ELECTRIC CARS & VANS ON THE HORIZON
Besides the electric vehicles already on the market, there are plenty more coming soon that could be your fleet's ticket to going electric. Martyn Collins and John Kendall reveal the car and van highlights...
The EQA is Mercedes’ most compact, all-electric model, with prices expected to start at £40,000. The EQA 250 model comes first in spring of this year. It boasts 286hp and a range of 301 miles.
RANGE 301 miles WHEN April 2021 PRICE ~£40,495
The iconic 70s and 80s supermini, the Renault 5, is reborn for a new millennium as an EV. The 5 which is due in 2023, is part of a new Renault plan to launch seven EVs.
RANGE N/A WHEN 2023 PRICE N/A
Audi Q4 e-tron
The Q4 e-tron is the little brother to the original all-electric e-tron model, and is set to cost just over half the price. However, it comes with an 82kWh battery so is no less a car.
RANGE 280 miles WHEN Summer 2021 PRICE ~£40,000
Audi RS e-tron GT
Audi's electric grand tourer shares its underpinnings with the Porsche Taycan. RS version boasts 527hp from two synchronous motors, it accelerates to 60mph in a scarcely believable 3.3 seconds.
RANGE N/A WHEN May 2021 PRICE From £80,850
Based on the new 4 Series, the i4 is a four-door coupé to take on the Tesla Model 3. An 80kWh battery and up to 540hp launch it from 0-62mph in under 4 seconds with a range of 373 miles.
RANGE 373 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£50,000
Available with a plug-in hybrid option for a while now, the next step for the 7 Series is to adopt a fully electric powertrain. Opulence, long range and 350kW rapid charging are to be expected.
RANGE 300+ miles WHEN 2022 PRICE ~£100,000
Formally known as the iNEXT, the iX is BMW’s all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). Predicted to develop 500hp, yet range is expected to be more than 300 miles.
RANGE 300+ miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£80,000
BMW was early to the electric scene with its pioneering i3 and the next instalment to build on that success and take the BMW i brand, is the electric version of the X3 SUV.
RANGE 220 miles WHEN Summer 2021 PRICE £61,900
New brand Byton has gotten off to a flying start and its first car should be a head turner, if they can make it happen – it's well funded so there's every hope it will.
RANGE 250 miles WHEN Mid 2021 PRICE ~£45,000
Giving credence to the Cupra brand, the more sporting variant of the Volkswagen ID.3 will first arrive as Cupra, not SEAT. Expect more performance and a sporty interior to the vanilla VW.
RANGE 370 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE £40,000
DS 4 PHEV
The DS4’s is reinvented as a crossover, and the sharp styling certainly stands out. The PHEV version has a 12.4kWh battery and is good for an electric-only range of 30 miles.
RANGE 30 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE £25,000+
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Strange branding aside, the Mach-E is a strong entry from the American company, featuring a compelling blend of price, range and standard equipment. A GT model joins later.
RANGE 370 miles WHEN March 2021 PRICE £40,350
Reborn in electric form, the new third-generation 500 features an impressive range and rapid 85kW charging. It's also available as the first four-seat electric convertible on the market.
RANGE 200 miles WHEN March 2021 PRICE £29,000
Hyundai IONIQ 5
IONIQ 5 is the first of Hyundai's forthcoming "IONIQ" electric range, built on the E-GMP platform and based on the Concept 45 which was shown at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
RANGE 300+ miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE TBC
A new dedicated 300-mile range crossover EV for Europe due next year is the start of 11 new electric Kia models by 2025. The new e-GMP platform offers up to 800V and 20-minute recharges.
RANGE 300+ miles WHEN 2021 PRICE TBC
Lexus UX 300e
Lexus's first electric car is based on its best-selling small SUV UX model. It promises 186 miles per charge from its 54kWh battery that takes 54 minutes to charge from 0-80%.
