2018 looks to be an exciting one for Electric and Alternative fuel vehicles with a number of new launches.
First of all, starting in February, NISSAN 'turns a new leaf’ with the arrival of the Leaf 2018 in dealer showrooms. Like the original Leaf from back in 2011, this model is built in Sunderland, England. It's designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle with a range of 188 to 235 miles, an improvement of 35 percent on the earlier leaf thanks to a higher capacity 40kW battery. It will also be the first car ever to feature an E pedal for one pedal driving plus a pro pilot for semi autonomous driving and parking assistance.
NISSAN will also re-launch the eNV200 with a larger 40 kW battery in Spring 2018.
Around about the same time, BMW are launching a facelifted i3 with a range of between 146 and 150 miles and there will also be a BMW i3 S with slightly sportier looks and 10 mm lowered suspension with power of 181 Bhp. In the summer of ‘18, BMW are set to launch The i8 with electric power upgraded to 369 hp and. The i8 roadster plug-in hybrid is also expected to be launched, the first convertible EV from BMW.
JAGUAR launch the much anticipated all electric I-Pace in the second half of 2018, a rival to the Tesla Model X with a claimed range of 300 miles and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds.
AUDI will launch a new version of the E-tron, the E-tron SUV with 3 electric motors. A pure EV replacing the current plug-in hybrid model.
KIA will launch its second EV with the Niro EV, similar in appearance to the Niro plug-in hybrid launched in 2017.
TESLA will be working through their long order book for the model 3 but UK
deliveries are not expected until 2019.
HYUNDAI will launch both an Electric SUV and a FCEV model in 2018. More news to follow.
London Taxi launches the TX electric taxi, built at a purpose-built electric vehicle factory in Coventry. This is a plug-in Range extender which replaces the diesel powered TX4.
RANGE ROVER hope to launch their first hybrid late 2018 with the Range Rover PHEV and Sport PHEV. Described as Range Rover's 'most innovative drivetrain yet', it will combine a 2.0 litre Ingenium petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor.
BENTLEY will break into new territory with the launch of the Plug-in hybrid Bentayga combining a 3.0 litre petrol and electric motor.
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Looking back at 2017, let’s not forget the some of the fantastic EV models that were launched or refreshed;
HYUNDAI's Ioniq was launched to acclaim in hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid versions.
The RENAULT Zoe was re-launched with a class leading range of 250 miles (180 miles EPA) The Kangoo ZE was re-launched with a larger battery improving range to 124 miles (EPA/real world) per single charge.
SMART launched the For2 electric drive and for4 Electric drive in fixed and soft top versions.
CITROEN launched the the E-Berlingo electric Multispace and E-Berlingo Van.
VW have relaunched the all electric E-Golf to good reviews. This retrofit EV looks identical to the fossil fuel Golf but with batteries fitted under the chassis. The E-Golf sits alongside its sister GTE plug-in hybrid Golf.
TOYOTA launched the refreshed version of the Prius plug-in. Expect more from Toyota in 2018 regarding further EV model launches as they focus more attention to the EV sector.
There are a number of small start up projects which will hopefully see the light of day. More news to follow soon.
It would be remiss to discuss new EV models without an update on the charge point infrastructure network. The U.K. department of transport has earmarked £400 million to improve EV charging infrastructure and another £100 million towards the development of alternative fuel and autonomous vehicle technology in order to place Britain at the forefront of the automotive industry.
Under new laws revealed in the Queen's speech, all motorways service stations and larger forecourts will be required to install EV charge points to a common set of technical and operational standards. Together these measures should have a positive impact on EV take-up, giving confidence to drivers across the country and the outer islands.
Have a great Christmas and Best wishes for 2018 from YOUREVGUIDE.COM