Top 10 Best and Most Beautiful Electric Cars For  2022
Top 10 Best and Most Beautiful Electric Cars For 2022

2022 promises to be a big year for electric cars with the Tesla Cybertruck and Ford F-150 Lightning ready to hit the road. Yes, more electric vehicles are launching than ever before, and that makes choosing an EV harder than ever.

Once the outliers, and a rare sight on the road, EVs now seem to be just about everywhere. Plus, all the largest carmakers have some sort of EV either on sale or on the way very soon. Chrysler has announced that it's going all-electric by 2028, and GM is doing the same by 2035.

Whether it's Nissan, Porsche, Audi, or even Hummer, there's no shortage of zero-emission vehicles right now. Whether you want a simple urban runabout or a performance EV, here are the best electric cars you can go out and order right now.

Are electric cars environmentally friendly?

Electric cars have zero exhaust emissions so they don’t cause localized NOx and particulate emissions that have a damaging effect on air quality in urban areas. However, the overall environmental credentials of an electric car depend greatly on the source of the electricity used to charge it. As the energy mix of the National Grid moves towards renewable sources like solar, wind, and tidal power and away from fossil fuels, electric cars get greener.

Which electric cars have the longest range?

With ever-improving battery technology, electric cars are increasing their range. The Kia e-Niro is one of the more affordable EVs and it has an official range of 282 miles, which should be enough for most drivers. At the other end of the scale, pricier models such as the Tesla Model S can offer more than 400 miles.

Are electric cars reliable?

Electric cars are still selling in relatively small numbers and we haven’t seen enough of them doing significant mileages to make a firm judgment on reliability. What we do know is that EVs have fewer moving parts than conventional cars and there’s little evidence from hybrid or electric cars that battery performance degrades substantially with use, although you are likely to see a gradual reduction in capacity.

Electric vehicle buying quick tips

If you’re in a hurry, here are the nine most important things to consider before you buy an electric car. And read on for a lot more valuable info to help you buy an EV.

  1. What features do you need to have? Modern EVs offer a smorgasbord of new and exciting technology, but it does cost extra. So only pay for features you know you’re going to use.
  2. Know how much range you need: Batteries are expensive, so shell out for the range you're going to use on a regular basis. The Nissan Leaf, for example, starts with 149 miles of range, while the Tesla Model S Plaid can go nearly 400 miles.
  3. Do you have a place to charge your EV? Can you charge at home, or will you need to use public chargers? It’s essential to have a recharge plan before you buy the car.
  4. Self-driving features don't make EVs truly autonomous: For example, Tesla's Autopilot is designed to enable your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane. Active driver supervision is required.
  5. An EV can cost less to refuel than a gas vehicle: While the national average cost of gasoline is $2.85 a gallon, an equivalent electric eGallon only costs $1.16. That’s less than half the price.
  6. A home charger can be a significant investment: The national average for getting a home car charger installed is between $1,000 and $2,500. We’d recommend looking into a Level 2 ‘fast’ charger, ideally one that offers 7kW speeds.
  7. Check tax credits and incentives first: Depending on where you live, you may be able to recoup some of the cost of buying an EV after the fact. For example, in the U.S. the federal EV grant takes the form of a tax credit worth up to $7,500.
  8. Know the difference between an electric car and a plug-in hybrid: A battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) is a fully-electric car, A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) can be driven around using a rechargeable battery or a traditional gas tank. PHEV examples include the Mercedes e300 e, Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in, and Prius PHEV.
  9. Should you buy used, or lease? Used EVs cost less, but come with certain caveats. Likewise, leases can be beneficial if you don’t plan on keeping a car for long.

