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

April 22, 2022 | Wesley van Barlingen

Sports utility vehicles, or SUVs, have rapidly risen in popularity over the past decades and are now a consumer favorite across the world. They are the leading class of vehicles in the U.S., making up about half of new sales, and gaining massive market share in the U.K. and Europe as well – and it’s easy to understand why. With their roomy, comfortable cabins and large carrying capacity, they’re a versatile option for anyone from an outdoors sports enthusiast to a large family.

Still, gas-powered SUVs have some flaws. Owing to their large size and weight, they require about a quarter more energy to move than passenger cars, translating into increased fuel consumption and, as a result, CO2 emissions

Luckily, big advances in battery and charging technology are making electric SUVs a viable and practical alternative. But with dozens of new electric SUV releases, you may be wondering: Which is the best? While the answer depends on your preferences and needs, one important consideration is around charging time. To help you navigate the landscape of new electric SUVs, we’ve compiled below an overview of some of the most popular models of 2022.

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

Rivian R1S

A picture of an army-green Rivian RS1 EV SUV parked dynamically in a snowy landscape with its lights still on.

A newcomer to the car market, Rivian released its first truck to much excitement last year. Its R1T pickup was named MotorTrend Truck of the Year, a testament to the company’s unique product. This year, Rivian is following with the R1S, an SUV version of its acclaimed pickup. Beneath its elegant looks, the R1S packs serious power that makes offroading and city driving alike seem like a breeze. Its 4 motors produce an incredible 3.1-second acceleration from 0-100 km/h that rivals supercars and matches Tesla’s Model 3 Performance.

Rivian R1S specs

Rivian R1S model variations

The R1S comes in two trims, Adventure and Explore, and two engine options, dual- and quad-motor – although the former won’t ship until 2024. The currently available quad-motor configuration comes with a 135 kWh battery, with a 510 km range.

What is the range of a Rivian R1S?

The range of a Rivian R1S is 510 km. 

How big is the battery in a Rivian R1S? 

The battery capacity of a Rivian R1S is 135 kWh.

How much does an R1S cost?

The R1S starts at $84,500 for the Explore trim and $90,000* for the Adventure package (both with the currently available quad-motor configuration). 

*The cost of a Rivian R1S can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices were taken at the time of writing from Rivian’s website

Rivian R1S release date

Rivian started delivering preorders of the R1S in late 2021. Its total production for 2022, including the R1T and delivery vans, is estimated to be 25,000, so it might take a while to fulfil its backlog of orders.

How long does it take to charge a Rivian R1S?

The time it takes to charge up a Rivian R1S 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 64h 33 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 20h 04 min
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 13h 30 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 1h 48 min
Level 3 (DC) 125 kW 43 min
Level 3 (DC) 190 kW 28 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.

Audi Q4 e-tron

The Audio Q4 e-tron presented at a promotional event.

Audi is breaking into the compact SUV market with the new Q4 e-tron, offering a smaller, more affordable version of its flagship e-tron. The Q4 e-tron is no less premium, though, with a well-built interior and state-of-the-art tech, ranging from large touchscreens to a hands-free driver assistance system. Underneath its good looks and nice finishes, the Q4 is a versatile SUV with a good battery range, up to 507 km, depending on the model.

Audi Q4 e-tron specs

Audi Q4 e-tron model variations

There are 4 models of the Q4 e-tron:

  1. Q4 35 e-tron: The Q4 35 e-tron has a 52 kWh battery and a range of 337 km. 
  2. Q4 40 e-tron: The Q4 40 e-tron has a 77 kWh battery and a range of 507 km. 
  3. Q4 45 e-tron quattro: The Q4 45 e-tron quattro has a 77 kWh battery and a range of 474 km. 
  4. Q4 50 e-tron quattro: The Q4 50 e-tron quattro has a 77 kWh battery and a range of 462 km. 

What is the range of an Audi Q4 e-tron?

The range of an Audi Q4 e-tron is between 337 km and 507 km. 

How big is the battery in an Audi Q4 e-tron? 

The battery capacity of an Audi Q4 e-tron is either 52 kWh or 77 kWh.

How much does an Audi Q4 e-tron cost?

The starting price for an Audi Q4 e-tron is between €49,350 and €66,110*, depending on the model. 

*The cost of an Audi Q4 e-tron can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Audi’s Dutch catalog price.

Audi Q4 e-tron release date

Audi started delivering the Q4 e-tron in 2021, initially in Europe and then in the U.S. towards the end of the year.

How long does it take to charge an Audi Q4 e-tron?

