The Best New Car Deals Today

The Best New Car Deals Today

Interest rates are rising, and inflation is at record highs, but deals can still be had when buying a new car. Every month, the team at CarEdge pores over the latest offers from every automaker. The result is a one-stop resource to share the very best new car deals with you. 

Not finding what you’re looking for? We’ve included links to each automaker’s website. Check back frequently, as this living page will be updated regularly. 

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Buick Deals

Finance Buick SUVs (Encore, Envision, Enclave) at 3.99% APR for 72 months.

Buick Encore: $179 per month for 24 months with $5,449 due at signing

Buick Envision: $279 per month for 24 months with $3,739 due at signing

See details at buick.com

Cadillac Deals

Cadillac CT4: $439 per month for 36 months with $3,749 due

Cadillac XT4: $379 per month for 36 months with $3,579 due at signing

See Cadillac listings near you.

Chevrolet Deals

Chevrolet deals 2023
Chevy truck leases are competitive in February.

Best Chevrolet financing offer:

2.99% APR for 60 months for the Silverado 1500, Colorado and Equinox.

Chevrolet lease deals:

Chevrolet Trailblazer: $259 per month for 24 months with $3,109 due at signing

Chevrolet Blazer: $279 per month for 24 months with $2,369 due at signing

Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4WD LT: $399 for 36 months with $3,579 due at signing

See details on Chevrolet deals.

Chrysler Deals

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: $599 per month for 39 months with $5,499 due at signing

See details on Chrysler deals.

Ford Deals

Ford deals 2023
The Explorer is included in this month’s Ford deals.

In February, Ford is advertising 3.9% APR for 60 months for select models

  • Bronco Sport
  • Edge
  • Escape
  • Explorer
  • Expedition
  • F-150
  • Ranger

Learn more about Ford deals at Ford.com.

GMC Deals

Best GMC financing offer:

2.99% APR for the GMC Sierra 1500
3.9% APR for the GMC Terrain

GMC lease offers:

GMC Acadia: $289 per month for 24 months with $2,309 due at signing
GMC Terrain: $279 per month for 24 months with $3,949 due at signing

See details on GMC deals.

Honda Deals

Best Honda financing offers:

Honda Pilot, Passport, Ridgeline: 1.9% APR for 24 – 48 months

Best Honda lease offers:

Honda Civic: $269 per month for 36 months with $3,399 due

Honda CR-V: $349 per month for 36 months with $4,499 due

See details on Honda deals.

Hyundai Deals

hyundai deals 2023

Hyundai lease offers this month are good, but the amount due at signing has increased this month.

Hyundai Venue: $151 per month with $3,281 due
Hyundai Elantra: $219 per month with $3,299 due
Hyundai Kona: $209 per month with $3,999 due
Hyundai Tucson: $279 per month with $3,999 due
Hyundai Santa Fe: $269 per month with $3,999 due

See details on Hyundai lease and finance deals.

Jeep Deals

Jeep leases are attractive in February.

Jeep Wrangler: $409 per month for 42 months with $5,099 due at signing

Jeep Compass: $347 per month for 42 months with $3,799 due at signing

See details on Jeep deals.

Kia Deals

Kia deals 2023
The Kia Sportage is featured in this month’s Kia deals.

Best Kia financing offer:

2.9% APR for 48 months

Kia Forte
Kia Sorento (2022)
Kia Soul

Best Kia lease offers:

Kia Sportage: $279/month for 36 months with $3,499 due

Kia Seltos: $249/month for 36 months with $3,320 due

See details on Kia deals at Kia.com.

Lexus Deals

3.49% APR for 48 months for the RX.

$2,000 lease cash for select RX styles.

ES 250 AWD: $509/month for 39 months with $3,999 due

See details on Lexus deals at lexus.com.

Mazda Deals

Best Mazda financing offer:

2.49% APR for 36 months + NO payments for 90 days

Best Mazda lease offers:

Mazda CX-30: $239 per month for 24 months with $2,999 due at signing.
Mazda CX-5: $299 per month for 33 months with $3,499 due at signing.

See details on Mazda deals at Mazdausa.com.

Nissan Deals

0.0% APR for 36 months

  • Altima
  • Rogue
  • Pathfinder

1.9% APR for 36 months

  • Sentra
  • Rogue Sport
  • Murano
  • Armada
  • Titan

Nissan Altima: $199 per month for 18 months with $2,309 due
Nissan Leaf: $269 per month for 36 months with $5,259 due
Nissan Rogue (AWD): $299 per month for 36 months with $3,459 due Nissan Murano (FWD): $299/month for 24 months with $2,099 due

Learn more about Nissan deals here.

