Beforehand, I reported on the 12 PHEV choices at or beneath $50k U.S. (together with federal tax incentives, for base mannequin MSRP); this text will deal with the EV choices beneath $50k. There are extra EV choices than PHEV choices and that pattern could proceed over the subsequent a number of years as PHEVs are more and more seen as transitional platforms within the race towards decrease emissions that present a way for getting individuals used to the concept of plugging in. Finally, the quantity and number of PHEVs will dwindle, most certainly by the top of the last decade since EVs are less complicated general and doubtlessly provide increased revenue margins for automakers.
Let’s dive into the listing of 17 EV SUVs and crossovers beneath $50k. Notice, a giant distinction within the ultimate worth for all of those EVs relies on whether or not the manufacturers are nonetheless eligible for the federal tax credit score. Chevrolet is the one model on this listing that’s now not eligible for this credit score. First up, the compact Audi This autumn e-tron (base MSRP $49,900), the subcompact Chevy Bolt EUV ($33,500 beginning MSRP), the forthcoming, compact 2024 Chevy Equinox EV (anticipated to go on sale in 2023 with an MSRP of round $30,000) and now the midsize 2024 Chevy Blazer EV (anticipated in summer time 2023 with a base MSRP of $47,595, initially, and providing a decrease priced base mannequin in Q1 of 2024). The Audi has an estimated vary of 241 miles from a totally charged 82 kWh battery, whereas the Chevy Bolt EUV has 247 miles from a 65 kWh battery (however notice it has solely 5.5” of floor clearance, the least of any EV on this listing). The Equinox has a predicted 300 miles of vary from an unknown battery measurement, and the Blazer initially gives 293 miles of vary in its lowest worth mannequin (an excellent decrease priced mannequin coming in early 2024 will provide a variety of 247 miles for these searching for the bottom value of entry). My guess on the measurement of the Equinox and Blazer batteries, given their anticipated ranges, can be round 98 kWh. The Audi has increased efficiency and extra luxurious than all of the Chevy fashions besides maybe for the best trim Blazer, however much less utility maybe (the Audi’s cargo capability with the rear seats down is decrease, specifically). If Chevy can really ship giant portions of the Equinox for round $30k or its different fashions at their said base costs, they could be extraordinarily profitable. Let’s hope Chevy delivers on this promise.
Within the subsequent batch of beneath $50k EV SUVs and crossovers we have now entries from the startup model Fisker, with the Ocean Sport ($37,499 MSRP) and Extremely ($49,999 MSRP) trims, Ford with the Mach-E ($43,895 for base MSRP, with 247 – 314 miles of vary), Hyundai with the Kona EV ($34,000 MSRP), the Ioniq 5 ($39,950 MSRP with 220 – 303 miles of vary) and the Ioniq 7 (coming in 2023 with an estimated $50,000 MSRP), and Kia with the 2023 Niro EV ($39,900 MSRP with 253 miles of vary), EV6 ($41,400 MSRP with 232 – 310 miles of vary), and the EV9 (coming someday subsequent yr with an estimated $54,000 MSRP and an estimated 300+ miles of vary). The compact Fisker Ocean SUV ought to have a variety of 250 miles in its base type or 340 miles within the costlier Extremely trim and can be made in California, with all preliminary 2022 fashions already reserved (so for those who prefer it, get in line for a 2023). The Ford Mach-E has a number of trims and all however one (the GT) are beneath $50k when the federal tax credit score is included which, for Ford, will begin to section out both by the top of 2022 or in early 2023. Additionally notice that new 2022 Mach-E fashions are now not obtainable for order so ordering a 2023 mannequin could also be your solely choice and the Mach-E additionally has the second smallest floor clearance measurement at 5.7”. Moreover the Ford and the Chevy Bolt EUV, each different mannequin on this listing has at the very least 6” of floor clearance, or is predicted to. The three Hyundais characterize 3 completely different sizes of SUV/crossover, starting from the small, subcompact Kona EV with a 64 kWh battery able to 258 miles on a full cost and the forthcoming Ioniq 7, a midsize SUV with 3 rows and an estimated 300+ miles of vary. Given their extraordinarily shut company ties, Kia’s 3 fashions are primarily the identical energy trains and platforms, with completely different our bodies and a few function variations, which suggests their battery sizes are the identical/related and their ranges too. Collectively, Hyundai and Kia provide up greater than a 3rd of all of the EVs on this worth vary. With GM included and assuming their two forthcoming EVs are launched on time, that makes these 3 manufacturers chargeable for over half of all of the EVs on this listing.
The ultimate group of choices embrace single fashions from 4 completely different established manufacturers (Mercedes, Nissan, Volvo and VW) and one new to the U.S. model (Vinfast, from Vietnam). Mercedes gives the compact EQB EV with a 66.5 kWh battery pack able to an estimated 225 miles of driving vary (MSRP begins at $56,800, earlier than the federal tax credit score). Notably, the EQB will provide 7 seats, making it the bottom priced EV SUV in the marketplace with that seating capability, and it comes customary with AWD as nicely. Subsequent, Nissan’s all new compact Ariya SUV may have a variety of 304 miles from an 87 kWh battery. The 2 lowest worth Ariya trims are beneath $50k (beginning at $45,590 MSRP), although the bottom trims don’t include AWD. A Vietnamese automaker’s first U.S. sure mannequin, the midsize Vinfast VF-8 SUV, is predicted to ship as much as 292 miles of vary with an estimated beginning MSRP of $40,700 (although this doesn’t embrace the month-to-month battery subscription value). It needs to be one of many lowest priced EV SUVs in the marketplace when it goes on sale. Volvo’s providing on this worth vary is the XC40 with a variety of 223 miles from its 75 kWh battery. Volvo’s compact SUV begins at $51,700 MSRP. Lastly, VW’s ID.4 compact SUV gives 275 miles from an 82 kWh battery (for a beginning MSRP of $41,230). The ID.4 is without doubt one of the decrease priced choices on this listing nevertheless VW hasn’t been promoting a lot of them.
Conspicuously absent from this listing are Subaru and Toyota as a result of their model new, first trendy EVs (Solterra and BZx4) developed totally in home (by Toyota) have each been recalled simply months after happening sale and there’s no obvious repair for the intense design flaw every has introduced (their wheels could fall off in sure situations). Since these two autos are now not being bought, I’ll exclude any additional details about them. Additionally value mentioning, whereas Mazda does provide a single EV that meets the factors of this listing, the 2022 MX-30, it’s not bought broadly or produced in giant numbers and has a really restricted vary of 100 miles. It’s strictly a compliance automobile and has been left off this listing given its lack of availability and restricted helpful vary.
It’s encouraging to see so many EVs now or quickly on provide in these hottest automobile lessons/varieties. If you’re available in the market for an EV SUV or crossover that could be across the common worth for a brand new automobile, would you take into account any of those 17 fashions? In that case, which one(s) and why? Please see the desk beneath for some primary comparisons of those fashions and depart your responses or questions beneath.
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Justin Hart has owned and pushed electrical autos for over 14 years, together with a primary era Nissan LEAF, second era Chevy Volt, Tesla Mannequin 3, an electrical bicycle and most just lately a Kia Sorento PHEV. He’s additionally an avid SUP rider, poet, photographer and wine lover. He enjoys taking lengthy EV and PHEV street journeys to stunning and serene locations with the individuals he loves. Comply with Justin on Twitter for each day KIA EV information protection.