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Larry Printz: Watt's new? A forthcoming flood of electric vehicles

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Watt’s new?

It’s a phrase that applies to the auto industry, which is undergoing a fundamental shift in powertrain technology to battery electric vehicles from those powered by internal combustion engines. While there are a number of gas-electric hybrids, a host of pure electric vehicles, or EVs, are about to hit the market.

Currently, there are about a dozen-and-a-half EVs being sold, including the Audi E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback, BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Honda Clarity, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Kona Electric, Jaguar I-Pace, Kia Niro EV, Mini Electric, Nissan Leaf, Polestar 2, Porsche Taycan, and Tesla's Model S, Model X, Model E and Model Y.

But there are many more to come. While there are a number of startups looking to become the next Tesla, including Rivian, Lucid, Byton, Bollinger Motors, Karma, Nikola, Canoo, Faraday Future and Lordstown Motors, here’s what’s coming soon from established manufacturers.

2022 Audi E-Tron GT: Lower and wider than the Audi A7, the 522-horsepower 2022 Audi E-Tron GT and 637 horsepower RS E-Tron GT sedan goes on sale this summer with all-wheel drive, a leather-free interior with recycled materials and 238 miles of range. Prices start at $99,900 and top out at $139,900 for the RS E-Tron GT.

2022 Audi Q4 e-tron/e-tron Sportback: These upscale siblings of the Volkswagen ID.4 are offered in standard and sportier Sportback body styles. Rear-wheel drive is standard. Power comes from a 201-horsepower electric motor with an estimated range of 250 miles. Prices will start at less than $45,000.

 

2022 BMW i4: On sale later this year, the BMW i4 four-door Gran Coupe will have a range of up to 300 miles while generating 530 horsepower, enough to accelerate to 60 mph in less than four seconds. Recharging is just as quick: 80% in 35 minutes. Pricing was not announced.

2023 BMW iX xDrive50: Come June, BMW will take orders for iX, which arrives in early 2022 with a starkly modern interior that’s a big change for BMW. Producing 500 horsepower, reaching 60 mph in a little over four seconds. It has a 300-mile range, and DC fast charging adds 75 miles in just 10 minutes. Prices start around $85,000.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq: Arriving next year, Cadillac’s first EV will employ GM’s Ultium battery architecture, delivering more than 300-miles of range. Inside, the Lyriq features a 33-inch curved LED display, dual-plane augmented reality head-up display, remote self-parking and Super Cruise, Cadillac’s hands-free driving system.

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV: The new Bolt EUV crossover joins a redesigned Bolt later this year, priced from $33,995. The Bolt EUV, six inches longer than the Bolt, has a 250-mile range, and adds 95 miles of range in 30 minutes with a fast charger. Also, it’s available with Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free driving assistance system.

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