Speaker 1: We're in the middle of about a five year period. When someone hundred new cars with a plug are gonna hit the market. You may never see a flurry like this again in your life. So let's run down the 2022 schedule. This might be the most interesting year of them all.
Speaker 1: Now it should go without saying that you've noticed the hottest thing in electric cars is electric [00:00:30] trucks started with the Ford F-150 lightning. Now that vehicle is in pre-orders, it'll start delivering in 2022. Most notable are the fact that it's got a low base of 40,000, though. You'll be hard pressed to get one at that price. Of course, and it's so normal, it looks and feels like a regular, F-150 a key strategy from Ford. It's got incredible specs for power and performance for towing, and for being gouged at the dealership, Ford's having to reign [00:01:00] in their dealers who know the pre-order list is long and people are gonna be impatient. So as they arrive, you're gonna see some extra markup, which is too bad as that blunts. One of its key features, which is a very affordable price, at least in terms of its value, but it has kicked off the era of the electric pickup.
Speaker 1: Now, by the time the dealer at the Ford shop calls and say, as your electric F-150 is in, you may already be at the point where you can shop for an electric Silverado, even though they don't arrive till mid to late 23, [00:01:30] that's gonna have 400 miles of range. And GM's all new impressive TM battery and electric system. This is completely different from the Chevy bolt that is currently giving the division a black eye. You might also notice that the Silverado is going to have pretty advanced super crews, driving automation, and what they call Altify cloud connected services. It's gonna be an interesting comparison compared to the more derivative electric F-150. Then you ask what about Ram much further in the future, an [00:02:00] electric Ram truck's not expected until 2024. So we have no specs or much to talk about right now. Now let's get to the alternative brands.
Speaker 1: What about Lordstown looking a little wobbly as it has in the past CEO and CFO resigned in 2021 over, over stating allegations about the amount of interest they had in their vehicles and perhaps a little bit of a cash issue. And then Tesla's cyber truck now delayed to Q1 of 23, a vehicle that you thought was gonna be in this video [00:02:30] for delivery in 22. And I suspect that Q1 23 is not the last delay we'll see for the cyber truck. It's okay with me the longer it takes for that ugly thing to be on the road next to me, the better
Speaker 1: Can anyone make electric more normal than Toyota? Maybe not, but they'd have to have an electric car first. And that will be arriving in the mainstream sense for the first time with something called the B Z four X. I don't get get it either. Makes no [00:03:00] sense. Who's gonna walk in or remember or ask for that name at the dealership. We'll see what happens. I do hope it's available all in one color and not just with those contrasting fenders. I see in most photos, which remind me of the cheap black plastic bumpers on the early BMW X threes. When the BZ four X does arrive, it's gonna kick off a vehicle. That's going to be aimed at the sweet spot of the American car buyer, the compact crossover. This will be Toyota's first mainstream battery electric vehicle. They're very familiar [00:03:30] with electrification, but it's all been on the hybrid side.
Speaker 1: For the most part, the BZ four X will have 250 miles of range in a front wheel drive configuration. I believe the all wheel drive range is still TD. As of today. Now the BZ four X will have two other versions from stablemates or partners. There'll be the Subaru Soldera, which will be as similar as its B Z is to the Toyota, 86 in the sports car world. And then there may be a Lexus derivative. This is still a little murky, but they may pick up the, a BZ [00:04:00] four X platform in general and size and turn that into a pure electric compact Lexus crossover. Then there's the Nissan aria probably pretier than anything you ever thought would wear a Nissan badge. It looks really good. It also costs more than probably anything you thought would wear a Nissan badge starting at 40 or so.
Speaker 1: The aria will like so many others be a 300 mile range vehicle though, that does drop to 265 miles. If you get this high performance all-wheel drive version, [00:04:30] and it should also have a new Nissan semi-autonomous driving mode that I here is gonna be pretty impressive. Now, BMW is another one of the standard bears when it comes to making a truly eight benchmark crossover. And in this case, the IX 50 is the one to think about this would be roughly an electrified X five, but it's not an X five. They didn't just retrofit another vehicle. They built this one from the ground up whole different platform, chassis, construction, everything styling's a little bit love or hate it, especially [00:05:00] around the rear or around the front with perhaps the largest expression of BMW's new grill design. But Hey, this is a company that survived the Bangal butt era so they can survive anything. And you won't see the grill because you'll be sitting inside looking at the beauty of iDrive eight displayed across this enormous wide screen. And by the way, all connect via integrated 5g.
