• Claudine Montano
  • 12/19/22

As celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Alyssa Milano declare their dissatisfaction with Elon Musk's car brand due to his politics, other electric-vehicle manufacturers offer a slew of options, including new Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW models, as well as a fully customizable Cadillac and Rivian's first SUV.

Elon Musk's embrace of right-wing voices on Twitter has depressed Tesla's stock. Climate advocate and onetime Tesla owner Mark Ruffalo tweeted at Musk to decry his support of the GOP. Actress and Democratic activist Alyssa Milano recently posted that she is ditching her Tesla.

A host of excellent luxury electric vehicles have just hit the market. There are models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Polestar and Rivian. They're also ultra-luxury electric offerings from Rolls-Royce and Cadillac. The Celestiq, starting at $300k, counts Lenny Kravitz as one of its earliest customers.

  • BMW
    • BMW's all-electric "i" lineup has three new models. The i4 sedan, especially the i4 M50 model (from $67,300), feels just as dialed-in as a gas-powered 3 Series.
  • AUDI
    • Audi's E-tron is a luxurious small SUV with a lot of style and room. After a few days driving the latter around town, this reporter began to see how it could replace a gas-powered Audi Q4 as a daily driver.
    • Volvo, which has been on a roll since introducing the electric XC40 Recharge SUV and the elegant C40 Recharge crossover, will finally have a seven-seater electric SUV in their range with the Volvo EX90, which is set to enter the market in early 2024.
    • Lenny Kravitz is spec'ing out a Celestiq with his choice of trim and colors. Each Celestiq is custom-built and hand-made to the buyer's specifications. Cadillac mentions that no two Celestiqs will be the same. Each build would take about eight months from deposit to delivery.
    • (My personal favourite, bias not intended) The Spectre is the Rolls-Royce of EVs, with a price tag that starts at $415,000 and goes higher from there. The first all-electric Rolls-Royce does not shy away from the spotlight, with 4,796 softly illuminated'stars' and a slew of customizable choices. The car everyone in Hollywood wants to have! 

So where do you stand? 

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With more than a decade of experience, Claudine Montano possesses a strong business acumen of Toronto’s constantly evolving real estate market. Claudine Montano is a Broker of Record with RE/MAX Hallmark Montano Group Realty affiliated with RE/MAX Hallmark.

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