5 global electric cars that you don’t get in the USA

The United States might be the core market for electric cars and electric trucks, but in the case of these five, their manufacturers have no plans of bringing them here.


BMW iX3 grille
The conservative range and the lack of an all-wheel drive system could explain the iX3’s non-availability in the U.S. market. Image: BMW

In March 2020, BMW announced that it would not be selling the iX3 in the USA, which came as a blow to BMW enthusiasts in America. According to reports, the company wanted to focus on selling the BMW iX3 in China and Europe.

Unlike China, the world’s largest electric car market, or Europe, where there are stringent fleet emission regulations, the U.S. doesn’t significantly push manufacturers to sell electric cars. It does give EV buyers a federal EV tax credit of up to $7,500, though.

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The iX3 is not selling in big numbers where it is available. BMW Group was able to sell only 37,939 units of the electric midsize SUV in 2021. That was approximately 10% of X3 sales in 2021. Unlike the BMW iX3, the BMW iX is available in the U.S.

Toyota C-HR electric

Toyota C-HR electric
The Toyota C-HR electric car is sold in China by the GAC Toyota JV, and FAW Toyota JV sells the same EV as the Toyota Izoa. Image: Toyota

The Toyota C-HR electric (and sister product Izoa electric) are currently available only in China, despite the C-HR being a global model sold in the USA too. At the moment, there are no plans to bring the Toyota C-HR electric to the USA or any other country.

However, in December 2021, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) outlined a mega plan to launch a new range of ‘global electric vehicles’ from both its brands (Toyota & Lexus), and we are confident some of these electric cars, if not all, are earmarked for the American market. One of these models, called ‘Toyota bZ Compact SUV’ tentatively, looked like an all-electric alternative to the C-HR, which could become the Toyota bZ3X.

Lexus UX300e

Lexus UX300e electric SUV
Lexus’ first electric car for the U.S. market is the Lexus RZ, designed and developed as an EV from the ground up. Image: Lexus

The Lexus UX300e electric SUV is already available in European countries, but that is as far as it will travel West. While there are no plans to launch the UX300e in the USA, we expect the future range of TMC’s global electric vehicles (from above, could include a zero-emission Lexus small SUV suitable for American customers.

For now, the American audience can only envy the UX300e’s 620,000 miles (1 million km), or ten years, battery warranty, which the company says comes from their 20 years of experience of working on hybrid cars. Hopefully, the learnings from this project will be used in their future electric vehicles, which would come to American shores.


VW ID.3 first edition
The size and design of the ID.3 are perhaps the main reasons for it not arriving in the U.S. market. Volkswagen is due to begin production of the ID.4 in Tennessee this summer. Image: Volkswagen

The VW ID.3 will not be offered in the United States, the company has confirmed. Volkswagen has strong reasoning for not launching the ID.3 in the USA. VW US CEO, Scott Keogh, said that the ID.3 would be viewed as a “small euro car” by the American audience, who, as statistics point out, love their pickups and SUVs, or larger cars in general. As a result, VW wants the American audience to experience their electric technology on the ID.4 crossover.

Volkswagen plans to manufacture the ID.4 at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee from the second half of the year. Reports say an entry-level sub-USD 30,000 (after federal EV tax credits) version of the ID.4 will roll out of this plant, making it more accessible.

The ID.4 was Volkswagen’s best-selling electric car in 2021. The company delivered 119,650 units of the electric compact SUV last year. The ID.3 with around 76,000 units ranked second in its electric car sales chart.

Honda e

The cute-as-a-button Honda e will not get to any American homes, and the reason is partly the same as that of the VW ID.3: the Honda e will be seen as a small euro car by American buyers. In Honda’s case, they are even more convinced of small cars not working in the USA, as evidenced by sales of the Honda Fit hatchback, which was discontinued; just 8,695 units of the Fit were sold in 2019 as against 361,271 units of the CR-V. The Honda e belongs to the segment below the VW ID.3 and wouldn’t sell in big numbers in America.

Honda e charging
Honda’s first dedicated electric car for America arrives in 2024 – the Honda Prologue SUV. Image: Honda

Another reason why Honda does not want to sell the Honda e in the USA is that it will be expensive for what it offers. Reports say the Honda e will have to be priced above USD 30,000 to be profitable, and its limited 137-mile range would not do justice for that price point. American customers demand at least 200+ miles of range, which, sadly, the Honda e does not offer.

Honda stopped production of the Clarity PHEV and the Clarity Fuel Cell in 2021. The company will focus on hybrids for most of the first part of this decade. In 2024, it will launch an electric SUV called Honda Prologue in the United States. Built on General Motors’ third-gen global EV platform. The Prologue will be available in select states at launch.

After the Prologue, Honda will launch indigenously developed EVs built on a new ‘e:Architecture’ platform, which is when we expect an electric Honda CR-V and electric HR-V models stateside. The company aims to increase the share of BEVs and FCEVs in its sales in North America to 40% by 2030 and then 80% by 2035. By 2040, it wants 100% of its sales in the region to come from BEVs and FCEVs.

Featured image: Honda