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The best-selling electric vehicles of 2022 could ease the pain at the pump

Top 5 electric vehicles for 2022

Fuel prices haven’t evened out yet, and everyone is feeling the pinch. Drivers across the country spend nearly $100 to fill their tanks, if not more.

How big is your daily driver? The size of your ride has a significant impact on fuel economy. Tap or click here to see the top 10 most expensive vehicles at the pump.

Electric cars have been around in one form or another for over 100 years, but they didn’t catch on until this century. And now you may be on a long waiting list to get an EV. Interested in getting one? Check out the top five best-selling EVs for the first quarter of 2022.

EVs are growing among Americans

Americans bought nearly twice as many electric cars in the first quarter of 2022 as they did in the first quarter of 2021, according to a report from Kelley Blue Book

Some states offer tax credits that can be stacked on top of federal tax credits, saving you money after buy an alternative fuel car. Go to afdc.energy.gov/laws/search and plug in your location to see how much you can get back

1. Tesla Model Y

With three vehicles in the top five, Tesla is the current leader in electric vehicles. The Model Y crossover is based on the Model 3 platform and adds more ground clearance, more storage space and an optional third row of seats.

The Model Y starts at $67,990 for the Long Range model, which gets an estimated range of 518 miles and uses a dual motor with a four-wheel drive drivetrain.

You should be careful when browsing prices on Tesla’s website. For example, go to the Model Y page and you’ll find it going for just $57,990. What gives? Ah, Tesla takes incentives into account and estimated gas savings of six years. Secretly! The price you pay to take one home is $10,000 higher.

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2. Tesla Model 3

Do you see a pattern here? Tesla scores a 1-2 finish on this list with the Model 3. The compact sedan used to be more of an entry-level EV at around $35,000, but that price didn’t last long. The cheapest Model 3 now costs $48,490 and comes with rear-wheel drive with a range of 267 miles.

Tesla has yet to offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for all of its cars, despite pressure from potential Tesla owners and loyal customers. Hopefully by the time the automaker changes their mind, the automaker will change their mind updated CarPlay launches with iOS 16

3. Ford Mustang Mach-E

Mustang purists weren’t happy with the name of the legendary pony car applied to an electric SUV of everything, but the folks at Ford had something up their alley here. The Ford Mustang Mach-E takes styling cues from its classic namesake, and enough people buy these cars to place it in the top three.

Ford’s website states that you can no longer order a new 2022 model due to high demand. However, you can search the current stock of what is already on dealer lots. Or wait for the 2023 models to arrive.

The base rear-wheel drive Mach-E Select starts at $43,895 and gets a range of 247 miles. Keep in mind that unlike dealing with Tesla, you will find different prices depending on your dealership and negotiation skills.

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4. Tesla Model S

The Model S sedan wasn’t Tesla’s first EV (that credit goes to the first-generation Roadster), but this is the car that propelled company and CEO Elon Musk into the mainstream.

We’re good with luxury cars in regards to the Model S, which starts at $109,490 for the “base model.” You get twin engines, four-wheel drive, and 375-mile range for that price.

Oh, you better enjoy riding with a yoke. The Model S no longer offers a traditional handlebar.

5. Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Ioniq 5 is the first vehicle to come out of Hyundai’s new Ioniq sub-brand and was the 2022 World Car Awards Electric Vehicle of the Year† Although it was only launched last year, this electric compact SUV is already playing hard to get. If you want one, you may have to wait for next year’s model to arrive.

The Ioniq 5 starts at $39,950 for the SE Standard Range rear-wheel drive model. You get a single motor that powers the rear wheels and a range of 220 miles. Add about $5,000 to that price and you get an extra engine, four-wheel drive and a range of 303 miles.

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