Electric cars: Ford invests 30 billion to develop new platforms

Electric cars: Ford invests 30 billion to develop new platforms

Electric cars

The arrival of the Mustang Mach-E is only the beginning of a transition that Ford has peacefully undertaken. A path that will continue between now and 2025 with an investment of 30 billion dollars: a considerable amount that will be used to develop new engines, batteries and platforms on which the next generation of vehicles will be hosted. An ambitious plan, confirmed by forecasts that indicate 2030 as the year by which at least 40% of total Ford sales will be made up of electric cars.

Within the decade, in fact, the American company plans to introduce nine battery-powered cars, plus three vans. Not only that: rumors suggest that Ford's research and development division is working on two new platforms for electric vehicles, to be commercialized by 2025. The goal is to produce "in-house" the technology needed to cover each segment; one of the two architectures will in fact be destined for large vehicles, while the second for crossovers and medium SUVs.

Ford would also be working on solid-state technology for batteries: a solution that would reduce the production costs but to increase the range of vehicles. Moreover, the commitment in this direction was clear since the investment in the Solid Power company, which specializes in the engineering of electric accumulators. In addition, the formation of the company BlueOvalSK, with the Korean company S K Innovation, will allow the production of batteries without having to turn to external suppliers.

On the other hand, the collaboration with the Volkswagen group has been confirmed, which will provide Ford with its MEB platform to build new models for the European market by 2023. The production of the latter will always be in Germany, at the plant that the American brand owns in Cologne. On the old continent, Ford will stop marketing vehicles powered by combustion engines by 2030, becoming a de facto all-electric brand.

Here's every electric vehicle on sale in the US for 2021 and their range

There could be a vehicle plug in your not-too-distant future.


It's slowly but surely getting easier to plug in to electric motoring. Electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly common sight on US roads, along with the charging stations needed to keep 'em juiced up. A few brands seem to dominate the news cycle when it comes to new EVs, but there are actually well over a dozen fully electric models on sale in the US today.

That in mind, here's a list of every electric vehicle on sale in the US and how far each will go on a single charge, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Editors' note: This list only includes vehicles that have been certified by the EPA. More EVs might be in the news, but they will not be added to this compilation until they're officially about to go on sale in the US.


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Audi E-Tron

222 miles


On the surface, Audi's first purpose-built battery electric road car hasn't changed much since its 2019 debut, with only minor tweaks and a few revisions to its options. Yet a combination of software and hardware updates have helped the electric SUV squeeze a few extra miles out of its 95 kilowatt-hour battery, climbing to an EPA estimated maximum range of 222 miles. Somewhat sweetening the pot, the E-Tron's starting price (including destination) has also dropped to $66,995 for the base Premium model.

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The E-Tron has been joined by a new Sportback variant. The underpinnings, powertrain and tech are all the same as the aforementioned electric SUV, but the E-Tron Sportback features a slightly lower roofline and a windswept and silhouette -- coupe-like, if you squint. You'd think that the more aerodynamic profile would net more range, but the Sportback's sportier tuning only returns about 218 miles per charge. It's pricier, too, starting at $70,195.

Read our 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback preview.


BMW's i3 has always been a little weird looking and expensive at $45,445, but it does offer a few things nothing else in the class can match. The biggest of these is its carbon-fiber chassis, which increases stiffness, reduces weight and looks great on a spec sheet. The i3 is definitely meant to be a city car with a relatively short range -- up to 153 miles. But it's easy to park and a nice place to spend time, so we can't fault it too much.

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The Bolt EV was the mainstream car industry's first real, practical answer to Tesla's electric juggernauts. It's an affordable little hatchback that doesn't stick out like the i3 and today, it packs plenty of all-electric range at 259 miles -- a nice increase over its initial 236-mile range. With a starting price of just $36,620, the Bolt has positioned itself as the perfect alternative to Tesla's impossible-to-spec $35,000 Model 3.

Read our 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV review.

Chevrolet Bolt EUV

247 miles

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The Bolt EUV tucks the Bolt EV's battery pack and electric car platform beneath a slightly taller and longer body. The increased weight and aerodynamic profile cost the electric utility vehicle a bit of range, dropping to a still-decent 247 miles, according to the EPA. Other reasons you may want to consider the larger EUV include its increased capacity for cargo and second-row passengers and to get your hands on -- or rather, hands off -- GM's Super Cruise advanced driver assistance tech. The bigger Bolt strikes this summer starting at $38,495. 

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Ford's Mach-E may be a Mustang in name alone, but it's an EV through and through. This electric SUV is offered in a variety of configurations, from the single-motor 'Select' spec starting at $43,995 to the Premium AWD Extended range model at $54,400. At its best, the rear-driven California Route 1 Edition cruises for up to 305 miles with a full charge.

