Tesla’s first vehicle, the Tesla Roadster, was released in 2004. It could go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and had a range of 244 miles on a single charge. It wasn’t just any ordinary car; it was fast, agile, and, most importantly, fuel-efficient.
Because of Tesla’s success, electric vehicles have gained widespread acceptance, and every manufacturer has set out to release their own. Most automakers had a model by 2020.
Now that the foundation has been laid, it’s time to see some growth. Here are the top seven electric convertible cars we’re looking forward to if you want to feel the wind in your hair.
1. Tesla Roadster
No other brand is more associated with electric vehicles than Tesla. The company has dominated the market since 2003. While Elon Musk is constantly revealing new projects, we are most excited about his redesign of the original Tesla Roadster.
Tesla introduced the new model with a challenge to all other automakers: this is the world’s fastest car. It has our attention because it can go from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds.
The vehicle was revealed in 2017, but the launch date is still unknown. We can anticipate the electric car company releasing its convertible model in 2023, with a starting price of around $200,000.
2. MG Cyberster
The British automaker MG debuted its Cyberster, possibly the most anticipated electric convertible car of the year, late last year. MG, which is known for designing affordable sports cars, takes its design to the next level (in more ways than one).
While the Cyberster is unlikely to outperform the Roadster, the all-electric vehicle has a range of approximately 500 miles. The vehicle’s design, on the other hand, is the most eye-catching feature. MG outfitted the Cyberster with a gaming-inspired interior that included a steering wheel controller and three monitors set up as a display. Start getting excited about this car because MG plans to sell the Cyberster for around $50,000.
3. Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e
Electric vehicles eventually became a luxury by default. No other company has taken this as seriously as Bentley. The EXP 12 Speed 6e concept for the luxury automaker’s first fully electric vehicle was unveiled in 2017.
Bentley anticipates that the vehicle will have incredible torque and a range that extends from London to Paris. The sleek design of the luxury car company remains at the forefront of its electric convertible car. It has its trademark haunch, as well as modern features like rearview cameras and a dynamic, LED front grille. In the coming years, keep an eye out for the EXP 12 Speed 6e and its companion vehicle, the EXP 100 GT.
4. Mini Convertible EV
While Fiat currently dominates the small car segment of EVs, Mini is expected to challenge it by 2025. The Mini, one of the world’s most popular cruising cars, sells nearly 20% of its vehicles as convertibles. BMW announced its electric convertible option early last year with this in mind.
Mini is well-known for its quick, punchy cruisers. Owners can expect the electric mini to be as zippy as their other electric models. Moreover, unlike Fiat, Mini intends to sell the vehicle in the United States from the start. The Mini convertible EV is expected to cost around $40,000.
5. GMC Hummer EV Pick up
In 2022, one of our favourite eclectic convertible cars isn’t even a car. GMC took its electric hummer concept to the next level by designing a vehicle with removable roof panels, similar to a Jeep. The end result is a fantastic mix of modern, power, and class.
The Hummer EV has a truck bed as well as a “frunk” area to store the roof panels. While it resembles the beefy older Hummers, this one has some pep; GMC claims the vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds. The first edition is no longer available, but the EV3X is currently priced around $110,000.
6. Chevrolet Corvette Electric
The all-electric Chevlerot Corvette is still shrouded in mystery; while the company gave the design the green light earlier this year, no details were provided. What we do know is that if an electric Corvette is on the way, so will a convertible version.
According to an Autocar report from the spring of 2022, the Chevrolet Corvette is one of the best-selling convertibles ever. The automaker revealed that convertible models accounted for nearly half of all Corvette sales. With such high numbers, it’s only natural that this electric convertible car will have a fabric top.
7. Fiat 500e Cabrio
Those who are concerned about the environment but still want to put the top down on a sunny day will appreciate the Fiat 500e. This electric convertible car focuses on functionality and size rather than speed, or range. Because of its excellent manoeuvrability, it is the most popular electric vehicle (EV) in Italy.
The 500e has a small 42kWh battery that can travel approximately 185 miles on a single charge (which is just short of EPA conditions in the US). However, this introduces our favourite EV feature: regenerative braking. The 500e is mostly used in cities and uses the braking mechanism to charge the battery, extending its range by up to 267 miles. This vehicle packs a lot of punch for its size.
While it is not yet available in the United States, it can be found for less than $40,000.
What to Know Before Buying an Electric Convertible Car
While the electric convertible car boom is still in its early stages, there are a few things to consider before purchasing one.
While specs like acceleration and range are important, not all cars are created equal. Electric motors and internal-combustion engines are based on entirely different sciences, and not just any company can produce the best.
Consider the manufacturer before purchasing an electric convertible car. Tesla and many Japanese companies have a history of working with electric vehicles. Other companies, such as Chevrolet and GMC, did not consider electric vehicles until recently. It makes sense to expect higher quality electric motors from manufacturers who have worked with them for a longer period of time.
The release date is a key indicator that the company is still developing its technology. Electric vehicles are already on the road thanks to companies like Fiat and Nissan. Other companies, such as Bentley, are unlikely to release their design until the electric motor is integrated into their luxury brand.
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