The Best Electric Family Cars for 2022
As of 2022, it’s safe to say that EVs are mainstream. With all major mass-market automakers offering multiple EVs in their portfolio, it is confusing to choose one. EVs, with their convenience and refinement, make for great family runabouts if the range isn’t a major concern, but, with a whole range of EVs to choose from, the decision-making process is getting increasingly difficult. So, here is a list of 10 EVs that we think should be on your list if you are on the lookout for an electric family car.
2023 The Kia Sportage PHEV Breaks Cover With 32 Miles Of Electric-Only Range
With the new fifth-gen Sportage announcements, Kia promised to bring the plug-in hybrid variant of the same, and they made it. The 2023 Sportage PHEV has been announced and it will get a 1.6-liter turbo-petrol engine along with a 13.8-kWh battery pack. It will be available in the X-Line and the X-Line Prestige trims, offering a more rugged and even aggressive stance than the standard Sportage.
The 2022 Kia EV6 will hit U.S. dealerships in the upcoming weeks at a starting price of $40,900. But, the EV6 is eligible for a $7,500 federal vehicle tax credit, so, the actual price goes down to $33,400.
The 2022 EV6 will be offered in three trim levels: Light, Wind and GT-Line and both RWD and e-AWD configurations. To be more precise, the Light version will only be offered in rear-wheel drive configuration, while Wind and sporty GT-Line variants will get both rear-wheel drive and Dual Motor e-AWD configurations.
2022 KIA EV6
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Kia has entered the EV segment with a bang. The company recently revealed some images of its first fully battery-electric vehicle called the EV6 without accompanying it with any data. But, the company has now officially debuted the car and it seems very impressive.
For starters, the Kia EV6 will make 577 ponies and 546 pound-feet of torque. It takes just 3.5 seconds to sprint to 62 mph from rest, which makes it faster than some Tesla models and Taycan iterations, too. And, did I mention it looks pretty hot?
Kia Gives 2019 Niro Electrified Crossover Its Midlife Refresh
Kia reports that it has sold over 270,000 Niro crossovers since it launched the compact crossover model in 2016, and some 100,000 of those sales were to European customers. It’s the brand’s fifth-most-popular model in Europe, so that’s why it’s chosen to reveal the refreshed versions of the Niro hybrid and Niro plug-in hybrid at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, one of the most important auto shows on the Old Continent.
Kia Will Expand Its Electrified Lineup by Turning the 2019 Ceed and Sportage into Plug-In Hybrids
Kia has been one of the top automakers to adopt electrification in its portfolio. At a point where other manufacturers would probably focus on stabilizing the sales of their present electrified models, Kia is relentlessly working towards increasing its fleet of plug-in hybrid models to counter CO2 emission regulations all across the globe. This is what commitment looks like: competition!
Kia Niro EV Arrives with 236-mile Range
Previewed by a concept car at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, the Kia Niro EV was unveiled as a production model at the International Electric Car Expo in South Korea. As expected, the electric crossover is a mildly revised version of the conventional Niro styling-wise.
Kia to Launch 14 New Alternative-Fuel Vehicles by the Turn of the Decade
The standard internal combustion engine is seeing competition from all sorts of possible substitutions, and now, it looks like Kia will add to the mix through the release of over a dozen new models. For the moment, there are little to no specifics, but the plan does include 14 new models equipped with alternative powertrains, including all-electrics and hybrids, as well as a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The new high-tech offerings will supposedly see a release over the course of the next four years, with the fuel cell vehicle arriving towards the end of that schedule in 2020.
The news comes courtesy of the U.K. publication AutoCar, which quotes Kia’s European head, Michael Cole. Cole told the outlet about Kia’s plans to release the new lineup globally by the end of the decade as the automaker attempts to broaden its sales numbers and its customer base.
Kia recently released its new Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, and is expected to add a plug-in EV variant of the same model sometime soon. The extra EV compact crossover should help bolster Kia’s current alternative powertrain lineup, with older offerings including the Optima hybrid and Soul EV.
Additional future models include a forthcoming Optima hybrid wagon. As for models with more conventional powertrains, Kia is expected to release a small Nissan Juke fighter sometime soon, as well as a sportier halo car that’ll be a production version of the 2011 GT concept.
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Launched in 2000, the Kia Optima has evolved in a spectacular fashion from the rebadged Hyundai Sonata that was introduced 14 years ago to the sleek and sporty sedan that debuted in 2011. The third-generation model also marked the introduction of a hybrid version, as well as the sedan’s motorsports debut in the Pirelli World Challenge series. At the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Kia showcased yet another variant of the Optima as a concept. This is the Optima T-Hybrid, a study that showcases the company’s newest hybrid drivetrain.
Unlike the production Optima Hybrid, which uses the 2.4-liter gasoline engine and a 30kW electric motor, the T-Hybrid combines the brand’s 1.7-liter turbodiesel engine and electric motor powered by a 48V lead-carbon battery. Although there are no production plans for the Optima T-Hybrid as of this writing, Kia says the innovative drivetrain remains under consideration for future models.
Click past the jump to read more about the Kia Optima T-Hybrid Concept.