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Looking Ahead: EV Pulse Canada looks forward to driving these vehicles in 2021

Now that you’ve heard from the American contributors about what they’re looking forward to driving the most in 2021, we thought we’d ask the same of our Canadian compatriots up north.

Between hockey and maple syrup consumption, you might wonder when our Canadian friends even have time to drive cars. We’re fortunate, though, to have some of the best Canadians in the business bringing you quality content.

Here’s what our Canadian contributors look forward to driving to get some Timmies in the next year.

2022 Rivian R1T

2021 Rivian R1T — Photo credit: Rivian

As much hype as the Hummer has received, I’m most curious about the R1T, built by independent automaker Rivian. This modular, boxy pickup is targeted at the lifestyle set, will theoretically cost less than GM’s in-house offering, and has the potential to offer us a non-mainstream EV builder whose founder isn’t a megalomaniac. At least, not publicly.

— Benjamin Hunting, Contributor

2021 Volkswagen ID.3 / ID.4

2021 VW ID.4 — Photo credit: Volkswagen

It’s hard to overstate how interested I am in Volkswagen’s new EVs. The ID.3 may not make it to the US, but there is a possibility that the Canadian market will receive the compact car, while American buyers will get the ID.4. These two EVs are intriguing because it seems like VW has been strong-armed into making them, following years of bad press from its diesel scandal. The automaker could have committed halfheartedly, but these two new vehicles seem like stand-ins for longtime favorite models like the Golf and Tiguan. With 250 miles of range, solid VW build quality, and a familiar and approachable interface, the ID family may end up being a big deal for the electric vehicle market, and one I can’t wait to check out.

— Sami Haj-Assaad, Contributor

2022 GMC Hummer EV

It might be a tough one to get into by the end of the year, but the GMC Hummer EV is the electric I’m most looking forward to driving in 2021. That’s not because of the extreme off-road capability or even the 1,000 hp, it’s because this is what looks to be the General’s first real ready for prime-time EV. Yes, the Bolt EV was impressive, but it was really more of a repowered Spark. Even more curiously, they’ve pulled development forward into a startlingly short timeline. There are billions riding on this one, and I can’t wait to see if GM can pull it off or if this will be just another great GM idea that was left only half-executed.

— Evan Williams, Contributor

Written by Evan Williams, Sami Haj-Assaad, Benjamin Hunting

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