With the development of the electric car market, many models have been launched in recent years. 2022 promises to be even busier in terms of launches, with many “zero emission” models hitting the market. We recap the main expected novelties.
Audi Q6 e-tron
In the Chinese market, Audi will launch the Q5 e-tron in 2022, which resembles the Volkswagen ID4. In Europe, it is the Q6 e-tron that should see the light of day, on the PPE platform. The latter will be used in particular for the ambitious Artemis project. The precise characteristics are still unknown, but, like its cousin Porsche Macan, it gets 600 km of autonomy and a recharge of up to 270 kW. Please note that its name remains to be confirmed, the name of the Q5 e-tron has not been deleted in the Old Continent.
A true sea snake in the electric car market, the BMW i7 finally appears to be confirmed after many months of waiting. The electric version of the luxury sedan will be BMW’s fourth “zero-emission” model, after the iX and iX3 SUVs and the i4 sedan. The little known information is part of a range greater than 500 kilometers.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
Derived from the Prophecy concept, the Ioniq 6 will be the second model in the new Ioniq family. Based on the new e-GMP platform like the Ioniq 5, this electric coupe sedan should inherit similar mechanics with a battery of around 77 kWh allowing over 500 km of autonomy on a full tank.
Kia Niro EV
The Kia Niro EV will replace the e-Niro in 2022, with a more modern and more outspoken SUV form. However, the Korean electric crossover is not expected to make its revolution, based on the same platform. A logical choice for Kia, as its electric model is one of the market benchmarks in terms of efficiency, with a range of up to 450 km in the 64 kWh version. Kia’s experience with this platform should, however, allow the crossover to remain a true benchmark in the market.
The Toyota group will launch a new electric SUV in 2022, and this will obviously make its way into the Lexus catalogue. The Lexus RZ will accompany the UX 300and, another “zero emission” vehicle of the brand. It will take on most of the aesthetic characteristics of the Toyota BZ4X. It will certainly offer the same two engine options, as well as the same 71.4 kWh battery. We still know little about this SUV, of which only a teaser has been published.
After the flagship that is the Mercedes EQS, the German company intends to launch a slightly more modest electric sedan. This will be the role of the EQE, equivalent to the E-Class for the silent range of the German company. We found a specific design for electric cars from Mercedes, with a size but similar to the Tesla Model S. The interior takes up the now famous Hyperscreen of the EQS. On the autonomy side, the battery of around 90 kWh promises 660 km on a recharge.
New MG ZS EV
Introduced to great fanfare in late 2021, the new version of MG’s electric SUV will begin delivery from Q1 2022. More modern and more efficient, the MG ZS EV will be available in two battery configurations – 51 or 72 kWh – for a range of up to 440 km on the WLTP cycle. The icing on the cake: this new version will not be more expensive than the previous model, with a sale price of less than €30,000, after deducting the ecological bonus.
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In terms of electric cars, Nissan will have spent nearly a decade making do with the compact Leaf, for two generations. The year 2022 will mark the arrival of a new model, an SUV by the name of Ariya. It will be 4.60 meters long and have a futuristic design, which foreshadows the brand’s upcoming models. It will be based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-EV platform and will offer three engines and two batteries. The first will develop 65 kWh of usable capacity and the second 90 kWh. The autonomy, depending on the engine, can vary from 340 to 500 kilometers.
Polar Star 3
Absent from the French market due to the conflict between it and Citroën over the logo, Polestar will continue its electric offensive in 2022. After the Polestar 2 sedan, Volvo’s premium brand will be enriched with a third model. For now limited to a few camouflaged images, Polestar 3 should offer around 400 horsepower and allow a range of around 600 kilometers thanks to a battery of around 100 kWh.
Renault Megane E-Tech
It is the real star of France’s most anticipated electric cars in 2022. Ten years after Zoé – and if we leave aside the Kangoo utility and the Fluence ZE fiasco – Renault launches a second 100% electric vehicle. Like the Nissan Ariya, this Megane e-Tech will use the CMF-EV platform, with a much smaller footprint. It is 4.21 meters long, 20 centimeters shorter than the current Megane. It will take two engines, 130 and 217 horsepower, and offer two batteries. The first, with a capacity of 40 kWh, will offer 300 km of autonomy in the WLTP cycle. The second, 60 kWh, will travel up to 470 km on a single charge.
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Skoda Enyaq iV Coupe
In 2021, the Skoda Enyaq iV made a strong impression on the electrical market. The range offered by the Czech brand is vast, with five engines ranging from 109 kW to 225 kW, depending on the vehicle’s engine capacity. On the battery side, the Enyaq also offers three different packages. Their respective capacities are 55 kWh, 62 kWh and 82 kWh. Only the latter gives access to three different versions. The range varies from 340 to 510 kilometers in the mixed WLTP cycle. In 2022, Skoda will launch a coupé SUV version of its Enyaq, to reach a wider audience.
Ssang Yong Korando E-Motion
For its electric debut, SsangYong decided to build on one of its existing models. The Korean manufacturer unsurprisingly chose an SUV, the Korando, which becomes Korando E-Motion in its silent version. A few blue aesthetic details and a full grid are enough to set it apart aesthetically. The compact SUV develops 140 kW, or 190 horsepower, and a torque of 360 Nm. Autonomy will not be its strong point, the 61.5 kWh battery allows it to travel 340 km in the mixed WLTP cycle.
The Subaru Solterra marks the legendary Japanese brand’s entry into the electric car sector. Not to miss its debut, Subaru secured the hit and partnered with the Toyota group to co-develop the e-TNGA platform. So the Solterra is a clone of the BZ4X and Lexus RZ, two other electric SUVs. Visually, Subaru hasn’t revolutionized the base of the model, bringing just a few personal touches. There is a two-wheel drive version and a 4×4 version, which develop 150 kW and 160 kW of power, respectively. Its autonomy is 530 km and 460 km, respectively, thanks to the 71.4 kWh battery. Pricing is unknown, but it may well be the most affordable of the clone trio.
For the third of these clones, the Toyota BZ4X, we find the same overall design, the same engines and the same battery options. Nothing too original, necessarily, and Toyota has therefore decided to mark its entry into the electric car market in a different way. The “zero-emissions” SUV will offer an optional yoke-style steering wheel called the One Motion Grip. This will be based on a by-wire system without mechanical connections. The variable gear ratio will have the effect of stopping at a 150° angle, varying the steering angle according to vehicle speed. But initially this technology will not be available and a simple round steering wheel will work as the only option.
Like Audi and Skoda, Volkswagen will design an electric SUV coupé in 2022. This will be based on the ID.4 SUV, already marketed by the German company since this year. The main difference will be the cut shape and its more elegant line. A few inches longer, a few inches shorter: this isn’t a revolution for the ID.4 regulars. And it’s the same inside, but also under the body. The ID.5 will be available with three engines, slightly different from the ID.4. The 148 hp engine disappears in favor of a 204 hp engine. The powers of 174 and 204 horsepower are still in the catalogue. A single battery with 77 kWh of usable capacity is available, offering between 486 and 513 kilometers of range on one charge.