With the temperatures rising there’s no better feeling than the sun on your face as you silently cruise along with the top down. Currently, there are few choices when it comes to convertible electric cars but more are on the way and some others might be with us soon. Here’s ElectricDrive’s guide to the best cabriolets available or coming soon:
AC Cars, famously known for their Cobra sports car, recently announced the launch of its new AC Cobra Series 4–electric sports car. It combines classy looks, heritage and performance in a stunning zero-emissions package. The new electric AC Cobra will be based on the brand popular AC Cobra Mk IV.
The British carmaker have collaborated with Derby-based technology Falcon Electric. This company is well known for making powerful and torquey powertrains that make electric cars even more exciting.
AC will offer two versions of their new electric AC Cobra Series 4. The first will be a 230kW version that offers an estimated range of 190 miles (306km) and will accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 4.9 seconds and costs £148,000 ($176,987/€174,988).
The second 460kWh version is even quicker accelerating from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in just 3.8 seconds. It offers up to160 miles (258km) of range and costs £168,000 ($200,861/€198,611). It’s available to order now.
Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e
Back in 2017, the luxury British car brand revealed its all-electric Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e convertible. It was built to gather customer feedback on electric cars and show what the brand could build.
The EXP 12 Speed 6e followed on from Bentley’s EXP 10 Speed 6 coupe concept, which made its debut two years earlier with a hybrid powertrain. Bentley didn’t give any range figures for the zero-emissions EXP 12 Speed 6e but said a production model would need to have at least 200-300 miles (322-483km).
It’s a wonderful display of what a luxury convertible battery electric vehicle (BEV) could be. This tailpipe-free convertible is pure class. It could be with us sooner than expected with Bentley committing to electrification by only producing plug-in hybrids and battery electric cars by 2026.
Fiat New 500 Convertible
Here’s one of the few convertibles electric cars that is available now with prices starting at £30,496. The neat-looking New 500 is a fabulous modern version of the classic Fiat 500 and is especially good for around-town driving.
This neat-looking small car offers a good range performance delivering 185 miles (298km) from a single charge. This extends to 267 miles (430km) if used purely in an urban environment thanks to regenerative braking. It has a top speed of 84mph (135kph) and can hit 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 9.5 seconds.
The New 500 has a smartly finished interior and is a fun and easy car to drive and even easier to park. It feels just like the regular hatchback but has the summer bonus of a drop-top. A great way to feel the breeze on your face without spending a fortune.
This convertible sports car will feature a battery pack that’s integrated into the structure for added efficiency and lower weight. The all-wheel-drive electric car will feature three motors with a target range of up to 600 miles (966km).
The car, which is expected to be revealed in August 2023 with the final production car ready in 2024, will be a high performer hitting 0-60mph (0-97kph) in close to two seconds. Prices are expected to be in the $150,000 – $200,000 (£125,445 – £167,260/€148,337 – €197,783) bracket.
Genesis X Convertible Concept
It has been reported that the Genesis X Convertible Concept electric car, which was showcased at the 2022 LA Auto Show, will go into production. Apparently, Luc Donckerwolke, Genesis’ chief creative officer, made the announcement about the Convertible Concept going on sale at the brand’s annual meeting.
The Genesis X is a high-end luxury electric car and once in production will become the brand’s flagship zero emissions model. It was the third in the brand’s trilogy of concept electric vehicles. This concept model featured a neat folding hardtop roof that integrates transparent ‘moon roofs’ above the front occupants to provide an open feel even when closed.
The Genesis X Convertible Concept is a sleek yet bold-looking car, which we love, and will no doubt be ready to take the more established names in the luxury market including Audi, Bentley, BMW and Mercedes. No official prices have been announced but the brand’s new flagship model is estimated to cost anywhere between $200,000 – $300,000.
The Cyberster was developed by the team at the MG Advanced Design Centre in London. The two-seater sports car might look futuristic and fit for a superhero, but does recall several styling cues from the classic MGB Roadster.
The body is designed to enhance aerodynamic performance with the classically shaped MG grille serving as an air duct to ensure airflow over the car’s chassis. This helps efficiency and handling.
The Cyberster, which was first seen at the Shanghai Auto Show last year, is impressive looking inside and out. As is the intelligent all-electric architecture enabling it to travel up to 500 miles (800km) on a single charge. It will also accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100kph) in less than three seconds.
After being revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show MG have monitoring interest and hoping to achieve 5000 registrations by 31 July. The Cyberster could be a reality in the near future.
MINI announced it is going ahead with a small series of the all-electric MINI Convertible. This follows positive feedback on the one-off presented in the summer of 2022. It’s a slick-looking electric car with the hood up or down and we’re sure MINI fans will love this new zero emissions cabriolet.
The MINI Electric Convertible will be offered with a fixed specification and two exterior paint choices for customers in either Enigmatic Black or White Silver. Door handles, side scuttles and the surrounds of the front and rear lights are finished in Resolute Bronze and the MINI logo and model lettering feature in Piano Black.
