Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

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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.

Below is 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.

Cadillac Lyriq

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The 2023 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 provides an EPA-rated 312 miles of range. An AWD version with about 500 horsepower will follow.

Cost: $62,990-$64,990
On sale: Fall 2022 for RWD, early 2023 for AWD

Learn more about the Cadillac Lyriq.

Chevrolet Blazer EV

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General Motors has teased the design for its upcoming 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV ahead of its formal debut in mid July. The SS version is shown here.

On sale: Spring 2023

Chevrolet Equinox

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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.

Cost: $30,000
On sale: Fall 2023

Chevrolet Silverado EV

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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.

Cost: $39,900-$105,000
On sale: Spring 2023 (WT); Fall 2023 (RST)

Fisker Ocean

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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 can be rotated to a horizontal or vertical orientation, 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.

Cost: $37,499-$68,999
On sale: Late 2022

Learn more about the Fisker Ocean.

Ford F-150 Lightning

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The Lightning name returns on an electrified F-150 crew cab truck with prodigious power and strong work capabilities. On sale in spring 2022, this pickup is offered in two power configurations, with 452- and 580-hp. The standard-range battery has an EPA estimated 230 miles, and the extended-range battery is rated at 320 miles. Among the benefits for going electric is a front trunk that can hold two sets of golf clubs. Further, the F-150 Lightning boasts up to a 2,235-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 foldaway gear selector and deeply reclining seats. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 2.0 suite is standard, with FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, lane keeping assist, parking obstruction warning, and rear automatic braking.

Cost: $39,974-$90,474
On sale: Now

Learn more about the Ford F-150 Lightning.

Genesis GV60

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Genesis has pledged 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. It is offered in all-wheel drive only and two levels--Standard and Performance--with power ranging from 314 to 429 hp. A boost mode can juice output to 483 horsepower for 10 exhilarating seconds. It boasts other tech innovations like facial recognition to unlock the vehicle from the outside and a fingerprint reader to start it. Our brief experience indicates that the GV60 rides comfortably, handles nimbly and is very quiet. The interior has a few neat features such as a retractable gear selector in the shape of a ball. Many active safety and driver assistance features are standard.

Cost: $58,890-$67,890
On sale: Now

Read our Genesis GV60 review.

GMC Hummer EV

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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.

Cost: $79,995-$112,595
On sale: Now

Learn more about the GMC Hummer EV.

Honda Prologue

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Honda will launch its all-new Prologue in 2024. This electric SUV is being co-developed with General Motors. The automaker bills it as an adventure-ready vehicle with a long wheelbase and short overhangs. Overcoming challenges to in-person collaboration during the pandemic, Honda designers developed the styling remotely using virtual tools. The Prologue will be followed by a wave of Honda EVs based on its new e:Architecture, along with those created via partnerships with GM and Sony.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

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Hyundai unveiled the Ioniq 6’s design, ahead of releasing the full technical details in July. It is based on the corporate Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) used in the latest Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis electric vehicles. The Ioniq 6 is larger than the Ioniq 5, which we consider to be one of the most impressive EVs that we have tested.

Among the tidbits that Hyundai has shared, the Ioniq 6 features a 12-inch digital instrument panel and a 12-inch center infotainment screen. And that swoopy shape gives it a 0.21 coefficient of drag, a measure of aerodynamic efficiency that makes it among the slipperiest cars ever produced. That is certain to aid range on the highway.

On sale: 2023

Indi One

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Electric car startup Indi EV, which is based in California, is preparing to launch its 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.

Cost: $45,000-$69,000
On sale: Late 2023

Kia EV6

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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.

Cost: $40,900-$55,900
On sale: Now

Read our Kia EV6 review.

Kia Niro

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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.

Cost: $25,000-$45,000
On sale: Summer 2022

Learn more about the Kia Niro.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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This redesigned luxury midsized SUV follows the trail blazed by the larger Range Rover, with a variety of powertrains including a hybrid, premium amenities, and ultra-smooth styling. The Range Rover Sport launches with two inline turbocharged six-cylinder engines that use a mild hybrid setup, a plug-in hybrid based on that same engine (with a claimed 48-mile electric-only range), and a twin-turbo V8. All use an 8-speed automatic transmission. An all-electric version joins the lineup for 2024. Within the minimalist interior are numerous available features to pamper, such as massaging seats, a premium audio system, and sophisticated noise canceling.

Price: $83,000-$121,500
On sale: Fall 2022

Learn more about the 2023 Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

Lexus RZ

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The RZ 450e is the first Lexus battery-electric vehicle. It shares the e-TNGA platform with the Toyota bZ4X, and its powertrain draws from the same parts bin. Sized like a Toyota Venza, the RZ features two motors (150-kilowatt front and 80-kW rear) and comes exclusively in all-wheel drive. The automaker estimates range to be up to 225 miles, notably shorter than many rivals. The two-row interior features a large 14-inch infotainment screen and is topped with a panoramic sunroof. The Lexus Safety Sense+ 3.0 suite is standard, packing the latest active safety features from the automaker, along with several clever innovations aided by driver attention monitoring.

