Best Electric Cars of 2021

best electric cars 2021

This year is heading to be a watershed moment for electric vehicles. Long viewed as novelty vehicles with limited range and slow recharging times, mass-market electric cars have now reached their highest point in terms of value and cost. Tesla and other early adopters were ahead of the curve. Still, now that everyone from Chevrolet to Ford, Jaguar to Porsche is offering electric vehicles and rapid charging networks to support them, it’s clear that this is a growing trend. The astounding performance numbers that put internal combustion engines to shame are a nice bonus. In alphabetical order, here are the top electric vehicles and SUVs for 2021.

2021 Audi E-tron (Electric Vehicle)

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The E-Tron is the first large-scale production EV from VW’s Audi brand, and it goes under the radar in a category where publicizing electrification is commonplace. The EV engine inside would be unnoticeable if it weren’t for the grille and a few pieces of brightwork. According to the manufacturer, a pair of electric motors, one front and one rear, produce 490 in boost mode, or 414 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. 

Chevrolet Bolt EV in 2021

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With so many high-end and exotic EVs filling the electrified field, it may appear weird that the Chevrolet Bolt did so well in our rankings, but that’s precisely the purpose. It meets the crucial compact vehicle requirements at a price that the ordinary family can afford, with an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range, DC quick Charging capability (GM claims 100 miles of range in 30 minutes), seating for four, and 56 cubic feet of storage capacity with the rear seats folded.

Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021

Ford noticed the category was filling up quickly a few years into the Mach E’s development and realized it needed to do something to stand out among a slew of crossover-shaped EVs. To do so, it took one of Ford’s most cherished names and told the designers to stretch out the roofline to make it more of a fastback shape. Even though it shares the same name as the Mustang, it provides an enjoyable driving experience as long as you don’t expect a V8 roar to greet you.

Hyundai Kona EV in 2021

The Kona EV inherits the tradition of Hyundai’s Kona, which garnered many fans when it was introduced for the 2018 model year for its feisty aesthetics and driving demeanor, and adds the benefit of an EV motor. The Kona squeaks out a 258-mile range with a single electric motor and a 64-kWh battery pack, earning a combined 120 MPGe from the EPA. However, because of the Electric motor’s 291 pound-feet of torque, it’s still a blast to drive.


The automobiles shown here are among the most popular new electric vehicles among tech enthusiasts of all sorts. Whether you’re looking for an EV with the latest cabin conveniences and advanced driver assist systems, a low-cost DIYer who enjoys customizing your ride with your brought-in solutions, or simply someone looking for an affordable everyday car with commute-easing technology, the Roadshow by CNET editorial team has you covered.

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