Over the years, we have seen many electric and hybrid vehicles released to the public in the form of economy cars, sedans, sports cars and even SUVs and Crossovers. While passenger cars had adopted full electrification sooner, full mainstream electric and Plug-In Hybrid Crossovers and SUVs are now available to the market, with more automakers following suit for North America. The Los Angeles Auto Show, held last month, accommodated many new releases with the trend being Plug-In Hybrid and full Electric Crossovers. While Toyota and more pricey alternatives like Tesla have had these options for a number of years, mainstream automakers for the everyday buyer have released more affordable options with better range than before. The auto industry is heading in the direction of major electrification and this is just the full beginning to adapting this technology to all product lines.
One of the most controversial releases was just before the LA Auto Show, Ford released a new Electric Crossover called the Mustang Mach-E. The crossover itself is very stylish, performance is great, fit and finish was of no disappointment and the pricing is very affordable for the kind of vehicle it is. So, what may be the drawback? The name. Ford chose to use the Mach-E and position this crossover within the Mustang brand to make it stand out in a Tesla-dominated market. Many of the purists and automotive fans have opposed the decision to call this a Mustang, myself one of them. However, the vehicle does share handsome styling cues and the performance does not lack, especially in the GT Performance trim with the electric equivalent of 459hp and 612ft.lbs of torque. This sends the Mach-E GT from 0-60 in under 4 seconds. That performance comes at a much larger price and a reduced range over the Select and Premium models.
The next major controversy in the Electric marketplace was the Tesla Cybertruck. Tesla released this truck at a private event outside of the LA Auto Show and definitely won for shock factor. This truck rolled on stage during a “Blade Runner-esque” debut and looks like something I would have drawn before the age of 5 and the discovery of a curve. The debut was definitely memorable, as was the truck, with shattering “shatterproof” glass demonstrations and the crazy design. The specifications and price tag are impressive, if Tesla can produce these as promised and deliver. This truck is one of the first all-electric trucks coming in the next few years, the Electric F-150 and Electric GM trucks also coming by 2021.
With those two major and “shocking” debuts, other automakers quietly revealed more additions to their Plug-in Hybrid and Electric vehicle lineups. Audi released another E-Tron SUV, this time in the body style of the SUV-Coupe Crossover. Toyota and Honda also revealed their hybrid crossovers, the RAV4 and the CR-V. The RAV4 is a plug-in hybrid that delivers great performance and range. Expect more to come in the next year from General Motors for Electrification and even Jeep for hybrid crossovers. There is no need to sacrifice space and utility to get all-electric driving and decent range now.
Written by David Murphy