Electric Vehicles

These are the 6 Land Rover EVs coming by 2026

Land Rover is working to electrify its lineup.

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The countdown is on. In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six fully-electric vehicle variants to its lineup. That doesn't mean that all Land Rovers will run strictly on electric power, but there will be numerous options for customers.

All three Land Rover families - Range Rover, Discovery, and Defender - will be impacted as part of the powertrain introductions. The first of these pure electric variants will arrive in 2024.

The electric vehicles (EVs) will ride on Land Rover's forthcoming flex Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Vehicles built on that platform will be capable of having electrified internal combustion engines or funning on all-electric powertrains. Additionally, Land Rover will soon make a pure-electric biased Electric Modular Architecture (EMA), which will support "advanced electrified" internal combustion engines.

The Land Rover Range Rover is already offered with an electrified powertrain.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

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Land Rover hasn't specified what exactly they mean by the two types of engines, but it's likely that an electrified internal combustion engine refers to 48-volt, or similar, technology that's often referred to as mild-hybrid. Advanced electrified internal combustion engines is probably a fancy way of saying plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) power.

JLA's plant in Solihull, West Midlands, England will be the home of vehicles built on the MLA architecture. It will also be home to the future Jaguar electric vehicle lineup. The plant currently produces the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar, and Jaguar F-Pace.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque are made at a former Ford plant in Liverpool, England while the Discovery and Defender are made in Slovakia.

The current generation Land Rover Range Rover was introduced in 2012 it's one of the oldest Land Rovers in the fleet alongside the Range Rover Sport, which was introduced in 2013 and facelifted in 2013. The new generation of the Range Rover Evoque debuted for the 2020 model year while the Range Rover Velar made its dealership debut in 2017.

The Discovery and Discovery Sport are a little younger, with the Disco making its market debut in 2017 and the smaller Discovery Sport debuting in 2019.

Land Rover's Defender made its debut for the 2020 model year, bringing back the heralded nameplate to the U.S. following a years-long absence.

It would make sense that Land Rover would begin electrifying its lineup starting with the next-generation of the model(s) it intends to bring to market first. The company already offers an electrified Range Rover. Look for electrified variants of the Range Rover Sport, Discovery, Discovery Sport, and Defender to come to market as their generations move from one to the next.

Land Rover anticipates that 60 percent of its sales will be made up of vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions by 2030.

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Three new Mercedes-Benz EVs we can't wait to see

Mercedes showed off its electric future at the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is going electric, and though it only recently announced its firm plans to do so, it already seems that the German automaker is moving quickly toward that goal. At the 2021 IAA Mobility show in Munich, Mercedes showed off some of its upcoming electrified products. We've seen the EQS, a flagship electric sedan, but three newcomers made an appearance at the show.


Mercedes-Benz EQB EQB will be Mercedes' electric family SUV.Mercedes-Benz


EQB

EQB is the brand's family-sized SUV, offering seating for up to seven people. A long wheelbase of 111.3 inches and adjustable second-row seating allows more interior space for people and gear. Mercedes says the EQB will offer two powertrain configurations: The EQB 300 4MATIC will get 225 horsepower and the EQB 350 4MATIC will sport 288 horsepower. A front-wheel drive configuration will go on sale later and a long-range model will follow.


Mercedes-Benz Concept EQG The EQG will eventually become the brand's electric off-roader.Mercedes-Benz


EQG

Concept EQG is a preview of the eventual electrification of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, its boxy, upper-crust off-roader. This concept is far closer to a design exercise than something we'll actually see in production, but it's an interesting demonstration, nonetheless. With 22-inch wheels, wild exterior lighting touches, and what the automaker says will be legendary off-road abilities, the EQG will be an exciting vehicle when it does make an appearance.


Mercedes-Benz EQE EQE will follow the EQS as a smaller, sportier electric sedan in 2022.Mercedes-Benz


EQE

EQE is the second car to use Mercedes' EVA2 electric architecture, following the EQS sedan. The car is currently scheduled for a staggered release in mid-2022 and will feature a more compact and sportier design than its predecessor. Mercedes says that the car will be available with either 19- or 21-inch wheels, and notes that its size is comparable to the current CLS coupe-sedan. The car offers an impressive range of up to 410 miles on a single charge from its 90kWh battery and special charging capabilities through the Mercedes me Charge network.

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The Roadster's specs are impressive, to say the least.

Tesla

Elon Musk took to a stage in late 2017 to announce a new product, the second-generation Tesla Roadster, and the numbers were impressive, even for a guy known to casually drop massive bombshells in 160 characters or less on Twitter. He pledged a 620-mile range and a 0-60 mph time in 1.9 seconds for the car – impressive specs, to be sure. When Musk unveiled the car, production was scheduled to commence some time in 2020, but as we all now know, last year wasn't a banner year for car manufacturing. In January, he pushed that date back to 2022, but the timeline has slipped again - into 2023 at this point - and that's only if everything goes smoothly between now and then.


Tesla Roadster Supply chain issues have caused delays in the Roadster's release.Tesla


Responding to a tweet on Wednesday, Musk stated that "assuming 2022 is not mega drama, new Roadster should ship in 2023." That's a pretty big asterisk, given how things have been going over the last 18 months. It's not surprising, though, and Musk acknowledges what we've known for some time now: The global supply chain is a mess, thanks to microchip shortages and pandemic-related closures and delays. "2021 has been the year of super crazy supply chain shortages," he said, admitting that "it wouldn't matter if we had 17 new products, as none would ship." Again, it's not surprising, but it is most likely frustrating for reservation holders, who've plopped down anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000 to hold an order for the Roadster.




Tesla is far from being the only automaker to experience delays, but even if we assume that the rest of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 go smoothly, there's still a lot that can happen. All of Tesla's suppliers would have to get their ducks in a row and there can be no COVID-related production delays. That would also peg 2022 as one of the automaker's flagship years for product releases, with both the Semi and Cybertruck on the schedule. It's possible, but far from guaranteed, that all of those pieces fall into place, making Tesla's 2022 a banner year. As for the Roadster, 2023 could be the year that we're all blown away by its range and acceleration, but recent history suggests that anything can happen at any time, so we won't be holding our breath.

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