It’s official: the future is electric. All over the world, major governments are imposing penalties on people driving vehicles older than a decade or two, largely due to their unacceptable emissions. Many people consider electric cars to be a huge part of the solution to the problem of achieving net-zero emissions, and while they may not be entirely commercially viable for many people yet, we believe it’s only a matter of time. 2022 is going to be yet another banner year for the electric car industry, so if you’re looking to make a purchase, this year would be the ideal time to do so. Here are the best upcoming electric cars for 2022.
We don’t hear much about Chinese car manufacturers, but that might all be about to change with the advent of the Ora Cat. It’s a brand new electric vehicle by Chinese manufacturer Ora, which is part of the Great Wall Motors collective. The car will retail for £25,000, and will give you an impressive 261 miles before it needs to be charged. As electric vehicle efficiency improves, more and more consumers are bound to be enticed by this environmentally friendly travel option, so we’re excited to see what Ora pulls out of the bag with the Cat.
A rapturous reception for the Citroën Ami in France ensured a launch in the UK as well, which is exciting. Technically, this one isn’t actually a car; it’s classed as a “quadricycle”, which gives it a top speed of just 28 miles an hour and an 8bhp engine. It’s a rather adorable little proposition that won’t serve you well at all if you’re driving in the country, but if you find yourself motoring around the city for the most part, then the Citroën Ami should be a strong contender for you. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it; this could be the start of a new journey!
BMW iX M60
If you like visually distinctive vehicles, then BMW has the electric car for you. The iX M60 is a rather odd-looking proposition, but it can hit 62 miles an hour in just 4 seconds and has a range of 357 miles, giving you quite a few journeys before you need to charge it. The top speed here is 155 miles an hour, too, so you’re not compromising on speed or performance for the sake of an electric alternative. If you want your car to feel like a performance model while behaving for all intents and purposes like an electric vehicle, then you should definitely look at this BMW option.
Now this is the real deal. The new Hethel flagship vehicle is all-electric, so there’s no hybrid technology on display here. It’ll get you 250 miles before it needs to be recharged, which isn’t too bad, but that number comes with an incredible 1972bhp and a top speed of 200mph. If the BMW iX M60 wasn’t enough of a beast for you, then this car should change your mind about whether electric vehicles can perform as well as their fuel-based counterparts (spoiler: they absolutely can). This car was originally due to launch earlier, but the pandemic put paid to its hopes, so we’re looking forward to trying it out soon.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
Ah, now this takes us back. The Volkswagen van design is iconic, so it was only a matter of time before the German car company revisited its flagship with an electric design. That’s exactly what the ID Buzz represents; it’s Volkswagen van power with an electric battery inside it. The retro stylings of the van make it a great option for anyone who likes to reminisce about Volkswagens gone by, and it’s likely to have several variants, so whatever your capacity needs may be, you can expect to be catered for here. We’ll almost certainly learn more about it as time goes on.
Right now, the Audi E-Tron doesn’t have a release date for this year, but we know a new model is headed our way. When it does arrive, we believe it’ll pack a massive new battery that should be able to cover some incredible distances; rumours are swirling that the battery will carry you between Edinburgh and London without an issue. Of course, we’re going to have to wait for more official information from Audi before we make any purchasing decisions, but it’s safe to say that if you love Audi vehicles, there will be something new for you this year.
Skoda Enyaq vRS
Long gone are the times when Skoda’s reputation was mud. Now, the Czech manufacturer has a reputation for sturdy, reliable vehicles at affordable prices. The Enyaq vRS model will somewhat buck that trend with a price tag of over £50,000, making it the most expensive Skoda model on the market right now. For that price, you’re getting a 295bhp engine with a top speed of 111mph, which is more than any reasonable road driver will ever need. The range is 309 miles, which is very impressive indeed.
Porsche Taycan GTS
Intended to slot comfortably between Porsche’s Turbo and 4S models, the Taycan GTS (which stands for Gran Turismo Sport) will boast a similar double-motor configuration to the Turbo, but won’t have quite as much power to play with. That shouldn’t be a problem for this mid-range monster, though, as it’s considered to be the best Porsche Taycan electric model available. Reviews have been very positive indeed, so when this car starts arriving for customers, we’re excited to see how they feel about it.