As we look to the future, the focus is clear. The auto industry is going green. Luxury auto manufacturers are constantly releasing new all-electric cars. No longer do you have to choose between comfort, speed, and sustainability. Now, you can have it all with the best luxury electric cars of 2022.
Electric vehicles can be more expensive vehicles, but, often, government incentives and tax benefits can help shoulder the cost. Additionally, you’ll find that electric cars are usually easier to maintain – and certainly more efficient.
2022 doesn’t disappoint: Its new class of speedy, stylish EVs brings new features, faster accelerations, and more awe-inspiring price points than ever before. Here’s your list of the most luxurious electric cars to keep an eye on in 2022.
The 27 best luxury electric cars of 2022
Take a look at our buying guide after our ranking of the best electric cars of 2022 to see what you should pay attention to when shopping for a luxury EV. We also explain the methodology behind our ranking of the top cars of the year.
1. Mercedes-Benz EQS
As we look towards the next year in auto innovations and new car releases, it’s clear that there’s a lot to look forward to. With the Mercedes-Benz EQS, the wait is over for most of us. Uber interior luxury with a roomy and quiet cabin and dazzling drive performances make the EQS the best luxury electric car of 2022.
The EQS is currently available in four variants: the entry-level EQS 350, the upgraded EQS 450+ with more power and a large dashboard, the EQS 580 4MATIC, and the sport fine-tuned AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ delivers a range of 422 miles, two electric motors, all-wheel drive, and (excitingly!) the ability to self-pilot on certain easier types of roads – for example, on the highway. It also comes with an impressive three-screen dashboard, delivering a superb cabin entertainment experience.
As far as statistics, the AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ can hit a top speed of 137mph (220 kilometers per hour) and can go from 0-60 mph / 0-100 kph in 3.4 seconds.
Price: Starting from $120,000 Website: www.mercedes-benz.com
2. Tesla Model S Plaid
It’s fair to say that Tesla takes the wheel when it comes to leading the electric vehicle industry. The brand has released plenty of popular electric cars over recent years and each comes with its own specific highlights.
The Tesla Model S, originally released in 2012, was a car full to the brim with top-of-the-range features and plenty of impressive stats. It was the world’s first long-range electric vehicle and has only seen improvements since that first release. The 2022 model comes even more jampacked.
The base version is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. It has an EPA-estimated 373 miles of range in its Long Range variant with a still-impressive 348 on the Performance model (for an extra $20,000).
Charging time is between eight to ten hours using a conventional 24-volt charger, or shoots down to 75 minutes using Tesla’s V3 Supercharger.
This luxury car offers plenty of tech-heavy features synonymous with the Tesla brand and a minimalistic interior complete with a giant infotainment screen.
Price: Starting from $129,990 Website: www.tesla.com
3. Porsche Taycan
Porsche continues to build on the success of the Taycan in 2022 with more models available under the brand name. In addition to the standard Taycan, you can now purchase a range of Tourismo editions with more cargo space. The Porsche Taycan offers everything expected from the brand: incredible acceleration, aggressive styling, and an all-around sleek look.
Pronounced “tie-kahn”, the Taycan is the first production electric vehicle to use a two-speed transmission and an 800-volt electrical system, promising faster speeds and almost as fast recharging times.
While it doesn’t hold the same strengths when it comes to range – the Turbo can reach 201 miles under optimum conditions – it’s an excellent addition to the electric vehicle market.
Its 800-volt electrical architecture means the car battery can shoot from five to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes. However, it’s worth noting that chargers of that speed are rare and a traditional 240-volt charge comes closer to the 12 hour mark.
Price: Starting from $79,000 Website: www.porsche.com
4. BMW iX
The BMW iX has just as impressive interiors as it has exteriors. Its intriguing looks are just one of the reasons why this electric vehicle had to make the 2022 list. Its slick design and compact size make it a perfect electric vehicle for those living in the city.
