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What's New With Electric Vehicles for 2022?

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We’ve heard for years about a coming tsunami of new electric vehicles, mostly with the emphasis on “coming.” The pace is picking up for the 2022 model year, however, with new EVs arriving from more automakers.

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They come as more Americans, particularly those in the biggest cities, are warming to the idea of buying an EV, according to a 2021 survey by Cars.com. But the survey also found one hesitation was a lack of SUV options; in that case, consumers should be pleased to see plenty of SUVs among the newest EVs.

Here are the new EVs going on sale for the 2022 model year. As usual for EVs, there may be some slippage in terms of availability, with some models even falling back to the 2023 model year if timing backs up. And some examples below might be coming for 2022, but only in limited numbers or select markets. (All prices below include destination.)

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Audi E-Tron GT

Audi’s original electric E-Tron SUV and its tapered-roof E-Tron S sibling are joined for 2022 by the sleek E-Tron GT, a performance sedan that’s a corporate cousin of the Porsche Taycan. (Audi and Porsche are among the Volkswagen Group’s many brands.) The E-Tron GT with dual electric motors comes in a 469-horsepower “base” version (with up to 522 hp available with boost and launch control), while an RS version raises peak output to 637 hp. EPA-rated range is 238 miles. The GT starts at $103,445, while the RS starts at a lofty $143,445.

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Audi Q4 E-Tron

Audi’s new Q4 E-Tron, an entry-level electric SUV, will come in traditional SUV and tapered-roof Sportback models. Smaller than the original E-Tron but similar in size to the Q5, the Q4 rides Volkswagen’s new modular electric platform. It offers one motor in the rear (201 hp) for the base SUV or two-motor all-wheel drive (295 hp combined) for higher trim levels. The EPA estimates AWD range at 241 miles, but the base SUV has not been rated as of this writing. Pricing starts at $44,945.

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BMW i4

The i4 is a compact sports sedan based on the 4 Series Gran Coupe fastback. BMW offers a base version, the i4 eDrive40, with a 335-hp motor in the rear; there’s also a sportier dual-motor i4 M50 with RWD and a combined output of 536 hp. BMW estimates range ratings will be 300 miles and 245 miles, respectively. The base model starts at $56,395.

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BMW iX

The new iX, available in xDrive50 form, is BMW’s first electric SUV and follows the unusual styling of the Vision iNext Concept revealed in 2018. The X5-sized iX is built on a new EV platform, and it has dual-motor AWD with a combined 516 hp and a BMW-estimated range of about 300 miles. Tech highlights include a glass roof with automatic shading and a curved widescreen dashboard display. The iX starts at $84,195.

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Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Chevrolet’s Bolt EV hatchback got a mild freshening and lower pricing for 2022, but the bigger Bolt news (literally) is the EV’s new Bolt EUV sibling, a slightly larger SUV-ish version with more interior room and a shared platform and powertrain. The Bolt EUV’s range is EPA-rated at 247 miles versus 259 miles for the hatchback. A signature feature for the EUV’s Premier top trim level is the $2,200 option of GM’s Super Cruise driver-assist tech, which enables hands-free lane centering on compatible roads. EUV prices start at $33,995, which is $2,000 more than the base Bolt EV.

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Ford F-150 Lightning

As the Mustang Mach-E rolls into its sophomore year, Ford is launching the F-150 Lightning, an all-electric version of the company’s crown-jewel pickup truck. The automaker is already boosting production capacity to take more reservations, and Ford has promised to eventually offer a range of F-150 Lightning models at various prices (Ford estimates $40,000 to $90,000) and capabilities. The top model will feature standard four-wheel-drive, dual electric motors expected to produce 563 hp and towing up to 10,000 pounds — plus a 14.1-cubic-foot front trunk. Two battery options are expected to yield 230 miles or 300 miles of range.

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GMC Hummer EV

GM’s first electric pickup is a five-seat luxury truck with in-your-face styling, significant off-road capability and the first use of the new Ultium battery system from parent automaker GM. A $112,595 three-motor Edition 1, which puts out a combined 1,000 horsepower with an estimated 350-mile range, is sold out. But a $99,995 three-motor version is expected to be available in the fall, and cheaper two-motor versions will follow after that.

