As we continue to strive for reduced emissions and air pollution, the revolution of electric vehicles is gathering speed. What used to be a small niche market is now becoming more mainstream every year, with offerings from smaller start-up car companies to the more established auto leaders. As a result, it’s getting easier to find an EV that fits just about any taste and any budget. Here is our take on the top 2022 electric vehicle brands to watch out for in the new year!
1. Tesla Model 3, Model Y & Cybertruck
Although the Model 3 is Tesla’s entry-level vehicle, it can offer up to 400 km of range in the Standard Range version. While the Tesla Y Crossover Long Range offers 508 km on a charge and can seat seven, the projected price of the Standard Range model is below $40,000. Finally, promising the capability of a truck with the performance of a sports car, the Cybertruck appears to be one electric vehicle that really does it all. Sure to be a standout no matter where it goes, the sticker price is set at $39,000.
2. Nissan Leaf & Ariya
Nissan was the first to mass-market EVs in the form of the Leaf, offering 240 km of range. The Leaf Plus offers 364 kms, with the addition of a larger battery. It also offers its own ProPilot Assist feature, which combines cruise control and driver assistance for semi-autonomous car braking, acceleration and steering. The Ariya will be Nissan’s first electric SUV, offering both standard and long range options to suit your budget. The base Nissan Ariya will start at $47,125, while the range-topping dual-motor AWD model will start at $60,125.
3. Hyundai IONIQ 5 & KONA Electric
This small crossover has a futuristic look both inside and out, and it promises an electric range of almost 482 kms, putting it up there with top mileage electric vehicles. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 (due to hit the market in early 2022) is the South Korean firm’s first vehicle to be developed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. It will ride on the new E-GMP platform from Hyundai and Kia, and the company has a goal of producing 23 battery-electric vehicles globally by 2025. Like many EVs, the IONIQ 5 will be available in single- or dual-motor configuration, which is one of the many reasons it has made our list of top 2022 electric vehicle brands.
Hyundai debuted the Kona Electric SUV (also known as the Kona EV) in 2018. In 2019, the Kona EV won the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. A typical range for the Kona EV comes in at 415 kms on a full charge. With a 0-100 km/h time of just 6.4 seconds, the Kona Electric is a well-priced compact SUV for families requiring average storage space. Its 201-horsepower engine is powered by a 64-kWh battery.
4. Chevrolet Bolt EV & Bolt EUV
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is getting a thorough refresh for 2022 and is being joined by the all-new Bolt EUV. While the two cars are essentially the same mechanically, the Bolt EV is a hatchback, and the Bolt EUV is in the style of a compact SUV. The Chevrolet Bolt EV combines distance driving and affordability, offering 416 kms of range with 201 horsepower. The Bolt EUV will offer Super Cruise hands-free semi-autonomous driving tech, as well as 397 km on a full charge. The relatively inexpensive price tag and long range of the Bolt make it a popular choice for buyers who decide to make the leap to electric vehicles, which is why it’s on our list of top 2022 electric vehicle brands.
5. BMW i4
The new BMW i4 is a conventional-looking EV that broadens the appeal of BMW’s electric offerings. The luxury carmaker’s first true electric sedan will be made available in two versions: The eDrive40, with 335 hp and rear-wheel drive with estimated 482 kms range. The all-wheel-drive M50, with a maximum of 536 hp, promises sports car performance and 0-to-60-mph acceleration in less than four seconds, but a lower range of 394 kms. Standard active safety systems include FCW, AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, LDW and LKA.
i4 from $54,990
6. Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-series pickup has gone electric! When it goes on sale in Spring 2022, the all-new fully electric Lightning is expected to have 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-60 mph time of about 4.5 seconds. That is the most power of any Ford truck! It will also have good towing capacity and plenty of work-friendly features, as well as an impressive range of up to 482 kms. The truck offers unique features like a giant frunk and the ability to power your house in a blackout, hence why you’ll find it on anyone’s list of top 2022 electric vehicle brands!
F-150 Lightning pricing TBD
7. Volvo C40 Recharge
The upcoming Volvo C40 Recharge has a lower and sleeker design than the average SUV. This gives it a sporty look without losing the practicality of a small crossover. Based on the XC40 SUV, the C40 Recharge combines the ride height of an SUV with just the right amount of cargo space of a hatchback car. It will also have a dual-motor setup and 78-kWh battery, with an estimated range of 335 kms.
