5 Electric SUVs That Elon Musk Should Be Very Afraid Of
Tesla has dominated the electric vehicle space for the past few years. It controls more of the total new electric vehicle market share than any other automaker. In fact, it controls more of the new EV market share than many popular automakers combined. Tesla’s domination of the electric vehicle industry is well documented. In a historic turn of events, Tesla is beginning to lose ground in electric car and SUV rankings. Tesla CEO Elon Musk needs to worry about these five electric SUV models if he wants Tesla to continue to dominate the market.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 had an amazing year
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the 2022 World Car of the Year. Few vehicles are having as good of a year as the Ioniq 5. The South Korean electric SUV tops competitors on most ranking lists.
Consumers love the Ioniq 5 because it’s affordable, loaded with standard tech, and practical. The Ioniq 5 offers enough range for the average American driver without being overpriced.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 starts at $39,950 or $32,450 after the federal electric vehicle tax credit. It gets 220 miles of standard driving range. Hyundai may have produced the best entry-level electric SUV that the industry has seen thus far, and that should leave Tesla shaking in its boots.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is taking over Europe
Tesla made a huge impact internationally in recent years, but the American automaker faces some stiff competition overseas. Volkswagen is asserting its dominance over the European electric SUV market with the Volkswagen ID.4.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is already outselling the popular Tesla Model Y electric SUV in Europe. It starts at $41,230 or $33,730 after the tax incentive. The base model has 245 miles of standard driving range. The ID.4 is the Model Y’s greatest rival globally.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is electric American muscle
Who would have thought that an electric Mustang SUV would be the cornerstone of the Blue Oval’s electric future, yet here we are. The Ford Mustang Mach-E sounded bonkers on paper but many Ford Motor Company fans quickly learned to love the EV because of its driving dynamics and captivating design.
American muscle has gone fully electric. Who says practical can’t also be cool? The Mach-E was the best electric SUV (and arguably best EV) of 2021. The 2022 model year is going through some reliability issues, but the nameplate is still a solid contender in its segment.
The Mustang Mach-E starts at $43,895 or $36,396 after the tax credit. It has a 224-mile standard driving range.
The BMW iX is coming for the electric midsize luxury vehicle segment
Tesla produces electric vehicles for nearly every vehicle segment. The midsize luxury electric Tesla SUV is the Tesla Model X. The Model X Plaid trim’s performance specs are insane, but can Tesla compete with a giant in the luxury division like BMW?
The German automaker knows luxury well, and its first fully-electric midsize SUVs puts all the brand’s strengths on full display. The BMW iX got a near-perfect overall score from Car and Driver as well as an Editor’s Choice award.
Its interior is oh-so luxurious. The iX xDrive50 starts at $84,100. It has 324 miles of driving range.
The Hyundai Kona EV dominates a segment that Tesla doesn’t compete in
Tesla may have gotten into the electric car and SUV game before most automakers, but it doesn’t have models that compete in every segment. The Kona runs the subcompact SUV segment and its electric version is a serious competitor in the electric subcompact SUV space.
Tesla has yet to produce an electric subcompact SUV, so the Kona could be an issue for the automaker in the long run. The Kona EV is both affordable and practical. It starts at $34,000 or $26,500 after the tax incentive.
Read more about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the next article below.