The future for EVs has long been bright, and the future might just be arriving. 2022 has seen an explosion in
EV technologyand performance.
Gone are the days of short ranges and impractical design. This year, car companies (new and old alike) are taking significant strides in making the future green, and stylish. Also, with the advancement in DC fast charging, cars are now able to get an 80% charge in minutes.
The list of top EVs in 2022 entails one of the EV market's mainstays but also some surprises, including the top spot by a
classic American icon.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Base price: $43,895
Max range: 314 miles
With the highest score on
Car and Driver’stop EVs of 2022, Ford’s new electric Mustang delivers.
While slightly confusing at first, the fact that Ford has chosen to slap its iconic Mustang emblem on this electric crossover SUV has turned out to be a successful marketing maneuver by the American giant. It has the agility of the Mustang but with four doors and a spacious interior.
Depending on the
trim you go with, the Mach-E boasts a 314-mile range and a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds in its sportiest version.
The inside of the car is loaded with useable and streamlined tech including heated front seats and steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, Bang and Olufsen sound system, and welcoming ambient lighting.
Since the battery and engine are located underneath the chassis, there’s a built-in front trunk that is lined with plastic, making it perfect for an ice chest. The rear cargo includes a spacious 29 cubic ft of cargo space or 60 with the backseats folded down.
Car and Driver recommend the Premium version if you want the best bang for your buck, starting at $49,875.
Base price: $84,450
Max range: 318 miles
Yes, Porsche comes with a higher sticker price, but the
Taycanpacks a performance punch. It turns out you can be competitively sporty and green which is why it has a spot on the best EVs of 2022.
The recommended 4S model jams 562 hp into the battery-powered engine and those horses can roam for 227 miles on a fully charged battery. No, the battery life isn’t as good as others, but did it makes up for it in it’s classic Porsche performance.
The steering is lively, the composure is strong and when you stomp that accelerator, you eat up pavement at an unexpected velocity. If you wanted to spring for the Turbo S ($186,350), you’d be looking at 0-60 in a jaw-dropping 2.4 seconds.
The interior is rich with helpful tech including heated seats in the front and back, massaging front seats, and elegant material and color schemes.
Tesla Model S
Base price: $106,440
Max range: 405 miles
Rounding out the list of best EVs of 2022 is the one that changed it all; the
Tesla Model Sis still as relevant and dynamic as ever.
While it lacks the level of performative sportiness of the abovementioned Taycan, it has a whopping 405-mile range. That’s LA to San Francisco on a full charge, with room to spare.
The 2022 Model S offers full-time all-wheel drive, regardless of which package you choose. Its acceleration is beastly as well, competing with the Taycan at 0-60 in 2.4 seconds.
The interior is sleek, perhaps a little to its detriment, proving not to be quite as comfortable as others in its price range. With that said, it has ample room for storage in both it’s frunk (front trunk) and 28 cubic ft of storage behind the back seats.