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The best electric cars of 2022 (and how long it takes to charge them)

April 29, 2022 | Wesley van Barlingen

EVs are popular for a reason: beyond emitting low or even no CO2, they also cost less to maintain and charge, and provide an enjoyable driving experience. The EV market has grown exponentially: according to Bloomberg, there will be around 26 million EVs on the road by the end of 2022, a considerable increase from 1 million in 2016.

With the surging demand for electric vehicles and government legislation to fight climate change, car manufacturers all over the world are releasing new models. But with so many options –and because for many, buying an electric car is a completely new experience– it can be hard to know which one is the best for you. This article highlights some of the most popular (or anticipated) electric cars of 2022, their battery specs, and how long it takes to charge them.

This article features the following electric vehicles (click for quick access):

Polestar 2

A white Polestar 2 as the only parked car in a parking lot.

While some car designs can be controversial, the 2022 Polestar 2’s clean lines and simple yet beautiful design likely won’t upset anyone. Positioned as a competitor to Tesla’s Model 3, the Polestar 2 offers a high-quality package with a competitive range and performance.

Polestar 2 specs

2022 Polestar 2 model variations

The Polestar 2 comes in three models:

  1. Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor: The Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor has a 69 kWh battery and a 470 km range.
  2. Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor: The Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor has a 78 kWh battery and 540 km range.
  3. Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor: The Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor has a 78 kWh battery and 480 km range.

What is the range of a Polestar 2?

The range of a Polestar 2 is between 470 km and 540 km.

How big is the battery in a Polestar 2? 

The battery capacity of a Polestar 2 is either 69 kWh or 78 kWh.

How much is a Polestar 2?

The starting prices for the Polestar 2 range between €46,900 and €53,900*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Polestar 2 can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Polestar’s Dutch catalog price.

Polestar 2 release date

The Polestar 2 is already available across 19 markets in Europe, the U.S., and Asia, with an additional 11 markets planned by the end of the year.

How long does a Polestar 2 take to charge?

The time it takes to charge up a Polestar 2 varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*: Polestar 2 Standard Range (69 kWh)
Charging times*:
Polestar 2 Long Range (78 kWh)
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW
33h
37h 18 min
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
10h 15 min
11h 35 min
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW
6h 45 min
7 h 47 min
Level 3 (AC)
50 kW
55 min
1h 02 min
Level 3 (DC)
125 kW
22 min
24 min
Level 3 (DC)
150 kW
-
20 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Kia EV6

A Kia EV6 parked in front of two modern buildings at sunset.

Kia’s EV6 is a stylish new electric hatchback SUV that shares a lot of its parts with the excellent Hyundai Ioniq 5. Its sporty drive, great range, and impressive driver assistance features make it an attractive choice for many. And compared to many of its competitors, it offers some of the best value for money of any EV. It’s no surprise that it was named European Car of the Year for 2022.

Kia EV6 specs

Kia EV6 model variations

The Kia EV6 comes in three models:

  1. EV6 Standard Range 2WD: The Kia EV6 Standard Range with rear-wheel drive has a 58 kWh battery and a 394 km range.
  2. EV6 Long Range 2WD: The Kia EV6 Long Range with rear-wheel drive has a 77.4 kWh battery and 528 km range.
  3. EV6 Long Range AWD: The Kia EV6 Long Range with all-wheel drive has a 77.4 kWh battery and 506 km range.

What is the range of a Kia EV6?

The range of a Kia EV6 is between 394 km and 528 km.

How big is the battery in a Kia EV6? 

The battery capacity of a Kia EV6 is either 58 kWh or 77.4 kWh.

Kia EV6 price

The starting prices for the Kia EV6 range between €45,195 and €56,195*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Kia EV6 can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Kia’s Dutch catalog price.

When will the Kia EV6 be available?

The Kia EV6 is already shipping across Europe, the U.K., and North America at the time of writing, with production expected to increase throughout the year.

How long does it take to charge a Kia EV6?

