Electric cars coming in 2022
As UK Government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars gets ever closer, manufacturers are ramping up plans to launch a range of electric vehicles.
Already making up almost one in every nine cars sold in the UK, pure-electric models are arriving with longer driving ranges, faster charging times, and in a greater variety of styles than ever before.
We look at the most important new electric cars due to arrive in 2022.
What EV drivers have been wanting for some time is the equivalent of the electric BMW 3 Series. Well BMW has listened and has produced the i4.
Set to rival the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2, the BMW i4 will offer a sizeable range from any specification, packing in an 83.9 kWh battery under the floor. Power is either rated at 340 hp (250 kW) for the eDrive40 model to a huge 544 hp (400 kW) for the M50 version, so performance won't be an issue in either.
BMW isn't just looking to offer electric versions of its most popular saloon. With the iX, the German premium brand is also offering a pure-EV version of its best-selling X5.
Top of the range models get a 105 kWh battery, good for a driving range of more than 390 miles, while more than 500 hp is on tap for a sub-five second 0-62mph time.
There are very few seven-seat electric cars out there, but Mercedes is set to offer one in the shape of the EQB. The SUV significantly undercuts the likes of Tesla's Model X, and Mercedes-Benz's own van-based EQV, and offers a car-based driving experience rather than the seven-seaters from the likes of Vauxhall, Peugeot, and Citroen.
Launching with a choice of two motor options - 225 hp or 288 hp - driving ranges top out at almost 260 miles on a charge thanks to an 80 kWh battery pack.
If an electric version of the 3 Series was crucial for BMW, an electric version of the E-Class is of comparable importance for Mercedes-Benz. So here it is: the Mercedes-Benz EQE.
Featuring a 90 kWh battery allowing for more than 400 miles of range, the EQE shares much of the same technology as the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the marque's famous flagship.
With a 400+ mile range for the Mercedes-Benz EQE, it seems the Stuttgart manufacturer has removed range anxiety for drivers. Well, if the EQE hasn't, the EQS most certainly should.
A range of up to 453 miles on a charge is possible from a 108 kWh battery, and the EQS also features Mercedes' Hyperscreen - a huge piece of glass that covers and curves across the dashboard, housing infotainment systems and displays.
Nissan kicked off the electric car revolution with the Leaf, and also the crossover craze with the Qashqai. And now it's got around to combining the two with the Ariya.
Using Nissan's latest generation EV technology, the family-sized SUV will have a range of up to 310 miles on a charge from an 87 kWh battery, though other versions will become available further down the line.
Ora Cat 01
Ora is a new brand to the UK from China, and will offer the Cat 01 all-electric hatchback. A range of up to 261 miles on a charge from a car the size of the VW ID.3 doesn't sound particularly ground-breaking, but it is set to make a big impact on the UK EV market.
The reason for that is a starting price of just £25,000, keeping leasing costs low for what is a practical five-door hatchback offering a sizeable driving range, and producing 170 hp.
Tesla Model Y
Tesla takes its time in bringing cars to market, but when it does, they shift like hot-cakes. The Model Y is only going to continue that trend, with all the features of the best-selling Model 3 saloon, just in a more spacious and popular SUV shape.
Seating for up to seven, a range of more than 300 miles, and both Long Range and Performance versions are offered, which will sell the Model Y soar up the sales charts.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is an excellent family car that happens to be an EV, with practical design features. Perhaps the styling is not your bag? Enter the ID.5, an ID.4 but with a coupe-style shape at the rear.
Fastback shapes are popular for SUV customers, and the ID.5 will feature the same powertrain options as the conventional SUV-shaped ID.4, meaning a maximum range of 323 miles. A performance GTX version will be available too.
Volvo C40 Recharge
Another popular EV SUV to get the fastback treatment is Volvo's C40 Recharge. Sharing many of its parts with the XC40 P8 Recharge SUV, the C40 Recharge has a range of 275 miles from its 78 kWh battery.
Sleeker and more stylish than the boxy XC40, the C40 will only be available as an EV, as Volvo continues to electrify its line-up.
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