The time it takes to charge up an Audi Q4 e-tron 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*:
Q-4 35 e-tron
(52 kWh)
Charging times*:
Q-4 40, 45, 50 e-tron
(77 kWh)
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW
24h 52 min
36h 49 min
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
7h 43 min
11h 26 min
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW
5h 12 min
7h 42 min
Level 3 (DC)
50 kW
41 min
1h 01 min
Level 3 (DC)
125 kW
16 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.

Toyota bZ4X

The Toyota bZ4X presented at a promotional event.

This year finally marks Toyota’s debut in the full-electric vehicle market with its new bZ4X SUV. The company’s expertise in battery technology from its long line of hybrid vehicles gives the bZ4X an unusually long battery lifespan: according to Toyota, it should retain 90% of its original capacity after 10 years. Combined with its affordability, the bZ4X promises to be a popular SUV for those seeking reliability for years to come.

Toyota bZ4X specs

Toyota bZ4X model variations

The bZ4X comes in two models:

  1. bZ4X XLE: The XLE trim has a 71.4 kWh battery, with a range of 405 km.
  2. bZ4X Limited: The Limited version has a 71.4 kWh battery and a range of 389 km.

 What is the range of a Toyota bZ4X?

The range of a Toyota bZ4X is between 389 km and 405 km. 

How big is the battery in a Toyota bZ4X? 

The battery capacity of a Toyota bZ4X is 71.4 kWh.

How much does a Toyota bZ4X cost?

Depending on the model, the starting price for a Toyota bZ4X is between €48,495 and €56,995*.

*The cost of a Toyota bZ4X can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Toyota’s Dutch catalog price. 

Toyota bZ4X release date

At the time of writing, Toyota is expected to release the bZ4X on May 12 in Japan and later in the year in North America, Europe, and China, depending on supply chain conditions.

How long does it take to charge a Toyota bZ4X?

The time it takes to charge up a Toyota bZ4X 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 33h 57 min
Level 2 (AC) 6.6 kW 11h 49 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 56 min
Level 3 (DC) 125 kW 22 min
Level 3 (DC) 150 kW 18 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.

Volkswagen ID.5

The Volkswagen ID.5 SUV EV revealed at an promotional event.

The Volkswagen ID.5 is an Europe-exclusive addition to VW’s ID line of EVs, being a smaller version of the successful ID.4, which was named last year’s World Car of the Year. The ID.5’s stylish, sportier design doesn’t compromise on practicality, with all the space and convenience of an SUV at an accessible price. It’s a compelling alternative to a Tesla Model Y from an established carmaker that has proved it can deliver a competitive electric SUV.

Volkswagen ID.5 specs

Volkswagen ID.5 model variations 

The ID.5 comes in 3 versions:

  1. VW ID.5 Pro & Pro Performance: The ID.5 Pro and Pro Performance both have a 77 kWh battery and a range of 504 km.
  2. VW ID.5 GTX: Like the base ID.5, the GTX also has a 77 kWh battery. Because of its dual-motor setup, however, its range is slightly lower at 475 km. 
What is the range of a Volkswagen ID.5?

The range of a Volkswagen ID.5 is between 475 km and 504 km. 

How big is the battery in a Volkswagen ID.5? 

The battery capacity of a Volkswagen ID.5 is 77 kWh.

How much does a Volkswagen ID.5 cost?

The starting price for a Volkswagen ID.5 ranges between €48,590 and €55,690*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Volkswagen ID.5 can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Volkswagen’s Dutch catalog price

Volkswagen ID.5 release date

At the time of writing, the Volkswagen ID.5 is expected to be released in May 2022, although this may vary depending on the situation in Ukraine and semiconductor shortages. 

How long does it take to charge a Volkswagen ID.5?

The time it takes to charge up a Volkswagen ID.5 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 36h 49 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 11h 26 min
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 7h 42 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 1h 01 min
Level 3 (DC) 125 kW 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.

 

The remaining two vehicles on our list aren’t technically SUVs, but they’re much-awaited pick-up trucks releasing this year. With a similar form factor, they’re likely to be an alternative to an SUV for certain people. We’re talking about the Ford F-150 Lightning, an EV version of the best-selling car in the U.S. for the past 40 years, and the GMC Hummer EV, a revival of the famous truck in an electric format.

Ford F-150 Lightning

A picture of a grey Ford F-150 Lightning at a promotional event.

