Here are the new electric cars and SUVs you should be looking forward to

If you, like us, have struggled to control all the chaos over the past few years, that’s fine. Despite ever-changing gasoline prices, production issues and supply chain issues, automakers are sticking to their goals of producing more purely electric cars than ever before. By 2024, most major automakers and many smaller automakers plan to launch dozens of new electric cars. Here are the new electric cars and SUVs to watch.

2023 Rivian R1S | Rivian

How many electric cars are currently on the market?

According to Cox Automotive, the current percentage of electric cars on the road is estimated at 5.2%. That’s up from 2021 estimates of just 2.5%. That’s more than double the number of electric cars on US roads this year. This growth isn’t expected to continue this way every year, but it gives automakers a solid reason to push ahead with electric cars and SUVs.

These new electric cars and SUVs should get us excited about the future of electric cars. As models become more varied and geared towards specific riding styles, the market only grows in appeal.

Cadillac Lyriq

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Cost: $62,990 – $64,990

On sale: Fall 2022 for RWD, early 2023 for AWD

Besides the fact that Cadillac is trying to get cute by misspelling the name, the Cadillac Lyriq is a sleek, stylish, powerful and luxurious next step for the classic American brand. Consumer Reports mentions that while the Lyriq is similar in size and shape to the Cadillac XT6, the Lyriq is an entirely different matter.

The Cadillac electric SUV rides 6 inches lower than the XT6 and has a wheelbase that stretches 9 inches longer. CR calls the massive, curved 33-inch screen “the standout feature” of the Lyriq.

The first Lyriq is a 340 horsepower rear-drive SUV with a 100 kilowatt-hour battery, a combination that offers an EPA-rated range of 312 miles. However, Cadillac promises an AWD version of around 500 horsepower to follow.

Chevrolet Silverado EV

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Cost: $39,900 to $105,000

On sale: Spring 2023 (WT); Fall 2023 (RST)

GM bets on the EV. There’s a flood of GM brands launching electric vehicles over the next few years. The Chevy Blazer EV, next-generation Chevy Equinox, GMC Hummer EV, and Chevy Silverado EV are just a small sample of GM’s future.

The Silverado EV uses General Motors’ unique Ultium platform. It shares some mechanical components with the upcoming Hummer EV, like four-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension system. GM says the Silverado EV will hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. GM will also offer the new Silverado, from a $40,000 works truck version to the $105,000 First Edition version.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

A Hyundai Ioniq 6 parked at dusk
Hyundai Ioniq 6 | hyundai

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In the next edition of Unnecessarily Misspelled/Made Up Car Names, we present the uniquely styled Hyundai Ioniq 6. This new Hyundai is backed by E-GMP architecture, the same platform the Ioniq 5 is based on. While the 5 and 6 share major elements, the Ioniq 6 will be 8 inches longer than the 5 and will mark the first all-electric sedan for Hyundai, according to Consumer Reports.

The Ioniq 6 comes with a 53 kWh battery as standard, but an optional 73 kWh long-range battery is also available.

Rivian R1S

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R1T cost: $79,500 to $85,000

R1S cost: $84,500 to $90,000

On sale: Summer 2022

The Rivian R1T hit the market with a bang. Unfortunately, the stock market madness overinflated the company and production expectations were too high. As a result, the release of the R1T was marred by significant delays, steep price increases and a massive drop in corporate valuations.

That said, the R1T is one of the coolest electric pickups out there. It is with real hope that we await the Rivian R1S. The launch of the SUV version of the R1T will hopefully benefit from the chaos that ingrained the launch of the R1T.

Rivian promises up to 400 miles of range, up to 750 hp and 11,000 pounds of towing capacity. 0-60mph sprints are said to be handled in around 3 seconds. Unlike most vehicles capable of this kind of acceleration, the R1S lacks storage. It’s everywhere. There are smart channels and compartments scattered throughout the SUV.

Which small EV manufacturers to watch?

These models are just a tiny selection of what’s coming from the EV front. There are dozens of other models worth mentioning. Some of the honorable mentions are the tiny Canoo adventure machines, Alpha’s rally-inspired sedan and pickup, and the all-new VinFast VF8 and VF9.

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