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 they are on the way and some others might be on the way soon. Here’s ElectricDrive’s guide to the best cabriolets out there.
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 of 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 4.9 seconds and costs £148,000.
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. 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 mini car 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.
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 the brand’s tradition drawing 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.
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 Cabriotlet 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.
It has elements of both the Beetle and the Golf, which were two of the brand’s most iconic cars and biggest sellers of their time. We don’t expect this neat looking convertible to hit the roads this summer but it could be ready to roll in 2022 or 2023.
Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Cabri
Wuling, who are working in partnership with General Motors, unveiled the Hong Guang 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 the Hong Guang MINI EV special, 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 Hong Guang 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.