Exciting new electric vehicles are coming to the roads near you soon

As I slowly drove down I-95 outside of Boston on a Friday afternoon—stop and go, brake lights, and sudden acceleration—my attention was drawn to a Kia EV6 in the next lane. Sleek with clean lines, just roomy enough, capable of getting in and out of traffic, the all-electric vehicle piqued my interest. I saw myself driving this car. With so many exciting new EVs like this model hitting American roads, I thought it might be fun to outline a list of exciting EV choices available to people like me like this Kia and others .

Automakers are suddenly all smiles and optimism about the future of electric vehicles. What was once cynicism and backstage laughter has turned into frantic planning and promises to get competitive. In fact, dozens of purely electric models are expected to be ready for consumers by the end of 2024.

Fully electric vehicles already accounted for 5% of U.S. auto sales in the second quarter of 2022. As with the last decade of gasoline vehicles, sales of electric SUVs and pickup trucks are the favourites. Several sedan models also get high marks. The following is a list of models for everyday people like you and me – okay, and maybe our well-to-do cousins ​​too. Here is.

The Kia EV6 has a slightly futuristic and sultry style. With up to 310 miles of range, it offers a huge amount of trunk space, can sprint from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and has an average price starting at $41,400. With the option of a 54kWh or 74kWh battery, it’s been optimized for performance, and the 160kW front motor and a 270kW rear motor add some zip. There is also a Drift mode which unlocks increased capacity and performance, larger diameter disc brakes (15″ front / 14.2″ rear) with four-piston front calipers, reinforced chassis, up-ratio steering faster and an electronically controlled suspension.

Cadillac Lyriq production is well under way. The first battery-electric offering in the lineup, the Debut Edition comes with a single rear motor developing 340 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Described as being similar in length and width to the Cadillac XT6 SUV, the Lyriq is 6 inches lower in height and rides on a 9-inch longer wheelbase. The initial Lyriq is a 340-hp rear-drive model with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery, a combination that offers an EPA-rated range of 312 miles. Its cost is approximately $63,000. A friend – who was a rare person to successfully place an order with our Southeast Florida area dealer – was expecting delivery in June. He — and we — are waiting.

The Chevrolet Blazer Electric, the all-electric midsize SUV will be available in a performance-enhancing SS trim and is based on GM’s Ultium platform that underpins the automaker’s latest electric models. The model offers “eye-catching design, technology and style to give you the confidence to roam the roads ahead, wherever your journey takes you,” according to a company press release. Among its many versions, the sports version RS will have an estimated range of 320 miles, and an SS will boast 557 hp and an estimated range of 290 miles. Not one, but two large screens surround the dashboard: an 11-inch dash display and a 17.7-inch infotainment screen. The Blazer EV will range from $47,595 to $65,995.

Recently revealed to the public, the Chevrolet Equinox will enter the market as an economical EV option. With a starting price of around $30,000 on the 1LT, the company expects it to be the most affordable electric vehicle in its class. Front-wheel-drive versions have 210 hp with a range of 250 to 300 miles, and all-wheel-drive versions have 290 hp with a range of 280 miles. The Chevrolet Equinox EV will use Ultium Charge 360, GM’s holistic approach to EV charging, with information and access to 110,000 publicly available charging stations in the United States and Canada. Technology features include a large infotainment screen – including an available 17.7-inch diagonal system – a solid suite of standard and available driver assist technologies, and hands-on driver assist technology free Super Cruise available for compatible routes.

I come from a long line of men who were/are loyal to the Dodge brand, so Jeep®’s recent announcement that it will be launching 4 all-electric SUVs in North America caught my eye. With 50% of US passenger car and light truck Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) sales by the end of 2030, the Jeep brand is sure to benefit from Stellantis’ over $30 billion investment. until 2025 in electrification and software development. As CBS reports, the Jeep reconnaissance inherits the Wrangler’s big tires, long-travel suspension, drop and rollover angles, and signature twin-box silhouette. Taking inspiration from the vibes of the Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Recon is a rugged, all-electric 4×4 SUV with a high level of off-road capability and electronically locking axles.

We are all eagerly awaiting deliveries from Tesla Cybertruck. The all-electric pickup, with its angular styling and futuristic heavy-duty curved windows, is sure to be one of the most exciting electric vehicles to come to market. Its cold-rolled stainless steel exterior provides structural support and requires no painting. Tesla has over 3 years of Cybertruck orders, and no one is sure if the projected base price of around $40,000 will be close to actual costs. But battery ranges of 250, 350 and 500 miles and 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.9 seconds, combined with the ability to tow 14,000 pounds, can appease the slightly emptier wallets of interested buyers.

Final Thoughts on the Most Attractive New EVs

I drove a Tesla Model Y for nearly a year now, and I have to admit I wave to other Model Y drivers when I pass them on the road. It’s not quite Harley rider worship, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicted on the first quarter 2021 earnings call that the Model Y would “very likely” be the best-selling car. in the world in the future. It looks like his vision is about to become a reality. In February 2022, the all-electric vehicle passed the 500,000 sales mark. I have the feeling that the car is an entity in its own right, incomparable outside the brand. As an Earth Day advocate, I answered questions at a festival in the spring about what it’s like to drive an electric vehicle in general and a Model Y in particular. I was proud, that’s for sure, and I continue to feel happy when I see other Model Ys. When looking at exciting new EVs on the road, this really is one of the best.

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