Are these 2 American electric SUVs quickly becoming undesirable for drivers?
American automakers have had a huge impact on the electric SUV vehicle segment over the past few years. Automakers like Tesla and Ford have produced segment-leading electric SUV models. The Tesla Model Y had a huge impact internationally. The Ford Mustang Mach-E got Americans excited about electric vehicles. Are these two electric SUVs rapidly losing their appeal?
The Tesla Model Y was once America’s best electric SUV
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The Tesla Model Y is the first affordable electric SUV Tesla has ever produced. The first Tesla models were luxury electric vehicles with incredible performance. The Model Y seemed like everyone’s electric SUV…until big price hikes kicked in.
Tesla is no stranger to price fluctuations. At some point in 2021, the Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3 electric sedans both had starting prices below $40,000. Today, the Tesla Model 3 starts at $46,990. The Model Y starts at $62,990 and is only available in long-range and performance versions. So much for being affordable.
The average electric SUV starts at around $44,000, and many models are eligible for federal electric vehicle tax incentives. Tesla models have already been phased out of inventive tax eligibility since the automaker has already exceeded the sales threshold for eligibility.
The Tesla Model Y is still impressive, but the real problem is that there are much more affordable alternatives on the market. Americans have plenty of electric SUV options to choose from that don’t break the bank and offer adequate range. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 recently won the World Car of the Year award due to its affordability and practicality.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has major reliability issues
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The Ford Mustang Mach-E really shocked the country as Blue Oval’s first all-electric SUV model. The Mach-E was met with a lot of skepticism at first, but it has earned its place among the best electric SUVs on the market.
The Mach-E features bold exterior design and exciting driving dynamics. Unfortunately, the Blue Oval’s electric SUV has recently been plagued with reliability issues. According to CNBC, some models become completely immobile due to a software bug. This has prompted Ford to ask dealers to halt sales of Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs until further notice.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E was voted Electric SUV of the Year in 2021. It’s hard to see the innovative electric vehicle struggling with reliability issues after such a great year. The Mach-E’s worrying reliability issues could lead some potential buyers to opt for alternatives instead.
American electric vehicles are struggling
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American electric vehicles are struggling with affordability and reliability issues. The Chevy Bolt was part of the largest electric vehicle recall in recent history. The Tesla Model Y is quickly falling out of favor. Now even the exciting Ford Mustang Mach-E is in hot water.
Are affordability and reliability issues growing issues for the two popular US electric SUVs, or will foreign automakers dominate the US EV market?
Find out how the Tesla Model Y compares to the Ford Mustang Mach-E in the next article below.
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