Ram Deals

Ram deals 2023
Ram deals in February 2023

4.9% APR for 72 months and no payments for 90 days for the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500

$4,000 cash allowance for Ram 1500

Lease: Ram 1500: $309/month for 42 months, $5,499 due

Learn more about Ram deals at Ramtrucks.com.

Subaru Deals

Best Subaru financing offers:

2.9% – 3.9% APR for 48 months for these models:

  • 2022 Ascent
  • 2023 BRZ
  • 2023 Crosstrek
  • 2022 Forester
  • 2023 Impreza
  • 2023 Legacy
  • 2023 Outback
  • 2023 Solterra (electric)
  • 2022 WRX

The best Subaru leases:

Subaru Outback: $345 per month for 36 months with $3,515 due

Subaru Ascent: $359 per month for 36 months with $3,259 due

Toyota Deals

Best Toyota financing offers:

2.99% APR for 60 months

  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota Tundra

3.49% APR for 48 months

  • Highlander

Toyota Corolla Cross: $331 per month for 39 months with $2,976 due

Toyota RAV4: $413 per month for 36 months with $3,063 due

Toyota Highlander: $393 per month for 39 months with $4,053 due

Learn more about Toyota deals here.

Today’s Best New Car Deals Won’t Last

With interest rates rising and inflation putting pressure on automakers and their dealer networks, the only thing that could bring better new car deals would be plummeting demand. We’ve seen signs of weakening demand and higher new car inventory, but nothing considered drastic. Expect auto loan interest rates to climb in 2023. The best car deals in February won’t last.

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The Average Price of an Electric Car (Updated Monthly)

The Average Price of an Electric Car (Updated Monthly)

Update: The average transaction price for an EV dropped in October! Details below.

Car buying is the second biggest expense most consumers will ever make, and more drivers are getting squeezed into $1,000/month car payments. With an EV, you can save hundreds of dollars per month in fuel costs, but the upfront cost of getting into an electric car is substantial. Here’s the average price of an electric car today, and how much prices have increased over the past three years.

Wondering when EVs will get cheaper? We’ll dive into that too.

The Average Price of an Electric Car Is 33% Higher

In October of 2022, the average transaction price for a new car (of any powertrain) was $48,281 according to Kelley Blue Book. At the same time, the average electric car price was $64,249 (for new cars). The average price paid for a new EV declined by 2%, compared to September, but was up by 7% compared to October 2021.

Why did the average price of an EV drop? It’s likely due to the comeback of the Chevy Bolt. After many months off the market, the Bolt is back as the most affordable EV in America.

Although the average EV sells for 33% more than gas-powered models, here’s a breakdown of the starting MSRP for the top 10 electric car models on sale right now. As you can see, not all EVs are quite this expensive:

The average starting price for the top 10 best-selling electric cars in America is $60,500, but all except the Tesla models are subject to dealer markups

This information could be interpreted in at least two different ways. You could either conclude that the most popular EVs are more affordable than the market average, or you could see these numbers through the eyes of someone who’s browsed EV listings for years. These prices DO NOT include the all-to-common dealer markups. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 starts at $40k for the base trim, but there’s not a single one available for under $45,000 in my region. The story is the same for the Kia EV6 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. Good luck finding a used Tesla for anything less than the original sticker price. 

ev price trends, average price of an electric car
Source: Graph by CarEdge; Data via Kelley Blue Book

In January 2020, the average electric car price was $54,668, or 42% higher than the overall market average. In 2022, the average cost of a new EV is $65,291, or about 37% higher than the overall new car market. Would you call that an improvement? Certainly not. All new cars are getting more expensive, whether electric or not. Here’s how the average cost of an electric car has changed monthly since January 2020. 

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Average EV Price$54,669$56,326$56,059$57,757$58,863$57,480$57,346$57,346$54,381$52,947$53,117$53,811$57,750$57,491$56,503$56,059$56,140$58,914$56,110$57,540$56,312$55,625$56,437$63,821$62,876$64,807$66,386$65,094$64,553$66,997$66,645$66,524$65,291$64,249
New Car Average$38,747$38,550$38,812$39,904$39,138$39,731$39,512$39,571$40,159$40,770$40,937$41,335$41,248$41,366$40,680$41,172$41,534$42,633$43,056$43,418$45,031$46,026$46,329$47,243$46,404$46,082$46,223$46,676$47,275$48,043$48,182$48,301$48,094$48,281

We track EV market share monthly. Here’s where things stand today.

When Will Electric Car Prices Go Down?

Battery price trends
EV prices are dictated by battery prices. Batteries are getting more expensive.

