Another CleanTechnica Car of the Year contest is about to begin. The CleanTechnica team has developed five electric vehicles that are our finalists or nominees for this year’s prize; however, voters — you — get to select the winner. Let’s go over the regulations first, though, before we get to the models and voting.
Choosing the vehicle that will, in our opinion, have the greatest net positive impact on the globe is the key goal. That could refer to the electric vehicle that is anticipated to replace the greatest number of fossil fuel-powered vehicles through sales, or it could imply that we believe the vehicle is transformative and will have an impact on the auto industry that goes beyond simple sales. You get to choose which of the finalists you believe will have the biggest influence.
Models must enter the market during either the final two quarters of the year prior (in this example, 2021) or the first two quarters of the award year to qualify as candidates (2022 in this case).
the finalists for 2022 are now up! (I’m going alphabetically and don’t have a favorite model.)
CHRYSLER BOLT EUV Although the Chevy Bolt EV has been available for some time, the Chevy Bolt EUV offers the allure of the small SUV/crossover segment. It’s also one of the market’s most reasonably priced long-distance electric vehicles. The MSRP for it begins at just $27,200! With a 247-mile estimated driving range by the EPA (398 km). How stiff a competition is this? Well, it’s sufficiently competitive that when our writer Jennifer Sensiba recently went to buy a new car, she went with a Bolt EUV. On the Chevy Bolt EUV webpage , you can look through all of the specifications and features for the Bolt EUV.
Ford Lightning, an F-150 We have the Ford F-150 Lightning, which is going in a completely other path. An electric version of the F-150 is obviously crucial given that it has been one of the most popular vehicles in the world in recent years. Furthermore, we think Ford hit the mark with this car. The Lightning has attracted a lot of interest thanks to its numerous power outlets, vehicle-to-home/vehicle-to-load capacity, power, and driving characteristics. Ford’s initial annual manufacturing target for the electric pickup truck was nearly doubled in response.
While the F-150 Lightning XLT starts at $52,974 and there are higher trims with more equipment and better specifications, the commercially oriented Ford F-150 Lightning Pro starts at an absurdly low $39,974 and has a range of 230 miles (370 km). Investigate the available possibilities on Ford’s website .
Toyota Ioniq 5 One of the most distinctive or futuristic-looking vehicles to enter the market recently is the Hyundai IONIQ 5. It has a striking design and a cool, entertaining, spacious interior. At its starting MSRP of $39,950, it has a range of 220 miles (354 km). Starting at $44,000 are trims with a range of 303 miles (488 km). You may get a Head-Up Display (HUD) for your IONIQ, which has a cutting-edge infotainment screen that isn’t overly extravagant and a wonderful panorama detecting feature. Learn more about the IONIQ 5 on Hyundai’s website ‘s features, style, and trimmings.
KIA EV6 The Kia EV6, a near relative of the IONIQ 5, has a similarly futuristic package but with very different aesthetics. Which one stirs your emotions the most? But unlike the IONIQ 5, the entry-level trim has a slightly higher starting price of $41,400 and a base range rating of 310 miles (499 km) as opposed to 220 miles. A Head-Up Display is another option that is available to you (HUD). Love has me. View more EV6 on Kia’s website images, videos, and specifications.
RIVIANA R1 Not least among them is the Rivian R1T. The R1T is now starting to gain traction on the market after a brief delay. I have to admit that before I saw the truck in person, I wasn’t all that attracted to its appearance. It does, in my opinion, appear to be a fantastic pickup truck in the real world and a powerful one. Additionally, it includes excellent features for powering various tools and camping gear, as well as an intriguing and practical large storage area (dubbed the “gear tunnel”) located between the truck’s cab and bed. The R1T is an intriguing example of a car that manages to appear both extremely opulent and quite practical—not an easy task to accomplish. Additionally, it has tons of power! The one drawback is that there isn’t a low-cost R1T, at least not for this prize competition. The beginning cost is $73,000. But did the Ford F-150 Lighting and Chevy Silverado EV draw inspiration from the Rivian R1T? Perhaps…perhaps not. It’s up to you. You can contemplate that while looking around the R1T webpage .
These 5 vehicles make up our shortlist for the 2022 CleanTechnica Car of the Year honor. Voting takes place here (click on that link or complete the embedded poll below; once finished, click the “Done” button):
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Please let us know in the comments if you would like to share your vote and/or reasoning, or if you have any other thoughts on any of these platforms.
Additionally, feel free to vent about our poor decisions or lack of options if you believe we overlooked any important automobiles. Before I get eaten alive, I should draw attention to the obvious disadvantage and bias in this competition. About half of our audience is from the United States, and the other half is dispersed globally. Since the majority of our contributing authors and the vast majority of our readers reside in the US, we have chosen to concentrate this prize there. There are many new electric vehicles available in China, which has the most developed EV market and the most EV options. These vehicles might certainly compete, if not win, in this race. However, we have very few Chinese readers and these versions are mostly only sold in China. However, if a model isn’t offered in the US, it just feels strange and out of place to include it in our competition. The European market is somewhere in the middle, and we do have plenty of European readers. Maybe by the time we have the competition in 2023, my viewpoint will have changed. We may also introduce Chinese and European editions of this award series, or perhaps not. Remain tuned!
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