Tesla is still the world’s most dominant force for electric vehicles, but competition is coming.
The world’s most valuable car company, with a market value north of $ 930 billion, surpassed all other car manufacturers in sales of electric cars through the first three quarters of 2021. But Tesla is from alone in a market that is becoming more packed with competition with each passing year. .
Volkswagen’s electric cars have sold Tesla in Europe so far this year. Motor Trends ̵[ads1]6;coveted awards for best pickup and car in 2022 already went to a couple of rival Tesla start-ups: Rivian’s R1T pickup and Lucid Motors’ Air, respectively.
There is more too. Toyota recently said it will invest $ 35 billion to produce 30 different models of battery-powered electric vehicles by 2030. It followed a promise from Nissan in November, which plans to spend nearly $ 18 billion on its own planned range of electric vehicles before the end. of the decade.
Here are 11 of the most anticipated new electric vehicles expected to hit the market next year, including the Tesla Cybertruck and others that may challenge EV superiority:
Ford’s F-150 Lightning
Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup, which goes on sale this spring, is a bet that the Detroit-based carmaker could gain a strong foothold in the market for electric vehicles from a single vehicle.
It’s a good bet: Ford’s F-150 series of pickups has won the title of America’s best-selling car – not just trucks – for 40 years in a row. It is this kind of unrivaled popularity that makes the Lightning one of the most anticipated vehicles ever to hit the market.
The F-150 Lightning comes with a starting price of almost 40,000 dollars, and will be able to drive up to 300 miles with a battery with extended range, and reach up to 563 horsepower. In early December, Ford CEO Jim Farley told CNBC that his company had to stop booking after the first 200,000 orders, due to excess demand.
The futuristic-looking truck – which draws its aesthetic inspiration from the films “Blade Runner” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk – was originally scheduled to hit the market by the end of 2021.
But Tesla has repeatedly pushed back the release date due to various delays, and the Cybertrucken is now expected to be available by the end of 2022. This means that Tesla’s first electric pickup will probably be hit on the market by Rivians and Ford’s electric pickups, along with an electric one. Lobster pickup that General Motors began shipping to customers earlier this month.
When it arrives, the Cybertrucker is expected to have a starting price of $ 39,900 for a single-engine version with a range of 250 miles. A three-engine version with a range of 500 miles is likely to start at $ 69,900.
Rivian delivered an award-winning pickup in 2021, and consumers are already looking forward to the second act of the Irvine, California-based startup. The R1S SUV is expected to begin shipping to customers in March 2022 with a starting price of $ 70,000, up to 750 horsepower and a range of 316 miles per battery charge.
Lucid Air Pure
The Newark, California-based electric car maker released its first car, the Lucid Air, this year – and it won Motor Trend awards right out of the gate. Next up: the less expensive Air Pure version, which costs about $ 77,000, compared to the $ 169,000 price tag for the high-performance Dream Edition.
Air Pure is expected to hit the market by the end of 2022, and is likely to have a peak range of more than 400 miles.
Fisker, another California-based electric car startup, will begin production on its first vehicle – the Ocean SUV – in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The hype comes largely from the environmental promise: Fisker says they want the SUV to be “the world’s most sustainable vehicle.” Starting at $ 37,499, it will have a solar panel roof for extra battery charging and an interior made from recycled materials.
The Los Angeles-based electric car startup with a unique aesthetic made waves by going public at the end of 2020, before announcing a bubbly pickup and caravan in March 2021. At the end of 2022, Canoo will finally start delivering its first vehicle, an electrically compact minivan, which the company calls its Lifestyle Vehicle.
Described by Canoo as a “loft on wheels,” the electric van offers lounge rear seats, up to 350 horsepower and a range of 250 miles at a starting price of $ 34,750.
The German luxury carmaker’s first electric SUV will reach US customers in March 2022. The iX starts at $ 83,200 and has a maximum of 523 horsepower and a range of up to 300 miles.
The SUV’s prominent “intelligent kidney grille” at the front contains cameras and sensors that help melt ice or snow. BMW also announces that the car’s exterior is made of a “self-healing” material that is resistant to small stains and scratches.
Cadillac’s first electric vehicle is an SUV that will be available at dealers in the summer of 2022, according to the GM-owned brand, which plans to be fully electric by 2030.
From almost $ 59,000, the Lyriq will have a range of more than 300 miles. It will also be the first car on the market with GM’s new Ultium EV platform, a next-generation battery system that claims to be both cheaper and more efficient than standard EV batteries.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
This compact SUV will be the first entry from Hyundai’s new Ioniq series of electric vehicles. The Ioniq 5 goes on sale at the end of December for a starting price of $ 39,700 and has a top range of more than 300 miles.
In February, the Korean carmaker unveiled the SUV’s “sliding” interior, which includes a central island between the driver’s seat and the front and rear passenger seats that slide forward and backward – making it easier to get in or out of the car on both sides, useful for cramped parking spaces.
More than a decade after the launch of the Leaf, one of the first electric cars on the mass market, the Nissan is expanding its range of electric vehicles. Ariya is a crossover SUV that starts at almost $ 46,000, offers up to 300 miles range, and will be available from the fall of 2022.
Nissan says it will launch 23 new electric car models, including the Ariya, by 2030. Of the upcoming releases, 15 will be all-electric while the other eight will be hybrids.