TodayApril 15, 2022

Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

Evie has grown up around cars and knows what she likes and doesn’t like. While Sue Mead, Evie’s grandmother, was receiving the female automotive journalism award at the Chicago Auto Show, Keith Turner took Eve (aka Evie) around the show to look at all the Electric Vehicles (EVs). We’ve accumulated a list of electric cars at the Chicago Auto Show and one gasoline car that is Evie’s absolute favorite. 

Of course, everyone’s favorite are the puppies. Subaru brings them each year and they can be adopted.

Puppies! Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

Today’s battery-powered vehicles come in multiple arrangements. Pure electrics are cars that run on battery power only. There are also extended-range electrics that run on electric power until the battery charge runs out, and then a gasoline engine kicks in to extend the driving range.

The electrified vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show and Evie show off the EVs.

2022 BMW i4: 

The BMW i4 is all-new for 2022. i4 is a luxury, electric sports car that seats five passengers and comes as a 4-door sedan. 

Competitors include the Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3.

There are two models: i4 eDrive40 and M50. 

Two drivetrains will be in the lineup: single and dual electric motors, offering 335 horsepower in the eDrive40 and 536 horsepower in the M50. Rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions are available.  

BMW’s eDrive40 gives you 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, and the M50 gives you 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. 

BMW promises up to a 300-mile driving range in the eDrive40 and a 245-mile driving range in the M50. Pricing will be available soon.

2022 BMW iX at Chicago Auto Show: 

Comparable to the X5 in size, the iX is BMW’s first electric crossover. Offered only as a 4-door wagon that seats five 5, the iX will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022 with a starting price of $83,200. 

The iX has a unique aluminum spaceframe that includes continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics and high-strength steel to create a solid and lightweight body structure. 

Competitors include the Audi e-Tron, Hyundai Ioniq5, Kia EV6, Polestar 2, Tesla Model Y, Volvo XC40 Recharge, and Volkswagen ID.4.

The iX will come in a single trim: xDrive50. It gets two electric motors – one on each axle – for a combined output of 516 horsepower. BMW claims the iX can get from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.6 seconds. Providing juice to the motors is a large 106.3 kWh battery, which should be good for about 300 miles of range. It will take about 11 hours to fully charge the iX from empty with a Level 2 charger. Owners can add up to 90 miles of range using a DC fast charger in 10 minutes. BMW will include a $100 credit when plugged into the EVgo charging network.

2023 Chevrolet Silverado EV Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

2023 Chevrolet Silverado EV

The Silverado EV is a full-size electric truck that can seat up to 5 passengers—the first of its kind by General Motors. 

Competitors include the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, and GMC Hummer EV.

Three trims will be available at launch with a crew cab: WT, Trail Boss, and RST. Chevy promises 400 miles of driving range on WT, and RST trims, as well as up to 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque. Maximum towing capacity will be up to 10,000 pounds on RST trim, as well as up to 1,300 pounds of payload capacity. Chevy says the DC fast charging will be up to 350kW on WT and RST and 0-60 times less than 4.5 seconds. 

The WT trim is for commercial, fleet-only purposes, while Trail Boss and RST models will be for individual consumers. Pricing ranges from $45,000 to $105,000.

2022 Ford E-Transit

The Ford E-Transit is all-new for 2022. E-Transit is a fully electric commercial cargo van with an approximate driving range of 126 miles in the low-roof configuration. It can haul passengers or cargo and will go on sale later in 2022.

E-Transit will feature both AC and DC charging and comes equipped with a charger that can utilize 120v and 240v charging. According to Ford, it can be fully charged in under eight hours when connected to 240v power. Pricing will start at $45,000 and be available for fleet customers only.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning at Chicago Auto Show

The Lightning is Ford’s first fully electric pickup truck, which will be offered as a crew cab with a 5.5-foot bed and all-wheel drive as standard.

Competitors include the Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV Pickup, and Chevrolet is bound to announce its electric Silverado in early 2022.

Unlike the gas F-150, the Lightning has an independent rear suspension and a 14-cubic-foot “frunk.” three trims will be available at launch: XLT, Lariat, and Platinum. Standard on XLT and Lariat will be front and rear electric motors with a combined output of 426 horsepower and a range of about 250 miles on a single charge. Standard on Platinum and optional on others is an extended range battery that provides 563 horsepower and 300 miles of range. Maximum towing will be 10,000 pounds.

