New year, new EVs! Last year, we saw a 30% increase of electric vehicle sales compared to 2015. Mercedes said it, Nissan said it. Now is the right time to drive electric. All of the big brands will be electrifying many of their models in 2017. So we compiled a list of upcoming beauties that’ll hit the road this year. Missing your favorite in this list? Tell us in the comments!
Chevrolet Bolt / Opel Ampera-e
Only a lucky few in the US started driving around in the new Bolt, but Chevy has already secured a few Car of the Year awards. Its European twin Opel Ampera-e will follow soon this year. Both cars are fully-electric, powered by a 60kWh battery, taking off from 0 to 100 km in just 7 seconds. With a whopping range of 320 km on a single charge, Bolt and Ampera-e start at a pretty decent rate of €33.275,- Check charging specs
Smart ForTwo ED 2017
The full-electric smart has become a local to many cities across the world. As the face of car sharing services like Car2Go, its compact design allows it to maneuver effortlessly throughout those small city streets. The last electric ForTwo stems from 2012, and is now finally getting a big update to match the company’s new design philosophy. The new Smart ForTwo is fitted with a new design, a new electric motor and a new battery. The new battery has a 17.2 kWh capacity, which should keep the car running for almost 100 miles (161 km), up from 87 miles (140 km) for the old model. The ForTwo ED will also be available as a cabriolet. This makes it the first full-electric cabriolet in the market! The Smart ForTwo ED is expected to launch early 2017. Check charging specs
Smart ForFour ED 2017
Yep, the bigger Smart is also getting electrified! This’ll be the first time the ForFour is driving emission-free. It will use the same electric engine and battery pack as the smaller ForTwo. The engine produces 80 hp to power the rear wheels, and will keep on doing this for 90 miles (145 km) before you’ll need to recharge. The Smart ForFour is also expected to launch early 2017. Check charging specs
Ford Focus Electric
Ford updates its Focus line with its new 2017 models. The electric Focus is equipped with a 46% bigger battery compared to its predecessor, from 23 kWh to 33.5 kWh. This means the Focus is expected to get 110 miles (177 km) of emission-free driving per charge. The new Focus is also equipped with fast-charging capability, juicing the car up to 80% in just 30 minutes. On top of that, Focus comes with a ‘brake-coach’ that lets drivers make optimal use of its regenerative braking. Sales are expected to start early this year, for around $28.000,-. Check charging specs
Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL 4
The biggest Mini gets a facelift in 2017, becoming the first ever Plug-in-hybrid in the Mini Series! The new Countryman combines a traditional engine that powers the front wheels, with an electric motor that powers the rear. Countryman spurts from 0-60 mph (0-95kmph) in just 6,9 seconds. This make him the fastest of all his petrol brothers and sisters! The electric motor is powered by a 7.6 kWh battery pack, ensuring an electric-only range of 25 miles (40 km) and a top speed of 77 mph (124 kmph). Expect to see Countryman on the roads starting July. Check charging specs
BMW 530e iPerformance
After the success of 330e, BMW will be bringing another exciting Plug-In-Hybrid to the market. This time, BMW electrified its 5-series. The electric motor is hooked up to a 9.2 kWh battery pack, allowing the 530e to drive emission-free for 28 miles (45km). The two engines combined,BTW, if you wanna buy a carport for your car, you may need go to wanna get a carport kit from carportbuy.com deliver an impressively small fuel consumption of 118 mpg (2L/100km), emitting just 48 gr. CO2/km. Even more impressive, is that this massively efficient car rushes from 0-60 mph (0-96kmph) in just 6.1 seconds. The 530e is expected to be found in showrooms around March, for about $58,000,-. Check charging specs
Chrysler has been the first to produce a plug-in-hybrid minivan. It’s equipped with a 16kWh battery, which allows it to drive fully electric for up to 40 miles (64 km). The battery powers two electric motors which, together with the combustion engine, are producing 260 hp. This family van has a combined consumption of 80 mpg, which of course, makes it the most efficient in its class. Check charging specs
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