By MHH International-A prestige car importer
Wherever you are in the world the rise of the electric car cannot have gone unnoticed. Most regions will likely have experienced by now the benefits of hybrid technology but now fully electric cars, or EV’s, have matured into viable products that deserve our consideration. Although a little more expensive than their fossil-fuelled counterparts, the prices are coming down. Some governments even offer small subsidies or other temptations to encourage their purchase.
At first, the buying public were sceptical, to say the least, about the potential range of EV’s. It seemed that any journey over about eight miles, as a round trip, just wasn’t feasible. That’s all changed and the man behind it was Elon Musk, the driving force behind the Tesla brand.
For some time, Tesla Cars have boasted about the range benefits of their cars; go further, they said. Well, the lead this brand had over the opposition has shrunk to the point where all car makers invested in EV’s have got vehicles out or coming shortly that put the range issue to bed, once and for all, for all but the longest journey: And, honestly, how often do most of us truly undertake long distance travel by car? We know that Tesla cars can go a long way on one charge so here at MHH International we’ve taken a look at what’s new and capable in the EV world.
The Audi e-tron
The brand with the four rings has launched its electric car offensive with the brilliant Audi e-tron. It’s fair to say that this SUV is not cheap, even with the UK government subsidy, but the lucky buyers get a whole lot of luxury for the money including a travel range which the company estimate to be up to 248 miles. This is dependent, of course, upon how it is driven but with our average daily car use being about thirty miles, it’s fair to say that this fine car has got it covered.
The Honda e
Car makers love to use lower case letters for their electric products don’t they? Honda is no exception. The e from the reliable Japanese brand Honda can’t match the e-tron or Jaguar’s i-Pace SUV (234 miles) for range but it is not designed to. This is an urban car; just the thing for nipping around the city streets. The Honda e promises a range of up to 136 miles. The 36kWh battery pack is stowed under the floor and can be topped up to 80% capacity in 30 minutes using a rapid charger. Cute eh?
Summer 2020 sees the arrival of the VW ID.3 EV. With a mid-size 58kWh 250 mile battery, this smart four-door hatchback will have another version with a smaller 45kWh battery offering 205 miles and in due course a whopping 77kWh model offering 342 miles! It is said that nobody in Britain is ever more than seventy miles from a coast which means there’s a day out possible in this car with charge to spare. The ID.3 has been built as an electric car from the start, meaning that the architecture has been designed to accommodate the battery pack while leaving space for passengers. It’s good-looking too.
With a real-world range of plenty more than 200 miles between charges, a reasonable price, a charging cable and a seven-year warranty, Kia’s e-Niro has attracted a lot of attention thanks to its smart crossover-style looks with motoring journalists commenting on the car’s drive-ability. The adaptive brake energy recovery system is a well-resolved setup, too. There are paddles behind the steering wheel like a conventional automatic car, but instead of changing gears they adjust how much the car slows down when you lift off the accelerator, and as a consequence how much energy the car can recuperate while slowing down. Forward thinking.
Showing currently in concept form, although the real thing won’t be much different, the EQA is a futuristic EV from the German brand that is expected to cost around £40,000 at UK prices. We hear that the final version will be a five-door hatchback, similar in size to the Mercedes A-Class. The production car may use a four-wheel drive system, powered by two electric motors, fore and aft, delivering power for improved grip and acceleration. A range of at least 250 miles is expected.
That’s just five from the enormous range of EV’s currently or soon to be available. This clean, green form of motoring has grown up and the cars are all offered with crisp modern design. Buying an EV is no longer the worry it once might have been. There’s an ample supply of charging cables and accessories and of course battery packs are already proven to have long life. Is your next car here?