There’s a whole onslaught of electric trucks, sedans and crossovers making their production debuts in 2022. As anyone who’s fallen head over heels for one of the many 2022 electric vehicles and clicked that ‘Order’ button can attest, just because you can order an EV in 2022 doesn’t mean you can drive it home this year. This is a problem I’m facing myself. After driving a series of gas-guzzlers for the past 15 years, I’m eager to go electric. Electricity is cheaper than gas, EVs usually (but not always) require less maintenance, and I’d love to avoid direct emissions from a tailpipe.
Soon after I began my online car search, it became clear that if I wanted a brand-new vehicle, my options were limited by availability. Sure, there are plenty of EVs technically on sale in 2022, and that was evident at the recent LA Auto Show. But so many of the great EVs coming to market are sold out until next year, and in a few cases, all the way to 2024. To make the most of the situation, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about the availability and estimated delivery times for EVs on the market today. Here’s what we know as we kick off the new year.
Note: These are fully-electric models that can either be ordered now or purchased at a dealership today. Many more have been announced for 2022, but are not yet officially available.
What Does It All Mean? Supply and Demand Are Out of Whack
A few things might stand out to you on this list. Not a lot of options are available if you need a new vehicle right now. VW Group’s new EVs are available at many dealerships, although there are reports of major dealer markups. It’s quite easy to find EVs of the previous generation on dealer lots. Think Kia eNiro, Hyundai Kona EV, Nissan Leaf and the like.
The vast majority of 2022 electric vehicles are crossovers. No surprise there given the sales trends over the past decade. Honda doesn’t have a single EV arriving in the North American market until the 2024 Prologue electric SUV. That is surprising considering the popularity and good reputation of the brand. What will it take for automakers to catch up to demand? An end to the chip shortage would be a great step in the right direction. There’s also the supply versus demand factor. Ford, Rivian, Tesla and VW are all swamped with orders well into 2022, and even into 2023. All except Tesla are EV newcomers who are facing the same production ramp-up struggles that Tesla just barely survived a few years ago. We’ll update this page regularly as more information becomes available, so save it to your bookmarks!
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