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...
Citroën C5 X
Citroën's new range-topper offers elegance, space and versatility. Choose the plug-in version and the 225hp drivetrain offers an electric range up to 31 miles.
RANGE 31 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE N/A
EV6 is the first electric model on Kia’s new E-GMP platform, boasting up to 316 miles range. There will be a sporty GT version too. Orders open in May, with prices starting at £40,895.
RANGE 316 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE £40,895
Porsche Taycan Cross
Porsche's impressive Taycan morphs into an off-road style estate. The result is more headroom and a bigger boot - prices will start at £79,340 for the 4S when sales start later this year.
RANGE 301 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£79,340
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
DS 4 PHEV
The DS 4 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+
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This is Mercedes all-electric flagship built on the new dedicated Battery Electric Vehicle platform. EQS 450+ models boast 516hp and 855Nm of torque when it goes on sale later this year.
RANGE 435 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£85,000
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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