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  • - We hear a lot about electric vehicles these days,

  • but EV's are still just a tiny fraction

  • of the overall car market.

  • According to the international energy agency

  • plugging cars account for about 1% of US car sales

  • and about 2.6% of global auto sales.

  • - But experts are predicting that 2021

  • will be a crucial year for EV adoption,

  • thanks to more options and growing interest from car buyers.

  • So, we thought we'd zero in on seven different EVs

  • that are coming out this year.

  • And talk about what they tell us

  • about where things are headed in the future,

  • because this wouldn't be a Verge video

  • if we weren't talking about the future.

  • (gentle music)

  • - There's probably no more polarizing electric vehicle

  • coming this year than Tesla's cyber truck.

  • The stark steel body and blade runner inspired design

  • are unlike anything else on the market right now,

  • gas or electric.

  • Something Tesla has been really good at over the years

  • is pushing legacy automakers out of their comfort zones.

  • without Tesla, we probably wouldn't see wide adoption

  • of touchscreen displays in cars

  • or have so much hype around self-driving tech

  • and without Tesla, it's hard to imagine

  • any of these big OEMs

  • seriously investing billions of dollars

  • into electric vehicles.

  • Will the cyber truck inspire similar changes?

  • Probably not, but it is refreshing to see something

  • so different coming to market.

  • So, if the cyber truck is successful

  • maybe it'll give some of these automakers

  • just a little bit more wiggle room

  • to try something new in their designs.

  • The cyber truck will also just help prove

  • out the market for large electric SUV's and trucks

  • which is a potential goldmine

  • just based on the popularity of their gas counterparts.

  • More will come later like the electric F-150

  • or the Hummer EV,

  • but Tesla says it's already collected

  • more than half a million 100 dollar deposits

  • for the cyber truck.

  • So, that market's already off to a pretty good start.

  • - I couldn't believe it when I first heard that GM

  • was resurrecting the Hummer brand as an EV.

  • The gas guzzling symbol of pre-recession excess

  • as an electric pickup truck, forget about it,

  • but GM did it.

  • And the Hummer EV is expected to crab walk into dealerships

  • by the end of this year.

  • It will come with a 24 module

  • double stacked Ultium propulsion system.

  • Ultium is GM's modular battery platform

  • and that is expected to deliver at least 350 miles of range.

  • With three motors and two drive units.

  • The Hummer EV is expected to get up to a thousand horsepower

  • and an estimated 11,500 pound feet of torque,

  • but it won't be cheap starting at $80,000 for the base model

  • and over $110,000 for the highest spectrum.

  • GM went overboard with the tech in this thing,

  • adaptive air suspension

  • that can raise the vehicle six inches,

  • 18 cameras, including front and rear under body cameras

  • to spy any Rocky obstacles.

  • The ability to charge 100 miles in 10 minutes.

  • And of course, crab walk mode,

  • which enables all four wheels to turn in the same direction

  • and move the vehicle sideways.

  • Look at that Hummer scuttle.

  • After more than a decade of working in the shadows,

  • EV startup Rivian is finally ready to release

  • it's R1T pickup and it's R1S SUV later this year.

  • the R1T is an ultra modern rethink

  • of what a pickup truck should look and feel like,

  • without going outside the box, like the cyber truck.

  • The R1S is a Land Roverish SUV,

  • that's a little more familiar.

  • Both started around $70,000,

  • offer at least 300 miles of range

  • and are decked out in fun, outdoorsy features.

  • Like an optional pop-out camping kitchen.

  • Delivery's start later this year.

  • A few years ago there were EV startups popping up

  • left and right, all claiming to be the next Tesla.

  • And one of the reasons they never accomplished that

  • is just money.

  • It takes a lot of money

  • to design, test, and build cars at scale.

  • Rivian, meanwhile has raised more than $8 billion to date

  • including from really big backers

  • like Amazon and Ford.

  • It's applied that money well so far.

  • It's developed new battery technology

  • that it thinks is going to help set it apart

  • from other entries on the market.

  • It's also gone all out in developing

  • this very particular branding

  • of affluent off-roading adventure

  • that appeals to buyers with deep pockets.

  • Rivian's also making a delivery truck for Amazon

  • as part of that investment.

  • That's already being tested on public roads right now.

  • And while that's maybe not as alluring as the pickup truck,

  • it just might be the first electric vehicle

  • driving through your neighbor.

  • (light music)

  • - We've seen the Porsche Taycan

  • and we've seen the Audi e-tron and e-tron GT,

  • but the ID.4 is arguably the most important EV

  • for the Volkswagen group.

  • Which is the second largest automaker in the world.

  • First introduced in 2020, the ID.4

  • is VWs first long range EV for the U S.

  • VW expects to deliver over a 100 thousand ID.4s in 2021,

  • a third of which to US customers.

  • And it's the second car

  • to use VWs modular MEB platform for EVs

  • after the ID.3,

  • which is only available in Europe and China.

  • The ID.4 is interesting,

  • because it has all the SUV DNA

  • that car buyers really crave these days.

