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...
In a design 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 and a new take on the Audi interior.
RANGE 466 miles WHEN 2024 PRICE TBC
BMW i Vision Circular
The Bavarian manufacturer’s take how to design a car using the principles of a circular economy. The concept claims to be 100% recyclable, including the solid-state battery, which, in itself, is made of recycled materials.
RANGE N/A WHEN TBC PRICE N/A
MG ZS EV
A replacement for MG’s best-selling pure electric model. The ZS EV’s range will be boosted by a ‘fresh’ 72kWh battery pack, while there’s also a new infotainment system – iSMART – on board.
RANGE 198-273 WHEN November 2021 PRICE TBC
The i4 is BMW’s Tesla Model 3 challenger, based on the latest 4 Series. The fastest has an impressive 544hp from the two electric motors, with 3.9 second acceleration.
RANGE 316-367 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£51,905
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
Available in xDrive 40 and 50 models, this Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) will be offered in Sport and M Sport versions. The xDrive 50 has 523hp, 4.6 second acceleration, with a 380-mile range.
RANGE 300+ miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE ~£80,000
The X3 is available in Premier Edition and Premier Edition Pro versions. Peak power is 286hp, with 62mph acceleration in just 6.8 seconds. It can be fast charged in 34 minutes (0-80%).
RANGE 279 miles WHEN Summer 2021 PRICE ~£58,850
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
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
The sportiest sister of the Volkswagen ID.3, is badged as a Cupra rather than a SEAT. Along with 148 and 201hp versions, there will be a higher power option not currently available in the ID.
RANGE 370 miles WHEN Late 2021 PRICE £40,000
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+
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
The all-new Vauxhall Astra will be built on owner Stellantis’s EMP2 platform, and will include a plug-in hybrid version, like sister car the Peugeot 308.
RANGE N/A WHEN Late 2021 PRICE N/A
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
Volvo’s second all-electric model is a hatchback version of the XC40 but it’s lower and sleeker. Powered by twin electric motors it is expected to have a range of 261 miles.
RANGE 261 miles WHEN Early 2022 PRICE N/A