Most Wanted: The Best Electric Sports Cars, SUVs, Luxury Sedans, and More

Not that long ago, we were busy discussing the biggest and best surprises in the electric car scene. Quite a bit went down in 2022, and a new year brings new excitement and anticipation to the field of automotive electrification. There’s a lot to digest, but there’s also a lot to look forward to, as more of these sports cars, SUVs, dune buggies, and even campers start rolling towards their respective dealerships in the coming years.

Lucid Air Sapphire

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The new Sapphire sub-brand aspires to be for Lucid Motors what M is to BMW, or AMG is to Mercedes. The Air is already a spectacular sedan, but the limited-edition Sapphire model adds a three-motor powertrain, producing over 1,200 hp and — more importantly — a track-capable chassis to match. It’ll cost $325,000, and the first deliveries are expected next year.

Fisker Ocean

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This is Henrik Fisker’s latest automotive venture. He’s a car designer by training, so it’s no surprise the Ocean looks great, but it’s anyone guess if this will actually make it into production. The specs look excellent, though: the base model offers 400 km of range at a price of $43,999.

Acura Precision EV

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Meet Acura’s first EV, landing in 2024. The mechanical bits are being developed as part of a collaboration with General Motors, but the design is all Acura. The brand says the Precision EV Concept is its “North Star,” with design inspiration coming from classic Italian powerboats and F1 cars.

Hyundai Ioniq 6

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Normally we wouldn’t be too bothered about a new Hyundai, but the Ioniq 5 was one of the most enjoyable EVs we’ve ever driven. Naturally, we’ve got high hopes for the follow- up. The 6’s unusual, aerodynamically slippery design means it should have even more driving range than the 5.

Tesla Cybertruck

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Just like everyone else, we’re wondering when (if?) this much-hyped behemoth will actually hit the road. Tesla hasn’t been having the best of times since Musk shifted his energy, focus, and remaining flecks of sanity towards imploding Twitter, and one has to wonder how much all of that will impact the future viability of the once beloved EV brand.

Polestar 6

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Electric convertibles are a very rare breed, so we’re glad to see that Polestar will put its O2 drop-top concept into production as the Polestar 6. It’ll be underpinned by the same next-gen electric powertrain as the Polestar 5, and is expected to launch in 2026.

Polestar 5

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Earlier this year, the young Swedish EV brand ran the Polestar 5 up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We have high hopes for this next-gen fastback, which is slated to launch in 2024. The company’s head of R & D said the 5 will bring “lightweight, high-rigidity sports car chassis technology into mass production.” It’ll be powered by a new all-electric drivetrain, cranking out up to 884 hp.

Polestar 3

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Polestar’s had an absolute blockbuster year, with booming sales, spicy concept cars, its first Super Bowl ad, and an IPO. For drivers, however, the big news is this: the brand’s first SUV is coming in 2023. Not only will it have a WLTP-rated range of over 600 km, it’ll also offer an “autonomous highway piloting” feature, enabled by LiDAR (radar, but with laser beams). “With this car, we bring the ‘sport’ back to the SUV, staying true to our performance roots,” explains Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.

Porsche Mission R

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When it was presented at last year’s Munich auto show, it was pretty clear to everyone in attendance that this concept is an early look at an all-electric successor to the Porsche 718. Not since the OG Tesla Roadster has any brand tried to make a small, light, electric sports car. We’re imagining an even more nimble Taycan, with more handling finesse and feel. This could be the change the sports car world needs right now.

Mercedes-AMG EQE 53

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New EVs from Mercedes are coming thick and fast these days, and it can be hard to keep up, but we got you. The AMG EQE 53 4Matic+ will be Benz’s most performance-oriented EV when it goes on sale in Canada towards the end of 2022. It’s a dual-motor sedan, with 677 horsepower, and a (WLTP-estimated) range of around 500 km. Think of it as an electric alternative to the fuel-burning E53 AMG. If you’re looking for a fast EV with a little more cabin space, AMG also has a high-power version of the full-size EQS sedan in the works too.

Lexus RZ

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Lexus has been making hybrids since 2005, but it has yet to make a purely battery-powered car. The 2023 Lexus RZ 450e will fix that, spearheading the brand’s EV push. The company is estimating range at 362 kilometres, which won’t grab headlines, but the RZ should impress in other ways, namely the rock-solid quality and stellar customer service Lexus is known for.

