With the tsunami of EVs in all classes coming to Miami soon (many EV automakers are slating deliveries for Q1 or Q2, 2022), we’ll see some convulsive changes — and some innovative electrics — very soon. Electric vehicles are here, and there are three that may become part of the evolution of EV transportation. We’ve selected a value SUV, a sleek, sophisticated sedan, and — well, a no-frills monster that doesn’t feel that it has to look good to be revolutionary.
These cars invade the market with polished, brilliantly designed electrics, with range, power, styling and innovation.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV Crossover: Around $40K
One of the features that sets the Ioniq 5 apart from its pack is its range. But the Ioniq 5 is much more than that. It’s fun to drive — and Hyundai has paid much attention to the driving experience.
The Ioniq 5 may not be the ultimate EV SUV crossover, but starting at around $40K, and factoring in Hyundai’s reputation for quality and value, the Ioniq 5 could become the SUV Crossover model that gives Honda and Toyota a run for their money.
The Ioniq 5’s electric powertrain is available in multiple flavors. The standard-range battery paired with a single, rear-mounted electric motor generates 168 horsepower. With the longer-range battery, the rear-drive configuration generates 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. The all-wheel-drive version is much more powerful, with 320 horses and a substantial 446 pound-feet, and quicker, too — zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
Its interior is nicely designed and refreshingly sparse, yet exceptionally roomy, and includes an impressive technology-rich dashboard, including smartphone-integrated apps such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as advanced voice-recognition technology. Reclining front seats (with comfy footrests), and loads of passenger space — thanks to a wheelbase that’s actually longer than the three-row Hyundai Palisade.
And you can forget range anxiety — Hyundai’s solid new EV Crossover delivers a remarkable 303 miles of EPA range, with 350-kW DC fast-charging capability. With the standard 58.0-kWh battery pack, the Ioniq 5 is estimated to provide 220 miles of range. The larger 77.4-kWh pack is rated at 256 miles with dual motors and 303 miles with a single one. The larger battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in around 18 minutes or add 68 miles in about five minutes when plugged into a DC fast charger.
The Ioniq 5 is the first product in the electric cars-focused Ioniq brand, built on the Hyundai Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The all-electric Ioniq sub-brand will produce 23 battery-electric vehicles by 2025.
Audi E-Tron GT: $100,000+
If you want a beautiful, classy electric vehicle that’s built for serious adults, with comfort and grace, and you can handle the pricetag, you’ll enjoy the elegance and performance of the Audi e-tron GT. This is a sleek, spirited all-electric vehicle that delivers gut-punch acceleration. Overall, the E-Tron GT carries on the tradition of masterful Audi engineering, comfort and detail. And it’s a fierce competitor for the all others in its class.
Audi’s innovative two-speed transmission propels the e-tron GT’s dual electric motors, which produce between 522 and 637 horsepower depending upon the model. This thing unleashes breathtaking take-offs.
The Audi e-tron GT has deep engineering ties to the Porsche Taycan; developed alongside each other and both share a cutting-edge 800-volt architecture that allows faster charging and performance monitoring.The Audi stands out from the Porsche with its sharper lines and iconic grille and inside, the e-tron is as elegant and technologically advanced as anything available, with a selection of gorgeous materials and high-tech features.
In reality, the 2022 e-tron GT is for the most part just a Taycan with a different body and interior design — focused on becoming an alternative to the popular Tesla Model S.
Inside, the e-tron GT mixes emotion and function elements. The cabin sports multiple digital displays on its angular dashboard. The top options include ambient interior lighting, a head-up display, heated-and-cooled front seats with massage functions, and more. Front-seat passengers sit low to the ground, which promotes a race inspired driving position. The rear seats provide lots of legroom, and there’s space for luggage behind the back seats and under the hood in the front trunk (frunk).
Understated luxury and refinement. That’s the Audi e-tron GT.
Bollinger B1: $125,000+
Shattering all the current norms for brilliant design, interior luxury and roadway manners, the Bollinger B1 SUV resembles either a vintage military transport, or a Mad Max version of a Ford Bronco or even A Lego truck — but this brute packs an awesome all-electric powertrain delivering 614 horsepower. Could this utilitarian, no-luxury truck rival the overwhelmingly popular Tesla Cybertruck (with the Tesla’s 1.25 million pre-orders?
Is there large market for this strange and unabashed truck? Bollinger thinks there is a market — perhaps not massive now — but the taste for big, powerful and menacing EV trucks is increasing. One thin is for certain…
This ain’t no ordinary truck…
The first thing you notice is the sheet metal exterior fastened with exposed rivets, not only making it look bad-ass, but making it far easier to produce. The B1’s beltline is very high — so there’s plenty of headroom and seemingly acres of storage space.
The B1 (along with the B2 pickup truck) report a 200-mile driving range between charges.
The interior is been set free from most modern luxuries and is only available with four bucket seats. That’s it. Running between the seats is a convenient load floor that runs from tailgate to tailgate, open the frunk and trunk and you’d be able to tote an entire telephone pole. The rear seats can also fold against the side window to make even more cargo room.
The Bollinger B1 features two electric motors, one on the front axle and another in the back. The all-wheel-drive, 614 combined horsepower, and 668 lb-ft of torque will rocket the truck from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. However, top speed is limited to 100 mph. The B1 will have a low and high range provided by a two-speed transfer case. The battery-powered truck was given some proper tools to make it a capable off-roader. Set to handle any obstruction around the farm, the B1 will come with a front and rear locking differential, 15 inches ground clearance, and allowing for 10 inches of wheel travel. The electric truck can tow up to 7,500 pounds and its payload capacity is 5,201 pounds.
A cross-linked hydropneumatic suspension will change the spring and damping rates depending on load, allowing a smooth ride quality regardless.
Although it may look like a conceptual rendering of a classic Defender, the Bollinger B1 is a brand new Electric truck that may, or may not, give Tesla’s CyberTruck a run for their money.
Bollinger: To many, an unfamiliar name in the EV Truck business backed by a serial entrepreneur
Robert Bollinger, the company’s founder, studied industrial design at Carnegie Mellon University. He built and sold a successful organic hair-care product business, in which he then moved to a farm in upstate New York. While looking for a proper truck for his farm, he found he was unable to find one that fit his needs so he decided to create one and then sell it to the public.
At the moment, Bollinger’s two primary vehicles are the B1 and the B2. The B1 is the SUV body style while the Bollinger B2 is a pickup. Also to come is a flatbed version called the “B2 Chassis Cab,” a delivery van cleverly called the “Deliver E,” and an electric chassis with the pun “Chass-E.”
The B1 doesn’t win on range. With it’s big off-road tires and boxy design, the Bollinger B1 has a range that’s about 175 miles less than a Telsa Model X. Estimated fuel economy is 70 MPGe. Bollinger’s electric trucks can use 110-volt or 220-volt outlets. DC fast-charging is also available and can give it a full charge in about 75 minutes whereas the 220-volt charge will take up to 10 hours.
You’ll shell out a cool $125,000 for hand-built the B1. A hefty price for the limited amenities and range. But it could forge the way for more automakers to invest in more heavy-duty electric trucks.