It’s official: For the first time ever, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) have overtaken sedans in U.S. market share. Though it has seemed like a big car country for over a decade, it has not been a reality until IHS Automotive’s roundup of Polk auto registration data of market share through May 2014.
So where are the electric SUVs? Since most automakers have trouble building (or minimal interest in) electric vehicles of any class, it isn’t surprising the electric utility vehicle market is lacking. At present, only a few EV adopters on the West Coast could get their hands on the all-electric RAV4 EV from Toyota. In the coming years, that will change, whether it represents automakers playing to the U.S. marketplace or complying with the emissions standards of the country’s biggest auto buying state, California.
Either way, the options in electric vehicles in the SUV and CUV segment will be much more plentiful in the coming years. Here are seven electric models expected to hit the the U.S. in coming years.
1. 2015 Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul EV may not have the muscle or range of a Tesla, but the funky Korean crossover should have a big audience with its estimated 92 miles of electric range and 210 lb-ft of torque, not to mention its rapid charger said to take 25 minutes for 80 percent of battery power. As with the K900 and other models, Kia will find its comfort zone by delivering value to consumers who want a practical solution in an expensive segment.
Unlike some cars on the horizon from different automakers, the Kia Soul EV is already being produced around the world. It is expected to go on sale in fall 2014 in the U.S.