11 important EVs coming in 2024

Fasten your seat-belts for a sneak peek at the some of the best all-electric cars heading to UK showrooms next year

Launches of new electric vehicles are gathering pace, and 2024 looks like it’s going to be a bumper year. In addition to yet more expensive SUVs and potent hatchbacks, we’re also going to see some affordable new models, a futuristic roadster, plus car brands new to the UK.

Here are just some of the most significant new EVs you’ll see on our roads between now and 2025.

Volvo EX30

One of two new Volvo EVs (the other is the big EX90), the EX30 is the Swedish brand’s new ‘affordable’ entry-level car, slotting below the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge. Priced from £33,795, it’s available as a single motor 51kWh, single motor 69kWh or a twin motor 69kWh (AWD). Depending on the model chosen, it will have a range of between 214-296 miles, with the 0-62mph dash in as little as 3.6 seconds. Volvo hopes its new baby SUV will attract younger buyers to the Volvo experience.

MG Cyberster

The Cyberster takes MG back to its spiritual roots with this striking two-door, drop-top sports car. The Chinese-owned firm claims the Cyberster will be the world’s first ‘affordable’ EV roadster. It’s about the size of a BMW Z4, features showstopping scissor doors and is expected to retail for at least £50,000. It’s thought there will be two versions – a lighter, entry-level rear-wheel-drive, and a more powerful dual-motor AWD alternative.

Mini Cooper Electric

The iconic design may have evolved again, but there’s no mistaking the all-new Mini’s heritage. As retro cool outside as ever, its interior is packed with the latest tech, including a hi-tech new digital infotainment system (centrally mounted and circular, of course). Priced from £30,000, the entry-level Mini Cooper Electric E will come with a 40.7kWh battery (190-mile range), while the SE version gets a larger 54.2kWh capacity (250 miles). Be sure to expect more trademark MINI handling. In fact, there’s even a ‘Go-kart’ drive mode!

Cupra Tavascan

The sleek Cupra Tavascan is the first all-electric SUV coupe from SEAT’s sporty sister brand. Bigger than the Born EV hatchback, it will battle it out with the likes of the Volkswagen ID.5 (they share a platform), the Ford Mustang Mach-e, Nissan Ariya and Tesla Model Y. Two versions will be available – a rear-wheel-drive one with 282bhp and a four-wheel-drive VZ variant with 335bhp and a 0-62mph time of 5.6 seconds. Both versions will use a 77kWh battery pack, offering between 321 and 339 miles of range, and we expect the Tavascan to start at around £55,000.

Dacia Spring

One of the biggest criticisms of EVs is that they are too expensive. Dacia is looking to fill that gap with the Spring, a city SUV which is already a common sight in France, for instance. As you’d expect from Renault’s budget brand, the Spring is likely to be a pared-down package and it’s hoped that it will start at less than £20,000, making it the UK’s most affordable electric car. Under the skin, there’s a 43bhp electric motor and a small 27.4kWh battery, which should deliver a range of up to 143 miles.

Citroen e-C3

Citroen has also realised that motorists are crying out for cheaper EVs. Costing less than £23,000, the e-C3 is another boxy little SUV – this time with a claimed 199 miles of range. Under its skin, there’s a 44kWh battery pack and 113hp electric motor powering the front wheels. Citroen is expected to offer an even cheaper option at a later date. It is likely to have a smaller battery, a range of around 124 miles and may even come in below the magic £20,000-mark.

Ford Explorer

Ford has been a bit late to the EV party with just the Mustang Mach-E flying the 100% electric flag so far. All that will change in 2024 when a zero-emissions version of the popular Puma will go on sale, along with the Explorer – a bold family-sized SUV. Using the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq, it will also compete with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and BMW iX1. Expected to start at around £40,000, it will be available with either a 52kWh or a 77kWh battery, just like the ID.4. Rear-wheel-drive models with the larger battery should have up to 335 miles of claimed range, while the smaller-battery version will have a drive limit closer to 220 miles.

Polestar 3

Polestar is another brand expanding fast in 2024, with the ‘3’ and ‘4’ joining the ‘2’. The Swedish brand’s first electric SUV, the stunning Polestar 3 will compete with the likes of the Tesla Model Y, BMW iX, Audi Q8 e-tron and Mercedes EQE. Starting at £79,900, this upmarket EV will be available in two versions, both powered by a big 111kWh battery pack. The Long Range model will be able to travel up to 379 miles on a single charge, while the Performance range-topper will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Omoda 5

Chery Automobile is one of around half a dozen Chinese brands heading to the UK over the next year or two. Its stylish Omoda 5 family-sized SUV is the first from the car giant and it will take on the likes of the Hyundai Kona, Renault Megane E-Tech, BYD Atto 3 and Kia Niro. Powered by a 61kWh battery pack, it’s expected to have a range of 280 miles with a 10%-80% charging time of around 35 minutes.

Lotus Emeya

Meet the first electric saloon car from Lotus. Marketed as a ‘hyper GT’, this stunning four-door gets up to 893bhp from its dual-motor powertrain and can accelerate from 0-62mph in under 2.8 seconds. The range is expected to be well over 300 miles and its charging tech is just as impressive. Lotus says it can add 93 miles of range with approximately five minutes of charge using a 350kW DC fast charger, as well as boost range up to 80% within 18 minutes.

Volkswagen ID.7

VW’s all-electric ID line-up will get another boost in 2024 with the arrival of the sleek ID.7 fastback. It will be offered with a 77kWh battery (384-mile range) or an 86kWh unit (up to 430 miles). It can accept charging speeds of up to 175kW, which should allow it to rapid charge from 10-80% charge in around 28 minutes. Priced from £55,570, it will do battle with the Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Ioniq 6 and Polestar 2, to name but a few.

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