The Eden electric line up


It wasn't too long ago that all-electric vehicles were considered to be a flight of fancy, reserved only for those who could afford the eye-watering price tags and didn't mind the technical limitations.

 

However, we're already past the fledgling stage of electric vehicles. The technology has not only been proven to be workable, but it's also beginning to rival traditional fuel engines and, given its viability and increased customer demand, it's of little surprise that manufacturers have locked themselves into fierce competition.

This is a great thing for the rest of us, since it will inevitably result in ever-increasing advances in the technology and at lower prices than ever before. There are a few upcoming models in particular that look set to win over even the staunchest critics, and below you'll find everything that is currently known on exactly what you can expect over the coming year.

Let's rock down to Electric Avenue, starting with...


Hyundai Kona Electric

May 2019

 

How far will it get me?
194 with the base-level 39kWh battery or as much as 279 miles with the 64kWh version.

What’s under the hood?
Your choice of the two battery sizes mentioned above, with the 39kWh version coming with a 134bhp motor while the larger one features a beefier 201bhp motor..

How nippy is it?
Very – it’ll get up to 62mph in 7.6 seconds. The top speed for both motors hovers around 100mph.

What’s the recharge time?
The larger of the two batteries offered can reach 80% charge in just 75 minutes (and just 57 minutes for the smaller 39kWh battery.)

What Features is it packing?
Heated ventilated seats, a KRELL Premium sound system, climate control, wireless charging and Hyundai’s 8 Year Battery Warranty. We’ll mention the sound system again, because it’s even more glorious in a silent electric car.

Price?
RRP On The Road price for the Kona Electric begins at £27,250 for the entry-level SE trim, extending up to £35,000 for the Premium model.
 


Eden Verdict: The Kona hasn’t been on the scene long and it’s already become a firm favourite in the crossover SUV market. Following hot on the heels of the Ioniq Hybrid and EV models, it’s arguable that an all-electric Kona was written in the stars.

It’s already getting rave reviews from auto journalists on both its real-world performance and tech specs, so it’s no surprise they’ve sold out months before the release date. Watch this space… .





MG ZS EV

September 2019

 

How far will it get me?
The ‘unofficial’ range is 268 miles, as based on its reported testing in the ZS’s home market of China. However, pundits have pointed out that our stricter WLTP regulations may knock this down to an ‘official’ range of 170-190 miles once it reaches our shores.

What’s under the hood?
148bhp electric motor, powered by a water-cooled 44.5kWh battery pack.

How nippy is it?
An estimated 0-31mph in 3.1 seconds.

What’s the recharge time?
0-80% in less than an hour - 43 minutes, to be precise.

What Features is it packing?
Nothing much is known currently regarding the ZS EV’s creature comforts, but one detail that has leaked is the boot capacity – at 483 litres, that’s over 30 more than the Kia e-Niro. From this it's safe to say that whatever features it eventually arrives with, expect the cabin to be geared around extreme practicality.

Price?
MG have openly stated that they’re looking to seriously undercut the competition here, and have tentatively suggested a base price of around £24,000 (after grants have been applied - more on those here)
 


Eden Verdict: It’s arguably the least glamorous car on this page, and it’s certainly not the fastest or furthest ranging. So why do we think the all-electric ZS is going to become a game-changer when it pulls into the EV market?

In a word: affordability. If it drives as well as the petrol version and comes at the price point MG are aiming for, we’re going to have an electric vehicle which delivers a near-untouchable level of value for money....

... ESPECIALLY as the first 1,000 buyers will receive a £7,000 discount. Nice!






 

Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid

January 2020

 

How far will it get me?
As we cover in our compparison guide, this is the kind of hybrid that will go 30 miles on the electric battery alone, though you’ll naturally want to switch it into a mode that efficiently mixes both the electric and petrol power sources.

What’s under the hood?
A monster! The 1.6 turbo petrol engine provides a whopping 197bhp, sitting alongside two electric motors clocking a combined 107bhp.

How nippy is it?
Unknown, but with a powertrain like that, it’ll be far from sluggish.

What’s the recharge time?
The 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery will hit full charge in around two hours of domestic charging.

What Features is it packing?
Interior features are yet to be confirmed, but it has been revealed that the electric Grandland will give you all-wheel drive capabilities, an eight-speed auto gearbox and a phenomenal fuel efficiency of 128mpg (while only outputting 49g/km of CO2.)

Price?
To be announced.
 


