Electric Cars

The 5 Most Exciting EVs Coming in 2022

June 28, 2022

Dozens of New Models This Year

As gas prices continue to rise, more and more Americans are looking to switch to electric vehicles – to do their part for the environment, to enjoy seamless, silent performance, and to save on fuel and maintenance costs. In many ways, 2022 seems like a true tipping point in the history of the automobile. Every major “legacy” manufacturer is introducing exciting new models this year, while exciting new electric-only brands are launching as well. No matter what your driving habits and what your budgets are, there’s likely to be a new EV to fit your needs in 2022. We gathered up five of the most exciting options, across a broad range of categories and prices. These are our 5 most exciting EVs of 2022.

BMW i7

BMW i7

With the parallel launch of the gasoline 4-series Gran Coupe and the i4 in 2021 – as well as the iX SUV – BMW is following a two-pronged strategy towards electrification. On the one hand, new models like the iX are completely different to anything we’ve seen before; on the other, electric versions of familiar models provide more conservative buyers an electric alternative to the vehicles they know and love.

Up next on the agenda? The 7-series sedan, one of the company’s core luxury sedans. The 7-series is the big boy of the lineup, a top-of-the-line, six-figure luxury limousine with space and performance to spare. The new 7-series will arrive in America with a selection of gasoline engines – but sitting alongside it will be a fully-electric i7. Similar in its conservative sedan shape, radically different in technology.

BMW has yet to announce full specifications for the i7, which will be launched in late April 2022, but we can expect battery capacity similar to, or larger than, the 102.5-kWh battery fitted to the flagship iX SUV, as well as all-wheel drive and twin motors. An i7 50 might therefore put out upwards of 500 horsepower and deliver a range of 320-miles plus. Expect a “performance” version, maybe called i7 M60, to follow, with 600-plus horsepower, if slightly less range.

Inside, it’s likely that the 7-series and i7 will share their basic packaging and design, with detail differences marking out the electric version, including a curved rectangular twin-screen display sitting on top of the dashboard. Engine sounds will be replaced by “icon sounds electric,” composed by cinema legend Hans Zimmer. And, as the 7-series is the brand’s technology flagship, there should be a wide array of impressive gadgets available, from wireless charging to a heads-up display, active cruise control, active lane-keeping and other safety assists. The headline feature will be a 31-inch rear “theater” screen for rear passengers that provides the ultimate in infotainment.

We’ve been very impressed with the i4, which offers all of the things we love about BMW – sleek styling, great handling, impressive power, and high tech – just in electric form. If the i7 follows the same path, it’s sure to convert many uber-luxury sedan buyers to green driving.

On sale: Late spring 2022

Base MSRP: Estimated $110,000 before rebates

Range: 320 miles plus

Cadillac Lyriq

Cadillac Lyriq

Cadillac is not new to the electric-driving game – indeed, back in 2014, it introduced the ELR, a sleek coupe based on the Chevy Volt with electric drive and a gasoline range-extender. But with the Lyriq, arriving later in 2022, it is targeting one of the most competitive luxury market segments with a full-electric midsize SUV. A sleek  exterior is wrapped around a brand-new platform that encompasses all of the best technology General Motors has developed so far.

The new platform is called Ultium, developed specifically for electric, and not shared with any gasoline-powered GM vehicle. Built around a 100-kWh battery, Ultium maximizes interior space, provides optimum 50/50 weight distribution for stable handling, and allows for beautiful, sleek styling.

While it shares the sharp lighting signatures, chrome trim, and other details with other Cadillac models, the Lyric’s sweeping, low roofline and long wheelbase give it unique, sporty proportions: it looks like it’s driven straight off a designer’s sketch pad and onto the road.

From a technical perspective, in addition to the large battery, the Lyriq is also equipped with impressive standard charging capability. While its DC charging ability at 190 kW isn’t the best in the industry (some other brands offer 270 or even 350 kW), standard 19.2-kW AC charging lets it charge twice as fast on a level 2 charger compared to most other EVs.

The Lyriq’s interior, in addition to the expected Cadillac luxury, features a monster display – stretching across the dashboard, it measures nearly three feet diagonally! Fashioned as one long piece of curved glass, the 33-inch screen is divided into three distinct zones. Left of the steering wheel are controls for lighting and the heads-up display, followed by a digital instrument cluster, and an area for navigation, cabin and infotainment features. Because all of these zones are combined into one screen, the Lyriq has the ability to do a full-screen takeover: for instance, turning into a giant movie screen when the vehicle is charging.

The first Lyriqs available will be rear-wheel drive, and final power outputs have yet to be confirmed; at least 300 miles of range is promised. An all-wheel drive version will follow, with about 20-30 miles less range, but greater all-weather capability. And while Cadillac says the Lyriq will “redefine American luxury,” the initial batch will be made in China, before additional production capability is added in the U.S. Expect prices to start at just under $60,000 before applicable federal and regional rebates.

On sale: Summer 2022

Base MSRP: Estimated $60,000 before rebates

Range: 300 miles plus

Lucid Gravity

Lucid Gravity

With deliveries starting in 2023, the Lucid Gravity (or, as the company refers to it, “Project Gravity,” hinting that a different name may be in store) is the follow-up to the brand’s impressive Air sedan, which boasts some of the industry’s fastest charging times, highest power outputs, and longest range promises. Like the Air, Gravity is big – a full-size, seven-passenger SUV that should combine remarkable interior space with staggering performance.

