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What's New With Electric Vehicles for 2024?

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The 2024 model year has continued the pace of new electric-vehicle introductions that began in 2022. As usual with new EV models, some have rolled out for 2024 with limited initial availability (in numbers or markets) or as fully loaded “first editions” with more affordable versions to come.

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Price (along with higher interest rates) continues to be a concern for potential EV buyers. Despite some price competition in the past year, the average list price of a new EV remains north of $60,000. And while 2024 was the end of the road for two of the most affordable EVs, the popular Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback and Bolt EUV SUV, the crop of new EVs for the 2024 model year includes the return of the Fiat 500e hatchback, which will start below $35,000 (all prices mentioned here include destination charges).

Here’s a look at what’s new with EVs for 2024:

New Electric Vehicles for 2024

Acura ZDX

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The Acura ZDX is the Honda luxury brand’s first EV and arrives with a distinctive Acura look, though it’s the product of a Honda joint venture with GM. It rides on GM’s Ultium platform and is a cousin of the 2024 Honda Prologue and Chevrolet Blazer EV. The ZDX has a 102-kilowatt-hour battery, and its base trim comes with a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive powertrain with 340 horsepower and an Acura-estimated range of 325 miles. The line-topping version is the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Type S with 500 hp and an estimated range of 288 miles. Tech highlights include 190-kilowatt DC fast charging, as well as an 11.3-inch touchscreen system that includes Acura’s first use of Google Built-In and has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. A Hands-Free Cruise system (likely related to GM’s Super Cruise hands-free system) is available. Pricing starts at about $66,000.

Audi Q8 e-Tron

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This is not an all-new model for 2024 but is new enough to note. Audi gave its E-Tron SUV significant updates for the 2024 model year along with a new Q8 e-Tron name. The SUV’s styling is refreshed, but the interior remains mostly the same. The Q8 e-Tron also still offers a more rakish Sportback variant in the performance SQ8 e-Tron version (formerly the E-Tron S). Major changes with the battery and motors make the Q8 e-Tron a much more practical (and more competitive) choice. An updated battery pack and improved efficiency give the Q8 e-Tron an EPA-estimated 285 miles of range, up from just 226 miles, while the Sportback is rated at 296 miles. DC fast-charging capability has also been improved from 150 to 170 kW.

BMW i5

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BMW’s 5 Series mid-size cars were redesigned for 2024, and the biggest news was that the all-electric i5 eDrive40 and i5 M60 models joined the line. The EVs share the updated design, interior, infotainment and driving-assistance tech with the internal combustion versions, but they get an 84.3-kWh battery pack. The RWD i5 eDrive40 uses an electric motor with 335 hp; it’s EPA-rated for 295 miles of range with the standard 19-inch wheels. The performance AWD i5 M60 adds a second motor for the front axle and boasts a combined system output of 593 hp and 586 pounds-feet of torque, which is good for a BMW-estimated 0-60 mph acceleration in 3.7 seconds; however, range drops to 256 miles with 19-inch wheels. Pricing for the i5 eDrive 40 starts at about $68,000, and the M60 starts at about $85,000.

Chevrolet Blazer EV

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Chevy’s new all-electric 2024 Blazer EV is the sportier sibling to the new 2024 Equinox EV. The compact SUV shares the GM Ultium platform with the Equinox, as well as the Cadillac Lyriq. The Blazer EV’s LT and RS trims have a dual-motor AWD setup that puts out 288 hp, plus an 85-kWh battery good for an EPA-rated range of 279 miles; they also have DC fast-charging capability up to 150 kW. The RS also will be available in a higher-performance version with a single 340-hp motor, RWD and a 102-kW battery; GM estimates range at 324 miles. Tech includes a 17.7-inch touchscreen powered by a Google system; it’s the first EV to follow GM’s plan to drop capability for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Following the LT and RS will be a top-of-the-line, 577-hp Blazer EV SS with performance upgrades, as well as an entry-level variant with a single motor and front-wheel drive. LT pricing starts at about $57,000, the AWD RS starts at just more than $60,000 and the RWD RS, with its bigger battery, starts at just under $62,000.

Chevrolet Equinox EV

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The battery version of Chevy’s mainstream Equinox compact SUV is coming, though full production and dealer ordering of the Equinox EV with crisp new styling have been delayed as GM slows some EV production. When fully rolled out, the Equinox will offer five trim levels with FWD or AWD, including configurations that Chevy says will have up to 319 miles of range. FWD versions will have a single 213-hp electric motor, while dual-motor AWD trims will offer 288 hp. Tech includes a 17.7-inch touchscreen system and available hands-free Super Cruise. Pricing starts at about $35,000 for a base FWD 1LT and rises to about $47,000 for the 3RS. While the debut has been delayed, GM has announced that the Equinox EV, when it arrives, will qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.

