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Cape Cod car buyers are charged for electric vehicles, but they’re in short supply

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HYANNIS — Ford’s entry to the all-electric car market, the Mustang Mach-E, recently won EV of the Year for 2021 from Car and Driver Magazine. With a mileage range that can reach 305 miles depending on options, a fuel economy that averages 100 miles per gallon, and a list price that starts at $43,000, the car has plenty of admirers. 

Jason Arruda is one.

The general manager of Balise Ford of Cape Cod had the opportunity to test drive it for several days when the car was first delivered to the Hyannis lot. In spite of his initial skepticism, he found it responsive, quiet and quick. 

“It was interesting finding out how much performance came with the car,” Arruda said. “The Mach-E was awesome.” 

The car sold quickly. Now the dealership is waiting for another.

In 2022, Arruda expects to offer Ford’s F-150 Lightning, an all-electric version of the company’s No. 1 selling truck. But there are none on the lot and Arruda has no idea when the trucks will get delivered to them.

There are no brochures and no price ranges either. Arruda and his sales representatives are waiting — along with potential customers. Ford has set its sights on a targeted range of 230 to 300 miles, but it has offered little else in the way of information. 

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BMW EVs in short supply also

Balise isn’t the only dealership that finds itself in this predicament. BMW of Cape Cod and Ira Toyota of Hyannis are waiting for electric vehicles to come in.  

Paul Capparella, an assistant client advisor with BMW Hyannis, said the dealership took four preorders for electric vehicles for 2022. 

BMW currently has two all-electric models to choose from. The iX Sports Activity Vehicle and the i4 Gran Coupe. BMW allowed customers to preorder in May and they sold out quickly. The company continues to take orders, but will fill preorders first, Capparella said.

He said he doesn’t expect those preordered vehicles to be delivered until the spring. 

“Right now, it’s tough,” he said. “People are asking to test drive cars and we don’t have them to test drive.” 

BMW has told its dealerships they will send one of each electric vehicle model that’s available, but if the car is sold, the company won’t send another until the orders have all been fulfilled. The company has taken about 2,000 preorders in North America, Capparella said.

The iX SAV comes with a price tag of about $84,000 and a range of up to 324 miles. The i4 Gran Coupe starts at $55,000 depending on the model and comes with a range of up to 300 miles, he said.

Nationally, interest in all-electric vehicles is growing, along with sales.

Electric-vehicle sales growing

Despite a worldwide slump in car sales, 2020 saw electric-vehicle sales exceeding pre-pandemic levels by the third quarter of the year, according to McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. The statistics included hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in HEVs and battery-electric vehicles.

In addition, as part of a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Baker administration announced a mandate in late 2020 that requires that all new cars sold in the state be electric by 2035.  

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Locally, people will have to be comfortable with ordering cars online without seeing them in person. 

Volkswagen ID.4 on display at Cape Cod Mall

If someone wants to see an electric Volkswagen, Tracy Volkswagenhas an ID.4 sitting inside the Cape Cod Mall at the Food Court. But the car is returning to the dealership Wednesday, where it will be available for test drives. 

The dealership had two of the electric car models, but one sold and is being delivered to a customer. General manager Jim Helgerson said he hopes the car sitting at the mall will pique the interest of shoppers and send them in his direction.

The ID.4 boasts a 250-mile range and a base price of $41,190.  

So many people are interested in buying them that when an electric vehicle is delivered to a Cape lot, it can go quickly. Because there isn’t sufficient inventory, Ford, BMW and VW customers must order electric vehicles online.

Tracy has delivered 22 electric Volkswagens so far this year and 44 orders are in the system. It can take three to five months for a rear-wheel-drive model to be delivered, and up to eight months for an all-wheel-drive, Helgerson said. Customers get updates via email showing the progress their car is making in the manufacturing process.  

The interest from Cape Cod residents was more than anticipated, Helgerson said.  

F150 Lightning pre-orders aren’t being built yet

Balise has delivered 10 to 15 Mustang Mach-E vehicles, according to Arruda. Ford is taking orders for the F150 Lightning pickup trucks, but they haven’t started building them yet. Between 70 and 80 orders are in currently, he said.   

The Mach-E sells for $43,995 and has a range of up to 305 miles.  

Contact Denise Coffey at dcoffey@capecodonline.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DeniseCoffeyCCT. 



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