Most Expensive Luxury Electric Cars
With gas prices going up to levels we've never seen before, people are beginning to think about getting an electric vehicle, or EV.
Every major car company, as well as a few startups, have an EV either on the road or in the works. These are the most expensive luxury electric cars on the market.
14. Tesla Cybertruck
Starting price: $39,900
Bottom line: Just because it looks like it's straight out of the 1976 sci-fi classic "Damnation Alley" doesn't mean this car is a throwback to another time. It's positively futuristic.
The truck, scheduled for release in 2023, is said to feature a monochrome exoskeleton that provides maximum protection to everyone inside.
Its drivetrain and low center of gravity allow the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than three seconds, and its battery has a 500-mile range.
13. Audi Q4 e-tron
Starting price: $45,000
Bottom line: Production of the Q4 e-tron began in April 2021.The base model, with rear wheel drive, offers just 201 horsepower. However, the all-wheel, dual-motor model packs a whopping 295-horsepower punch.
The 77.0-kWh battery gives the Q4 e-tron a 265-mile charge. The car can reach a top speed of 111 mph and accelerates from zero to 60 in just over six seconds.
12. Polestar 2
Starting price: $68,000
Bottom line: Polestar is a Volvo brand, and the Polestar 2 is great option for people seeking a luxury electric car. Its powertrain enables it to accelerate quickly (62 mph in less than 5 seconds), and it averages about 290 miles on a full charge.
This five-door hatchback has a well-trimmed, sleek interior, and plenty of room for a family of four. It also features an infotainment system powered by Android.
The SUV version, the Polestar 3, should be released sometime in 2023.
11. Volvo C40 Recharge
Starting price: $72,000
Bottom line: Say hello to Volvo's first truly electric vehicle, the C40 Recharge. While it looks sporty, it has all the practical elements of a family SUV, such as a hands-free liftgate, an Android-based infotainment system, and a widescreen information display.
The C40 Recharge acclerates to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and recharges fast. The battery can reach 80 percent in a little over half an hour. It gets nearly 230 miles on a full charge, making it a great daily driver.
10. Mercedes-Benz EQC
Starting price: $69,000
Bottom line: You can always count on an elegant experience with any Mercedes, and it is for that reason the ultra-stylish EQC doesn't feel like any other EV.
While it's not the fastest on the list (zero to 60 in about five seconds still isn't too shabby) and has a driving range of about 200 miles, the EQC has many features that Mercedes owners have come to love. Of course, the car is made with the highest quality materials.
Its navigation system runs with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
9. Lucid Air
Starting price: $77,400
Bottom line: Lucid Air, a startup based in California, is disrupting the EV market in a big way with its 2023 luxury sedan.
Its big battery and compact motor allow it to go from zero to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. It can also go for over 500 miles on one charge, which means it has more range than most other EVs. (Should you choose to get the Sapphire model, you can shave .6 seconds from the acceleration time.)
All Lucid Air models feature stylish exteriors and spacious cabins.
8. Ford F-150 Lightning
Starting price: $75,000
Bottom line: People love pickups, and EV pickups are desperately needed. Leave it to Ford to take the reins with its F-150 Lightning, the EV version of its F-150, which is already a top seller.
The Lightning can carry a 2000-pound payload and tow up to 10,000 pounds. It fits a standard battery (which has a 240 mile range) or extended-range battery, which can go well over 315 miles on a full charge.
Of course, the 2022 models are sold out, but Ford is increasing its output to 150,000 units in 2023.
7. Rivian R1S
Starting price: $84,500
Bottom line: Built by a startup in Illinois, the Rivian R1S's 135 kWh battery pack and quad-motors generate a whopping 835 hp and 908 lb-ft of torque.
The SUV can hit 60 mph in about three seconds and is equally as agile on the road as it is on rough terrain. The car comes with two or four motors, depending on the configuration.
The customer wait list is long. Some people have been waiting years for the R1S, which began reaching consumers in 2022.
6. BMW iX
Starting price: $85,000
Bottom line: BMW has always offered a sporty luxury in its models, and the iX is no exception to this rule. It's small and slick with interiors featuring wood, leather, and fabric trims.
It's the perfect the city ride, but should you take to the open road, you can do so for about 380 miles on a full charge.
The iX also comes standard with the car company's Flexible Fast Charger, which is compatible with both 120V and 240V outlets, giving you more options as you travel.
5. Porsche Taycan
Starting price: $79,000
Bottom line: A classic Porsche build in a modern EV, every model of the Taycan is made with quality materials consumers are used to in a standard Porsche. The interior's comfortable seats are surprisingly spacious, and there is plenty of cargo room.
There are several different versions of the Taycan and all boast some of the quickest zero-to-60 acceleration times of any mainstream production car on the market.
The Taycan 4S has the top travel range of all the models, with a maximum reach of 318 miles on a full charge.
4. Tesla Model S Plaid
Starting price: $129,990
Bottom line: Teslas are really where the EV craze began (in 2012) and are still hard to beat. The 2022-2023 Plaid models feature that same Tesla ingenuity, but with more far power.
The base version of the car hits zero to 60 in a little less than four seconds with a range of about 375 miles for the Long Range model and 348 miles on the Performance model.
When charging with a standard 24-volt charger, it takes up to 10 hours for a full charge, but if you get the V3 Supercharger, that time goes down to about 75 minutes.
3. Mercedes-Benz EQS
Starting price: $120,000
Bottom line: There are several EQS models currently available to consumers, but we'll take a look at the EQS 450+. It has more power and a larger dashboard than the base model.
Known as the "hyperscreen," this option spans the instrument panel's length and controls the majority of what the car can do. For example, stability control, active steering assist, active lane-keep assist are all adjustable via the touchscreen. Driving modes — Eco, Comfort, Sport, or "Individual" — can also be chosen this way.
The car has a range of about 350 miles on a full battery. At a rapid charging station, you can expect a full charge in about half an hour.
2. Cadillac Celestiq
Bottom line: Cadillac was the luxury car in the U.S. for decades and has finally put its hat in the EV ring. Set to launch in 2023, the Celestiq will feature a smart glass roof, a dashboard-width touchscreen, all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, as well as GM's "Ultra Cruise" advanced driver-assistance system.
While the car is less than a racer and a comfort cruiser, it can still do a respectable zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds. Buyers with big wallets can also weigh in on the design and make their car more unique to them.
1. Rolls-Royce Spectre
Bottom line: Rolls-Royce already has the most expensive car in the world with its Boat Tail, which comes in at a cool $28 million. The Spectre, which is the most expensive EV to date, is considerably less money, but Rolls never skimps on features.
Sportier than your typical Rolls, this two-door coupe ranges to about 320 miles on a full battery and can go from zero to 60 in a little over four seconds.
Three hundred U.S. buyers have already put down deposits on the car, which is set to be on the road in 2024. This is just the beginning for the car company in the EV market. It has already announced that its entire fleet will be electric by 2030.