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As automotive manufacturers head towards a communal goal of net-zero emissions, 2023 could see the biggest leap yet where electric cars are concerned. Those include increased infrastructure and further development of pre-existing vehicle technologies, like autonomous driving. But alongside these, expect a host of new models as we blow full steam ahead into the world of EVs. Here’s five that are confirmed to be arriving this year: 


Vauxhall Astra


The Astra has been a staple in British society for over 40 years now, and Vauxhall has stated plans to produce an all-electric hatchback and estate versions this year. Both will utilise a 54kWh battery, granting 153bhp and 270 nm of torque. Current range estimates are around 258 miles, with it also adopting Stellantis’ EMP2 platform - also used in the impending Peugeot e-308. 


Smart #1


Smart will look to move away from its association with pint-sized city crawlers with the introduction of the #1: a five door family-friendly EV. A claimed WLTP range of 275 miles, provided by the 66kWh battery, is said to be supported by up to 150kW fast charging capability - so a 10-80 percent recharge in 30 minutes. The single electric motor is also said to produce 268bhp and 343 nm of torque. 


MINI electric


The MINI electric is by no means a new car - the first iteration landed in 2020 - but as the brand heads for an all-electric line-up by the end of the decade, the forthcoming electric hatch may be our first real rendezvous with MINI of the future. The electric hatch will also be joined by a battery-powered Countryman in 2024, with rumours also suggesting a third Aceman concept-inspired model will also join the electric fleet in 2024. 



Abarth 500e 


News of the forthcoming release of what may very well be the first mainstream electric hot-hatch certainly raised eyebrows: particularly around the weight. But one trick it has got up its sleeve is a sound generator. Yes, the Abarth 500e will artificially create engine notes, which could be something adopted by more carmakers in the future. The claimed 151bhp is also pretty consistent with previous generations, so it will be interesting to see how it handles the added density. 


Lotus Eletre 


Historically, Lotus has been revered for its lightweight, minimalistic sports cars like the Elise and the Evora. The truth is, if Lotus is to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive market, it needs to build a vehicle type that’s in demand. Namely, an SUV. The Eletre will go into production this year, and is claimed to produce over 600bhp, providing a sub three-second 0-62mph time. However, rumours suggest a starting price that sits north of £100,000. 


Which electric car are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Shafiq Abidin 03/01/23