The iX comes complete with a 380 mile range on a full charge. While it might mostly be a good car for commuting, it’s fun to drive and offers the option of hitting high speeds with 0 – 60mph in 4.6 seconds.
On the road, the iX is quiet and capable, offering a smooth drive with Scandinavian-inspired interiors featuring wood, leather, and fabric trims.
The BMW iX comes standard with BMW’s new Flexible Fast Charger. The cable is compatible with both 120V and 240V outlets to deliver the best charging speed possible wherever you go. A full charge from 0 to 100% can be achieved in under 12 hours with a 240V outlet.
Price: Starting from $85,000 Website: www.bmw.com
5. Ford F-150 Lightning
The Ford F-150 Lightning simultaneously manages to tick all the boxes of a successful electric car while remaining pretty similar to its gas counterpart. With an impressive range and a sleek, smooth look both inside and out, it’s fair to say that the Ford F-150 Lightning redefines any previous notion of what a Ford car should look like in one easy maneuver.
While some cars have been kept under wraps before their 2022 release, this one certainly wasn’t one of them (remember the brand’s million-pound towing stunt from 2019?). And it’s easy to see why: the Standard-Range battery is thought to deliver up to 230 miles per charge, while the Extended-Range pack aims for 300 miles – there’s a lot to show off about.
The Ford F-150 Lightning is arguably one of the most important electric cars of 2022, broadening the appeal of the technology to more consumers.
Price: Starting from $75,000 Website: www.ford.com
6. Lucid Air
The Lucid Air is arguably one of the most “out there” electric cars: refusing to stick with the norms and, instead, producing something boundary-breaking in every way possible. One of the most talked-about cars of the year, Lucid Air offers unprecedented EPA range ratings of up to 520 miles, all completed while sitting back inside its impossibly smooth body.
As the first model from startup Lucid Motors, the car ensured a whole new standard of competition both against itself and other industry rivals like Tesla. Not sure what to think? Lucid Motors is mostly known for supplying batteries to Formula E race cars, so we’re talking big, industry-breaking things.
Price: Starting from $77,400 Website: www.lucidmotors.com
7. Mercedes-Benz EQC
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is nothing if not an especially plush car. It’s built for comfort and style, with more luxury than its rivals in the form of a vehicle that genuinely feels more premium than many others on the market.
It’s a stylish and curvaceous vehicle that doesn’t look like a traditional electric car. There are no gimmicks or rogue features included; it’s a perfect example of Mercedes doing what it knows best. It isn’t the fastest electric vehicle available for 2022, but it’s one that promises an enjoyable drive with plenty of usable features.
The EQC seats five and offers a driving range of around 200 miles. It’ll do 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and recharges from 10 percent to 100 percent in 10 hours.
As with all Mercedes cars, it’s produced using only high-quality materials and tasteful brushes of color on the interiors. It has an up-to-date navigation system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot all available. It’s a premium car that comes with everything that’s expected of the brand.
Price: Starting from $69,000 Website: www.mercedes-benz.com
8. Volvo C40 Recharge
The Volvo C40 Recharge is Volvo’s first fully electric vehicle with no gas-powered counterpart, which means plenty of freedom when it comes to, well, every element of this vehicle. As the brand says itself, the C40 Recharge doesn’t force you to choose between power and responsible driving. Tick, tick, tick: it does it all.
Keeping the brand’s staple safety measurements but delivered in something far more environmentally friendly, the C40 Recharge promises to be a big hit. It’s also a reliable car: you can fast charge while driving from 10 to 80 percent in around 33 minutes. The car should cover around 226 miles (364 km) on a single charge, making it great for day-to-day adventures.
Price: Starting from $72,000 Website: www.volvocars.com
9. Polestar 2
The Polestar 2 prides itself on customizing itself to the driver in every way possible. This is an electric vehicle breaking boundaries for future consumers’ expectations with no shortage of unique features.