Chevrolet Silverado EV

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Chevy’s Silverado EV is a modern electric crew-cab pickup truck that uses GM’s Ultium battery technology. It’s a cousin of the GMC Hummer EV Pickup and also has a family resemblance to the former Chevrolet Avalanche, with a bulkhead at the rear of the cabin that can be opened to extend the bed from 6 feet to 9. Production has begun on the 2024 4WT version, but it’s being sold only to fleet buyers until the 2025 model year. Meanwhile, the upscale RST First Edition for retail customers has been delayed as GM revises its EV production plans. More versions of the truck will follow. The WT has a dual-motor AWD drivetrain with 510 hp and 615 pounds-feet of torque, while the RST First Edition raises that to 754 hp and 785 pounds-feet. The EPA range rating for the 4WT is 450 miles, and GM estimates that the RST will have a range of about 400 miles. Pricing for the 4WT is nearly $80,000; the RST is more than $106,000.

Fiat 500e

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The new generation of this two-door city car returns to the U.S. as the Fiat 500e with freshened but familiar retro style, a 118-hp electric motor, FWD and a 42-kWh battery. The 500e has an improved interior and updated tech that includes 10.25-inch touchscreen with Stellantis’ latest Uconnect 5 and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Fiat estimates the roughly 3,000-pound hatchback’s range will be an urban-friendly 149 miles. The version for sale initially will be a higher-level 500e (Red) Edition — a tie-in with the global health charity — priced at just more than $34,000.

GMC Hummer SUV

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The SUV version of GMC’s Hummer EV picks up the pickup’s looks but is shorter — thanks to nearly 9 inches less in wheelbase — but has the same off-road chops, power and top-end pricing of the Hummer EV with a bed. The five-seat SUV has all-weather cargo space, a front trunk and removable roof panels; it also offers two- and three-motor AWD systems with up to 830 hp and up to 11,500 pounds-feet of torque, as well as an EPA-rated range up to 314 miles. Off-road tech options include satellite-connected trail mapping, a generator to power a campsite (or charge an EV), and a package with up to 17 camera views around and under the SUV displayed on the media screen. For on-roading, the hands-free Super Cruise system is standard. The EV2X version’s pricing starts at about $99,000, and the EV3X starts at about $107,000.

GMC Sierra EV

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This upscale version of the Chevrolet Silverado EV with similar specs and more deluxe features is expected to begin deliveries later in the year. The loaded Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 launch version starts at about $110,000, but it’s been sold out for a while. The more mainstream Elevation and off-road AT4 versions, also caught up in GM EV delays, won’t arrive until 2025, with pricing still to be announced.

Honda Prologue

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The Prologue compact SUV, Honda’s first EV, is another product of the joint venture with GM, and it’s based on the new Chevrolet Blazer EV. It’s less sporty in style and simpler in its lineup than the Blazer EV, with only front- or all-wheel drive, a single 85-kWh battery pack and three trim levels. The single-motor FWD system puts out 212 hp, while output with dual-motor AWD is 288 hp. Honda estimates a range of 296 miles and 291 miles, respectively, and a lower 273-mile range for the top-level Elite with standard AWD. One clear difference from the Blazer is that Prologue does have standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Pricing starts at about $49,000 for the base FWD version and ranges to just less than $60,000 for the Elite.

Kia EV9

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The Kia EV9 is a big, three-row family SUV — the first from a mainstream brand with more mainstream pricing (for EVs) than the luxury brands. The EV9 has seats for six or seven and five trim levels that offer an escalating range of features. The base Light trim includes a single electric motor and RWD in regular (215 hp) and long-range (201 hp) versions with 76.1- and 99.8-kWh batteries, respectively; EPA range ratings are 230 or 304 miles. Higher trim levels have standard AWD and the 99.8-kWh battery pack with a system output of 379 hp, and standard for all is DC fast-charging capability up to 235 kW. A tech highlight is a nearly 30-inch panoramic display combining two 12.3-inch screens (an instrument cluster and media touchscreen), plus a 5-inch climate display. Pricing starts at about $56,000 for the RWD EV9 Light and extends to about $78,000 for the top-level AWD GT-Line.

Lotus Eletre

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The British two-seater sports car brand is under new ownership — Chinese automaker Geely, which also owns Volvo — and is being “reimagined” as a global maker of luxury EVs with a performance spin. First off the line is the 2024 Eletre electric SUV. It’s distinguished by unusual aerodynamic styling and a luxury four- or five-seat interior. It offers base, S and performance R versions, all of which have a 112-kWh battery pack, DC fast charging at up to 350 KW and two-motor AWD. System output for the base and S trims is 603 hp, while the R offers 905 hp; Lotus says the R is good for three seconds from 0-62 mph. Distinctive features include a 29-inch color head-up display. U.S. pricing has not been announced, but Lotus estimated that the loaded 2024 R model driven by Cars.com would be priced at about $150,000.

