2022 was a big year in the electric vehicle (EV) space with more sales, launches and planning for a zero emissions future than ever before. Diesel sales fell to an all-time low, with electric cars in the UK selling three times as many vehicles for the year. The change is happening. In December, electric vehicles even outsold petrol cars.
It’s an exciting time and as we look forward to 2023 and bigger and better things happening in the electric car world, we bring you the new releases that will be hitting the roads around the globe in 2023. Here are the best electric cars coming this year:
Audi A6 E-Tron and Avant
Audi announced its A6 e-tron and the A6 e-tron Avant electric estate car in 2022 and we are big fans of the estate version. It has an exclusive electric drive system based on the forward-looking Premium Platform Electric (PPE) platform and will deliver up to 700 kilometres (435 miles) of range.
The new luxury class estate car measures 4,960mm in length, 1,960mm wide and is 1,440mm tall. The fastest electric Avant models in this class will offer impressive performances too, sprinting from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in less than four seconds.
The Audi A6 Avant features an 800-volt system and a charging capacity of up to 270kW. As a result, it can take in enough energy in just 10 minutes at a fast-charging station to drive about 186 miles (300km).
Citroën’s My Ami Buggy Series
Citroën announced a limited run of 1,000 My Ami Buggy models will go on sale this year. The new limited edition version will be similar to the first edition but with a few surprise features over the current My Ami Buggy. This electric vehicle (EV) sold out all 50 units in just 18 minutes. Further details of the second edition will be released this spring.
My Ami Buggy is an extension of Ami’s playful character and is at home both in the urban jungle and in more remote locations. Ami 100% ëlectric can already be found across the world, for example, it has played a part in delivering the energy transformation of the island of Halki off the coast of Greece where the police and Coast Guard use the models.
The Delorean is back and this time it will be a zero-emissions electric vehicle. The Delorean Motor Company (DMC) is bringing back a modern version of the classic wing-doored sports car that shot to fame at the end of the 1985 classic movie Back to the Future.
The futuristic-looking Alpha 5 features classic wing-style doors but the styling is less angular than the original with neat lines and smooth curves. It comes in a modern package with a 300-mile (483km) range. It’s no slug either hitting 0-60mph (0-97kph) in just under three seconds with an anticipated top speed of 155mph (250kph).
Fiskerdebuted its Fisker Ocean all-electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) last year to the European market at Mobile World Congressin Barcelona. Deliveries of the Fisker Ocean for the US and selected European and Scandinavian countries deliveries will start this year.
The five-seater Fisker Ocean offers a range of 275 miles (443km) with a starting price of £34,990 in the UK (incl. VAT, excluding subsidies). The top trim Fisker Ocean Extreme will offer up to 390 miles (628km) on a single charge and features dual-motor all-wheel-drive (AWD), three driving modes and a host of first-to-market safety features. The full-length SolarSky roof can also up to 1,500 free miles (2,414km) per year.
Ford Transit 2023
Ford confirmed that the next-generation Ford Transit Custom electric range will arrive in 2023. These will be built by Ford Otosan, Ford’s joint venture in Turkey in Kocaeli, which has become the home of the Ford Transit range.
In addition, the next-generation Volkswagen one-tonne commercial vehicle also will be built in Kocaeli. This adds valuable scale to vehicle platforms and enhance the customer experience by bringing more technologies to market, faster.
Hyundai IONIQ 6
Hyundai Motor Company officially launched its latest electric car, the distinctively sleek and curvy IONIQ 6 last year ready for production in 2023. This is the brand’s second electric vehicle and follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful IONIQ 5 crossover.
The IONIQ 6 is built on Hyundai’s Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and is equipped with an array of advanced technologies and a customer-centric, spacious interior. The First Edition will have an extended range of up to 320 miles (502km) and the price for the launch model will start at £54,995.
Last year Jeep revealed the new Avenger all-electric SUV with a targeted range of 250 miles (402km) and features a modern and technologically advanced interior, with plenty of space for people and cargo. Alongside this model, Jeep will introduce four zero-emission vehicles in Europe by 2025.
The front-wheel-drive Avenger, which offers 150hp, can charge up to 80 per cent in just minutes using 100kWh DC fast charging. Stellantis group, which Jeep is part of, will manufacture the Avenger in Poland along with other electric vehicles it produces.
Kia continues towards its electric future and first revealed its new EV9 in late 2021. Last year, this electric vehicle, which is built on Kia’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), was undergoing its final intensive testing program ready for going on sale in the UK later this year. The EV9 will be the first model from the brand to offer Automode, Kia’s autonomous driving offering.
It’s expected to deliver a driving range of up to 300 miles (483km) and features ultra-fast charging technology with a 350kW charger that can charge the battery up to 80 per cent in 20-30 minutes. We love the combination of the angular design, which would keep Postman Pat happy, blended with modern aerodynamic features.
Premium sports car brand Lotus revealed their new Lotus Eletre last year. Code named the Type 132, Lotus are calling their new zero-emissions vehicle a Hyper-SUV. Regardless of genre name, it’s hard not to be impressed by both the looks and performance of the Lotus Eletre.