Eden Verdict: When the Grandland X Hybrid is released, it’s likely to be the most powerful Vauxhall on the market but comes coupled with the efficiency benefits of the hybrid half of the equation. The result is an SUV that is even greater than the sum of its already impressive parts, and we expect it to sell like hot cakes when it hits UK roads later this year.





Peugeot 508 Plug-in Hybrid

January 2020

 

How far will it get me?
31 miles in all-electric mode, or however far you'd like when driving hybrid (with just 49g/km of CO2 emissions and 128 miles per gallon economy.)

What’s under the hood?
Both the fastback and SW estate variations pair a 178bhp petrol engine with an 108bhp electric motor to deliver a combined 222bhp. All that comes alongside the 11.8kWh battery.

How nippy is it?
Very. It'll get up to 62mph in just 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 130mph. After all, it would be uncharacteristic of anything bearing a 508 badge to be sluggish.

What’s the recharge time?
Peugeot's upcoming PHEV range can handle a maximum of 7.2kWh charging, which equates to roughly two hours to reach full charge.

What Features is it packing?
Peugeot's award-winning i-Cockpit sits front and centre, along with a full-grain leather interior and a battery backed up with an impressive 8 year warranty.

Price?
Starting from a shade less than £35,000 for the Allure specification.
 


Eden Verdict: Early prototype reviews unanimously suggest a drive as smooth as chocolate pudding, with many of the issues which dogged Peugeot's earlier attempts at a (non-plug in) 508 Hybrid a thing of the past. It may have taken close to a decade to iron out the technology, but this one finally brings the goods.

A surefire winner for anyone who's after the best of all worlds - a practical family car which doesn't sacrifice on performance, coupled with impressive eco credentials.






 

Peugeot e-208 Electric

Early 2020

 

How far will it get me?
211 miles on a single charge.

What’s under the hood?
A 134bhp electric engine powered by a 50kWh battery.

How nippy is it?
Peugeot have listed the official 0-62mph figure at a very respectable 8.5 seconds.

What’s the recharge time?
It’ll gain 80% of charge in just 30 minutes with a rapid charger port.

What Features is it packing?
A 3D digital display displaying as a hologram through the steering wheel, which is absolutely as cool as it sounds. In amongst the usual features you can expect from a next-generation car of this size, you also get an 8-year, 100,000 mile warranty on the battery. Not a feature as such, but definitely worth shouting about.

Price?
Entirely speculative guesses put it at £15,000 for the entry-level trim and north of £18,000 for the GT-Line.
 


Eden Verdict: You’ll have probably already noticed that the e-208 shares a lot of similarities with the Corsa-e (below), and that extends to the styling revamp: whereas the Peugeot 208 family has always followed a demure, inconspicuous body line, the new electric version is beautifully bold. It’s a dramatic update befitting of the technology overhaul, and we love it.





Vauxhall Corsa-E

April 2020

 

How far will it get me?
Between 205 and 266 miles (depending on drive mode selected)

What’s under the hood?
A 134bhp electric motor, juiced by a 50kWh battery.

How nippy is it?
Incredibly. The official figures put it at an electrifying 0-31mph in 2.8 seconds.

What’s the recharge time?
Like the Peugeot e-208 above, it’ll get up to 80% charge within just 30 minutes.

What Features is it packing?
Lots of them. Heated seating, heated steering wheel, 16” alloys, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition and lane assist (a first for the Corsa family.)

Price?
Somewhere in the region of £29,000.
 


Eden Verdict: With a very, very functional level of performance (in all departments) and no shortage of features, this could be set to become the finest Corsa in the lineage's long history. It even has the great looks, to boot; in fact, the only thing missing seems to have been the opportunity to call it an ECOrsa. Oh well, maybe next time.






 

Peugeot e-2008 Electric

April 2020 (orders open)

 

How far will it get me?
206 miles on the WLTP cycle, which is just behind the range provided by the e-208 (which makes sense, given it’s got more weight to it.)

What’s under the hood?
Same as the e-208, which is a 50kWh battery powering a 136bhp engine.

How nippy is it?
Despite the increased weight over the e-208 bringing the range down by a few miles, the e-2008 still hits exactly the same impressive speeds as the smaller car, namely a 93mph top speed and reaching 62mph in 8.5 seconds.

What’s the recharge time?
Plug in to a rapid charger and you’ll go from zero to 80% in just half an hour.

