Electric Awards 2021: Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, Polestar 2 and Lotus Evija

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    Hot on the heels of the Oscars, it’s the Electric Awards 2021. Being close in date is where the similarities end for these two glittering ceremonies, however. Unlike emissions from the Academy Awards - overlong speeches and whatever comes out the back of those stretched Lincolns - the air is that bit sweeter for our Electric Awards winners this evening. Also, we’re coming to you from a service station in Braintree, Essex, which is a tack the Academy is yet to try.

    Join Top Gear Magazine editor Jack Rix as he reveals the greatest electric cars in the world right now from Gridserve’s very fancy, state-of-the-art EV recharging forecourt. In the mix we’ve got Lotus’ Evija EV hypercar, the retro Renault 5 Concept, the Polestar 2 featuring some Tom Ford off-road adventure modifications, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo estate, and Audi’s incredibly sharp e-tron GT. Enjoy a whole host of never-seen-before videos, plus we’ll be joined by Paddy, Freddie and Chris as the Top Gear telly boys tell us their personal favourites from the world of electrified motoring.

    Enough waffle. Let’s roll out the red carpet for the Electric Awards 2021, sponsored by Hankook.

    Read the full story of all our Electric Awards Winners in the new edition of TopGear Magazine, in shops now, direct to your door, download the digital edition or subscribe -

    0:00 Intro
    0:40 One to watch
    2:46 Best interior
    4:32 Freddie’s pick
    8:11 Best design
    9:44 Best all-rounder
    11:35 Best concept
    13:26 Paddy’s pick
    15:03 Best GT
    15:46 Best retro EV
    18:01 Best crossover
    18:45 Chris’ pick
    23:19 Best family SUV
    24:18 Best estate
    26:11 Best electric car 2021

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    1. Top Gear

      Which EV is walking away with the big one - Best Electric Car 2021? 👇👇👇

      1. Daniel


      2. Matthew Boyd

        If it weren't for the slow 50kw and non Tesla charging network, I would say the Bolt is my pick ($32,000 is a quite nice price) My pick for 2023 though is the $25,000 compact from Tesla hands down, because it's affordable and can use the Supercharger network (unless some startup or legacy automaker decides to add a Tesla plug for Superchargering that is)

      3. Ali Nishu

        @MAN45 which model year?

      4. Pedro Oliveira

        Great video. THANK YOU. Challenge Top Gear to do the Top Country promoting electric Vehicles. Consider TAXES on buying. Bonus in value and volume. And most of all TAXES when Charging. Example of: Portugal have 7 Taxes to the client that goes on one public charging. That means if we buy 0.9€ of electric we must pay 5€ of TAXES .... to have 15Kw is 8€. On normal road we have consumption of 20Kw if we go all the way slower that the speed limit. Do Government want to take care of the environment or only they pocket....and pressure auto Makers to change all only for the marketing and social media?! Thank you

      5. Bruno Pernar

        Rimac C_2

    2. Axel Lawson

      It a little hard to talk electric without a Tesla I must say.

    3. Nuwan Kumarage

      This is TopGear Prototypes Awards. Non of these cars can actually be bought right now except taycan

    4. Time Machine

      McDonald, Tesco, Boots all manufacture electric car have more than 1000 bhp.

    5. Demeter Neuzil

      The used hemp structurally overflow because feature synchronously cross about a jittery fear. flat, unnatural seaplane

    6. Matthew Boyd

      For everyone that thinks the Mach E isn't a Mustang, everyone who has ever got a chance to actually sit in it and drive it around the corner really fast has agreed that it performs just like a Mustang. Whether you call that being a Mustang or not by that definition it is. Although I am looking forward to them making a true to the body Mustang in the future, we'll have to settle for the family sized version.

    7. Nother Carguy

      The Tesla Model 3 has more range than the Polestar 2, the most important aspect of an EV. But let's give the award to the Polestar because they probably paid more.

      1. Nother Carguy

        @Peter Harrison fair point, but I think the Model 3 was (slightly) updated recently, correct me if I'm wrong.

      2. Peter Harrison

        Do you understand how awards work? It’s usually for things released new in that year. The Oscar’s don’t keep giving the best film to last years releases 💡😝. The Tesla M3 has been out for years, the Polestar is new in the last 12 months.

    8. Nother Carguy

      The best all-round EV is clearly the Model 3. You give it to the Polestar and then say it doesn't have proper charging infrastructure. That's quite a biased award.

      1. Nother Carguy

        @Peter Harrison fair point.