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Hyundai Ioniq 5

The low-slung Ioniq 5 SUV, which is about as long as a Hyundai Tucson, rides a new electric platform shared with Kia’s new EV6. (Hyundai and Kia are affiliated automakers.) The interior features dual 12.3-inch dashboard displays and an innovative sliding console. Maximum EPA-rated range for single-motor RWD models is 303 miles; a dual-motor AWD variant tops out at 256 miles; the Ioniq 5’s base trim, SE, has a lower-capacity battery pack that’s rated for 220 miles. Pricing ranges from $40,925 for the SE to $55,725 for the top Limited AWD.

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Kia EV6

The EV6 SUV is Kia’s first electric model on the new platform shared with the Ioniq 5, but the EV6 stakes out a sportier look and feel, and a performance GT version is due for 2023. Tech highlights include a system for the car to charge other gear, such as an electric bike, as well as dual 12.3-inch dashboard displays. The EV6 offers RWD or AWD and  a choice between two battery packs, with EPA range ratings from 232 to 310 miles. Pricing is expected to start at $44,875, with a cheaper $41,000 version to follow.

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Lucid Air

The Air is a high-style, high-tech luxury sedan. A pair of uber-performance launch editions are sold out, but three regular trim levels are on the way: the 480-hp Pure and the 620-hp Touring, both estimated to deliver 400 miles of range. (A top-of-the-line Grand Touring offers 800 hp and more than 500 miles of estimated range.) Starting prices range from around $80,000 to $170,000, and Lucid is opening company-owned sales and service centers.

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Mazda MX-30

Mazda’s first EV, the MX-30, is a small, SUV-like hatchback with an unusual design that includes no B-pillar, rear-hinged half-doors and an eco-friendly interior. A 35.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack is good for an EPA-rated range of 100 miles, and Mazda will initially sell the MX-30 only in California at prices starting at $34,645.

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Mercedes-EQ EQB

After sidelining the planned EQC, Mercedes went elsewhere to launch its EQ electric sub-brand in the U.S. market. Mercedes’ first electric SUV in the U.S. will be the 2022 EQB, based on the GLB SUV. As of this writing, pricing has not yet been set for the EQB, which will offer an optional third row to seat seven. The EQB uses a standard two-motor AWD system, with electric range up to 260 miles on the more generous European standards; a likely lower U.S. EPA estimate has yet not been posted.

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Mercedes-EQ EQS

The launch of Mercedes’ EQ sub-brand overall, however, begins at the top with the EQS, a new dedicated electric sedan with the luxury of the brand’s flagship gas-powered S-Class sedan. The EQS starts at $103,360 for a base EQS450 Plus Premium and $120,160 for the AWD EQS580 4Matic. The sedan with S-Class opulence and wall-to-wall dashboard screens has an EPA-rated electric range up to 350 miles.

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Rivian R1T and R1S

The R1T, a crew-cab pickup with an EPA-rated 314-mile range, began deliveries of a sold-out Launch Edition in the fall, and now Rivian is taking orders for the Explore Package (starting at $68,575) and Adventure Package ($74,075) versions. A battery pack that extends range to an estimated “400-plus miles” will run another $10,000. The R1T has a 4.5-foot bed, four-motor AWD system, substantial off-road capability and towing capacity listed at 11,000 pounds.

The R1S is a long-roof luxury SUV that shares a lot with the R1T, including similar specs and off-road chops, but with seating for five or seven. The only battery pack currently offered is good for 316 miles of range, and pricing starts at around $70,000.

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Volvo C40 Recharge

The C40 Recharge is a sportier “crossover coupe” version of the electric XC40 Recharge SUV. It uses the same 402-hp, two-motor AWD system and 78-kWh battery and is EPA-rated at 226 miles of range, a few more than the boxier XC40 Recharge. The C40 will start at $59,845, about $4,000 more than the XC40, and will be sold only through an online ordering program

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Looking Ahead

The drumbeat of new EVs will accelerate into the 2023 model year with some new vehicles from mainstream brands. The Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra small SUVs will be the first EVs developed under a joint agreement on the same platform. Sharing the platform also will be a Lexus model based on its LF-Z Electrified concept. Unrelatedly, Nissan plans to roll out a Rogue-sized Ariya electric SUV.

Lincoln (Aviator EV) and Cadillac (Lyriq) will field new luxury EVs, and there will be more Mercedes entries, such as the EQE sedan. Also among upscale EVs will be the Genesis GV60, a small SUV, and the Electrified G80, an EV version of the redesigned G80 sedan. Volvo’s recently launched all-electric brand, Polestar, will add a Polestar 3 SUV. Among startups expected to try to get a slice of the market will be Fisker’s Ocean, a moderately priced SUV. 

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