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Electrification is key theme at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Electrification is dominating stands and conversation at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, from full EVs to mild-hybrids, there is a range of new and exciting models and concepts that will shape the future of the company car parc.

Fleets can look forward to a breadth of new electric and hybrid models coming in the next 12 months, including the new Peugeot e-208 and Honda e city cars.

There is also a focus on mobility and how EVs will shape the future of car retailing. The Seat Minimo and Citroen Ami One highlight how small EVs could form part of a new subscription or short-term rental model.

Mazda unveiled the new CX-30 mid-size SUV, which will use the brand’s new Skyactiv-X compression ignition petrol engine and the new Renault Clio also debuted.

Plug-in hybrids will be key to reducing benefit-in-kind tax in the shorter term and manufacturers are keen to promote this technology in a number of new models.

Here’s a rundown of the key stories from the show:

Alfa Romeo Tonale

This mid-size SUV concept highlights Alfa’s intentions to launch a new crossover to sit beneath the Stelvio.

The Tonale features a 1.3-litre petrol engine with plug-in hybrid technology.

Audi Q4 E-Tron

Following the launch of the E-Tron, which will be available in the coming months, the Q4 E-Tron is likely to be on sale by the end of next year.

The concept model boasts a 279-mile range and all-wheel-drive. An 82kWh battery provides 306PS  - enough for a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds.

BMW plug-in hybrids

BMW X3 xDrive30e

BMW’s announced a new X3 plug-in hybrid and revisions to its other plug-in models.

The new X3 xDrive30e will be available next year, it will have almost 300PS and a zero-emission range of 31 miles.

The same powertrain will feature in the new 330e, a popular fleet model. In this application, the battery range is up to 37 miles and CO2 emissions are 39g/km.

The X5 and new 7 series will both be offered with a new six-cylinder petrol plug-in hybrid. The X5 will have a zero-emission range of 49 miles and emit just 49g/km.

Citroen Ami One

Citroen Ami One

The electric Ami One concept is a mobility solution for inner-city transport.

It can be driven by anyone over the age of 16 and has a top speed of 28mph.

Citroen says the car can be managed via an app for car share, as a five-day rental, five month commitment-free access and five-year leasing option with battery, maintenance and parking included in the monthly payment.

Fiat Centoventi

Fiat Centoventi concept (Geneva Motor Show 2019)

Fiat has a new take on the future of electric cars, demonstrated by its Centoventi concept.

The car is based around a modular configuration, which allows customers to add or change any component when they choose.

Additional battery packs can be added to improve range from 62 miles up to a maximum of 310 miles.

Honda e

Honda e

Honda confirmed that it will only sell electrified cars in Europe by 2025, with the new Honda e a key part of its ambition.

It has a 120-mile range and a large digital display that spans the width of the dashboard.

Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV

Alongside the new Kia Soul EV, the Korean brand showcased its vision of the future of EVs.

The Imagine by Kia concept is a luxurious fastback with great performance and driver engagement.

Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30

Based on the new Mazda 3, the CX-30 is a premium rival for the likes of the Skoda Karoq.

It will sit between the brand’s existing CX-3 and CX-5 and use the new Skyactiv-X petrol engine with mild hybrid technology.

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake and new GLC

Mercedes has three key fleet models at the Geneva Motor Show this year.

The CLA Shooting Brake is an A-Class derived estate that benefits from sleeker styling and a lower roofline.

Also on display is the facelifted GLC and EQV concept, an electric version of the V-Class people carrier.

Peugeot e-208

Peugeot e-208

Peugeot’s new 208 takes centre stage at the brand’s Geneva stand. It will be available as a fully electric e-208, as well as featuring conventional petrol and diesel engines.

The electric version will have a 211-mile range and provides 135PS.

Renault Clio

2020 Renault Clio

Unlike the 208, there will be no fully electric Clio. Instead the manufacturer has opted for a mild-hybrid petrol option, alongside conventional petrol and diesel engines.

All versions come with LED headlights and a digital instrument cluster. There is also expected to be a wide range of driver assistance and safety tech.

Seat El-Born

2020 Seat el-Born

Seat’s first EV, the El-Born, will go on sale later this year with a 261-mile range.

Alongside the new model is the Seat Minimo concept. A two seat electric car designed to rival the Renault Twizy.

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