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Electric cars and hybrids on the market – and those coming in 2017 and 2018

Tesla Model 3.

Electric cars and hybrids on the market now – and those coming in 2017 and 2018

Fleet News takes a look at some of the pure electric cars and hybrids expected in 2017 and 2018 as well as compares electric vehicles now comparing P11D price (list price plus options' value and first registration fee), battery range and CO2 emissions.

Kia Niro PHEV













Available: Late-2017

Price: £30,000 (estimated)

Power: 141PS

CO2: Less than 30g/km (estimated)

The Kia Niro was launched in the UK last summer and offers an affordable petrol-electric hybrid model in a crossover body. It will share its powertrain with the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in, and should also offer attractively low CO2 emissions. It will be Kia’s second plug-in model in the UK, joining the Optima PHEV launched in 2016.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3.


Available: Late-2018

Price: £40,000 (estimated)

Power: 200PS (estimated)

CO2: 0g/km

Hundreds of thousands of deposits were taken for the Tesla Model 3 a year before any prototypes surfaced, such is the way the technology company has changed the automotive EV landscape.

Tesla has made EVs genuinely exciting and its cars feel like premium products (with premium pricing), but the Model 3 is intended to be ‘affordable’, should seat five adults, achieve more than 200 miles on a single charge and still offer plenty of performance with a 0-60mph acceleration time expected to be around six seconds.

The waiting time to buy one will be considerably longer.

DS 7 Crossback Plug-in Hybrid

2017 DS 7 Crossback

Available: 2019

Price: £45,000 (estimated)

Power: 280PS (estimated)

CO2: 40g/km (estimated)

Peugeot, Citroën and DS Automobiles are all readying plug-in hybrid technology for launch in the next few years, and the DS 7 Crossback, a medium-sized SUV, will probably be the most sophisticated vehicle we see this technology in.

Standard powertrain versions of this car are set for launch later this year, but these will be front-wheel drive. Only with the introduction of the hybrid version a year or so after the DS 7 Crossback launch, will customers be able to choose a four-wheel drive variant.

Smart Fortwo Electric

Smart Fortwo plug-in 2017


Available: Autumn 2017

Price: £21,500

Power: 81PS

CO2: 0g/km

This will be the third electric Smart Fortwo on UK roads, although it perhaps doesn’t push the boundaries of what’s possible with electric vehicle technology as much as it should.

A maximum range of just under 100 miles is nothing special, but no other car is as compact as the Fortwo, and perhaps as well-suited to the cut and thrust of urban driving.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in

Hyundai Ioniq 2017


Available: July 2017

Price: £30,000 (estimated)

Power: 141PS

CO2: 26g/km

Combining a 104PS 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 60PS electric motor, the Ioniq Plug-in will offer an alternative to the Toyota Prius Plug-in when it arrives this summer.

Few details have been made available at the time of writing, but we expect the car to undercut the Toyota, as the non-plug-in Ioniq does with the standard Prius.

It offers CO2 emissions of 26g/km – slightly higher than the Prius – and can be driven for up to 39 miles on a fully-charged battery.

Smart Forfour Electric

Smart Forfour plug-in 2017

Available: Autumn 2017

Price: £22,000

Power: 81PS

CO2: 0g/km

The first time Smart has offered a four-seat electric vehicle, the Forfor Electric is expected to be more popular than its two-seater sibling.

With a maximum range of 96 miles, it won’t travel quite as far as a Volkswagen E-Up on a single charge, and customers might want to wait for rapid charger-compatible versions that will be introduced in 2018, rather than the earlier.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

Available: Late-2017

Price: TBC

Power: 177PS

CO2: 0g/km

Honda has been a pioneer in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, but it has taken until 2017 for it to launch one in the UK.

Honda expects extremely low volume for the UK, partly because of the lack of a refuelling infrastructure.

However, with 177PS and instantaneous torque from its electric motor, as well as no harmful exhaust emissions, it should have appeal for organisations set up to run hydrogen-fuelled vehicles.

But it also heralds future Honda vehicles that will offer multiple zero or ultra-low CO2 emissions on the same platform.

Audi A6 e-tron

Available: 2018

Price: £45,000 (estimated)

Power: 250PS (estimated)

CO2: 45g/km (estimated)

We haven’t seen or heard much of the next-generation Audi A6 yet, other than the fact that it’s destined to follow around a year after the introduction of the current BMW 5 Series, one of its biggest rivals.

Both the 5 Series and the A6’s other big rival, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, offer plug-in hybrid versions, so we expect Audi to extend the roll-out of its e-tron electrified technology to the new A6 range soon after the new model’s introduction.

