Crossovers are making rapid inroads into the electric vehicle business. The Tesla Model Y is the most popular, but its sticker price of $58,990 is likely to deter potential customers. Even the Mach-e is still pretty expensive, but there are some reasonably priced electric crossovers among the increasingly crowded herd.
The Mazda MX-30 and the Hyundai Kona Electric are the two most affordable electric crossovers. The MX-30 costs $33,470, and the Kona Electric costs $34,000, but both come with a catch: they're only accessible in a few states. The Kona Electric is available in 11 states, while the MX-30 has only recently arrived in California. So, while these are the cheapest electric crossovers, we won't include them on this list because they aren't available everywhere.
Mazda MX-30 Crossover
The Kia Niro EV, which will be released in 2022, is currently the most affordable electric crossover. It starts at $39,990, but with the federal tax credit, you can get it for just $32,490. The Niro EV is based on the same platform as the Kona EV, although its range is somewhat less with an EPA rating of 239 miles. However, it is based on the same platform as the hybrid Niro, so it isn't precisely created from the ground up. On the other hand, Kia included several outstanding equipment as standard on the cheapest trim, such as a Harmon Kardon audio system and adaptive cruise control.
However, if you're searching for an EV that isn't based on an ICE platform, the ID.4 and the Ioniq 5 are two options. The Ioniq 5, like the Kona Electric, won't be available in all states until later this year, meaning the Volkswagen ID.4 is currently the cheapest built-from-the-ground-up EV. Unlike the Niro EV, the ID.4 is a little sportier, with RWD and decent overall driving dynamics. It's a nice alternative, and with 125kW fast charging and three years of Electrify America charging included as standard, it'll be a great way to get started with electric vehicles. It costs $40,760 in its standard trim, but with the federal tax credit, it's only $33,260.
In the following years, the electric crossover industry is expected to grow even more. The Toyota bZ4X, Subaru Solterra, and Ioniq 5, once it reaches full country-wide distribution, appear to be some key options arriving later this year on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. For the time being, though, you have several fantastic options, and it'll only be a matter of time before this area is flooded with electric vehicles.
Cybertruck Update 2022
Tesla does occasionally make important announcements, usually through Musk on Twitter. On the other hand, if the corporation has to make minor modifications, it simply updates its website. Often, no changes are apparent until the online sleuths uncover them and report on them. Price and configuration modifications, as well as production and delivery updates, are all possible updates.
The Cybertruck order page has already been updated by Tesla. Cybertruck reservation holders will be able to finish their configuration when "production nears in 2022," according to Tesla's website. And currently, it now says "as production nears."
This comes after the order parameters and pricing were removed from the order page a few months ago, details concerning the deletion of a single-motor option leaked, and Musk stated he'd disclose more information during the upcoming Tesla Earnings Call in Q4 2021.
It is also expected that Tesla is due to make a big announcement about the Gigafactory in Austin, Texas this week. The plant will produce the Model Y and Cybertruck (production start data unknown).
With two new plants, including Giga Berlin, set to launch soon, and Tesla's record quarter, the company could very well be speeding up its future plans. Everything hinges on whether everything comes into place to enable for Cybertruck production sooner than Tesla had projected.