2023 Electric Cars List: 47 models to watch out for [Update]

Update: ‘New Fiat 500e’ added and ‘Fisker Ocean,’ ‘Hyundai Ioniq 6,’ and ‘Lucid Gravity’ updated.

The auto industry is undergoing a paradigm shift due to the carbon neutrality goals in North America, Europe, and China, and top automakers are preparing a massive ZEV onslaught to bring down their average emissions. 2023 will be the year with the highest number of new electric car unveils and launches. More than 40 new EV models are debuting or launching for customers in 2023, and unsurprisingly most are SUVs. Many of the new 2023 electric cars will be models designed from the outset to run solely on electric power.

Below we have listed many EVs that have been unveiled recently as either they haven’t been shown in regional specifications (launched only in the home or limited markets) or they aren’t physically available yet in most countries. Detailed information on these upcoming electric cars or electric pickup truck models can be found in the links placed in the descriptions.

Audi Q8 e-tron

Audi Q8 e-tron front three quarter
The Audi Q8 e-tron is aerodynamically more efficient than the e-tron with a drag coefficient of 0.27 Cd. Expect it in U.S. showrooms by April 2023. Image Source: Audi

Audi has given the e-tron a facelift and changed its name to Q8 e-tron. The new model features subtle design updates and significant technical improvements. It is available in the same three variants: 50, 55, and S.

The Q8 e-tron comes with higher-capacity, 89 kWh (50) and 106 kWh (55 and S) battery pack options. As a result, it can travel longer distances on a full charge. The 50 variant can do 491 km (305 mi), the 55 variant’s charging depletes at 582 km (362 mi), and the S variant maxes out at 494 km (307 mi). All these are WLTP range figures; EPA estimates aren’t available yet. Charging power has increased, too – 150 kW (50)/170 kW (55 and S).

The Q8 e-tron’s base variant, which, as in the case of the e-tron, might not be available in the U.S., has an updated dual-motor powertrain with a new boost mode. It produces 250 kW (335 hp) in boost mode and 664 Nm (490 lb.-ft.) of torque. The top speed is also higher – 200 km/h (124 mph).

Audi has said that the model is expected to come to the U.S. market in April 2023.

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron

Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron front three quarter
The Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron’s drag coefficient is also lower than that of the model it replaces – 0.24 Cd. Image Source: Audi

The Audi e-tron Sportback has become Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron with the facelift. Extensive technical changes overshadow cosmetic revisions.

The Q8 Sportback e-tron comes with the same bigger battery pack options as the SUV model – 89 kWh and 106 kWh. Similarly, 50, 55, and S are the variant options, from which the base variant gets the smaller battery and the other two variants share the bigger unit. The WLTP range figures are higher across the range — 505 km (313 mi) in 50, 600 km (373 mi) in 55, and 513 km (319 mi) in S.

The Q8 Sportback 50 e-tron has an updated dual-motor powertrain with a new boost mode. It develops 250 kW (335 hp) in boost mode and 664 Nm (490 lb.-ft.) of torque and allows a higher top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). Its charging power is also higher – 150 kW. The Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron also offer a higher charging power – 170 kW.

The Q8 e-tron Sportback should reach the U.S. in the first half of 2023.

Audi Q6 e-tron

Audi Q6 e-tron front three quarters spy shot
The Q6 e-tron will premiere towards the end of 2023. Image Source Instagram/wilcoblok

The Audi Q6 e-tron will be the four-ringed brand’s second mid-size electric SUV, but a few years down the line, it is expected to replace the Audi e-tron. It will be one of Volkswagen Group’s first models to ride on the Porsche-Audi co-developed PPE platform. Unlike the e-tron’s MLB Evo platform, PPE is a dedicated EV architecture.

Another significant difference is the 800-volt charging system instead of a 400-volt charging system. Up to 600 PS (592 hp) of power, 600 km (373 miles) of WLTP range, a more spacious cabin, and an all-new Android Automotive OS-based infotainment system are other things customers can look forward to. Scheduled to premiere at the end of 2023, the Q6 e-tron should start arriving at U.S. Audi dealers in the first half of 2024.

Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron

The Audi Q6 family would include a coupe version called ‘Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron.’ While more aerodynamic than the SUV, the SUV-coupe will offer a higher driving range and a more engaging driving experience. It could debut at the same time, the same way the Q4 Sportback e-tron premiered along with the Q4 e-tron. The Q6 Sportback e-tron should be launched soon after the regular SUV.

BMW i7

BMW i7 front three quarter
The BMW i7 features an unusually large kidney grille with an illuminated surround and split headlamps with the upper light elements made of Swarovski crystal. Image Source: BMW Group

BMW Group’s biggest EV debut this year is the BMW i7, the pure electric sibling of the all-new BMW 7 Series. The full-size electric sedan competes with the Mercedes EQS and the Tesla Model S. The i7 includes the most powerful variant of the all-new 7 Series family – BMW i7 M70 xDrive. However, that will arrive at a later stage.

At the market launch, BMW Group will offer an i7 xDrive60 that focuses more on efficiency and range. This variant packs two motors generating 400 kW (536 hp) of system power and 745 Nm (549 lb.-ft.) of system torque. A standard 101.7 kWh battery pack should provide a range of ~300 miles as per EPA’s testing method.

Inside, the i7 flaunts a headline-making feature called BMW Interaction Bar, a light and function strip on the dashboard and door panels. A part of the car’s ambient lighting, the BMW Interaction Bar has integrated control buttons and provides visual and haptic feedback. A 31-inch ultra-wide screen with a 32:9 panoramic display format and 8K streaming resolution makes the i7 the car with the ultimate rear-seat entertainment system. Another highlight is a newly developed panoramic glass roof called Sky Lounge.

The i7 is now available to pre-order in the U.S. It costs USD 119,300 + USD 995 destination, and its launch will take place by December 2022.

BMW i5

2023 BMW i5 rendering front three quarter
TopElectricSUV’s rendition of the 5 Series electric pictured.

The eighth-gen BMW 5 Series that arrives in 2023 will include a pure electric variant called BMW i5. The i5 will belong to one of the most competitive EV segments that already includes many models. Its competitors will include the Mercedes EQE, Tesla Model S, Lucid Air, and Nio ET7. From 2024, the Audi E6 will also be in the list of rivals.

BMWBlog claims BMW will offer the i5 in eDrive40, xDrive40, and M50 variants. The base variant may get a 250 kW (335 hp) rear motor, while the other two variants would have an additional motor at the front for higher performance and AWD. The i5 M50’s two motors may generate 400 kW (536 hp) of combined power. An 80.7 kWh battery pack could be standard, and it could provide an EPA-est. range of around 300 miles.