What Features is it packing?
Firstly and foremost, you get an industry-leading 8 year warranty on the battery, for which you’ll get a free home charging system when you order the car.

And as for the car itself, there’s no shortage of features – depending on trim level, it comes with automatic air conditioning, front and rear parking cameras, 3D TomTom navigation, heated seats and even a panoramic glass roof (if you opt for the GT Line specification.) The MyPeugeot app is also very cool, allowing you to schedule charging times plus check battery levels and estimated range at the flick of a phone screen.

Price?
Currently listed with a manufacturer’s RRP of £31,650.
 


Eden Verdict: Everything we love about the e-208 – and there’s a lot to love – upscaled to a family-friendly size. This is virtually guaranteed to become a firm favourite in the electric SUV sector.





Peugeot 3008 Plug-in Hybrid

TBC

 

How far will it get me?
36 miles if you switch to all-electric mode, otherwise the hybrid PHEV system will net you a whopping 176mpg.

What’s under the hood?
And this is the part where it gets complicated.

The 3008 PHEV is coming our way in the form of a beefy Hybrid4 – that is, a full 4WD powertrain comprised of a 196bhp, 1.6-litre petrol engine twinned with a 108bhp electric engine on each axle. It’s the first time the 3008 has ever featured four-wheel drive.

That’s expected towards the end of this Summer, but there are also plans to release a 221bhp front-wheel drive version at some point afterwards. At the time of writing, the release date for this version is unclear, and we also don’t have any concrete figures on how it’ll compare in terms of performance.

As such, all numbers you see here refer to the Hybrid4 version. Both variations will come with automatic transmission.

How nippy is it?
0-62mph in 5.9 seconds. This car goes like greased lightning.

What’s the recharge time?
Precisely the same as the others in the Peugeot PHEV range - you can get it charged from zero to 100% in two hours on a domestic charge point..

What Features is it packing?
Pretty much everything you can think of, since the Hybrid4 is currently only available in the GT Line specification. That does, of course, come with an impact to the price tag…

Price?
£38,485. Reasonable for a car of this stature, but if you’re looking to save on the bottom line, wait for the 2WD version (and don’t forget to factor in the hefty fuel savings.)
 


Eden Verdict: With the current generation of electrically-boosted vehicles, you’ve usually got a balancing act between performance and practicality. Peugeot didn’t much like the sound of that, so they made a hybrid that can blast off the line like a hot hatch – even up hills - without sacrificing anything in the way of range or emissions (which clock in at a super-low 29g/km.)






 

MAZDA MX-30 EV

ESTIMATED Late 2020

 

How far will it get me?
Notably less than the competition at 130 miles between charges, but with compensations in other areas.

What’s under the hood?
A 141bhp engine, powered by a compact 35.5kWh battery. Also worth noting that Mazda have explicitly stated that they're not looking to introduce a model with a larger battery, preferring to keep things conservative.

How nippy is it?
No official figures regarding top speed or accelaration have been released at the time of writing, but an engine that size will concievably put it in line with the competition, if not slightly edge it.

What’s the recharge time?
It's looking to have one of the fastest recharge times on the market when it lands, being able to hit 80% from flat within just 30 minutes of being plugged into a rapid charger

What Features is it packing?
All of the usual bells and whistles you'd expect from a top-line SUV, but the real stand-out feature is the design itself - purposefully keeping inline with Mazda's new styling aesthetic, the MX-30 looks gorgeous inside and out. You also can't ignore those rear-hinged doors, which not only look great but make loading things into the car a doddle.

Price?
All of the usual bells and whistles you'd expect from a top-line SUV, but the real stand-out feature is the design itself - purposefully keeping inline with Mazda's new styling aesthetic, the MX-30 looks gorgeous inside and out. You also can't ignore those rear-hinged doors, which not only look great but make loading things into the car a doddle.
 


Eden Verdict: The range? Yeah, it's not great and we can't pretend otherwise. The looks? Second-to-none, as is becoming a hallmark of Mazda's latest generation of body designs.

The MX-30 is also typical of Mazda in that it's forging its own path into the SUV EV market rather than trying to mirror what everyone else is doing, which is bound to score some diehard fans (even if it doesn't become a forerunner in the mainstream).




 

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Eden Motor Retail & Eden Automotive Ltd Is a credit broker, not a lender and does not provide financing directly.
We work with a number of trusted third-party financing companies to arrange credit on behalf of our customers.