Automakers are offering new models in all shapes and sizes
The Chevrolet Equinox EV will go on sale in fall 2023.
By Consumer Reports
The coronavirus pandemic has slowed auto development and production, but manufacturers’ plans to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) continue unabated. In fact, dozens of pure electric models are set to debut by the end of 2024.
On the menu are cars and an increasing number of SUVs and pickups. And there will be a broader array of plug-in hybrid models, which can run on mostly electric power for a stretch before a gasoline engine kicks in and operates the vehicle more like a traditional hybrid.
The rollout of new EV and plug-in hybrid models across different segments is good news for consumers looking for an alternative-fuel vehicle that will fit their needs.
Here’s a rundown of some of the models that are worth watching for in the next couple of years. The list is alphabetical by automaker. Prices are estimates in most cases.
The new BMW i4 is a conventional-looking EV that broadens the appeal of BMW’s electric offerings. There are two versions available. The eDrive40, with 335 hp and rear-wheel drive, is estimated to have a range of 300 miles. The all-wheel-drive M50, with a maximum of 536 hp, promises sports car performance and 0-to-60-mph acceleration in less than 4 seconds but a lower range of 245 miles. It’s probably no coincidence that those acceleration numbers are similar to Tesla’s Model 3, a rival. With high-power 200-kilowatt DC fast charging, available only in public venues, the i4 can gain up to 90 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Standard active safety systems include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assistance.
On sale: Early 2022
Learn more about the BMW i4.
The iX is BMW’s new electric flagship SUV. Designed from scratch and a showcase for the automaker’s latest tech, it’s nothing like any BMW we’ve seen before, with its massive grille, squared-off steering wheel, and wraparound floating touch screen. According to BMW, the iX will have 500 hp and employ two motors to give it all-wheel-drive capability, and it will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds. Range is claimed to be 300 miles, and it can add 75 miles of charge in 10 minutes of DC fast charging. Charging from empty at 240 volts will take 11 hours, which is par for the course.
On sale: Now
See our the first drive review of the BMW iX.
The Cadillac Lyriq showcases next-generation styling for the brand and introduces a new modular electric platform. It’s roughly the length and width of the Cadillac XT6 SUV. But the Lyriq has a much different profile, being 6 inches lower in height and riding on a wheelbase that’s 9 inches longer. The dominant feature in the cabin is a curved 33-inch LED display that stretches from the instrument panel all the way to where the infotainment screen is traditionally placed. This builds on the presentation found in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade, which has a 38-inch curved OLED display. The initial Lyriq is a 340-hp, rear-drive model with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery, a combination that the automaker estimates is good for at least 300 miles of range. Production starts in early 2022 at the Spring Hill, Tenn., facility. GM has pledged a $2 billion investment in that factory to support electric vehicle production. In addition, the company is spending $2.3 billion on a new battery manufacturing plant in the same town as part of a joint effort with LG Energy Solution.
On sale: Early 2023
Learn more about the Cadillac Lyriq.
The next-generation Chevrolet Equinox SUV will be based on GM’s Ultium platform, transforming this popular model into an EV. It will be offered in fleet and retail versions.
On sale: Fall 2023
Chevrolet Silverado EV
The Silverado EV is built on General Motors’ unique EV-only Ultium platform, unlike the popular gasoline- and diesel-powered Silverado pickup trucks with which it shares a name. It has more in common with the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, including—on top trims—four-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension system. Priced at $105,000, the top-of-the-line RST First Edition trim is both performance- and luxury-oriented, and GM says it will sprint to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. A fleet Work Truck trim will focus more on towing and utility, and have a starting price below $40,000. GM says both Silverado EV trims will have a 400-mile range.
On sale: Spring 2023 (WT); Fall 2023 (RST)
Fisker is poised to return to the automotive market—after being absent for about a decade—with its all-new Ocean electric vehicle. Features that seem likely to create a buzz are the optional solar roof, the 17-inch center touch screen that rotates horizontal or vertical, and something Fisker is calling “California mode,” which lowers all the windows and retracts the roof panel at the touch of a button to create a convertible-like experience.
The automaker announced pricing on four trim levels, starting at less than $40,000 for the front-wheel-drive base Sport version and reaching close to $70,000 for the top two all-wheel-drive trims. Reservations are open, and Fisker says the Ocean will be available late in 2022. But as we’ve seen, this date is not carved in stone.
On sale: Late 2022
Learn more about the Fisker Ocean.
Ford F-150 Lightning
The Lightning name returns on an electrified F-150 crew-cab truck with prodigious power and strong work capabilities. This pickup is offered in two power configurations, with 426 and 563 hp. The standard-range battery promises 230 miles, and the extended-range battery is projected to provide up to 320 miles. Among the benefits of going electric is a large front trunk that can hold two sets of golf clubs. And the F-150 Lightning boasts up to a 2,000-pound payload capacity (standard range) and 10,000-pound tow capacity (extended range). Power plugs in the “frunk” and bed add to the truck’s versatility. And familiar innovations carry over from the regular F-150, such as a foldaway gear selector and deeply reclining seats. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite is standard, with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, parking obstruction warning, and rear automatic braking.