List of Top 10 best and most beautiful electric cars 2022

1. GMC Hummer EV Edition1

2. Polestar 2

3. Tesla Model 3

4. VW ID.4

5. Hyundai IONIQ 5

6. Porsche Taycan Turbo S

7. Nissan Leaf (2022)

8. Tesla Model Y

9. Lucid Air Dream Edition

10. Mustang Mach-E

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Top 10 best and most beautiful electric cars for 2022

1. GMC Hummer EV Edition1

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Photo: robbreport

Price: $112,595

Range: 350 miles

0 to 60 mph: 3.0 seconds

Drive: AWD

The specs for GMC's Hummer EV Edition 1 speak for themselves: three electric motors totaling an almost preposterous 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque that will see you launch from standstill to 60 mph in three seconds. Most seem to be getting hot under the collar for the function called Crab Mode. Thanks to the truck's four-wheel steering, the rear wheels can turn 10 degrees and allow the car to drive diagonally, albeit at low speeds. The range is a more than respectable 350 miles per charge, with 350-kilowatt fast-charging capability that can gain you 100 miles in 10 minutes. The final touch? Removable roof panels.

2. Polestar 2

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Photo: otodoimoi

Price: $59,900

Range: 233 miles

0 to 60 mph: 4.7 seconds

Drive: AWD

Polestar’s first foray into full vehicle production was in 2017 with the aptly named Polestar 1 - a low-volume, plug-in hybrid coupe. The fastback-styled Polestar 2 is an altogether more accessible car, and the company is aiming to take on Tesla’s Model 3 and steal key sales from its US rival.

The Polestar 2 sits on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which is also used for the Volvo XC40. The Polestar 2 has a saloon-look Bodystyle but is actually a five-door hatchback with a slightly elevated ride height. This gives it a unique shape that’s not quite a crossover, but still offers decent family practicality.

Polestar has fitted a 78kWh battery, which sends power to two electric motors - one located at each axle for four-wheel drive. The system produces a healthy total of 402bhp and 660Nm of torque, and it delivers the familiar instant acceleration of electric drive.

Polestar is clearly taking direct aim at the Tesla Model 3. But such is its capability that it will no doubt be under consideration from customers looking at the latest premium EVs from BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi, and Volkswagen.

3. Tesla Model 3

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Photo: auto5

Price: $43,990

Range: 358 miles

0 to 60 mph: 3.1 seconds

Drive: RWD, AWD

The Tesla Model 3 is the smallest, most affordable car in the American manufacturer’s range of EVs and was an Auto Express 2020 Car of The Year award winner. It’s built to take on the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, but Tesla also has one eye on the arrival of the BMW i4, as well as upstart executive EVs from the likes of Polestar.

While the US automaker has undoubtedly set the early pace in electric car development, even mainstream manufacturers such as Ford, Hyundai, and Kia are wheeling out products with the potential to upset the Tesla applecart. Although our Model 3 versus Polestar 2 head-to-head was settled in favor of the Tesla, when the Model 3 came up against the Mustang Mach-E in a twin test, the overall verdict went to the Ford.

Following on from the success of the Model S saloon and Model X SUV, the Model 3 shares those cars’ combination of clever battery technology, powerful electric motors, and high-tech onboard systems. Outside, the Model 3 also shares its siblings subdued styling, which easily flies under the radar – a stark contrast to the remarkably minimalist interior that’s all but bare save for a very large infotainment screen used to control virtually everything.

4. VW ID.4

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Photo: otodoimoi

Price: From $39,995

Range: 260 miles

0 to 60 mph: 5.7 seconds

Drive: RWD, AWD coming soon

The Volkswagen ID 4 might not have the sheer affordability factor the Hyundai Kona Electric does, but with a starting price that isn't too far off, the ID 4 makes a solid case for itself.

The VW ID 4 sports some decently good looks for a crossover, with interesting forms on all sides. The interior is traditional VW in that it's basic but there are oodles of storage and the overall design is pleasant. You can get it with all-wheel drive, or keep things affordable with a rear-drive variant. The tech might be a little quirky, but the ID 4 remains an affordable EV.

That dedicated platform means Volkswagen engineers can stuff 82 kilowatt-hours' worth of battery into the ID 4, though interestingly only 77 kWh of those are actually usable. This extra headroom means the car can intelligently manage charge cycles across a broader number of cells, which should lead to greater life and more predictable range. Regardless, you're covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the pack itself.