Sadly, right now price increases are here to stay. Why are EVs so expensive? Batteries aren’t cheap. The average price of a lithium-ion battery pack dropped 90% from 2010 to 2020. One kilowatt-hour of lithium-ion battery storage cost $1,200 in 2010, but prices had fallen to $384 per kWh in 2015, and down to $137 per kWh in 2020. The long-awaited $100/kWh milestone that would bring affordable EVs to all was just around the corner when the pandemic hit. 

2021 and 2022 have seen a sharp reversal in battery prices. Industrial grade lithium carbonate sourced from global mines has seen a 400% increase since mid-2021. All of the EV price increases we’ve seen in 2022 hadn’t factored in the most recent lithium price spike. In 2020, the average EV contained just under $4,000 worth of raw materials. 

By early 2022, that number had climbed to $8,300, and the next update will surely see that figure surpass $10,000 considering the runaway lithium markets. Could this be the final nail in the coffin for cheap electric cars? It’s possible. 

Smaller Battery Packs, More Affordability

However, I think there’s another possibility that I suspect we’ll be hearing more about. Automakers and their supply chain partners (not to mention governments) have invested nearly $1 trillion dollars in electrifying global transportation. It’s been called the second industrial revolution, and one that will largely determine the world’s ability to combat man-made climate change. Automakers don’t want the EV revolution to fail. 

But with rising production costs forcing EV prices higher, what could they do to return affordability to the consumer? I expect automakers to begin announcing lower range, more affordable electric vehicles. Less range might leave you skeptical, but remember that $7.5 billion was allocated to creating a national charging network in America.

Aside from federal money, Tesla, Electrify America, EVgo and even automakers themselves are also quickly installing fast chargers throughout the country. In 5 years’ time, range won’t matter nearly as much because chargers will be commonplace. 

Chattanooga ID4 range
The U.S.-built Volkswagen ID.4 now offers a cheaper option.

How might this play out? We’re already starting to see it happen. Volkswagen announced a new version of the ID.4 electric crossover that starts at just $37,495 with 208 miles of range. Plus, it’s made in America and qualifies for the new EV tax credits! That’s well below the longer-range option with 275 miles of range, but it costs at least $4,000 less. Hyundai says it will soon offer a standard range version of the IONIQ 5 with less range at a lower price. I expect General Motors and Ford will soon do the same, especially with future electric crossovers like the impressive Equinox EV

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2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV Pricing and Specs: It’s Great, But Don’t Expect a $30,000 Price

2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV Pricing and Specs: It’s Great, But Don’t Expect a $30,000 Price

General Motors finally released details about what could turn out to be the most important electric vehicle of the decade. Yes, Tesla pioneered the mass production of EVs in the 2010s, but GM intends to bring them to the masses with affordable pricing. Now that we know almost everything about the 2024 Equinox EV, how does it compare to the Chevy Bolt EV and EUV, and the many higher-priced electric crossovers on the road? Plus, we’ll also go over why I don’t think the Equinox EV will cost $30,000, despite GM’s comments.

Equinox EV Specs and Trim Options

Only two big questions remain after GM released details and new images of the Equinox EV in September. Although we don’t yet know exact pricing or battery capacity, the latest press releases have revealed a future-ready EV with great range, decent charging, and GM’s reiterated $30,000 price tag. Let’s dig into the details, and why I sincerely think this model alone will be a make-or-break moment for the electrification of America’s legacy automakers.

Range and Powertrains

Equinox EV range

The Equinox EV will be available in standard and extended range battery options. Front-wheel drive will offer either battery capacity, and all-wheel drive will only be offered with the long-range pack. GM has not divulged the battery capacity figures, but we do know that the Equinox EV will be powered by the Ultium electric platform that GM engineered in partnership with LG Energy Solutions. That’s great news, as the Ultium battery has proven to be a game changer in the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq. 

These are the unofficial range figures that GM shared with us:

  • Equinox EV FWD standard range: 250 miles
  • Equinox EV FWD extended range: 300 miles 
  • Equinox EV AWD (only extended range available): 280 miles

On the performance side, the Equinox won’t compete with the more powerful Blazer EV, or many of the other segment competitors for that matter. It’s becoming clear the GM wants the Equinox to stand out for every day functionality and eye-catching affordability.

  • Front-wheel drive produces 210 horsepower and 242 lb-ft of torque
  • All-wheel drive produces 290 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque
  • GM didn’t release 0-60 times (this isn’t a car for the track), but we estimate the FWD option to reach 60 mph in about 7 seconds, and the AWD option to achieve the same in 6 seconds. Regardless, electric instant torque will stand out to EV newbies.