The Ford F-150 Lightning is the American car maker’s first electric truck, targeting a substantially different clientele than existing EVs. An electric version of America’s most popular vehicle at an affordable price, the F-150 Lightning is perhaps the best fit for the title of EV for the masses – as of December 2021, it had over 200,000 preorders. Compared to its gas counterpart, the F-150 Lightning is just as capable, with an impressive payload and a towing capacity that exceeds that of entry-level gas-powered F-150s. Whether as a workhorse or for leisure, the F-150 Lightning promises a versatile EV at a great value.

Ford F-150 Lightning specs

Ford F-150 model variations

The F-150 Lightning comes in 2 battery sizes, across 4 configurations:

  1. F-150 Lightning Pro, XLT, Lariat: The Pro, XLT, and Lariat trims come with a 98 kWh battery and a range of 370 km.
  2. F-150 Lightning Platinum: The F-150 Platinum trim comes with a 131 kWh battery and a range of 483 km. 

What is the range of a Ford F-150 Lightning?

The range of a Ford F-150 Lightning is between 370 km and 483 km. 

How big is the battery in a Ford F-150 Lightning? 

The battery capacity of a Ford F-150 Lightning is either 98 kWh or 131 kWh.

How much does a Ford F-150 Lightning cost?

Depending on the model, the starting price for a Ford F-150 Lightning is between $41,669 and $92,569*.

*The cost of a Ford F-150 Lightning can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices were taken at the time of writing from Ford’s website

Ford F-150 Lightning release date

At the time of writing, Ford is expected to release the F-150 Lightning on April 26 in the U.S. 

How long does it take to charge a Ford F-150 Lightning?

The time it takes to charge up a Ford F-150 Lightning 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*:
F-150 Pro, XLT & Lariat (98 kWh)
Charging times*:
F-150 Platinum (131 kWh)
Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 46h 52 min 62h 40 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 14h 34 min 19h 28 min
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 9h 47 min 13h 5 min
Level 2 (AC) 19.3 kW - 7h 27 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 1h 18 min 1h 44min
Level 3 (DC) 125 kW 31 min 41 min
Level 3 (DC) 150 kW 26 min 34 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.

GMC Hummer EV 2022

A picture of the GMC Hummer EV parked outside on a rooftop parking structure while the sun is setting.

In 2022, GMC is relaunching the Hummer brand with the Hummer EV, with all the extravagance and opulence associated with the brand (and a price to match). Unlike its gas-guzzling predecessors, the Hummer EV is fully electric, with an enormous 200 kWh battery – for context, a Tesla Model S tops out at 95 kWh. First released as a pick-up truck, there are plans for an SUV version of the Hummer EV to launch sometime in 2023 or 2024.

GMC Hummer EV specs

GMC Hummer EV model variations

There are 4 models of the GMC Hummer EV (although only the Edition 1 is available at the time of writing):

  1. Hummer EV2: The EV2 has a 200 kW battery and a range of 402 km.
  2. Hummer EV2X: The EV2X has a 200 kW battery and a range of 483 km.
  3. Hummer EV3X: The EV3X has a 200 kW battery and a range of 483 km.
  4. Hummer EV Edition 1: The Hummer EV Edition 1 has a 200 kW battery and a 563 km range. 

What is the range of a GMC Hummer EV?

The range of a Hummer EV is between 402 km and 563 km. 

How big is the battery in a GMC Hummer EV? 

The battery capacity of a Hummer EV is 200 kWh.

How much does a GMC Hummer EV cost?

The starting price for a GMC Hummer EV is between $79,995 and $110,295*.

*The cost of a GMC Hummer EV can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices were taken at the time of writing from GMC’s website

GMC Hummer EV release date

Hummer EV pick-ups have started delivery in December 2021, with production expected to increase throughout 2022. 

How long does it take to charge a GMC Hummer EV? 

The time it takes to charge up a GMC Hummer EV 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
95h 52 min
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
29h 43 min
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW
20h
Level 2 (AC)
22 kW
10h
Level 3 (DC)
50 kW
2h 39min
Level 3 (DC)
125 kW
1h 03 min
Level 3 (DC)
350 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.

 

2022 promises to be an exciting year for electric SUV releases, with a range of options for everyone: from the ludicrous Hummer EV to the practical Ford F-150 Lightning and the affordable Toyota bZX4. If you’re not convinced that these are right for you, we’ve also explored compacts and sedans in our most popular EVs of 2021 blog, or you can find information on a variety of models on our extensive electric car pages.

If you’re considering getting an EV SUV as your first electric vehicle, you may have questions about charging. Visit our free and complete guide to EV charging to learn everything you need to know.

 

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