2022 Car and Driver EV of the Year: The Contenders (2023)

From the September 2022 issue of Car and Driver.

This is happening. Just a few years ago, you'd find a desultory Tesla or Chevy Bolt at our 10Best testing, usually plugged in while the rest of the vehicles cycled in and out of the lot. Now there are enough EVs to warrant their own showdown. And that happened quickly. The EV shopper can choose from pickups, SUVs, and sedans, some courtesy of entirely new companies. Charging is getting faster and easier to find, if not easier to get working. At least two new models, the Rivian R1S and Cadillac Lyriq, were launched the same week as our event. Many more are on the way.

Eventually, whether in 10 years or 20, all cars will be electrified, and staging an EV-specific contest will be like choosing the best tires made of rubber. Right now, though, we're at an inflection point—EVs are still a small fraction of the overall market, but a staggering 40 percent of the new-car launches we covered last year were for battery-powered vehicles. The momentum is building, so we figure now's the time to weigh in and prod and nudge the manufacturers to build the kind of stuff we like to drive.

And there's plenty to celebrate here—among our fleet of contenders, we had two vehicles with at least 1000 horsepower and two others with more than 800 horses. Our EV-only parking lot included both the quickest production Ford F-150 and one of the quickest Volvos ever built. We had funky frunks, concept-car interiors, and vehicles that can send power to your house, or campsite, or each other. EVs are unleashing a wave of design and engineering creativity unseen since the advent of the car itself.

Just like internal-combustion cars, though, some EVs are better than others. But only one of our 20 contenders is great enough to earn the title of EV of the Year.

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Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo • BMW i4 M50 • Ford Mustang Mach-E GT • Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV • Hyundai Kona Electric • Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum • Rivian R1T Launch Edition • Audi e-tron GT • Lucid Air Grand Touring • GMC Hummer EV Pickup • Genesis GV60 Performance • Mercedes-AMG EQS 4Matic+ • Genesis Electrified G80 • BMW iX xDrive50 • Kia EV6 Wind AWD • Volvo C40 Recharge • Tesla Model S Plaid Cadillac Lyriq 450E Debut Edition

Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo

A great car that happens to be electric.

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Given the right circumstances, one could convince a Taycan 4S Cross Turismo passenger that the car isn't an EV. It drives like a good car should: crisp controls, taut body motions, and the ability to wow with 60 mph never more than 3.5 seconds away. Even the uninitiated can feel Porsche's chassis prowess through the supportive buckets. Which is great, because in a world of character-free electric motors, the chassis is even more important to a fulfilling driving experience. Add that this wagon's rear-axle motor gets an EV-exclusive (well, shared with Audi) two-speed automatic and that its 800-volt architecture enables very fast DC charging, and what's not to love? The Taycan Sport and Cross Turismo variants fall short only in value. The Cross Turismo 4S we had cost more than $130,000, but its interior materials are shaded by cars costing tens of thousands of dollars less. Cost is an age-old Porsche problem, and as far as we're concerned, it's this car's only problem.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $111,650/$136,370
Combined Power:
562 hp
Combined Torque:
479 lb-ft
Battery:
83.7 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions, F/R:
direct-drive/2-speed automatic
Curb Weight:
5197 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.5 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.8 sec @ 121 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
153 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
161 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.88 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 75 MPGe
Range: 215 mi

BMW i4 M50

A modern Bimmer that should reassure the brand faithful.

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After the Festival of Weirdness that we know as the BMW i3, you'd be forgiven for assuming that the i4, an all-electric 4-series Gran Coupe, would somehow fall flat, and the electrified future would leave BMW enthusiasts behind. You'd also be flat wrong.

When we first tested the dual-motor BMW i4 M50, we were shocked (pun fully intended) by how quick it was—M3 Competition quick, in fact. We pushed it hard on challenging roads, and its suspension, steering, and brakes were not just fully up to the task; the low center of gravity and ungodly power delivery of the dual-motor electric powertrain made it even more rewarding to drive. Several staffers quietly remarked that they'd rank it above any of the 2-/3-/4-series gassers coming out of Bavaria. The rear-drive i4 eDrive40 is no slouch, either. Its single rear motor means it's less powerful, but it's quicker than the 430i Gran Coupe. And it throws shade in Tesla's direction with a 301-mile EPA range, more than the rear-drive Model 3.

The best part may be the affordability of the thing. Sure, the M50 costs $7700 more than its gasoline equivalent, the M440i Gran Coupe. And yes, the eDrive40 is $10,200 more than its counterpart, the 430i. But both i4s narrow the gap with a $7500 tax credit, and even if you don't qualify or can't fold that into a lease, the i4 siblings are absolutely worth the premium.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $66,895/$82,820
Combined Power:
536 hp
Combined Torque:
586 lb-ft
Battery:
81.5 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5084 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.3 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.7 sec @ 120 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
128 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
149 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.96 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 80 MPGe
Range: 227 mi

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT

The electric pony puts more spring in its step.

