So here, we’re going to try and predict what’s heading our way in the new year. It’s going to be an interesting 12 months, that’s for sure.

Electric power on the rise

This year has seen a stratospheric rise in the number of electric cars, both on our roads and on dealerships forecourts. Manufacturers have switched on to EV power, which means that nearly every car builder offers their own electric model – if not an entire line-up.

This appears guaranteed to keep going in 2022. Many companies have already showcased concepts that will go on to inspire EV models in 2022, so it looks like the electric car segment is only set to expand even further.

Sustainability focus

Cars are becoming ever ‘greener’, with more eco-friendly building processes put in place alongside sustainable materials being used in the cars themselves. Already, we’ve seen vegan materials used in a variety of cars and this trend looks only likely to continue.

But it goes further than that. Only recently, we’ve seen a partnership between Michelin and Bridgestone announced to delve into more eco-friendly production methods for tyres. So it’s not just the cars themselves.

Volvo C40 Recharge, interior

Increased charging capacity in the UK

As EVs become more popular, people are going to need more places to charge. Though there are still plenty around – more than 27,300 devices in the UK, according to charging specialists Zap-Map, there’s a greater need for more inner-city charging.

Recently, we’ve seen charging company Connected Kerb announce £1.9bn in investment, which will see 190,000 chargers installed by 2030. But some 30,000 of those will be installed in 2022 alone.

The sports car will live on

Though it’s easy to imagine a demise in the humble sports car, there are several performance-orientated models that look to make their presence known on 2022’s roads.

One big car to mention is the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS. It’s the first time that the RS badge has been put on the Cayman, showcasing that this is going to be one serious performance car. But there are others to look out for too, including the new Toyota GR86 and Mercedes-AMG SL. For a taste of what’s already on offer, check out our best of fast sports cars feature here.

Eco-friendly mapping

Where we drive and at what time can make a huge impact on how efficient our overall journeys are. It’s why Google Maps will soon be able to give drivers a proposed route based on efficiency rather than overall time. The feature has been launched in the US first but should find its way onto our shores soon.

The system combines vehicle and road data to determine the number of emissions created over the length of the trip. It gives drivers an eco-friendly option while on the move, giving them another way of reducing emissions while driving.

Volvo Cars brings infotainment system with Google built in to more models

Increase in synthetic fuel development

Synthetic fuels are seen by many people as the silver-bullet solution to mobility. Sometimes referred to as eFuels, they’re essentially no different from petrol and diesel, but rather than being produced from crude oil, they’re made from CO2 and hydrogen using renewable energy.

Porsche is one manufacturer throwing its weight behind synthetic fuels. In fact, it has already broken ground on an eFuel plant in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Shared mobility

The idea of shared mobility is huge at the moment, with many companies tapping into the prospect of reducing emissions through this process.

One manufacturer really pushing for this idea is Renault. It even has a dedicated arm – called Mobilize – which looks at not only shared mobility, but mobility solutions in general. One concept it has created is the Duo, which has seats for two people and a zero-emissions powertrain which makes it ideal for nipping around the city.

Continued hydrogen progression

Hydrogen-powered cars have yet to fully hit the ground running, with just two models currently on sale in the UK and only a handful of filling stations there to keep them topped up. However, it looks like hydrogen-powered cars will increase in number, with BMW currently developing a hydrogen-powered version of its X5.

Land Rover is getting in on the action too. It has already confirmed that it will start testing a hydrogen-powered version of its Defender early next year to see how the propulsion method could work in its chunky off-roader.

Added crossover success

The crossover has boomed significantly over recent years and this looks to show no signs of changing as we head into 2022. Many manufacturers have announced revised versions of their crossovers, or introduced entirely new versions.

Highlights include Volkswagen’s Taigo and the compact Toyota Aygo X, alongside more left-field examples like the DS 4. That’s not to say that you need to hang around and wait if you’re keen to get behind the wheel of a crossover. In fact, you can check out some of the best on sale today here.