Mercedes-Maybach EQS680

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Mercedes has brought battery power to its ultra-luxury Maybach sub-brand for 2024 with the EQS680 SUV. It’s based on the Mercedes-Benz EQS580, new for 2023, and dials up the luxury with its own styling flourishes and interior; the third row has been dropped, and a bulkhead separates the rear cabin from the cargo area. Options include individual bucket seats and screens in the rear, along with a refrigerator compartment. The big SUV gets two-motor AWD and 649 hp. All of that heavyweight luxury leaves the Maybach EV with an EPA-estimated range of 280 miles and a starting price tag of about $181,000.

Polestar 3

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The 2024 Polestar 3 SUV follows the Polestar 2 hatchback as the Geely-owned brand grows its line of EVs with Swedish design roots. The Polestar 3 is bigger, more powerful and upgraded inside. Standard features include air suspension and a Google-based infotainment system with 14.5-inch portrait-style touchscreen. All variants have a 111-kW battery pack and 250-kW fast-charging capability, and Polestar estimates range up to 300 miles. The Polestar 3’s two-motor AWD powertrain offers a total of 489 hp standard and 517 hp as a $6,000 option. Pricing for the Launch Edition is just over $85,000.

Porsche Macan EV

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The redesigned 2024 Porsche Macan has sharp Taycan-style looks — and an all-electric powertrain. For 2024, it will continue to be sold alongside the current-generation gasoline Macan. It’s the first use by Porsche of a new platform that will be used by other Volkswagen-owned premium brands. Two-motor AWD, a 100-kWh battery, fast-charging capability up to 270 kW, performance traction management, an air suspension and electronic suspension management are standard; a gee-whiz tech feature is an augmented reality head-up display. The base Macan 4 has an output of 402 hp, while the (turboless) Macan Turbo puts out a whopping 633 hp and 833 pounds-feet of torque. The electric Macan takes the small SUV into new price territory: The Macan 4 starts at just more than $80,000, while the Macan Turbo starts at about $107,000.

Rolls-Royce Spectre

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The first all-electric Rolls-Royce is a luxury coupe that evokes the old Phantom Coupe. The 2024 Spectre is big, opulent, heavy and whisper-quiet like any true Rolls should be — and its two doors are powered and hinged at the rear for graceful entry. The interior gives new meaning to the phrase “lap of luxury” with its materials and comfort and convenience features. Powering the big coupe is a two-motor AWD system with output of 577 hp. The 102-kW battery pack is shared with the BMW i7 (BMW owns Rolls-Royce), and range for the standard Spectre with 22-inch wheels is EPA-rated at 291 miles. Pricing, if you have to ask, starts at about $422,000, though the opportunities abound for bespoke options.

Tesla Cybertruck

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The long-promised Tesla Cybertruck and its sharp-edged wedge shape have made it into production with little compromise. Two AWD variants are available for 2024, and a cheaper RWD version won’t arrive until 2025. The tamer AWD version has a dual-motor, 600-hp powertrain, while the Cyberbeast version has three motors generating 845 hp. Tesla claims 10,296 pounds-feet of torque for the Beast and a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds. Tesla also says it expects the base AWD variant to be good for 320 miles of range and the Beast to post 340 miles. Either version can be fitted with an extra battery (which takes up space in the bed) that could extend range to about 440 and 470 miles, respectively, and both are capable of fast charging up to 250 kW. The Cybertruck also has an adjustable suspension that Tesla says can create more than 17 inches of ground clearance when needed. It also comes with an 18.5-inch touchscreen, plus a 4-by-6-foot bed with power outlets and two-way charging capability. Tow ratings are 7,500 pounds for the base and 11,000 for the Beast. The base AWD Cybertruck is priced at about $80,000, and the Beast starts at about $100,000; the base RWD variant, when available, is currently priced at about $61,000.

VinFast VF 9

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The three-row, seven-seat VF 9 SUV was planned for 2023 following VinFast’s debut model, the two-row VF 8, but it’s been delayed to arrive as a 2024 model. The Vietnam-based company’s sales have been only in California at company stores so far, but VinFast recently has begun signing up franchised dealers elsewhere and plans eventually to build vehicles in the U.S. The VF 9 has a dual-motor AWD system with a total of 402 hp. A 123-kWh battery pack is good for an EPA-rated range of 330 miles for the base Eco version and 291 miles for the upgraded Plus trim level. Pricing starts at about $80,000 for the Eco and about $86,000 for the Plus.

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