I drove 15 electric cars in 2022. These were my Favorite Features.

I drove 15 electric cars in 2022. These were my Favorite Features.

  • I got behind the wheel of 15 electric cars in 2022.
  • Awesome features made six models stand out from the growing pack.
  • Tesla’s Model Y is incredibly easy to charge, and Pininfarina’s Battista has mind-bending acceleration.

There are more electric vehicles on sale than ever before. In 2022, I got to drive well over a dozen of the latest and greatest models.

Looking back over hours and hours of testing, six features out of six vehicles stood out.

The roughness of the Rivian R1S

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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Electric vehicle launches Rivian SUV is big, comfy, and extremely fast. What really sets it apart, however, is its amazing off-road ability.

The Launch Edition model I drove had four motors, one driving each wheel. Not only does this setup allow for a ton of power—835 horsepower and 908 pound-feet of torque, to be exact—but it also helps the R1S’s advanced all-wheel-drive system grab hold when the going gets steep or slippery.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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I know next to nothing about off-roading, but I had a blast going over boulders, running streams, and climbing up steep hills. The SUV’s air suspension can change ride height and stiffness to match different types of terrain. And with the help of a built-in air compressor, Rivian owners can refill their tires after a day on the trails.

The Ford F-150 Lightning on

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

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An electric version of America’s most popular pickup, the F-150 Lightning is a game changer. One of its best features is its huge front stock.

Pop the Lightning’s “hood” and you’ll gain access to a cavernous compartment complete with a divider, power outlet, and underfloor storage. It’s the perfect solution for any things you want to keep safe and out of bed. One bonus: The entire grille area rises up with the hatch, providing a convenient low loading zone.

Absurd acceleration of the Pininfarina Battista

The Pininfarina Battista.

The Pininfarina Battista.

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Most EVs are quite fast, thanks to the instantaneous torque of an electric motor. But the Pininfarina Battista blows every Porsche, Audi, and Tesla out of the water.

Powered by four motors worth 1,900 horsepower, the $2 million supercar blasts to 60 mph in less than two seconds. (It recently clocked 1.79 seconds, claiming the title of world’s fastest production car.)

The Pininfarina Battista.

The Pininfarina Battista.

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The feeling of the floor is brutal and exhilarating and makes you question whether you have broken the laws of physics.

Supercharging capability of the Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y electric SUV.

Tesla Model Y.

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Teslas are known for many things – their minimal interior size, their sporty performance, and, for better or worse, their mastermind, Elon Musk.

But the one part of the Tesla Model Y test that stuck with me more than any of that was Supercharging. Tesla’s proprietary fast charging network is extensive and makes pit stops a breeze.

The Tesla Model Y electric SUV.

Tesla Model Y.

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Once you’ve set up a payment method, Supercharging is as simple as pulling up to an available stall and plugging in. It’s much easier than using other charging providers, which may require owners to swipe a card or navigate an app.

In addition, when you plot a route in Tesla’s navigation system, the car suggests charging stops and even prepares the battery for optimal charging as you approach.

Polestar 2 screens free

Polyester 2022 2.

Polyester 2022 2.

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Polestar 2’s sleek looks, modern cabin and sporty handling make it a worthy competitor to Tesla. But what attracted me the most is its Google-powered infotainment system.

I’m not usually one to worry about touchscreens and vehicle software, but hear me out. In a world where cars are increasingly filled with screens and without buttons – often to the detriment of usability – Polestar 2 is a great spot. Its infotainment system is simple, easy to use, looks nice, and doesn’t hide important settings behind of a maze of menus.

The electric car Polestar 2 2022.

Polyester 2022 2.

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Its digital gauge cluster is equally well thought out, showing at a glance everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 style free,

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022.

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In general, the dazzling concept cars that automakers show off at Autocars don’t look good when (and if) they go into production. Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 SUV is an exception.

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD.

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD.

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It’s all exaggerated prototype styling – but you can actually buy one. As someone who drools over the tough cars of the 1970s and 1980s, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the Ioniq 5’s origami curves, chiseled surfaces, and retro vibe.

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