The Geneva motor show is the European car industry’s first chance of the year to show off its latest products, plans and technology, and, predictably, ultra low-emission vehicles were very much on the radar.
We’ve picked out the top 10 interesting plug-in cars and those leading to ULEVs that will be lowering company emissions over the coming years:
10. POLESTAR 1
Polestar is the performance and luxury arm spun-off from Volvo, and the Polestar 1 is its first model. It’s a luxury plug-in hybrid coupe with 600hp and more than 90 miles of pure electric range. The order book opened for 18 launch markets, including the UK, earlier this month, with the cars sold either on a subscription model, or to purchase for around £115,000.
9. SSANGYONG E-SIV
The e-Siv previews Ssangyong’s next new model – a Nissan Qashqai-sized crossover that will launch with the brand’s new petrol engine next year, before becoming the Korean firm’s first pure electric vehicle when a plug-in version arrives in 2020.
8. PEUGEOT 508
Although the hybrid version of the striking new 508 wasn’t actually at the show, the car itself made its public bow in Switzerland. PSA Groupe has confirmed that its fastback model will get its new 300hp plug-in hybrid powertrain offering around 37 miles of zero-emission running.
7. MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV
Having passed 100,000 sales in Europe, Mitsubishi is upgrading its Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV with a new 2.0-litre petrol engine. Efficiency figures won’t be confirmed until nearer the late-2018 launch, but are said to be 10-15% better than the current car’s.
6. VOLKSWAGEN ID VIZZION
The latest in a line of VW electric concept cars, the ID Vizzion has a claimed 413-mile range, and shows the potential for an autonomous premium saloon EV. The brand will launch more than 20 electric models by 2025, starting with a compact car in 2020 called ID, with the ID Crozz SUV and ID Buzz saloon confirmed for shortly behind.
5. RENAULT ZOE
Europe’s best-selling full electric vehicle of 2017 gets a power boost later this year, with a new 80kW electric motor adding another 16hp for stronger performance at higher speeds. Renault claims that almost two seconds has been shaved off the 50-75mph acceleration. Android Auto is also being added, along with a new Aconite dark purple colour.
4. HYUNDAI KONA
The Kona could genuinely be a next step for mainstream adoption of electric vehicles, with its claimed range of up to almost 300 miles. The electric Kona looks subtly different from the petrol and diesel versions, and comes with two battery power options.
3. HONDA URBAN EV CONCEPT
Order books for the production version of this cute and characterful all-electric concept car will open early next year, Honda has confirmed, with deliveries kicking off in late 2019. The car will be the Japanese brand’s first battery electric vehicle sold in Europe. Honda will also launch the new CR-V SUV this year, complete with petrol or regular hybrid powertrains.
2. JAGUAR I-PACE
The first all-electric vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover will have a range of 298 miles and a 0-62mph acceleration time of just 4.5 seconds when it launches this summer. The I-Pace will also offer over-the-air software updates, but isn’t cheap at more than £63,000 before Government grant.
1. AUDI E-TRON
Audi’s first full electric car launches later this year. The brand is already taking refundable £1,000 deposits for a model that hasn’t been officially unveiled, but was previewed at the show by a disguised car that was also being driven around Geneva.