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The Best EVs Coming To Market In 2022

Sales of electric vehicles are soaring, despite the most challenging car market in decades. Rapid technological improvements, especially in the areas of battery efficiency, cost, and vehicle range, are all helping to topple barriers to EV adoption. We take a look at the current state of the UK’s EV market - and some of the best new zero-emission cars coming to market over the next few months.

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The UK’s buoyant – and growing – EV market is the one bright spot in a year that has seen the rest of the new car industry take a battering. 

Immense market pressures – including spiralling inflation, energy and fuel costs; the ongoing semiconductor shortage; and global uncertainty caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – saw the overall UK car market shrink by 16% in April 2022. 

Despite this, March 2022 saw the highest volume of EV registrations ever recorded in a single month, with more EVs registered in 31 days than in the whole of 2019. 

And in the first four months of 2022, more than 113,000 new EVs were bought in the UK, meaning more than one in five new cars were plug-ins. 

Several factors are driving this popularity. In just over a decade, the average EV range has more than tripled.  

Prices have slowly started to fall and consumer choice has rocketed – with more than 140 plug-in-models currently on sale and a further 50 expected to be launched before the end of 2022. 

And as well as the environmental case for EV adoption, plans for a rapid expansion in UK public EV charging infrastructure has helped to boost consumer confidence years ahead of the government’s 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans. 

 

Battery improvements and innovation

Consumer demand for improvements in EV charge time and cost has sent manufacturers across the globe racing to produce the cheapest, lightest and most energy-dense EV battery packs possible. 

Since 1991, the cost of Lithium Ion batteries has fallen by 97% – with predictions that, by 2024, the cost to produce an EV battery will be roughly $100 per kWh.

This is considered to be the tipping point at which EVs will be cheaper to produce than internal combustion engine vehicles. If battery prices continue to fall, EVs could be cheaper than petrol and diesel cars for consumers by 2027. 

Other innovations – such as a move towards solid state batteries – will become further market-drivers over the next few years.

 

Improvements in range

The average EV can now travel up to 260 miles on a single battery charge, more than three times the 74 miles provided by the Nissan Leaf – the UK’s first commercial EV – at its launch in 2011. 

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Wide-range vehicles are now more commercially available. The new Mercedes EQS 450+ has a range of up to 450 miles – while Mercedes’ new Vision concept-car drove more than 621 miles on a single charge in April 2022. 

So increased EV range and a larger variation in models and price are all contributing to improved EV adoption rates across the UK. 

 

Here’s a look at some of the new EVs set to hit the UK market over the rest of 2022:

May – Lexus RZ. Lexus’ first fully electric vehicle, with a 71.4 kWh battery and 250 miles of range. The RZ is similar in size to Lexus’s best-selling NX hybrid SUV. Price to be announced. 

June – Mercedes-Benz EQE – a saloon car to rival the Tesla Model 3. The EQE offers 410 miles between charges and is made from 100% recycled steel. Price from £76,450 

July – Toyota bZ4X – Toyota’s first bespoke EV, with single-motor or twin-motor 4WD variants. Both have a 71.4 kWh battery and up to 317 miles range. Prices from £41,950. 

August – Volkswagen ID Buzz – Based on the iconic T1 campervan, the Buzz is Top Gear’s 2022 Electric Vehicle of the year. With a 77 kWh battery and approximately 250 miles of range. Prices from £50,000. 

September – Lucid Air – Lucid’s fully electric luxury sedan, which boasts of 520 miles of range on top-tier models. Entry level models have a 75 kWh battery, a more modest 240 mile range and cost from £40,040. 

October – Audi E-Tron – 2022’s newly-updated E-Tron. With a large battery and improvements to the powertrain, range will increase from 249 miles to 373 miles. Price to be announced. 

November – Kia EV6 GT (AWD) – Kia’s high-performance crossover EV with 424 mile range, all-wheel-drive system and 430kW dual-motor drive-train. Price to be announced. 

December – Skoda Enyaq vRS – Skoda’s high performance EV, with 331 miles of range, dual-motor, and 77 kWh battery. Prices from £51,885. 

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