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New York International Auto Show

Electric cars are taking center stage

(KYMA, KECY/CBS) - The New York International Auto Show starts today (4/15) in New York City, and this year electric cars are taking center stage.

Hyundai's IONIQ Five was named the World Car of the year. It took home the top prize and several other awards at the New York auto show. The vehicle starts at $43,650, comes with a high-tech dash, travels 300 miles on a charge, and is quick. "Does zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds. It's instant torque, it's very punchy," says Hyundai's Troy Miller.

"The big trend of the show this year is definitely electrification," says Tim Stevens, editor in chief of CNET's Roadshow. He says more electric vehicle choices are charging into dealerships, from the $27,400 Nissan Leaf, to the $90,874 Ford Lightning Platinum, and the Porsche Taycan Turbo S with a $185,000 price tag.

"People have only had the choice for Teslas for so long, people are just excited to have a lot choices on the market now," Stevens says. According to Stevens, EVs only accounted for about 3.5% of total vehicle sales last year. But popularity is growing, fueled by frustration with current prices at the pump. "As gas prices continue to increase, that certainly makes things a lot easier to quantify from a cost standpoint that EVs make a lot of sense, not just for the environment, but also for your budget," Steven says.

Consumers seem to agree. Cars.com saw online searches for EVs surge 173% last month and 55% of gas-powered car owners say they're considering going electric.

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Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

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