When many people think of electric vehicles (EVs), they think ‘Tesla.’ The automaker is pretty much the Kleenex of EVs. Tesla deserves the accolades bestowed upon it for dragging the rest of the industry into the world of electrification sooner rather than later. Good job, Tesla.Other automakers have emerged in the past few years, ready to drop their own EVs onto the road with varying degrees of success. For 2021, it’s been a good year for those looking for options outside Tesla. But 2022 is the year where adoption will speed up, and it’s not just because of climate change.
I mean, that should be the main reason, but you know what, anything that reduces our impact on the air we breath should be applauded. However, the real reason is that there are a lot of really cool EVs coming. That’s not to say that the EVs out today are less than outstanding. The Ford Mustang Mach-e, Polestar 2, and Porsche Taycan are great vehicles that happen to be EVs. That’s how you convince those wavering between EV and gas transportation.
Being behind the wheel has to be compelling and, in some cases, better than what’s available from a gas counterpart. ‘More Options Coming Soon’Vehicles like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Rivian R1T embrace their EVness in a way that makes them great regardless of their powertrain. The Hyundai EV shows what can happen when compelling design and solid technology merge in a fun-to-drive vehicle.
Meanwhile, Rivian is looking to be the next Tesla—a new automaker that builds EVs that people actually want.