Widen­ing the elec­tric range

Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try has been big news re­cently. takes a look at the most im­por­tant al­l­elec­tric and hy­brid ve­hi­cles an­nounced in the past few weeks

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Man­u­fac­tur­ers have been busy re­veal­ing their elec­tric and hy­brid cars of the fu­ture across the world. Nis­san, In­finiti and Jaguar took the cov­ers off their lat­est al­ter­na­tively-fu­elled ve­hi­cles at gala events in Ja­pan, Amer­ica and Lon­don.

How­ever, more re­cently, all eyes turned on Ger­many, as man­u­fac­tur­ers flocked to the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show to re­veal their hands. Here’s what caught our eye... The EQA Con­cept sig­nals the start of Mercedes’ elec­tric car on­slaught and will be one of 10 elec­tric cars the maker plans to have on sale by 2022.

The EQA is pre­dicted to be the big­gest seller in the Mercedes EQ elec­tric line-up, with an ex­pected price tag of less than £36,000 when it goes on sale in 2020.

The EQA will have a range of around 250 miles, will pro­duce more than 268bhp and 500Nm of torque. There has been a no­tice­able lack of hy­brid mod­els in the Honda range of late.

That’s about to change with the CR-V, the first vol­ume hy­brid model from the Ja­panese firm since the Jazz. The CR-V fea­tures a 2.0-litre iVTEC petrol en­gine and two elec­tric mo­tors – one pow­ers the front wheels while the sec­ond acts as a range ex­ten­der to recharge the bat­ter­ies. The Honda works out how to use fuel and elec­tric en­ergy the most ef­fi­ciently and switches be­tween EV, hy­brid and en­gine drive when needed. Due to ar­rive in late 2018. Built in Bri­tain and guar­an­tee­ing 4,500 jobs at the firm’s Ox­ford plant, the Mini Elec­tric is the BMW Group’s big gam­ble on an emis­sions­free fu­ture.

So far, few de­tails of the tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the Mini have been re­leased, but ex­pect it to share much of the tech­nol­ogy from the BMW i3. That car has around 180-miles of range. The de­sign you see here is likely to be very close to the pro­duc­tion model that’s slated to ar­rive in 2019. Ig­nore the ridicu­lous name, this is Volk­swa­gen’s cross­over elec­tric car con­cept that’s set to spear­head the maker’s foray into EVs. Called the ID Crozz, the high-rid­ing SUV-style car will be just one of 23 all-elec­tric ve­hi­cles ar­riv­ing from the VW Group by 2025.

This con­cept pro­duces 302bhp and is claimed to have a range of 311 miles. Sched­uled to ar­rive in 2020, it can be charged to 80% in 30 min­utes us­ing a fast charger. It was the car that kick­started the elec­tric rev­o­lu­tion – now, as the rest of the au­to­mo­tive world un­veils its EV fu­ture, Nis­san is busy tak­ing the wraps off its sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Leaf.

The new Leaf will fea­ture ProPilot au­ton­o­mous tech which can drive the car in sin­gle-lane traf­fic and park for you. Built at the firm’s Sun­der­land plant, the new car fea­tures a fresh look and a range of 235 miles. That’s 111 miles more than the 24kW base ver­sion of the out­go­ing car.

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