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The Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle has been crowned as the 2020 UK Car of the Year.

It’s the second time in a row that an EV has won the title, following on from the Jaguar I-Pace taking the trophy last year and the organisers said this year’s event was the closest contested competition in the history of the awards, with the Tesla beating second-placed Kia e-Niro by a single point.

Now in its seventh year, the awards are judged by 29 motoring journalists, including Company Car Today editor Paul Barker, Company Car Tomorrow editor David Motton and CCT contributors Tristan Young and Al Suttie.

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As well as the e-Niro, the Model 3 fought off competition from category winners, including the BMW 3-series and Mazda 3, to win the gong.

“Game-changer is an often-overused phrase, but the Tesla Model 3 has shaken up the executive segment and got many brands thinking. Electric vehicles attract a broad spectrum of opinions, but it’s clear that with its technology, performance and range, the Model 3 is converting a lot of people,” said John Challen, director of the UK Car of the Year Awards. “Kia should also be acknowledged for its own battery-powered prowess in the e-Niro, which pushed the Model 3 all the way – demonstrating the strength in depth of electric cars currently on the UK market.”

Tesla UK added: “A huge thank you to all the UK Car of the Year judges for choosing Model 3 as well as all of our UK owners. We are proud of what this car has achieved so far and with the upcoming 0% company car tax there is an exciting year ahead for EVs in the UK.”