The last time we covered the topic of electric 7-seaters we had to include PHEV and even strong hybrid models to fill up the lineup. However, in two short years the landscape of family EVs has completely changed and there is no shortage of spacious three-row vehicles with purely electric powertrains. This episode is a short buying guide for the models already on sale and a summary of the latest news about the upcoming 7-seat EVs.
Before we proceed, here are previous #AutomotiveTerritory that extensively cover the latest EV news:
Upcoming all-electric pickup truck models: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP8elwd1Ir8
Most recent additions to electric SUV lineups: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg3oDQjVRjM
List of all models that were shown in this #ATelectriccars release:
00:43 Mercedes EQB
Based on the modified underpinnings of the GLB-Class, the upcoming 2021 Mercedes EQB offers similar exterior design and interior layouts. It can be equipped with 7 seats, though buyers should expect a smallish 3rd row, suitable for child seats or smaller people, up to 5 feet 5 inches tall.
01:51 VW ID.6
2021 VW ID.6 will be one of the largest SUVs offered by VW. In its case, the MEB platform is stretched to seat 7 people, and the vehicle measures 192 inches long.
03:07 Rivian R1S
Built on the same skateboard platform as Rivian’s pickup truck, the Rivian R1S SUV strikes a perfect balance between an adventure vehicle and a comfortable yacht on wheels for the entire family.
04:26 Mercedes EQT
Though released with a concept badge, this is a near-production model that previews an all-new compact van by the Mercedes that will exist in gas, diesel and all-electric iterations though no powertrain information is available at this point. The EQT concept clearly represents the upcoming EV model.
05:26 Tesla Model X
Despite all of Tesla’s efforts to insource manufacturing, the world’s chip shortage still halted production lines at the Fremont factory, which delayed the arrival of the facelifted Model X at least until October 2021.
06:37 NIO ES8
Targeting the premium market buyers, Nio begins its European with the help of the company’s largest full-size SUV. The ES8 can comfortably accommodate up to 7 passengers, has reclining and massaging seats, and features a fully digital cabin with 25 standard safety assists.
07:47 7-Seaters by Stellantis
Peugeot eRifter / Opel Combo/Vauxhall e-Life, Citroen E-Berlingo: int-media.peugeot.com
The Efficient Modular Platform 2 platform by Stellantis currently carries a trio of electric MPVs all assembled in Vigo Spain with powertrains delivered from France. These are Peugeot E-Rifter, Opel AKA Vauxhall e-Life and Citroen e-Berlingo.
08:58 Tesla Model Y
The 7-seater version of the Model Y arrived nearly a year after the first units rolled out from Fremont, it gets independent fold flat second row and a minimalistic third row for two passengers with no isofix points for car seats.
10:04 Mercedes EQV
The original van member of the EQ family shares dimensions and underpinnings with the regular V-Class. This means the usual attractive styling, high levels of riding comfort, and lots of space. The 2021 Mercedes EQV rides on a plushy air suspension, offers excellent sound insulation, and gets two wheelbase lengths and 3 equipment levels.
11:07 Nissan E-NV200 Combi
The rollout of this model began in 2014, and a year later, the MPV sprouted a 7-passenger version, becoming the first electric 7-seater on the market. Today, the e-NV200 Combi continues to be powered by single electric motor with 109 horses paired with 40kWh battery that was introduced in 2018.
12:14 Lucid Gravity
We live in an age when no automaker’s lineup is complete without a couple of SUV models. Lucid clearly understands that, so the next step on their agenda is a large family crossover with 7 seats.