Electric Cars Coming Soon

  • By Michaela Crawford
  • 8 min read

LeaseLoco takes a look at some of the upcoming electric cars set to feature on UK roads in the very near future. What electric models are getting us all charged up in 2021?

Electric cars being charged.

All the upcoming electric cars that we expect to see released in the UK this year, if they haven’t dropped already!

I’m sure we are all aware by now that the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned by 2030 – which isn’t that far away! And with Volvo announcing they will stop producing diesel and petrol cars from 2025, it looks like the impact of that policy will be felt sooner rather than later!

People are often put off electric cars at the thought of the inconvenience of charging them – but this is not as big an issue as you may think! For example, if you have an electric car with 250 miles range, think about how long it will take you to drive that far. My drive to work (in a non-Covid-19 life) is 10 miles… Most people don’t need to charge their car every night. Even if you’re driving 40 or 50 miles a day, one or two charges a week will do. With more and more charging points becoming available and the tax incentives included, it makes sense that we are already seeing a shift towards the electric driving experience.

We will be seeing lots of new model, electric vehicles drop on LeaseLoco in the very near future, so we want to give you an insight into some of the coolest electric cars that could be coming soon to your driveway!


You might have heard of the popular BMW X3 SUV. The iX3 is pretty much an electric version of it! This will be launched with first deliveries in the summer, but you can get ahead of the game and order the iX3 now. BMW says it gives 285 miles range, has an 80kWh battery and can charge from 0 to 80% in only 34 minutes in an appropriate public charging point which is impressive. The iX3 is a practical family SUV with roomy back seats for everyone.

the BMW iX3 in a driveway

Mercedes-Benz EQV

From February this year, you can get your hands on the stylish and sleek Mercedes-Benz EQV MPV where you can pick from a variety of seating selections, giving a range of 213 miles. With space for up to 8 people, 80% charging in 45 minutes and high functionality – it is a great design and is really easy for passengers to sit back and relax comfortably.

the Mercedes-Benz EQV at a charging point

Audi RS e-tron GT

While this vehicle was meant to make its debut in 2020, certain pandemic things got in the way.. However, the RS e-tron GT is now available for factory order on LeaseLoco, but you won’t be seeing this until after May. Included as standard is a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, heated sports seats with massaging functions, 280 miles maximum range and some impressive performance figures. The RS e-tron GT delivers 590bhp, 830Nm of torque, top speeds of 155mph and hits 62mph in just 3.3 seconds. It certainly is quite the competition for the Porsche Taycan, on which it shares the same platform.

the Audi RS e-tron GT

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Speaking of which, while the Porsche Taycan already has a number of electric models available now, a new one on the horizon, with its launch date of the 4th March just past, is the more spacious Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. This will have adaptive air suspension, partial leather seats, sat nav with the Turbo - and Turbo S offering even more.

the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Tesla Model Y

This is pretty much a raised SUV Tesla Model 3 coming with the same long range, great charging and cool technology. Offering 7 seats, a panoramic glass sunroof as standard, a massive 15 inch infotainment screen and the Tesla app that lets you heat or cool your car before you get in it. Wouldn’t that be nice for those bitterly cold mornings! The bad news here is the UK probably won’t see the Tesla Model Y until 2022. If you can’t wait until then, check out the available Tesla lease deals on LeaseLoco now including the Tesla Model 3, the Model S and the Model X.

the Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model S Plaid

It’s no surprise we’re mentioning Tesla twice here. This model is very impressive too. It gives a maximum output of 1,006bhp, the jaw-dropping 1.9 second 0-60mph time and a top speed of 200mph - all powered by the 3-motor Plaid powertrain. Elon Musk claims this will be the most powerful production car with the quickest acceleration ever. Did we mention it also allows for 520 miles driving range on one charge? First deliveries will be before the end of the year.

