Not so long ago, most mainstream EV options came from Nissan, GM, and Tesla. Fast-forward a couple of years, and plenty of new players have joined the electric vehicle game. Whether you’re in the market for an electric pickup truck, or even a performance EV, there are plenty of enticing options.
Ford is one of the newest members of the EV manufacturers’ club, making quite a splash with its Mustang Mach-E SUV, the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup, and the commercial E-Transit van.
The Mach-E is Ford’s answer to the Tesla Model Ys of the world, and they’ve actually done an amazing job, especially for a first try. Ford’s other offerings are quite unique in that they’re heavy-duty vehicles, which isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when discussing EVs.
The F-150 lightning is especially awesome because it can tow up to 10,000 lbs, which is amazing for an electric vehicle, and great if you’re ever in need of towing a heavy trailer with your EV. Ford also makes the E-Transit commercial van, the electric version of Ford’s best-selling Transit commercial van.
The E-Transit can be equipped with various innovative features, such as Pro Power OnBoard, which allows the driver to access up to 2.4kW of power to charge tools or any other equipment that requires electricity.
Ford is leading the charge when it comes to adopting a fully electric future, and they’re doing so in innovative ways, especially with their commercial line of EVs.
Hyundai is another automaker innovating and leading the way when it comes to EVs. Hyundai already has two fully electric models and is edging out industry giants like Toyota in terms of total EVs in their lineup at the moment. This is especially noteworthy because Toyota had a huge lead in development with their hybrid vehicles coming to market a long time before competitors, but they’ve lagged when it comes to full EVs.
Hyundai states on its website that it currently only sells the IONIQ 5 in limited availability in select US states, most likely due to supply chain issues. Nonetheless, the IONIQ 5 is a futuristically styled EV that stands out from the competition. The IONIQ 5 RWD gets a respectable 303 miles of EPA estimated range, which should be more than enough for your daily commute.
Hyundai also offers the Kona Electric, with a range of 258 miles and a front end reminiscent of the Tesla Model 3. The Kona Electric is currently available with a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The IONIQ 5 also features a unique perk that allows you to charge your EV for free at Electrify America charging stations for up to 30 minutes.
Audi is another company taking its EV game extremely seriously. Audi currently offers a wide range of EV models, although most are variations of the same vehicle. Audi currently offers their smaller Q4 e-tron and the Q4 e-tron Sportback.
If you’re looking for something more stylish (and more expensive), Audi offers the e-tron SUV, which can tow up to 4,000 lbs. The e-tron also has a Sportback twin in the form of the e-tron Sportback, which has the same 95 kWh battery as the normal e-tron.
Audi also offers the e-tron S, essentially the sport version of the e-tron. And you guessed it; there’s also an e-tron S Sportback. Lastly, Audi sells their amazing e-tron GT models in normal or RS flavor. These are the most expensive EVs they sell and are also among the most visually exciting EVs out there.
Audi has a vast range of EV models, and if parent company VW’s commitment to electrification is any indication, Audi’s EV future is bright.
BMW offers an electric lineup consisting of the iX and the i4. At the time of writing, BMW is opening pre-orders for their all-electric ultra-luxury sedan, the BMW i7. The i4 is available in e-Drive40 and m50 models.
Meanwhile, the iX is available in xDrive50 and M60 models. One innovative element of BMW’s electric vehicles is the extensive use of aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic—which also explains the price tag.
Tesla needs no introduction in the world of EVs with their famous Model S and Model 3 sedans, along with their Model Y and X SUVs. Tesla is a pioneer in the world of EVs, and unlike most of the other manufacturers on this list, they exclusively sell electric vehicles.
Tesla has also been innovating from the very beginning with the construction of its Supercharger network, which allows Tesla owners to travel the country free of range anxiety. Tesla is obviously much more than just an EV maker, and its innovations tend to affect the EV industry as a whole, so Tesla is definitely a brand to watch moving forward.
Volkswagen offers the ID.4 SUV in the US, and its lineup is about to expand even more with the addition of the ID. Buzz, which will make its way over from Europe in 2024.
Of note is that VW created the Electrify America charging network, which is ever-expanding and collaborating with automakers to provide charging infrastructure across the nation. Volkswagen is working hard to improve the Electrify America experience and investing tons of resources into their EV range.
General Motors was one of the first manufacturers to offer an EV choice, and it is still going strong with unique choices like the Hummer EV and the Chevy Bolt. Chevy also offers the Chevy Bolt EUV, with a range of 247 EPA estimated miles and acceleration of 60 mph in seven seconds flat.
GM is also planning to introduce many new EV models in the coming years, like the all-electric Silverado, which will be available in Fall 2023. The Silverado EV will be a game-changer and join other all-electric pickup trucks like the Rivian R1T and the F-150 Lightning.
More Automakers Will Join the EV Movement
Some prominent manufacturers currently offer EVs, and the future will only see this list grow. EVs are the future of transportation, and automakers are doing everything they can to position themselves in this segment.
As EV adoption continues to trend upward, the industry will respond by putting out better and more exciting models every year, which will only benefit the consumer.