How Big Is the Equinox EV?

GM has not released official passenger and cargo volume numbers, but they did release some key numbers. The Equinox EV is larger than the gas-powered Equinox. It’s 7.4 inches longer with a wheelbase that is 9 inches wider. The much wider wheelbase creates more interior space, similar to how other automakers have make crossovers feel a lot more like larger SUVs. 

We’ll update this page as more info becomes available.

2024 Equinox EV Charging Speed

This was the only letdown in my book, but it’s not a deal breaker. General Motors has often touted the next-generation capabilities of its Ultium batteries. More range, faster charging, better efficiency. The Ultium-powered Cadillac Lyriq charges at 190 kilowatts and the GMC Hummer EV peaks at 180 kW, so I was a bit confused to see that the Equinox EV is limited to 150 kilowatt charging speeds at a DC fast charger. It’s totally possible that CEO Mary Barra and the crew are taking a page out of Porsche’s EV gameplan: underpromise and overdeliver. 

Even with 150 kw charging speeds, what matters more is the charging curve. Early testing with the Hummer EV shows that at 65% state of charge, the Hummer was still pulling 170 kilowatts. That’s a great sign. Combined with GM’s claimed ability for the Equinox EV to add 70 miles of range in 10 minutes, and it starts to sound like a pretty sweet deal for those who travel at a leisurely pace. 

To summarize:

  • GM says the Equinox EV can charge at up to 150 kilowatts, adding 70 miles of range in 10 minutes
  • Considering what the Lyriq and Hummer EVs are capable of, I expect the Equinox to add 200 miles of range in about 30 minutes at a DC fast charger. Not bad!

Equinox Home Charging Really Shines

equinox ev charging time

When charging any electric car at home, you have two options. No additional installation is required to simply ‘trickle-charge’, which means plugging in to a standard three-prong wall outlet. Commonly known as level one charging, this would add just 3-5 miles of range per hour, but drivers like myself find it to be plenty enough since I leave my car plugged in all night, and I don’t drive more than 30 miles on most days. 

If you drive over 40 miles per day at least a few times each week, you’ll either want to install a level 2 home charger, or plan to spend time at public charging stations. A trained electrician will be needed to install a level 2 charger, and equipment plus labor can add up to a few thousand dollars. If you do go the level 2 route, you’ll be rewarded with MUCH faster home charging. 

The Equinox EV will have some of the fastest home charging available from any EV, including luxury options. The Equinox’s standard level 2 charging is rated at 11.5 kilowatts, which is noticeably higher power than most EVs today (limited to 6 to 9 kilowatts at level 2). The higher trims of the Equinox EV will go even further to 19.2 kW home charging. With that, the Equinox RT and RS could add 51 miles of range per hour. 

Don’t forget that EVs typically charge overnight while you sleep. It can be tempting to compare home charging times to a quick gas station fill-up, but life with an EV is altogether a different automotive lifestyle. 

Equinox EV Trim Options Explained

What comes standard: if you’re a fan of massive horizontal touchscreens, we have good news. The Equinox comes standard with an 11 inch infotainment touchscreen, a separate 11 inch digital gauge cluster, manual cloth seats, and 250 miles of estimated range from Chevrolet’s standard battery. 

Standard safety features are generous. Standard Chevy Safety Assist includes:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision alert
  • High beam assist
  • Following distance indicator

Additional safety and assist features are available in higher trims, as detailed below.

Equinox EV 1LT: A Base Model with Plenty to Brag About

Starting price: GM says “around $30,000 before incentives”; CarEdge expected price: $32,000

Equinox 1LT price

The 1LT includes all of the standard features mentioned above, including:

  • 11-inch diagonal Driver Information Center and display screen
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Standard Chevy Safety Assist
  • Front-wheel drive with standard battery
  • 250 miles of range 
  • The Equinox EV 1LT is available in spring 2024

Equinox EV 2LT: The Sweet Spot

Starting price: TBD; CarEdge expected price: $37,000

Equinox 2LT price

The Equinox 2LT is likely to be the option for the budget-conscious EV buyer who wants more range, improved looks, and niceties like heated seats. The 2LT adds:

  • Extended range battery
  • 300 miles of range with FWD
  • Available all-wheel drive with 280 miles of range (cost TBD)
  • Power seat adjustment
  • Heated steering wheel, front seats and mirrors
  • Front LED light bar
  • Additional advanced safety features

Equinox EV 3LT: More Options, More Money

Starting price: TBD; CarEdge expected price: $48,000 – $55,000

Equinox EV 3LT price

The 3LT has most of the bells and whistles, but pricing will likely undercut its nearest competitors like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6. Available options like all-wheel drive, heads-up display and SuperCruise are expected to drive a fully-loaded Equinox 3LT to a substantially higher price.