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

Available: 2018

Price: £55,000 (estimated)

Power: 410PS

CO2: <45g/km

Volvo’s new XC60 was seen for the first time at the 2017 Geneva motor show, and was shown with the T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain also available on other large Volvo models.

It will have performance that takes the XC60 into the top money for this segment – we expect around £55,000 – as the combination of the car’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, plus powerful electric motor results in a 0-62mph time of less than 5.5 seconds.

Audi A8 e-tron

Available: Late-2017

Price: £75,000 (estimated)

Power: 400PS (estimated)

CO2: 49g/km (estimated)

Audi plans to unveil its latest A8 model this summer, and with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series providing ultra-low CO2 rivals with plug-in hybrid variants, we expect

Audi to launch a model that competes.

We expect Audi to be targeting around 400PS with CO2 emissions below 50g/km for this model, with a plug-in charge range of around 30 miles.

Jaguar I-Pace

Available: Late-2018

Price: £60,000 (estimated)

Power: 400PS

CO2: 0g/km

It might look more compact than other large SUVs, but it’s a trick that has been enabled by adopting a fully electric powertrain for the new Jaguar I-Pace.

It’s shorter than an F-Pace, but the I-Pace is roomier inside.

Although we haven’t seen a production version yet, as the car’s launch is still more than a year away, Jaguar is talking of a 300-plus miles range on a full charge, and lively performance from its 400PS electric motor, with 0-62mph achieved in around four seconds.

Electric vehicles available now      
  P11D price from (£) Battery range CO2 (g/km)
Battery electric      
BMW i3 33,015 125 0
Citroen C-Zero 20,440 93 0
Ford Focus Electric 31,625 100 0
Hyundai Ioniq electric 29,440 174 0
Kia Soul EV 30,440 132 0
Mercedes Benz B250 e 33,235 124 0
Nissan e-NV200 Combi 28,252 106 0
Nissan Leaf 24kwh 26,125 124 0
Nissan Leaf 30kwh 30,235 155 0
Peugeot Ion 20,440 93 0
Renault Zoe 22kW 24,290 149 0
Renault Zoe ZE40 28,215 250 0
Tesla Model S 68,330 253 0
Tesla Model X 71,380 259 0
Volkswagen e-Golf 32,135 118 0
Volkswagen e-up 25,225 93 0
Plug-in hybrid/range extenders      
Audi A3 e-tron 35,875 31 38
Audi Q7 e-tron 65,945 31 48
BMW 225xe Active Tourer 33,130 25 46
BMW 330e 34,420 25 44
BMW 530e 43,930 29 46
BMW 740Le 70,085 29 49
BMW i3 Range extender 36,165 190 12
BMW i8 106,255 23 49
BMW x5 xDrive40e 55,665 29 77
Kia Optima plug-in hybrid 33,940 33 37
Mercedes Benz C350 e 39,500 19 48
Mercedes-Benz E350 e 45,455 19 49
Mercedes-Benz GLE 500 e 66,485 19 84
Mercedes-Benz S500 e 91,610 20 65
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 34,749 31 41
Toyota Prius Plug-in 31,640 39 22
Volkswagen Golf GTE 30,580 31 38
Volkswagen Passat GTE 36,960 31 40
Volvo V60 Twin Engine 38,650 30 48
Volvo XC90 T8 Hybrid 61,650 25 49
Hydrogen fuel cell      
Toyota Mirai 66,000 342 0
Mild hybrid      
Ford Mondeo Hybrid 27,870 n/a 92
Hyundai Ioniq hybrid 20,440 n/a 79
Infiniti Q50 3.5h hybrid 41,260 n/a 144
Infiniti Q70 3.5h hybrid 43,410 n/a 145
Kia Niro hybrid 21,490 n/a 88
Lexus CT 200h 22,440 n/a 94
Lexus NX 300h 30,940 n/a 116
Lexus GS 300h 35,940 n/a 104
Lexus GS 450h 52,805 n/a 141
Lexus IS 300h 29,940 n/a 97
Lexus LS 600h 99,450 n/a 199
Lexus RC 300h 39,940 n/a 116
Lexus RX 450h 48,440 n/a 120
Mercedes-Benz C300 hybrid 36,595 n/a 94
Mercedes-Benz S300L hybrid 75,695 n/a 120
Toyota Auris Hybrid 20,840 n/a 79
Toyota CH-R 23,540 n/a 86
Toyota Prius 24,045 n/a 70
Toyota Prius+ 27,495 n/a 96
Toyota Rav4 33,070 n/a 118
Toyota Yaris 16,125 n/a 75
Nissan e-NV200 27,160 106 0
Renault Kangoo ZE 21,813 107 0
Peugeot Partner Electric SE 25,560 106 0
Citroen Berlingo Electric 25,560 106 0
Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial PHEV 30,103 32 42

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