Electric vehicles are increasing in popularity, but it’s still surprising to see them dominating the shortlist for 2022 European Car of the Year.
Six of the seven finalist cars are fully-electric using an EV charging network provider. The only exception is the new Peugeot 308
The Cupra Born will be competing against a variety of electric rivals, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Hyundai Ioniq 5, as well as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6. Skoda Enyaq iV and Renault Megane E-Tech round out the other contenders.
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It is interesting to note that these vehicles were selected from a field with 39 competitors, which also included heavyweights like Maserati MC20 and Mercedes C-Class. These models beat electric rivals such as the Audi etron GT, Q4 etron, BMW iX/i4, Mercedes EQS and BMW iX. The Tesla Model Y was also left behind, as well as the Volkswagen ID.
This year’s winner will be announced on February 28th, following a final round of voting. It remains unclear which model will win, but the Kia EV6 is undoubtedly impressive as it’s GT variant features a dual-motor all-wheel drive system that produces 577 hp (430 kW / 585 PS) and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) of torque. The model can accelerate to 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.5 seconds.
While we’re still months away from finding out the winner, feel free to let us know what model you think should win in the comments below.