- The 2022 New York Auto Show is packed with exciting electric vehicles.
- Some models will go on sale soon, while others are only in concept form.
- We saw Chevy’s electric pickup, VW’s quirky minivan, and a 2,200-horsepower supercar.
electric chevrolet silverado
Chevrolet introduced its electric Silverado pickup at CES in January and aims to start selling it in 2023. The pickup starts at $39,900 for the most basic Work Truck model. The RST First Edition, which will hit the market later in 2023, starts at $105,000.
The star of the show was the Silverado EV’s nifty bed, which features a large step-through to the cabin, allowing people to haul objects nearly 11 feet long.
Austrian-based electric vehicle startup Deus has unveiled a “production-oriented concept” of its inaugural model, the Vayanne. The company claims its supercar will produce 2,200 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque. For comparison, the $3.3 million Bugatti Chiron only offers 1,500 horses more or less.
The Vayanne, according to Deus, will have a top speed of 248 mph and can hit 60 mph in less than two seconds.
Impossibly low to the ground and sculpted, the Vayanne looks good too. Deus says that the back of him is inspired by the infinity symbol. The Deus Vayanne is limited to 99 examples and deliveries will begin in 2025.
Kia EV9 Concept
Kia took the opportunity to show off its EV9 concept, which previews a large SUV to sit above the compact EV6. Boxy and imposing, the EV9 concept looks like a futuristic version of Kia’s popular Telluride SUV.
Kia says the EV9 will have more than 300 miles of range when it hits US dealerships in 2023. We expect the SUV to look a lot like this concept when it comes to life, but some of the more interesting design elements of the EV9 , like his suicide doors – probably won’t make it to production.
You’d be forgiven for not being aware of Indi EV, given the slew of EV startups trying to make a name for themselves right now.
Los Angeles-based Indi was founded in 2017 and kicked off pre-orders for its first model, an SUV called the Indi One, at the auto show. Here’s how Indi is different from other upstarts: It packed a powerful computer into the Indi One that it calls “In-Vehicle Computer.”
This, Indi says, will allow people to play video games, make video calls for work, use social media, and do other things normally reserved for a regular computer. Indi says pricing starts at $45,000 and deliveries will start next year.
Vinfast VF8 and VF9
Vietnamese automaker Vinfast showed off two electric models headed to the US this year: the VF8 midsize SUV and the VF9 large SUV. Despite coming from a company – and a country – that has never sold cars of any kind in the United States, they are a perfect match for gas and electric SUVs on the market.
It will certainly be difficult for a new brand to enter the US market. But the big VF9 hits a segment that has hardly any electric options right now. There are several compact and midsize electric SUVs to choose from, but only a couple with a third row like the VF9.
To keep costs down, Vinfast is having customers rent its batteries for a monthly fee. The company guarantees that it will replace a vehicle’s battery if its capacity falls below 70%.
Volkswagen ID Buzz
The Volkswagen ID.Buzz doesn’t arrive on US shores until 2024, but we did get an early look at the modern minivan in New York. And we can report that it looks great in person. It’s weird in all the right ways and it just puts a smile on your face.
The ID.Buzz on display was the European model. For the US, VW will stretch the truck out a bit to make room for the third row of seats. The Euro ID.Buzz already has plenty of interior space and headroom, and the US trim should make it even more practical.