There’s lots of buzz around electric vehicles with automakers, environmental organizations, energy companies, car enthusiasts and everyday drivers having an interest in the growing market. Electric transportation helps the planet and the economy while offering innovations in automobile technology that have people about to short circuit with excitement!
Based on estimates, over 4 million all-electric vehicles and 2.4 million hybrids were sold in 2021. Gartner forecasts 6 million battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be shipped in 2022 with 95% representing cars and the remainder being buses, vans and heavy trucks. EV growth looks to be steady as most auto executives are ready to electrify transportation and predict that more than half of U.S. car sales will be EVs by 2030, according to a KPMG survey.
This year is already shaping up to be huge for electric vehicles with Tesla, Lucid, Nissan, Hyundai, Rivian, Ford and other manufacturers adding to their EV line ups. More sedans, SUVs and trucks are entering the market than ever before, making the selection more diverse and choosing one that much harder.
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Here are 12 of what we think are some of the best electric vehicles released in 2022 (in no particular order) and a glimpse of the astonishing models yet to come.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
This debut marks the beginning of an EV series for Hyundai and a new experience for drivers. The vehicle is a good combination of comfort, practicality, style and convenience for owners looking for an all-electric SUV. The Korean automaker is also trying out the “universal island,” a console that slides forward and backward to create room for the driver or passenger to enter or exit the car from either side. Go ahead and park next to a brick wall and climb out the passenger door! Expect an estimated range of up to 303 miles per battery charge and a starting MSRP of $43,650.
Early reviews of the Lucid Air say this vehicle is a stylish sedan that can compete with luxury models such as Tesla Model S and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Lucid Air will be offered in a few editions. According to their website, the Air Dream Edition will have a 1,111-hp dual-motor and a range of up to 520 miles per charge, making it the first EV to offer more than 500 miles! The price tag? About $169,000. The base model will have a proprietary charging system that makes it possible to add 300 miles of range in 20 minutes using a DC fast charger. Its estimated range is more than 400 miles and has a starting MSRP of $95,000.
After releasing an award-winning pickup truck in 2021, this California-based company is keeping the excitement going with the R1T. The pickup truck has four electric motors that produce enough power to compete with many sports cars yet has the capability to tow an 11,000-pound trailer, making it a great family vehicle and ready for adventures. Expect an estimated range of 316 miles per battery charge, up to 750 horsepower and a starting MSRP of $67,500.
Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+
For EV enthusiasts looking for luxury, check out the EQS, the flagship released from Mercedes’ new EQ line of vehicles. Equivalent to an S-Class, this high-tech mid-sized sedan is luxuriously comfortable and features a spacious cabin and a massive 56-inch tri-display hyperscreen. While filled with impressive features, the rear passenger space falls short and it’s generally more expensive than other luxury EVs. This model offers an estimated range of up to 350 miles and starting MSRP of $102,310.
This highly-anticipated all-electric pickup is built with the purpose of serious work and recreation and is expected to be certified as a zero tailpipe emission vehicle. It comes equipped with new connectivity and intelligent features that make it both strong and capable. When hooked up to your house, Ford Intelligent Backup Power can provide full-home power for up to three days on a fully-charged battery. The F-150 Lightning provides up to a 2,000-pound payload capacity and 10,000-pound towing capacity along with great features from the gas-powered version, such as a foldaway gear selector and deeply reclining seats. It offers an estimated range of up to 300 miles and a starting MSRP of $39,974.
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Hummer EV SUV
Who would have thought that a brand synonymous with chunky military-like vehicles would introduce something totally electric? This year, GMC is slated to release the Hummer EV SUV with the goal of being green without sacrificing any off-road capabilities or functional interior. The SUV will have about 830 hp, 11,500 LB-FT of available torque and the CrabWalk feature that allows all four wheels to be turned in the same direction up to a 10-degree angle. The estimated range is more than 300 miles and the SUV has a starting MSRP of $108,700
This electric advancement from the German automaker highlights the latest in technology and performance. Categorized as a Sports Activity Vehicle® (SAV), this dual-motor EV has a maximum horsepower of 516, acceleration from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.4 seconds, 18-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system and can accommodate five passengers comfortably. It offers an estimated range of up to 324 miles and 10 minutes of DC Fast Charging for an additional 90 miles. Starting MSRP of $83,200.
