11 hot EVs coming in 2022

Tesla is still the world’s most dominant electric vehicle force, but competition is coming.

The world’s most valuable car company, with a market value north of $930 billion, outpaced all other automakers in electric vehicle sales through the first three quarters of 2021. But Tesla is from alone in a market that becomes more packed with competition with each passing year.

Volkswagen’s electric vehicles have outsold Tesla in Europe so far this year. Motor Trends’ coveted awards for best pickup and car of 2022 already went to a pair of Tesla rival start-ups: Rivian’s R1T pickup and Lucid Motors’ Air, respectively.

There’s more, too. Toyota said recently it will invest $35 billion to turn out 30 different models of battery-powered electric vehicles by 2030. That followed a November pledge from Nissan, which plans to spend nearly $18 billion on its own planned lineup 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 some that could challenge for EV supremacy:

Ford’s F-150 Lightning

The all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning truck during an augmented reality presentation at the Motor Bella Auto Show in Pontiac, Michigan, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021.

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Tesla Cybertruck

A promotional web site for the Cybertruck, Tesla’s forthcoming electric pickup.


The futuristic-looking truck — which takes its aesthetic inspiration from the films “Blade Runner” and “The Spy Who Loved Me,” according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk — was originally supposed to arrive on the market by the end of 2021.

But Tesla has repeatedly pushed back the release date due to various delays. The Cybertruck is now expected to begin production in late 2022, with large-scale deliveries of the vehicle likely starting in 2023, Musk said at Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting in October. That means Tesla’s first electric pickup will likely get beaten to the market by Rivian’s and Ford’s electric pickups, along with an electric Hummer pickup that General Motors started shipping to customers earlier this month.

When it does arrive, the Cybertruck is expected come with a starting price of $39,900 for a single-motor version with a range of 250 miles. A three-motor version with a range of 500 miles will likely start at $69,900.

Rivian R1S

Rivian’s R1S electric SUV arrives in 2022.

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Rivian delivered an award-winning pickup truck in 2021, and consumers are already looking ahead to the Irvine, California-based start-up’s second act. The R1S SUV is expected to start shipping out 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

Electric vehicle start-up Lucid on Sept. 28, 2021 said production of its first cars for customers has started at its factory in in Casa Grande, Arizona.


Fisker Ocean

Fisker Inc. officially revealed the Fisker Ocean all-electric luxury crossover at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

Fisker, another California-based electric car start-up, is set to start production on its first vehicle — the Ocean SUV — in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The hype largely comes from its environmental promise: Fisker says it wants the SUV to be the “world’s most sustainable vehicle.” Starting at $37,499, it’ll feature a solar-paneled roof for additional battery charging and an interior made from recycled materials.


The Lifestyle Vehicle electric minivan from Canoo.

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A BMW iX car is on display during the 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE) at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.

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The German luxury automaker’s first electric SUV will arrive for U.S. customers in March 2022. The iX starts at $83,200 and features a maximum of 523 horsepower and a range of up to 300 miles.

The SUV’s prominent “intelligent kidney grille” in the front contains cameras and sensors to help melt ice or snow. BMW also advertises the car’s exterior as made from a “self-healing” material that’s resistant to minor chips and scratches.

Cadillac Lyriq

One of General Motors’ two Super Bowl ads this year will feature the Cadillac Lyriq. In this provided screenshot of the Cadillac ad, the Lyriq appears to be in the fictional neighborhood of 1990’s “Edward Scissorhands” movie.


Cadillac’s first-ever electric vehicle is an SUV that will be available at dealerships in the summer of 2022, according to the GM-owned brand, which plans to be fully electric by 2030.

Starting at nearly $59,000, the Lyriq will have a range of more than 300 miles. It’ll also be the first car on the market with GM’s new Ultium EV platform, a next-generation battery system that purports to both cheaper and more efficient than standard EV batteries.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 parked on a road.

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This compact SUV will be the first entry from Hyundai’s new Ioniq line of electric vehicles. The Ioniq 5 goes on sale at the end of December for a starting price of $39,700 and features a top range of more than 300 miles.

In February, the Korean automaker unveiled the SUV’s “sliding” interior, which includes a middle island between the driver’s and front passenger seats that slides forward and backward — making it easier to enter or exit the car on either side, useful for narrow parking spots.

Nissan Ariya

More than a decade after launching the Leaf, one of the first mass-market electric cars, Nissan is expanding its slate of electric vehicles. The Ariya is a crossover SUV that starts at almost $46,000, offers up to 300 miles of range, and will be available starting in the fall of 2022.

Nissan says it will launch 23 new electric car models, including the Ariya, by 2030. Out of those upcoming releases, 15 will be fully electric while the other eight will be hybrids.

Kia EV6

Kia’s EV6 electric SUV.

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