The 5 most important electric vehicles to watch out for in 2023 and beyond
After Tesla proved in 2012 that electric vehicles were a viable option for large-scale commercial production, everyone raced to enter the electric vehicle market. Ten years later, those plans come to fruition, and traditional manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet launch their own flagship versions.
Here are five of our top picks to consider as you consider the EV market in 2023 and beyond.
Volkswagen ID. buzz
Volkswagen and sustainability go together like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches enjoyed at the edge of a tent Grateful Dead Show. In fact, you could even relax and enjoy the haute cuisine yourself within the walls of the modernized hippie van, before traversing the festival wasteland once more and enjoying some stunning guitar solos.
The ID The craze is expected to hit the US in 2023, and VW claims the electric vehicle could be fully autonomous by 2025, which is pretty exciting. You can also expect a spacious interior, high-tech cockpit, and seating for up to five to seven adults, so you can ride guilt-free and tech-savvy with carpooling to Coachella.
However, with a range of 250 miles and 0-60 mph acceleration in 8.5 seconds, don’t expect to get there in record time. But remember, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey, man.
Ford F-150 Lightning
In a rare turn of events, Ford beat Tesla to develop an all-electric truck. The base 2022 model has a range of 230 miles and front- and all-wheel drive. The Lightning 2023 wants to build on this success.
With a total of 200,000 reservations for the F-150 Lightning already, Ford is aiming to increase its annual production rate to 150,000 by 2023.
At $47,000, the new model is priced similarly to the first electric pickup, but offers a little more range.
Range for the Lightning’s standard-range battery is now 240 miles, up from 230, according to Ford (the EPA hasn’t changed its official rating as of this writing). The standard range battery is available in Pro, XLT and Lariat trim levels. The long-range battery pack, available on XLT and Lariat trims and standard on Platinum trim, will continue to offer a range of 320 (XLT, Lariat) or 300 miles (Platinum).
Ford also makes the Pro Trailer Hitch Assist system, which controls steering, braking and acceleration to make hitching a trailer easier, standard as part of the Tow Technology Package. This feature is already standard on the Platinum and certain versions of the Lariat and will now be available across the range.
Ford has proven the Lightning to be reliable, safe and able to handle heavy towing. Now that the EV truck is off the ground, the sky is the limit and more range is expected to be added with each subsequent rollout.
Chevrolet Equinox EV
Chevy will be available in fall 2023 and advertises the Equinox EV as “EV for everyone”. It’s an accurate claim as the Equinox has a range of 300 miles, making it competitive in the EV market, and will be priced around $30,000. It’s a true “mid-range” option in size, price, and range.
Last year Chevy sold 165,232 of its Equinox crossover, beating the Ford Escape, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Forester. He should continue this success with the all-electric model.
Henrik Fisker is well known in the car manufacturing world as the man behind the design of the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9. He failed to translate that success to his first self-proclaimed automotive company in the 2000s. The Fisker Karma he created during this time lived on as the Karma Revero and now the Karma GS-6, but the original Fisker Automotive has long been unavailable.
Now the auto genius is back with a revolutionary electric vehicle. The Fisker Ocean is the first of its kind to use a solar roof that can generate free energy to support the vehicle’s battery-powered motor. In full sun, the Fisker Ocean Extreme’s SolarSky can clock up to 1,500 clean, zero-emission miles per year, and under ideal conditions, it can climb to over 2,000 miles. is expected to start production in late 2022, and is expected to be followed by the low-cost and unique Fisker Pear.