In addition to the features included in lower trims, the 3LT includes:

  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 17.7-inch diagonal touch-screen
  • 21” aluminum wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Heated front and rear outboard seats and wiper park
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Available Spring 2024

Equinox EV 2RS Specs

Starting price: TBD; CarEdge expected price: $52,000

Equinox EV cargo space

GM has decided to launch the electric Equinox in the fall of 2023 with the 2RS trim. This is the entry-level sporty trim option. It’s all about looks.

  • 20″ dark aero wheels
  • Black-painted grille panel and lower fascia with sporty flow-through rocker molding
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Extended-range battery 
  • 300 miles of range
  • FWD with available AWD (cost TBD)
  • Available Fall 2023

Equinox EV 3RS Specs

Starting price: TBD; CarEdge expected price: $60,000

Equinox 3RS price

Available 19.2 kilowatt home charging is the real standout option with the 3RS. Aesthetically, this is as close as the Equinox EV gets to its sportier sibling, the 2022 Chevy Blazer SS EV.

The 3RS also includes:

  • 21″ dark aero wheels
  • Black-painted grille panel and lower fascia with sporty flow-through rocker molding
  • Heated flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Available 19.2 KW Level 2 home charging charging module (for adequately equipped homes)
  • Available Spring 2024

Why do I think the higher trims will costs over $20,000 more than GM’s “aroud $30,000” starting price? It’s VERY difficult to make money selling EVs at $40,000 right now, not to mention ten grand cheaper. Ford recently admitted they aren’t turning a profit on the Equinox’s rival the Mustang Mach-E. Raw material prices have shot up by over 100% since 2020, and inflation is real.

Chevrolet Equinox EV Tax Credits

In August of 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law. With the new law arrived a completely revamped EV tax credit and future rebate. We’ve already covered the details of the new EV tax credit and which models will qualify, but here’s a summary of the biggest changes:

  • Income is capped at $150,000 for individuals, and $300,000 for joint filers
  • The credit is all about battery sourcing and vehicle manufacturing
  • Qualifying models must be made in North America
  • Up to $7,500 is available, depending on where battery minerals and components are sourced from
  • The tax credit becomes available as a rebate option in 2024

The Equinox EV will qualify for at least half ($3,750) of the new EV tax credit. GM plans to build it in Mexico with Ultium batteries made in America. Whether or not the Equinox qualifies for the full $7,500 will depend on where GM sources the lithium and other minerals in their batteries.

Yes, it’s true: With incentives, the 2024 Equinox EV may cost as little as $23,000. That would be a true turning point in EV adoption. 

The Competition 

Toyota bZ4X

The 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV will be up against stiff competition in this burgeoning electric crossover segment. These are some of the most popular competitors:

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Kia EV6

Hyundai IONIQ 5

Tesla Model Y

Volkswagen ID.4

Toyota bZ4X

Subaru Solterra

Honda Prologue

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Electric Vehicles Will FAIL Unless We Make These 5 Changes….Fast

Electric Vehicles Will FAIL Unless We Make These 5 Changes….Fast

After four months of electric vehicle ownership, my perspectives about the mass transition to electric vehicles have evolved. I no longer think that everyone should run out and buy an EV right now (besides, that’s not possible). I have a greater understanding of the skepticism that accompanies the push to EVs. All-in-all, I feel that I now understand the arguments from both sides: electric vehicles are amazing, better for the planet (in the long run) and fun to drive, however EVs are not even close to being ready for mass adoption. 

Automakers have committed well over half a trillion dollars to electric vehicle research and development, marketing and most importantly, charging infrastructure buildout. But the grid isn’t ready, charging providers aren’t ready, and the American public has a LOT to learn before making the switch. EVs could still fail, and bring down the automotive industry with them. We’d hate to see that. These are 5 things that must happen in this decade to prepare the world for electric mobility.

EV Cost Parity: Electric Cars Are Much Too Expensive

The average price paid for an EV surpassed $66,000, on par with the overall luxury segment.

For years and years, I touted the coming cost parity that would finally make EVs just as affordable as any other car. Industry experts always told us that EV price parity would come when battery costs dropped below $100 per kilowatt-hour. Just as that milestone arrived, the world was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Global factory shutdowns disrupted the supply chains that all automakers rely on, and most notably those related to semiconductor chip production. Without the parts to make the cars, electric vehicle growth was held back just as the public warmed up to them. Raw materials used in both vehicle and battery manufacturing increased in cost by over 100%, and many automakers have passed the premiums on to consumers.

