It's official - electric vehicles are in the mainstream. 2021 was a record year for EV sales, with more vehicles registered last year than in the previous five combined.
Last year produced an influx of major new models from the world’s biggest manufacturers, despite the industry wrestling with worldwide supply and semiconductor issues.
These included the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Volkswagen ID 4 and the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. While the supply crisis continues for now, we're looking forward to another exciting year of zero-emission models showcasing the future of motoring.
Here's our list of what EVs are coming out in 2022, with a further look ahead to 2023.
Genesis GV60: Genesis’ first bespoke EV, the GV60 will be based on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform used by the Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6. A four-wheel drive, dual-motor set-up has led Genesis to claim the range-topping model has performance ‘comparable to a sports car.’
Lexus RZ: The RZ is Lexus' first bespoke electric vehicle and will spearhead the firm's model range or premium and dynamically oriented EVs. Set to arrive by the end of 2022, the car is similar in size to the Lexus NX, which is currently the car maker's best-seller. It's based on the same platform as the Toyota bZ4X and the Subaru Solterra, but will sit in a more premium position. Power comes from a 71.4kWh battery which provides up to 250 miles of range. Lexus promises energy retention of up to 90% of its usable capacity after ten years.
Mercedes-Benz EQT: Finally, an MPV which might be considered cool. The EQT concept, developed in partnership with Renault, previewed the design of the new T-Class’s electric sibling (a Volkswagen Caddy rival), but there’s no word yet on if the integrated skateboard carrier will survive….
Dacia Spring EV: Dacia’s first electric car sticks to the firm’s philosophy of keeping things simple. You get four seats, a 44bhp electric motor and 140 miles of range, but also a one-star NCAP safety rating. We’ll likely hear in January whether the model is coming to the UK in January.
Genesis Electrified GV70: The BMW iX3 rival gets 482bhp, 516lb ft and a 310-mile range. You’ll also be able to charge from 10-80% in 18 minutes with a 350kW charger. Other features include a new E-Terrain mode for more challenging driving environments, a road noise reduction system, and automatic electronic control suspension.