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Best Electric Car Features of 2022 from Ford, Tesla, Rivian, BMW

Best Electric Car Features of 2022 from Ford, Tesla, Rivian, BMW

What’s great for early adopters is that automakers are using advanced electric models as a testing ground for new and interesting designs and capabilities.

The Tesla Model Y.

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I’ve driven over a dozen electric cars from Ford, Tesla, Porsche, and others and experienced many cool features, but a handful stand out.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo 2021.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo 2021.

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California upstart Rivian wants to become the Tesla of rugged pickup trucks and SUVs.

[EMBARGO 9/28 DNP]    Rivian R1T

The Rivian R1T.

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The vehicles are packed with interesting features, but the coolest part of the R1T truck has to be the gear tunnel.

[EMBARGO 9/28 DNP]    Rivian R1T

The Rivian R1T.

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It’s a bonus, a unique storage space that runs between the rear seat and the bed of the R1T.

The Rivian R1T from 2022.

The Rivian R1T from 2022.

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Simply point the seven-seat SUV at a deep creek, steep slope or mass of boulders and hit the accelerator. Its four powerful engines, adjustable air suspension and advanced four-wheel drive do the rest.

The Rivian R1S electric SUV.

The Rivian R1S.

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Tesla rejects almost all conventional buttons and meters in favor of a sleek and uncluttered appearance.

The Tesla Model Y.

The Tesla Model Y.

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And tech geeks will get a kick out of the big, snappy touchscreen that controls the vehicle’s basic settings and receives software updates.

The Tesla Model Y electric SUV.

The Tesla Model Y.

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Fun built-in features like a racing game (which uses the actual steering wheel), drawing pad, and Netflix mean you’ll never get bored while charging.

The Tesla Model Y from 2022.

The Tesla Model Y from 2022.

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Kia’s spaceship-esque EV6 has a trick up its sleeve in the form of bi-directional charging.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT Line.

The 2022 Kia EV6 GT Line.

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The smart feature involves using an adapter that plugs into the charging port.

The Kia EV6 from 2022.

The Kia EV6 from 2022.

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But the best thing about riding the Ioniq 5 is how cool you feel.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 2022.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 2022.

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Its retrofuturistic styling — complete with origami-esque corners and lights made up of dozens of tiny pixels — sets it apart from ordinary blob-shaped SUVs.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 2022.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 from 2022.

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It can charge at a peak rate of 270 kilowatts, faster than most electric cars, meaning 5% to 80% can be done in just 22.5 minutes.

The 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S.

The 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S.

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That’s a game-changer for long car journeys with multiple charging stops.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo 2021.

The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo 2021.

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The thought of going without plain buttons may repel some buyers. But the sporty sedan’s Google-powered infotainment system isn’t clunky like some other vehicle touchscreens.

The 2022 Polestar 2.

The 2022 Polestar 2.

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Instead, both the main display and the digital instrument panel are remarkably intuitive, simple and beautiful to look at. Hyper-realistic graphics of the vehicle are a nice touch.

The 2022 Polestar 2.

The 2022 Polestar 2.

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