Production of the i5 will take place alongside the i7 at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany. Expect the i5 to arrive at U.S. BMW dealers in the second half of 2023.

Cadillac Celestiq

2024 Cadillac Celestiq front three quarter right side
Production of the ultra-luxurious Cadillac Celestiq will take place at GM’s Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Image: Cadillac

The Cadillac Celestiq is GM’s ultimate sedan, offering the swankiest design, most advanced technologies, and most luxurious cabin to date, all with zero tailpipe emissions.

The Celestiq features many futuristic technologies to appeal to young luxury car customers. One of them is Fixed Smart Glass Roof featuring Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology that allows setting four dimmable zones. For most customers, the biggest attraction should be the two screens — one for the driver and one for the front passenger — placed under a single pane of glass on the dashboard, stretching pillar-to-pillar and measuring 55 inches diagonally. Another highlight is the Ultra Cruise “door-to-door” autonomous driving system, an evolution of the Super Cruise.

Based on the GM BEV3 skateboard platform, the Celestiq looks way more spacious than its gas-powered rivals. It has a comfort-focused 2+2 seating layout. Two electric motors, one on each axle, produce a GM-estimated 600 hp and 640 lb.-ft. of torque. Energy for these motors comes from a 111 kWh battery pack that delivers a GM-est. range of 300 miles. A 0-60 mph sprint takes just 3.8 seconds!

Production of the Cadillac Celestiq may start in December 2023, and customer deliveries could begin in early 2024. Prices should start at over USD 300,000.

Chevrolet Blazer EV

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV RS front three quarter live image
The Blazer EV features a hunkered-down stance and a sophisticated design that gives it a more upmarket appeal than the gas-engined model. It will challenge the Mustang Mach-E and the Model Y. Image Source: GM

The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is a zero-emission alternative to the Blazer midsize SUV that arrived in June 2018. The vehicle is available in 1LT, 2LT, RS, and SS (Super Sport) trims for individual customers, and a pursuit-rated Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) trim for police forces. Additional trims will be available for other fleets and commercial customers as well.

The Chevrolet Blazer EV features five seats, a flat floor, a 17.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and an 11-inch digital instrument cluster. The RS and SS trims additionally feature unique trim and design cues, with the RS having blue and red contrast stitching and the RS featuring Adrenaline Red suede microfiber seats and Argon Orange accents (optional). The front seats of these trims are heated and ventilated as standard. Additionally, the SS trim has heated rear outboard seats, an option in the RS trim.

In terms of range, GM expects 247 miles in the LT trim, 293 miles in the 2LT trim, 320 miles in the RS trim, and 290 miles in the SS trim. They all have onboard AC charging modules rated at 11.5 kW. Up to 190 kW of DC fast-charging is possible with the RS and SS trims.

The Blazer EV will be manufactured at GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, which is currently the production site of the gas-powered Blazer.

TrimGM-expected Starting PriceSales Commencement Timeline
1LTAround USD 44,995Winter 2024
2LTAround USD 47,595Summer 2023
RSAround USD 51,995Summer 2023
SSAround USD 65,995Fall 2023
PPVTo Be DisclosedQ1 2024
Chevrolet Blazer EV prices in the U.S. (Source: GM)

Chevrolet Equinox EV

The Chevy Equinox EV is a compact SUV that rivals the VW ID.4. It is not available to reserve yet, but prospective customers can sign up for updates on the Chevrolet U.S. website. GM has revealed many of the details a year ahead of launch.

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV charging port
The Chevy Equinox EV will be available in a sportier RS trim, and is one of the important upcoming electric cars for the American market. Image Source: GM

The Chevrolet Equinox EV features a bolder and sportier design compared to the gas-engined Equinox, and though it looks smaller and squarer, it could be more spacious, as it appears to have a long wheelbase compared to the overall length, courtesy of GM’s BEV2 dedicated EV platform.

The Equinox EV features a more upmarket interior with a sleeker dashboard, a fully digital instrument cluster, a floating touchscreen infotainment system, horizontally positioned, slim central AC vents, and a more compact climate control panel. It will be available with GM’s Super Cruise autonomous driving system.

GM will offer the Equinox EV with a 210 hp/242 lb.-ft. single-motor powertrain in FWD configurations and a 290 hp/346 lb.-ft. dual-motor powertrain in AWD configurations. The company has indicated two battery pack options will be available. Depending on the configuration, the range will vary between 250 and 300 miles. Do note all these figures are GM estimates, and the final values might be slightly different.

Prices of the Chevrolet Equinox EV in the U.S. start at USD 30,000. At launch, which will be in fall 2023, GM will offer it exclusively in the high-end limited-edition trim, and gradually in lower variants.

Chevrolet Silverado EV

Chevrolet Silverado EV RST side profile
Unlike the GMC Hummer EV pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado EV will have versions priced from MSRP of $39,900 to $105,000 (plus DFC) when it hits the market in 2023.

GM’s could steal the Ford F-150 Lightning’s thunder if it gets its first mainstream all-electric pickup right, the Chevrolet Silverado Electric, which was unveiled on January 5, 2022, at the virtual CES. In spring 2023, the Silverado EV will debut on the market with the WT (Work Truck) variant offering GM’s longest-range battery pack with a GM-estimated range of 400+ miles on a single charge. In fall 2023, a fully loaded RST First Edition model will follow, for regular customers.

While detailed specifications are awaited, General Motors says that the Silverado EV RST will generate up to 664 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque in the ‘Wide Open Watts Mode,’ enabling a GM-estimated 0-60 mph time of under 4.5 seconds. GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra revealed during GM’s Q1 2022 earnings conference call that trial production of the Silverado EV at Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck will start in March 2023.

Fleet customers are showing a requirement of more than 200 Silverado EVs on average, Barra revealed during the company’s Q2 2022 earnings conference call. The market is “very enthusiastic” about the new electric pickup, she added. As of October 3, 2022, GM is sitting on 170,000 Silverado EV reservations, and this figure includes intent from nearly 400 fleet operators.

New Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e body styles
The Fiat 500e will arrive in the U.S. four years after its official reveal. Image Source: Stellantis

The new Fiat 500e, introduced in March 2020, is finally coming to the U.S., Oliver Francois, Fiat CEO and Stellantis CMO, announced at the 2022 LA Auto Show on November 17, 2022. That will happen in early 2024, four years after it broke cover. Reservations are expected to begin in 2023.

In Europe, the new Fiat 500e comes in 3-door hatchback, 4-door hatchback, and 2-door cabriolet versions. There’s no word on which is headed to the U.S., but we’re confident that the normal hatchback and cabriolet versions are on their way. Of the two motor options, 70 kW (94 hp)/220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) and 87 kW (117 hp)/220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.), we expect the latter to be available in the country. 21.3 kWh and 37.3 kWh battery pack options are available in Europe, but the latter could be standard in the U.S.