The Eletre is a four-wheel-drive and has a battery capacity that’s over 100kWh delivering 600hp. The Eletre has a top speed of 161mph (260kph) and can hit from 0-62mph (0-100kph) in less than three seconds.The car’s target driving range is an impressive 373 miles (600km) and using a 350kW charger will deliver 248 miles (400km) range in just 20 minutes.
Lucid Air Sapphire
Lucid Group, which have been setting new standards with the longest-range, fastest-charging electric car on the market with the Lucid Air, introduced the Sapphire last year. This is Lucid’s new ultra-high-performance brand, led by the new Lucid Air Sapphire, the world’s first fully electric luxury super-sports saloon.
This high performer, which will cost a cool $249,000, will feature three electric motors with an output of over 1,200hp. It will hit 0-60mph (0-97kph) in less than two seconds, reach 100mph (161kph) in under four and the quarter mile in under nine seconds. This puts it up there with some of the best electric hypercars.
PEUGEOT e-308 and e-308 SW
PEUGEOT will bring the new e-308 and e-308 SW all-electric models to the road in 2023. They will be powered by a brand-new electric powertrain with a 115kW (156bhp) motor. This is powered by a new 54 kWh high-voltage battery providing a range of up to 248 miles (400km).
With an onboard three-phase 11kW charger provided with the car as standard, drivers can also benefit from 100kW rapid charging. This will power the battery from 20-80 per cent in less than 25 minutes. Both models offer a choice of three driving modes, including Eco, Normal or Sport, to suit all driving conditions.
Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car manufacturer, officially revealed the Polestar 3 electric sports utility vehicle (SUV) in October. It combines Scandinavian minimalism and purity with the key ingredients of a sports utility vehicle ready for the electric age. Production is penned to start this summer and at launch, the Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor edition will cost £79,900.
A 111kWh battery pack provides Polestar 3 with a driving range of up to 379 miles (610km) and launches with a dual-motor configuration and a power bias towards the rear. The standard car produces a total of 360kW (489 hp) and 840Nm of torque. With the optional Performance Pack, the total output is 380kW (517hp) and will hit 0-62mph (0-100kph) in 4.7 seconds, with a top speed limited to 130mph (209kph).
In October, Rolls-Royce debuted the Spectre, the marque’s first 100 per cent electric vehicle. The two-door coupé marks the beginning of an all-electric era for Rolls-Royce. It features a modern sleek aerodynamic look without diverting too much from the classic design. It’s distinctively a Rolls Royce in that it’s big and powerful, silent but best of all comes with zero emissions.
The Spectre, which has been designed from the ground up as an electric car, is anticipated to have an all-electric range of 320 miles (520km) with an expected 900Nm of torque from its 430kW powertrain. It is anticipated to achieve 0-60mph (0-97kph) in just 4.4 seconds. No price has been announced as yet but expect it to be in the £350,000-£400,00 range.
The futuristic-looking Tesla Cybertruck was supposed to come to market in 2022 but it never appeared. Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, has promised it will arrive later this year. The space-age truck will be spec’d with a powerful drivetrain and low centre of gravity that provides extraordinary traction control and torque.
Tesla says this will enable it to accelerate from 0-60mph (0-97kph) in as little as 2.9 seconds and offer up to 500 miles (805km) of range. It will also offer a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds. Prices were supposed to start from $40,000 but this remains to be seen since prices have been removed from Tesla’s website.
Volkswagen will release the ID.7 in 2023 and it will be the brand’s first fully electric saloon car based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform. This will be Volkswagen’s sixth model in the ID family after the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5 and ID.6 (only in China) models and the new ID. Buzz. The company will launch the electric saloon in three primary markets including China, Europe and North America.
Volkswagen recently unveiled the new ID.7 electric car at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The ID.7, which was based on the ID. AERO concept vehicle initially presented in China, embodies an aerodynamic design concept that helps achieve a range of up to 435 miles (700km).
XPENG announced its G9 electric SUV at the end of last year and it will be available in 2023. This is the Chinese automaker’s fourth production vehicle and will initially be available for the Chinese market. There will be three series of G9, each with a different driving range, and six configurations in total.
These are the RWD 570G, RWD 570E and RWD 702E; 4WD Performance 650E and 650X; and a Launch Edition 650X. The 4WD Performance models come with a dual-chamber air suspension system as standard. Ranges will vary from 354 to 436 miles (570-702km). First deliveries for customers in China are expected in October.
2023 Zeekr 001
Zeekr, the premium electric car brand from Geely Holding Group, announced the 2023 Zeekr 001 models are on the way and will be available in China. The body of the 2023 001 models remain the same but it receives updates and new colours are available, including orange, blue and night black.
Zeekr is offering four base configurations for the 001 including two WE Editions, one ME Edition and one YOU Edition. The top-of-the-range model will be offered with a Qilin Battery from CATL that will deliver an impressive range of up 641 miles (1,032km). This puts it among the longest-range electric cars available today.