Today, electric vehicles cost more, and inventory is slim. Kelley Blue Book’s June 2022 car price data shows that the average EV transaction was $66,000, $18,000 over the overall car market average of $48,000. One year ago, the average EV transaction was $52,486, or 10.8% less than it was in June of 2020. In short, EV prices are headed in the wrong direction just as automakers are getting serious about making them. 

Monthly Payments Are ALREADY Out of Control

In the age of record smashing, here’s one that will give pause: In June, the estimated average monthly payment increased to $730, which is a new record high. A new car monthly payment now costs as much as rent in many parts of the country. We’re seeing more and more car payments over $1,000 a month. The insane records don’t end there

More cars are being repossessed as more auto payments are going past-due. With the way things stand today, either EVs will have to become more affordable, or their luxury pricing will soon risk worsening the auto loan crisis.

Avoid the Next Shortage: Batteries Will Be the New Oil

Earlier this year, Rivian CEO and Founder RJ Scaringe predicted that battery shortages would be the next disruption that the automotive industry would face. In fact, automakers are already rationing the batteries they have, and those they have lined up. Ever wondered why there are so few electric full-sized SUVs? Building those at scale would require a lot more batteries. 

The average EV contains $8,255 of raw materials according to CNBC. That’s more than double the amount in combustion-powered counterparts. President Biden has even authorized use of the Defense Production Act to aid the situation by increasing domestic EV production and related supply chains. 

For the most part, automakers don’t make their own batteries. They rely on contracts with battery manufacturers like Panasonic, LG Chem, and CATL to supply what their lofty plans for electric vehicles will need. That’s changing little by little. Tesla has started to produce small quantities of its new 4680 battery cells next to Giga Austin. 

General Motors just received a $2.5 BILLION dollar loan from the U.S. Department of Energy for manufacturing the Ultium battery in Tennessee. Slowly but surely, some OEMs are taking control of their own battery supply chains. This will be key to avoiding battery shortages. 

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Build Out Charging Infrastructure the Right Way

Tesla supercharger map
Tesla Supercharger locations

Over 62% of Americans support building out a nationwide charging network, and 39% of American drivers are considering buying an electric vehicle next time they’re in the market for a car. Frugal drivers are welcoming the fuel savings, albeit at a higher upfront cost. At current residential electricity rates, charging up is equivalent to spending about $1.00 per gallon of gas. The most expensive public chargers may approach $2.50 per gallon equivalent. 

However, many Americans live in a charging desert. What good is the EV revolution if there’s nowhere to charge? Most EV drivers plug in at home, but not everyone can do that. From apartment dwellers to rural residents, owning an EV simply isn’t viable if there aren’t chargers for road trips, family visits and work transportation needs. When it makes sense for consumers, electric vehicles offer plenty of benefits. Cheaper fuel, less maintenance, sporty performance and no tailpipe emissions to name a few. But EVs risk remaining a symbol of luxury and impracticality if it doesn’t get a lot easier to charge up in America. 

2021’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act included $7.5 billion for the build-out of a national charging network. In summary, federal funding is supposed to get the ball rolling, and the private sector will take it from there. EV charging stations, particularly DC fast chargers, are really expensive to install. On top of upfront costs, America’s electrical grid is not ready for the demand that would be generated by mass adoption of EVs. 

The deadline is nearing for states to submit their plans for how they will spend their allocated funding for EV charging. Will they use the funding to install reliable, standardized fast charging stations along major transportation corridors and rural areas alike? We’ll soon find out.

Public Education: Tell the World What It’s Like to Drive Electric

The following are all things I’ve encountered at Electrify America charging stations: 

  • A brand-new Kia EV6 arriving at 0% without A/C on
  • A driver standing in pouring rain for five minutes trying to charge
  • Using the wrong connector type on a $60k car
  • Many, many Chevy Bolts, Audi e-trons and VW ID.4s using the 350 kilowatt stations, despite their cars only accepting half of that. 

We need to do better to educate EV buyers and prospective EV buyers about how to drive electric without the hassles. We can’t blame the consumer, EVs bring a very different ownership experience. But whose responsibility is it to educate drivers? The dealership? The automaker? The driver themself? Guys like me?

In reality, it will need to be all of the above. General Motors is leaning heavily on the success of what they call affordable EVs to dominate sales by the end of this decade. In the first real sign that OEMs might be taking their newfound responsibility seriously, Chevrolet just launched a great live chat and immersive experience on their website that is entirely devoted to educating the public about their EVs, with an emphasis on the ownership experience. We need more of that, and soon.