Fisker Ocean

Fisker Ocean on the trail
On paper, the Fisker Ocean looks much more advanced than the VW ID.4, yet cheaper. Image Source: Fisker

The Fisker Ocean is just months away from its launch now, with production having commenced on November 17, 2022. It will be cheaper than the VW ID.4 but offer a host of more advanced features and specifications that make it more attractive.

Fisker has developed the Ocean on Austrian contract manufacturer Magna Steyr’s FM29 aluminum skateboard architecture. The company plans to offer it with up to two motors that produce up to 550 hp and allow a 0-60 mph acceleration as quickly as 3.6 seconds. The base variant’s battery pack will consist of LFP cells, while the other variants will use a battery pack consisting of NMC cells. The company is targeting an EPA-est. range of 250 miles for the base variant and up to 350+ miles for the other variants.

Solar roof, vegan interior, revolving touchscreen infotainment system, sliding back glass (rear windscreen), etc. are some of the key features of the Ocean. Prices start at USD 37,499, and reservations are open. Production will take place at Magna Steyr’s CO2-free plant in Graz, Austria.

Genesis GV70 EV

Genesis Electrified GV70 front three quarters
The Genesis Electrified GV70 will arrive in U.S. dealerships in early 2023. Image source: Genesis

The Genesis Electrified GV70 is a mid-size electric SUV competing with the Tesla Model Y. It features a 77.4 kWh battery pack and two motors generating a combined power of 320 kW (429 hp) and a combined torque of 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.). Plus, there’s a boost mode that allows temporarily unlocking 360 kW (483 hp) of system power and accelerating from 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds.

The Electrified GV70 supports 350 kW ultra-fast chargers, allowing topping up the battery pack from 10-80% in just 18 minutes. According to the official South Korean test method, its energy efficiency rating and range are 4.6 km/kWh (2.9 mi/kWh) and 400 km (249 miles), respectively.

Production of the Genesis Electrified GV70 at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant in Montgomery will begin in December 2022. Customer deliveries will commence in 2023, most likely in the first quarter (January-March 2023). Availability of the Electrified GV70 in the U.S. will likely be limited to the same states where customers can currently buy the Electrified G80: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

GMC Hummer EV SUV (Electric Hummer SUV)

The GMC Hummer EV SUV, the second GMC supertruck, will go on sale in the U.S. in 2023. The trim line-up is the same as the pickup: EV2, EV2X, EV3X, and Edition 1. Reservations are closed at the moment. As of October 3, 2022, GM has 90,000 reservations for the Hummer EV Pickup and Hummer EV SUV.

The Edition 1 trim will go on sale first, in early 2023, and then the EV2X and EV3X will follow in spring 2023. The EV2 trim will become available in only spring 2024. Interestingly, the SUV costs the same as the pickup in the EV2, EV2X, and EV3X trims. Its Edition 1 trim, costing USD 105,595, is USD 4,700 cheaper than that of the pickup.

The EV2 and EV2X trims will get two motors producing 625 horsepower, while the EV3X and Edition 1 will boast a tri-motor setup with 830 horsepower. The EV2 trim will likely have a smaller battery pack that provides a range (GM est.) of 259+ miles, although an option to upgrade to a larger battery pack that provides a longer range of 300+ miles will be available. GM estimates 300+ miles of range in all other trims, which means it could employ the latter as standard in them.

Electric Hummer SUV TrimPriceDeliveries
EV2USD 84,650Spring 2024
EV2XUSD 94,650Spring 2023
EV3XUSD 104,650Spring 2023
Edition 1USD 105,595Early 2023
Hummer EV SUV price and release date (Source: GM)

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai Ioniq 6 USA spec
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 is the brand’s first model to support the Plug and Charge function and OTA software updates. Image Source: Hyundai

A zero-emission alternative to the Sonata within the lineup, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 locks horns with the globally popular Tesla Model 3, the incoming VW Aero B sedan.

Featuring a Porsche-esque coupe-style silhouette and an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.21 Cd, the Ioniq 6 is Hyundai’s most aerodynamic model. Parametric Pixel lights, virtual mirrors (digital mirrors), fixed rear wing, etc. are among its other exterior highlights. Among the interior features are two 12-inch displays, a bridge-style center console, ambient lighting with 64 options and six dual-color options, seats made of recycled PET fabric or eco-process leather, and a carpet made from recycled fishing nets.

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 will likely be available with a 168 kW/350 Nm RWD and a 239 kW/605 Nm AWD powertrain in the U.S. The company has announced two battery pack options: 53.0 kWh and 77.4 kWh. In just 5.1 seconds, the pure electric sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph). South Korea’s Ministry of Industry has given it a maximum range rating of 524 km (326 miles).

Built at Hyundai’s Asan plant in South Korea, the Hyundai Ioniq 6 will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2023. It had its U.S. debut at the 2022 LA Auto Show on November 17, 2022.

2024 Hyundai Kona Electric

2023 Hyundai Kona front three quarter spy shot
The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric may arrive in the U.S. in H2 2023. Image: Naver/soonjung8116

The Hyundai Kona Electric would undergo a full model change for MY2024 in the U.S. Road-testing of the redesigned electric small SUV has already started, spy pictures have revealed.

The 2024 Hyundai Kona Electric would look even more sci-fi and offbeat than the current model, and it could be more practical with increased space and new convenience features. Internally called ‘Hyundai SX2e,’ the second-gen model would have a newly designed interior featuring a more modern dashboard, clubbed digital instrument cluster and infotainment screens, slimmer AC vents, and various other aesthetic improvements.

A 64.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack could be standard in the U.S.-spec 2024 Kona Electric, and it could deliver an EPA-est. range of around 260 miles. A 150 kW (201 hp) front motor and an 11 kW onboard charger could be standard. 85 kW could be the maximum DC charging power, which could allow fast-charging from 10 to 80% SoC in under 45 minutes.

According to a report Electronic Times Internet published on November 7, 2022, Hyundai plans to start production of the next-gen Kona for final quality inspection at the end of November 2022. The company will begin series production of the gasoline and Hybrid variants first, with the electric variant expected to follow later next year.

Hyundai Ioniq 7

Hyundai Ioniq 7 2024 production SUV design render
The Hyundai Ioniq 7 will compete the Kia EV9 and VinFast VF 9 in the U.S. market. Pictured is TopElectricSUV’s rendering.

Officially, the Hyundai Ioniq 7 is due in 2024. However, new reports suggest that Hyundai is planning to advance the launch to 2023. Customers looking for a large family SUV that offers spacious three-row seating and loads of luggage space will be the target of the Ioniq 7. In other words, this model would be a zero-emissions alternative to the Palisade.

