Drive Into The Future: The Best Luxury Electric Cars In The World
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As we look to the future, the focus is clear. The auto industry is going green. Luxury auto manufacturers are constantly releasing new all-electric cars. No longer do you have to choose between comfort, speed, and sustainability. Now, you can have it all with the best luxury electric cars of 2022.
Electric vehicles can be more expensive vehicles, but, often, government incentives and tax benefits can help shoulder the cost. Additionally, you’ll find that electric cars are usually easier to maintain – and certainly more efficient.
2022 doesn’t disappoint: Its new class of speedy, stylish EVs brings new features, faster accelerations, and more awe-inspiring price points than ever before. Here’s your list of the most luxurious electric cars to keep an eye on in 2022.
The 27 best luxury electric cars of 2022
1. Mercedes-Benz EQS
As we look towards the next year in auto innovations and new car releases, it’s clear that there’s a lot to look forward to. With the Mercedes-Benz EQS, the wait is over for most of us. Uber interior luxury with a roomy and quiet cabin and dazzling drive performances make the EQS the best luxury electric car of 2022.
The EQS is currently available in four variants: the entry-level EQS 350, the upgraded EQS 450+ with more power and a large dashboard, the EQS 580 4MATIC, and the sport fine-tuned AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ delivers a range of 422 miles, two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and (excitingly!) the ability to self-pilot on certain easier types of roads – for example, on the highway. It also comes with an impressive three-screen dashboard, delivering a superb cabin entertainment experience.
As far as statistics, the AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ can hit a top speed of 137mph (220 kilometers per hour) and can go from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 3.4 seconds.
Price: Starting from $120,000 Website: www.mercedes-benz.com
2. Tesla Model S Plaid
It’s fair to say that Tesla takes the wheel when it comes to leading the electric vehicle industry. The brand has released plenty of popular electric cars over recent years and each comes with its own specific highlights.
The Tesla Model S, originally released in 2012, was a car full to the brim with top-of-the-range features and plenty of impressive stats. It was the world’s first long-range electric vehicle and has only seen improvements since that first release. The 2022 model comes even more jampacked.
The base version is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. It has an EPA-estimated 373 miles of range in its Long Range variant with a still-impressive 348 on the Performance model (for an extra $20,000).
Charging time is between eight to ten hours using a conventional 24-volt charger, or shoots down to 75 minutes using Tesla’s V3 Supercharger.
This luxury car offers plenty of tech-heavy features synonymous with the Tesla brand and a minimalistic interior complete with a giant infotainment screen.
Price: Starting from $129,990 Website: www.tesla.com
3. Porsche Taycan
Porsche continues to build on the success of the Taycan in 2022 with more models available under the brand name. In addition to the standard Taycan, you can now purchase a range of Tourismo editions with more cargo space. The Porsche Taycan offers everything expected from the brand: incredible acceleration, aggressive styling, and an all-around sleek look.
Pronounced “tie-kahn”, the Taycan is the first production electric vehicle to use a two-speed transmission and an 800-volt electrical system, promising faster speeds and almost as fast recharging times.
While it doesn’t hold the same strengths when it comes to range – the Turbo can reach 201 miles under optimum conditions – it’s an excellent addition to the electric vehicle market.
Its 800-volt electrical architecture means the car battery can shoot from five to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes. However, it’s worth noting that chargers of that speed are rare and a traditional 240-volt charge comes closer to the 12 hour mark.
Price: Starting from $79,000 Website: www.porsche.com
4. BMW iX
The BMW iX has just as impressive interiors as it has exteriors. Its intriguing looks are just one of the reasons why this electric vehicle had to make the 2022 list. Its slick design and compact size make it a perfect electric vehicle for those living in the city.
The iX comes complete with a 380 mile range on a full charge. While it might mostly be a good car for commuting, it’s fun to drive and offers the option of hitting high speeds with 0 – 60mph in 4.6 seconds.
On the road, the iX is quiet and capable, offering a smooth drive with Scandinavian-inspired interiors featuring wood, leather, and fabric trims.
The BMW iX comes standard with BMW’s new Flexible Fast Charger. The cable is compatible with both 120V and 240V outlets to deliver the best charging speed possible wherever you go. A full charge from 0 to 100% can be achieved in under 12 hours with a 240V outlet.
Price: Starting from $85,000 Website: www.bmw.com
5. Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 Lightning simultaneously manages to tick all the boxes of a successful electric car while remaining pretty similar to its gas counterpart. With an impressive range and a sleek, smooth look both inside and out, it’s fair to say that the Ford F-150 Lightning redefines any previous notion of what a Ford car should look like in one easy maneuver.
While some cars have been kept under wraps before their 2022 release, this one certainly wasn’t one of them (remember the brand’s million-pound towing stunt from 2019?). And it’s easy to see why: the Standard-Range battery is thought to deliver up to 230 miles per charge, while the Extended-Range pack aims for 300 miles – there’s a lot to show off about.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is arguably one of the most important electric cars of 2022, broadening the appeal of the technology to more consumers.
