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In a turbulent 2021 hampered by lockdowns and then the global semi-conductor shortage decimating car production, one constant has remained in the new car sector. The rise of electric vehicles has been maintained month after month as the technology continues to establish itself.

In October, 15.2% of new cars were pure electric models, compared with 6.6% in October 2020, and the year-to-date average for the first 10 months of the year is 9.9% of all new cars registered being pure electric, heading towards double the figures of a year earlier.

And those figures are without the addition of the 6.7% of the market that was the plug-in hybrid sector so far this year – rising to 7.9% in October.

Much of the advance is being driven by the excellent range of exciting new EVs hitting the marketplace, with the likes of the Audi Q4 e-tron, BMW iX3, Fiat 500e, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Volkswagen ID.4 being just some of the new cars arriving on company choice lists this year.

But 2022 could be an even bigger year for new arrivals, and we’ve taken a look at 10 of the biggest electric stories of next year.

BMW i4

BMW i4 - January 2022What? BMW’s most fleet-friendly EV, it’s an electric 4-Series Gran Coupe.

When? Early 2022.

How far? Up to 367 miles.

What else is interesting? The i4 arrives alongside the iX electric large SUV, and just behind the iX3 version of the X3 SUV, and comes with 340hp or 544hp alternatives.

 

 

CUPRA BORN

CUPRA Born - January 2022What? The first electric Seat doesn’t go to the parent brand, but instead to its sporty Cupra sibling.

When? Q1 2022.

How far? Up to 335 miles.

What else is interesting? The Born is built on the VW Group electric platform already used by the VW ID.3 and ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq, among others. Four variants will be offered, with power ranging from 150hp to 231hp.

 

HYUNDAI IONIQ 6

Hyundai Prophecy - January 2022What? The second of Hyundai’s new Ioniq-branded electric vehicles. This one is a large saloon based on the Hyundai Prophecy concept car.

When? Back end of 2022.

How far? No details have yet emerged, but the powertrain options are likely to be the same as the Ioniq 5, which has an official maximum of almost 300 miles.

What else is interesting? The Ioniq 5 hatchback has had a great reception, and an Ioniq 7 SUV will follow in 2023, based on the recently unveiled Hyundai Seven concept car.

 

KIA NIRO

Kia Niro - January 2022What? The second generation of Kia’s successful crossover.

When? Second half of 2022.

How far? Numbers are yet to be revealed.

What else is interesting? Despite the arrival of newer electrically powered rivals during its life, the e-Niro has maintained its place well within the top 10 sellers among electric vehicles.

NOT FORGETTING

The cars covered here may grab most of the headlines for 2022, but there is plenty more where they came from.

In alphabetical order, they include a mid-life revision for the Audi e-tron, the BMW iX large SUV, Citroen’s baby Ami city car (pictured below), not one but two EVs from fledgling premium brand Genesis in the form of the G80 and GV80, the performance GT version of Kia’s EV6 and SAIC Maxus will launch a seven- or eight-seat MPV called Mifa 9 in autumn 2022 (see p9).

Subaru’s first EV is called the Solterra and is coming next year. It’s a sibling to Toyota’s bZ4X.

Meanwhile, VW will adds a third car to its ID-branded EV line-up ahead of the ID/Buzz, with the ID.5 SUV-coupe arriving in the first quarter of 2022.

Then there’s some pretty significant all-electric news in the light commercial vehicle world too, with the arrival of the Ford Transit EV. Deliveries of the zero-emission van start around May as the brand kicks off a move to offer either full electric or PHEV versions of its LCV line-up by 2024.

Looking further ahead, the pace keeps intensifying, with a number of high-profile full electric cars already confirmed for 2023 and beyond, including a Ford built on the VW platform that the ID.3 and ID.4 use, the Hyundai Ioniq 7, the Peugeot 308, Polestar 5, Porsche Macan and Vauxhall Astra. And at the very top end sits the Rolls.Not forgetting panel pic - January 2022

 

 

NISSAN ARIYA

Nissan Ariya - January 2022What? The long-awaited new electric vehicle to take Nissan’s EV reliance away from the Leaf hatchback.

When? Summer 2022.

How far? Estimated up to 310 miles.

What else is interesting? Nissan’s electric coupe crossover is described as “marking a new chapter for Nissan electric vehicles”, and represents a chance to for the brand to re-establish itself in a sector that it pioneered with the first Leaf.

 

RENAULT MEGANE

Renault Megane - January 2022What? Renault is taking its next Megane hatch electric, having dropped petrol and diesel in favour of PHEV-only with the current generation of car.

When? September 2022.

How far? Up to 292 miles.

What else is interesting? Renault claims the packaging innovation on the new Megane allows for more interior space thanks to a thinner battery.

 

TESLA MODEL Y

Tesla Model Y - January 2022What? The fourth model in Tesla’s current line-up the Model Y is a small SUV sibling to the Model 3.

When? Spring 2022.

How far? Up to 315 miles.

What else is interesting? The Model Y will get a 298-mile range Performance model next summer, bringing the 0-60mph time down from the Long Range’s 4.8 seconds to 3.5 seconds.

 

TOYOTA BZ4X

Toyota bZ4X - January 2022What? Toyota finally joins the full electric vehicle arena with its first of a range of cars built off the same new EV platform.

When? Q3 2022.

How far? An estimated 280 miles.

What else is interesting? The first half of the convoluted name stands for Beyond Zero, and will form the beginning of a range of Toyota EV names.

 

VOLKWAGEN ID.BUZZ

Volkswagen ID.Buzz - January 2022What? The most characterful of Volkswagen’s new breed of ID-branded EVs, the Buzz was previewed in concept form as far back as 2017.

When? Second half of 2022.

How far? The production version is yet to be revealed, but it should be getting on for 300 miles on a full charge.

What else is interesting? The concept car was an eight-seater, and the production version is set to be offered in van and passenger form.

 

VOLVO C40

Volvo C40 - January 2022What? Volvo’s second EV, the C40 joins the XC40 as a coupe-SUV sibling, and is the first Volvo designed as an electric car.

When? Q1 2022.

How far? More than 250 miles, which Volvo says it expects to improve via over-the-air updates during the car’s life.

What else is interesting? The C40 is Volvo’s next step in its plan to be at 50% of its global volume being EV within four years.

Paul Barker