Automakers are placing a heavy emphasis on electric vehicles (EVs) as more of them commit to weaning themselves off of internal combustion engines in the near future. Last year was an inflection point with decades of research and development paying off as more EVs readied for market arrival than ever before in modern history.
Electric vehicles, or battery electric vehicles (BEVs), do not have an engine. They have one, two, three, or four electric motors that work in tandem with a large battery to drive the car. To gain their range, they need to be plugged in to an electric outlet.
This list does not include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) or models with internal combustion engines that are paired with a 48-volt battery, a practice commonly referred to as “mild-hybrid”.
Here’s a rundown of the new electric vehicles arriving on dealer lots in 2022.
The all-electric SUV joins Nissan’s lineup next year.
Nissan North America
Joining Nissan’s electric lineup is the new Ariya crossover SUV. The company estimates that the battery will deliver around 300 miles of electric range, topping the Nissan Leaf’s maximum range. Front-wheel drive is standard with an optional all-wheel drive option. The base price is $47,125.
The Nissan Ariya is expected to hit U.S. showrooms in Fall 2022.
Ford F-150 Lightning
The F-150 Lightning is Ford’s take on an all-electric pickup truck.
Ford Motor Company
Ford announced in 2019 that it had plans to add an electric truck to its popular F-150 lineup. Debuting in May of 2021, the F-150 Lightning will begin production in spring of 2022. When it comes to market, Ford expects a standard range of 230 miles. That range would be boosted up to 300 with an optional, larger battery pack.
General Motors is betting big that its 2023 Cadillac Lyric electric SUV will captivate buyers.
GM’s luxury marquee is getting its first all-electric car in 2022. The Lyriq, a crossover built on the company’s scalable electric architecture, is expected to come standard with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery that provides more than 300 miles of range. The company says that the motor will generate 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
The Ocean is the first large vehicle launched by the southern California-based Fisker Inc.
One of the new kids on the block, the Ocean SUV is expected out next year. With the single-motor model, the EPA expects a range of about 250 miles. A dual-motor is estimated for more than 350 miles. Fisker says that roof-mounted solar panels are an option that can deliver an additional 200 miles of range per year in optimal conditions.
A base Fisker Ocean model starts at $37,999. The Ocean Launch Edition retails for $68,999.