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Adorned with the GT badge, the Ford Mustang Mach-E doubles down on its pony-car impersonation. However, instead of a heart-pounding V-8, the performance-oriented electric SUV has a 91.0-kWh battery (88.0 in '21 models) and an all-wheel-drive powertrain making 480 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque—634 with the $6000 Performance package (which also brings adaptive dampers, stickier tires, and more). Even without the pricey upgrade, the GT galloped to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and to 100 mph in 11.9 seconds. That's quicker than any regular Mach-E, but its driving demeanor isn't discernibly different. Plus, the GT's $61,000 base price is notably higher, and its 270-mile EPA-estimated range is slightly shorter than the non-GT AWD (we saw 250 miles in our 75-mph highway test). Mostly, the Mach-E GT endears itself to EV enthusiasts seeking Tesla-rivaling acceleration without the Tesla-esque fanaticism. The electric Stang looks stylish, is fun to drive, and boasts a spacious interior. And that's all true with or without the GT badge.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $61,000/$63,885
Combined Power:
480 hp
Combined Torque:
600 lb-ft
Battery:
88.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
10.5 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4967 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.3 sec
1/4-Mile:
13.0 sec @ 104 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
124 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.83 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 84 MPGe
Range: 270 mi

Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV

Sensible shoes, in sizes small and schmedium.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV—a new-for-2022 SUV-like variant—are the sensible shoes of the EV world. Neither will blow your socks off with face-melting acceleration, and they don't draw attention with flashy styling or gimmicky tech. While the Bolt duo's appearance may get them mistaken for gas-powered economy cars, they succeed as strait-laced, practical commuter cars, with solid range, decent dynamics, and very attractive pricing.

The 200-hp electric motor mounted on the front axle provides adequate oomph, allowing the EV and EUV to hit 60 mph in 6.6 and 6.8 seconds, respectively. The driving experience won't make you search out twisty country roads, but the steering is accurate, and the tight turning radius is a boon in parking lots. The Bolt EUV can cover 190 highway miles at a steady 75 mph, but the battery better maintains its state of charge in the city, where its one-pedal driving mode recuperates energy on congested streets. Plus, the infotainment system is simple to use, with clear, crisp graphics and buttons and knobs for the most important functions. See? Practical.

For 2022, price is a bit of a sticking point—starting at $32,495 for the EV and $34,495 for the EUV, they can be optioned to $40,000, where they begin to compete with more polished and exciting electrics. But come 2023, Chevy's slashing the Bolt EV's base price to $26,595, with the EUV at $28,195, making the Bolt duo an enticing play in an increasingly expensive car market.

Specifications (EV)

Base/As Tested: $32,495/$37,160
Power:
200 hp
Torque:
266 lb-ft
Battery:
65.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.5 kW
Transmission:
direct-drive Curb Weight: 3597 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
6.6 sec
1/4-Mile:
15.1 sec @ 93 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
93 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
185 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.79 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
• Combined: 120 MPGe
• Range: 259 mi

Specifications (EUV)

Base/As Tested: $34,495/$43,995
Power:
200 hp
Torque:
266 lb-ft
Battery:
65.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.5 kW Transmission: direct-drive
Curb Weight:
3779 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
6.8 sec
1/4-Mile:
15.3 sec @ 92 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
93 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
186 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.79 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 115 MPGe
Range: 247 mi

Hyundai Kona Electric

A low-key EV that nails the basics.

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While the more advanced and extroverted Hyundai Ioniq 5 overshadows the Kona Electric, there's no reason to ignore the latter EV. The electrified Kona boasts a competitive EPA range of 258 miles, and we saw 210 miles in our 75-mph highway test. With a $35,295 base price, it's also one of the least expensive EVs, although our top-of-the-line Kona Electric Limited was $43,990 as tested. Despite fancier features and tech, we'd avoid the upcharge since it doesn't affect the Kona's driving demeanor or powertrain. A front-mounted 201-hp electric motor shoots the subcompact SUV to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds—1.1 ticks quicker than the sporty-adjacent Kona N Line. The electric one feels enjoyably nimble, too, and its paddle-adjustable regenerative braking is fun and functional. Too bad its fast-charging speed is capped at 100 kilowatts. Its cabin environs also could be nicer. Still, the Kona Electric is a deserving entry point into the EV lifestyle.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $35,295/$43,990
Power:
201 hp
Torque:
291 lb-ft
Battery:
64.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
7.2 kW
Transmission:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
3753 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
6.2 sec
1/4-Mile:
14.7 sec @ 97 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
108 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
185 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.81 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 120 MPGe
Range: 258 mi

Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum

Ford's electric pickup for the masses.

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The F-150 Lightning is a workhorse designed as much for productivity as for converting fence-sitters into the EV fold. Its crew-cab layout and straight­forward (if eerily quiet) interior shout conventional F-150. Its 10,000-pound max tow rating (8500 as tested), numerous electrical outlets, frunk, and cargo bed arm it for a litany of tasks. It drives with the rudimentary charm of Ford's longtime bestseller, despite a model-specific independent rear suspension. Yet the optional 131.0-kWh battery supplies front and rear motors with up to 580 horsepower, resulting in a tire-squawking 4.0-second run to 60 mph. Range tops out at 320 miles per the EPA (300 as tested), though on the highway we saw only 230 miles in an unladen Platinum model. Similarly misleading, its $41,769 base price jumps to $74,419 if you want the full-zoot powertrain. Still, on the path to an electric future, the Lightning is a familiar face.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $92,669/$93,609
Combined Power:
580 hp
Combined Torque:
775 lb-ft
Battery:
131.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
19.2 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
6855 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.7 sec @ 107 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
110 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
180 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.77 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 66 MPGe
Range: 300 mi

Rivian R1T Launch Edition

A truck like no other.