      2. Peter Harrison

        The Tesla M3 is old, the Polestar is new. That’s how awards work 😜

    9. Christos G. Kalogeropoulos

      Good Job - But where are the Teslas ?

    10. Shubhnit Singh

      The sian is a hybrid, isn't it?

    11. BryceLovesTech

      Tesla was robbed

    12. wiskis

      Where are the British guys :(

    13. Lukas Novikas

      Me: *what EV car is your favorite?* Friend: *Hemi V8* Me: *...*

    14. Oliver Loftus

      It’s a win that a Tesla wasn’t apart of this


      there all garbage

    16. chris ward

      The Hyundai looks like a maestro 🤮

    17. Forza Drive

      Lotus sounds shit like an oversized mobility scooter

    18. Marc Wareham

      Lotus 💯 ❤️

    19. Nigel Mutepfa

      This video is sponsored by Jeff Bazos

    20. Ed Gallagher

      Nice to give some of the non-Tesla contenders recognition, but I sense a definite bias towards the car co's that advertise.

    21. Manjunatha Prabhu

      Tiktok videos are better than this show, where top gear has come, they are now shooting in a charging station. Now I realize without the trio top gear is as useless as demonitized currency

    22. hosackies

      That eqs is one repulsive looking thing... That visual price tag is too much to pay for that drag coefficient

    23. Stefan Mahadeo

      Elon Musk will probably rage tweet and sue Top Gear for having no Teslas involved!

    24. Nathan Wood

      Real talk though that Sian is a bit surprising because I was expecting all electric not hybrids but I mean they made the rules

    25. Ex. Tofia

      I think Tesla is missing.. 😕

    26. Lars Henriksen

      Cant use any of these cars, in real life

    27. Aditya Vishwanath

      I would've been disappointed if any car but the taycan cross turismo got the best ev award. I mean, the taycan saloon didn''t really look bad in any way, but audi's etron gt definitely looked better. And then comes the cross turismo. I'm pretty sure ppl will agree with me, that car is indeed the best looking estate out there, It's almost as if porsche made an estate, tried coverting it to a saloon and sent the estate out for sale anyway. What an amazing car. I can't believe I'm saying this, but even though I'm a crazy petrol head, if i had the money, I'd buy the cross turismo over anything else in that range.

    28. Miso Pasko

      26:32 please what's the song? thanks

    29. TheWrongBrother

      TopGear "Suck It Elon" Electric Awards 2021

    30. vikas chandrakar

      You guys are Genius The content you produce The words you use 👏👏

    31. Manuel Carmo

      Chris, don't accept evolution, he needs pollution and noise ... he's a clown, and he ruined this video!

    32. V

      glad this channel isn't brainwashed by tesla.

    33. AP-RSI

      The steering wheel of the Lotus Evija looks like it was stolen from the junkyard and quickly mounted... And the Ioniq 5 best looking? WTF? That thing looks uggly like any Tesla! Some people seem to suffer from aberrations of taste! I really miss the old Top Gear with the three best presenters!

    34. Pawel P

      Top Gear is trying too hard now... With poor result.

      1. DEBU SINHA


    35. Harreson Sinclaire

      So where's the Jag I-Pace, while not Tesla quick 4.5 secs is respectful and a beautiful looking package both inside and out, the only flaw I thought was that the rear vision in the mirror was a little limited, but apart from that the futuristic white leather and space age console was brilliant along with the active damping and handling in sport mode, and my other issue was that sadly I couldn't afford to buy one.

    36. Mikhail Goncharov


    37. oxheymackem

      Idiot says smoke coming off all 4 wheels on a estate car, it is dust from the gravel 🙄

    38. Dejan Stankovic

      as Pininfarina

    39. Dejan Stankovic

      Yeah Remac made Lotus

    40. Chris O'Grady

      Harris is the only TG Presenter I can understand, and I'm from Northern England

    41. Chris O'Grady

      I love technology and big screens but NOT IN MY CAR, I despise this idea that because we live in a world of 60" TVs and 7" phones we need cars with acres of LCD, eugh, god no. I'll only buy an EV when I can get one with real dials, buttons, and as many controls being manual as possible.

    42. RccDB Cars

      Angry Elon Musk noises

    43. RccDB Cars

      If I had to buy and EV on pure looks and branding I'd have a Pole Star. Such a cool brand and concept.

    44. MisterMax Mod

      they didnt have tesla in any category because of the lawsuit with top gear. Sad...

    45. Ranveer Kissoondoyal

      whats the car on the other side of the polestar @13:33

      1. Ranveer Kissoondoyal

        @Peter Harrison thanks so much mate 👍

      2. Peter Harrison

        That's a Jag iPace

    46. William Collins

      is that how you pronounce "Hyundai"?

