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Electric cars: the new models expected in 2022

Renault Zoe, the Dacia Spring and the Tesla Model 3.

The French electric car market is doing well. According to a PFA report, passenger car sales in France are up 2.53% in the first eleven months of 2021 with 1,500,887 registrations. But while gasoline and diesel engines are seeing their market share decline, electrics and especially hybrids are experiencing double-digit growth. Despite a context marked by difficulties in the supply of components, the year 2022 should follow the same trend. Several new 100% electric models are expected to compete with the current bestsellers such as the Renault Zoe, the Dacia Spring and the Tesla Model 3.

Audi A6 e-tron © Audi

Audi between sedans and electric SUVs

2021 has been a busy year on the electric car front for Audi. Indeed, the German manufacturer has launched no less than three models with the Audi e-tron Sportback, the Audi e-tron GT and the Audi Q4 e-tron. 2022 should see the arrival of another electric sedan with the Audi A6 e-tron. If we stick to the concept that was unveiled this year at the Shanghai Motor Show, it will be the brand’s very first electric car with rings based on the new PPE modular platform. Developed in partnership with Porsche, it will also equip the future electric Porsche Macan. Closer to the A7 sportback than to the A6, the Audi A6 e-tron will take up the stylistic codes inaugurated on the Q4 e-tron, with an imposing full grille framed by fine headlights, or even sculpted sides. for more sportiness.

The Audi A6 e-tron should benefit from two electric motors on the front and rear axles, which deliver a total power of 350 kW, or approximately 470 hp, and a torque of 800 Nm. Like the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan, the electric sedan will take advantage of 800 V technology to guarantee rapid recharging of its 100 kWh battery. The manufacturer thus announces a charging time of less than 25 minutes to go from 5 to 80% capacity on a DC terminal of 270 kW. Finally, the Audi A6 e-tron could travel up to 700 km on a single charge. See you at the end of next year to find out more.

Another novelty planned for 2022 at Audi, the Q6 e-tron will be the brand’s third electric SUV. Produced at the Ingolstadt plant, the Audi Q6 e-tron will logically be larger and more spacious than the Q4 e-tron with which it shares the same MEB platform (like the rest of the Volkswagen Group’s electric cars). The few stolen pictures circulating on the web allow us to guess an SUV with more rounded shapes than the current e-tron and e-tron Sportback. Little information is available on the engine of the Audi Q6 e-tron, which will likely be equipped with two or three electric motors.

BMW iX3 - 286 ch et jusqu'à 460 km d'autonomie

BMW: classics available in an electric version

After the BMW iX3 at the start of 2021, then the BMW i4 and iX which were launched in December, BMW is expected to offer two more electric cars, again an SUV and a sedan. The latter, the 100% electric BMW 7 Series, will take over the role of technological showcase that has temporarily escaped it in favor of the iX. It should share its engine, but also some elements of its interior, with the BMW iX M60 unveiled at CES in Las Vegas.

In addition, the brand’s range of electric SUVs will see its ranks swell with the arrival of an emission-free X1. The new model should share its features with the thermal version, dropping its exhausts of course. And again, no information on the engine or the battery capacity. However, we can imagine that these will be lower than those of the BMW iX3.

Hyundai Ioniq 7 Seven Concept © Hyundai Motor Group

Hyundai Ioniq 6: anti-Model 3

Hyundai is one of the most active manufacturers in the electric car market. The South Korean manufacturer should finally launch the Ioniq 6 alongside the Hyundai Kona, Ioniq Electric and Ioniq 5. Look too far, relying on the same E-GMP platform that already equips the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6. The latter will also share its 77.4 kWh battery to give the Ioniq 6 up to 550 km of autonomy. Equally interesting, the 800 V technology that made its debut in the Porsche Taycan will allow 80% capacity in less than 20 minutes. On the engine side, Hyundai has also gone to the Kia EV6 for the most powerful version of the Ioniq 6, which will show 430 kW (approximately 535 hp) and 740 Nm of torque. Two other versions with 228 hp and 325 hp are also planned.

Lucid Air Pure

Lucid Air Pure, other Californian

His name may not be as well known as Tesla’s, but Lucid may eclipse his California neighbor. The brand’s first electric car, called Air Pure, is expected in Europe in 2022. There are three versions in the catalog across the Atlantic, not knowing if they will all make the journey: Lucid Air Pure with 480 hp and 653 km range, just like the Air Touring with 620 hp. Air Grand Touring, which is more powerful with 800 hp, can reach 832 km. Finally, the Air Dream Edition will come with the Tesla Model S Plaid with 1,080 hp and an announced range of 748 km. Equipped with 900 V architecture, the electric car will be able to fill with watts at charging stations up to 350 kW.

Mercedes EQB © Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes EQB and EQE, a growing range

Mercedes continues to electrify its vehicles and develop its all-electric EQ series. 2021 saw the arrival of Mercedes EQA and EQS, 2022 will be the year of Mercedes EQB and EQE. First, the EQE is an SUV when it takes the form of a more compact sedan than the brand’s flagship EQS. These last two models will share their interiors with the optional huge touchscreen MBUX Hyperscreen. Equipped with a single engine of 215 kW (292 hp) on the rear axle, the electric sedan will have a range of up to 660 km with a 90 kWh battery. Expected to be released next summer, the Mercedes EQE is expected to sell for around 100,000 euros.

The Mercedes EQB will be positioned between the EQA and EQC and directly in front of the Tesla Model Y. Initially, two 4MATIC (all-wheel drive) versions with 168 and 215 kW will be offered. torque of 390 Nm and 520 Nm respectively. These two versions will be equipped with the same battery with a capacity of 66.5 kWh for the advertised range of 419 km.