Gravity is built on Lucid’s Electric Advanced Platform (LEAP), which it intends to use across its entire model range. Despite having room for seven full-size passengers, expect it to take up less space on the road than traditional three-row SUVs.

While Lucid hasn’t yet shared any specifications for the Gravity, we can make some inferences based on its shared platform with the Air. Expect a Launch Edition first, with an eye-watering price tag and either 800 or even over 1,000 horsepower; it will likely share its 112-kWh battery with the top Air models, but with range estimates short of the 516 miles promised by the Air, thanks to the Gravity’s taller profile and off-road stance. Expect the Air’s 900-volt electrical architecture to be present as well, enabling charging of up to 300 kW, making it one of the fastest-charging vehicles available.

In terms of technology, the DreamDrive advanced driver-assistance package, which has 32 sensors and 14 cameras, should be present, providing active cruise control and many active-safety functions including surround view monitor, blind spot display, cross traffic protection, automatic emergency braking, and even autonomous parking assist.

While it seems like Lucid is a new player – with the Gravity just its second model – it’s not exactly a startup. Its CEO is Tesla’s former head of engineering, and its vice president is former design chief for Mazda’s north American operations. Its manufacturing facility, located in Casa Grande, AZ, commenced production in September 2021, currently has the capacity to produce about 30,000 vehicles per year, with the ability to expand to more than 10 times that. The Gravity, which will arrive on your driveway in 2023, will surely help the company get there.

On sale: late 2022

Base MSRP: Estimated $170,000 (Dream Edition) before rebates

Range: 500 miles

Subaru Solterra

Subaru Solterra

Subaru says that the Solterra, the company’s first global all-electric vehicle, was named after the Latin words for “sun” and “earth” to signify its commitment to delivering traditional SUV capability in an environmentally-responsible package. Solterra is a joint project with Toyota, and shares its basic building blocks with the bZ4X crossover, which also features a sleek, “faceless” body with sporty SUV styling touches such as black wheel flares, a raised ride height, and contrasting roof.  

With standard all-wheel drive, but a low center of gravity thanks to its flat battery pack, the Solterra should provide excellent handling on- and off-road. A 72-kWh battery can be recharged from 10 to 80% in less than an hour, and provides 215 hp and more than 220 miles of range. The company hasn’t announced any more specific charging specifications.

While it shares its platform with the bZ4X, the Solterra differs in a number of important details. For instance, all-wheel drive is standard, and the Subaru has 8.3 inches of ground clearance for better rough-road and off-road capability. An electric version of Subaru’s “X-Mode” is also included, improving performance in low-friction and off-road conditions by maintaining a 50/50 power split between the front and rear axles. On-road, the two motors deliver power as needed to each axle, and selectable regenerative braking modes allow drivers to control how aggressively the Solterra charges its battery when you let off the “gas.”

Solterra’s interior is as rugged-looking as its exterior, with tough-looking fabrics. A high-set console floats above a large storage area, while a totally flat floor makes the rear cabin surprisingly spacious. Total passenger and cargo capacity is up to 126 cubic feet, with 30 cubic feet available behind the rear seats.

On sale in mid-2022, the all-new Solterra joins a very outdoorsy lineup of crossovers at Subaru. Models like the Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek have justifiably earned a great reputation for reliability and toughness. To see the brand add sustainability to that mix is exciting indeed.

On sale: Can be ordered now

Base MSRP: Estimated $38,000 before rebates

Range: 220 miles

Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo C40 Recharge

Coupe-shaped SUVs have proven to be surprisingly popular not just in North America, but around the world; many drivers are willing to sacrifice a bit of cargo space for extra style. In the world of electric-powered SUVs, a coupe-like shape makes for more efficient running, and can improve the range estimates which are so key to many buyers’ decision process.

The Volvo C40 Recharge is another coupe-like SUV, built off the popular, if boxy, XC40. Unlike the XC40, which is available with a variety of drive choices including electric, the C40 only comes in full-electric Recharge trim, taking full advantage of its sleeker design – indeed, it’s the first model in Volvo’s history designed as pure-electric only. The rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roof line, while the front introduces a new “face” for electric Volvos.

Inside, the C40 gives drivers the high seating position that Volvo, and SUV drivers, prefer, and it’s available with a number of unique color and trim finishes unique to the model. The C40 is also the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free. Its infotainment system is one of the best on the market, jointly developed with Google and based on the Android automotive operating system; not only does it give seamless integration with Google Maps and other Google technologies, but also offers over-the-air software updates that don’t require a trip to a dealer.

All-wheel drive is standard on the C40, with an electric motor on each axle, and a 78-kWh battery that can be fast-charged to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes. Expect slightly more range than the XC40 Recharge’s 223 EPA-rated miles. Every C40 will come with 250 kWh of complimentary charging on Electrify America’s network, to be used within the first three years. After that period, customers are automatically eligible for Electrify America’s Pass+, with membership fees covered courtesy of Volvo USA for one year, for discounted charging rates.

It makes sense for Volvo to be heavily investing in the electric vehicle space – safety and sustainability go hand in hand, after all. By 2025, the company expects half of its global sales to be fully electric, and vehicles like the attractive C40 Recharge are going to be what gets it there.

On sale: Now

Base MSRP: Estimated $60,000 before rebates

Range: Over 220 miles

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