  • It's the right size.

  • It has the right styling.

  • And when you factor in federal state and local tax credits

  • the price drops to that mid $30,000 range,

  • that's generally considered to be the sweet spot

  • for most American car buyers.

  • That's cheaper than the Tesla Model Y,

  • which VW will be competing with.

  • But it's important to remember how the ID.4 got here,

  • Dieselgate.

  • In addition to nearly $35 billion

  • in settlements and fines,

  • VW vowed to spend billions more

  • on a whole new lineup of electric vehicles

  • in the hopes of rescuing its damaged reputation.

  • Now, the automaker has promised to sell

  • over a million battery electric vehicles by 2025

  • to make up for illegally concealing

  • how much pollution it's diesel vehicles were creating.

  • And it's also pumping millions more

  • into an EV charging station expansion

  • through its subsidiary, Electrify America.

  • Better charging infrastructure will go a long way

  • towards speeding up the adoption EVs,

  • but only if VW can actually meet its goals.

  • Now, there's a good argument that could be made

  • that if VW had not got caught cheating on its emissions test

  • that the ID.4 would not be rolling out to dealerships

  • this year, if ever.

  • And those EV charging stations

  • could still be on the drawing board.

  • It's funny how culpability works like that.

  • - What are you driving?

  • - An electric Mustang.

  • - What the?

  • That is so sweet.

  • - Ford made a huge bet with the Mustang Mach-E,

  • and while it's still early,

  • it looks like that bet could pay off.

  • The Mustang Mach-E is a really good electric car

  • and will be one of the best for a while

  • until the market really fills out.

  • It has the kind of tech

  • that early adopter customers tend to love,

  • but without the obvious problems that usually surface

  • when old automakers test new waters.

  • I got really into the details with the Mustang Mach-E

  • in my review which you should definitely go watch

  • if you want to learn more.

  • But best of all, for Ford,

  • they've really excited a whole bunch

  • of different conversations with this car.

  • Is it a Mustang?

  • should a Mustang be electric?

  • Should a Mustang be an SUV?

  • There are more people asking those questions

  • than ever really paid attention

  • to Ford's fairly weak early electric vehicle efforts.

  • So, that's exciting.

  • Cars like the Mustang Mach-E don't come around often.

  • - One EV that's flown under the radar so far,

  • is the Nissan Ariya,

  • another compact SUV

  • with a little less than 300 miles of range.

  • The Ariya is expected to go on sale in Japan in mid 2021

  • followed by the US and Europe later in the year.

  • Everyone gives Tesla credit for making EVs popular

  • and Tesla certainly deserves it,

  • but Nissan has long been an unsung leader in EV sales.

  • Despite really only having one EV.

  • The highly functional, mostly uninspiring Nissan LEAF.

  • And don't forget Renault the French car maker,

  • that's allied with Nissan and Mitsubishi,

  • has been pumping out miniature Zoe's

  • for years now with a high degree of success,

  • but now Nissan is readying it's sequel.

  • The Ariyas drive train

  • is what really differentiates it from the LEAF.

  • Rather than opt for a simple front wheel drive arrangement,

  • the Ariya will come in multiple configurations,

  • including a two-wheel drive version

  • and a twin electric motor set up

  • that will enable all wheel drive performance,

  • which Nissan is calling the e-4orce.

  • with a four instead of an F,

  • because everything needs a ridiculous brand name.

  • This is not an over-designed car.

  • If anything, it's exceedingly normal looking,

  • which for an EV can be a relief.

  • The Ariyas wheels certainly stand out,

  • but nothing else about this vehicle screams electric.

  • Which could help lure or potential buyers

  • who are weighing whether to make the switch

  • from gas powered vehicles.

  • Like the ID.4, the Ariya is expected to retail

  • from around 30 to $35,000 after factoring in tax credits.

  • Now, Nissan is claiming this is the most

  • technologically advanced car that it's ever made.

  • And the tax credit is sure to soften the blow

  • for some customers,

  • but Nissan is quickly approaching the threshold

  • of 200 thousand EVs sold in the US

  • and after that the credit begins to phase out.

  • And then the value proposition on a 40 thousand dollar EV

  • that can't travel as far as a Tesla

  • in a single charge, starts to dwindle.

  • (light music)

  • - Not every electric vehicle coming to market this year

  • is a truck or an SUV.

  • Believe it or not, some companies are still making sedans.

  • One EV startup that's releasing a luxury sedan this year

  • is Lucid Motors.

  • Which will finally start selling the Air

  • The interior of the Air is inspired by a private jet,

  • according to Lucid,

  • but the car doesn't skip on specs either.

  • With up to a thousand horsepower

  • and over 500 miles of range.

  • Lucid Motors has a long history for an EV startup,

  • having been founded in 2007 as a battery company.

  • And it's currently helmed by a former Tesla executive

  • who helped bring the model S to light.

  • But the path to now hasn't been easy.

  • The company almost went under a few years ago,

  • because it pretty much ran out of money.