We Tested 20 of the Newest EVs You Can Buy | Range, Charging, Towing, Drivability, Performance

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This is happening. Just a few years ago, you’d find a desultory Tesla or Chevy Bolt at our 10Best testing, usually plugged in while the rest of the vehicles cycled in and out of the lot. Now there are enough EVs to warrant their own showdown. And that happened quickly. The EV shopper can choose from pickups, SUVs, and sedans, some courtesy of entirely new companies. Charging is getting faster and easier to find, if not easier to get working. At least two new models, the Rivian R1S and Cadillac Lyriq, were launched the same week as our event. Many more are on the way.

Eventually, whether in 10 years or 20, all cars will be electrified, and staging an EV-specific contest will be like choosing the best tires made of rubber. Right now, though, we’re at an inflection point—EVs are still a small fraction of the overall market, but a staggering 40 percent of the new-car launches we covered last year were for battery-powered vehicles. The momentum is building, so we figure now’s the time to weigh in and prod and nudge the manufacturers to build the kind of stuff we like to drive.

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00:00 Intro
01:19 The contenders
01:30 How we test range
02:54 Real-world highway range results
04:25 How we test charging speed
05:26 Charging speed test results
06:52 Reinvention: Good and bad
09:45 How we test towing
10:56 Towing test results
11:46 Driving
13:23 Performance test results
16:15 Conclusion

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