Affordable electric cars? Here's the best EV SUVs under $50,000

Affordable electric cars? Here's the best EV SUVs under $50,000
Affordable electric cars? Here's the best EV SUVs under $50,000

The names might be new but the spin is the same: automakers keep introducing new crossover SUVs, but now, they're electric.

Volkswagen just undercut the competition with a new base model of the ID.4 that costs $38,790. Announced Aug. 4, the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Standard is powered by a 201-hp motor at the rear wheels, and fed by a smaller 62-kwh battery pack than the 82-kwh battery pack in the ID.4 Pro. The range drops from 275 miles in the Pro to 208 miles in the Standard, and the price shaves about $3,200 off the ID.4 Pro. It's built in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 undercuts both the newest electric crossovers in the 2023 Toyota BZ4X and related 2023 Subaru Solterra,  as well as rival electric cars including the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and the Tesla Model Y.

Yet smaller electric cars that have been on sale for years, such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt EV hatchbacks, remain the most affordable, if not the most popular body style. The 2023 Bolt EV holds the crown as the most affordable electric car at less than $27,000. 

Here's a look how these new rivals with the odd names stack up. 

Note that for DC fast-charging rates, the automakers of most electric cars slow down the flow of electrons after the 80% threshold is reached to protect the battery from heat stress. It may take just 30 minutes to go from 10-80% of charge, but once past 80% it could take another two or three hours to reach 100%. 

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