2020 is all about the Electric Vehicles (EV), but why exactly are our favourite motoring brands introducing so many EVs and Hybrid vehicles into their fleet? Well, it’s simple. EVs are, of course, powered entirely by electricity and therefore do not give off the same harmful emissions as a standard petrol or diesel powered engine. Though electric vehicles can often come in pricier than your average petrol/diesel run motor, EVs come with a variety of long term benefits – for both your wallet and the environment!
Electric and Hybrid vehicles havemuch lower operating and maintenance costs, something fuel-powered counterparts do not. As an incentive to encourage consumers to make the electric switch, many countries are actually offering consumer incentives, tax credits and manufacturer refunds on EVs.
So, why exactly is it so hard to convince consumers to switch to electric or hybrid versions of their favourite vehicles? Many consumers have hard-to-shift preconceptions about EVs. Some of which include; subpar performance, huge increases in their electricity bill, limited range and excessive charging time. However, recently these preconceptions have been quashed by manufacturers.
Coming in at the top-end of the EV scale, the Tesla Model X is capable of reaching speeds of 163mph in 2.4 seconds (impressive, right?). For those looking for something a little smaller with a sporty look, the BMW i3 has a top speed of 93mph, whilst for those in the market for something sustainable and stylish, the Jaguar I-Pace can reach speeds of up to 124mph.
If you were concerned about the chance of your electricity bill taking a hit as a result of your new sustainable vehicle, think again! When considering the amount that the average consumer would spend each month on petrol/diesel, versus what could be a minor increase in your electricity bill, in the long-term, the EV still proves more beneficial to your bank balance.
One concern about EVs which may still leave consumers “on-the-fence” about the big switch is the vehicle range. Entirely electric vehicles have a predominantly shorter total range than their fuel-powered counterparts, however there are ways in which this issue can be combated. Consumers who wish to make the switch but are put off by the range could opt for a hybrid vehicle. Hybrid vehicles have the ability to hold both electric charge and fuel, meaning that in the case of a driver’s charge running out mid-journey, the vehicle can switch to fuel power.
When it comes to charging up your EV, drivers need to be a little savvier when planning out their journeys. Fully recharging an EV battery pack with a level 1 or 2 charger (e.g. your home plug socket) could take up to 8 hours (yikes!). However, stop off at a fast charging station and you’re looking at around 30 minutes to charge your EV. Grab a coffee, check up on your social media or even take a quick power nap, and you’ll be charged up before you know it.
Though there is definitely still some work to be done in regards to wider access to charging stations for EV drivers and improving just how far these electric and hybrid vehicles can go, it is clear that environmentally and financially, EVs are more beneficial. The biggest vehicle manufacturers in the world are producing more and more electric versions of their most popular vehicles and even bringing out completely new electric vehicles. So let’s take a look at some of the most popular, and brand new for 2020, EVs and Hybrid vehicles that have landed at Park’s Motor Group, or that we’ll be seeing in our showrooms very soon.
The BMW i3 has been on the market since 2013, however in 2018 the i3 was updated with a larger battery, allowing the vehicle to travel up to 162 miles on a full charge, and also a sport version of the model was introduced. For a premium EV, the BMW i3 price point positions it as a relatively affordable premium electric vehicle. The i3 supports 50kW DC rapid charging, in simpler terms, link it up to the charger and you’re looking at about 45 minutes to recharge. VIEW OFFERS
Somewhat comparable in shape and size to the BMW i3, but on the more affordable scale, is the Skoda CitigoE iV. Perfect for first-time buyers who are environmentally conscious or just those looking for a small sustainable vehicle, the Citigo E iV produces zero emissions and, according to Skoda, is “super nimble and very fast charging”. The vehicle is able to cover 170 miles on a full charge and can be charged from 0-80% in just an hour from a rapid charging station.
Unlike many of its rivals, Peugeot has undertaken a more simplistic approach with their electric vehicle. The e-208 is the perfect EV for those who want a more inconspicuous electric feel. Unlike vehicles such as the BMW i3 or the Renault Zoe, the Peugeot e-208 is designed less like a spaceship and more to “blend in” with fuel powered vehicles. The only visible difference to the e-208 is the discreet ‘E’ badge on the rear of the vehicle. The e-208 has the ability to go from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds, making it comfortably faster than the Nissan Leaf and
Renault Zoe. VIEW OFFERS
Voted by What Car? as the small electric car of the year for 2020, the Renault Zoe is one of the brand’s best-selling vehicles and has an impressive range of up to 245 miles. Though it is only available in Europe, it still stands as one of the best-selling EVs in the world. Charging this EV from home would cost a mere £7, that’s around £20 cheaper than the equivalent amount of fuel! With a refreshed interior and stylish exterior, the Renault Zoe has proven itself as a strong contender in the EV market. VIEW OFFERS
Revamped for 2020, the all-new Skoda Octavia is a sporty plug-in hybrid of one of Skoda’s best-selling vehicles. Launched in July 2020, the all-new Octavia is available as a hatchback and estate vehicle and has been compared to the new Golf GTE, however the Octavia has the benefit of lower CO2 emissions. The new plug-in Hybrid Octavia is priced at around £22,500. With features such as a 10-inch screen with a multimedia touch slider and 17” Rotare Aero alloy wheels, this EV will definitely be a modern and sporty option for those looking to go
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The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is the first hybrid vehicle to enter the market for Bentley, and part of a long-term plan for the brand to introduce an electric version of every model in their range by 2023. The Bentayga Hybrid is capable of going from 0-62mph in just 4 seconds, impressive for a vehicle of its size. Bentley claims this to be the first “luxury” hybrid car, and with a price tag of around £130,500, this stylish vehicle lives up to its luxury price tag. VIEW OFFERS
Scheduled to launch in summer 2021, the BMW iX3 signals the brand’s increased intentions to expand on the range of BMW “i” vehicle range. Set to rival the Tesla Model X, the new BMW iX3 will be a fully electric version of the popular X3, with a few style modifications such as the merging of the front grille kidneys. This could be one of many “X” series vehicles to get the electric revamp as BMW have trademarked iX1 all the way through to iX9. The iX3 is set to offer around 282bhp and have a range of 285 miles, impressive!
It’s clear that many of the potential upcoming EVs have taken “spaceship” like design inspiration from the Tesla brand. The Ford Mach-E is certainly one of those. Coming in late 2020 and described by Ford as “0-60 thrills with zero emissions”, the Mustang Mach-E will be their first volume-production battery electric vehicle and is currently estimated to enter the EV market at between £42,000 and £60,000. Ford have stated that the EV will be able to provide up to 300 miles of driving range. VIEW OFFERS
A few more notable recent and upcoming Hybrid and Electric vehicles include: The recently released Honda E, the brand new fully electric Fiat 500 set to hit the market at the end of 2020 and one of Skoda’s 10 promised electric releases – the
all-electric ENYAQ SUV. After 100 years Maserati is flipping the electric switch with the upcoming release of the Ghibli Hybrid, Kia join the electric wave with the all-new E-Niro and the possibility of a fully electric future for Jaguar Land Rover as they announced their “Destination Zero” mission in the hope to contribute to a world of zero emissions with a line-up of fully electric and hybrid vehicles.