C40 Recharge from $72,600
8. 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ
The first electric Cadillac is almost here! The LYRIQ, a luxurious four-seat SUV, will be sold in both single-motor rear-wheel-drive and dual-motor all-wheel-drive versions. Cadillac says it will have a range of more than 482 kms on a single charge and will start in the mid five-figure range. Although details are still hush-hush, Cadillac says the LYRIQ will likely offer a battery with about 100-kWh worth of capacity, with DC fast-charging standard. One of the more talked about features are the photos of the LYRIQ’s giant 33.0- inch curved LED display. The LYRIQ will be the first step in Cadillac’s role as GM’s pioneering EV brand.
LYRIQ from $67,698
9. Kia EV6
The EV6, the latest electric vehicle from Kia, has a unique profile that blurs the lines of hatchback, wagon and SUV, giving it an interesting look and a roomy, practical interior. The company promises it will get up to 482 kms of range! It will also come in all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive versions, which will be equipped with two engines. The 800 V high-speed multi-charging system of the EV6 enables a quick charge of less than 4.5 minutes to give you 100 km range, which definitely earns its place as one of the top 2022 electric vehicle brands.
EV6 pricing not yet available
10. Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle
Although EV startup Canoo’s model names may be bland, its vehicles themselves are anything but. The Lifestyle Vehicle, a pill-shaped van that Canoo says “can be adapted for all sorts of commercial and consumer uses,” is set to launch in late 2022. Canoo says it has the interior space of a large SUV and the footprint of a compact car. It starts at $34,750 and promises 402 kms of range. A Premium version of this electric vehicle will come with seven seats and a panoramic glass roof, while a future Adventure trim sports roof racks and a tow hitch.
Lifestyle Vehicle from $34,750
11. 2023 Subaru Solterra
The Solterra is Subaru’s first-ever electric vehicle. It combines a two-motor electric powertrain to form a symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and offers 8.3 inches of ground clearance for weekend adventurers wanting to venture down dirt trails. The automaker estimates the range to be more than 357 kms. Subaru says the battery can be charged to 80 percent capacity in less than an hour using DC fast-charging in public places. The Solterra will come with EyeSight, Subaru’s suite of active safety features that includes AEB, BSW, RCTW, lane change assist features and adaptive cruise control. A new feature called “Safe Exit Assist” that alerts passengers of approaching vehicles when getting out of the car will also be included.
Solterra pricing TBD
12. MINI Cooper All-Electric SE 3 Door
The Mini Cooper All-Electric SE 3 Door may not offer the best range of 200 to 232 kilometres, but that is by design. The reduced battery space translates into a low-cost affordable model, and the weight savings help provide an impressive 0-100 km/h time of 6.9 seconds. Expect heated seats, leatherette upholstery and Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is not available) in their electric vehicles.
SE 3 Door from $40,990
13. Mercedes-Benz EQ
Mercedes-Benz is preparing an onslaught of new electric SUVs and sedans over the next few years. The company’s first electric SUV in North America, the EQB, will check a lot of boxes for a lot of people. It’ll have seating for seven, a small-ish footprint, and a more approachable starting price somewhere around $50,000. The all-wheel-drive system uses two motors, one in the front and another at the rear. The battery pack has a 66.5-kWh capacity. Mercedes employs several smart features to enhance the range, such as routing with energy consumption in mind, and it can advise on reducing electricity consumption should the battery be running low. Mercedes pegs range at around 418 kms and says a long-range version is in the works.
EQ pricing TBD
14. Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron
The newest members of the electric lineup are the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron. Though it has four doors, the Sportback is billed as a “coupe”-style variant with a sloping, fastback roofline. Audi estimates a range of 402 kms on a full charge.
15. Mazda MX-30
Mazda has grown a well-earned reputation for building excellent crossovers that are fun to drive and more upscale than their price tags suggest. The brand is now applying that formula to an EV in the form of the Mazda MX-30. Its size is similar to the CX-30 subcompact crossover, with the major difference of an electric powertrain. One of its more exciting and unique quirks is its swing-out “freestyle doors.” Coupled with the responsive handling and smooth driving experience of Mazda’s e—Skyactiv EV Technology, Mazda’s inaugural EV delivers a truly energizing drive. What may leave some disappointed is the relatively low 161km full-charge range.
MX-30 from $42,150
As automakers move to meet global emissions targets in an effort to halt catastrophic climate change, nearly every company has pledged to fully electrify their fleet by the end of this decade. Electric vehicles produce significantly fewer emissions than gas-powered cars. This can help reduce air pollution and lessen the effects of climate change—especially for the most vulnerable communities who are disproportionately harmed by transportation emissions. They’re just as safe, if not safer than combustion engines. We hope our article has helped you with your research to find out which EV might be right for your needs and lifestyle!
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