Polestar is a brand owned by Volvo and parent company Geely that started producing electric vehicles in 2017 to rival Tesla. The Polestar 2, which was first revealed in February 2019, is a five-door electric hatchback offering an estimated 292 mile range and plenty of speed. We also expect the Polestar 3, a full-electric SUV, to be released later in 2022 or 2023.
It’s the first car in the world with an infotainment system powered by Android, offering passengers embedded Google services like Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. It can hit speeds of 62mph in 4.7 seconds and is designed for a mixture of performance and purpose.
The brand has personalization at its core, promising a car that recognizes its driver by their phone and adjusts their seat accordingly. Once recognized, the infotainment system will pull up the driver’s preferred list of home screen apps, too.
Price: Starting from $68,000 Website: www.polestar.com
10. Rivian R1S
The Tesla Model X isn’t the only electric SUV that can seat seven passengers.
Rivian’s second production vehicle, the R1S, seeks to unseat Tesla’s all-electric SUV with this powerful off-road vehicle. Sharing many elements with Rivian’s other offering, a strong EV pickup, the R1S will come with three different battery sizes: 105, 135, and 180 kWh, respectively. With the largest battery, the R1S will have a claimed range of 410 miles – perfect for your next (completely sustainable) offroading adventure.
0-60 mph (or 0-100 kph) in 3 seconds; 700 horsepower, and a top speed of 125mph (or just over 200 kilometers per hour). This SUV has a larger range than other similar vehicles.
All of that power, and an attractive price tag: The Rivian R1S will seek to undercut Tesla’s sticker price by just a little – a direct hit at a huge competitor.
Price: Starting from $70,000 Website: www.rivian.com
11. BYTON M-Byte
The BYTON M-Byte comes from Chinese-German all-electric vehicle brand, which launched as a newcomer to the industry in 2017. But it wasted no time producing a car that more than holds its own against its older competitors. Designed in ever-popular Germany, engineered across in Silicon Valley, and manufactured in China, it’s fair to say this car has traveled more than the average.
Known firstly for its impressive range and secondly, for its ground-breaking interior technology, this is a brilliant example of a car that does it all. Bringing a new kind of smart travel to the industry, the BYTON M-Byte fuses everything from Smart Surfaces that light up to greet you to a flat antenna that blends in the sloping roofline in a seriously sleek machine. Older doesn’t always mean wiser.
Price: Starting from $45,000 Website: www.byton.com
12. Tesla Cybertruck
When you first see a picture of a Tesla Cybertruck, it’s hard to tell precisely what it is: A comic book version of a futuristic car? A vehicle moving so fast it looks strangely pixelated?
Tesla’s most avant-garde vehicle is built with myriad practical capabilities, making it a very usable pickup truck (as well as something that onlookers will definitely look twice at when passing). It’s tough, it’s strong, and it can work for a long time – this EV truck has an estimated driving range of over 500 miles. Its low center of gravity and powerful drivetrain give it some seriously impressive stats.
The Cybertruck can tow up to 14,000 pounds; it has an acceleration of just under 3 seconds for 0-60mph and 0-100 kph, and its most expensive variant boasts a top speed of 120 mph (or 193 kph).
Price: Starting from $39,900 Website: www.tesla.com
13. Audi Q4 e-tron
Many luxury vehicles promise a swift ride, a powerful one, or princely interiors. However, many times, they do so in a way that isn’t exactly realistic for people with young children – or families with more than a few members.
Enter: The Audi Q4 e-tron, a compact crossover that’s luxurious and practical.
Audi is investing in its all-electric portfolio, and this crossover will be a fine addition. Utilizing Volkswagen’s MEB modular electric vehicle platform – one that’s well-known to be meticulously engineered – this EV gives other luxury SUVs a run for their money. That race will likely be a quick one: the Audi Q4 e-tron can reach a top speed of 111 mph, or 180 kph, and accelerate from 0-60mph (or 0-100kph) in 6.3 seconds.
This crossover has an 82.0-kWh battery, a respectable range of 280 miles, and comfortable seating for four adults. Along with this 2022 model, Audi is introducing an electric SUV, sedan, and a Sportback version of this model.
