Updated April 24, 2021
This list is all about the future. The future that we in fact, happen to be living in right now. Welcome to the world with Performance Hybrids & Electric Cars.
It wasn’t too long ago that hybrid automobiles were uninspiring, often diminutive and starved of any (entertaining) performance qualities; cars such as the Volt and Prius immediately come to mind. While this is not going to be about bashing such cars - which certainly served a purpose - I don’t think they got anyone particularly excited about a future full of hybrids and EVs, when they first arrived on the scene.
That feels like it was eons ago now, and here we are in the year 2021 with everything from economical grocery getters to multi-million dollar hypercars now sporting zero-emissions tech. Perceptions have changed along the way, where driving a hybrid or EV used to appeal only to a small niche motivated by their environmental concerns. Now, in many cases, that same technology has allowed even the most performance-oriented cars to drive faster, harder and better than ever before.
Let’s face it. There are still a lot of things that can and need to be improved on when it comes to today’s technology. Range, charging infrastructure, battery weight, costs - just to name a few. At the same time, if you were to consider this moment to be the true “early days” of hybrid and particularly, EV technology, then there is plenty to get excited about.
Tesla had set the bar for EVs when it released the Tesla Model S almost 10 years ago. While they still very much dictate the tempo of the industry in this space, conventional automakers such as Audi and Porsche look to assert their own dominance with the new e-tron GT and Taycan, respectively ushering in their own range of fully-electric cars.
Other big names such as Mercedes-Benz, offer a wide range of performance hybrid options in their line-ups while they finalize the design and production of their introductory EV models - those are expected to be released in the short-term. Over the next few years, many more automakers will be in on the action, so expect to see a lot of “firsts” when it comes to electric cars during this time.
In the meantime, here is a list of all the brand new Performance Hybrids & Electric Cars you can purchase in 2021.