Hyundai will build the Ioniq 7 on the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and, according to reports, offer it with a 100 kWh battery pack that delivers a range of more than 300 miles. All-wheel drive will be optional along with a twin-motor unit that produces 308 horsepower. The base configuration would employ a single-motor RWD powertrain.

The Ioniq 7 will support ultra-fast 350 kW DC chargers and likely take around 20 minutes to go from 10 to 80% SoC. Bidirectional charging, Plug and Charge (PnC), camera-based Digital Side Mirrors (DSM), Level 3 autonomous driving, OTA updates for drive components, Intelligent Front-lighting System (IFS), electric Active Sound Design (e-ASD), etc. could also be among the highlights of the Ioniq 7.

Jeep Recon

Jeep Recon front three quarters
The Jeep Recon will make its market debut in North America and then go to markets in other continents, including Europe. Image Source: Jeep

The Jeep Recon belongs to the brand’s traditionally designed, boxy utility vehicle family that currently consists of the Renegade, Wrangler, and Gladiator. Designed to be a pure electric vehicle and a 100% Jeep from the outset, the Recon possesses the capability to cross the Rubicon Trail and has enough range to drive back home at the end.

Jeep doesn’t get into the specifics about the platform, battery pack, and powertrain of the Recon yet. It’s safe to assume that the electric SUV will have two motors for eAWD. The company has confirmed that the Recon will come with Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system and e-locker axle technology (to offer the functionality of a locking differential). One-touch powertop, removable doors and glass, tow hooks, off-road tires, under-body protection, and the latest-gen Uconnect infotainment system are among the other confirmed highlights of the Jeep electric SUV.

The Recon will make its public debut in 2023, most likely in the early part of the year, as that’s when Jeep plans to open its reservations. Its production, and presumably deliveries, too, will start in 2024.

Jeep Wagoneer S

Jeep Wagoneer S EV front three quarter
The Jeep Wagoneer S will compete with the BMW iX, when it launches in 2024. Image Source: Jeep

In addition to the Jeep Recon EV, the U.S. will get the all-electric Jeep Wagoneer S. Not to be mistaken for a Jeep Grand Wagoneer Electric, this model will be a Grand Cherokee-class pure electric mid-size SUV.

Featuring a sleek, aerodynamic design, the Wagoneer S will appeal to the brand’s elite customers who prefer a swanky SUV that makes a bold statement. It will be a high-performance model with up to 600 horsepower available at disposal, enough to hit 0 to 60 mph in just around three and a half seconds. Jeep is targeting a range of 400 miles for the Wagoneer S.

The Wagoneer S will have its public debut in 2023 and be available to reserve in the early part of that year. Jeep plans to start manufacturing it in North America in 2024.

2023 Kia Niro EV

2023 Kia Niro EV front three quarters
The all-new 2023 Kia Niro EV has started reaching Kia dealerships in the U.S. Image Source: Hyundai Motor Group

The Kia Niro EV has undergone a full model change, entering its second generation. It looks bolder and funkier, drawing inferences from the 2019 HabaNiro concept, with a contemporary interior that is clearly inspired by the Kia EV6. On the inside, the U.S.-spec Kia Niro EV comes with plenty of bells and whistles like the 10.25-inch infotainment system and digital cluster, ambient lighting, voice recognition and more. Among the cheaper upcoming electric cars in this list, it supports bi-directional charging to power external appliances and has a ‘frunk.’

The U.S.-spec 2023 Kia Niro EV will come with a 64.8 kWh battery that feeds a 201-hp front-axle-mounted electric motor. Kia is estimating 253 miles of range on a single charge. The charging time from 400-volt architecture isn’t bad either: It can recharge from 10-80% in under 45 minutes with a DC fast charger.

The 2023 Kia Niro EV has started arriving at dealerships in the U.S., and we assume wide availability of the car by early 2023. It is available in Wind and Wave trims, for USD 39,450 and USD 44,450, respectively. A USD 1,295 destination fee is applicable on the MSRP of both trims of the Hyundai Kona EV rival.

Kia EV9

2024 Kia EV9 blue rendering
The EV9 will be launched in the U.S. in the second half of 2023. Pictured is TopElectricSUV’s render.

The Kia EV9 will become the South Korean brand’s flagship model in 2023. The large electric SUV will be the company’s first three-row electric vehicle, targeted at family customers looking for an electric alternative to the Kia Telluride.

Previewed with a concept at the 2021 LA Auto Show, the Kia EV9 will share the E-GMP platform with the already-on-sale Kia EV6. It will likely come with features like solar panels, Smart Glass, Level 3 autonomous driving, face recognition, vegan leather, ultra-wide dual display, etc. The production EV9 will be the first Kia to feature OTA (Over the Air) and FoD (Feature on Demand) services.

Kia could offer the EV9 in single-motor RWD and dual-motor AWD variants and a standard lithium-ion battery pack with a storage capacity of 100 kWh. The battery pack will operate at a high voltage of around 800 volts. Expect the maximum supported fast-charging input to be 350 kW.

At the 2022 Kia CEO Investor Day held on March 3, 2022, Ho Sung Song, the company’s President & CEO, said that the EV9 can deliver a range of approx, 540 km (336 miles). A six-minute charge is enough to cover a distance of 100 km (62 miles). A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes just five seconds. The EPA-est. range of the EV9 could be 300+ miles.

Kia’s flagship electric SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in the second half of 2023, Russell Wager, Vice President – Marketing, Kia America, confirmed at the New York International Auto Show on April 13, 2022. Expect its base configuration to cost around USD 50,000.

Lexus RZ

Lexus RZ front three quarter official image
The Lexus RZ will start reaching U.S. dealerships in early 2023. Image: Lexus

The Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept has evolved into a production electric SUV called the Lexus RZ. The new Lexus electric SUV is a mid-size model measuring 189 inches in length, 74.6 inches in width, and 64.4 inches in height. It packs two motors, a 150 kW unit at the front and an 80 kW unit at the rear. Lexus calls this dual-motor AWD setup ‘DIRECT4.’ A standard 71.4 kWh battery pack feeds the motors and could deliver a Lexus-estimated range of 225 miles. These are all (preliminary) specifications of the RZ 450e, and more variants with different specifications could follow.

When Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) President Akio Toyoda took a test drive of the RZ, he felt it a bit during relaxed cruising. However, as soon as Toyoda stepped on the pedal, the RZ’s character changed, and it accelerated rapidly. “It’s like night and day!,” a surprised Toyoda exclaimed.

One of the talking points is the combination of a steering yoke and a steer-by-wire system. Steer-by-wire requires less physical input for turns as it allows the vehicle to turn with less steering angle, and it’s more precise. The steering has no mechanical connection with the wheels. This Lexus-first feature won’t be available in the U.S. at launch, though.

