Long-established automakers and plucky startups alike hope to tap into rising consumer demand for electric vehicles or EVs. This has led to companies offering a widening assortment of electric cars, trucks, and SUVs. These enterprises vie for this emerging market with appealing features, ever-longer ranges between battery charges, and efficiency. As usual, competition is driving advances as EVs gain popularity.
Many more foreign and American-made EVs are in the pipeline for future release. Some are the flagship vehicles of startups, often featuring some fresh twist on electrification, like Aptera Motors’ aerospace-inspired three-wheeler. Others are new products of existing, dedicated EV companies, such as the Tesla Cybertruck. And yet others, like the Ford F150 Lightning pickup truck, emerge from long-established automakers’ efforts to shift away from internal combustion engines.
However intriguing these vehicles sound, they haven’t yet put four wheels (or three, in Aptera’s case) on roadways or in showrooms. Here’s a look at the EV cars, trucks, and SUVs you can actually buy and drive as of mid-summer 2022.
The basic passenger car has gotten electrified treatment from both American and overseas automakers, including the king of EVs, Tesla.
Audi e-tron GT Sedan Saloon
Featuring the sleek, aggressive stance of a sports car, the Auti e-tron GT sedan costs a minimum $102,400 base price. Adaptable AWD offers high traction and excellent handling. 3.1 seconds of acceleration brings the e-tron to 60 mph; the range is 264 miles.
BMW i4 eDrive40 Sedan
Able to drive 301 miles between charges, the BMW i4 eDrive40 features both comfort and performance. A low center of gravity, superior suspension build, and high-tensile steel components make the i4 dexterous and responsive. The base price is $55,900.
Chevrolet Bolt Hatchback
Built as an efficient little subcompact, the Chevy Bolt still manages to squeeze 5 passengers and 17 cubic feet of cargo into its interior. Regenerative braking makes one-pedal driving possible. Chevrolet prices the Bolt at a $31,500 base price for affordable accessibility.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Liftback
The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s claim to fame is a fairly long 303-mile range paired with a fairly thrifty $39,950 base price. Hyundai also builds the Ioniq to be fast-charging, adding 68 miles of range in 5 minutes and charging to 80% in 38 minutes.
Lucid Air Luxury EV Sedan
Accelerating from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds off of 1,111 horsepower, the Lucid Air is one of the fastest current EV sedans. It also boasts 520 miles of range and can charge about 300 miles’ worth in 20 minutes on the right charger. The cheapest trim costs $107,400.
Mercedes EQS Sedan
Mercedes currently makes its first electric vehicle, the EQS, in sedan form only, though an SUV is in the works. Massaging seats, built-in aromatherapy dispensers, and 64 interior LED lighting color choices are just a few of its luxury features. The EQS has a solid 350-mile range. $102,310 is the cheapest trim’s base price.
Mini Cooper SE Hardtop
Another BMW production, the Mini Cooper SE Hardtop aims at sustainability with a tiny two-door EV. Partnered with Polar Bears International Environmental, the Mini Cooper SE gets 110 miles per charge and a 36-minute quick charge. The base cost is $34,225.
Nissan Leaf Hatchback Car
The famous Nissan Leaf has seen US drivers clock over 2 billion total miles as of 2022. It makes driving easier with an array of driver-assist features. The car offers a 212-mile range and costs $27,800 to start.
Polestar 2 Liftback
The Polestar 2, ultimately made by Volvo, features everything from a high-fidelity audio system to a 275-mile range. The car also includes numerous safety elements and is highly rated for safety.
Porsche Taycan Electric Sports Car
Featuring a whole slew of premium trims with the most elite costing $190,000, the Porsche Taycan base model costs $86,700. Its range, not yet EPA tested, is listed as 282 miles. Built as a sports car, it can reach 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and can fast-charge in 22.5 minutes.
Tesla Model 3 Sedan
Tesla’s Model 3 shows the mature form of the company’s EVs. Range achieves 358 miles for the Long Range AWD trim, and 272 miles for the RWD base. Acceleration is brisk and the price starts at $46,990.
Tesla Model S Liftback
Riding on an all-wheel drive setup, the Model S is a hard-charging EV car, reaching 200 mph and 1.99 second 0-60 launch in its Plaid trim. Even the more staid base model offers a 3.1-second blastoff, combined with a top-tier 405-mile range for a base of $96,590.
Many of today’s EVs fall under the umbrella category of SUVs or sport utility vehicles. Most are not the large, powerful, boxy, rugged Land Rover-type vehicles used for safaris and off-roading, however. Instead, the majority of 2022’s EV SUVs are crossovers, effectively large sedans with a little light-duty off-road capability.
Audi e-tron Crossover
Available in nine different colors, mostly shades of blue or gray, the Audi e-tron crossover can go 226 miles between charges. This $66,800 base price vehicle cranks out 490 ft-lbs of torque and 402 horsepower. It can reach 60 in 5.5 seconds while hauling 56.4 cubic feet of cargo.
