ELECTRIC CARS AND 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. John Challen and John Kendall reveal the car and van highlights...
Honda Civic e:HEV
The final mainstream car from the Japanese brand to be electrified, the Civic uses Honda’s tried and tested e:HEV powertrain. Driver engagement is said to be a priority for the upcoming model.
RANGE N/A WHEN 2022 PRICE £25,000
Kia Niro EV
The electrification charge continues at Kia with this C-CUV segment contender. Niro will be available as an HEV, PHEV and BEV model, the hybrids featuring Kia’s Smartstream 1.6-litre GDI engine.
RANGE 287 miles WHEN 2023 PRICE from £34,000
‘The first of the new generation all-electric product family’, says the manufacturer. The #1 – which boasts 270hp and 343Nm of torque and is the largest-ever smart car – promises a driving range of up to 273 miles.
RANGE 273 miles WHEN 2023 PRICE £32,000
Alfa Romeo Tonale
The production version of this 2019 concept has two EV options – hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The latter features combined power of 275hp, working with a 1.3-litre engine.
RANGE 50 miles WHEN 2022 PRICE from £35,000
In a design that could be mistaken for the new A8, this concept is described as ‘the private jet for the road’. The 5.35m-long saloon features Level 4 autonomous driving technology.
RANGE 466 miles WHEN 2024 PRICE TBC
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
BMW i Vision Circular
The Bavarian manufacturer’s take on how to design a car using the principles of a circular economy. The concept claims to be 100% recyclable, including the solid-state battery.
RANGE N/A WHEN TBC PRICE N/A
Claiming to be ‘the most powerful M car ever' to go into series production will be available in plug-in form only. This PHEV will be the first electrified model from the ‘M’ range.
RANGE 50 miles WHEN 2023 PRICE TBC
New brand Byton has gotten off to a flying start and its first car should be a head turner, if it can make it happen – it's well funded so there's every hope it will.
RANGE 250 miles WHEN Mid 2022 PRICE ~£45,000
Citroën C5 X
Citroën's new range-topper delivers 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 2022 PRICE N/A
The next model in Kia’s electric line-up, EV9 was previewed at AutoMobility LA in November. Drivers will be able to charge from 10 to 80% in under 30 minutes, using a 350kW charger.
RANGE 300 miles WHEN 2023 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 2022 PRICE TBC
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 2022 PRICE TBC
Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX
This latest concept from the EQ sub-brand of Mercedes has a theoretical driving range of more than 620 miles. The 100kW battery pack is 30% lighter than the one in the EQS.
RANGE 620 miles WHEN TBC 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 2022 PRICE ~£38,000
Previously a concept, Polestar's new four-door Grand Tourer is confirmed for production. At around 4.7 metres long it's Mercedes S-Class-sized and expect the range to be competitive.
RANGE N/A WHEN Late 2022 PRICE N/A
Porsche Macan Electric
The pivotal electric Porsche launch after the Taycan will be an all-electric version of the Macan SUV. Due in 2023, expect design tweaks inside and out, all-wheel drive and over 500hp.
RANGE N/A WHEN Early 2023 PRICE N/A
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 2024 PRICE TBC
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
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 2022 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 2022 PRICE ~£30,000
Sony Vision-S 02
Sony’s second foray into the world of electric vehicles, following the Vision-S 01. There’s PlayStation connectivity and a huge front screen for in-charge entertainment.
RANGE TBC WHEN 2024 PRICE ~£90,000
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 S Plaid
With a 200mph top speed, plus acceleration to 60mph in under two seconds. Tesla can rightly claim the Plaid is the quickest accelerating electric car.
RANGE 390 miles WHEN Late 2022 PRICE £110,000
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer PHEV
The first electrified estate from Vauxhall – with up to 1,634 litres of storage – the Sports Tourer follows the launch of the new Astra hatch. The PHEV version will be available with 222hp.
RANGE 35miles WHEN 2022 PRICE TBC