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If we had an award for the vehicle that breaks the most new ground, the Rivian R1T pickup would easily be our pick. And that's before considering its four electric motors, which enable near-supercar hole shots. Clever functionality abounds, with thoughtful features that feel fresh next to the benchmarked sameness that often plagues traditional pickups. The R1T takes advantage of new storage spots afforded by the packaging of an EV powertrain. However, Rivian unfortunately aped some of Tesla's fussiness, such as steering-wheel buttons to control both mirror and steering-column adjustments. This latest R1T went considerably farther than a previous model we drove on our 75-mph highway range test. It also rode more firmly on the largest (22-inch) wheel-and-tire option. The R1T's smaller-than-full-size dimensions make the truck more maneuverable, easier to park, and more likely to fit in your garage, but they also result in a back seat that's less than generous. Although the Rivian missed the top spot in our voting, we continue to be impressed.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $86,075/$93,100
Combined Power:
835 hp
Combined Torque:
908 lb-ft
Battery:
128.9 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.5 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
7036 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.5 sec @ 111 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
111 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.84 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 70 MPGe
Range: 314 mi

Audi e-tron GT

A pricey sports sedan that prizes performance.

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Audi's approach for the e-tron GT sedan follows the same path as the e-tron mid-size SUV. The four-ring brand set out to make this EV look and feel just like the Audi sports sedans we know and love, much as the e-tron apes Audi's conventional gas-powered crossovers. But a sports sedan is a whole lot more exciting than a luxury SUV, and the 522-hp e-tron GT wowed us with its low-slung shape, accurate steering, and prodigious thrust. (There's an even more thrilling 637-hp RS version that rockets to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds.) It is at least as compelling as the Porsche Taycan with which it shares its platform, powertrain, and electrical architecture. And it better be, because it's nearly as expensive too. Starting at $103,895 for the standard model and $143,895 for the RS, the e-tron GT is a costly proposition but is also one of our favorite EVs to drive.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $103,895/$121,690
Combined Power:
522 hp
Combined Torque:
472 lb-ft
Battery:
85.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions, F/R:
direct-drive/2-speed automatic
Curb Weight:
5148 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.6 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.9 sec @ 119 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
150 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
159 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.90 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 82 MPGe
Range: 238 mi

Lucid Air Grand Touring

We can feel it coming—oh, Lord.

Lucid may be the new kid, but the brand doesn't lack confidence. Its leadoff effort, the Air sedan, is a six-figure moonshot that vaults to the front of the pack in the key metrics of range and power. Lucid went so far as to design its own diminutive but potent electric motors and energy-dense battery pack. This newbie wraps that sophisticated engineering in a smoothly attractive exterior. The neat-looking interior is a step up from Tesla—although too many operations depend on touchscreens, and we were broiling under the headerless windshield and glass roof.

We'd previously wrung out the top-dog 1111-hp Dream Edition Performance model and found it to be the fastest EV we've ever tested, both in terms of top speed, where it reached 173 mph, and at the charger, where it gulped electrons at an average rate of 135 kilowatts (and a peak of 297 kilowatts). For this competition, we had the 819-hp Grand Touring, and it hit the same Vmax and achieved a 60-mph time of 3.0 seconds and a 410-mile range at a steady 75 mph (the EPA estimates a 516-mile range).

Those are some impressive numbers. But we were also mindful of this number: $140,500, the lofty as-tested price of our Grand Touring model, which suffered a few squeaks, creaks, and some powertrain whine. Lucid plans to add more accessible Air variants, such as the upcoming $89,050 Pure version, and we eagerly anticipate having one at next year's EV of the Year competition. This is one EV startup whose swagger seems to be justified.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $140,500/$140,500
Combined Power:
819 hp
Combined Torque:
885 lb-ft
Battery:
112.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
19.2 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5212 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
10.7 sec @ 132 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
173 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
193 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.82 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 131 MPGe
Range: 516 mi

GMC Hummer EV Pickup

Big-truck energy.

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The thing to keep in mind about the GMC Hummer EV is that this is all intentional. Yes, GM's first electric pickup is a 1000-hp Hummer that looks one step removed from Monster Jam, and that is a very deliberate strategy to change the conversation around EVs. If you bought a first-generation Nissan Leaf and think the Hummer EV is dumb, well, of course it is! It's not for you. It's for people who drive lifted one-ton Duramax duallies and think electric cars have 50 horsepower and are made of kelp. If the Hummer EV attained sentience, the first thing it would do is smash through your fence to ask if you've got a spare Monster Energy decal.

When you floor the Hummer EV, the ass end squats and the steering goes light as damn near five tons of truck does its best Cigarette-boat impression, prompting involuntary profanity. It seats five, which it would describe as two and a half Insane Clown Posses. Along with all else, we're quite sure this represents the first pairing of 35-inch tires with blue-tinted T-tops. We suspect GM started with a mood board that featured Top Fuel dragsters, double-neck electric guitars, and the cast of Duck Dynasty.

The Hummer EV is an exotic, the same way a McLaren or a Ferrari is. GM will get around to building more reasonable electric trucks, sure, but for now this is a billboard pointed straight at the Trucks Gone Wild crowd, inviting all of them to get onboard with the EV revolution. Or else.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $110,295/$118,039
Combined Power:
1000 hp
Combined Torque:
1200 lb-ft
Battery:
212.7 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.5 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
9640 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.3 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.9 sec @ 106 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
106 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
211 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.73 g

Genesis GV60 Performance

This buzzworthy EV has plenty to talk about.

