From Porsche’s $91,000 station wagon to GMC’s 1,000-horsepower pickup, here are 9 of the coolest electric vehicles launching in 2021



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The Air sedan, the debut model from EV startup Lucid Motors, is set to hit streets in 2021.

Electric cars are hitting the market at a dizzying pace.
More than 10 new EVs will go on sale in the US by the end of 2021.
The Lucid Air sedan, Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo wagon, and GMC Hummer EV truck launch in 2021.
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Long gone are the days when a Tesla, Nissan Leaf, or Chevy Bolt were practically the only options if you wanted a car that sipped electrons rather than gulping gasoline.

There are around 20 electric vehicles for sale in the US right now, ranging from luxury SUVs to economical compact crossovers. But many, many more are on the way.

In the next five to 10 years, the number of new electric vehicles on the market is set to be staggering as big automakers like Volkswagen, General Motors, and Stellantis spend billions upon billions to greenify their lineups.

And in just the rest of 2021, plenty of new EVs are set to hit US streets from scrappy upstarts and established manufacturers alike. Here are nine to look out for:

Audi E-Tron GT
Audi RS E-Tron GT
Audi RS E-Tron GT.

Audi has talked up the E-Tron GT for a while now. After finally unveiling the real thing in February, Audi is close to shipping off the first units.

The epically quick four-seat sedan starts at roughly $100,000 for the base model, which puts out 469 horsepower and has a range of 238 miles. The $140,000 high-performance RS version generates 590 horsepower and hits 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, Audi says. So it's no surprise that that model is a pure joy to drive.

BMW i4
2022 BMW i4 EV
2022 BMW i4.

BMW canceled the long-running i3 hatchback this month to make room for a new era of EVs. That includes the i4, a battery-powered car that hits at the core of what the German automaker does best: make sleek and sporty luxury sedans.

The brand's first electric sedan, the i4 will have an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles and will put out up to 530 horsepower, according to BMW. There will also be a performance model.

GMC Hummer EV
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Hummer EV Pickup

The gas-guzzling Hummer is getting an unlikely second life as a zero-emission EV.

GM calls the 2022 GMC Hummer EV a "supertruck" and says it will offer 1,000 horsepower and 350 miles of range. The $112,595 "Edition 1" model will be available to reservation holders this fall, with a handful of other trim levels to follow.

An SUV version is also on the way for 2023.

Hyundai Ioniq 5
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Hyundai is launching a new brand for EVs called Ioniq, and the first vehicle from that brand is the Ioniq 5. The striking little SUV will come in all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive options and will be able to travel nearly 300 miles on a charge, Hyundai says.

There's no word yet on pricing for the 2022 Ioniq 5, but we should learn more closer to when the model goes on sale this fall.

Lucid Air
Lucid Air, an electric luxury sedan.
Lucid Air.

Five years after it first showed off a prototype of the Air sedan, Lucid Motors is almost ready to start delivering its debut vehicle.

With an impressive EPA-estimated range of up to 517 miles and an enticing starting price of $77,400, the Lucid Air takes direct aim at the Model S. But historically, it's been extraordinarily difficult to get a new car company off the ground.

Lucid has had to delay production due to the pandemic and related supply constraints. Still, the company's CEO Peter Rawlinson told Insider the company is on track to start delivering Airs this year.

Mercedes-Benz EQS
Mercedes EQS

The EQS, revealed in April, will be Mercedes-Benz's first EV for the US when it goes on sale this fall. A long, luxurious land yacht, it's something of an electric twin to the company's longtime flagship, the S-Class sedan.

According to Mercedes, the EQS will get 478 miles of range, putting it near the top of the US market. It will offer a gargantuan 56-inch "Hyperscreen" that spans the car's entire width as an option.

Mercedes hasn't disclosed pricing yet, but expect it to run you at least $100,000 to start.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo
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2021 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

Porsche is following up its first EV – the Taycan – with a new model that claims the title of the world's first electric station wagon. Porsche claims the Taycan Cross Turismo is a crossover SUV, but come on, just look at it.

The Cross Turismo gets extra ground clearance, more cargo space, a Gravel Mode, and more protective cladding. The wagon will come in four versions, all of which sport all-wheel drive as standard. The Taycan Cross Turismo starts at $91,000 and hits dealers this summer.

Rivian R1T
Rivian R1T pickup truck
Rivian R1T.

Expect to start seeing Rivian's electric pickups whirring down streets and off-road trails in the very near future since people who preordered Launch-Edition models should start receiving their trucks in July.

The California startup has emerged as one of the most promising Tesla challengers, armed with billions in funding, a massive deal to build Amazon's delivery vans.

Its outdoorsy trucks start at $67,500 and offer 300-plus miles of range.

Rivian R1S
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Rivian will start delivering its first pickups and SUVs this summer.

The R1T isn't the only new model rolling out of Rivian's Illinois factory this year. The R1S, a luxury SUV that looks somewhat like an electric Range Rover, also hits streets this summer. It's a bit more expensive than the truck, starting at $70,000.

Like its pickup stablemate, it has unique features like a "gear tunnel" behind the rear seats and the ability to spin in place like a tank.

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