Price: Starting from $45,000 Website: www.audi.com
14. Cadillac Lyriq
Another first for the brand, the Cadillac Lyriq is Cadillac’s first venture into the electric vehicle market and one that it entered with a lot of prominence. Promising – and providing – a new era in luxury, technology, and electrification, this car promises more than 300 miles of range on a full charge and a relaxing experience while you journey from A to B.
It’s also incredibly stylish, with good looks that fully match up to its powerful mechanisms. Expect open-pore Dark Ashwood décor with backlit door panels combined with choreographed exterior LED lighting and a fixed-glass roof with power interior shade. It sounds great, too, with its own Cadillac-exclusive AKG Studio 19-speaker audio system.
Price: Starting from $59,990 Website: www.cadillac.com
15. Volvo XC90 Electric
Looking for a reliable electric car in 2022? Look no further than the Volvo XC90. A car that utilizes technology to produce arguably the most road-worthy vehicle in the business, the 2022 version of the XC90 is a dream family car powered by electricity and a resolute guarantee of safety. The car is also featured on our shortlist of the best luxury SUVs of the year. It’s that good.
The 2022 XC90 comes with state-of-the-art sensors, like LiDAR tech from Luminar and an autonomous driving computer with the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin SoC as standard. And, of course, backup systems for all of the main functions like steering and braking. It’s certainly top of the class when it comes to self-improvement.
Price: Starting from $49,990 Website: www.volvocars.com
16. Audi A6 e-tron
Audi likes to stay one step ahead when it comes to electric vehicles. And the Audi A6 e-tron, with its sleeker than ever design and beautiful interiors, is a brilliant example of everything the brand is capable of and more. It’s fair to say the 2022 A6 looks far more like an A7 from its newly designed body, but it still features everything the A6 is known and loved best for.
Luxury designs go hand in hand in a car that promises to charge its battery from five percent to 80 percent in just 25 minutes. The Audi A6 e-tron also boasts a range of more than 700 kilometers and can also sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
Price: Starting from $80,000 Website: www.audi.com
17. Genesis Electrified G80
You’ve met the G80 sedan: now meet its electrified sibling, home to the same stylish design and sleek model but with a more environmentally friendly backdrop. The Electrified G80 is fairly similar to its existing counterpart we must say, although there are a few extra impressive benefits.
We’re talking about a new standard of luxury from the Korean brand, complete with state-of-the-art technology designed to help keep you safe in whatever conditions you encounter and unique, suave color options both inside and out. Augmented reality, 3D elements, touch features, and voice technologies all come together in a vehicle that’s most definitely driving towards the future.
Price: Starting from $69,000 Website: www.genesis.com
18. GMC Hummer EV
Don’t look backward when thinking about the classic Hummer, because the GMC Hummer EV absolutely looks straight ahead with only a whisper of its original features – and we say that as a good thing. Known originally as a gas guzzler, the GMC Hummer EV promises an estimated range of 350 miles per charge and a quick jump from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds.
That’s definitely impressive from a beast of its size.
Its most unique feature? The ‘crab’ design allows the Hummer EV to drive diagonally. Perhaps not something you’d make use of on your daily commute, but definitely a cool and noteworthy feature especially when venturing off-road.
Price: Starting from $99,995 Website: www.gmc.com
19. Lotus Evija
The Lotus Evija is the closest thing you’ll find to a day-to-day-life-friendly supercar, with its incredible body and stop-you-in-the-streets shape. A truly beautiful car available in a range of eye-catching colors, the Lotus Evija is easily the quickest Lotus ever. The Lotus Evija is the next step in the brand’s 70 year tradition of producing iconic, game-changing road and racing cars.
Promising a huge leap in the world of future electric hypercars, only 130 of these cars have ever and will ever be made. The Evija can reach a top speed of more than 200 mph and it promises to hit 60 mph in a cool three seconds.
