It seems like there are more new electric models coming along than buses these days, but there are quite a few new electric vehicle brands heading to the UK too. While most of the main automakers are pushing ahead with new electric vehicles, they will find themselves having to contend with a number of new rivals. Here we take at look at some that we know of that could be here over the next year.
Arrival seems like a good place to start, partly because it begins with ‘A’ but also because it actually does have a bus. It’s a British company with research and manufacturing facilities in Oxfordshire as well as offices in the US. At the moment it’s focused on commercial vehicles including a bus and a large van which has a range of around 210 miles. It even has an order from parcel delivery company UPS for 10,000 vans. Will it make a car too? Well it’s already been working on a car with Uber, so we’re certainly expecting its arrival.
Henrik Fisker has quite the history in the automotive industry, from his days as a designer to creating the Fisker Karma, going bust and starting all over again. Today US company Fisker Automotive seems to have some real momentum with orders for its first new model, the Ocean already surpassing 50,000. It’s a great looking SUV with good design, practicality and tech and it will be on sale in the UK in 2023 priced from £34,990. The Ocean will be followed by a car called the Pear, the name of which obviously has a bit of a dig at Apple, although it stands for Personal Electric Automotive Revolution. Then there will be the Ronin sports car and Fisker himself told us that the team in the new Fisker Magic Works design studio in the UK is working on something luxurious and sporty too.
The Lucid Air is already on sale in the US, but it will soon begin selling its premium electric saloon in Europe. It’s already taking deposits from customers in the UK and the first right-hand drive deliveries should start in 2023. The Air is available with up to 1,111hp and a potential 520 mile range and has been widely praised and cited as a big rival to the Tesla Model S. It will be followed by an SUV that is currently under development.
Lynk & Co
Chinese auto giant, Geely, is making some serious inroads in Europe. Not only does it own major names like Lotus and Volvo, it also owns LEVC and Polestar and has a design centre in the UK. It already sells its Lynk & Co models in Europe, including through a subscription service. Technically its first models, the 01 and 02 are plug-in hybrids rather than full electric but EVs are on the way. A spokesperson for Geely told us that it has no plans to sell the current Lynk & Co models in the UK, but said that for the second generation we should “wait and see” which sounds promising.