Tron GT
This electric sports car will go into series production this year. Its size and maximum range of 400 kilometers make it particularly suitable for everyday use. And what makes it so special: The new Audi EQ4 e-tron uses the VW Group's Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB). Interested parties will be able to buy the Audi EQ4 e-Tron GT from 2021 for around 140.000 euros.
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6. Rimac C_Two
No one else has that much horsepower: With the C_Two, Rimac has brought a sustainable super sports car onto the market. The hypercar from the Croatian luxury manufacturer, in which both Porsche and Hyundai / Kia are involved, has more than 1.900 hp and can travel more than 550 kilometers. The luxury electric car will be available from 2021 at a price of 1,8 million euros and will only be available in limited numbers. A maximum of 150 units will be produced.
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7. Jaguar i-Pace
Between 2023 and 2032, automaker Jaguar plans to save around 4,5 million tons of CO2. As part of this, the 400-hp Jaguar i-Pace electric SUV will be updated with a facelift: Three-Phase Technology as well as new infotainment and cabin air filter. The all-electric crossover SUV will cover just under 350 km and is available from a price of around 80.000 euros.
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8. Tesla S.
The pioneer for sustainable cars Tesla has developed the Model S, a vehicle designed for maximum efficiency. With a range of up to 628 kilometers, the manufacturer is setting new standards in e-mobility for its Model S vehicle. It will be available from around 2021 euros from 90.000.
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9. Polestar 1
If you want to get a version of the limited model, you have to hurry, because Polestaris now accepting the last orders for the electric luxury car. Polestar 1 is the flagship of the Polestar product series and thus the vehicle that founded the brand. Only 500 of its kind were produced p.a. over two years. But prospective buyers don't have to worry because the mid-range Polestar 2 model will be launched in the future with a smaller battery as well as single motor. In this way, the sustainable premium brand wants to make electric cars accessible to the masses.
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10. Cadillac LYRIQ
The LYRIQ from General Motors relies on a sleek crossover SUV design and a modular platform. As a result, rear-wheel drive is optional. The LYRIQ manages a range of up to 480 kilometers with GM's new Ultium battery technology. It is scheduled to debut in 2021 and cost just under 60.000 euros in the most affordable trim.
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Can luxury e-cars be sustainable?
- The energy transition and the expansion of charging stations continue to play an important role in terms of sustainability
- But low consumer costs and better range make luxury electric cars more and more attractive
- In addition, electric cars are locally emission-free and significantly quieter than normal cars
- If manufacturers succeed in recycling and integrating a circular economy, electric cars are a sustainable alternative