The New Electric Icons: Your Favourite Cars Gone Green
With a need for green becoming high priority, we take a look at the nation’s favourite models relaunched with an electric twist.
Great French style and flair throughout, the e-208 looks like any other petrol/diesel 208. Range isn’t an issue with this electric reboot, with full range set at 211 miles – the same as its rival Vauxhall Corsa-e.
‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ modes allow for a driving experience to suit your needs. ‘Sport’ mode reaches 0-60mph in just 8.1 seconds, or for everyday driving ‘Eco’ mode will save as much charge as possible to give you more range. With Peugeot offering an 8-year or 100,000-mile battery warranty as standard, it’s no surprise that the Peugeot e-208 it tipped to be the car that brings EV’s into the mainstream market.
The humble Corsa is back with an electric reboot. One of the most popular cars on UK roads, the now electric version of this much-loved favourite has all the qualities we come to expect from the Corsa.
A huge 50kWh battery pack allows for swift charging, resulting in 0-80% within just thirty minutes or just five hours for full charge. ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ options allow for a diverse driving experience, with ‘Eco’ mode boosting the 211-mile range by an impressive 40%. Speed isn’t an issue, going 0-62mph takes just 8.1 seconds. It’s no wonder that the Corsa-e is set to be popular in 2020.
Solid, dependable and fun-to-drive best sum up a Volkswagen Golf – you can now add green to that list with the 100% electric e-Golf. There are subtle differences compared to the petrol/diesel counterparts. The internals are top range, as you would expect from any Volkswagen Golf range. The turn to full electric, however, results in a speedier acceleration. The only main difference to this e-Golf is the top speed reaching 93mph, however, retaining the sought-after style and affordability the e-Golf will no doubt be a popular contender with rival EV hatchbacks this year.
The ever-popular MINI has taken an electric transformation too. MINI has certainly excelled with possibly one of the most affordable, EV mid-sized hatchbacks. Style and quality remain at the forefront of this vehicle, which makes up for the slightly low range of 145 miles in a single charge. The fun driving experience synonymous with MINIs is present reaching 0-62mph in a lively 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 93mph making it feel like any other MINI- a perfect city car.
The next phase advancing from the 911 hybrid, the Porsche Taycan is a pure EV. Be reassured by the signature curves and details, as the Taycan features all that you would expect from Porsche, in addition to advanced high-tech features. The Taycan is the first EV model that can be charged with up to 250kWh at an 800-volt charge point, allowing for an impressive 80% charge in just fifteen minutes.
The two-speed gearbox, results in acceleration from 0-62mph taking just over three seconds, and the Taycan can cover 0-124mph in under ten seconds. An electric sports model at its finest, the Taycan has already seen twenty-thousand buyers putting down a deposit making it a highly convincing sports car of the electrified future.
Aston Martin Rapid E
Based on the Rapide AMR, the Rapid E has the build, feel and character of Aston Martin. With a range of over 200 miles, the Rapid E has the capability of taking you anywhere. Performance has not been compromised, with a top-speed of 155mph and 0-60mph time of four seconds- Rapid E is the new breed of electric for quintessential British sports cars.
2020 is planned to be the year for electric vehicles to flood the marketplace. The biggest names in the game are placing more investment into producing electric vehicles that not only rival but supersede their petrol/diesel counterparts. The introduction of electric reboots of the much-loved models could be the step towards a seamless transition into EVs into the mainstream market. With the current climate, it will be a waiting game to see how the automotive industry changes, but rest assured it will be electric.
Nexus is leading the way when it comes to electric vehicles being available for business hire. Recently launching a dedicated EV platform, we have the ability to source the whole range of different electric vehicles. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss further.
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