Speaker 1: The Hyundai ionic five has been one of our favorites [00:05:30] in anticipation, and it's going to be a big hit. I'm almost certain look at that thing. Yeah, that's a Hyundai, absolutely gorgeous. 40 to 55,000 base before tax breaks. That'll take a little adjust for some people who don't associate that price with a Hyundai, but again, tax breaks 300 miles of range. Of course, overall, we see this as being perhaps the most credible competitor to the Tesla model. Y we were shopping with your money and if you want a slightly different take on the ionic five, go check out [00:06:00] the Kia, EV six, same basic underpinnings and structure, but done with the Kia language. Instead. Now let's say you want something a little bigger and a little more conventional, to be honest, compared to the ionic five and the EV six, then you'd look at the Kia Sportage, the 2020 remodel, which I think carries over some nice design cues from the very premium and popular Kia Telluride.
Speaker 1: And when it arrives in late 22 with a potential plug-in hybrid powertrain, now it's kind of perfect. Now, when [00:06:30] you pull up alongside the next generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, you probably won't even know it so normal and identical. Does it look to the conventional vehicle, but that's okay because that little hidden secret delivers 54 miles of all electric range, at least on the European cycle, let's say it's 40 or 45. When it's us rated still for a pretty big vehicle to get that kind of range and enough range for many owners to drive all of that. Most days, that's pretty impressive. [00:07:00] The 250 mile range VW ID four is of course not new for 22. However, what is new is their moving production from Germany to Chatanooga Tennessee in a vast plant. That's being retooled for this kind of vehicle.
Speaker 1: What that may set up in the future is for it to have more available and volume. And perhaps let's the price come down from its current 40 plus to maybe something in the mid to upper thirties as a base that is a big psychological difference. [00:07:30] Then there's the Volvo C 40 recharge, not the XC 40, the C 40 is a little coop crossover. Great. Looks on less. You find them polarizing. It's definitely audacious, but this is a vehicle that is pure electric, unlike the XC 40, which can be had as a recharge version or not. And it's also a long list of firsts for Volvo. It's the first Volvo that can be had only as an electric and I'm talking Volvo here, not polo star. It's the first one that will only be available with [00:08:00] a sustainable vegan interior. And it's the only Volvo that will be sold only through an online portal, about 225 miles of range for this one.
Speaker 1: This is the Cadillac lyric. It'll get a lot of folks asking that's a Cadillac. I like to look at the inside first, as good as the, the outside looks because that cabin is exactly how you're supposed to do a wide screen interior. Other car makers take notes. Now the launch edition is already sold out [00:08:30] lyrics. Supposedly start at 60, probably has never been one sold at that price yet, but as they flood more into the market down the road, this should be a pretty value play based on the quality that I'm seeing in the overall interior and exterior execution. This vehicle has 300 miles of range, and of course we'll feature the latest version of GM's excellence, super crews, semi self-driving autonomy. Now over at Mercedes EQ means electric car, maybe kind of still funny in this case, the EQ [00:09:00] B is one to look for in 22, if you like your crossovers to have kind of a kind of a high top sneaker look, kind of a big utilitarian rear with a squared off set of shoulders, it's a handsome, chunky look when you get inside, I'm not quite as impressed by the way, the they've done the wide screen cabin, but they've been doing that look for a while.
Speaker 1: It looks a little tacked on to be honest, certainly compared to that Cadillac, we just saw, and I never got used to the weird pinwheel air vents. There'll be an EQB with a 300 or a three 50 variant. And obviously [00:09:30] that doesn't refer to leaders of engine anymore, the three 50 S a higher performance, but they're both dual motor all-wheel drive. It's just a matter of how much performance you want to light up. Audi's Q4 e-tron should combine entry level luxury, the option of a coupe roof line version available augmented reality on the head up display and about a $45,000 base price though. Huge amounts of options mean you'll never really pay that. Now. Jeep's not a name you often associate with [00:10:00] electrification, but it's getting there. The new Jeep grand Cherokee for X E coming out in 22 is going to be a plugin hybrid version of the next generation.
Speaker 1: Grand Cherokee looks really good to our eye and it's available in some trim levels that you normally had to go chase via O wagon ear 25 miles of range on a charge before you have to kick over into combustion mode. And I think 470 pound feet of total torque could make this one a very interesting, powerful articulated off rotor. The pole [00:10:30] star three will certainly be the most mainstream model from this sibling brand of Volvo we've ever seen. And its CEO says that once you get a look at it, you'll see a vehicle that defines the look of SUVs in the electric era to my eye. It mostly confirms that everyone's doing the same look on SUVs in the electric era, but no matter it looks good, you can look for a highest 370 or so miles from a charge, partly because when you've get out a $70,000 base MSRP, you can build [00:11:00] that in inside, expect the usual elegant Volvo modernity, and probably some of the most impressive semi-autonomy on the market.
