Electric cars are too expensive because Americans love big cars. – Business Insider

  • The average new EV sells for over $61,000 in the US, locking many buyers out of the market.
  • Cheap-ish EVs are slowly rolling out. 
  • But Americans love SUVs and trucks, and they’re going to have to pay for them in the near term.

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Americans tend to think a bigger car is a better car.

The most popular vehicle segments in the US are SUVs and pickup trucks. The Ford F-Series has been the country’s top-selling vehicle for more than 40 years — followed last year by the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram pickup lineup, and Toyota RAV4.

So given that a large vehicle is what a good portion of the US population is looking for, it’s no surprise that rule applies to electric vehicles, too. 

It’s one reason EV adoption has only been creeping up in the US, barely hitting almost 6% in 2022. 

A lot of prospective EV buyers just haven’t yet found the types of EVs they’re looking for. They don’t necessarily need more luxury electric sedans — they want the trucks and SUVs they’re used to.

“Up until recently, we really didn’t have much optionality in that from an EV perspective,” Steve Patton, EY America’s mobility sector leader, told Insider. 

“It’s no surprise and no coincidence that most of the new models being introduced or planned to be introduced over the coming months are around that segment because that’s what we as US consumers want to purchase.”

A recent study found most car-buyers don’t want to spend more than $50,000 to go EV, but they also want electric trucks and SUVs that inherently cost more.

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Bigger batteries mean more expensive cars

That model availability compounds EV cost. The average new EV sold for $61,448 in December, Kelley Blue Book estimates. 

And yet, a recent Deloitte study found that 70% of US car buyers won’t spend more than $50,000 to go electric.

Bigger vehicles are often just more expensive, largely because they require bigger batteries — the most expensive part of these new EVs. Popular EVs today include the high-end electric $100,000 GMC Hummer pickup, $75,000 Rivian R1T, and nearly $62,000 Cadillac Lyriq.

There are more affordable EVs available, but it might mean car-buyers have to sacrifice which segment they want.


What a car buyer could look for

Those wanting a cheaper EV may want to look at less expensive models like the $27,800 Chevrolet Bolt and the similarly-priced Nissan Leaf. That might require some sacrificing, though. 

In the long run, EVs are generally creeping down in price, and more affordable SUVs are starting to come into play. The …….


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Police: Surveillance video shows St. Louis alderman struck woman with his car, charges not issued –

Alderman Brandon Bosley claimed a woman tried to carjack him Dec. 22. Police report shows investigators now believe he should be charged with a crime.

ST. LOUIS — Police say a St. Louis alderman struck a woman with his car moments before he went on social media accusing her of trying to carjack him, according to a report obtained by 5 On Your Side.

Note: The video above is from Jan. 3.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s Office has declined to file charges against Bosley, citing a lack of evidence.