GM EV support

The woman I met who arrived at a charging station with 0% state of charge and no A/C should, in my opinion, be upset with her Kia dealer. She loved the car, but no one had explained to her how to plan for interstate travel in an EV. Dealers sell most vehicles in America, but the dealership sales model is under serious threat from the rising popularity of direct-to-consumer sales. Everyone wants to be Tesla. If legacy automakers are to stand a chance in the EV race, more OEMs need to prepare their dealer networks for the public education that comes along with selling EVs. 

Don’t Forget the Power of Innovation

Does the lack of affordability, charging infrastructure and public awareness mean the electrification of the auto industry is doomed for failure? No, not at all. That’s because there’s still time to right wrongs, and to build out the nation’s charging infrastructure the right way. EVs are still under 6% market share in the U.S. (See the latest EV market share numbers here.) If these same problems persist when we exceed 15%, that will be real cause for concern. 

It’s true that the electrical grid isn’t ready for mass adoption of EVs, but it’s getting there. Grid-scale battery megapacks (also pioneered by Tesla) are already being deployed to provide grid stability in times when the supply of electricity is not keeping up with demand. The sun only shines in the day, the wind is intermittent, but grid-scale batteries store and supply power from these renewable sources whenever they are most needed. Now, it’s like the sun is shining at night. These changes take time. Plus, the push for grid-scale battery storage could throw a wrench in EV battery supply chains. Nothing is certain, but things are moving in the right direction.

5 Innovations On the Way

These are some innovations that have the potential to make electric vehicles more affordable with longer ranges, faster charging and improved safety. These innovations also make EV supply chains less damaging to the environment and less harmful to vulnerable communities worldwide.

  • Solid-state batteries are expected to enter mass production in just a few years. They promise higher energy density, lighter weight, and less rare earth metals for production. 
  • Cobalt-free batteries are entering production now, reducing the need for this element that is too often associated with child labor and environmental degradation
  • Newer battery technologies are more energy-dense, meaning that more range is powered from the same-sized battery. In reality, automakers are likely to keep range figures around 250-350 miles, but they’ll require fewer batteries to get there. 
  • EVs burn through tires quickly. Michelin, Goodyear and others are designing EV-specific tires that will have longer lives on the road. 
  • Battery recycling and reuse efforts have recently received more attention as automakers and environmental health agencies work to avoid batteries ending up in landfills.

How can the nation as a whole get to where it needs to be by, say, 2025? I’ll leave you with my own suggestion for legacy automakers and policymakers: don’t be afraid to learn from Tesla. A seamless, almost hassle-free EV ownership experience already exists in America, from plug-and-charge, reliable fast charging to the peace of mind that comes with the vast Supercharger network. I encourage all policymakers and engineers to learn from Tesla’s successful growth strategies. Will automakers and politicians have the courage to consult Elon Musk’s Tesla, or will they try to figure it all out on their own? What do you think?

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Automakers Want You to “Subscribe” to Features in Your Car. What’s Next?

Automakers Want You to “Subscribe” to Features in Your Car. What’s Next?

If you’re in the market for a GMC Sierra, Buick Enclave, or any of the two brand’s other models, we have some disappointing news for you. At what most would agree is the absolute worst time for automakers to pack more profits into car sales, Buick and GMC are forcing what they consider to be ‘value added’ subscriptions, and it’s not optional. The news from GM is just the latest example of automakers introducing what they call ‘software-derived revenue’, and executives are not being shy with their plans to introduce more of the same in the near future.

Not a Fan of OnStar? Too Bad, Says GM

Would you consider forcing customers to pay for an add-on they may not want to be anti-consumer, or is that just how the world works these days? It’s one thing to sell a new vehicle with a trial subscription, but it’s another to add a thousand dollars to the price tag for a software subscription the customer may never use. 

As of July, General Motors is adding between $905 and $1,675 to Buick and GMC price tags for a 3-year subscription to GM’s OnStar Connected Services. To the uninitiated, this may sound like yet another add-on. But the thing is, GM says it’s not optional. No matter whether you want a 36 month subscription to OnStar or not, GMC and Buick customers will have to pay for it. The only model to receive the full suite of software free of additional charge is the $100,000-plus GMC Hummer EV. 

A GM spokesperson confirmed the move to GM Authority, saying, “This offering provides our owners with a full suite of OnStar and Connected Services for three years, providing them with more time to enjoy services such as remote key fob, Wi-Fi data and OnStar safety services. By including this plan as standard equipment on the vehicle, it provides more customer value and a more seamless onboarding experience.”