RANGE 186 miles WHEN March 2021 PRICE £43,900
The first fully electric Maserati will be 'Folgore' (lightning in Italian) models of the GranTurismo and soft-top GranCabrio. They're destined to offer long range and rapid charging at a price.
RANGE 300+ miles WHEN 2021 PRICE TBC
Maserati Grecale Fugore
Entering underneath the Maserati Levante premium SUV, the compact SUV Grecale will adopt 'Folgore' electric badging and in top-spec offer 800V system and up to three motors.
RANGE 250+ miles WHEN 2021 PRICE TBC
Don't let its range put you off Mazda's first production electric car, which is designed for urban driving and rapid charging. The latter takes just 36 minutes from 0-80%.
RANGE 124 miles WHEN March 2021 PRICE from £25,445 (inc. gov PICG of £3k)
Likely very similar to the EQA, but based on the GLB, the EQB should offer a bit more family-practicality and compete directly with the likes of the Volkswagen ID.4.
RANGE 250 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£45,000
Rewriting the executive car rule book, and based on the 2019 Vision EQS concept, the new electric saloon should finally take the fight to Tesla's now tired Model S.
RANGE 435 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£85,000
10-80% charge is promised in around 45 minutes for the Mercedes-Benz people mover's 90kWh battery, while its practical design should win favour with shuttle driving fleets.
RANGE 213 miles WHEN March 2021 PRICE £70,665
Futuristic SUV styling; a choice of 63 or 87kWh battery packs; two- or four-wheel drive and rapid 130kW charging should make this a strong fleet contender that ticks all the right boxes.
RANGE 310 miles WHEN 2021 PRICE ~£38,000
The Rifter's unconventional wisdom is sure to win it fleet fans and with decent range, performance and cost compromises made, it could fast become a fleet favourite.
RANGE 200 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£30,000
Range Rover Electric
A long time coming – ever since the Evoque Electric (Concept E) was first demonstrated in 2015 – Range Rover will launch a new crossover next year, likely to use I-Pace running gear.
RANGE 250 miles WHEN 2021 PRICE TBC
Not exactly the most fleet-orientated vehicle, but the Rivian is a truly groundbreaking design that aims to revolutionise the increasingly popular European pickup scene.
RANGE 400 miles WHEN Early 2021 PRICE ~£50,000
Škoda Enyaq iV
The Enyaq is an electric SUV based on the Volkswagen ID.3. It will be available with two battery combinations, 62kWh and 82kWh, with the latter offering a 316-mile range.
RANGE 316 miles WHEN Early 2021 PRICE £33,450
SsangYong Korando Electric
With a 61.5kWh battery and SUV styling, the Korando will go up against the Kia e-Niro and Volkswagen ID.3/ID.4 but will likely be priced more akin to the MG ZS EV.
RANGE 200 miles WHEN 2021 PRICE ~£30,000
Tesla might be onto something with the Cybertruck's angular styling, which may help with panel repairs from working job sites. It's expected to beat supercars and still tow tonnes.
RANGE 500 miles WHEN 2022 PRICE ~£45,000
Tesla Model Y
Builds on the Model 3's democratising success, with a hatch-boot and up to seven seats. Driving long distances is this car's forté thanks to class-leading recharge times.
RANGE 336 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£40-60k
The Mokka-e is an all-new design for Vauxhall, underpinned by PSA's CMP platform, and saves a significant 120kg over the old car. Range, performance and price all offer fleet appeal.
RANGE 201 miles WHEN April 2021 PRICE £30,840
Hot on the heels of the just-launched ID.3, the ID.4 benefits from an SUV shape and all-wheel drive options. Like the ID.3, it will be offered with three battery options: 45, 58 or 77kWh.
RANGE 340 miles WHEN April 2021 PRICE ~£45,000
Volvo XC40 Electric Recharge P8
Volvo's smallest SUV is a tough act to beat, but with a battery-electric variant it will only get better.
RANGE 250 miles WHEN March 2021 PRICE £50,000