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|Top 5 Most Expensive Electric Vehicles in 2022|
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Flashy cars have always been a key area of interest for drivers and supporters alike. Not everyone can afford these vehicles, but that doesn’t stop people from having an overall interest in vehicles that are quite impractical when you think about it.
Expensive electric cars are a little different in that they are practical. Practical in the sense that they produce fewer emissions and therefore offer a solution to current climate issues.
That being said, the costs are still a barrier to entry. And the performance of some of these vehicles is still a bit impractical.
For example, a vehicle that has the power to travel over 200 mph and offers near-instant torque isn’t going to help you trim time on the morning commute.
As mentioned, we’re going to be covering vehicles that push well beyond the £40,000 mark. We should note that some are currently in production and aren’t officially out yet.
We’ve still included them just the same, to make this list as comprehensive as possible.
For the sake of keeping a tidier list, we have only added 2022/2023 model year EVs that have MSRPs of $45,000 or more.
Note – All prices listed below do not include taxes, destination fees, or federal tax credits unless specifically noted.
|EV Make/Model/Trim||MSRP (USD)||Scheduled/ Release Date|
|Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo||$187,700||Available|
|Porsche Taycan Turbo S||$185,000||Available|
|Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo||$153,500||Available|
|Porsche Taycan Turbo||$150,900||Available|
|Audi RS e-tron GT||$142,400||Available|
|Lucid Air Grand Touring||$139,000||First half 2022|
|Tesla Model S Plaid||$134,490||Available|
|Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo||$133,300||Available|
|Tesla Model X Plaid||$131,990||Available|
|Porsche Taycan GTS||$131,400||Available|
|Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC||$119,110||Available|
|Tesla Model X||$110,490||Available|
|Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo||$110,300||Available|
|Porsche Taycan 4S||$103,800||Available|
|Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+||$102,310||Available|
|Audi e-tron GT||$102,400||Available|
|GMC Hummer EV³ˣ Pickup||$99,995||Fall 2022|
|Lucid Air Touring||$95,000||Late 2021|
|Tesla Model S||$99,490||Available|
|Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo||$93,700||Available|
|Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum||$90,874||Spring 2022|
|BMW iX xDrive50||$82,300||Early 2022 (Europe) |
March 2022 (US)
|Mercedes-Benz EQB 350 4MATIC||~$77,775||Available (Europe) |
|Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat (Extended Range)||$77,474||Spring 2022|
|Rivian R1S Adventure Edition (Large Pack)||$75,500||2022|
|Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4MATIC||~$74,000||Available (Europe) |
|Rivian R1T Adventure Edition (Large Pack)||$73,000||2022|
|Ford F-150 Lightning XLT (Extended Range)||$72,474||Spring 2022|
|Rivian R1S Explore Edition (Large Pack)||$70,000||2022|
|Jaguar I-Pace HSE (2022)||$69,900||Available|
|Audi e-tron Sportback||$69,100||Available|
|Fisker Ocean Extreme / One (Launch Edition)||$68,999||November 2022|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance||$67,995||Available|
|Rivian R1T Explore Edition (Large Pack)||$67,500||2022|
|Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat (Standard Range)||$67,474||Spring 2022|
|Audi e-tron SUV||$65,900||Available|
|BMW i4 M50||$65,900||March 2022|
|Tesla Model Y Performance||$63,990||Available|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E GT||$61,995||Available|
|Tesla Model Y Long Range||$60,990||Available|
|Volkswagen ID.5 GTX*||~60,000 incl. VAT*||Early 2022*|
|Tesla Model 3 Performance||$58,990||Available|
|Cadillac LYRIQ||$58,795||March 2022|
|Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric||$58,750||Available|
|Kia EV6 GT-Line Dual Motor e-AWD||$55,900||Late 2022|
|BMW i4 eDrive40||$55,400||March 2022|
|Ford F-150 Lightning XLT (Standard Range)||$52,974||Spring 2022|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E CA Route 1 Edition||$52,775||Available|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||$52,490||Available|
|Volkswagen ID.5 Pro*||$~52,000 incl. VAT*||Early 2022*|
|Volvo XC40 Recharge||$51,700||Available|
|NIO ET5*||$51,450*||September 2022*|
|Kia EV6 GT-Line RWD||$51,200||Early 2022|
|Kia EV6 Wind Dual Motor e-AWD||$50,900||Late 2022|
|Hyundai IONIQ5 Limited||$50,600||Available|
|Fisker Ocean Ultra||$49,999||November 2022|
|Polestar 2 (Dual Motor)||$49,900||Available|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium||$49,100||Available|
|Kia EV6 Wind RWD||$47,000||Early 2022|
|Tesla Model 3 RWD||$46,490||Available|
|Nissan Arriya||$46,000||Fall 2022|
|Hyundai IONIQ5 SEL||$45,900||Available|
|Polestar 2 (Single Motor)||$45,900||Available|
5. Drako GTE
4. NIO EP9
3. Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne
2. Rimac Nevera
1. Lotus Evija
Drako Motors is a silicon valley-based hypercar manufacturer with an exciting yet unfulfilling track record thus far. The company debuted its flagship EV in 2019, called the Drako GTE – a four seater with 1,200 HP and a top speed of 206 mph.
The company previously shared intentions to only build 25 of the GTEs, which seemed doable given that they were (are?) priced at $1.25 million each. Production was set to begin in 2021, but like many people’s hopes and dreams the past two years, it never came to fruition.
Instead, Drako Motors announced plans to still release the electric supercar, but as a new and improved version called the Dragon. At the time, Drako shared some teaser renderings of the Dragon, promising a full reveal in January of 2022. That promise was also not kept.