The time it takes to charge up a Kia EV6 varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*:
EV6 Standard Range (58 kWh)
Charging times*:
EV6 Long Range (77.4 kWh)
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW
27h 44 min
36h 49 min
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
8h 37 min
11h 26 min
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW
5h 47 min
7h 42 min
Level 3 (DC)
50 kW
46 min
1h 01 min
Level 3 (DC)
125 kW
18 min
24 min
Level 3 (DC)
350 kW
-
8 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Mazda MX-30

A Mazda MX-30 is parked in a square on a cloudy day. There are two modern buildings in the background and a bench on the left.

Mazda is joining the ranks of other automakers by releasing the MX-30, its first production electric vehicle. Despite its comparatively smaller battery and range, the Mazda MX-30 is a family-friendly car with plenty of carrying capacity and interior space. Its well-built interior with close attention to detail and a careful selection of materials –from recycled PET in the plastic fittings to a cork trim– highlights Mazda’s commitment to minimizing the MX-30’s environmental impact.

Mazda MX-30 specs

Mazda MX-30 model variations

The Mazda MX-30 comes in three models*: the MX-30, the MX-30 Comfort, and the MX-30 Luxury. They all have a 35.5 kWh battery and a 200 km range, but the Comfort and Luxury models have different, more premium interior and exterior finishes. 

*Model names and designations may vary per country.

 What is the range of a Mazda MX-30?

The range of a Mazda MX-30 is 200 km.

How big is the battery in a Mazda MX-30? 

The battery capacity of a Mazda MX-30 is 35.5 kWh.

How much does a Mazda MX-30 cost?

The starting price for the Mazda MX-30 is between €33,140 and €39,140*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Mazda MX-30 can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Mazda’s Dutch catalog price.

Mazda MX-30 release date

The Mazda MX-30 was released in 2021 in Europe, Asia, and California.

How long does it take to charge a Mazda MX-30?

The time it takes to charge up a Mazda MX-30 varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level Charging output

Charging times*

Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 17h 13 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 5h 21 min
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 3h 36 min
Level 3 (DC) 40 kW 36 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz EQE

A closeup of a white Mercedes-Benz EQE with some white light beams which represent speed.

Following last year’s release of its flagship EQS, Mercedes is entering the electric saloon market with an electric version of its E-Class. The EQE is packed full of futuristic tech, with a large touchscreen and advanced driver assistance features. As expected from the German manufacturer, build quality and finishes are top-notch – no panel gaps or cheap materials. And, compared to the enormous EQS, it drives much better. Aimed at the higher-end of the market, the Mercedes EQE is a highly compelling electric car and deserves consideration as an alternative for many Tesla buyers.

Mercedes EQE specs

Mercedes EQE model variations 

The Mercedes EQE comes in three models*:

  1. EQE 350+ Luxury: The EQE 350+ Luxury has a 90 kWh battery and a 646 km range.
  2. EQE 350+ AMG: The EQE 350+ AMG has a 90 kWh battery and a 642 km range.
  3. AMG EQE 43 4MATIC: The AMG EQE 43 4MATIC has a 90 kWh battery and 531 km range.

*Model names and designations may vary per country.

What is the range of a Mercedes EQE?

The range of a Mercedes EQE is between 531 km and 646 km.

How big is the battery in a Mercedes EQE? 

The battery capacity of a Mercedes EQE is 90 kWh.

Mercedes EQE price

The Mercedes EQE’s starting price is between €79,850 and €107,680*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Mercedes EQE can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Mercedes’ Dutch catalog price.

Mercedes EQE release date

At the time of writing, Mercedes is expected to start delivering the EQE at the end of April 2022.

How long does it take to charge a Mercedes EQE?

The time it takes to charge up a Mercedes EQE varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level Charging output

Charging times*

Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 43h 02 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 13h 22 min
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 9h
Level 2 (AC) 22 kW 4h 30 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 1h 11 min
Level 3 (DC) 125 kW 28 min
Level 3 (DC) 170 kW 21 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Nissan Ariya

A blue Nissan Ariya is parked on a promenade at sunset.

Nissan is well-known for its electric cars, with the Leaf being one of the earliest and most popular EVs in the market. This year, Nissan brings a strikingly different EV with the Ariya, the company’s first electric crossover. Beyond its bold exterior, its spacious interior and large trunk make it an ideal family car, and a competitively priced one too.