Not only does Tesla have those in the line up for release, they already have a refreshed Model S Plaid+, which we won’t be seeing any until 2022. With a 1,100hp, 520 mile range, and doing 0-60mph in less than 2 seconds. The Plaid and Plaid+ ranges mean that they both are a great choice for people who regularly drive long distances.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

We thought the BMW iX3’s charging time was quick, but the IONIQ 5 features 800V battery technology that charges from 10% to 80% in only 18 minutes. That’s enough time to stop, get a coffee, and be on the road again with a recharged car! There is also a footrest that pops out when the seats recline if you would rather have a snooze while you wait for it to charge. The retro-inspired styling definitely is unique and gives a rather futuristic look. On the inside it has twin 12 inch screens, augmented head-up display, wireless phone charging, a Bose sound system and Hyundai’s ‘SmartSense’ driver assistance technology. This will make its debut near the end of the year. If you’re looking for an IONIQ sooner than that, LeaseLoco has a super-hot rare 100 loco score deal* for a Hyundai IONIQ, meaning it is incredible value.

the Hyundai IONIQ 5

Lexus UX 300e

Lexus’ first pure electric car, based on their UX SUV, the Lexus UX 300e is another one of the upcoming electric cars and will reach its first customers this spring. It has an eager acceleration that makes it feel faster than it probably is, but this makes it enjoyable to drive around. It’s well equipped, reliable and while there may be other cheaper and more spacious options out there for families, this is a strong contender for an electric car in the UK.

the Lexus UX 300e

Mazda MX-30

The Mazda MX-30 is an early 2021 release and definitely is a people pleaser. It is a safe and strong car with heaps of technology and safety kit coming as standard with a great infotainment system. By opting for the Sport-Lux model you can get some great spec including privacy glass, heated front seats, a Keyless Go system and a Head-Up display for not too big a jump in price! Although, only 124 miles range may not please everyone. However, Mazda say that most people don’t need a long battery range and making big lithium-ion batteries can be pretty negative by creating a lot of CO2. A pretty short range, but feels modern with its tech features and is relatively cheap.

the Mazda MX-30

Cupra Born

One of the best electric cars coming soon is the Cupra Born, being recently renamed from ‘el-Born’ which was previously named after a district in Barcelona. The Cupra Born is a family EV that promises a 310 miles range; rapid charging; sports seats; 380 litre boot space; a minimalistic layout on the inside which we love including a 10 inch touchscreen infotainment screen; and a very striking appearance. Prices are still yet to be revealed, but we’re waiting in anticipation.

the Cupra Born

Rivian R1 T

This pick-up will inspire the electric vehicle generation delivering 754bhp and an astonishing time of 3 seconds to do 0-60mph. We all know vans and trucks are becoming an increasingly popular market, so this will pave the way for EV pick-ups to come. Every R1 T will be able to tow more than 11,000 pounds, but if you will be towing you should plan to get the bigger battery pack as this may use the battery quicker. The standard battery will give 250 miles range, but the larger battery pack will give 400 miles. We’re excited to see more EV vans on LeaseLoco to come.

the Rivian R1 T

Ford Mustang Mach-E

While this was meant to hit the UK last year, deliveries were postponed in the UK so they could meet the initial demand. After patiently waiting, Ford’s first all-electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E is available to order now. This SUV doesn’t really scream ‘Mustang’ but it is comfortable with a great range of 370 miles and has 254bhp at standard. With some great interior spec including the B&O sound system and an infotainment display with sat-nav that will direct you to charging stations when you need. To add to that, it is fun to drive and a good-looking car.

the Ford Mustang Mach-E

Final Thoughts

We’ve selected some of our favourites here, but this list could go on forever. It is super exciting to see more and more electric vehicles released throughout the year. We continue to get our minds blown by some of the performance stats that they offer. With the future of the motor industry increasingly moving towards electric, we expect the leasing popularity of these upcoming electric cars to snowball.

What electric vehicle are you most excited for?

*Loco score correct at time of publishing.

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