While automakers have been going all-in on electric SUVs and trucks in recent years, 2021 has a crop of droolable battery-powered and hybrid sports cars on the way.
Electric sports cars have been around for years with the first Tesla Roadster released more than a decade ago. But now there are more plug-in hybrids and 100 percent battery versions of the eye-catching cars that offer more range and performance. Many of this year’s new e-sports cars have larger batteries so they can last longer in hidden electric drive mode. Here are six new electric sports cars that further expand the growing market for electric cars.
An electric boost in a sports car.
There’s a new sports car that you can hook up with the GS-6 from California automaker Karma. On Monday, the company announced new pricing for its redesigned (and renamed) Revero GT. Instead of a price tag of nearly $ 150,000, the GS-6 starts at $ 83,900.
The plug-in hybrid can run up to 80 miles with two motors and a 28 kWh battery. In stealth mode, the car only uses the battery. However, when combined with the gas powered generator, the car can travel up to 360 miles.
Fully electric Karma GSe-6
A look under the hood of the Karma GSe-6.
By the end of the year, Karma plans to offer an even cheaper version of the aforementioned sports car that runs on electricity only. The GSe-6 has not yet been unveiled, but it will rely 100 percent on electricity. A range of over 300 miles is expected, starting at $ 79,900.
Not your everyday EV.
This is not your average hybrid. The McLaren Artura supercar was unveiled this week as a $ 225,000 light speed demon that can reach 205 mph. It takes about 2 hours to charge the 7.4 kWh battery and the electric motor, giving the hybrid a range of 30 km. McLaren has promised an all-electric version by 2025.
Tesla Roadster 2.0
Waiting for the Tesla Roadster.
Tesla’s first electric car was the fast roadster in 2008. It was in production until a hiatus from 2012 when preparing for an update. A version of the $ 200,000 second-generation car was expected this year, but now it looks like it will arrive in 2022. Reservations are available on the Tesla website.
But the wait might be worth it: Tesla promises a range of 620 miles and 250 miles per hour as a top speed.
Musk first teased the redesigned supercar EV in 2017.
The first electric Porsche.
Porsche had offered the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid since 2011, but at the end of 2019 a fully electric sports car from the German automaker arrived in the Porsche Taycan for the first time. Later this year, the base model will arrive in the US for $ 79,900 with a 79.2 kWh battery. Porsche has not announced the range of this model, but it is expected to match other Taycan variants with a range of around 200 miles.
End of line.
All good things must end. 2021 will be the final year of production for Polestar’s first car: the Polestar 1 hybrid sports car. The two electric motors and the 34 kWh battery give the gas engine an additional mileage of 70 miles purely electrically. In total, the $ 156,000 Hybrid drives 540 miles on a full tank and full charge.
But as soon as the last plug-in sports car rolls off the line, the more practical Polestar 2 will be available. Although not as sporty, the second vehicle is fully electric and arrived at a more modest starting price of $ 59,900 in late 2020.