It’s 2022 and the automotive industry is changing. By 2030 the polluting bad guy of the motor world, the diesel engine, will be banned in the UK as we see the biggest shift towards green energy that the world has seen. Many of the world’s major car manufacturers have pledged to ‘go green’ for the future and we are already seeing millions of pounds poured into the investment of electric vehicles from the likes of Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar. As of the early part of 2022 there are just under 30,000 charging points across the UK, with just over 30% of those being situated in greater London. This number is increasing by the day, meaning soon enough access to EV charging points will become the norm. This shift to a commodity means that we will only see electric vehicles become more affordable (although the latest energy prices may have something to say about that). We take a look at 5 of the best electric vehicles available to the market in 2022, taking a look at mileage range, performance and of course, how they look!
By 2030 the polluting bad guy of the motor world, the diesel engine, will be banned in the UK as we see the biggest shift towards green energy that the world has seen
I remember dreaming as a young man of owning a Porsche, now that I’m a bit older things are no different. However with a starting price of £73k for the base model, you may be turning back around and leaving the dealership in search of a more affordable option. Although the likelihood is you wouldn’t be accelerating away as fast as even the base model Taycan, which boasts a 0-62mph time of just 5.4 seconds, the top of the range Turbo S model shaves this down even further to a claimed 2.6 seconds! You can imagine how exciting it is to drive! The interior oozes class, and with a boot just about big enough to fit your golf clubs in, you certainly would look the part at your local club. The base model Taycan has an estimated range of around 230 miles, however other motorway tests have achieved up to an impressive 280 miles.
Tesla Model S
Tesla is now the largest automotive company in the world in terms of market capitalization with shares valuing the company at its highest point at over $1 trillion at the back end of 2021. Its not a surprise then that Tesla can afford to create magnificent cars like The Model S, which was first launched in 2012. Fast forward to 2022 and the new Model S offers some of the best EV technology out there. With an estimated range of 405 miles and a 0-60 time of just 3.1 seconds, this car offers insane performance and a super impressive range, although I must stress that you will not achieve that range by hitting the 0-60 time too often! But if you are running low on battery, don’t stress, the supercharge feature means you can add an additional 200 miles range in just 15 minutes at over 30,000 charging points along popular routes. With a starting price of £74k, the Porsche Taycan certainly has its work cut out against this car!
With an estimated range of 405 miles and a 0-60 time of just 3.1 seconds, this car offers insane performance with a super impressive range
Audi Q4 E-Tron
The Q4 E-Tron offers the usual impeccable design & build quality that Audi are renowned for, coupled with a performance that is suitable for everyday use. The compact design offers a large enough boot space of 520 litres which should be more than enough for the average family, and it delivers a range of up 317 miles, enough for a weeks worth of school runs and a weekend venture. You can pick up a base model for around £41k, which is more than comparable with the Petrol and Diesel options we are used to. It also offers a fast charging feature allowing you to gain around 160 miles range in just half an hour, long enough for a large latte and a wee stop in your local services.
Skoda Enyaq IV 80
Affordable SUV, come on down. The Skoda Enyaq offers everything you need as a family, including ample space, great build quality and a bunch of added extras thrown in as standard that you might not get from rival manufacturers. It’s not the quickest electric car out there, although the traffic ridden roads of Britain don’t really allow for anything much faster than a snail’s pace anyway nowadays. It has a decent range of around 330 miles and offers comfortable interior features that make it a lovely place to sit. Starting at around £40k, you will get loads of features as standard including 19 inch alloy wheels, 13 inch touchscreen infotainment system, Sat Nav & front and rear parking sensors. Well worth a look!
It’s not the quickest electric car out there, although the traffic ridden roads of Britain don’t really allow for anything much faster than a snail’s pace anyway nowadays
Volvo XC40 Recharge
With a starting price of £43.5k, the new XC40 offers the usual Volvo comfort and class that you expect from the Swedish manufacturer. With a promising range of around 250 miles and a fast charge option going from close to flat to 80% full in around 40 minutes. Its 0-60mph time is not to be snuffed at either, with an impressive time of 4.3 seconds you can certainly get a shift on if you need to. If you are looking for a family friendly car, then this has you covered, although expect a little less boot space than the Q5 E-Tron from Audi, with 413 litres available to you. Based on the other options in the market, this looks to be placed fairly in the market & I think you’ll agree, it is not bad looking either!
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