With just nine years to go until the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is banned completely, and a rising number of Clean Air Zones appearing around the country, 2021 could be the perfect time to start your all-electric journey. There are already more than 30 models to choose from and plenty more on the way. Here’s just a small selection of new and upcoming models that will be ready to hit UK roads in the year ahead.
Range (up to): 217 miles
The new ë -C4 is part of Citroën’s reinvention of the compact hatchback. Its 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery has a solid range of 217 miles. Charging to 80% takes just 30 minutes with a 100kW rapid charger or 53 minutes with a 50kW charger.
Based on WLTP estimates, that’s enough for around 170 miles of standard driving. The ë-C4 also incorporates the much-heralded Citroën Suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® delivering a super-smooth ride they describe as having a ‘flying carpet’ effect.
Range (up to): 131 miles
In creating their first all-electric car, Mazda have decided to eschew conventional wisdom and are turning the comparatively low range of just 130 miles into a virtue. Their claim is that most drivers only travel around 31 miles each day and that using a smaller battery means that true ‘whole-life’ emissions are significantly reduced. With rapid chargers capable of returning the battery to 80% power in just 36 minutes and a lower price point than many of its competitors, the MX-30 seems to be different for a good reason.
Volkswagen ID.4 Estate
Range (up to): 323 miles
The ID 4 is a crossover hatchback that boasts a hugely impressive range of up to 323 miles. Coming in both rear and all-wheel drive, it also includes voice control capabilities for opening the doors and controlling semi-autonomous driving functions. There are some great optional extras too, such as a tilting panoramic sunroof with a glass panel that covers the entire width of the roof and an Augmented Reality Head-up Display showing important information directly in the driver’s line of vision.
Range (up to): 310 miles
The ARIYA comes in both front and four-wheel drive variants and customers will also be able to choose between 63kWh and 87kWh batteries. The entry level model offers a very respectable 223 miles between charges, whilst the mid-range model boasts 239bhp and a range of up to 310 miles. There’s even a top-end e-4orce Performance variant that goes from 0-62mph faster than a Porsche Macan.
Available: Winter 2021
Skoda Enyaq iV
Range (up to): 316 miles
Thanks to a 585-litre boot and an interior that’s the same size as the seven-seater Kodiaq, the
Enyaq iV has been designed to provide plenty of room for passengers and luggage. Drivers can choose between the entry-level 62kWh battery offering a WLTP range of 242 miles or the 82kWh battery capable of up to 316 miles. With permanent connection to the internet and an optional Head-up Display, there’s plenty to enjoy on the longest of journeys.
Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
Range (up to): 248 miles
Volvo have opted for evolution over revolution and plan to adapt cars from their existing range rather than starting from scratch. This is likely to lead to rapid model releases and the Vovo XC40 is pretty good place to start. With a very respectable 248 miles range and 402bhp, it can reach 80% battery capacity within 40 minutes. Aside from the new android-based infotainment system, everything else is reassuringly familiar – making it an easy switch for Volvo vans old and new.
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