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Genesis gave its first EV, the GV60, a lot for people to take in. From the biometric scanners on the B-pillar and dash to the crystal-ball mechanism that rotates to reveal a shift dial, the GV60 is a great conversation starter. Beneath its fashionably funky exterior, its beautifully crafted cabin, dotted with tech and smart ergonomics, helps it feel more upscale than its tidy footprint and $59,985 starting point suggest. Spend close to $70K for the 483-hp Performance AWD model (a step up from the 314-hp Advanced AWD trim) and the GV60 rips to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Your preferred amount of regenerative braking (or none at all) is a tap of a steering-wheel paddle away. Likewise, you can channel Space Invaders to anechoic chambers with an array of sound profiles.

The GV60's road manners make it more cruiser than stormer. The EPA pegs it at either 235 or 248 miles per charge, depending on trim. More impressively, the 800-volt electronics enable the 77.4-kWh battery to charge extremely quickly. There are a few demerits: The back seat is tight, Apple CarPlay requires a cord, and the rear suspension occasionally feels unsettled when driven hard. Perhaps the car's greatest challenge will come from its Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 platform-mates, both of which cost significantly less. But the GV60 does exactly what it should for a newish brand like Genesis: create buzz.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $68,985/$69,560
Combined Power:
483 hp
Combined Torque:
516 lb-ft
Battery:
77.4 kWh
Onboard Charger:
10.9 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4862 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.7 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.2 sec @ 112 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
151 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
180 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.83 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 90 MPGe
Range: 235 mi

Mercedes-AMG EQS 4Matic+

Merc's top electric sedan falls short of flagship status.

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In theory, the EQS ought to excite us. After all, in AMG form, this all-wheel-drive electric luxury car produces 751 horsepower, allowing it to race to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. It's even capable of going 290 miles at 75 mph on a full charge (the non-AMG EQS580 can go 350 miles). In practice, the most performance-oriented variant of the three-pointed-star brand's electric hatchback left us dispirited. Yes, its build quality and interior materials far surpass those from the likes of Lucid and Tesla, but the EQS fails to mimic the cosseting characteristics of its gas-powered counterpart, the S-class.

Particularly, the EQS's back seat lacks the grandeur we expect of a flagship model, as the car's partially-consumed-lozenge shape puts a noticeable dent in rear-seat headroom—a trait the upright position of the three-across bench's fixed backs exacerbates. Rather, the EQS prioritizes its cabin's front quarters. All-wheel-drive variants have a dashboard with a trio of digital displays residing under a single 56.0-inch piece of glass. Mercedes calls this setup the Hyperscreen. It's an impressive feature that's hindered by its tendency to attract dust and reflect sunlight. And the EQS is not exactly rewarding to drive, even in AMG guise, as its muted controls and its brake pedal's long travel and spongy feel fail to inspire confidence.

Mercedes put a great deal of effort into developing an electric analogue to its S-class sedan. However, the automaker's middling execution of this concept results in the EQS being less of an equal to its gas kin and more of an understudy.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $148,495/$159,055
Combined Power:
751 hp
Combined Torque:
752 lb-ft
Battery:
107.8 kWh
Onboard Charger:
9.6 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5911 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
3.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
11.4 sec @ 119 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
154 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
167 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.92 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 77 MPGe
Range: 277 mi

Genesis Electrified G80

The undercover EV.

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The move to electrification granted designers a hall pass to get wild with exterior styling. But if a low-slung hood or a spaceship profile isn't your thing, look no further than the Genesis Electrified G80.

Perhaps the greatest appeal of the Genesis brand's latest electric offering is that unlike so many other new EVs, it isn't a utility vehicle. It comes in a single trim level with plenty of creature comforts, including a rich leather interior. Aside from the one-piece crest grille embossed with diagonal lines to mimic the nose of the gasser G80, there's really no telling the two apart from the front.

Out back, the omission of tailpipes is a tip-off that an electric motor at each axle has replaced the internal-combustion power­train. Combined, they generate 365 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Activate Sport mode and the front tires lay rubber as the 5047-pound sedan leaps to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and plows through the quarter-mile marker in 12.8 seconds at 106 mph.

On the open road, the Electrified G80 is relaxed and will travel up to 290 miles on a charge. When it's time to juice up, recharging from 10 to 90 percent on a 350-kW DC fast-charger takes 32 minutes. When the road coils, the standard rear-axle steering and the heft of the 1204-pound battery hung low in the chassis help the Electrified G80 graciously hug an apex.

For now, Genesis will offer the Electrified G80 only in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Eventually, it will be available across the continental U.S. as Genesis continues its push to be all electric by 2030.

Sedans, though, are a tough sell. Convincing EV shoppers to consider them could be difficult—despite how great this one is.

Specifications

Base (C/D est): $80,000
Combined Power:
365 hp
Combined Torque:
516 lb-ft
Battery:
87.2 kWh
Onboard Charger:
10.9 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5047 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.1 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.8 sec @ 106 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Top Speed (C/D est):
150 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.90 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined: 100 MPGe
Range: 290 mi

BMW iX xDrive50

Why be normal?