    47. Steve Quinn

      The only good thing about electric cars is avoiding the outrageous 80% government fuel duty on petrol and diesel. #DefundTheBBC

    48. Cornelius Thompson

      👏👏👏 Nice

    49. Alex C

      Amazing group of cars!! But no Tesla in the mix? 🤔

    50. uzayr haneef

      whats the name of the tracks at the end from 26mins on?

    51. Tijl De Boeck

      What is an Aventador doing in the EV Awards?

    52. Shaun Walton

      When the magazines start becoming over 50% suv's and electric my subscriptions will end. And their not far from that now. 😩

    53. Avik Sarkar

      If a Tesla didnt make it the list, are you sure Top Gear was even pretending to be fair? ... Exactly.

    54. Kent Weeks

      I thought I saw a Jaguar I-Pace. Maybe not..... 🤔 🐆 ⚡

    55. bike

      Best of all Lucid , you should mention it.

    56. Like a PRO

    57. Sebastian C.

      why having combustión cars in the show? you didn't need that ... also an hybrid? come one... hybrids are dead and they are combustión cars using electric power to get faster (avoid lag)... next time feature electric cars as they should be...

    58. Aniruddha A

      Love the content. Just wondering, not even a single award to Tesla? They are the one changing the whole electric car scene.

    59. Lowrenc ✔️

      Where is the Rimac C_two?

    60. Kia e-Niro Diaries Encore

      I know TG is more about entertainment than a review of cars but there are some serious omissions here. The Tesla model 3 has done what would have seemed impossible 5 years ago, that of outselling the iconic BMW 3 series globally, ditto the Merc C-class and Audi A4. It goes to show that EVs are no longer competing in a discrete category, they are competing an beating established fossil cars too. Then what about the smaller, more affordable EVs that are beating the fossil competition such as the Renault Zoe, VW ID3, Hyundai Kona and my ride, the excellent Kia e-NIro? TG is fun but if you want to know about EVs check out The Fully Charged show or Johnny Smith on the Late Brake Show.

    61. Mohammed Zohil P.K

      What ?,there is no Tesla in an EV video , U forgot about that or what

    62. sebastian spalding

      lol are we meant to be leave freddy can do the Scandinavian flick at 70mph lol come on bbc?

    63. Idtech Celestial

      Thanks tesla to show other how to make electric cars! now back to rocket

    64. Ein Autofan

      Cool cars! Available with cool combustion engines too?🤣 Because i don't like the sound of electric cars...🙄

    65. Erick Munoz

      no Teslas, clearly TG dont care much for tech, performance, security, or convenience, then again who watch TG for real facts, or intelligent reviews.....

      1. Bibu

        They haven’t released a good car this year

    66. Learning to Compound

      No Model Y ?

    67. Gelo Eugenio

      Tesla everyone?

    68. jeff steyn

      Sorry to break it to the tesla fan boys. The electric trend is been accelerated by the eu and California's regulations. 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars. In 2035 the Chinese will also be banning sales of petrol vehicles. There is also talk of the UE regs been brought forward to 2025. So no tesla isn't the reason for this acceleration

    69. BookProX

      I've ordered my Tesla and stated monthly payments, but the car is still trapped in a later delivery schedule... 🤨🤔 My Tesla is model TSLA, and I kept putting funds there, but NO CAR YET?! I've written a complaint to Elon as well, but the man is probably way too busy and/or does not reply to any "Joe" just because... 🤷🏻

    70. Fuzail Malik

      One time Flintoff doesn't crash and he's already gloating

    71. ezcatch77

      Evija- It’s all words until it runs. Leaving out Rimac - BIG FAIL. Even their Concept 1 will annihalate Evija.

    72. Odhran Harte

      So not one Tesla in the entire list, very surprised considering they started the whole EV movement 🤔

      1. Bibu

        Just Because they started the EV Movement doesn’t mean They have to be in the Middle Of the scene 10 years later. EV’s have made it to the EU And im sorry to brake it to you but tesla are dying

    73. Nisarg

      "(Polestar) okay it doesn't go quite as far as a Model 3, and the charging infrastructure available to it isn't quite as good, but what it does have is manually adjustable dampers".🤯 Don't quite see how this logic works in real world where people would want manually adjustable dampers over better range and charging infrastructure.

