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What’s New? 2022’s Best New Electric Cars

Following a year of record demand, manufacturers are readying an even broader choice of new electric vehicles for 2022. We’ve rounded up all the important info here.

BMW i7

What is it? There’s an all-new 7 Series coming in 2022, including the luxury limousine’s first fully electric version. BMW hasn’t given much away yet, but the i7 will share parts with the iX electric SUV, potentially including the largest 105kWh battery pack to rival the Mercedes-Benz EQS. This could offer a range in excess of 400 miles, charged to 80% in 35 minutes.

Electric range: 400 miles (TBC)

Battery capacity: >100kWh (TBC)

Electricity cost per mile*: TBC

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Late 2022

Cupra Born

What is it? SEAT’s performance brand, Cupra, is readying an electric hot hatch. The Born is closely related to the Volkswagen ID.3 but features adaptive steering and suspension for a sportier drive, and an ‘E-Boost’ function which enables a 6.6-second sprint to 62mph. Production is CO2-neutral, and the cabin also makes widespread use of recycled materials.

Electric range: 211-335 miles

Battery capacity: 45kWh and 77kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 3.7-4.0p**

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Early 2022

Dacia Spring

What is it? Small but significant, the Spring is Europe’s cheapest electric car. It’s a compact crossover, slightly larger than a Renault Twingo, and uses an efficient 45hp electric motor with a compact battery pack to keep costs down. Prices start at €18,000 (£15,000) before subsidies in France, and Dacia is considering bringing it to the UK according to Autocar.

Electric range: 140 miles

Battery capacity: 26.8kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 2.8p

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Late 2022

Fisker Ocean

What is it? Californian startup Fisker will launch in Europe with an electric SUV similar in size to the BMW X3, followed by three other models before 2025. Built in Austria, the Ocean will include an optional long-range battery pack and four-wheel drive, the latter offering a 1,815kg towing capacity, and every window except the windscreen can be opened.

Electric range: 275-390 miles

Battery capacity: TBC

Electricity cost per mile*: TBC

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Late 2022

Genesis GV60

What is it? The GV60 SUV will put Korean luxury brand Genesis in competition with cars such as the Audi Q3 and Tesla Model Y when it launches next summer. It features facial recognition cameras that automatically adjust settings on board, and the UK range will include a 482hp Performance version capable of reaching 62mph in 4.0 seconds.

Electric range: 228-280 miles

Battery capacity: 77.4kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 5.5-6.8p

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Mid 2022

Hyundai IONIQ 6

What is it? Previewed as the Prophecy concept (pictured) in 2020, the IONIQ 6 is a high-performance saloon to rival the Tesla Model 3. Beneath aerodynamic styling, it offers a range of up to 300 miles and highly adjustable seating for luxurious touring. Hyundai claims around 250 miles can be restored in just 18 minutes on the fastest chargepoints.

Electric range: Up to 310 miles

Battery capacity: TBC

Electricity cost per mile*: TBC

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: 2022

Kia Niro

What is it? A bold redesign for Kia’s second best-seller – and one of the UK’s most popular electric cars. The new Niro will be available with the familiar hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric versions, likely to include the same two-battery e-Niro line-up as the outgoing car. Drivers will get a redesigned interior using recycled materials, and optional two-tone paint.

Electric range: 180-282 miles (based on current e-Niro)

Battery capacity: 39kWh and 64kWh (based on current e-Niro)

Electricity cost per mile*: 4.3-4.5p (based on current e-Niro)

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Mid 2022

Lexus RZ

What is it? Teaser images suggest the RZ coupe-SUV will look a lot like the LF-Z concept car (pictured). Roughly the same size as an RX, it’s the first Lexus to use a dedicated EV platform, and the concept hints at 150kW ultra-fast charging – restoring 80% of the range in half an hour – with a four-wheel drive system that puts most of the power to the rear axle.

Electric range: 370 miles

Battery capacity: 90kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 4.3p**

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Early 2022

Mercedes-Benz EQB

What is it? The only compact electric SUV with seven seats – the third row is designed for passengers under 5ft 4in but with room for boosters. Two and four-wheel drive versions are available from launch, the latter capable of towing up to 1,800kg, and its clever navigation system can plan routes using the shortest charging stops. A longer-range battery will follow.

Electric range: 260-297 miles

Battery capacity: 66.5kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 4.4-4.5p

Price (OTR): £52,145-£56,645

When: Q1 2022

Mercedes-Benz EQE

What is it? The EQE is an electric alternative to the familiar E-Class but designed only for battery power. Mercedes-Benz will offer two and four-wheel drive versions from launch, followed by a 670hp high-performance model, and each offers a raised seating position with the option of a large central touchscreen that blends into the rest of the dashboard panel.

Electric range: 337-409 miles

Battery capacity: 90kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 4.4-5.4p

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Late 2022

MG 5

What is it? While most manufacturers have focused on electric SUVs, the MG 5 is the UK’s only electric estate car and aggressively good value too. Behind an aggressive mid-life refresh, MG will continue to offer two battery options (though it’s likely only one will come to the UK) and up to 1,465 litres of cargo capacity with the rear seats folded.

