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The LA Auto Show will host a bunch of EVs

It’s the best time ever to get a good deal on an EV. The LA Auto Show says it’s the best place to test drive them.

By The Editors

Sat, Nov 4, 2023 09:19 AM PST

Featrued image: A Porsche Taycan EV sports sedan at speed in the LA Auto Show’s ride and drive course (image courtesy of the LA Auto Show).

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There’s a war going on in the Middle East. Global tensions are on edge. Domestically, hate crimes are on a rise. The country is deeply divided along political and cultural lines.

With all that is happening, is there any good news out there?

Well, yes. It turns out now is the best time ever to get a good deal on an electric vehicle. And the reason is not because car companies have learned how to build them cheaper. On the contrary, it’s because consumers are not buying as many EVs as the car companies were hoping. GM CEO Mary Barra announced it was abandoning its target to produce 400,000 EVs by mid-2024. Ford CEO Jim Farley said it’s delaying billions of dollars in battery plants investments so that it can wait for EV demand to grow. Even Tesla’s Elon Musk said it was lowering sales and profit expectations of its product line.

Consequently, there’s an abundant surplus of EVs on dealer lots. And to get rid of the inventory, manufacturers are slashing prices on EVs like never before.

Ford just lowered the price of its Mustang Mach-E by up to $4,000. The award-winning Hyundai Ionic 6 now3 starts at $38,615—down $4,100 from the year before. Tesla’s Model 3 now starts at $$38,990—and that’s before the $7,500 Federal tax credit it now enjoys. Even Lucid cut prices on models by as much as $10,000.

Meanwhile, the LA Auto Show is seizing the opportunity with its biggest ride and drive program of electric vehicles, wherein show goers will be able to drive and compare EVs with the pressure of dealers and dealerships.

“For the first time, a diverse roster of automotive brands will empower visitors to directly compare electric vehicle performance, comfort and features by getting behind the wheel, says LA Auto Show President Terri Toennies. “Set against the expansive backdrop of the show's 1M square feet venue, visitors can experience top-tier models from leading automakers through both street drives and specialized indoor tracks.” For the 116th LA Auto Show®, Toennies is ensuring a pressure-free environment for attendees to kick tires, climb aboard, and test drive the EVs they’ve had their eyes on. Here’s how the organizers are presenting it:

ev being tested at the auto show in LA in 2022
The 2023 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Kia EV6 will be available for driving at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (image courtesy of the LA Auto Show).

LOS ANGELES/PRNewswire/ -- Mark your calendars for November 17-26 as the Los Angeles Auto Show® introduces an unprecedented experience for attendees. Experience the future of automotive on the streets of Los Angeles. This year, the Los Angeles Auto Show propels attendees into the driver's seat with an electrifying array of ride-and-drive experiences. Attendees will navigate the show's Electric Avenue, a sweeping, zero-emission vehicle test track that seamlessly circles the entire South Hall at the LA Convention Center, measuring almost one mile. In a premiere initiative, sponsored by LADWP and Volta, both seasoned EV enthusiasts and curious first-timer shoppers are invited to pilot a range of vehicles from a dozen cutting-edge EV options. The EV fleet will be kept in peak performance thanks to dedicated Volta charging stations.

An Electric Avenue

At Electric Avenue, each automaker will showcase its unique flair with test drives running daily from 9AM to 5:30PM. Dive into a lineup featuring powerhouses like Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Lucid, Polestar, Porsche, and Volvo. And for those looking to shift gears, the LA Auto Show introduces an electrifying twist: Verge Motorcycles debuts its two-wheeled electric sensation, ready for eligible enthusiasts to take for a spin down Electric Avenue.

"With California leading the world as the most influential market for gas and electric vehicle ownership, it's essential that the Los Angeles Auto Show gives visitors the opportunity to experience the newest products and latest technology," said Los Angeles Auto Show President Terri Toennies. "The show will allow consumers to discover the power, handling and comfort of these innovative vehicles, as well as the new electric motorcycle offering for licensed visitors to experience alternative mobility solutions."

Eligible riders will be able to throw a leg over the newest electric machine from Verge. Boasting almost 900 ft-lb of torque, a range of more than 230 miles, and the world's first hubless electric rear wheel motor among its many highlights, the revolutionary Verge TS models will showcase advances in the latest two-wheeled electric options.

Vehicle manufacturers keen to create a one-stop shop for discovery and experience have placed indoor ride-along tracks directly within their main hall exhibitions. This includes Camp Jeep, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, and Volkswagen. In another first for the LA Auto Show, Ford's Adventure Track will begin inside their exhibit space and head outside, creating a multisensory experience.

Ford Mach-e at the LA Auto show 2021
Ford’s Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition on one of the LA Auto Show’s ride-and-drive circuits (image by R. Nakano for

Electrification Education Takes Center Stage

In response to surging consumer interest and marking yet another groundbreaking feature at the LA Auto Show, the Electrification Discovery Center has emerged. In collaboration with the Hispanic Motor Press Guild, bilingual EV ambassadors fluent in both Spanish and English, will guide visitors through the electrification journey. The Center is not just an exhibit but an educational hub, aiming to demystify the nuance of EV ownership. Attendees will gain insight into driving characteristics, charging options, enticing purchase incentives, and an extensive array of EV products and vehicles on display, spanning both pure EVs and hybrid models.

Adding to the Center's offerings, renowned author and automotive journalist Matt DeLorenzo will host weekend sessions centered around "How to Buy an Affordable Electric Car." Drawing from the wealth of knowledge in his latest book, How to Buy an Affordable Electric Car: A Tightwad's Guide to EV Ownership, DeLorenzo will share valuable insights for potential EV owners."

"Our research has shown that many consumers are unaware of what electric vehicles can offer and sometime confused by the purchasing programs, charging options, and more. We decided to create the Electrification Discovery Center and provide bilingual staff to allow visitors to ask any questions they have, so they can really understand the new opportunities available to them," said Toennies.

The Electrification Discovery Center at the LA Auto Show will be open daily from November 17-26 at the following times:

11/17-19: 10AM-7PM
11/20-22: 11AM-7PM
11/23: 10AM-3PM (Thanksgiving)
11/24-25: 10AM-7PM
11/26: 10AM-5PM

LA Auto Show Tickets

The 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show will be cashless. All tickets can be purchased online at with a credit card or bank card. Tickets purchased for attendance on November 18-19 will include complimentary admission to the USA Street Food Awards.

About The Los Angeles Auto Show® 

Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show® is widely recognized as one of the most influential shows globally. Reflective of its location, the show celebrates the love affair Angelenos have with their cars and offers a global platform to industry technology and innovation, synonymous with California.

The show runs for 10 full days over the Thanksgiving period and is a must-attend destination for many industry influencers, car enthusiasts and families wanting to enjoy a day out over the holiday season. Held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the LA Auto Show contributes several hundred million dollars to the local economy, stimulates the local job market, and is the number one revenue generator for the LA Convention Center

This article was compiled by the editors of LACar.

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