Later this year, high-performance Mach-E GT and GT Performance models will join the lineup, boasting up to 634 pound-feet of torque and a 0-60 sprint in just 3.5 seconds. We'll update when the EPA gets its hands on them. Until then, here's what Ford is offering:

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD: 211 miles
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD Extended: 270 miles
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD: 230 miles
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD Extended: 300 miles
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E RWD California Route 1: 305 miles
  • Read our 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E preview.


    Hyundai is getting way more into the EV game, but the car that started it out for them was the Ioniq Electric, and you can still get it. It's basic in almost every sense of the word, but its range has gotten a nice increase since its debut to 170 miles. This bad boy lists for just a hair over $30,000, and that makes it a decent deal. 

    Read our 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric review.


    The Kona Electric is one of the most exciting new EVs you can buy right now. It has excellent range, weird-but-fun styling, tons of standard equipment and all the other killer Hyundai stuff (including a great warranty). The Kona EV is a lot quicker and more fun to drive than you'd expect, while its range of 258 miles puts it among the upper-echelon of modern battery-electrics. With a price tag starting at $36,990, you're getting a lot for your money. 

    Read our 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review.

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    Jaguar was one of the last companies we'd have expected to release a purely electric SUV. But it did, and the decision ended up working in its favor. The I-Pace looks like nothing else, drives like a Jag and offers a real alternative to the Tesla Model X. The I-Pace is a practical beast: Having been designed from the ground up to be an EV, it has plenty of space for people and things and a substantial range of 234 miles.

    Read our 2020 Jaguar I-PACE review.

    Kandi K27

    59 miles


    No, we're not joking. This newcomer has the distinction of being the least expensive new electric car you can buy today: The K27 costs a no-haggle, no-nonsense $19,999. And that's before the $7,500 federal tax credit, which brings the cost down to $12,499. That's cheap for any new car, but that price also only gets you a ridiculously short range of just 59 miles per charge and an… unorthodox aesthetic.


    Kia's Niro EV is Kia's best effort yet at making a fully battery-electric SUV that offers good range for not a lot of money (239 miles, $38,500 to start), and it surprised us when we drove it for the first time. It's more fun than its looks or specs would suggest, and it's packed with a deep roster of standard features that make modern Kias so hard to beat for value.

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    Mini Cooper SE

    110 miles


    You may not remember this, but Mini was actually an early pioneer of modern EVs. Back in 2009, the automaker underwent a large-scale test of electric Mini E hatchbacks, building hundreds and leasing them to hand-picked consumers and utility companies. It gave up on the tech after a couple years, and it's taken until now for the brand to offer a BEV for sale. 

    The 2021 Mini Cooper SE Electric promises to be one of the most affordable EVs on the market. Priced from $29,900 plus delivery, when you factor in the full federal tax credit and potential state and local incentives, you could own one for well under $20,000. There's a catch, of course: limited range. The Mini Electric is only estimated at 110 miles of range, about as short an e-leash as you'll find today. It's not a compliance car sold only in California-emissions markets -- Mini says the SE is a 50-state model.

    Read our 2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric review.

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    Ah yes, the granddaddy of all affordable electric cars. There is a reason that the Leaf is the world's bestselling EV by a factor of a zillion. And if you've spent time in one recently, you'll know it's easy to see why. The Leaf is a simple, well-built and affordable electric car that offers reasonable range -- 149 miles -- but still feels like the future.

    The Leaf Plus is Nissan's answer to cars like the Tesla Model 3, the Kona Electric and the Bolt. It has the Leaf line's best range yet at 226 miles, and while it's not as cheap as the standard Leaf, it offers more for your money. More what? Power and torque mostly. Some of its tech is a little old, but that means it's well-proved at this point.

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    The second plug-in model from the fledgling Polestar brand is also its first to run completely on battery power. The Polestar 2 fastback -- a sort of tall, liftback sedan chimera -- hits the ground running with impressive interior appointments and gorgeous Scandinavian style. The Polestar 2 boasts a range of 233 miles per charge. We think that's more than enough range for daily driving and then some, but the 2's starting price of $61,200 puts it in the unenviable position of being cross-shopped with the much longer-ranging variants of the Tesla Model S and Y.

    Read our 2021 Polestar Polestar 2 review.

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    Porsche's first battery-electric car arrives to take on the Tesla Model S. It initially went on sale in Turbo and Turbo S forms, packing 670 and 750 horsepower, respectively. The Turbo starts at $150,900 while the more powerful S comes in at $185,000. This year sees the addition of a new rear-drive Taycan base model, starting at $81,250. The EPA-estimated ranges have also been revised, improving across the board for 4S and Turbo models. That lines up somewhat with our independent testing, where we found the Turbo's previous EPA numbers to be a bit conservative.

  • Porsche Taycan Performance: 200 miles

  • Porsche Taycan Performance Battery Plus: 225 miles

  • Porsche Taycan 4S Performance: 199 miles

  • Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Battery Plus: 227 miles

  • Porsche Taycan Turbo: 212 miles

  • Porsche Taycan Turbo S: 201 miles

  • Read our 2021 Porsche Taycan review.

