Thinking about buying an EV?

For those considering buying an electric vehicle, 2021 promises to be an exciting year. That's because the range of models available is about to get a lot better, including a number of all-electric SUVs, crossovers and trucks that are expected to make their debut.

If a subcompact fits your lifestyle, the standbys of the past few years – such as the Chevy Bolt and the Nissan Leaf – will continue to offer great value. And for a roomier, somewhat pricier ride, Teslas remain popular thanks to their dedicated network of charging stations and high cool factor.

But this year a new crop of crossover SUVs will enter the market, led by the much-anticipated Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4. Other crossovers worth looking out for include Hyundai’s Kona Electric, Nissan’s Ariya and Cadillac’s high-end Lyriq. (As for Colorado favorite Subaru, its plug-in hybrid Crosstrek should start selling in our state in 2021, but an all-electric Subaru remains unavailable anywhere.)

Perhaps the most buzzworthy development of 2021 promises to be the introduction of EV pickup trucks. The Rivian R1T is expected by the middle of the year, with Tesla's Cybertruck probably not far behind. Less is known at this stage about Ford’s electric F-150, but given the brand’s icon status it promises to become a major player. To round out the electric truck field, look for additional entrants from startups Lordstown and Bollinger.

Learn more about EV tax credits and rebates

Get full details about state and federal credits, plus rebates on home chargers here.

Experience Electric: free, unbiased advice on EVs

If you're seriously thinking about buying an EV, watch our recorded Experience Electric Road Show webinar. Learn about special discounts that local dealers are offering, and hear from an avid Tesla driver about the myths and realities of EV ownership. Lots of info and insights about charging, sales trends, environmental implications, new technology, cost of ownership, driving in snow and more!

Helpful resources

You might find these websites useful as you research your EV options:

  • Drive Electric Colorado - general info about EVs, with some Colorado-specific guidance (e.g., a list of EV models currently for sale in the state) and a good blog section.
  • PlugStar - a national site that features excellent tools for browsing, comparing and researching EV models; there's also a nifty feature (via CarMax) that enables you to shop for used EVs.