Audi Q4 e-tron Crossover
The Audi Q4 e-tron crossover features dual motors and AWD, providing 241 miles of range. The spacious interior offers 53.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. Performance is sporty with a 5.8 second 0-60 mph time. The EV’s base price is $49,900.
BMW iX xDrive50 Crossover
With a starting sticker price of $84,100, the BMW iX is a luxury electric “sports activity vehicle” according to its maker. The range is 324 miles, with 10 minutes of DC fast charging able to recharge roughly 90 miles of capacity. It can hit 60 in 4.4 seconds and has an available Sports Package.
Chevrolet Bolt EUV Crossover
A higher-end, slightly larger version of the Bolt, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV optionally includes the brand-new Super Cruise feature. This enables hands-free driver-assist driving on 200,000 US and Canadian roads. The EUV costs $38,000 base and features a 247-mile range and 7-second 0-60 mph time.
Ford Mustang Mach-E Crossover
Transforming its iconic muscle car into an EV SUV, Ford engineers its Mustang Mach-E to streak from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. The range per charge is 314 miles. Limited production may make it difficult to buy an electric Mustang currently. The Mach-E costs $43,895 base price.
Hyundai Kona Electric Crossover
A tiny SUV with a $34,000 base price, the Hyundai Kona EV can drive 258 miles on a charge. This no-frills crossover can fast charge to 80% in an hour and features regenerative braking.
Jaguar I-Pace Crossover
Jaguar designed the I-Pace for performance, building in 4.5-second acceleration to 60 mph and all-wheel drive. Power generation is 512 ft-lbs of torque. The I-Pace has a maximum range of 246 miles in Eco Mode using regenerative braking.
Kia EV6 Crossover
A bit more performance-focused than the Niro, the Kia EV6 speeds from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. It also gets 310 miles of range out of one complete charge. A fast charger can potentially top its charge up to 80% in just 18 minutes, too. It starts at $41,400.
Kia Niro EV Crossover
The Kia Niro EV is a middle-of-the-pack crossover with an affordable $39,990 base price. Acceleration isn’t outstanding at 6.5 seconds to 60 mph, and the range is average at 239 miles, but a makeover is in the works.
Mazda MX-30 Crossover
Mazda designed the MX-30 for short-range daily driving, though its 100-mile range looks short by modern standards. Its $33,470 price tag may help offset this limitation. The MX-30 also features a very comfortable interior.
Rivian R1S SUV
A powerful, off-road mobile, traditional SUV and not just a crossover, the Rivian R1S EV SUV also has a beefy $72,500 base price. It can tow 7,500 lbs and features 14.9” ground clearance, alongside 3-foot water fording capability. The range is 260 to 320 miles.
Tesla Model X Crossover
A 370 horsepower SUV, the Tesla Model X features 348 miles range and 3.8 second 0-60 mph acceleration at its base level. The interior also features plenty of excellent audio, gaming, connectivity, and a 17” touchscreen. $112,590 base price gets you in line for this EV.
Tesla Model Y Crossover
Tesla built the Model Y for safety, winning 5-star NHTSA ratings and other standout safety awards. The battery can get you 330 miles per charge, with 76 cubic feet of cargo on board. Cost starts at $58,190.
Volkswagen ID.4 Crossover
The Volkswagen ID.4 won a place on the 2021 Wards 10 Best User Experiences for comfort and a clean, highly usable control layout. Its Pro trim can achieve a range of 275 miles. Fast charging adds 70 miles in 10 minutes. The base cost is $41,230.
Volvo C40 Recharge Crossover
The Volvo C40 Recharge offers an optional leather-free interior, 226-mile range, and 28-minute 80% fast-charging for a base price of $55,300. Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play are all integrated into the design for navigation and entertainment moxie.
Volvo XC40 Recharge Crossover
Volvo makes the XC40 Recharge with many of its famed safety features, including a plethora of airbags. The electric crossover delivers 223 miles of range and can fast-charge from 10% to 80% in 37 minutes. Accelerating to 60 takes a sporty 4.7 seconds.
EV Pickup Trucks
Americans favor pickup trucks, with these vehicles accounting for around 20% of vehicles currently in operation according to Experian. EV companies currently have only two electric pickups on the road, however. More, most notably the Ford F150 Lightning is scheduled for release soon, but options remain limited in mid-2022.
GMC Hummer EV Pickup Truck
Bringing back the massive, boxy Hummer design in an electric format, the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck costs $110,000. Developing about 1,000 horsepower and 1,100 ft-lbs of torque, the pickup can blast from 0 to 60 mph in 3 to 3.5 seconds. The range is 350 miles.
Rivian R1T Electric Pickup Truck
Another beefy, powerful electric pickup, the Rivian R1T offers 280 to 400 miles of range depending on options. Rivian claims it can rock crawl a 100% grade, ford 3 feet of water, and tow 11,000 lbs. It also has a 3-second zero to 60 and a base price of $67,500.