5. Hyundai IONIQ 5

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Photo: baogiaothong

Price: From $39,700

Range: 300 miles

0 to 60 mph: 5.2 seconds

Drive: RWD/AWD

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also happens to run solely on electricity rather than fossil fuels, making it a rival to the Kia EV6, Skoda Enyaq, Tesla Model 3, and Volkswagen ID.4. It's not a budget option, so it doesn't qualify for any electric vehicle subsidies from the Government, but it does promise a respectable range between changes of up to almost 300 miles. It can charge up again really quickly, too.

Hyundai gives you lots of choices within the Ioniq 5 range, and you can pick between two battery sizes and front or four-wheel drive. Likewise, there are three trim tiers, along with several optional extras designed to take the stresses out of electric car ownership (and life in general).

Two battery options are available with three power outputs: the entry 58kWh battery is paired with a single 168bhp motor driving the rear wheels, delivering a 0-62mph time of 8.5 seconds and a range of 238 miles. The 214bhp mid-spec version offers the best range, with a 73kWh battery increasing the total distance able to be covered on a single charge to 280 miles. The top-spec variant uses the same 73kWh battery, but adds a second motor at the front, giving a combined total of 301bhp and 605Nm of torque. The overall range falls slightly to 267 miles, although performance is much improved with 0-62 taking 5.2 seconds.

6. Porsche Taycan Turbo S

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Photo: autodaily

Price: $185,000

Range: 201 miles (Turbo S)

0 to 60 mph: 2.4 seconds (Turbo S)

Drive: AWD

The new Porsche Taycan is a brilliant car to drive, remaining true to its maker's heritage and leaving you in no doubt that this is a 'proper' Porsche sports saloon.

The Taycan delivers sports car-like handling, with ferocious acceleration and great agility – yet still offers four seats and a usable range. It’s not often that a car comes along that feels truly revolutionary, but that is exactly what the Porsche Taycan is – and it shows how much fun a plug-in future can be.

Despite being a hefty 2.2-tonnes in weight, it hides its bulk well and is able to weave neatly through tight corners and demolish fast, sweeping bends. The Taycan's raw pace is, frankly, ridiculous; in 'standard' 523bhp 4S guise it manages the 0-62mph benchmark in 4.0s, although if you upgrade to the 750bhp Turbo S version, it's a staggeringly quick 2.8s.

Don't forget, though, the Taycan should also be pretty easy to live with as a daily driver. Refinement is top-notch and, while ride comfort is firm, the air suspension does its job of dealing with the broken, uneven tarmac of UK roads.

The Taycan clearly defines how Porsche sees its own future in the changeover from using fossil fuels to electric power. It's an accomplished first step, splendidly executed, and one that should ease the minds of the driving enthusiast.

7. Nissan Leaf (2022)

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Photo: otodoimoi

Price: From $27,400

Range: 226

0 to 60: 7.4 seconds

Drive: FWD

If you want a sense of the speed things are changing in the world of electric cars, the second-generation Nissan Leaf is a great place to start. It arrived in 2018 offering new levels of practicality, user-friendliness, and - above all - the ability to travel significantly further on a single charge of its battery pack than most rivals could manage. As a result, it went straight to the top of an admittedly limited class of all-electric family hatchback options.

Back then, we put the Leaf up against key rivals the BMW i3, Renault Zoe, and VW e-Golf, and none could muster a winning hand against the new Nissan. Today, the landscape has changed significantly, and the Leaf has to contend with a gaggle of impressive electric challengers - mostly in the form of SUVs. In various back-to-back tests, we’ve conducted the Leaf has lost out - albeit narrowly - to the MG ZS EV, Kia e-Niro, and Hyundai Kona Electric. All offer similar - or greater - range, performance, and efficiency, but with more space and comfort, more impressive infotainment systems, and typically for a bit less money.

