BMW i7, Tesla Y… The top 10 electric cars of the year 2022

By the end of 2022, the editorial staff of CHallenges takes stock of the year’s hottest electric sedans. After its infancy ten years ago, the electric vehicle is entering the age of maturity. It is no longer aimed at the brave technophile, willing to risk destruction, but at Mr. and Mrs. Everybody. It’s a long way from 2012, when the Renault ZOE had to demolish the sad image left as a legacy of nickel batteries that didn’t last the distance!

In the wake of Tesla, manufacturers have worked to increase autonomy, even if it means raising the price of their cars until they are beyond the reach of most households. But a new trend is emerging. The ignominious success of the Dacia Spring – despite a meager 230 kilometers of maximum autonomy and its small and cheap battery – shows that there is a need for electric cars that prefer calmness to the race for performance. A dichotomy and a diversity well illustrated by our selection of the most impressive production car models.

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  • Dodge charger Daytona Srt Concept, the one that is not assumed

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept Credit: Stellantis/SP

Estimated power: 800 horsepower.

Maximum autonomy: Not informed.

Battery: Did Not Communicate.

Price: Not disclosed.

Fans of beautiful mechanics are afraid of the electric conversion of their favorite cars. With their attention, American Dodge imagined a sound system that compresses the ambient air to mimic the furious growls of the V8 engine. Unique.

  • Dacia Spring, the cheapest

Dacia Spring - 21 Credit: Challenges - N. Meunier
Dacia Spring – 21 Credit: Challenges – N. Meunier

Power: 33 kilowatts (44 horsepower).

Maximum autonomy: 230 kilometers.

Battery: 27 kWh.

Price: from 19,800 euros.

True, the Citroën Ami costs almost 10,000 euros less. But it belongs to the category of cars without a license, whose speed is limited to 45 km / h. While the Dacia Spring drives at 125 km/h and covers up to 230 kilometers.

  • Toyota Mirai, the most popular hydrogen electric vehicle

Toyota Mirai.  Filling up with hydrogen takes the same time as for a thermal vehicle, with the same autonomy, more than 600 km.
Toyota Mirai

Power: 134 kW (182 horsepower).

Maximum autonomy: 650 kilometers.

H2 tank: 5.6 kg (142 liters).

Price: 71,500 euros.

Parisians know him as a taxi in the colors of the Hype company. But anyone can get it and enjoy a recharge in five minutes. If you live near one of the few stations that deliver hydrogen.

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5, the fastest to unload

Hyundai Ioniq 5 HTRAC Executive - 11 Credit: Challenges - N. Meunier
Hyundai Ioniq 5 HTRAC Executive – 11 Credit: Challenges – N. Meunier

Power: 125 to 239 kW.

Maximum autonomy: 362 to 507 kilometers.

Battery: 58 to 77.4 kWh.

Price: from 46,500 euros.

Stopping frequency is less painful if the battery is charged in less time than it takes to swallow a sandwich. The Hyundai Ioniq5 sees its charge rate go from 20% to 80% in just eighteen minutes. Better than Porsche.

  • Rimac Nevera, the fastest

Rimac Refrigerator Credit: Rimac
Rimac Refrigerator Credit: Rimac

Power: 1,408 kW (1,914 horsepower).

Maximum autonomy: 550 kilometers.

Battery: 120 kWh.

Price: 2 million euros

Founded in 2009, the Croatian firm Rimac supplies its electrical components to the most prestigious manufacturers. But he keeps the best to himself. The proof with its Nevera provided for 412 km / h, faster than any other electric.

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  • Sono Sion, the sunniest


Power: 120 kW (163 horsepower).

Maximum autonomy: 305 kilometers.

Battery: 54 kWh.

Estimated price: 25,000 euros.

Match the autonomy of a Tesla for less? This is the promise of this German car that compensates for its low battery capacity by constantly recharging, through photovoltaic cells aligned with its bodywork.

  • Tesla Model Y, the best seller in the world

Tesla Model Y Performance - 35 Credit: Challenges - N. Meunier
Tesla Model Y Performance – 35 Credit: Challenges – N. Meunier

Power: 258 to 340 kW (351 to 462 hp).

Maximum autonomy: 514 to 533 kilometers.

Battery: 72.5 kWh.

Price: from 64,990 euros.

The ID.4 crossover betrays Volkswagen’s expectations. This is why it is a… Tesla that replaces the Tesla Model 3 on the top step of the podium. The reasons for ModelY’s success? Its enlarged interior and stylish crossover appearance.

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  • Peugeot E-208, the most sold in France

A Peugeot E-208 on display at the Geneva Motor Show, March 5, 2019 Credit: AFP/Archives - Fabrice COFFRINI
A Peugeot E-208 Credit: AFP/Archives – Fabrice COFFRINI

Power: 115 kW (156 horsepower).

Maximum autonomy: 400 kilometers.

Battery: 51 kWh.

Price: from 33,000 euros.

In the first half of the year, the electric variant of the French bestseller was closely followed by the Fiat 500e, Italian built in Poland, and the Dacia Spring imported from China. Renault Megane E-Tech Electric’s excellent start also gives it a cold sweat.

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  • Lotus Evija, the most expensive
Lotus Evija (2019) - 8 Credit: Photo © Lotus Cars
Lotus Evija (2019) – 8 Credit: Photo © Lotus Cars

Power: 1,470.5 kW (2,000 hp).

Maximum autonomy: 346 kilometers.

Battery: 70 kWh.

Price: 2.3 million euros.

For those with a solid bank account, the English sports car specialist offers to get behind the wheel of a car with a carbon fiber reinforced resin body, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in less than three seconds.

  • BMW i7, the limousine of the future
BMW i7 xDrive60 M Sport - 21 Credit: Challenges - N. Meunier
BMW i7 xDrive60 M Sport – 21 Credit: Challenges – N. Meunier

Power: 544 horsepower.

Maximum autonomy: 320 kilometers

Battery: 105.7kWh

Price: 139,000 euros

BMW is revamping its top-of-the-range, the 7 Series. To better anchor it in the future, the brand is selling the electric version first, called the i7. Behind a strange face, there is a wealth of technology that does not lack beauty, and exceptional comfort.

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