Nissan Ariya

Nissan Ariya, a launch in 2022

We’ve been waiting for that this year, and finally, in 2022, the Nissan Ariya will hit our streets. As a reminder, this is a crossover coupe directly inspired by the concept presented in 2019. This 100% electric model will benefit from the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new modular CMF-EV platform designed for battery-powered vehicles. Various versions should be offered, both with front-wheel drive and with e-Force all-wheel drive. Expected powers will range from 160 kW (217 hp and 300 Nm of torque) to 290 kW (365 hp and 600 Nm of torque). On the battery side, Nissan will offer useful capacities between 63 and 87 kWh. The Nissan Ariya will thus be able to travel up to 360 or 500 km (460 km for the all-wheel drive version). Finally, the charging power will depend on the selected battery. In fact, the Nissan Ariya will be equipped as standard with a 7.4 kW onboard charger for the 63 kWh models or a 22 kW three-phase charger for the 87 kWh versions.

Porsche Taycan GTS © Porsche

Porsche Taycan GTS: Taycan family grows again

Porsche unveiled the new Taycan GTS (for Gran Turismo Sport) at the Los Angeles Motor Show at the end of November. The electric sports car is positioned between Taycan 4S and Taycan Turbo. It promises a maximum WLTP range of 504 km and becomes the first Taycan to cross the 500 km threshold. The Taycan GTS Sport Turismo, the third body variant in the brand’s all-electric lineup, was also showcased at the LA Auto Show. Equipped with a spilled roofline, the latter takes on the stylistic codes of the Taycan Cross Turismo.
In addition to these elements, the Porsche Taycan GTS sees its height under the roof at the rear increased by 45 mm compared to the sports sedan, and the large tailgate provides access to a storage volume of more than 1,200 liters. By contrast, the Taycan Sport Turismo lacks terrain-specific design cues. Finally, the panoramic roof

Renault Mégane E-Tech © Renault

Renault Mégane E-Tech: Renault’s first electric SUV on the way

After Zoe and Twingo, Renault is preparing to market its first 100% electric SUV. Renault Mégane E-Tech is available in three different colors (Equilibre, Techno and Iconic) with two engines of 130 hp and 220 hp. The first will be associated with a 40 kWh battery for a range of 300 km, and the second with a 60 kWh model that can travel up to 470 km.
Things get complicated when it comes to charging with four possible options. Indeed, as surprising as it may seem, the Renault Mégane E-Tech can be offered with a 7 kW onboard charger without any other charging solution. In other words, it will definitely be reserved for urban use. Choosing the Boost Charge version makes it possible to switch to 22 kW in alternating current and 85 kW in fast charging stations. Switching to the Super Charge version will let you enjoy 130 kW of power, but the onboard charger then drops to 7 kW. Finally, Renault Mégane E-Tech will be able to benefit from an Optimum Charge package with the most practical 22 kW on-board charger for charging in the secondary grid and 130 kW acceptable power at the direct current terminals. Renault Mégane E-Tech will be marketed in the first quarter at 35,200 euros before the bonus for the basic version.

Skoda Enyaq iV © Thibault Jousse

The Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV is a coupe for the big electric SUV

Like the Audi e-tron before it, the Skoda Enyaq will be eligible to receive the Coupé version for 2022. The Skoda Enyaq Coupé iV will be slightly longer than the standard version, but above all 4mm longer without affecting the wheelbase. Requires cutting format, loading capacity is reduced by 15 dm3. This new Enyaq Coupé iV will be offered with engines of 77 kWh for 204 hp and 179 hp with a useful 58 kWh battery, as opposed to 265 hp with an axle motor for the latter. The more aerodynamic SUV coupe will still offer a similar range of 535 km versus 533 km for the current model.

Toyota bZ4X

Toyota bZ4X: solar roof for the hybrid specialist’s first electric car

Toyota bZ4X, the first 100% electric car of the Japanese brand, will be desired. Based on the exclusive e-TNGA platform, this family of SUVs will be offered in two versions: 204 hp of traction and 265 Nm of torque and all-wheel drive with two engines of 217 hp each. Both will be equipped with a 71.4 kWh battery that will provide a range of 500 km for traction and 460 km for the all-wheel drive version. Toyota has announced a 30-minute recharge time to regain 80% capacity with 150 kW of power. In addition, the Toyota bZ4X will stand out with its optional roof equipped with solar panels. Equipped in this way, the electric SUV will be able to gain autonomy of up to 5 km per day or 1,800 km per year, according to the manufacturer. Commercialization of the Toyota bZ4X is expected in the first half of 2022.

Volkswagen ID.5 © © Volkswagen

Volkswagen ID.5, a large SUV coupe available in two versions

Like Skoda, Volkswagen is presenting its first 100% electric coupe SUV. Although it’s called the ID.5, it looks more aerodynamic with its coupe profile accentuated by a rear spoiler and a more muscular Volkswagen ID.4 with raised rear fenders. Like the Enyaq Coupe, the Volkswagen ID.5 offers less cargo capacity than the ID.4, which is 214 liters less with the rear seats folded down. On the other hand, while there is no change on the ship, a single battery capacity of 77 kWh is offered. Combined with two electric motors of 174 hp and 204 hp, Volkswagen ID.5 will offer a range of up to 513 km, like the ID.4. And like the latter, a more powerful GTX version with all-wheel drive will be offered thanks to the additional engine on the axle. The latter will thus increase the total power to 299 hp, while the advertised range will increase to 489 km. The Volkswagen ID.5 will be available for 51,450 euros.

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