The MINI Electric Convertible is powered by a compact, yet powerful 135kW/ 184hp electric motor. This enables harmonious axle load distribution, agility and controllable handling while delivering 0-62mph (0-100kph) in just 8.2 seconds. This ultimately delivers a range of 124 miles (km).
To celebrate 100,000 sales in Japan, Nissan created a special one-off convertible LEAF, dubbed the LEAF Open Air. While there were no plans to take it into production we do have to wonder if this is a missed opportunity with so few roofless zero-emissions cars on the market.
The LEAF is one of the most popular electric cars and was first launched back in 2010. It has now sold over half-million worldwide. It’s also one of the most affordable with prices starting from £25,995.
The one-off special is a little odd-looking being based on a hatchback rather than a deliberate cabriolet, but we like it and think it could be the basis of something special.
Nissan did make a hybrid convertible called the Murano Cross Cabriolet but was discontinued in 2014. We hope with all their experience in producing electric cars Nissan will offer something for warm weather driving soon.
Recently, Polestar, the electric performance car brand, revealed its new slick-looking convertible concept car that redefines sports roadsters for the electric age. The company dubbed it the Polestar O₂ and the hard-top convertible is Polestar’s vision of open-top performance.
The Polestar O₂ features a low and wide body with an assertive stance and is a compact 2+2 cabin design. It has minimal overhangs and a long wheelbase, embodying classic sports car proportions but with a modern electric feel.
With the O₂, Polestar have pushed the boundaries of what’s possible with a zero-emissions roadster. The driving experience in the Polestar O₂ is designed to be lively, light and full of confidence. Polestar says that predictability and playfulness are core to its spirited driving.
Tight body control, high rigidity and intuitive dynamics are inherent benefits of the bespoke bonded aluminium platform which is adapted from the Polestar 5, developed in-house by Polestar’s R&D team in the UK.
Tesla’s all-wheel-drive Roadster, which was unveiled in 2017, is currently available to order and production is expected to start this year following a few delays. It’s not a full convertible but more of a targa top with the roof receding over the driver and passenger on this compact four-seater sports car.
This all-electric sports car is sleekly designed to maximise aerodynamics to help with record-setting performance and efficiency. On the road specs are impressive with the Roadster competing with the best super and hypercars on the market.
The 200kWh battery will deliver a top speed of over 250 mph (402kph). It will hit 60mph (95.6kph) in just 1.9 seconds and be up to 100mph (161kph) in 4.2 seconds making it not only the fastest Tesla but the fastest production road car ever. All of this combined with a range of up to 620 miles (1000km) is next level.
It will be outstanding if Tesla hits these figures and surely break many records in the process. Tesla haven’t revealed a price yet but the base model is expected to cost at least £150,000 ($212,000/€174,000).
VW ID.3 Convertible
Earlier this year Volkswagen released illustrations of what their ID.3 electric car might look like if they made it as a convertible. It has a near-identical design to the zero-emission hatchback that has been on sale since the summer of 2020.
The illustrations of the convertible show what a potential Volkswagen ID.3 cabriolet could look like. It retains many of the features of the ID.3 that has won so many fans with its clean body lines, long low angle windscreen and short-snouted boxy front-end.
Wiesmann Project Thunderball
Wiesmann, the luxury sports car marque, recently revealed further technical details of its highly-anticipated electric vehicle code-named Project Thunderball. This zero emissions vehicle represents a return for the iconic brand and we love the classic styling of this electric convertible roadster.
The two-seater, rear-wheel drive Project Thunderball sees twin electric rear-mid mounted motors delivering up to 500kW (680hp) to the rear wheels and 1100 Nm of torque. It offers phenomenal straight-line performance and has a targeted 0-62mph (0-100kph) sprint acceleration time of just 2.9 seconds.
Production of Project Thunderball will take place at Wiesmann’s ‘Gecko’ factory, a state-of-the-art facility in Dülmen, Germany. Project Thunderball will be carefully crafted by many of the team which helped grow this iconic German brand.
Wuling HongGuang MINI EV Cabrio
Wuling, who are working in partnership with General Motors, unveiled the HongGuang MINI EV Cabrio show car on its stand at Auto Shanghai show last year. The Hong Guang MINI EV Cabrio takes all that has made theHongGuang MINI EVspecial, especially its low price of $4,100 (£3,125 /€3,465), and adds a folding soft top. No prices have been revealed for this cabrio as yet.
The convertible will build on the success of one of the world’s most popular electric vehicles when it goes into production in 2022. The HongGuang MINI EV Cabrio has a chic exterior design, with a stylish two-tone colour scheme and the addition of six-spoke wheels will appeal to a younger hip generation.
We love that this looks almost like a child’s toy making it a fun drive. We’re sure it will be an extremely competitively priced way of feeling the wind in your hair while not worrying about tailpipe emissions.