- Lots of startups are working tirelessly to launch new electric cars to the US market.
- They are planning violent SUVs, six-figure luxury sedans and pickup trucks.
- Some of the most exciting models come from Rivian, Lucid, Canoo and Aptera.
Tesla pretty much created today’s market for electric cars by proving that battery power could be cool. Now a staggering number of startups are trying to claim a piece of pie.
Some, like Rivian and Lucid Motors, are decently far ahead, and factories are already spitting out pickups and sedans. Others still have the mountains to do before their vehicles see the light of day.
Given how cash-intensive and challenging it is to produce a new vehicle on a large scale, there is no guarantee that every current start-up will succeed. The chances of that are slim. Still, there are plenty of exciting electric cars that claim to be just above the horizon.
The history of Aptera Motors began in the 2000s with a three-wheeled prototype EV, but the startup ran out of money in 2011. It is back with a new vehicle.
Aptera claims that the new tricycle can drive up to 1,000 miles on a full battery, twice the best electric cars on the market today. The startup says it is possible through a lightweight body and an extremely aerodynamic design. Plus, optional solar panels that cover the vehicle’s exterior can deliver up to 40 miles of range a day in sunny areas, Aptera says.
The vehicle is open for pre-orders now with a starting price of $ 25,900. It goes up to about $ 50,000 if you add 1,000-mile battery and options. Aptera says the first customer cars will arrive in early 2022.
Bollinger’s B1 SUV is a robust, retro version of new technology. It has visible rivets, windows with manual crank and an overall style reminiscent of a decades-old Land Rover. It is also packed with lots of power for off-roading and lots of useful features and loading bays.
Production on B1 and its pickup twin, B2, is set to start in late 2022 after a few delays. They will drive you $ 125,000 and promise a range of 200 miles.
Canoo Pickup Truck
Canoo has a handful of radical EVs coming down on the pike. But the most boring of them all has to be the Pickup Truck.
The pill-shaped pickup comes with innovative features such as a fold-down work table in front and a built-in bed extension. It will also accommodate a camper shell and be available with four-wheel drive.
Canoo says the blunt truck will go into production in 2023. There is no word on prices yet.
Faraday Future FF91
Faraday Future first unveiled the FF91 sedan in 2017 with plans to start selling it in 2018. Due to a host of financial battles, it never happened.
Flush with cash after being announced in July, Faraday Future is back from the brink of death. It aims to start delivering FF91 next summer.
The company claims that the FF91 will deliver 1,050 horsepower and sprint to 60 km / h in 2.4 seconds. The sci-fi-looking vehicle is loaded with front and rear fenders and has large, comfortable seats in the back that can lie flat. It gets at least 300 miles of range, according to the company.
Expect FF91 to cost at least $ 200,000.
Super-premium sedans and weird trikes are good and the whole thing — but reasonably affordable, great-looking SUVs are probably what most EV shoppers are after.
That’s what Fisker Ocean, which is due to go into production by the end of 2022, promises to be. It starts at $ 37,499 (just under $ 30,000 when you use the federal tax deduction for electric purchases) and emphasizes sustainability, with solar panels integrated into the roof and an interior made from recycled materials.
Founder Henrik Fisker has succeeded in selling vehicles before, albeit briefly. His previous startup, Fisker Automotive, sold the hybrid Karma luxury sedan from 2011 and went into operation in 2014. Justin Bieber had a chrome.
Irvine, California-based Rivian is a bit like Tesla’s crisp cousin.
Its models are sleek and expensive – like the Elon Musks – but they are also aimed at people who like to get outdoors. They offer off-road options, all sorts of optional racks, innovative storage solutions for all your equipment and even a built-in camping kitchen.
Rivian’s pickup truck, R1T, is in production now. Its $ 70,000 R1S SUV sibling is scheduled to begin shipping later this year. It has a range of 316 miles in its basic configuration.
Lucid Air Pure
Lucid Motors has begun producing the Air Dream Edition, $ 170,000, limited edition of its debut luxury sedan at its Arizona plant.
But you can not build a business on the back of 520 more expensive cars. (This figure pays homage to Air Dream Edition’s record-breaking 520-mile range, as estimated by the EPA.)
If Lucid is going to challenge Tesla in any real way, it’s thanks to the base Air Pure sedan. That car will cost $ 77,400 – certainly not a good buy, but a whopping $ 13,000 less than the Tesla Model S. Air Pure promises 480 horsepower and 406 miles of range.