If you, like us, have struggled to keep all the chaos in check over the past few years, it’s ok. Despite the constantly shifting madness of gas prices, production issues, and supply chain issues, automakers are sticking to their goals of producing more purely electric cars than ever. By 2024, most major and many smaller automakers plan to release dozens of new electric cars. Here are the hot new electric cars and SUVs to keep an eye out for.
2023 Rivian R1S | Rivian
How many electric cars are currently on the market?
According to Cox Automotive, the current percentage of electric cars on the road is estimated to be 5.2 percent. This is up from 2021 estimations of only 2.5 percent. This represents more than twice the number of electric cars on American roads this year. This growth isn’t likely to continue this way every year, but it does give automakers solid cause to press forward with electric cars and SUVs.
These new electric cars and SUVs should get us all excited about the future of electric cars. As the models get more varied and focused on specific driving styles, the market only grows its appeal.
On sale: Fall 2022 for RWD, early 2023 for AWD
Besides the fact that Cadillac is trying to get cute by misspelling the name, the Cadillac Lyriq is a stylish, sleek, powerful, and luxurious next step for the classic American brand. Consumer Reports mentions that while the Lyriq is similar in size and shape to the Cadillac XT6, the Lyriq is a completely different deal.
The electric Cadillac SUV rides 6-inches lower than the XT6 and has a wheelbase that stretches 9-inches longer. CR calls the massive, curving 33-inch screen “the dominant feature” of the Lyriq.
The first Lyriq is a 340-hp, rear-wheel-drive SUV with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery, a combination that provides an EPA-rated 312 miles of range. However, Cadillac promises an AWD version with about 500 horsepower to follow.
Chevrolet Silverado EV
On sale: Spring 2023 (WT); Fall 2023 (RST)
GM is going all in on the EV. There is a flood of GM brands releasing EVs over the coming years. The Chevy Blazer EV, next-gen Chevy Equinox, GMC Hummer EV, and the Chevy Silverado EV are only a small sample of the future of GM.
The Silverado EV uses General Motors’ unique EV-only Ultium platform. It shares some mechanical components with the upcoming Hummer EV, like four-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension system. GM says that the Silverado EV will hit 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. GM will also offer the new Silverado, from a $40k work truck version to the $105,000 top-dog First-Edition trim.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
Hyundai Ioniq 6 | Hyundai
In the next edition of needlessly misspelling/made-up car names, we present the uniquely-stylish Hyundai Ioniq 6. This new Hyundai is underpinned by the E-GMP architecture, the same platform on which the Ioniq 5 is based. While the 5 and 6 share major bits, the Ioniq 6 will be 8-inches longer than the 5 and will mark the first all-electric sedan for Hyundai, according to Consumer Reports.
The Ioniq 6 comes with either a 53-kWh battery as standard, but an optional 73-kWh long-range battery is also available.
R1T cost: $79,500-$85,000
R1S cost: $84,500-$90,000
On sale: Summer 2022
The Rivian R1T hit the market with a bang. Unfortunately, the insanity of the stock market overinflated the company, and production expectations were too high. As a result, the release of the R1T was marred by major delays, hefty price increases, and a massive company valuation drop.
That said, the R1T is one of the coolest electric pickup trucks on the market. It is with genuine hope that we await the Rivian R1S. The launch of the SUV version of the R1T will hopefully benefit from the chaos that entrenched the R1T launch.
Rivian promises a range of up to 400 miles, up to 750 hp, and 11,000 pounds of towing capacity. 0-60 mph sprints are said to be handled in about 3 seconds. Unlike most vehicles capable of that kind of acceleration, the R1S is lousy with storage. It’s everywhere. There are clever channels and compartments scattered throughout the SUV.
What are the small EV makers to look out for?
These models are only a tiny selection of what is coming from the EV front. There are dozens more models worth mentioning. Some of the honorable mentions are the tiny Canoo adventure machines, Alpha’s rally-inspired sedan and pickup truck, and the brand-new VinFast VF8 and VF9.