Electric range: 200-250 miles

Battery capacity: 51kWh and 61.1kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 4.9p (long-range battery)

Price (OTR): From £25,000 (TBC)

When: Q1 2022

Nissan Ariya

What is it? The Ariya combines Nissan’s electric vehicle and compact crossover expertise. Slightly smaller than an X-Trail, it’s on a dedicated EV platform which maximises space in the ‘lounge’ style interior. There’s a minimalist dashboard with an adjustable centre console, and Nissan will offer two or four-wheel drive versions with up to 1,500kg towing capacity.

Electric range: 211-310 miles

Battery capacity: 63kW or 87kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 4.9-5.2p**

Price (OTR): TBC

When: Summer 2022

Polestar 3

What is it? Swedish-Chinese electric vehicle brand Polestar will launch three new products by 2024, beginning with a foothold in the fast-growing performance SUV segment. The Polestar 3 is based on an all-new platform and will be built in the USA – its biggest market – featuring an Android-based touchscreen system and the latest driver assistance technology.

Electric range: TBC

Battery capacity: TBC

Electricity cost per mile*: TBC

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Late 2022

Renault Mégane E-Tech

What is it? A new look for a familiar name, the Mégane E-Tech is an electric SUV closely related to the Nissan Ariya. Renault has confirmed short and long-range batteries, the latter capable of recovering 186 miles in 30 minutes, and a heat pump to maximise efficiency. The versatile interior features four folding seats and extensive use of sustainable materials.

Electric range: 186-292 miles

Battery capacity: 40kWh and 60kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 3.5-3.7p**

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Q1 2022

Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV

What is it? Having found more than 70,000 customers globally, the Enyaq SUV will gain a second, sportier, variant in 2022. The Coupe gets a tapered roofline with a large panoramic glass section, which also improves efficiency and extends the range by around 3%. Skoda is offering two battery versions from launch, with four-wheel drive optional for the larger one.

Electric range: Up to 535km

Battery capacity: 58kWh and 77kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 4.0-4.4p

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Early 2022

SsangYong Korando E-Motion

What is it? The latest Korando was previewed as an electric SUV in 2018, and the e-Motion brings that concept to life. There’s no four-wheel drive option – unusually, for SsangYong – but it can tow up to 1,500kg and offers the same cargo capacity as petrol or diesel versions. Drivers get a choice of 34 mood lighting colours, and a large 12.3-inch central touchscreen.

Electric range: 339 miles

Battery capacity: 61.5kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 3.7p

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: January 2022

SsangYong ‘J100’

What is it? Unnamed and so far only shown as a sketch, the ‘J100’ could reach showrooms as the next Actyon SUV. Likely to be a similar size to the Skoda Enyaq, the confirmed pickup version suggests it will be available with two and four-wheel drive and the ability to tow. Development was “accelerated” recently, and prototypes have been spotted in Korea.

Electric range: TBC

Battery capacity: TBC

Electricity cost per mile*: TBC

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Late 2022

Subaru Solterra

What is it? Subaru’s first electric car is the result of a collaboration with Toyota, and uses an EV-only platform with a structural battery pack under the cabin to maximise interior space. Four-wheel drive versions will offer precise traction control on slippery surfaces and dedicated off-road drive modes, in line with Subaru’s traditional product expertise.

Electric range: TBC

Battery capacity: TBC

Electricity cost per mile*: TBC

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Mid 2022

Tesla Model Y

What is it? A premium SUV closely related to the UK’s best-selling electric car, the Model 3 compact executive saloon. Tesla is launching with two versions, offering either a 315-mile range or 3.5-second sprint to 62mph, and both include four-wheel drive with 1,800kg towing capability. However, unlike the United States, there’s no option to add seven seats.

Electric range: 298-315 miles

Battery capacity: TBC

Electricity cost per mile*: TBC

Price (OTR): £54,990-£64,990

When: Mid-2022

Toyota BZ4x

What is it? Slightly larger than a RAV4, the BZ4x SUV is the result of a collaboration with Subaru and the first product on a dedicated EV platform. The UK range will include front or four-wheel drive versions with a long-range battery under the cabin floor. Toyota claims class-leading legroom, and 150kW rapid charging restoring 80% of the range in 30 minutes.

Electric range: 285-310 miles

Battery capacity: 71.4kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: TBC

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Mid-2022

Volkswagen ID.5

What is it? The ID.4’s sportier sibling will launch with a single battery option and three power outputs, including the 299hp ‘GTX’ performance version. It features aerodynamic coupe-like bodywork with an integrated rear spoiler, which offers improved efficiency compared to the boxier ID.4, while 135kW fast charging recovers 250 miles in 30 minutes.

Electric range: 300 miles (454-523)

Battery capacity: 77kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 4.7-4.8p

Price (OTR): £TBC

When: Early 2022

Volvo C40 Recharge

What is it? Volvo will only sell electric vehicles from 2030, and the C40 Recharge is the first product sold without any combustion engine versions. It’s launching as a single-model range, with a choice of leather-free interiors, lifetime over-the-air software updates and a powerful 408hp four-wheel drive system that can tow up to 1,800kg.

Electric range: 275 miles

Battery capacity: 78kWh

Electricity cost per mile*: 5.9p

Price (OTR): £57,400

When: Early 2022


* cost per mile calculations based on WLTP efficiency and flat-rate UK average electricity cost for 2020 (source: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

** estimated, no official efficiency figures published yet

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