Customer deliveries of the Lexus RZ in the U.S. will begin in early 2023.

Lotus Eletre

Lotus Eletre front three quarter live image
The Lotus Eletre features a world-first LiDAR consisting of deployable sensors that appear only when required. Image Source: Lotus

Designed in the UK and manufactured in Wuhan, China, the Lotus Eletre is a performance-focused E-segment SUV challenging the Polestar 3 and the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron. It’s a sporty crossover-SUV design with sharp cuts and creases at the front and rear. It also has short overhangs and a long wheelbase. The rear, with its highly raked windscreen and full-width LED taillamps, is reminiscent of the Lamborghini Urus.

Lotus has developed the Eletre on a new platform called Lotus Premium architecture. The company has installed a 100+ kWh battery pack in the SUV, targeting a WLTP range of up to 600 km (373 miles). The Eletre supports charging at 350 kW, and Lotus expects just 20 minutes of charging to provide a range of 400 km (248 miles). 22 kW AC charging support is standard.

The Eletre’s electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels, produce a combined power of at least 600 hp. With this setup, the Eletre can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under three seconds. The vehicle is now available to order, and customer deliveries will commence in 2023. China will be the first market to receive the new electric SUV, followed by Europe and America.

The Lotus Eletre will arrive at U.S. dealers in 2024. Lotus Dallas, a dealer from Earth Motorcars in Dallas, Texas, will see an upgrade to match the brand’s new global identity as it prepares welcome customers for the new SUV.

Lotus Type 133

On August 31, 2021, Lotus announced a plan to launch four electric models by 2026. One of them was a four-door coupe called Lotus Type 133 (working name). In an announcement on June 28, 2022, the Hethel-based company said that the Lotus Type 133 will be a four-door sports sedan, which suggested that it is smaller than previously thought and belongs to a lower (D) segment.

We expect the Type 133, with absolute certainty, to be a low-slung EV ‘born British, raised globally.’ The Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Warwickshire, UK, is reportedly leading its overall exterior and interior design, and the Wuhan Lotus Technology Co., Ltd. plant in Wuhan, China, will likely manufacture the car for the global market. The Chinese factory, which has an annual production capacity of 150,000 units, has been allocated three models, as per an announcement from Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone dated July 27, 2022.

Lucid Gravity

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The Lucid Gravity promises to be the most advanced electric SUV to launch in the United States. Image Source: Lucid Motors

Lucid Motors expects to open reservations for the Gravity in early 2023 and begin production in 2024.

The Gravity will be an SUV alternative to the Air, with prices starting at around USD 100,000. Featuring an upright face and tail section, muscular wings, large, squarish wheel arches, flattish hood and roof, and large wheels, the Gravity will be a proper American SUV. At the same time, it will have the sleekness and poise of a coupe with a steeply raked A-pillar and a long, bow-shaped greenhouse.

The first Lucid SUV will come in five-, six- and, seven-seat configurations and a minimalist design similar to that of the Lucid Air. A comfort-focused seating layout with two individual seats that are reclinable to extreme degrees will be available in the new electric SUV. Lucid Motors has indicated with teasers that it will feature an all-glass roof.

The Gravity may come with the same battery packs and powertrains as the Air. It could offer up to over 1,000 horsepower and up to over 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque and deliver an EPA-est. range of up to nearly 500 miles. A 0-60 mph sprint could take just about 3 seconds, and the top speed could be over 200 mph. With a 900V+ charging system, the Gravity could accept charging at a rate of over 300 kW. Charging it for nearly half an hour could replenish 300 miles of EPA-est. range.

Maserati GranTurismo Folgore

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The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore will be the brand’s first EV. Image: Maserati/Youtube

The Maserati GranTurismo Folgore is the pure electric variant of the second-gen GranTurismo. Marking the Trident’s entry into the electric vehicle space, the GranTurismo Folgore looks almost identical to its gas-powered donor model. Its unique grille, distinctive alloy wheels, and other minor adjustments are in the interest of better aerodynamics.

Notably, the Granturismo Folgore features a splitter and vertical side air inlets with three horizontal cuts and black color at the front. On the sides, the signature three air vents on the front wings, the hallmark Trident logo above the rear haunches, and aero wheels, complete the exterior package. Maserati has given the car a special air inlet placed between the bumper and wheel arch that reduces the rustling inside the latter. At the rear, the Folgore variant has an exclusive diffuser.

Maserati employs a three-motor powertrain that produces 560 kW (751 hp) and 1,350 Nm (996 lb.-ft.) of torque, a T-Bone-shaped, 83 kWh battery pack, and Formula E inverters in the pure electric GranTurismo. Two motors power the rear wheels and the third motor is on the front axle, effectively making the car a rear-biased AWD vehicle. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 2.7 seconds, while the top speed is on par with the top-end gas-powered GranTurismo (Trofeo) – 320 km/h (199 mph). Maserati plans to launch the GranTurismo Folgore in 2023.

Maserati Grecale Folgore

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The range-topping Maserati Grecale Folgore could sport a tri-motor powertrain. It is expected in the U.S. in late 2023. Image Source: Stellantis

The Maserati Grecale Folgore will be the Italian exotic brand’s first electric SUV. It will be a conversion of the gas-powered Maserati Grecale unveiled in March 2022.

The Grecale Folgore looks very similar to the Grecale and it has very few design changes that offer improved aerodynamics and cooling. The aim from these design changes is to squeeze out the maximum possible efficiency and range. Of course, Maserati also wanted to make the electric variant instantly recognizable and have distinguishing touches for the same, but the primary goal was to lower the energy consumption.

The Grecale Folgore will be available in a special copper color called Rame Folgore and feature Econyl eco-friendly material made out of recycled fishnets recovered from the seas on the inside. Maserati has confirmed that the Grecale Folgore will have a 105 kWh battery pack that operates at 400 volts. The range-topping configuration’s powertrain will produce more than 500 hp and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) and its top speed will be more than 200 km/h (124 mph). Expect the first all-electric Maserati SUV to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to 300+ miles.

Mercedes EQS SUV

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The EQS SUV is a Made in America model. Image Source: Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes EQS SUV, Mercedes-Benz Group’s first bespoke electric SUV, is a zero-emissions alternative to the GLS. The latest entrant to the EQ range is based on the dedicated Electric Vehicle Architecture and is not a conversion BEV like the EQB or EQA SUVs.

The EQS measures 201.8 inches long, 77.1 inches wide, and 67.6 inches tall. At 126.4 inches, it has the same wheelbase as the EQS. For perspective, the SUV is roughly 4 inches shorter than the Mercedes GLS and 6 inches longer than the Mercedes GLE. The EQS SUV reminds you of the EQS sedan which was launched one year ago. The design is cohesive and truly futuristic. A dominant element upfront is the gloss black panel with a 3D star pattern that houses sensors like radar, ultrasound, and camera. Digital Headlights, MBUX Hyperscreen, rear-axle steering, and Augmented Reality Head-Up Display (AR-HUD) are also the key features of the EQS SUV.