Manufacturer incentives are already at record lows, and new car inventory is increasing at a snail’s pace. How could you push back against these new forced add-ons? Considering that GMC and Buick’s OnStar ‘Connected Services’ mandatory subscription is tacked on by the automakers themselves, dealers are not likely to negotiate on it. What we can hope for is the return of other kinds of incentives and deals. With more and more signs of the car price bubble beginning to burst, it’s too early to lose hope on that front. 

It’s likely that GM will lose some customers for life as a result of this decision. Look at some of the comments we received on our YouTube video covering this topic:

GM subscriptions

Consumers are fed up, and with good reason. General Motors isn’t the only automaker trying to make car subscriptions mainstream; Volkswagen, Stellantis, Ford, and BMW all have their eyes on increasing software and subscription revenues.

BMW wants you to subscribe to your heated seats for $18/mo

Welcome to microtransaction hell. BMW wants you to subscribe to your heated seats in your new 3 series:

  • Monthly fee: $18
  • Annual fee: $180

The car will come with all the necessary components, but payment is needed to remove a software block. How wild is that? 

GM is taking the tact of “subscriptions are mandatory,” while BMW is shipping cars to customers with all of the necessary hardware to offer functionality, yet imposing a software “paywall”.

So far BMW has not launched this program in the United States, however it’s likely they will at some point. More on this from The Verge.

Volkswagen, Stellantis and Ford Pursuing Subscriptions and Software Revenues

GM surely isn’t the first to say it or even do it, but this is the boldest forced subscription we’ve seen from a legacy automaker to date. For a decade, Tesla has been offering acceleration boosts, more range, and autonomous driving features as software ‘upgrades’ that controversially don’t get passed on to future owners. Clearly, many buyers don’t mind, as Tesla has dominated EV and overall luxury sales.

Is this yet another example of legacy OEMs going after Tesla, or is it a ploy to introduce new revenue streams for the sake of simply making more money, and charging more for vehicles? Fortunately, there’s no need to speculate, because multiple automaker executives have already shared their intentions with the public. 

Stellantis Plans to Bring Subscriptions to Vehicles

Not looking forward to paying a monthly subscription for conveniences like remote start or advanced cruise control? Me either. Automotive News Europe recently reported that Stellantis is launching a $23 billion software push to get into the auto subscription business. 

chrysler airflow EV
The Chrysler Airflow EV will surely have subscription options to access all features.

Just how big of a business will auto subscription services become? Stellantis, the sixth-largest automaker in the world, says it plans to make $4.5 billion in annual revenue from software subscriptions in the near future. How soon? Mamatha Chamarthi, the head of Stellantis’ software business, says the company can reach their goal by 2026. 

Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares chimed in too. He’s confident that Stellantis’ software business will generate high margins more like those at tech companies than the traditional auto business. He added that in the company’s view, software-based services and subscriptions will help vehicles last longer and have higher resale values. Do you buy that?

Ford Wants To Be a Tech Company

The Blue Oval is getting into pay-to-play automotive services, too. The Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning electric vehicles are Ford’s first mass-produced vehicles to be fully-capable of over-the-air updates, and now Ford plans to turn their latest innovation into new revenue streams. 

Wes Sherwood of Ford Communications recently told Pickup Truck Talk that Ford knows the value of what they’re bringing to their models. “These subscription services are big business for automakers – to the tune of billions. We see connected vehicle services as a huge opportunity, which is why we are transforming Ford into a software-led company and, for customers, ‘always-on’ ownership experiences where before our relationships were periodic (sales and some service). In fact, we see this market growing to $20 billion by 2030.”

Volkswagen’s Pay-As-You-Go Autonomous Driving

If you want to be a beta tester for Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving”, you’ll have to add $12,000 to the price of that shiny new EV. However, Volkswagen, one of Tesla’s most admiring competitors, envisions a subscription-based payment plan for autonomous driving capabilities. 

Volkswagen Group’s software unit Cariad believes pay-as-you-go autonomous driving is one way the automaker can monetize future software developments.

“There is a new business model already out there — a subscription model, or function-on-demand — where you can drive autonomously if you want, for the next 50 miles. We would support that, “ Cariad CEO Dirk Hilgenberg told Bloomberg.

Hilgenberg said it was possible to see that the service would allow the automaker the opportunity to offer other services to consumers who are freed from driving the vehicle.

“You have to make sure to have what we call a digital services platform that lets the outside world in — Google, Apple, Amazon — where you can bring your accounts to stream and be entertained, or where you can work with office products, do a videoconference or prepare yourself for the next meeting. This is the product we want to sell. The product is our platform,” he said.

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