Price: $55,000-$70,000 (estimated)
On sale: Late 2022

Learn more about the 2023 Lexus RZ.

Lucid Air

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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.

Cost: $77,400-$170,000
On sale: Now

Learn more about the Lucid Air.

Mazda MX-30

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The MX-30 is the initial offering in a series of electrified Mazda models. Initially, the MX-30 will be powered by a 143-hp electric motor driving the front wheels and teamed with a 35.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. With such a small battery, the EPA-estimated range is a scant 100 miles. That would have been competitive a decade ago, but it’s not in today’s EV market. A plug-in hybrid with a rotary engine is expected as well. The most visually distinct elements are the rear-hinged back doors, sharply raked rear roof pillars, and contrasting-color roof. The MX-30 is currently only sold in California.

Cost: $33,470-$36,480
On sale: Now

Read our Mazda MX-30 review.

Mercedes-Benz EQE

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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.

Cost: $85,000-$100,000
On sale: Mid-2022

Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz EQE.

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV

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The EQS SUV takes all the opulence and engineering marvel long associated with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan and applies that concept to a large, three-row electric SUV. It comes standard in a rear-drive, one-motor configuration, with the 4Matic upgrade granting it all-wheel drive and two motors. Both configurations have a 9.6-kilowatt onboard charger and use a 107.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. They are compatible with maximum DC fast-charging output of 200 kW. The MBUX Hyperscreen (optional on base, standard on 580 4Matic) places three screens below a shared glass cover that spans almost the width of the vehicle. The EQS SUV boasts a full complement of active safety features, with many touting added sophistication above the norm.

Price: $110,000-$150,000 (estimated)
On sale: Late 2022

Learn more about the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV.

Polestar 3

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Polestar is preparing to expand its all-electric product line with an SUV dubbed Polestar 3. The 3 will be built in the U.S. It will eventually offer a highway driver assist system supported by LIDAR. More details are expected to be released in October, 2022.

On sale: Mid 2023

Nissan Ariya

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The 2023 Ariya is Nissan’s first electric SUV and has a starting price around $46,000. There will be standard- and long-range battery versions and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Front-drive versions make 238 hp, with the dual-motor AWD models producing 389 hp. The front-wheel-drive model equipped with the long-range battery will have an estimated driving range of up to 300 miles. The cabin has a large, horizontal display screen that serves as both the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. The Ariya will have wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Standard driver assistance features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, RCTW, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. 

Price: $45,950 to $58,950
On sale: Late 2022

Learn more about the Nissan Ariya.

Rivian R1T and R1S

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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.

Subaru Solterra

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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 249 lb.-ft. of torque, with 228 miles of range. 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.

Cost: $44,995-$51,995
On sale: Summer 2022

Learn more about the Subaru Solterra.

Tesla Cybertruck

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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.

Cost: $39,900-$69,900
On sale: Delivery estimated to be in 2023 at the earliest.

Learn more about the Tesla Cybertruck.

Tesla Roadster

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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 products are 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.

Cost: $200,000-$250,000
On sale: 2024

Toyota bZ4X

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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 EPA-rated 252-mile range. The all-wheel-drive version uses two motors, with a combined 214-hp output, and a 72.8-kWh battery. It has a 228-mile range. 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.

Cost: $42,000-$48,780
On sale: Now

Read our Toyota bZ4X review.

VinFast VF8 and VF9

VinFast VF 9 using an Electrify America public charger.

Photo: VinFast

There’s a new electric vehicle company in town: VinFast. Its home base is in Vietnam, and it plans to invest $4 billion in a manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The automaker showed two SUVs at the 2022 New York auto show, the VF 8 and VF 9.

Both the VF 8 and the VF 9 feature a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. The Eco version has 348 hp, and the Plus trim has 402 hp. Standard and long-range batteries are available in either model. VinFast says the VF 8 Eco with the standard battery has a 260-mile estimated driving range and a 5.8-second 0-to-60-mph time, while models equipped with the extended-range battery have an estimated 292-mile range and 5.3-second 0-to-60 time.

VinFast has a unique twist on pricing, with a battery subscription on top of the vehicle’s purchase prices, tailored to the buyer’s expected usage. The company explains it this way: “By separating the price of the battery from the acquisition value of the automobile, VinFast takes on all the risks related to the vehicle’s battery and ensures a reasonable price for its products, while providing customers with peace of mind about the battery’s quality during use.”

A key upside to their battery approach is that VinFast provides a lifetime battery warranty covering all maintenance and repair costs, and will replace the battery free when charging capacity dips below 70 percent. This should reduce some concerns among shoppers.

Prices: 
VF 8: $40,700-$48,000, VF 9: $55,500-$61,000
On sale: Late 2022

Learn more about VinFast and its models.

Volvo C40 Recharge

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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.

Cost: $58,750
On sale: Now

Learn more about the Volvo C40 Recharge.

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