In the U.S., there will be three variants available: 450+, 450 4MATIC, and 580 4MATIC. The 450+ variant is RWD, while the 450 4MATIC and 580 4MATIC variants are AWD. The base variant uses a 355 hp/419 lb.-ft. rear motor. The mid-level variant adds a front motor that provides it with an increased torque of 590 lb.-ft., although the power doesn’t change and remains 355 hp. The top-end variant sports the same setup, but its two motors produce 536 hp and 633 lb.-ft. of torque.

All three share variants a massive 107.8 kWh battery, formed with 12 modules and NMC chemistry. Mercedes-Benz expects the 450+ to deliver a range of 305 miles and the 450 4MATIC and 580 4MATIC to deliver a range of 285 miles. The charging time using a 200 kW DC charger is 31 minutes (10-80%).

Series production of the EQS SUV at the carbon-neutral Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant has started. The locally-made Mercedes EQS SUV’s prices start at USD 104,400 and go up to USD 132,200. Customer will deliveries start by December 2022.

Mercedes EQE

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The Mercedes EQE will arrive in the U.S. by December 2022. Image: Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes EQE is the brand’s most important high-volume EV launch this year. An eco-friendly alternative to the staple E-Class, the EQE belongs to the popular executive EV segment that includes big names like Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, Lucid Air, and Nio ET7.

The EQE is available in the U.S. in EQE 350+, EQE 350 4MATIC, and EQE 500 4MATIC variants, with a 90.6 kWh battery pack standard across the line-up. The EPA-est. range of the base variant could be more than 300 miles.

The EQE 350+ has a single rear motor producing 288 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The EQE 350 4MATIC is a dual-motor all-wheel drive variant with 288 hp and 564 lb.-ft. of torque. The EQE 500 has the same setup, but with 402 hp and 633 lb.-ft. of torque. The estimated 0-60 mph acceleration time of these variants is 6.2, 6.0, and 4.5 seconds, respectively. However, all of them have the same estimated top speed – 130 mph. Made in Bremen, Germany, the U.S.-spec 2023 EQE will begin arriving at dealers by December 2022.

Prices of the EQE in the U.S. start at USD 74,900 and go up to USD 91,500. Mercedes-Benz levies a flat USD 1,150 destination and delivery charge extra over the MSRP.

Mercedes-AMG EQE

The Mercedes EQE now has two AMG performance variants: Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC and EQE 53 4MATIC+. However, the U.S. is only getting the Mercedes-AMG 53 4MATIC+, rebranded to Mercedes-AMG EQE.

The AMG variants sport two motors and a 90.6 kWh battery pack comprising ten modules consisting of 360 pouch cells. In Germany, the AMG EQE 43 4MATIC delivers a range of up to 534 km/332 miles (WLTP) and the AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ maxes out at 526 km/327 miles (WLTP).

The AMG EQE may not look as strikingly different from the EQE as an AMG E-Class does from the E-Class, but it packs a plethora of performance-oriented changes, including AMG-specific wiring harness, BMS, thermal management, suspension, grille, alloys, and more. The AMG EQE 43 4MATIC draws 350 kW (469 hp) and 858 Nm (633 lb.-ft.) from the two motors. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and achieve a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).

The AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ delivers 460 kW (617 hp) and 950 Nm (701 lb.-ft.) from the two motors by default. A 0-100 km/h sprint takes 3.5 seconds and the top speed is 220 km/h (137 mph). With an optional AMG Dynamic Plus Package, it’s possible to increase the power and torque to 505 kW (677 hp) and 738 lb.-ft., respectively, temporarily and accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.3 seconds. The top speed also increases with the boost function: 240 km/h (149 mph). The Mercedes-AMG EQE (53 4MATIC+) will start arriving at U.S. dealers in late 2022.

Mercedes EQE SUV

Mercedes’ most crucial new model EV to be revealed in 2022 might not be the EQS SUV but the Mercedes EQE SUV. It celebrated its world premiere on October 16, 2022, as a direct rival to the Audi Q6 e-tron.

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The EQE SUV is likely to start reaching U.S. dealers in Q1 2023 (January-March 2023). We expect prices to begin at close to USD 75,000. Image: Mercedes-Benz

It hasn’t been revealed what the battery pack and powertrain details are going to look like on the U.S.-spec EQE SUV, but the Euro-spec model comes in three variants: the EQE 350+, EQE 350 4MATIC, and EQE 500 4MATIC. All three share a 90.6 kWh battery pack.

Mercedes EQT MPV

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Mercedes says that the spacious electric seven-seater offers state-of-the-art connectivity, a combination of versatility and comfort, and maximum quality in the small van segment. Pictured is TopElectricSUV’s rendition.

The Mercedes EQT will be an all-electric small passenger van offering classier styling and more premium equipment compared to the Mercedes Citan, for the European market. Previewed by the Mercedes Concept EQT, the pure electric variant of the first-ever Mercedes T-Class is likely to have a 44 kWh battery pack and a 75 kW/245 Nm motor spinning the front wheels. The WLTP range could be between 160 and 180 miles. Similar to the Citan, the EQT is a modified Renault Kangoo E-Tech and is to be manufactured at the same French facility.

The Mercedes EQT will debut on November 2, 2022, and likely go on sale in early 2023. Mercedes-Benz Vans may offer the 5-seat version at launch and release a 7-seater a few months later. It also plans a camper van variant, but it remains to be seen if any of the compact van models will be offered in the United States.

Mercedes EQB 250+

The Mercedes EQB ranges between USD 55,750 and USD 60,350 (excl. USD 1,050 destination and delivery charge). It is now available at U.S. dealerships.

The EQB is one of the most affordable seven-seat electric SUVs in the U.S., although a five-seat version will be available for those who don’t need the extra row of seats. The third-row seat will be suitable for people with a height of up to 5 feet 4 inches.

Later this year, the 2023 Mercedes EQB will hit dealers. The lineup will include a new 250+ variant that’s more affordable than the 300 4MATIC and 350 4MATIC variants and costs USD 52,400 onwards. The 300 4MATIC and 350 4MATIC variants won’t have any equipment changes.

A 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be standard in the 250+ variant. Customers can specify the new base variant with seven seats optionally. Mercedes-Benz expects the EQB 250+ SUV to deliver an EPA-est. range of 250 miles.

MINI Countryman Electric

The third-gen MINI Countryman will include a first-ever MINI Countryman electric, a technical cousin of the BMW iX1 that’s not U.S.-bound. Based on an updated and modified version of the UKL platform, the Countryman electric could have two variants in the U.S., a single-motor FWD variant and a dual-motor AWD variant.

