The electric vehicle segment will experience a growth spurt in 2022 as several new models are expected. Some of the electric vehicles on the following list will go on sale or enter the market next year while others will finally be unveiled as production vehicles. Then there are the 2022 models that will arrive before the end of this year. It will be interesting to follow the launch of these vehicles and see if consumers will be on board.
What is certain is that 2022 will bring several new options for buyers considering an electric vehicle.
2022 Mazda MX-30
We start with a 2022 electric vehicle that will already be launched and on sale when we celebrate the new year. The Mazda MX-30 presented earlier this year and which we had the chance to test drive recently has been the talk of the town due to its rather short range of 161 kilometers (100 miles). Unfortunately, the MX-30’s platform can’t accommodate a larger battery, so it has to make do with a 35.5 kWh pack. The price of the MX-30 is no less, however, starting at over $42,000 in Canada ($34,645 in the US).
It will be interesting to see if the consumer who is primarily looking to get around town and will appreciate the low charging time (2.5 hours on a Level 2 charger), the one in fact that Mazda says is the target buyer of the 2022 MX-30, will be there in large enough numbers to allow Mazda’s new electric SUV to make its way into the market.
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
Production of the Ford F-150 Lightning has begun and the vehicle is expected to arrive at dealerships in the spring of 2022. Ford’s new 100 percent electric truck promises up to 483 kilometers (300 miles) of range on top models, up to 778 lb-ft of torque and 10,000 pounds of towing capacity. The F-150 Lightning will also be offered in an entry-level version with the same torque, but 426 horsepower and a 370-kilometer (230 miles) range.
Much has been written about the F-150 Lightning since its introduction, but it’s still unclear whether the truck market is ready for a 100 percent electric model, especially since the Lightning’s range has been known to drop below 200 kilometers (125 miles) when towing a load that approaches its maximum capacity. That said, if there’s one truck model that can be successful with an electric motor, it’s one with the F-150 name.
2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5
Of great beauty, the new Hyundai IONIQ 5 looks like it came straight out of an auto show, specifically the concept car corner. It’s not a concept, however, the IONIQ 5 is real and should arrive in the next few months. It will offer two batteries, one of 58 kWh and the other of 77.4 kWh. The first one powers an electric motor that develops 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels while the second one powers two motors that develop 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels.
The range of the Hyundai IONIQ 5 varies from 358 kilometers to 480 kilometers (222 to 298 miles) depending on the model and battery.
2022 Kia EV6
The Kia EV6 will be similar to the Hyundai IONIQ 5 in terms of batteries, with two blocks of 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh. That said, it will be offered in a GT version with 576 horsepower and will be able to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, enough to compete with the Mustang Mach-E GT and the Tesla Model 3 Performance. In its most powerful version, the EV6 will offer 510 kilometers (317 miles) of range.
Built on an 800-volt architecture like the Porsche Taycan, the EV6 will be able to charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes, and it will be possible to add 100 kilometers (62 miles) of range in less than 5 minutes on a Level 3 fast charger.
2022 BMW iX
The BMW iX xDrive50 is the first model of the all-new BMW iX luxury electric SUV unveiled last June. The iX xDrive50 starts at $89,990 in Canada ($84,195 in the US) and first deliveries will take place in the spring of 2022. Offering 516 horsepower, 564 lb-ft of torque and a range of 475 kilometers (295 miles), it will compete with the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model Y Performance. It can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and its 111.5 kWh battery can be charged in 11 hours on a Level 2 charger. It can also charge on a level 3 charger where it will be able to recover 150 kilometers (93 miles) in about 10 minutes.
2022 BMW i4
Coming to North America in 2022, the BMW i4 starts at $55,000 in Canada ($56,395 in the US) and is aimed directly at the Tesla Model 3. Essentially an electric version of the popular BMW 3 Series, it will be offered in several versions including eDrive40 and i4 M50i. The latter, starting at $72,990 in Canada ($66,895 in the US), is aimed at the Tesla Model 3 Performance with 536 horsepower and a range of 385 kilometers (239 miles). The entry-level version offers 335 horsepower and 475 kilometers (295 miles) of range.
The BMW i4 M50i is the first electric car designed by BMW’s M performance division. It will have two electric motors that combine to form an all-wheel drive system. Both versions of the new 2022 BMW i4 are powered by an 83.9 kWh battery
2023 Nissan Ariya
The launch date of the Nissan Ariya is ambiguous. Presented in 2020, we should have already seen the new Ariya on our roads, but Nissan’s new electric vehicle has been delayed. It should still arrive in 2022. It will offer two versions, one with front-wheel drive and the other with all-wheel drive. Two batteries will be offered, one with 65 kWh and the other with 90 kWh. The entry-level model will offer 215 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque and a range of 321 kilometers (199 miles). The second version will be considerably more powerful with 389 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The range will vary from 321 kilometers (199 miles) for the base model to 482 kilometers (300 miles) for the most powerful model.
2023 Toyota bZ4X
The Toyota bZ4X presented last June will enter the market in mid-2022. It will be Toyota’s first 100% electric vehicle and will be built on a fully dedicated platform. Toyota has not offered any specifications for its new bZ4X yet, however, so we don’t know the range or the battery capacity. We do know, however, that it will be a new sport utility vehicle with a generous cargo space according to Toyota.
2023 Cadillac LYRIQ
Priced from $69,989 in Canada ($59,995 in the US), the Cadillac LYRIQ is Cadillac’s first 100% electric vehicle and the first 100% electric luxury vehicle from an American automaker. The first orders come in 2022, but they are already sold out. Even so, more orders are expected to open next year. The LYRIQ claims up to 480 kilometers (298 miles) and 340 horsepower. It will have GM’s new Ultium battery, which will also be used in the next electric GMC Hummer, and it will be able to receive a 190 kW charge that can add 122 kilometers (76 miles) of range per 10 minutes.
2023 Subaru Solterra
The Subaru Solterra shares its platform with the new 2023 Toyota bZ4X and like the latter, it arrives in the summer of 2022. We know it will come standard with all-wheel drive, but that’s it. Subaru released a new image of the interior in August, showing a modern and very techno dashboard. We should get more info on the Solterra in the coming months.