Price: Starting from $75,000 Website: www.ford.com
6. Lucid Air
The Lucid Air is arguably one of the most “out there” electric cars: refusing to stick with the norms and, instead, producing something boundary-breaking in every way possible. One of the most talked-about cars of the year, Lucid Air offers unprecedented EPA range ratings of up to 520 miles, all completed while sitting back inside its impossibly smooth body.
As the first model from startup Lucid Motors, the car ensured a whole new standard of competition both against itself and other industry rivals like Tesla. Not sure what to think? Lucid Motors is mostly known for supplying batteries to Formula E race cars, so we’re talking big, industry-breaking things.
Price: Starting from $77,400 Website: www.lucidmotors.com
7. Mercedes-Benz EQC
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is nothing if not an especially plush car. It’s built for comfort and style, with more luxury than its rivals in the form of a vehicle that genuinely feels more premium than many others on the market.
It’s a stylish and curvaceous vehicle that doesn’t look like a traditional electric car. There are no gimmicks or rogue features included; it’s a perfect example of Mercedes doing what it knows best. It isn’t the fastest electric vehicle available for 2022, but it’s one that promises an enjoyable drive with plenty of usable features.
The EQC seats five and offers a driving range of around 200 miles. It’ll do 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and recharges from 10 percent to 100 percent in 10 hours.
As with all Mercedes cars, it’s produced using only high-quality materials and tasteful brushes of color on the interiors. It has an up-to-date navigation system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot all available. It’s a premium car that comes with everything that’s expected of the brand.
Price: Starting from $69,000 Website: www.mercedes-benz.com
8. Volvo C40 Recharge
The Volvo C40 Recharge is Volvo’s first fully electric vehicle with no gas-powered counterpart, which means plenty of freedom when it comes to, well, every element of this vehicle. As the brand says itself, the C40 Recharge doesn’t force you to choose between power and responsible driving. Tick, tick, tick: it does it all.
Keeping the brand’s staple safety measurements but delivered in something far more environmentally friendly, the C40 Recharge promises to be a big hit. It’s also a reliable car: you can fast charge while driving from 10 to 80 percent in around 33 minutes. The car should cover around 226 miles (364 km) on a single charge, making it great for day-to-day adventures.
Price: Starting from $72,000 Website: www.volvocars.com
9. Polestar 2
The Polestar 2 prides itself on customizing itself to the driver in every way possible. This is an electric vehicle breaking
boundaries for future consumers’ expectations with no shortage of unique features.
Polestar is a brand owned by Volvo and parent company Geely that started producing electric vehicles in 2017 to rival Tesla. The Polestar 2, which was first revealed in February 2019, is a five-door electric hatchback offering an estimated 292 mile range and plenty of speed. We also expect the Polestar 3, a full-electric SUV, to be released later in 2022 or 2023.
It’s the first car in the world with an infotainment system powered by Android, offering passengers embedded Google services like Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. It can hit speeds of 62mph in 4.7 seconds and is designed for a mixture of performance and purpose.
The brand has personalization at its core, promising a car that recognizes its driver by their phone and adjusts their seat accordingly. Once recognized, the infotainment system will pull up the driver’s preferred list of home screen apps, too.
Price: Starting from $68,000 Website: www.polestar.com
10. Rivian R1S
The Tesla Model X isn’t the only electric SUV that can seat seven passengers.
Rivian’s second production vehicle, the R1S, seeks to unseat Tesla’s all-electric SUV with this powerful off-road vehicle. Sharing many elements with Rivian’s other offering, a strong EV pickup, the R1S will come with three different battery sizes: 105, 135, and 180 kWh, respectively. With the largest battery, the R1S will have a claimed range of 410 miles – perfect for your next (completely sustainable) offroading adventure.
0-60 mph (or 0-100 kph) in 3 seconds; 700 horsepower, and a top speed of 125mph (or just over 200 kilometers per hour). This SUV has a larger range than other similar vehicles.
All of that power, and an attractive price tag: The Rivian R1S will seek to undercut Tesla’s sticker price by just a little – a direct hit at a huge competitor.
Price: Starting from $70,000 Website: www.rivian.com
11. BYTON M-Byte
The BYTON M-Byte comes from Chinese-German all-electric vehicle brand, which launched as a newcomer to the industry in 2017. But it wasted no time producing a car that more than holds its own against its older competitors. Designed in ever-popular Germany, engineered across in Silicon Valley, and manufactured in China, it’s fair to say this car has traveled more than the average.
Known firstly for its impressive range and secondly, for its ground-breaking interior technology, this is a brilliant example of a car that does it all. Bringing a new kind of smart travel to the industry, the BYTON M-Byte fuses everything from Smart Surfaces that light up to greet you to a flat antenna that blends in the sloping roofline in a seriously sleek machine. Older doesn’t always mean wiser.
Price: Starting from $45,000 Website: www.byton.com