The top-end Countryman Electric’s powertrain could deliver more than 300 horsepower and more than 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Expect a 64.7 kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-est. range of around 225 miles. Prices could start at around USD 45,000 when it goes on sale towards the end of 2023.

Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya is arguably the brand’s most exciting car to come out in years, more so than the all-new Z. It will finally start reaching U.S. Nissan dealers by December 2022.

American customers get to specify their Ariya in Venture+, Premiere, or Platinum+ grade. Key features of the 2023 Ariya include ProPILOT Assist 2.0, ProPILOT Park (first time available in the U.S.), standard Nissan Safety Shield 360, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, and firmware over-the-air update capability (Nissan-first).

Nissan offers the 2023 Ariya in two variants with a 63 kWh battery pack that delivers an EPA-est. range of up to 216 miles and two variants with an 87 kWh battery pack that returns an EPA-est. range of up to 304 miles.

The base variant with the 63 kWh battery pack has a 214 hp/221 lb.-ft. front motor, while the top-end variant with the same gets 238 hp and 221 lb.-ft., thanks to an additional motor mounted at the rear. The base variant with the 87 kWh battery pack uses a more potent front motor producing 335 hp and 413 lb.-ft. of torque, while the top-end variant with the same gets 389 hp and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, with the extra punch coming from an additional, rear motor.

Prices of the 2023 Ariya in the U.S. start at USD 43,190 and go up to USD 60,190. The Ariya rivals the VW ID.4., and from 2023, it will see competition from the Chevy Blazer EV as well.

Polestar 3

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Deliveries of the Polestar 3 in the initial markets are expected from Q4 2023. Image: Polestar.

The Polestar 3 is a large electric SUV that will compete with upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron and Mercedes EQE SUV. There are not even traces of Volvo in its design, unlike the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2, which were previewed by Volvo 40 concept vehicles. The company will produce the electric SUV on two continents, Asia and North America. Volvo Cars’ U.S. plant located in Ridgeville, Berkeley County, South Carolina, will manufacture the Polestar 3 for the local market from 2024.

At launch, the Polestar 3 will be available with a rear-biased dual-motor powertrain and torque vectoring via a dual-clutch system on the rear electric motor across the range. An optional Performance Pack will allow increasing the total power and torque of the powertrain to 380 kW (510 hp) and 910 Nm (671 lb.-ft.), respectively. This paid upgrade will include a Polestar Engineered chassis tuning for the SUV’s standard-fit adaptive dual-chamber air suspension and active dampers.

The Polestar 3 Long Range Dual motor (489 hp & 620 lb-ft) with Plus and Pilot packages is now available to order. The variant is priced at an MSRP of USD 83,900.

Polestar 4

The Polestar 4 will be an electric SUV coupe that’s smaller than the Polestar 3 electric SUV, and launch in the market with volume ambitions. The company is developing it as a D-segment, mid-size car that competes with the Porsche Macan (gasoline model). Polestar expects its smallest high-riding model to achieve a range of more than 600 km (373 miles). The EPA-est. range in the U.S. will probably be closer to 490 km (300 miles). Unlike the 3, the 4 will be a model made exclusively in China. A Geely plant located in Hangzhou Bay will manufacture the 4, starting in late 2023.

The Polestar 4 will compete with the Tesla Model Y, Lotus Type 134, Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron, Nio EC7, and Lexus RZ. Prices could start in the USD 55,000-60,000 range. Polestar plans to launch the 4 at the end of 2023. On November 11, 2022, during the company’s Q3 earnings conference call, CEO Thomas Ingenlath confirmed that the model is on track to launch in 2023.

Ram 1500 Electric Truck Concept

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Ram will have electrified models across its range by 2030. Image Source: Twitter/Ram Trucks

Ram will reveal the concept version of the Ram 1500 electric truck at CES 2023 (Las Vegas, Nevada) on January 5, 2023. At the 2022 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), Ram CEO Mike Koval had told Automotive News that many inputs from the Ram Real Talk will influence the design of the Ram 1500 electric truck concept. In 2024, a refined version of this concept with road-ready changes will reach dealers.

Rolls-Royce Spectre

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The Rolls-Royce Spectre may cost around USD 400,000. Image Source: Rolls-Royce

Measuring 214.7 in. in length, 81.9 in. in width, and 61.4 in. in height, the Rolls-Royce Spectre is a two-door coupe with seats for four people. The first Rolls-Royce electric car is the spiritual successor to the Phantom Coupe. Based on the Architecture of Luxury platform, which underpins the Phantom and the Cullinan, it has a 126.4 in. wheelbase and weighs 2,975 kg or 6,559 lbs.

Rolls-Royce says that the Spectre’s battery pack is 700 kg (1,543 lbs.), and while it hasn’t revealed the energy storage capacity, it has disclosed 323 miles as the targeted range as per Europe’s WLTP. The EPA-est. range could be around 275 miles. The powertrain of the Spectre produces 430 kW (576 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.-ft.) of torque. A 0-60 mph sprint in the electric Rolls-Royce takes 4.4 seconds.

An aero-tuned Spirit of Ecstasy figurine, 23-inch wheels, Starlight Doors (coach doors consisting of 4,796 illuminated ‘stars’ or backlit perforations), fully digital instrument cluster, etc. are some of the key features of the Rolls-Royce Spectre. There’s a wide range of other technologies that make the electric Rolls-Royce more interesting to operate than the gas-powered models.

Rolls-Royce hasn’t revealed the price of the Spectre, but it has confirmed that it will fall between the Cullinan and Phantom’s prices. We expect that figure to be around USD 400,000. The company has started accepting orders, promising deliveries in Q4 2023.

Subaru Solterra

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The Subaru Solterra, the brand’s first EV, is a sister model of the Toyota bZ4X. Image Source: Subaru

The Subaru Solterra is the Japanese automaker’s first EV. Co-developed with Toyota, the compact SUV will rival the likes of Volkswagen’s ID.4 and Nissan’s Ariya. The U.S. gets the e-Subaru Global platform/Toyota e-TNGA platform-based EV with two motors that generate 215 hp and 249 lb.-ft. of torque. A 72.8 kWh battery pack is standard, delivering an EPA-est. range of up to 228 miles. Prices start at USD 44,995 and go up to USD 51,995.

Unlike the Ioniq 5, Subaru’s Solterra is available across the United States. However, its availability will likely be very limited at launch. Rumors on several forums are that some dealerships in the U.S. and Canada will receive the Solterra in single-digit numbers this summer.

