2022 promises to be a big year for electric cars with the Tesla Cybertruck and Ford F-150 Lightning ready to hit the road. Yes, more electric vehicles are launching than ever before, and that makes choosing an EV harder than ever.
Once the outliers, and a rare sight on the road, EVs now seem to be just about everywhere. Plus, all the largest carmakers have some sort of EV either on sale, or on the way very soon. Chrysler has announced that its going all-electric by 2028, and GM is doing the same by 2035.
Whether it’s Nissan, Porsche, Audi or even Hummer, there’s no shortage of zero emission vehicles right now. Heck you can even get an all-electric Batmobile. Whether you want a simple urban runabout or a performance EV, here are the best electric cars you can go out and order right now.
But in the here and now there are plenty of impressive EVs to choose from. Tesla has been impressing buyers with EV performance for years and there are electric luxury sedans, exotic supercars, compact commuters, and even pickup trucks coming this year.
Moreover, home charging stations have dropped in price from thousands of dollars to do-it-yourself models costing $600. It all represents solid progress on the electrification front.
Here, then, are the best electric cars right now, with a brief shout-out to the Chevy Bolt EUV — the first non-Cadillac to come with General Motors’ high-tech Super Cruise autonomous driving system. The Bolt EUV proved itself to be an excellent commuter vehicle, and had it not been for the ongoing battery recall it would have earned a place on this list.
And if you want to do a spot of future gazing, you can also take a look at our list of the most exciting electric vehicles coming in 2022. Also see the one electric car that turned this EV skeptic into a believer after lots of long-distance drives.
Every car company in the world seems to be gunning for Tesla, but its Model 3 remains one of the best electric cars available, with excellent range, features, and a price that demonstrates that Teslas aren’t just for the 1-percenters. Indeed, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 may still be the best mass-market electric car out there. The Model 3 can go up to 262 miles on a single charge (with the standard battery), and while this car is stubbier and plumper than Tesla’s Model S, it’s about half the price.
While critics point out that Tesla continues to overstate the technical abilities of its driver-assist Autopilot feature, we think it’s still worthwhile, within limits. Software updates offer continual improvements, but if you want more range and better handling AWD, pricing on the Model 3 starts at $41,990.
Read our full Tesla Model 3 review
Polestar is a car company founded by Volvo, but kept as a completely independent entity. So while Polestar can benefit from its founders safety technology and other resources, it’s free to push the boundaries of electric vehicle performance and engineering. Polestar 2 is the company’s first five-door electric car, with a great mix of looks and safety.
Polestar 2 offers dual motor performance, alongside an EPA range of 233 miles per charge. It’s not industry-leading, but it’s still pretty impressive. Polestar also included an infotainment system based on Android Automotive OS, alongside self-cleaning headlights, a Harmon Kardon sound system, and Volvo’s Pilot driver assistance system. That includes emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane centering, and all the other bells and whistles you’d expect.
It may not be the Mustang you were expecting, but Ford’s Mustang Mach-E is still the first all-electric car Ford has built. The SUV design might put some people off, but Ford has added a solid mix of technology and performance. That includes a 15.5-inch touchscreen, CarPlay and Android Auto support, and a luxury interior that should keep everyone happy.
It may not be as powerful as a Tesla Model X, or offer quite as much range as other electric cars, but it’s still a great option for someone hoping to get all these features for a slightly lower price than the competition is asking for.
Still, Ford recently announced a new Mustang Mach-E GT model that takes things a step further. Boosting power from 346 hp to 460 hp and covering the 0-60 in 3.8 seconds (3r o.5 secs for the Performance Edition).
Read our full Ford Mustang Mach-E review
While not the fastest or most exciting EV out there, the VW ID.4 has proven itself to be a worthy purchase — in a stylish and subdued way. So you have a solid SUV pick, with a comfortable ride and autonomous driver assistance that is on par with other lower-priced electric vehicles.
The ID.4 also offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo, but without causing any discomfort in the process. It also makes for a solid getting around car, even if the ID.4 itself won’t be turning any heads of passer’s by. But with all that wrapped up into an affordable package, there’s not much more you do need.
Read our full VW ID.4 review
If you’re looking for a good all-round electric car, then the Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a great option. The SUV packs in loads of space for you, your family and whatever you may need to transport, and packs in an impressive 300 miles of range to get you where you need to go.
