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
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.