On sale: Spring 2022
Learn more about the Ford F-150 Lightning.
Genesis recently announced its pledge to make all its new vehicles purely electric starting in 2025, with the goal of becoming a zero-emissions vehicle brand by 2030 and carbon-neutral by 2035. Leading the charge is the GV60, a small crossover based on an EV-only platform shared with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6. Genesis hasn’t released details for the U.S. market, but a model shown overseas has motor configurations with power ranging from 225 hp to 429 hp. There’s also a boost button for a jolt of extra passing power.
On sale: Spring 2022
Learn more about the Genesis GV60.
GMC Hummer EV
The Hummer badge was once antithetical to alternative fuels, representing hulking, gas-guzzling SUVs inspired by military vehicles. But the all-new electric Hummer EV SUV and pickup truck promise to be both green and off-road ready, with gratuitous power and sports-car-quick acceleration. The nameplate’s revival is led by the five-seat, four-door pickup truck. Its 5-foot pickup bed features a power tonneau cover and multifunction tailgate. Both vehicles have removable glass roof panels to create an open-air driving experience. Among their tricks are the ability to “crab walk,” or move diagonally; up to 18 cameras for negotiating trails; and available Super Cruise driver assistance. The Hummer EV pickup truck launches in 2022 with the pricey, full-featured Edition 1 boasting 1,000 hp and promising 350-plus miles of range. The SUV follows a year later, with top output being about 830 hp. Over the following two years, less expensive versions of each will be offered with reduced power and range.
On sale: Early 2022
Learn more about the GMC Hummer EV.
California-based, electric car startup Indi EV is preparing to launch their first model, the Indi One. This five-passenger vehicle blurs the lines between a car and SUV, and each version is equipped with all-wheel drive. The base model, $45,000, features a 75-kilowatt-hour battery with a claimed 230-mile range. The Premium version, $69,000, has a 95-kWh battery and a claimed 300-mile range. Indi says this iteration produces 470 hp and can zip from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The Premium also is equipped for high-end gaming. The Indi One will be built in Vernon, Calif., and the company expects to start delivering vehicles at the end of 2023.
On sale: Late 2023
The Kia EV6 is the brand’s first car designed from the ground up to be electric. Sized like a Ford Mustang Mach-E, the EV6 crossover promises to be the first in a series of EV models. The EV6 will be offered in a number of powertrain configurations, with rear- and all-wheel-drive versions, and several motor combinations. Acceleration is said to be as swift as 3.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. The EV6 is compatible with 400- and 800-volt fast-charging stations in public places, enabling the car to go from 10 to 80 percent charged in 18 minutes. A neat feature: The EV6 is capable of powering other equipment or serving as an emergency power source for your home. A comprehensive suite of active safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, lane keeping assistance, and a driver attention monitor, will be offered.
On sale: Now
See our the first drive review of the Kia EV6.
The second-generation Niro once again offers buyers three efficient modes of transport, with traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric models. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, producing 139 hp and 180 hp, respectively. It’s estimated that the plug-in version can drive up to 33 miles on electric power. The EV version produces 201 hp, with an estimated driving range of 253 miles. As before, the Niro comes only with front-wheel drive. Inside the cabin, the Niro can be outfitted with dual 10.25-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, as well as a head-up display. Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, lane centering assist, and lane keeping assistance.
On sale: Summer 2022
The Lucid Air, a large, sleek, all-wheel-drive sedan designed to compete with ultraluxury models such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Tesla Model S, will eventually be available in a few formats. The first to arrive will be the most expensive one, a 1,111-hp dual-motor sedan with a $169,000 price. Less-powerful versions will arrive later, including a 800-hp dual-motor model and a couple of single-motor models with either 480 or 620 hp. The car, its batteries, and the 900-volt electric architecture were engineered in-house and have already been tested and proved on Formula E cars. Lucid says the base model will have more than 400 miles of range, with a proprietary charging system that makes it possible to add 300 miles of range in 20 minutes using a DC fast charger. The Lucid Air Dream Edition R has an Environmental Protection Agency-rated 520 miles of range (with 19-inch wheels), making it the first production EV to offer more than 500 miles. The Dream Edition Performance and Grand Touring trims have a range of 469 to 516 miles, depending on wheel fitment. An SUV based on the Air is expected to follow.
On sale: Now
Learn more about the Lucid Air.