    74. Theo Teddy

      10 years from now cars will be soooo different.. its happening now and we get to see it.. the future is finally here¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    75. Alex G

      Top Gear&Co, BBC.... just getting worst and worst. I've watch pretty much anything Topgear&CO since I was born, it's been so disappointing these last few years. Please make it better, Soon! If you don't get better, I'am going to stop watching all together, my patience and tolerance for the new formulas is getting to an end, it's SHIT!

    76. Tom Mavir

      2.34 lovely video of the front of the evija but is that a towing eye I see?!

    77. Simon Webb

      Think you missed off an award....The best selling that would be Tesla🤔.....but wait...we can’t put one of those on as they don’t pay for advertising which pays our wages..... I expected more from Top Gear but I’m not surprised....

      1. Simon Webb

        @Stijn 4 that’s the great thing about opinions....we can all have one but none have to be correct ....but yours is clearly in the minority 🤔

      2. Simon Webb

        @Stijn 4 disagree - they got around that one by making shitty/useless hybrid cars. Fully electric cars are only being reluctantly made/developed by legacy Auto because of public demand which has been created by Tesla. Because they delayed they have allowed Tesla an unassailable lead. GM developed the EV1 in 1996 then scrapped the project because they realised it would affect their connected ICE profits (dealership/servicing/parts etc)

      3. Simon Webb

        @Bibu you miss the real point of my comment....”try not to portray impartiality if your results are influenced by exterior forces “.....but remember none if these would exist without Tesla forcing them to make EV’s

      4. Bibu

        In Normal award shows do you See The Best Selling award?

      5. Acha Silas

        Exactly 💯 💯 💯 💯 💯

    78. Joel Small

      This is a shameless ad for these cars, Top Gear used to be much better than this.


      Not a mention about Tesla and Rimac..?? not in any category..?? No wonder why people don't watch you guys anymore.

    80. Virtual Drive

      He literally doesn't know how to crack jokes....

    81. Ken Carty

      What is the name of those super awesome Puma sneakers

    82. Michael Pruett

      This makes me so happy! There are so many great EVs now and they look great too!

    83. Alicetronics-Jaycar's Platinum Stockist for Central Australia

      You can tell who pays the Bills EH!

    84. AlexHogben

      The only reason any of these cars exist is because of Tesla and Rimac. And Top Gear keeping up their bias ignoring the best electric car brands to talk about an e2008, a failed volvo that doesn't make sense and three samey VW group cars. And after all that noise everyone with half a brain will still go buy a Tesla. Range value performance tech no one is close it's laughable.

    85. Nicky Cenci

      Im a Taycan fan but this this video was worthless

    86. Daniel

      Love that you are promoting electric vehicles but... I am very disappointed not to see one Tesla on here!!

    87. CIC

      Does the BMW iX exist or not?

      1. Bibu

        It’s not out yet I don’t think


      The best EV on the market is Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, THERE IS NO COMPETITON AT ALL. Until AUDI makes A4 AllRoad Quattro EV ;)

    89. Nick Wainwright

      So all of those are better than every Tesla!.? Yeah right

    90. william armstrong

      Why is being presented by this person? He has no credibility at all particularly in relation of EV cars! He is to journalism what D Trump is to politics.

    91. Hanupratap Singh Chauhan

      Please bring jeremy Clarkson and his mates back

    92. Panos

      Noone sees the inflation rates latest high technology brings. Good luck workers all over.

    93. Martin Cairns

      You can tell Tesla sued bbc for falsely having the car run out of electric on its race track. Payback. Tesla wins almost every award except top gears and out sells all those cars put together.

    94. s c

      Hmmm not necessarily a fan of Tesla but surely get some sort of a mention here are clearly their cars are the most usable

    95. Paddy Downey

      Tesla fanboys wondering why they didn’t win every category ...

    96. sarthak patil

      Top gear always have bad history with tesla

    97. trevor john

      tesla fan boys are shaking rn

    98. medowatcher

      Top gear so salty towards Tesla 😆 I had a feeling they’d omit any of their cars. Come on Top Gear, not even an honorable mention?!

      1. Péter Horváth

        Tesla did not pay for the ad. They don't need to...

      2. RELANSIS

        Remember Tesla doesn't pay for advertisement ;)

      3. Aryan A

        yep how is the polestar 2 better allrounder than a model 3 yes it looks better but seriously😑

    99. ThatClipIsDope

      No tesla in the whole video?? This means top gear awards aren't worthy Tesla

      1. ThatClipIsDope

        @Stijn 4 say all you want We all know tesla are the best👍

    100. Mike Fox

      TG: "Time for Chris's pick..." Me: "Ooh, this should be interesting!" Chris: *picks a hybrid* Me: *disappointment*