Closer to home, the new VW ID.3 hatchback ramps the pressure up a notch by bringing a new level of sophistication and perceived build quality, but the Leaf still stands out as a great all-rounder. As the roster of rivals above, the Leaf is an electric model that you can seriously consider as an only car.

8. Tesla Model Y

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Photo: caranddriver

Price: $53,990

Range: 326 miles

0 to 60 mph: 3.5 seconds

Drive: AWD

The Model Y is Tesla’s second SUV, and it has been designed to be more manageable and less flashy than the larger Model X. It wouldn’t be unfair to think of the Model Y as a larger version of the Model 3, both cars share similar styling and are even claimed to share 95% of the same technology. This is far from a bad thing.

Both the performance and long-range variants of Model Y are four-wheel drive, this means that traction is plentiful, resulting in impressive acceleration 0-60mph times of 4.5 seconds for the Long Range and 3.5 for the Performance.

Although these figures are impressive, this small SUV performs well as a family-lugger, too. Space is more than enough for all five passengers, and with 854-liters of luggage space in the back plus 117-liters upfront, the weekly shopping trip should be an absolute breeze.

Inside the Model, Y is the usual minimalist interior, dominated by a horizontal 15.4-inch touchscreen that acts as the dashboard, infotainment, and vehicle management systems, all of which perform very well.

When it comes to battery range, the Model Y falls behind the Model 3 but still offers plenty in either Performance or Long Range form, at 298 and 315 miles respectively.

9. Lucid Air Dream Edition

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Photo: motorauthority

Price: $169,000

Range: 517 miles

0 to 60 mph: 2.5 seconds

Drive: AWD

Lucid looks to be trying to directly compete with Tesla, offering up a luxury car that has more miles on the battery than you know what to do with. The Lucid Air Dream Edition is the pinnacle of the company's offering, with deliveries now starting to take place for those that can afford it.

With all-wheel drive, 1,080 horsepower, an aerodynamic frame with 0.21 drag coefficient, and a resulting 517 miles of range, it's one spectacular car that offers almost everything. There's also autonomous driving involved, with the hopes that it can be upgraded to a Level 3 'eye-off' system a little further down the line. It's not self-driving, but it looks like Lucid wants to give Tesla and GM a run for their money.

10. Mustang Mach-E

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Photo: auto5

Price: $56,200

Range: 300 miles

0 to 60 mph: 6.1 seconds

Drive: RWD

Ford is also new to the dedicated EV platform game with the Mustang Mach-E, but it's a stellar effort. Despite its controversial name, the Mach-E offers a good range, a great interior, and excellent driving dynamics in a practical package that also boasts 29 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats up.

The Mach-E is currently available in several flavors. There are hotter (and more expensive) GT versions on offer, but even the base model is fun to drive and deserving of its Mustang badge. With 290 horsepower on tap in RWD form or 346 hp in all-wheel-drive trim, the Mach-E easily gets out of its own way. The chassis is great and the cabin is a pleasant place to be. The Mach-E is one of the best all-rounder EVs on sale now.

Should you buy a used electric car?

Like any car, you can usually save yourself some money by buying a used EV. However, it’s not quite as simple as rolling up to a used car lot and talking to a sales rep.

For one, there aren’t nearly as many used EVs available, on account of there not being as many EVs in general. So your options are pretty limited. Used EVs are popular among first-time buyers — especially Teslas. In fact, used Teslas are so in demand, there have been reports of used Teslas costing more than brand new models.

The other thing to keep in mind is that because lithium-ion batteries degrade over time, a used EV likely won’t have the same capacity or range as a brand new model. The effect will depend on which car you’re looking at, what kind of battery tech it has, and how well the previous owner looked after it.

Your best option is to do some Googling on the car you’re interested in, and figure out what you should be looking for when checking out a used model. According to Tesla, its own data has shown that its cars can retain 90% of their battery capacity after 200,000 miles of driving.

You also have to consider that you won’t be getting the absolute best tech at any given time. For most people, that may not be an issue, but if you’re after the latest and best driver assistance tech, or some other hi-tech car feature, then your odds of getting that in a used car are significantly lower.

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