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Mach-E seats five passengers and is available only as a 4-door wagon. Competitors include the Audi E-Tron Tesla Model Y.

There are four trims: Select, California Route 1, Premium, and GT. 

There are three drivetrains with horsepower equivalents of 266 horsepower, 290 horsepower, 346, and 480 horsepower. The latter is available only in GT trim. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The driving range is 224 to 314 miles depending on trim. Pricing ranges from $44,000 to $65,000.

2022 GMC Hummer EV

The GMC Hummer EV is all-new for 2022. Hummer EV is a 5-passenger electric vehicle, four-door SUV, and four-door pickup truck. 

Competitors include the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, and the upcoming electric Chevrolet Silverado.

The GMC Hummer EV will be offered as an SUV and pickup truck at launch, with an electric drivetrain capable of producing up to 1,000 horsepower in truck form and 830 hp in SUV form. GM says it will be capable of doing 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and offer a range of up to 350 miles on a single charge. Pricing will start at $100,000.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 at Chicago Auto Show

The all-new Ioniq 5 is a 5-seat electric compact 4-door wagon. Competitors include the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Kona EV, and Volkswagen ID4.

Three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. There are 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh drivetrains, which produce 168 and 225 horsepower in rear-wheel-drive trim. In all-wheel-drive, dual-motor trim, the 77.4 kWh drivetrain produces 320 horsepower. The driving range varies from 220 to 303 miles depending on trim and drivetrain configuration. Pricing ranges from $41,000 to $55,000.

2022 Kia EV6

The all-new EV6 is a 5-seat electric compact car 4-door wagon. Competitors include the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Kona EV, and Volkswagen ID4.

There are four trims: EX, EX+, GT-Line, and First Edition. There are three drivetrains: 58 kWh and 77.4 kWh, which produce 167 and 225 horsepower in rear-wheel-drive trim. In all-wheel-drive, dual-motor trim, the 77.4 kWh drivetrain produces 320 horsepower. A high-performance trim with up to 576 horsepower will be available by the end of 2022. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with an all-wheel-drive being optional. The driving range varies from 232 to 310 miles depending on trim and drivetrain configuration. 

2023 Nissan Ariya Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

2023 Nissan Ariya

The Nissan Ariya is an all-new electric crossover set to debut in 2022 as a 2023 year model. The Ariya will be a midsize vehicle that can seat five passengers and offer up to 300 miles of driving range when properly equipped. 

Competitors include the Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Tesla Model Y.

Four trims will be available: Venture+, Evolve+, Premiere, and Platinum+. There are two battery sizes: 63-kWh at 238 horsepower and 87kWh at 389 horsepower. Front-wheel-drive is standard.

Customers can make an Ariya reservation online by placing a $500 refundable deposit, with deliveries in the fall of 2022. Pricing ranges from $47,000 to $60,000.

2023 Subaru Solterra Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

2023 Subaru Solterra

The all-new Solterra is a compact electric crossover that seats five passengers. Competitors include the Toyota BZ4X, Tesla Model Y, Nissan Ariya, Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Volkswagen ID.4.

Subaru says the driving range will be more than 220 miles and approximately 215 horsepower. It will boast 8.3 inches of ground clearance. It will go on sale late-2022.

2023 Toyota bZ4X Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

2023 Toyota bZ4X

The all-new bZ4X is a compact electric crossover that seats five passengers. Competitors include the Subaru Solterra, Tesla Model Y, Nissan Ariya, Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Volkswagen ID.4.

The all-wheel-drive model will have a 0-60 time of approximately 7.7 seconds. Toyota claims it will have up to 250 miles of range and approximately 201 horsepower. It will go on sale late-2022.

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 Evie in EVs at the Chicago Auto Show

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 at Chicago Auto Show

The ID.4 is an electric car that seats five passengers and is a 4-door wagon. Competitors include the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Tesla Model Y.

There are two trims: Pro and Pro S. One drivetrain is available: An 82 kWh battery that produces 202 horsepower and pairs to a single-speed transmission. 2021 models have an estimated range between 250 and 260 miles on a single charge, and VW claims improved figures 2022 models, though it has yet to reveal those. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive being optional. Pricing ranges from $42,000 to $46,000.

Evie patiently went through all the electric cars Keith showed her, but she still wanted to see her favorite car, the Lincoln Navigator. Maybe Evie will see the Navigator as an electric car in the future. 

Not an EV yet, Evie in front of her favorite car the Lincoln Navigator
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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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