Speaker 1: The Genesis GV 61, that a lot of folks probably don't know about, know that it's coming even know about Genesis, but it is coming. It's a, perhaps a polarizing look at a crossover in the electric space. You either love or hate the fact that it's got some real quirky design cues look up around the face and the curviness there, or look at the horizontal split headlights and taillights. [00:11:30] Those have become a Genesis sort of a hallmark, although they remind me of some Buick from the nineties inside, I think they have done a less excellent jet of integrating the now der wide screen, single dash display, but don't miss the rotating crystal orb. That is the shifter. If I had not seen this, I would never have believed it.
Speaker 1: The alpha Romeo to is sort of a RAV4 with an Italian accent [00:12:00] as alpha continues to try and figure out who they are and who they're for. It'll be offered with a plugin hybrid variant. As we understand it, don't look for a full battery electric on this one. And that plugin variant may also cross the way over to Dodge and become their plugin compact crossover. Since they're all under the same roof at Stant, the company that sounds like Melan. If you never ever want to see a car like yours at the valet stand, you probably have to get a fiscal ocean, the latest interpretation of the fiscal [00:12:30] name in the auto industry. This one, as you can tell by the name is all about a sustainability message aside from being a electric vehicle. It's got a large solar panel on the sunroof that could add, you know, a couple thousand miles of range all year through trickle charging to the big batteries, vegan interior, as you might imagine, recycled plastics inside as well.
Speaker 1: That's good. They end up in the car instead of in the ocean. And this has the only rotating infotainment screen. [00:13:00] I think we've ever spotted inside of a car. That's interesting. 250 to 300 miles of range, like so many others. Now the next generation Honda HR-V does not arrive in the us in 22, not until 23, but I bring it up in this piece because a full battery electric version has just launched in China for 22. And we expect that we'll at least get a plugin version of the 23, if not the battery version as well. So we're kind of seeing the debut of a full electric. HR-V just not here yet. [00:13:30] And finally, there's Rian's SUV. The R one S not the truck are better known for this is a more or less full size SUV, good size vehicle. Uh, I'd say it's gone into production just now, because they did deliver two in 2021, but two. And one was for the CEO. One was for the CFO. So production does begin this year to join the truck that is already in limited production. But when you see one, it tends to be an event on the street.
Speaker 1: Now nobody [00:14:00] buys sedans or coops anymore. Right? Well, tell a couple of smart companies that, that are doing them as electrics. The BMW I four, for example, this would be basically a four series as an electric sedan. You can see it hasn't varied too far are from the BMW exterior styling formula again, see the big grill, but this is a critical car for a company that made its name on performance sedans. Yeah, I know the crossovers and SUVs are all the rage now, but BMW has to always have [00:14:30] a strong performance sedan brand as well. And this vehicle's now gonna carry that into the future. So the I four is one to watch. Mercedes E Q E will be just a tad bigger than the current conventional eClass, but it's a clean sheet, new car to go with its pure EV underpinnings, a slippery teardrop of a thing with a long arching four door roof line, this optional hyper screen dashboard that it shares with the top drawer. EQs will set a new high watermark [00:15:00] for visual displays. The Genesis G 80 was already one of our favorite sleeper luxury sedans with conventional power. The full electric version has been launched in China, which indicates we might get it here fairly soon. We'd expect it to have the high two hundreds in terms of miles of range. And Hyundai is rather smart charging system, which is able to adapt itself to different voltages of fast chargers. You may find allowing you to plug into more of them than [00:15:30] maybe another car
Speaker 1: Got a couple exotics for you. These are not normally thought of as electric cars, but it's happening there too. The Ferrari 2 96 GTB returns a V6 to the middle of a Ferrari for the first time since the Dino we're going back decades. But of course, in this case, coupled with a plugin hybrid powertrain component, this is a very different situation than the Dino 820 horsepower total combined, and obviously a significant amount of that horsepower [00:16:00] and torque comes from the snap of an electric motor. That's gonna be different than getting eight 20 any other way, and probably more grin inducing as is the beautiful styling on this thing. Certainly from the front, I think it's Ferrari makes this side of the Roma. And finally Maserati may launch its first full EV in the next generation grand Tourismo possibly this year. It's so speculative. We don't know what it would look like. Terribly well, no specs, but we do know what it's gonna sound like.