Nissan Ariya Lightning specs

Nissan Ariya model variations

The Nissan Ariya comes in three models:

  1. Ariya 63 kWh: As the name suggests, the Ariya 63 has a 63 kWh battery and a 360 km range.
  2. Ariya 87 kWh: The Ariya 87 has an 87 kWh battery and 500 km range.
  3. Ariya e-4ORCE 87 kWh: The Ariya e-4ORCE has an 87 kWh battery and 460 km range.

What is the range of a Nissan Ariya?

The range of a Nissan Ariya is between 360 km and 500 km.

How big is the battery in a Nissan Ariya? 

The battery capacity of a Nissan Ariya is either 63 kWh or 87 kWh.

How much does a Nissan Ariya cost?

The Nissan Ariya starts between €47,390 and €61,390*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Nissan Ariya can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Nissan’s Dutch catalog price.

Nissan Ariya release date

At the time of writing, the Nissan Ariya 63 kWh and 87 kWh are expected to start delivering during summer 2022, while the Ariya e-4ORCE 87 kWh is expected to ship in autumn 2022.

How long does it take to charge a Nissan Ariya?

The time it takes to charge up a Nissan Ariya varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*:
Aryia 63 kWh
Charging times*:
Aryia 87 kWh &
e-4ORCE 87 kWh
Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 30h 07 min 41h 36 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 9h 21 min 12h 55 min
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 6h 17 min 8h 41 min
Level 2 (AC) 22 kW 3h 08 min 4h 20 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 50 min 1h 09min
Level 3 (DC) 125 kW 20 min 27 min
Level 3 (DC) 130 kW 19 min 26 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Cupra Born

A grey Cupra Born is parked under an overpass with an urban context in the background at sunset.

This year also marks the release of Cupra’s first EV, the Born. Its sporty design and stylish interior are familiar features that make the Born look and feel distinctively Cupra. Underneath its looks, it shares a platform with the Volkswagen ID.3, with the same dimensions, battery, and driving performance. For anyone looking for a smaller EV, the Born is a zippy hatchback with a satisfying performance – especially with the e-Boost Packs.

Cupra Born specs

Cupra Born model variations

The Cupra Born comes in three models*:

  1. Cupra Born 58: As the name suggests, the Cupra Born 58 has a 58 kWh battery and a 388 km range.
  2. CUPRA Born 58 with e-Boost Pack: The Cupra Born 58 with e-Boost Pack has a 58 kWh battery and 390 km range.
  3. CUPRA Born 77 with e-Boost Pack: The Cupra Born 77 with e-Boost Pack has a 77 kWh battery and 520 km range.

*Model names and designations may vary per country.

What is the range of a Cupra Born?

The range of a Cupra Born is between 388 km and 520 km.

How big is the battery in a Cupra Born? 

The battery capacity of a Cupra Born is either 58 kWh or 77 kWh.

How much does a Cupra Born cost?

The Cupra Born starts between €39,990 and €47,990*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Cupra Born can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Cupra’s Dutch catalog price.

Cupra Born release date

The Cupra Born was released in 2021 across Europe and will launch in early 2023 in Australia.

How long does it take to charge a Cupra Born? 

The time it takes to charge up a Cupra Born varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*: Cupra Born 58 & 58 e-Boost pack
(58 kWh)
Charging times*: Cupra Born 77
e-Boost pack
(77 kWh)
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW
27h 44 min
36h 49 min
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
8h 37 min
11h 26 min
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW
5h 47 min
7h 42 min
Level 3 (DC)
50 kW
46 min
1h 01 min
Level 3 (DC)
125 kW
18 min
24 min
Level 3 (DC)
135 kW
-
22 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

 

We hope the list above has provided you with a good overview of some of the main new EVs for 2022. Alternatively, if you think you need something bigger, we also released a dedicated list of the best new electric SUVs of this year. Or take a look at our electric vehicle overview pages to get charging specs on any model.

If you are thinking of getting your first EV, you might be interested in our complete guide to EV charging, which covers everything: from different charging levels, costs, range, to cables and plugs.

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