The Type of Car is Dominating New York

It’s been three years since the last New York Auto Show and this year, electrical cars have stolen the spotlight. So will New York finally step up its EV game?
Written by Elaine Duvet
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Apr 26, 2022
From lockdowns, to supply chain shortages, to insane markups for
luxury cars
and
SUVs
, over the last two years the auto industry has been through it all. And it doesn’t surprise us that electric vehicles were the star of 2022’s forward-thinking New York International Auto Show. 
So why is
New York
having a hard time adopting electric vehicles across the state?

Electric vehicles are a hit

Car enthusiasts have waited long enough, and many are even ready to purchase vehicles sight unseen. However, the New York Auto Show is still a highly-attended relevant event that allows drivers to touch and feel a new car before they buy it.
While obscure companies like ElectraMeccanica and INDI EV offer interesting new electric vehicles, the industry’s heavy hitters came out with guns blazing.
To compete with Ford’s
electric pickup
, General Motors will attempt to appease the e-truck crowd with the promise of its electrified Chevrolet Silverado EV that we first saw at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show. Since the pickup won’t debut until 2023, who knows what other EVs GM may have up their sleeve. 
We all know and love the best-selling Nissan Leaf, but Nissan has stepped up their game with the Nissan Ariya electric crossover SUV. Despite production delays, the SUV is available for consumers to check out at the show and will hit dealerships in the fall. 
Hyundai is keeping things more hush-hush, teasing a new production vehicle reveal without providing any details in advance. According to
Times LIVE
, “The company aims to sell 1.7-million electric vehicles in 2026, so the bet is that whatever is under the cover, it will be powered by a big lithium-ion battery.”
However, we do know that Hyundai will show the sleek
Hyundai Ioniq 5
and Kia EV6, which are rare to spot on the road. We’re excited to see the new Lamborghini Huracan supercar variant, the Huracan Tecnica. It will be available for viewing at the Javits Center and at its private studio space on Manhattan’s High Line.
We’ll see a new Tonale hybrid SUV from Alfa Romeo, a new X7 SUV and i7 from BMW and also, an all-new electric EQS coming out from Mercedes-Benz who decided to skip the show.

Is New York falling behind?

New York has struggled to meet its electric vehicle station goals. The number one registered vehicle in the state are Hondas with a suburban body type. With 629,449 registrations, these SBN vehicles include SUVs, station wagons, ambulances, and hearses.
News 10 notes that “In comparison, there are 36,767 Tesla’s registered in the state (21,094 four-door sedans and 15,673 SBNs), according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles DMV website.”
However, an increased amount of electric vehicle chargers are being placed across The Big Apple to make owning an electric car more convenient. And President Biden’s goal of having at least half the new cars bought in 2030 be electric has also applied pressure. 

For carmakers, the future looks electric

“By June, according to BloombergNEF estimates, the world will have 20-million plug-in vehicles on its streets, a remarkable jump from 1-million EVs in 2016. In the second half of 2022, almost 1-million EVs will hit the roads worldwide every month, according to BNEF estimates,” Times LIVE reports. If one every three seconds sounds like a lot, it’s because it is. 
Fortunately, automakers are moving away from halo EV cars and looking for ways to mass-produce EVs to make them more affordable.
News 10
reports that “The price of a short-range (267 miles) Tesla Model 3 starts at $48,190, a long-range (353) Model 3 starts at $55,690, according to MotorTrend.”
That’s about double the price of a 2022 Honda CR-V which starts at around $26,400. The Honda CR-V Hybrid is just over $31,000. In the next two years, the Japanese automaker has plans to release a new line of electric vehicles. 
We can hopefully count on other manufacturers to step up with more budget-friendly options. 
Chevrolet plans to release an electric Silverado and Blazer in 2023 and we’ve also got our eyes on GMC, Kia, Chrysler, Subaru, and Ford.
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