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When designing an electric vehicle for 2022, you can go one of two ways: Retrofit an existing vehicle with an electric powertrain or start from scratch and create something that's outside the norm. BMW chose the latter when developing the iX SUV. It's delightfully unconventional, starting with the electric motors, which forgo the typical permanent magnets in favor of current-excited motors that eliminate the need for rare-earth magnets. But the iX's design is where BMW allowed itself to go hog-wild. Although we're divided over its exterior design, we all agree its interior design is less polarizing. And its unique approach to luxury makes this Bimmer stand out. The iX isn't cheap, and a high-end cabin is expected when the starting price is $84,195, but the BMW looks and feels more expensive inside than pricier machines such as the Mercedes EQS and the Lucid Air. Performance is outstanding for an SUV of this size, and the 516-hp iX xDrive50 hits 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds and dispatches the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 114 mph. An even more power­ful M60 model is joining the lineup for 2023. EPA estimated driving range is an impressive 315 miles, and the iX's 105.2-kWh battery charged quickly in our testing, although the Air's battery did better. There are still some fairly conventional SUV attributes here, including a spacious rear seat and cargo area, but the things that make the iX different are what make it special.

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Specifications

Base/As Tested: $84,195/$104,195
Combined Power:
516 hp
Combined Torque:
564 lb-ft
Battery:
105.2 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
5707 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.0 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.4 sec @ 114 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
124 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
158 ft
Braking, 100-0:
321 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.88 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 86 MPGe
Range: 315 mi

Kia EV6 Wind AWD

Hard to define but easy to like.

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The Kia EV6 raised a vexing question the first time we laid eyes on it: Is it a car or an SUV? (Answer: Yes?) While it's based on the same underlying architecture as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (more clearly an SUV), its wheelbase is 3.9 inches shorter, and its overall height is 2.2 inches lower. And yet the EV6's foreshortened cabin still has as much rear legroom and even more front legroom than the Ioniq 5's. With identical propulsion systems to the Ioniq 5, it would seem the EV6's hard-to-define appearance is the biggest difference between the two cars, um, SUVs, er, vehicles.

That's certainly true of the pair's performance. The 320-hp, two-motor, all-wheel drive models—the EV6 GT-Line and Ioniq 5 AWD—both posted all-but-identical 60-mph times and skidpad grip. Most of their other test results are equally close. The EV6 has slightly more range, which tops out at 310 miles for the two-wheel-drive model. They are priced on top of one another too.

The EV6 goes its own way with design, with a shape that looks like a race helmet on wheels, or maybe a space capsule, and an intriguing interior design rendered in mid-grade materials. The differences beyond that are more about appearance than function. Both have intuitive touchscreens, steering-wheel paddles to adjust regenerative braking, plenty of passenger room, and a suspension tune that enables lively handling while effectively filtering unruly pavement.

The EV6's close relationship to the terrific Ioniq 5 speaks to its bona fides. Whether you think it looks like a car, an SUV, or something from planet elsewhere, it's unquestionably an impressive EV.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $52,195/$54,190
Combined Power:
320 hp
Combined Torque:
446 lb-ft
Battery:
77.4 kWh
Onboard Charger:
10.9 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4574 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.4 sec
1/4-Mile:
13.1 sec @ 103 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
118 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
181 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.85 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 105 MPGe
Range: 274 mi

Volvo C40 Recharge

It takes more than Scandinavian style to make a great EV.

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Our drive evaluations for EV of the Year are a gush of first impressions. We cycle through multiple cars each day: drive, swap, reflect, repeat. Our own Elana Scherr likened this sort of testing to automotive speed dating. And in this scenario, our gut tells us that the Volvo C40 Recharge is not a vehicle we'd want to have a long-term relationship with.

It's not that the C40 Recharge is unattractive or initially off-putting—anything but. It's dressed in upscale, fastback sheetmetal, and its no-leather interior has a classy, well-tailored look. But we favor cars that are fun to drive, and the C40 Recharge really isn't. It rides stiffly, and when driven briskly on twisty roads, it feels unsettled, like a train car teetering high up over the rails.

We should like this Volvo because it's quick—60 mph arrives in 4.3 seconds. But we actually wish it had less power; the chassis weaves nervously off the line when your right foot asks for the C40 Recharge's full 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. Its 226-mile EPA range is one of the stingiest in the EV segment, its glass roof has no sunshade, and its Google-based infotainment system doesn't seem like much of an improvement over Volvo's previous-generation iteration.

The world of EVs is evolving rapidly. It doesn't take much more than a brief conversation with the C40 Recharge to determine that there are better prospects available.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $59,845/$60,540
Combined Power:
402 hp
Combined Torque:
486 lb-ft
Battery:
75.0 kWh
Onboard Charger:
11.0 kW
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4763 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
4.3 sec
1/4-Mile:
12.9 sec @ 108 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
178 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.82 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 87 MPGe
Range: 226 mi

Tesla Model S Plaid

Beyond ludicrous.

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Tesla's gone Plaid, which is why it was incumbent upon us to include the 1020-hp variant of the automaker's revised Model S sedan. Though the Model S Plaid's three-motor powertrain may take top billing on the Model S's long list of updates, it's far from the only feature that piqued our interest. Notably, the Tesla's ergonomically challenged steering yoke drew plenty of commentary. As did the lack of column-mounted control stalks for the likes of turn signals and windshield wipers. Instead, these functions exist as touch-capacitive controls on the yoke's spokes.

Still, the Plaid's straight-line acceleration is an undeniable draw. Getting to 60 mph takes a mere 2.1 seconds, and the quarter-mile goes by after 9.4 ticks. Bringing the Plaid to a halt was less of a thrill, as our rented car's brakes routinely exhibited signs of fade. In short, the Model S Plaid adds a battery-electric twist to the classic muscle-car formula.

