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Looking to Buy an Affordable EV? Good Luck

With battery supplies tight and customers eager, car companies are only cranking out expensive electric options.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning was revealed via video feed almost a year ago, and deliveries should commence in weeks.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning was revealed via video feed almost a year ago, and deliveries should commence in weeks.Photographer: Ford

Jack Norton, a history professor in Minneapolis, started shopping for an electric vehicle early last year. His requirements were simple: all-wheel drive and a price tag under $55,000.

At first, Norton noticed that few EVs were being shipped to Minnesota, where car companies are contending with looser emissions mandates than in much of the US. So he expanded his search to other states — and then came the sticker shock. The scant electric models Norton could track down at dealerships were only available in top trims and for amounts far above the starting prices he’d seen in ads and product launch presentations.