Better still the IONIQ 5 comes with plenty of tech options, should you want them. There’s a built-in heads-up display, wireless charging, mood lighting, and up to 350 kW charging speeds.
Most importantly, however, is that the IONIQ 5 is fun to drive. Not only does it have the instant torque all EVs offer, it’s a speedy beast that can jump from 0-60 in just 5.2 seconds. That may not be Tesla-level acceleration, but it isn’t bad going – especially for an SUV.
Read our full Hyundai IONIQ 5 review
While not the most spectacular EV on the market, the Nissan Leaf is an ideal car for people new to EVs, or who simply don’t want to spend a lot of money. The 2022 model of the car is even more appealing in that respect, since its starting price is just $27,400 — and that’s before you take federal and state incentives into account.
The Leaf also offers a roomy interior with plenty of hi-tech options, including the semi-autonomous ProPilot driver assistance software, and the ‘ePedal’ that offers a one-pedal driving mode for those that want it. It also supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
There are downsides, mainly the fact that the cheaper 40 kWh battery models only offer 149 miles of EPA range. Likewise the Leaf includes a CHAdeMO rapid charger, rather than the CCS favored by every other automaker that isn’t Tesla. But if you’re looking for an EV that doesn’t need to be too big, and you have a tight budget, this is one to consider.
Read our full 2022 Nissan Leaf review
Lucid looks to be trying to directly compete with Tesla, offering up a luxury car that has more miles on the battery than you know what to do with. The Lucid Air Dream Edition is the pinacle of the company’s offering, with deliveries now starting to take place for those that can afford it.
With all wheel drive, 1,080 horsepower, an aerodynamic frame with 0.21 drag coefficient, and a resulting 517 miles of range, it’s one spectacular car that offers almost everything. There’s also autonomous driving involved, with the hopes that it can be upgraded to a Level 3 ‘eye-off’ system a little further down the line. It’s not self-driving, but it looks like Lucid wants to give Tesla and GM a run for their money.
An icon of excess, the Hummer was loved and loathed for its too-wide-to-fit-in-a-lane stance and its in-your-face off-road attitude when it was discontinued in 2010. This year, it’s back in a pure-electric version.
The first version, the EV Edition1 is a pickup truck with three electric motors (one up front, two in the rear) that will generate 1000 horsepower and with launch control that will catapult this beast from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Compare that to the popular Ford F150 that takes 6.2 to get there. GM is also equipping the first EV Hummers with a full-on off-road package that includes skid plates and rock sliders to keep you from gouging the bottom of the truck, plus washable underbody cameras. You won’t be popping any sick wheelies, though.
When you’re back on the highway, the new Hummer will include what is the closest tech you’ll get to self-driving vehicle today — GM’s Super Cruise hands-off feature. To keep you informed of what’s happening inside and what’s left of the truck’s impressive 350-mile range, there will be 13.4-inch center touchscreen and 12.3-inch gauge cluster.
The Tesla Model Y may not be as cheap as the Model 3 or as powerful as the Model X, but it does manage to mix affordability and storage space into an attractive-looking package. With 76 cubic feet of space, up to 326 miles of range, space for up to seven people, and access to Tesla’s 250kW Supercharger network.
On top of this the Model Y gets to enjoy all the benefits of Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance software. You get all the basics including automatic steering, acceleration, and brake control, thrown in with the car as standard. The more advanced Full Self Driving (which isn’t actually autonomous) is also available for a one-off payment of $12,000, which is a price hike of $2,000 announced by Elon Musk.
So if you want all the benefits of a spacious Tesla, but are priced out of the Model X, this might be the EV for you.
The Porsche Taycan can still lay claim to several firsts. It was the first production EV with a two-speed transmission to boost acceleration. It was also the first production EV with an 800-volt system, which cuts down recharge times. And, of course, it’s the first pure-electric production Porsche.
One of the best electric cars, this Porsche sedan boasts supercar features including neck-snapping acceleration, carbon-ceramic brake rotors, active anti-roll bars, air springs, and high-speed rear-wheel steering. And those slots on the front are front brake air ducts that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics. New for 2021 is a head up display, SiriusXM satellite radio, and the ability to receive over-the-air software updates.
With the Porsche handling and emblem come some Porsche prices. While the base model tops out at a few grand over $100K the Turbo S — the one you really want — starts at $185,000.