At this point, it’s unclear what the specs of the Drako Dragon will be, and how much of the original, not produced GTE DNA will remain. With improved performance, we expect Drako’s asking price to go up.
That being said, we have been unable to reach anyone from the team for any updates on pricing, production status, or anything else for that matter. Until we can get more details, Drako’s GTE… or Dragon… or any other pseudonym remain on the outskirts of the most expensive electric vehicles on the planet.
One thing is for certain though, the Drako GTE looks bad as hell drifting on a frozen lake. See for yourself:
The EP9 is a marvel built alongside its Chinese automaker NIO. This two-seat sports car actually debuted the same day the NIO brand was established. Developed and built in just eighteen months, the Electric Performance 9 (EP9) is one of the fastest electric vehicles on the planet with the track records to prove it.
Each wheel on the EP9 has its own liquid-cooled motor, offering 335 horsepower. That totals about 1,341 horsepower in all.
Similar to the Rimac C_One, The EP9 offers all-wheel drive and individual-wheel drive. It also includes an advanced torque vectoring system that can adjust the power output to each wheel.
What’s cool about the EP9 is its downforce of 24,019 N. According to NIO’s website:
When the downforce weighs more than an elephant (and the car), you can rely on EP9 to grip every racetrack with the same ease as if it were racing on the ceiling.
Aside from practically driving up walls, and defying the laws of physics, the EP9 can travel around 265 miles on a single charge and recharge in 45 minutes.
The EP9 can also accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
Unfortunately, only six EP9s were originally produced and were sold to company investors for about $1.2 million each.
NIO later announced plans to produce ten more for about $1.5 million each, bringing the global total to 16 EVs. Today, your best chance of driving one is in a video game.
Next on our list is a boutique automaker out of Spain with nearly 120 years of history. Hispano Suiza was founded in 1904 and had a prominent track record of producing luxury cars, aircraft engines, trucks and weapons throughout the early- to mid-1900s.
The brand was revived as an automotive manufacturer a decade ago, and has found its niche in ultra-luxurious, unique supercars designed and manufactured as one of a kind art pieces.
Introducing the Hispano Suiza Carmen, a 100% electric “hyperlux” vehicle introduced in 2019. Not to be outdone, Hispano Suiza introduced a sportier version in 2020 called the Carmen Boulogne.
The Boulogne delivers 1,114 horsepower from four permanent magnet, synchronous motors housed in the rear axle, and an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery, delivering 1,160 Nm of torque. It can travel from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 2.6 seconds with a range of 400 km (249 miles).
While the performance may not top many of the other EVs on this list, the design and personalization of the Carmen is where much of its value lies. Hispano Suiza has said that no two Carmen vehicles are alike, offering 1,904 different combinations of personalization for its customers.
Speaking of customers, there won’t be too many. Hispano Suiza only plans to produce 19 Carmen hypercars in total, and only five of those will be Carmen Boulognes. While the various design differentiations will lead to varying prices, the Hispano Suiza Carmen starts around $1.93 million and goes up from there.
Built-in Croatia, the Rimac Nevera is the second most pricey EV on the market. Only 150 customized units of these cars are scheduled to roll off the production line. With four electric motors and a total output of 1.4 MW or about 1,914 hp, it has a top speed of 258 mph and can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds.
The Nevera is equipped with a computer-controlled all-wheel vectoring system that makes over 100 calculations each second to assist the driver in controlling the vehicle. It also has 6 radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and 13 cameras that feed information to an AI driving advisor to aid the human driver in dangerous or complicated situations. The inside dashboard has 3 screens–a driver display, a passenger display, and a horizontal center console–that give it an attractive, space-age feel. Last, but not least, it has a decent range of about 300 miles and, best of all, its batteries can be recharged from 0 to 80 percent in only 19 minutes.
The Lotus Evija is as much a statement of intent as it is one of the world most expensive electric car.
You see, the UK staple recently announced its intent to move into the electric vehicle space, promising multiple sustainable vehicles within the next few years. The Evija is simply the beginning.
Again, this is another one of those ‘in-production’ vehicles, but Lotus has performed enough track tests and handed out enough review vehicles for us to get an accurate read on how it performs and how innovative it is.
The Evija is a super car in name and in practice, delivering almost 2,000 horsepower, which is absurd. Lotus claims this makes it the most powerful production car on the planet.
And who could dispute that?
Here’s another interesting Lotus Evija fact:
It’s the lightest electric hypercar to enter production (3700 lbs). In other performance areas, it can sprint to 62 mph in under three seconds, and travel more than 200 mph.
Cost-wise, we aren’t sure how much this super car will cost exactly. All we know is that it’s going to set you back at least $2 million.
Why are electric vehicles so expensive?
There are many factors at play in the pricing of electric vehicles these days. Supply chains, assembly lines, and R&D can all play some part in the MSRP of an electric vehicle before its first sale.
Probably the most notable factor today is the cost of batteries. Battery packs are vital to the longevity and performance of any electric vehicle, but they are expensive. Developments in battery technology as well as swapping practices have significantly helped lower the cost of EVs in recent years.
However, current battery components are gathered and produced by a select group of manufacturers, like in China for instance. The price of importing multiple resources and parts from overseas can add to the overall price an automaker must charge consumers to make a profit.
In the US in particular, automakers are breaking away from this battery reliance, and have begun erecting their own manufacturing facilities stateside, to shorten supply chains and overall costs.
The vehicles mentioned below come with plenty of pricey features, even in their most standard trims.
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