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.
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.
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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