Specifications

Base/As Tested: $131,440/$137,440
Combined Power:
1020 hp
Combined Torque:
1050 lb-ft
Battery:
99.3 kWh
Transmissions:
direct-drive
Curb Weight:
4828 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph:
2.1 sec
1/4-Mile:
9.4 sec @ 151 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Top Speed (gov ltd):
162 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph:
150 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
1.08 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined: 101 MPGe
Range: 348 mi

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FAQs

Is it worth getting an electric car in 2022? ›

If an EV is in your price range, and range isn't going to be a problem based on typical journeys, getting an electric car is a great idea. Not only is it cheaper to run, but it's also eco-friendly, usually nippy – and a way to futureproof your transport solution for years to come.

What's the best EV of the year? ›

The best Electric Car is the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt, with an overall score of 8.4 out of 10. The best Luxury Electric Car is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS, with an overall score of 9.4 out of 10. What is the best electric SUV? The best Electric SUV is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, with an overall score of 8.6 out of 10.

Which EV is best value for money? ›

The Chevy Bolt took the best affordable EV title on our overall list and it tops this one too. It's a highly efficient EV with some powerful safety features.

Which is the most reliable electric car? ›

The 11 most reliable electric cars
  • Hyundai Kona Electric (2018-present) Reliability rating: 89.1% ...
  • Renault Zoe (2013-present) Reliability rating: 89.4% ...
  • BMW i3 (2013-2022) ...
  • Nissan Leaf (2019-present) ...
  • Tesla Model 3 (2019-present) ...
  • Kia e-Niro (2019-2022) ...
  • Volkswagen e-Golf (2013-2020) ...
  • MG ZS EV (2019-present)
12 Oct 2022

Do electric cars lose more value? ›

Of course, with the government hoping to have us all driving electric cars in 2030, future demand is guaranteed. Electric cars depreciate slower than most petrol and diesel cars.

How long does an electric car battery last? ›

Electric car battery technology

Most manufacturers have a five to eight-year warranty on their battery. However, the current prediction is that an electric car battery will last from 10 – 20 years before they need to be replaced.

What is the number 1 selling electric car? ›

#1 – Tesla Model Y

This compact SUV outsold the Model 3 and the company doubled production on the Model Y in 2022. The sure-footed sibling to the Model 3 is seriously quick, an electric sports car in a crossover body.

Which EV is best in cold weather? ›

  • A Variety of Compelling EVs Are Perfect for Winter Weather. Most electric cars have advantages over gas cars when it comes to winter driving. ...
  • 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. ...
  • 2022 Volkswagen ID.4. ...
  • 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E. ...
  • 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. ...
  • 2022 Tesla Model 3. ...
  • 2022 Kia EV6. ...
  • 2022 BMW i4.
19 Oct 2022

Which brand sells the most EV? ›

EV pioneer Tesla remains the market leader, with 64% of the share, down from 66% in Q2 and 75% in Q1. The declining share was inevitable as legacy automakers look to catch Tesla's success, racing to fill the growing demand for electric vehicles.

What is the cheapest EV with the longest range? ›

These Affordable EVs Have The Longest Range For A City Lifestyle
  • 8/10 Nissan Leaf (149 Miles)
  • 7/10 Hyundai Ioniq 5 (220 Miles)
  • 6/10 Polestar 2 (224 Miles)
  • 5/10 Kia EV6 (232 Miles)
  • 4/10 Kia Niro (239 Miles)
  • 3/10 Volkswagen ID. 4 (255 Miles)
  • 2/10 Hyundai Kona Electric (258 Miles)
  • 1/10 Chevrolet Bolt EUV (259 Miles)
24 Sept 2022

Do EV cars really save money? ›

It costs $1,700 less per year to drive the 120 MPGe Kona for 15,000 miles on electricity than the 30 MPG gas version. That allows you to recoup your costs in eight years. Electric cars are also cheaper to maintain, according to AAA, costing $330 less per year. So you could break even in 6.7 years.

Is buying an electric car worth the money? ›

But a 2020 Consumer Reports analysis found “owning an electric vehicle will save the typical driver $6,000 to $10,000 over the life of the vehicle, compared to owning a comparable gas-powered vehicle.” That's taking into account fuel, maintenance and repair costs, as well as purchase price, financing and resale value.

What is the biggest problem with electric cars? ›

EV owners have experienced chronic problems with the display screens, exterior door lights, failing temperature sensors, mismatched paint, and seals and weatherstripping. It's not just that these problems occur, but that they occur at a higher rate than with conventional vehicles.

What is the disadvantages of electric cars? ›

These disadvantages include finding charging stations, charging times, higher initial costs, limited driving range, and battery packs can be expensive to replace.

Which electric car goes the longest? ›

1. Mercedes EQS - 485 miles. The longest-range electric car currently on sale is also one of the newest: the Mercedes EQS. It's a version of the brand's S-Class flagship saloon, but it uses electric power only and has a deeply impressive maximum range of 485 miles in the EQS 450+ model.

Are electric cars more or less to insure? ›

Do electrical vehicles cost more to insure? Generally, electric cars are more costly to insure than conventional vehicles. Because electric vehicles are pricier to both buy and repair, insurance providers charge their drivers more for coverage.

Will gas cars ever be obsolete? ›

State regulators project that by 2030, there will be 2.9 million fewer new gas-powered vehicles sold, growing to 9.5 million fewer conventional vehicles by 2035. About 183,000 out of the estimated 2 million vehicles sold in California in 2035 are projected to be plug-in hybrid.