Price: Starting from $2 million Website: www.lotuscars.com
20. Ford Mustang Mach-E
For a truly solid, comfortable, and impressive value-for-money budget electric car, we can turn to the Ford Mustang – or its 2022 reboot, the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Inspired by the original Mustang but powered entirely by electricity, this car is a nod to both the past and the future. When you see this car, you’ll recognize some subtle styling cues from the historic Mustang, but it’s definitely an all-new vehicle.
Choose between two available battery sizes; opt for rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Either way, the Mach-E is equipped with 300 miles of driving range, as well as all the features one might expect of a modern luxury vehicle: An intuitive infotainment module, smart storage options, and a comfortable 5-person cabin.
While it may not be as fast as its gas-powered predecessor, the Mach-E has stellar stats for a low-priced luxury EV. It can accelerate from 0-60mph (0-100kph) in 5.1 seconds, and it has a top speed of 160 mph or 257kph.
Price: Starting from $43,000 Website: www.ford.com
21. BMW i7
Much has been teased about the BMW i7 and its release proves that it was all worth it: a tease worth savoring in a car definitely worth all of the hype. Designed to compete with the Mercedes EQS and Lucid Air, it became a top contender in 2022 for garnering some of the most media attention when tested in Arjeplog, Sweden. All that attention was absolutely justified as the brand waited patiently for 2022 to arrive.
The i7 is pretty similar to the BMW iX, the brand’s first electric SUV. But the i7 is smaller, sleeker, and faster. Its more conventional shape than other electric vehicles on the market ensures it appeals to a large number of BMW’s existing audience, but with an on-trend, 21st-century boost of electricity.
Price: Starting from $86,000 Website: www.bmw.com
22. Maserati MC20
The Maserati MC20 doesn’t look like it should be electrically powered. It looks too fast, too furious, and all-around too powerful. But, contrary to its race-car-esque body, it’s a strong contender when it comes to our favorite car of 2022. The Maserati MC20 pushes the boundaries of time, in a vehicle that’s undoubtedly the first of its kind.
It comes brimming with seriously impressive technology and engineering, with the capabilities to hit 0-62mph in two seconds. The electric MC20 is around 80kg to 100kg heavier than its petrol equivalent but its statistics and just overall look more than counteract for its (still lightweight) design.
Price: Starting from $213,000 Website: www.maserati.com
23. Chevrolet Silverado EV
Now that the Bollinger B1 and B2 are canceled, we’re turning our attention to Chevrolet and its yet to be released Silverado EV pick-up truck. Building on GMC’s experience with the Hummer EV and SUV, Chevrolet will leverage the same Ultium battery pack to deliver up to 400 miles on a single charge.
Production for the Chevrolet Silverado EV is only starting this year, however, so you might not see it on the road until 2023.
Price: Starting from $125,000 Website: www.chevrolet.com
24. Fisker Ocean
There are car brands breaking into the electric vehicle market and then there are those one step ahead, like Fisker, an environmental and sustainability-led car brand. So it’s no surprise that its Fisker Ocean makes the list for one of the best electric cars for 2022.
The Ocean SUV comes in three price tiers with lots of unique features, like its full-length SolarSky roof, which harvests the sun’s rays to generate free energy to support the car’s battery-powered motor. Or the beautifully crafted vegan interiors made with ethically sourced, upcycled materials throughout. We could keep talking about it, but we wouldn’t quite know where to stop.
Price: Starting from $37,500 Website: www.fiskerinc.com
25. Lexus RX
The “RX” in Lexus RX stands for “Radiant Crossover”, designed to focus on the brand’s push forwards towards sustainability without losing its traditional values and designs. And the 2022 RX establishes just that, in one easy sweep with a vehicle with plenty of variations but consistency throughout. Designed for driving in the city, the RX might not be the fastest luxury electric car but it’s definitely up there with the most versatile.