The 2023 EQE four-door sedan is the latest EV from Mercedes-Benz. With its futuristic styling—inside and out—the new offering is positioned to go head-to-head with the leading premium EVs, like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan. The first model, called EQE 350, comes with 288 hp and rear-wheel drive; other versions, including those equipped with all-wheel drive, will be introduced later. Among its distinguishing features, the EQE offers a massive Hyperscreen, more than 56 inches wide and encompassing the entire instrument panel.
On sale: Mid-2022
Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz EQE.
Rivian R1T and R1S
The R1T is an all-electric pickup scheduled to beat Tesla’s Cybertruck to the market by at least a year. It has a promised range of up to 400 miles, up to 750 hp, and 11,000 pounds of towing capacity. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is claimed to be 3 seconds. It also has a transverse tunnel between the bed and the cab for storage. The R1S is a three-row luxury SUV version. Rivian is the rare tech startup that has attracted heavy-duty investors, including Amazon, Ford, and Cox Automotive. However, it is not isolated from the challenges in launching a new company, especially during these unusual times, as reflected in a significant price increase announced in winter 2022.
R1T cost: $79,500-$85,000
R1S cost: $84,500-$90,000
On sale: Summer 2022
Learn more about the Rivian R1T and R1S.
The Solterra is Subaru’s first-ever electric vehicle. It combines a two-motor electric powertrain to form a symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and offers 8.3 inches of ground clearance for weekend adventurers wanting to venture down dirt trails. The combined output of the motors is 215 hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque, and the automaker estimates the range to be more than 222 miles. Subaru says the battery can be charged to 80 percent capacity in less than an hour using DC fast charging in public places. The Solterra will come with EyeSight, Subaru’s suite of active safety features that includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, and lane change assist features, as well as adaptive cruise control. A new feature called safe exit assist, which alerts passengers of approaching vehicles when getting out of the car, will also be included.
On sale: Summer 2022
Learn more about the Subaru Solterra.
The Tesla Cybertruck is an all-electric pickup. Aside from its one-of-a-kind angular experiment of a truck, the design replaces the traditional truck frame with a hard stainless steel “exoskeleton,” similar to airplane design, and extra-strong glass for the windows. Tesla announced a base price of under $40,000, but we take that with a grain of salt based on the company’s record of frequent price hikes. The truck will come in three variations, with battery ranges of 250, 350, and 500 miles. The top-end version promises acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, combined with the ability to tow 14,000 pounds. The prototype is expected to evolve and decrease in size slightly.
On sale: Delivery estimated to be in 2023 at the earliest.
Learn more about the Tesla Cybertruck.
Tesla’s roadmap has the electric-only product line expanding from the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 to the Cybertruck, Semi tractor-trailer truck, and the Roadster. The name is a nod to the original Tesla car, an electric convertible based on a Lotus platform. This car promises performance quite unlike any car that has come before, but well-heeled driving enthusiasts will need to wait longer for the model to reach production. When it was initially unveiled in 2017, Tesla said it aimed to build the Roadster in 2020. And as the saying now goes, that plan went all “2020.” Other models have taken longer to develop, stretching out the timeline as the company faces the challenge of expanding its factories, creating next-generation batteries, and engineering more advanced Full Self-Driving capability. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, said the Roadster should ship in 2023, but more recently, he has indicated that all new product is delayed because of supply constraints. A launch in 2024 seems more likely.
The Roadster is a bit of a misnomer. It’s a four-seater, with a snug back seat and a partly retractable hardtop. It uses three motors powering all wheels to deliver its claimed rocketlike acceleration, with the automaker citing 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. And it will offer 620 miles of range.
On sale: 2024
The Toyota bZ4X electric SUV was designed alongside the Subaru Solterra and built on a shared platform. Sized much like a Venza, the bZ4X comes in two powertrain configurations. The front-drive version uses a single 201-hp motor and has a 71.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, good for an estimated 250-mile range. The all-wheel-drive version uses two motors, with a combined 215-hp output and a 72.8-kWh battery. As with other EVs, having the large battery pack under the floor lowers the center of gravity and should contribute to handling agility. The bZ4X will be the first Toyota to feature the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, adding more sophisticated functions to the already comprehensive TSS 2.5 suite. Six other bZ (aka “beyond zero” emissions) models will be introduced by 2025.
On sale: Summer 2022
Learn more about the Toyota bZ4X.
Volvo C40 Recharge
Based on the XC40 SUV, the C40 Recharge combines the ride height of an SUV with just the cargo space of a hatchback car. In addition to the scrunched rear roofline, Volvo says the C40 is “lower and sleeker” than the XC40 Recharge. The C40 also has a slightly different front end, a totally new rear view, and a leather-free interior. Like the XC40 Recharge and the Polestar 2 model with long-range and all-wheel drive, the C40 will have a dual-motor setup and 78-kilowatt-hour battery, and an estimated range of more than 200 miles.
On sale: Spring 2022
Learn more about the Volvo C40 Recharge.
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