What happens if your electric car runs out of power? ›

Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent. If you're driving an electric car and it runs out of power, the short and simple answer is this: the car will stop—and you'll need to call roadside assistance to get towed to the nearest charging station.

What is the cost to replace the battery in an electric car? ›

Experts say electric vehicle batteries typically cost between $2,000 and $10,000 to replace, but some are more expensive. Electric vehicles are growing in popularity worldwide, with sales doubling in 2021 to a new record of 6.6 million, the International Energy Agency said in May.

Do electric cars need servicing? ›

An electric car needs to be serviced as often as any car. The service will include: Tyre wear and tear & tyre pressure check. Windscreen wiper replacement.

Do electric cars lose charge when parked? ›

In short, there's no need to worry! Electric cars can handle extended periods of inactivity very well, even better than combustion-powered engines, in fact, whose 12V batteries can lose charge, and whose fluids and radiator hoses can become damaged.

What is the best selling Chinese electric car? ›

Top 10 Best Selling Electric Vehicles In China In July 2022
  • Top 1: BYD Song Plus. The Song Plus is a crossover SUV manufactured by BYD. ...
  • Top 2: Wuling Hongguang Mini EV. ...
  • Top 3: BYD Qin Plus. ...
  • Top 4: BYD Han. ...
  • Top 5: BYD Dolphin. ...
  • Top 6: BYD Yuan Plus. ...
  • Top 7: GAC Aion Y. ...
  • Top 8: BYD Tang.
1 Sept 2022

Which state has sold most electric cars? ›

Western U.S. states lead the way when it comes to electric vehicle registrations, with California accounting for over 28% of the nation's overall count in 2021.

What EV is best in snow? ›

These Are The 10 Best EVs To Drive On Snow
  • 8/10 2023 Subaru Solterra.
  • 7/10 Mercedes-Benz EQC.
  • 6/10 Audi E-Tron Quattro.
  • 5/10 BMW iX.
  • 4/10 Jaguar I-Pace BEV.
  • 3/10 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
  • 2/10 Polestar 2 Arctic Circle EV.
  • 1/10 Porsche Taycan.
13 Apr 2022

How long can you run the heater in an electric car? ›

Most EV heaters will only use about 1-2 kWh of energy per operation hour. That means that, even in freezing temperatures, you should be able to run your EV heater for several hours before needing to recharge your battery.

Are EV any good in snow? ›

Electric cars can perform much better than traditional cars in icy conditions. This is due to the design of electric cars in which the batteries are placed as low to the ground as possible to keep the centre of gravity low, this provides greater traction and handling capabilities in snow and ice.

Who will dominate EV market? ›

By 2030, LMC Automotive estimates GM will outshine every other EV manufacturer with 18.3% of the market share, leaving Tesla in the dust with only 11.2%, followed by Volkswagen and Ford.

Who is Tesla's biggest EV competitor? ›

However, the American multinational automobile manufacturer Ford is currently Tesla's biggest rival. The company is set to invest $22 billion until 2025 to continuously pursue vehicle electrification. Aside from the Lincoln brand, Ford has stakes in several other automakers, including Aston Martin and Mazda.

What is the fastest growing electric car company? ›

Read below and check out our list of the top EV companies worldwide.
  • Polestar. ...
  • Mullen Technologies. ...
  • Sila Nanotechnologies. ...
  • Proterra. 5-year search growth: 92% ...
  • Open Motors. 5-year search growth: 42% ...
  • Romeo Power. 5-year search growth: 175% ...
  • Ola Electric. 5-year search growth: 1700% ...
  • Tesla. 5-year search growth: 80%
1 Aug 2022

Will electric cars ever go 500 miles? ›

2022 Lucid Air is the only EV with over 500 miles of driving range. The 2022 Lucid Air has the longest driving range for a production EV, with an estimated range of 520 miles for the Dream Edition Range trim. While the other Lucid Air trims have a lower range, they are still higher than other electric cars available.

Do any electric cars go 400 miles? ›

While the average for electric cars may not be there just yet, there are actually a few models that have topped the 400-mile marker on a full charge, including: 2022 Lucid Air Dream Edition R all-wheel drive: 520 miles. 2022 Tesla Model S Dual-Motor AWD: 405 miles.

How many hours does it take to charge an electric car? ›

Level 1 chargers can take 40-50 hours to charge a battery electric vehicle (BEV) from empty and 5-6 hours to charge a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) from empty.

Is EV charging cheaper than gas? ›

Charging an EV at home is significantly less expensive than fueling up with gasoline, and it's also drastically cheaper than using a public charging station.

Will gas prices go down with more electric cars? ›

However, in certain situations where electric cars see an adoption that is greater than gas cars, it will eventually lead to a greater supply than demand of gas. Such a case will cause a decrease in the price of gas, while gas stations may suffer a loss.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at Walmart? ›

To use the Electrify America chargers, plug in and follow instructions on touchscreen to begin charging session by inserting credit or debit card. Pricing ranges from 25 cents to 99 cents, depending on the vehicle's power level, with a $1 session fee.

Do electric cars pay for themselves? ›

We hear you! EVs are a great way to ensure fuel savings. While an EV can promise great savings, it is not guaranteed that an EV will ever fully pay for itself. If your vehicle were to eventually cover its own costs, it could take approximately 10 years for your car to finally break even in fuel savings.

