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More and more electric cars are coming. Today, there may only be, but over the next few years, the choices will grow tremendously. It’s a big switch from the traditional internal-combustion engine, but honestly, we’re excited for some great new cars that happen to run on battery power.
To prove it, in this list, each of our editors picks the electric car they’re most excited about and explains why. We left it open to EVs already announced but awaiting launch, EVs we know only slivers of info about and some that are already sale today that await new variants. Be sure to let us know what EVs get you excited in the comments, too.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
Yes, in spite of a slew of sexy and high-power electric performance cars on the horizon, the EV launch I’m most excited about really is a minivan. But not just any minivan, I’m amped for the production version of the, the battery-powered revival of the brand’s legendary .
Due in 2022, VW’s electric Bus revival will hopefully get a better name, but even if it doesn’t, this charismatic-looking thing promises to provide guilt-free performance, flexible seating configurations and more utility than most SUVs.
The ID Buzz is slated to be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, riding atop VW’s MEB platform. Packing available all-wheel drive, gobs of tech, plenty of range (well over 300 miles) and wrapped in nostalgia-soaked looks, VW’s ID Buzz doesn’t just look like a winner, it has the potential to create a new vehicle category all by its lonesome.
— Chris Paukert
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The upcoming electric vehicle I’m anticipating most is the Ford’s ever put the Mustang name on before. It has the potential to be a truly groundbreaking new product and transform this hallowed nameplate in the 21st Century.. Yeah, I get it, this is pretty low-hanging fruit, but hear me out. Not only is this vehicle a fashion-forward SUV, it has available all-wheel drive, should offer potent performance and is far more versatile than any vehicle that
As Tesla’s proven, there is a market for upscale, feature-rich EVs, something mainstream automakers have taken nearly a decade to figure out. Instead of building another boring hatchback with kidney bean-like proportions and utterly forgettable features, designers and engineers in Dearborn decided to do something different, to build an aspirational electric car. Like various Tesla models, the Mach-E is intended to show that battery-powered vehicles can be sporty, fun and interesting. One look at the specs sheet and it sure looks like they’ve succeeded.
Another reason I’m excited about the Mach-E launch is because I want to see how the Mustang community reacts to such an “imposter.” Diehard fans were quick to decry this EV when it was unveiled late last year, and I’m sure their disdain has only grown during COVID-19 quarantine. Keep a bowl of popcorn handy, because once this thing starts showing up at dealerships and your local cars and coffee, there will be some heated discussions and likely a few epic tantrums.
— Craig Cole
From a pure aesthetics standpoint, it’s hard for me to not be drawn in by the look of the. It’s handsome and simple, and while I wish it had more of a proper hatch on the back, inside and out it has the clean vibe that I’ve come to love about modern Volvos. It’s one of the few EVs that genuinely makes me look twice, and that’s doubly so thanks to the interior. It’s like slotting into a cool, relaxing cabin.
Beyond aesthetics, that interior also is the first on the road to feature, which takes many of the concepts of and effectively expands that to control the entire car’s interface. No more need to pair your phone, it’s Android all the way — maybe a little concerning if you’re not into Google, which I appreciate, but if you are, it’s amazing to just sign in to the car and have everything already there.
But most importantly, this is just a great car.and it’s quick, fun, comfortable, smooth and, of course, quiet. 275 miles of range is plenty for me. My only concern? The price. $60,000 is a little rich for my blood right now. Not to say that it’s not worth it, of course.
— Tim Stevens