Its innovative aerodynamic features enhance its performance, volume (or lack of), and range. Even when it comes to the sound of the doors closing: the team selected unique materials and adjusted the door shape by tenths of a millimeter to ensure a satisfying, reassuring, not too loud tone.
The Lexus RX was also selected on our ranking of the best luxury SUVs of the year, it’s that good.
Price: Starting from $70,000 Website: www.lexus.com
26. Toyota bZ4X
The Toyota bZ4X promised a big leap forward for Toyota’s position in the electric vehicle world. And it was a huge success, seeming to effortlessly pull together a vehicle that ticks all the boxes and then a few extra, for good measure. One of the cheapest electric SUVs, it was designed for everyday use, with family-friendly features that ensure practicality as well as the brand’s staple look.
Quiet, spacious, and luxuriously comfortable, it’s a car you’ll love most on longer journeys, knowing that you can travel long distances without squeezing in. A 0-62-mph time of 7.7 seconds might not be the fastest, but it’s perfectly capable considering the nature of the car.
Price: Starting from $30,000 Website: www.toyota.com
27. Tesla Roadster
Performance vehicles bring with them that special, thrilling, powerful edge – you turn them on, you step on the gas, and you want to feel that heart-stopping thrust as you go, suddenly, from a standstill to full speed in an impossibly short time.
Looking to maximize that feeling? Check out the newest Tesla Roadster. The original Roadster was the one that made Tesla famous. In 2022, a third-generation model returns – with significant upgrades.
A higher driving range; room for two passengers; a 250 mph top speed, or just over 400 kilometers per hour. Where the Tesla Roadster truly shines is its acceleration: Elon Musk has boasted that it will be able to go from 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) in just 1.9 seconds.
When this sports car arrives, that’ll be the first thing the auto world wants to see – making this definitely a car to watch throughout 2022.
Price: Starting from $200,000 Website: www.tesla.com
Choosing the best type of luxury electric car for you
When you’re looking for a top-tier electric car – and, more importantly, the right car for you, your preferred aesthetic, and your unique lifestyle, there are many considerations to take into account. Just a few factors to take into account might include:
- The number of miles you drive per day
- How much room you need – personally, or for passengers
- Your proximity to a suitable outlet or charging station
- Your storage needs
- How you plan to use the car (for commuting? For longer journeys?)
- Your budget
With an electric vehicle specifically, you’ll need to think about some of these points in a different way. For example, electric vehicles often make fantastic commuter cars, particularly if your company is among the growing number of employers who have invested in EV charging spots.
However, unless you have a plan for recharging easily, EVs might be difficult to dedicate for adventuring far away – for now. (We’ll get back to you in a few years on that one – auto manufacturers are introducing longer driving ranges all the time!)
Ultimately, it’s your choice – and the choice to make a sustainable impact with your vehicle is certainly a commendable one. Luckily, the luxury auto market is making it easy for that choice to be a fun and comfortable one as well.
Methodology: How we select, test, and rank the best options on the market
Range and charging time: Although comfortable interiors and fast accelerations are nice, in terms of daily use, those two factors are going to be the most important. They’re also factors unique to electric cars, which made them a prime focus as we put together our 2022 guide.
We spent time studying the websites and recent offerings of the best auto manufacturers the world over; we read reviews, watched videos, analyzed statistics, and took into consideration our previous rankings to see what has changed over the years. After putting together our shortlist of the best electric cars of 2022, we selected the unique value point for each vehicle and awarded each their title for our 2022 rankings.
Frequently asked questions about luxury electric cars
The most luxurious electric car is the Mercedes-Benz EQS. It truly offers a comfortable, upgraded experience in a sustainable package. Check our ranking of the best luxury electric cars of 2022 to discover the full list.
The best overall 2022 electric car to buy is the Mercedes-Benz EQS; it has a good amount of power, lightning-quick recharge time, and sophisticated styling.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the best budget electric car of 2022; we’ve found that its power and styling are, for its comparatively low price, a fantastic value for the money – particularly when you factor in the American brand’s sustainable focus.