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posted on April 22, 2022

Earth Day is the perfect time to plug in

EVs are having a moment. Today, there are more vehicles to choose from than ever as automakers jockey for position. That means drivers can expect more utility, longer range, and head-turning style. To celebrate Earth Day, we’ve put together seven of our favorite EVs that recently made their big debut.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 launched this year, but it looks straight out of 2032. When it’s not turning heads, this SUV impresses with 300 miles of estimated range and smart features that put the Tesla Model Y on notice. A two-way charging port can charge appliances or even other EVs. Passengers can get comfy inside the spacious interior, equipped with reclining rear seats. And there’s no need to sweat about tight spaces, because the Ioniq 5 can park itself with a push of its key fob. 

Volkswagen ID.4

Did the ID.4 debut in 2021? Yes, but it’s earned a place on this list all the same. Especially since Volkswagen says the ID.4 is as important to the brand as the first Beetle. Makes sense, since this is their first vehicle designed solely as an EV. Drivers can look forward to an estimated 280 miles of range, plus space for cargo and four passengers. Current listings such as Keyona’s ID.4 include free 30-minute charging sessions using Electrify America’s network of fast-charging stations.

Kia EV6

If the Kia EV6 looks familiar, it may be because it was built on the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq 5. That’s not a bad thing, especially because the EV6 offers even more efficiency and performance. This electric SUV goes the distance with 310 miles of estimated range, edging out its sister model. And if you like a little excitement with your sustainability, Christian’s EV6 will take you from zero to 60 in a brisk 4.6 seconds. 

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The Tesla Model S has long been the gold standard for EVs, but the Mercedes-Benz EQS makes for an extra-luxurious alternative. If the three-letter acronym is any indication, this classy sedan was designed to be the electric counterpart to the Mercedes flagship S-Class. That explains the gorgeous, futuristic interior. This Mercedes is no slouch on the open road, either. Yevgeniy’s EQS makes an impressive 329 horsepower while offering an estimated 350 miles of driving range. 

Rivian R1T

There are electric vehicles that go further than 300 miles. The thing is, you’d be hard pressed to find one with the utility of the Rivian R1T. This action-packed pickup truck makes 835 horsepower under its metaphorical hood, taking just three seconds to go from zero to 60. And while its all-wheel drive system is expected, drivers can customize their driving experience with eight driving modes. That makes it easy to adjust the ride height, suspension and pedal response the way you like it. Truck enthusiasts should take note of Ryan’s Rivian R1T Launch Edition, one of the first examples on the road.

Lucid Air

Taking aim at the Tesla Model S, the Lucid Air’s impressive specs might seem like a typo at first. This stunning luxury sedan delivers up to 1,111 horsepower and 520 miles of estimated range. It’s also a technological treat, with a curved 34-inch “Glass Cockpit” display and a 21-speaker surround sound system. All this comes packed in a sleek aerodynamic package that handles sharp and sits pretty. So whether you’re out on the open road or sitting in traffic, there are worse places to be than Andre’s Lucid Air.

Audi e-tron GT

The e-tron GT is sure to stand out from the crowd. It can also help you put some distance between you and the rest — fast. The standard model is good for 469 horsepower and 238 miles of estimated driving range. And while this sporty EV is styled like a coupe, drivers can enjoy the ride with up to four additional passengers. Sure, the middle seat is only large enough for children. But at least they’ll get a kick out of the Audi e-tron GT‘s 3.9-second zero to 60 time. 

Drive sustainably

Earth Day comes just once a year, but there are so many EVs that can electrify your next trip. And if you’re looking to take a test drive, there’s no better time to book one. Filter your search to find any of the specific models listed here, or hit the button below to browse all electric vehicles on Turo.


Michael has spent most of his career writing about cars. His passions all start with the letter S. That includes his Honda S2000, sustainability, and sushi.