    Tesla Model 3

    353 miles


    This is the EV to which all other midpriced electric vehicles have to answer. The Model 3 is just that good. It's comfortable, fun to drive, has tons of cargo space and one of the best ranges in its class. For 2021, Tesla simplified the Model 3 lineup, dropping from six configurations to three optimized specs:

  • Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus: 263 miles

  • Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD: 353 miles

  • Tesla Model 3 Performance AWD: 315 miles

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    Tesla Model S

    412 miles


    The Model S has been around in more or less the same form since 2012. It's gotten several updates to its hardware, styling and performance -- and is still the reigning champ of all-electric range. It's also $79,990 before adding things like different wheels, paint or Tesla's dubiously named Full Self-Driving feature, which feels like a lot for one of the oldest vehicles here.

    Like the smaller Model 3, its lineup has been revised for 2021. However in this case, it ditched its Standard Range model to make room for the new top-spec Plaid and Plaid Plus, which Tesla promises will be 'the quickest production cars ever.' Tesla also estimates that these super sedans will boast 390 miles and 'over 520 miles' of range, respectively. 

    Unfortunately, the EPA hasn't yet confirmed those claims, and the Plaid pair don't go on sale until the fall. We'll update when they do. For now, here's the new breakdown:

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    Tesla Model X

    371 miles


    The Tesla Model X is like the Model S in that it's fast and expensive, but it's also bigger, roomier and has the craziest doors to be found on a production car this side of the Lamborghini Aventador. Thanks to a similar update to the Model S, the X Standard Range is no more, but improvements to the Long Range Plus mode increase max range to 371 miles on a single charge. That's not bad for something so big. There will also be a Model X Plaid -- but not Plaid Plus -- in the fall 2021. Until then, here's how the Model X line shakes out:

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    Tesla Model Y

    326 miles


    Think of the Tesla Model Y as the larger, frumpier version of the Model 3: Smaller than the Model X, the Y still offers seating for seven (somehow) and the same powerful electric powertrain. According to the EPA, it'll do an impressive 326 miles on a full charge in Long Range Spec. The Performance model offers better performance (of course), but at the cost of a few miles range versus last year. And, like the rest of Tesla's lineup, the Standard Range model is no more.

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    The XC40 Recharge's $20,000 premium over the combustion-powered XC40 is a hard pill to swallow, but if you look past the sticker, the price is somewhat justified. For starters, the $54,985 EV's 486 pound-feet of performance are a class beyond the standard T5 powertrain's 258 torques, as are its all-new Android Automotive cabin tech and luxurious interior appointments. We just wish its range was equally impressive: The 208 miles it offers is a touch low for this class and price range.

    Read our 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 eAWD Pure Electric preview.

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    Taking the place of the humble E-Golf is Volkswagen's first dedicated electric vehicle in the US, the 2021 VW ID 4. The first deliveries of its electric SUV should begin later this year. The performance is fine and the styling is unobtrusive, but its promise of utility, capacity and up to 250 miles of range make the ID 4 a fairly practical choice for families looking to go electric. The Tesla Model Y offers more range and better driving dynamics, but starting at $41,190 before incentives, the VW is more budget-friendly.

    Read our 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 review.

    Every EV available in 2021Make/Model/TrimBest RangeMSRPAudi e-tron222$66,995Audi e-tron Sportback218$70,195BMW i3153$45,445Chevrolet Bolt EV259$36,620Chevrolet Bolt EUV247$38,495Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1305$51,500Hyundai Ioniq Electric170$34,250Hyundai Kona Electric258$38,565Jaguar I-Pace234$71,000Kandi K2759$19,999Kia Niro Electric239$40,265Mini Cooper SE Hardtop 2 door110$30,750Nissan Leaf S Plus226$39,220Polestar 2233$61,200Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Battery Plus227$110,720Tesla Model 3 Long Range353$48,490Tesla Model S Long Range412$79,990Tesla Model X Long Range371$89,990Tesla Model Y Long Range326$51,490Volvo XC40 AWD BEV208$55,085Volkswagen ID 4250$41,190

    A few truly charming electric cars have disappeared from the list this year and will be missed, but overall the list is longer than ever. That means more choices running a wider gamut of ranges, prices and body styles. That's good news for electric car enthusiasts, early adopters and regular drivers looking for flexible and reliable transportation. And there will be more to come even by the end of 2021 -- from the newly announced Ford F-150 Lightning to budget-friendly offerings like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and more. We'll be updating the list as more models are certified by the EPA, so check back often.

    For a list of just our favorite electric vehicles, check out our best electric cars for 2021 roundup. There's also our list of the best kids electric cars for 2021, because it's never too early to cultivate a love of cars -- electric or otherwise.