Subaru Solterra reservations in the U.S. started on February 8, 2022. Interested customers could pre-order their Solterra by placing a deposit of USD 250, and a confirmed order between April and May, followed by deliveries in a few weeks. Reservations have since closed, and those who wish to reserve may need to wait until 2023.

Tesla Cybertruck

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The production Tesla Cybertruck will be slightly smaller and more practical than the concept version (pictured). Image Source: Tesla

Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk has confirmed the company has locked the final design of the Tesla Cybertruck. Customer deliveries are expected to begin sometime during the second half of 2023.

Production of the tri-motor AWD (originally priced USD 69,900) and dual-motor AWD (originally priced USD 49,900) variants is likely to begin first, and the single-motor RWD (originally priced USD 39,900) variant may enter production later. Musk has confirmed a quad-motor variant as well, but he hasn’t revealed its position in the launch sequence. Tesla will make the Cybertruck at the Giga Texas factory that currently builds the Model Y.

Availability of the Cybertruck could be extremely limited in the initial months. As per a Reuters report dated November 1, 2022, Tesla will begin manufacturing its pickup truck late next year.

Tesla Roadster

Following the Cybertruck, Tesla’s immediate focus in the passenger line-up will be the second-gen Roadster. Tesla has significantly improved the performance it can deliver in its series models since the unveiling of the second-gen Roadster concept in November 2017. So, expect the production version to be even more capable than originally promised.

The next-gen Roadster will likely boast single-piece casting, AWD with up to four motors, and a battery pack consisting of 4680 cells. The concept version’s battery pack capacity is 200 kWh, enough to cover a distance of 620 miles. Its 0-60 mph acceleration time is just as impressive – 1.9 seconds! That’s possible with a tri-motor setup, and a quad-motor powertrain in the production version, if offered, could allow even quicker acceleration. Depending on the variant, the top speed could be as high as 250+ mph.

Prices of the next-gen Roadster will likely start at around USD 200,000. Tesla will face competition from the Fisker Project Ronin-derived electric sports car for this model.

Toyota bZ3

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The Toyota bZ3 is the production version of the bZ SDN concept revealed in December 2021. Image Source: Toyota

Toyota has co-developed an electric sedan called ‘bZ3’ with the Warren Buffett-backed BYD. Offering a zero-emissions alternative to the Corolla and Prius, it’s almost certainly a China-only model.

Featuring BYD’s low-cost and safety-focused Blade LFP batteries, the Toyota bZ3 could be cheaper than the bZ4X. The potential Xpeng P5 rival’s prices are expected to start at around CNY 200,000 (approx. USD 28,000) in China.

The bZ3 will be available in standard-range and extended-range variants. As per MIIT declaration, the standard-range variant has a 49.92 kWh LFP battery pack and can travel 517 km (321 mi) on a full charge. It has only one motor, producing 135 kW (181 hp) and 303 Nm (223 lb.-ft.) of torque. It maxes out at 160 km/h (99 mph). The extended-range variant uses a bigger, 65.28 kWh LFP battery pack and a punchier motor that produces 180 kW (241 hp) and 303 Nm (223 lb.-ft.). However, while it delivers a 19% longer range, 616 km (383 mi) to be specific, it has the same top speed as the standard-range variant.

VinFast VF 9

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The VinFast VF 9 is a large electric three-row SUV. Image Source: VinFast

Vietnamese automaker VinFast has introduced a three-row electric SUV called VF 9 in the U.S. Priced from USD 76,000, it is available in six- and seven-seat versions. VinFast plans to manufacture the VF 9 in the U.S. starting in 2024, which could make it more accessible.

The VinFast VF 9 comes in standard-range and extended-range variants that offer a WLTP range of up to 272 miles and up to 369 miles, respectively. The EPA-est. figures will likely be much lower. Both variants share a dual-motor powertrain that produces 402 hp and 457 lb.-ft. of torque and enables eAWD. A 0-60 mph sprint in the electric three-row SUV takes 6.3 seconds.

VinFast offers the VF 9 with features like 22-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power liftgate, a 15.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and power-adjustable captain seats. 11 airbags, Traffic Jam Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking are some of the main safety features of the electric three-row SUV.

Customer deliveries of the VinFast VF 9 in the U.S. will likely begin by the end of 2022.

Volvo EX90

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As for its design, the Volvo EX90 is an evolution of the XC90. Image Source: Volvo Cars

The Volvo EX90 is Sweden’s answer to the Tesla Model X, but in a lower price segment. It measures roughly the same as the XC90 and comes with seven seats across the range.

Volvo Cars will sell the EX90 in two dual-motor AWD variants – Twin Motor and Twin Motor Performance. The base variant, with 300 kW (402 hp) and 568 lb.-ft. of torque, takes 5.7 seconds for a 0-60 mph sprint. The top-end variant, thanks to 370 kW (496 hp) and 671 lb.-ft. of torque can perform the same in 4.7 seconds. Both max out at 112 mph, though. One-pedal driving technology is available in the new Volvo electric SUV.

The electric motors get their power from a standard 107 kWh battery pack, which can accept charging at 11 kW (AC)/250 kW (DC). Volvo Cars expects it to deliver an EPA-est. range of up to 482 km (300 miles). The company has started taking pre-orders and will allow placing confirmed orders in fall 2023. Customer deliveries will start in early 2024, with the car made at Volvo Cars’ South Carolina factory.

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge

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The 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge features a C40 Recharge-like front-end. Image Source: Volvo Cars

The Volvo XC40 Recharge has received a minor refreshment. The front-end is similar to the C40 Recharge SUV-coupe, and it features a cleaner faux upper grille, a new front bumper with sportier outer ends, and new fog lamp housing, curvier headlamps, and subtly tweaked tail lamps. Along with the mid-life update, the XC40 Recharge has received the C40 Recharge’s Fjord Blue paint option.

In the U.S., the prices of the 2023 XC40 Recharge start at USD 53,550. The updated model has started reaching dealerships.

VW ID. Buzz

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The VW ID. Buzz has debuted for the European market. While the U.S. launch will take place in 2024, we expect the local model information to be released next year. Image Source: Volkswagen

With the VW ID. Buzz, Volkswagen has reinvented the iconic VW Microbus/VW Bulli for the 21st century. The first versions presented to the European market come with an 82 kWh battery which powers a 201 hp electric motor that produces 229 lb-ft. Top speed is electronically limited to 90 mph. The ID.Buzz supports 11 kW AC charging and up to 170 kW DC fast charging, recharging the battery from 5 % to 80% in just 30 minutes.

The MEB platform-based van gets 39.6 cu ft, while the ID. Buzz Cargo offers 3.9 cubic meters of space. All specifications here for the European-spec ID. Buzz. The U.S. version will have a longer wheelbase and a bigger battery, and we expect details and the first look to come in late 2023, before the North American launch (2024).

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