What are 3 disadvantages of electric cars? ›

Disadvantages of electric cars
  • Electric cars can travel less distance. AEVs on average have a shorter range than gas-powered cars. ...
  • Electric cars can take a long time to recharge. Fueling an all-electric car can also be an issue. ...
  • Electric cars can be expensive.
6 Oct 2022

Why are people not buying electric vehicles? ›

Common Reasons Drivers May Avoid EVs

The most common reasons drivers avoid EVs include fear the battery will run out of charge before reaching their destination, also known as “range anxiety,” fear of too few charging stations, long charge times, and initial higher upfront vehicle costs.

What states will ban gas cars? ›

Among them, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont are expected to adopt California's ban on new gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Is it better to have a gas or electric car? ›

Better energy efficiency — Electric cars are more energy-efficient than those powered solely by gas. The battery of an all-electric vehicle converts more than 77% of energy into vehicle movement; with gas-only vehicles, conversion ranges from 12% to 30%, according to Fueleconomy.gov.

What electric car gets 400 miles per charge? ›

Tesla Model S Long Range: 405 Miles

The new 'base' Model S can achieve 405 miles per charge and run a still rapid 0-60 time of just 3.1 seconds. This is Tesla's longest range option currently available.

What do electric cars wear out? ›

The only parts of an electric motor that must eventually wear out are the bearings at either end of the rotor shaft. See all our tips, advice and EV FAQ.

Can electric cars sit for a long time? ›

Not to worry—your electric car can sit unused in your garage for six or months with the proper preparations. It's true; cars are made to drive; even in the case of electric vehicles, regular use will keep them operating at their best. Some situations may require you to park your car for months at a time.

Is an electric car a good investment? ›

Consumer Reports looked at the cost of EV ownership in 2020 compared to driving in a comparable gas-powered car. In 2020, when the national average for gas was about $2.20 a gallon, EV owners were saving $800 to $1,300, depending on the type of car, for every 15,000 miles, the average distance driven in a year.

Is it worth it to buy an electric car? ›

But a 2020 Consumer Reports analysis found “owning an electric vehicle will save the typical driver $6,000 to $10,000 over the life of the vehicle, compared to owning a comparable gas-powered vehicle.” That's taking into account fuel, maintenance and repair costs, as well as purchase price, financing and resale value.

What is the average cost of an electric car 2022? ›

In 2022, the average cost of a new EV is $65,291, or about 37% higher than the overall new car market.

Do electric cars really have a future? ›

By 2040, mostly all cars sold across the world will be electric, according to forecasting by investment bank UBS. However, a Thomson Reuters report cites that despite all new car sales being electric in 2040, half of the vehicles on the road will still be petrol or diesel powered.

What is the downside to electric cars? ›

These disadvantages include finding charging stations, charging times, higher initial costs, limited driving range, and battery packs can be expensive to replace.

What is the average price to replace a battery in an electric car? ›

Experts say electric vehicle batteries typically cost between $2,000 and $10,000 to replace, but some are more expensive. Electric vehicles are growing in popularity worldwide, with sales doubling in 2021 to a new record of 6.6 million, the International Energy Agency said in May.

Who is the leader in electric cars? ›

Tesla Inc.: Tesla, the world's largest automaker by market value, is primarily engaged in the design and manufacture of electric cars, SUVs, and trucks, as well as EV powertrain components. The automaker also manufactures and installs solar energy generation and energy storage products. Tesla shareholders at its Aug.

Are electric cars cheaper to insure? ›

Electric cars tend to cost more to insure than a comparable petrol or diesel. That's because they have large batteries that are expensive to replace if the car is damaged.

Is EV charging cheaper than gas? ›

Charging an EV at home is significantly less expensive than fueling up with gasoline, and it's also drastically cheaper than using a public charging station.

How much money would I save if I bought an electric car? ›

It costs $1,700 less per year to drive the 120 MPGe Kona for 15,000 miles on electricity than the 30 MPG gas version. That allows you to recoup your costs in eight years. Electric cars are also cheaper to maintain, according to AAA, costing $330 less per year. So you could break even in 6.7 years.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at Walmart? ›

To use the Electrify America chargers, plug in and follow instructions on touchscreen to begin charging session by inserting credit or debit card. Pricing ranges from 25 cents to 99 cents, depending on the vehicle's power level, with a $1 session fee.

How much does an electric car cost compared to a gas car? ›

An Energy Department analysis released this week also found that battery-powered EVs generally spend less than $1,000 per year on the electricity for their vehicles, versus average fuel prices between $2,000 and $7,000 for gas-powered vehicles.

How many hours does it take to charge an electric car? ›

Level 1 chargers can take 40-50 hours to charge a battery electric vehicle (BEV) from empty and 5-6 hours to charge a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) from empty.

How will electric cars affect gas prices? ›

The rise of electric cars may push gas prices up. However, using the fundamental economic principle as a basis, a rise in the price of a certain commodity is possible if it has a low supply but high demand. Gas prices will rise if the demand for it is higher than the supply.

Are hydrogen cars better than electric? ›

Hydrogen-fueled cars have some advantages over EVs. They can run for 300 miles, and fueling up takes 10 minutes. EVs can go about 200 miles, and juicing up can take 45 minutes. EVs lose range in cold weather.

Do electric cars live longer? ›

Generally speaking, electric cars last longer than their gas counterparts (and require less maintenance, too!). So picking up a sleek new electric vehicle (EV) might be your best bet.

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