Mercedes-Benz EQG

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The electric Mercedes G-Wagon is real; we’ve seen it, and it’s perfect. “What you see here is not just a show-car; it was our first prototype,” says Emmerich Schiller, the man in charge of off-road vehicles at Mercedes- Benz. This concept vehicle is actually ready to drive, Schiller added. Frankly, the price and range and specs don’t even matter. Rumours suggest the swaggy electric G could arrive as early as 2024, and when it does, you can be sure it’ll sell out in a flash.

BMW i7

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The 7 Series has been BMW’s flagship for 45 years, and always an obvious choice for chancellors and CEOs, but there’s never been an electric one. Not until now. The i7 promises around 500 km of EPA-rated range, and ushers in a radical new look for the brand’s flagship. Plus, it’s stuffed with all the luxury and tech features BMW knows how to cram into a car, including heated armrests, a level 3 driving assist, and a giant 31-inch panoramic screen that drops down from the roof to entertain rear-seat passengers.

Rivian R1S

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The launch of Rivian’s first model — the R1T pickup — got off to a rocky start. Production has been slow, and supply chain issues certainly haven’t helped, so most of the 90,000 people who reserved a Rivian are still waiting. Deliveries of the R1S SUV should have started in the U.S. by the time you read this, so we’d guess Canadian deliveries will finally happen in 2023. Based on everything we know, it should be well worth the wait.

Meyers Manx 2.0

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In its heyday, throughout the 1960s and ’70s, the original Manx dune buggies were driven by everyone from Elvis to Steve McQueen, and raced to victory in the inaugural Mexican 1000 rally. The new Manx 2.0 looks nearly identical, except it’s all-electric. It’ll be assembled in California; the first customers slated to get their buggies in 2023.

Range Rover EV

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The only flaw keeping the spectacular new fifth-gen Range Rover from landing in absolutely every single driveway from Rosedale to Bel-Air is the fact there isn’t an all-electric version. The British brand is hoping to fix that faux-pas in 2024, when the first Range Rover EV goes on sale. Read that again: “Range Rover EV.” It sells itself, really.

Audi A6 E-Tron

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Don’t expect to see it in showrooms until late 2023 or 2024, but this concept — shown at last year’s Shanghai auto show — previews a new mid-size luxury sedan. It could have around 700 km of range thanks in large part to the fact that it’s based on the new PPE platform, co-developed by Audi and Porsche. But what has us more excited is the long-shot chance Audi may eventually offer an electric A6 station wagon in Canada too. Fingers crossed.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz

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The hype for this one is huge. VW is bringing back the iconic Bus as an EV with a silly name. The ID. Buzz will arrive in Canada in 2024, with three rows of seats and your choice of rear- or allwheel drive. Pre-orders start in 2023, and you’d be wise to get yours in early.

Lincoln Star

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Lincoln doesn’t yet have an EV on sale, but that’ll change quickly if the brand follows through on its promise to deliver three new all-electric models by 2025. One of them will likely look a lot like the Lincoln Star concept, unveiled earlier this year. The company didn’t release any details, but the design is certainly elegant.

Genesis GV60

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Genesis’s first full EV is also likely to be its most successful. Perfectly sized to compete with the likes of Porsche’s Macan and Tesla’s Model Y, the GV60 is a 430 hp rocket that doesn’t skimp on luxury or features. Building on Genesis’s reputation for opulent interior finishing, the GV60 comes to market with some exclusive tech in the form of facial recognition and fingerprint identification for unlocking the car. Raising the bar even further is the crystal sphere that rotates out of the centre console to serve as a drive selector. As if that wasn’t enough, “boost” mode allows for up to 483 hp, providing scintillating sub-four-second runs to 100 km/h.

Canoo Lifestyle Vehicle

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The U.S.-based startup has been around since 2017, and involves a couple of key ex-BMW people who helped spearhead the i3. (Which we still love, tbh.) The Canoo Lifestyle vehicle is similarly cool, and, even better, the company said it’ll be priced from just $35,000 USD with an estimated range of 400 km. NASA, Walmart and the U.S. Army have all taken an interest in Canoo, and so have we. Production is supposed to begin before the end of the year.

Lotus Eletre

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Colin Chapman, company founder and fervent proponent of ultra-light sports cars, would roll in his grave if he could see this. Lotus is calling the Eletre a “hyper-SUV,” and it’s the first of three new “lifestyle EVs” from the brand, which is now owned by Chinese giant Geely. Whatever, for Lotus’s sake, we’re just hoping the Eletre is good.