The Solterra is Subaru’s most technologically advanced vehicle to date and the first-ever built on the automaker’s all-electric architecture called the e-Subaru Global Platform. The compact crossover SUV will be rolled out this year as a 2023 model. It will offer 8.3 inches of ground clearance, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for uniform stability and maximum traction and zero emissions. An all-new feature called Safety Exit Alert will help passengers detect danger when trying to open a door while a vehicle is approaching or another object is near. Expect an estimated range of over 220 miles and starting MSRP of around $45,000.
By 2025, Toyota plans to have around 70 electrified models available and is embracing that goal with the 2023 Toyota bZ4X, representing the first in a series of battery-electric vehicles to be rolled out under the Toyota bZ brand. This EV has its lithium-ion battery pack placed under the floor, giving the vehicle a low center of gravity and added stability. The bZ4X will be the first to feature the latest Toyota Safety Sense™ safety package which has been improved to offer Low-Light Cyclist Detection among other features to help prevent accidents. This EV has an estimated range of up to 250 miles and starting MSRP of $40,000.
The 2023 Nissan Ariya will be the automaker’s first all-electric crossover. Both Ariya front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models offer a choice of 63 kWh or 87 kWh of usable battery capacity. The all-wheel-drive models also feature Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel control technology called e-4ORCE. To promote driver confidence, Ariya is equipped with the next-generation ProPILOT Assist, a hands-on assistance system that helps drivers stay centered in their lane and better navigate highway traffic. Expect an estimated range of up to 300 miles and a starting MSRP of $45,950 depending on the model.
The EV6 is this Korean auto manufacturer’s first product based on its highly advanced architecture designed specifically for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Boasting a design to inspire, the EV6 features a driver-centric cockpit, ultra-fast charging and the interior spaciousness you’d expect from a 5-passenger SUV. The EV6 can power other equipment or serve as an emergency power source for your home. It offers an estimated range of up to 310 miles per battery charge and a starting MSRP of $40,900.
Fisker Ocean SUV
Fisker calls itself a passionate creator of the world’s most sustainable electric vehicles and is making a splash with its Ocean SUV. The five-passenger vehicle features a full-length SolarSky roof that uses the sun’s rays to generate free energy to support the vehicle’s battery-powered motor. According to the company’s website, when fully exposed to the sun, the Fisker Ocean Extreme’s SolarSky can produce up to 1,500 clean, emissions-free miles per year. The Ocean SUV debuted in Barcelona with plans to be available in the U.S. this November. Estimated range of 350 miles per charge and a starting MSRP of $37,499.
With these impressive vehicles in the market, the future looks bright for EV shoppers. Here are a few vehicles to watch for in 2023 and beyond:
Powered by the Ultium Drive System, Lyriq will deliver a sporty, responsive and agile drive, according to the automaker’s website. Estimated starting MSRP of $59,990.
Teslas says the all-electric pickup is designed to have the utility of a truck with sports car performance. Estimated starting MSRP of $39,900.
Chevy Silverado EV
Chevy says their first-ever all-electric Silverado EV will harness the power of the Ultium Platform, making electric propulsion and zero-emissions driving possible. Estimated starting MSRP of $39,900.
Canoo Pickup Truck
Canoo, an electric automaker in California, has a purpose-built pickup truck that features powered workbenches, tool storage and an expandable bed. Deliveries could start as early as 2023.
Expected in 2025 will be Chrysler’s first battery-electric vehicle (BEV), launching the company’s plan to have an all-electric portfolio by 2028.
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