Battery-electric vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, from well-priced daily drivers to extravagant performance vehicles. The Volkswagen ID.4 has a starting price under $39,000, fast charging, and good driving range. We spent a week living with the premium grade ID.4 Pro S AWD and were delighted with its styling, power, and utility.
Is Hyundai making the best EV on the market? After a week behind the wheel of the 2023 IONIQ 6, they jumped to the top of our list. We drove the IONIQ 6 Limited AWD model with a long-range battery pack. This configuration provides the best combination of performance, range, and features. Long live the sedan!
Ford’s electric crossover gets ready to hit the trails with the Mustang Mach-E Rally. It has a two-motor drivetrain that makes 480 hp and 650 lb-ft. of torque. It rolls on 19″ alloy rally wheels with Michelin CrossClimate2 tires and has a 20mm suspension lift, MagneRide dampers, a rear spoiler, and underbody shielding. Expect a 250-mile range and a $65K MSRP.
A limited edition of Ford’s electric truck, the F-150 Lightning Platinum Black comes factory-wrapped in matte black. It rolls on matte black 22″ wheels, with black badging, power running boards, a black tonneau cover, a smoked light bar, a gloss black roof, and a black leather interior. The fully-loaded truck has dual motors and a 300-mile driving range.
Hyundai turned up at the Goodwood 2023 with a truly special electric car. The IONIQ 5 N is the performance variant of the IONIQ 5, with an 84 kWh battery, dual motors, 641 hp, and a 0-to-62 time of 3.4 sec. It rolls on 21″ wheels, has a stiffened chassis, an electronically-controlled suspension, limited-slip diff, and active sound design. It’s even got a “drift optimizer.”
Mercedes’ sleek concept car pays tribute to the 300 SL Gullwing and C 111 Concept while looking ahead. Its curvy body is designed to optimize aerodynamics, while its electric drivetrain provides speed and efficiency. Inside, you’ll find cool touches like an F1-style steering wheel, shiny quilted silver seats, and a dot-matrix screen that spans the dashboard.
Porsche’s concept electric hypercar picks up where the 918 Spyder left off. Its sleek exoskeleton is made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, with scissor doors and curved glass surrounding its cockpit. The design showcases elements inspired by Porsche race cars and would aim to be the fastest road-legal car around the Nürburgring if produced.
Throughout its 70+ years, the Chevy Corvette has been one of the fastest American-made cars you can buy. But can a battery-operated toy Corvette keep up with the real deal? Joel Creates and his pals loaded up a Barbie Corvette with powerful electric motors and batteries, then took it to the Great Lakes Dragaway to race alongside four real Vettes.
After more than two decades, the VW Bus is back. The long wheelbase ID.Buzz is headed for North America and Europe, transporting up to seven passengers with pure electric power. It has an 85 kWh battery, with the RWD model making 286 hp, and the AWD GTX producing 339 hp. A large glass roof brings light into the cabin and can be electronically tinted.
Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 EV swept the 2022 New York Auto Show awards. This week Hyundai did it again with the IONIQ 6 and unveiled the IONIQ 5 Disney100 Platinum Concept car, the first-ever collaboration between Disney Imagineering and an automaker. A limited-edition production version will commemorate Disney’s 100th anniversary.
Kia has taken wraps off of its full-size electric SUV to show off its boxy design. It rolls on the smooth-riding E-GMP EV platform and seats up to seven passengers in comfort. Its second-row seats can swivel 180º, creating a cozy conversation pit on wheels. Details on horsepower, range, and price are expected soon.
Ram tosses their hat into the electric pickup truck ring with a glimpse at their first BEV. The Ram 1500 Revolution BEV Concept runs on a quick-charging 800-volt architecture, offers 4-wheel steering, and has a futuristic interior accessed through wide-opening “grand saloon” doors. A 2024 production model is set to debut soon.
After tweaking his ankle, Sur Ronster needed a better way to get around than on crutches. So he reached out to his pal Domo to put together a mobility scooter. But this isn’t your granddad’s Hoveround. This insane ride has a full suspension and a Surron Storm Bee 22.5 kW dirt bike motor powered by 72-volt batteries.
The McMurtry Spéirling is single-seat sports car designed for maximum speed. Mat Watson from Carwow scored some time behind its wheel, and while he was at it, he managed to do the 1/4-mile in less than 8 seconds. The 2200 lb. car packs a 1000 hp electric drivetrain and fans that produce 2 tons of downforce.
This brutalist SUV from the UK is built to take on the toughest terrain. Its electric motor and two-speed transmission sends power to all four wheels, like a traditional 4WD system. Power ranges from 295 to 375 hp with up to 516 lb-ft. of torque. It’s built on a hefty steel ladder frame and has an impressive 18.9″ of ground clearance.
Jeep’s all-new electric SUV is offers outdoor adventures in blissful silence. Jeep says the 4×4 has the chops to cross the daunting Rubicon Trail, enabled by a traction management system, e-locker axle tech, skid plates, all-terrain tires, and tow hooks. Like the Wrangler, you can open its roof and remove its doors.
Dodge previews its electric future, and they’re not backing down from making muscle cars. The 2-door Charger Daytona SRT has an 800-volt Banshee propulsion system, all-wheel drive, a multi-speed transmission, and a growly, emissions-free exhaust note made by pushing air through chamber and amplifying it.
After Polestar revealed the O₂ roadster concept, the EV maker has decided to put the car into production for 2026. Its dual motors will crank out 884hp, a 0-to-60 time of 3.1 sec, a top speed of 155 mph, and a 300+ mile range. Polestar is accepting reservations now for the $200,000 Polestar 6 LA Concept, a 500-unit limited edition.
We’ve seen the future, and it’s Kia’s tech-savvy electric cross-hatch, the EV6. With a head-turning design, cutting-edge drivetrain, fast charging, and good driving range, the EV6 is one of the best cars we’ve driven this year. We spent a week living with the sport-styled GT-Line RWD model, slathered in a sweet Steel Matte Grey paint.
The fiberglass Meyers Manx is THE classic dune buggy. The original was powered by a VW Beetle engine. The Manx 2.0 rocks a modern electric drivetrain. It will come in a 20kWh and 40kWh versions with 150 and 300 miles of range, respectively. The 40kWh model makes 202 hp and 240 lb-ft. of torque and zips from 0-to-60 in 4.5 sec.
Chevy took its Blazer compact crossover and turned it into a sporty battery electric vehicle. Taking aim at the Mustang Mach-E, the Blazer EV, models will offer ranges from 247 to 320 miles, DC fast charging, and FWD, RWD, or AWD motor configurations. The SS performance model has 557 hp and can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.
Hyundai’s electric sedan puts the Tesla Model 3 in its sights with its aerodynamic design. It has a modern and spacious cockpit with a digital dashboard, ambient lighting, and sustainable materials. Sharing its platform with the Ionic 5, expect RWD models to start around 168 hp and AWD up to 320 hp with a range of 300+ mi.
The climb to the top of the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world’s most famous time trials. At the 2022 hill climb, a tiny experimental EV called the McMurtry Spéirling set a record of 39.08 seconds, in part due to the car’s innovative design, which uses fans to generate massive amounts of downforce.