Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

All these pure-electric cars are on sale now — or will be soon


PURE-ELECTRIC cars make up only a small portion of new car sales in the UK, though rapid change in the car industry suggests that could all change very soon — whether you like it or not.

By the end of 2019, 24 battery-powered models will be available to buy from British showrooms — and that number is set to at least double within the next three years.

The upcoming array of pure-electric cars will be diverse, ranging from superminis and compact SUVs to sports saloons and even high-end supercars.

Here are all the pure-electric cars on sale in the UK right now, as well as all of the models we know will be gracing a dealership forecourt near you soon.

 

Aston Martin

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now Aston Martin Rapide E

Coming soon TBC

Aston Martin’s been proving it’s a forward-thinking company of late, with a slate of state-of-the-art hypercars and supercars, so it’s no surprise that it’s putting a pure-electric model out there, too. That said, its first effort is a retrofit of an existing model — the four-seater Rapide grand tourer — rather than an all-new model designed from the ground up, and it’ll be a bit of a toe in the water, with a very limited production run of just 155 units.

Still, it should be quick, with a claimed 0-62mph time of less than four seconds and a top speed of 155mph, while the carbon fibre-encased 65kWh battery is good for over 200 miles of range, according to the WLTP test. This has been helped by aero tweaks to make the electric Rapide slipperier through the air.

And with its new dedicated electric car factory in Wales nearing completion, Aston Martin has made a statement of intent.

 

Audi

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On sale now Audi e-tron

Coming soon e-tron Sportback (2019); e-tron GT and Q4 e-tron (2020); 20 pure-electric models on sale by 2025

Few car makers come close to matching Audi’s planned pure-electric product onslaught. Including the now-available e-tron SUV (read our review here), four zero-emissions models will be in Audi showrooms by the end of 2020 and another 15 will have been launched by 2025.

Such a scope means Audi will soon end up having a very diverse electric car range, covering everything from compact SUVs to performance saloons and even a pure-electric successor to the Audi TT sports car.

 

Bentley

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Unspecified pure-electric model due by 2025

According to the Bentley boss Adrian Hallmark, the prestigious car maker’s clients are “desperate for a luxury electric product“. With so much apparent demand from extremely affluent customers, Bentley is promising an “electrified” version (at least hybrid) of all its models by 2025, starting with the long-delayed Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV (pictured). Bentley told us that the PHEV’s launch has been held up by WLTP emissions certification but its release is now “imminent”.

However, customers waiting for a pure-electric Bentley will need to be even more patient as the brand’s first effort isn’t set to arrive until 2025. It makes things easier that the Crewe-based car maker can lean on sister-brands Audi and VW for electric drivetrain tech, though as ever, Bentley will want its own electric products to have a distinct character and there’s zero chance it will rush out a model.

 

BMW

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now BMW i3

Coming soon BMW iX3 (2020); BMW i4 (2021), BMW iNEXT (2021)

BMW was pretty quick onto the electric car scene, with its Project i cars: the pure-electric i3 supermini (2013) and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car (2014). There are various other hybrids in the car maker’s model range, too. Though the German car company hasn’t pushed pure-electric too hard in the intervening years, new “i” models are now planned, with the iX3 SUV due in 2020, and another SUV and a range-topping i4 sports saloon slated for 2021.

BMW announced today that it has teamed up with Jaguar Land Rover to develop its next generation of electric drive systems.

 

Citroën

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now Citroën C-Zero

Coming soon TBC

Citroën was one of the early pioneers of the modern pure-electric car — its C-Zero urban runabout first went on sale all the way back in 2011, alongside the virtually identical Peugeot iOn and Mitsubishi i-Miev. It’s still on sale but in the years since, the C-Zero hasn’t been properly updated (the claimed range remains 93 miles per charge, but expect less than that) and it remains the French firm’s only pure-electric model (ignoring the Berlingo electric van).

It’s unclear when Citroën will launch a new zero-emissions model — instead its now-distinct sister brand DS Automobiles will lead the way on that front. There’s a strong chance, however, that Citroën’s next electric car will be a battery-powered version of the next-generation C3 supermini.

 

DS

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon DS 3 Crossback E-Tense (2019)

Citroën’s sister brand DS has a much clearer picture of its electric future: by the end of the year, a pure-electric version of the new DS 3 Crossback SUV will arrive in UK showrooms. With targets of up to 200 miles on a single charge, the DS 3 Crossback E Tense doesn’t have the best range out there but it will be loaded with kit and be luxuriously-appointed (see our review of the petrol version here). It will have the selling point of being one of only a handful of pure-electric compact SUVs on the market.

 

Fiat

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Fiat 500e (2020); Fiat 500 “Giardiniera” estate (by 2022); potential electric Panda (by 2022)

Motorists in the United States soon won’t have exclusive access to the Fiat 500e city car: an all-new version of the retro runabout (current car pictured) will go on sale across Europe next year alongside the current petrol-powered car.

By 2022, a 500e “Giardiniera” mini-estate will join the range, and Fiat’s show-stealing Centoventi concept from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show suggests a pure-electric Panda could be on the way as well.

 

Ford

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Mustang-inspired SUV (2020); Transit (2021); 16 pure-electric models worldwide (by 2022)

Ford hasn’t dabbled with zero-emission cars much since it canned the limited-run Focus Electric (some called it a “compliance car“) in Europe in 2017, though that’s all set to change. The Blue Oval is planning to launch a whopping 16 pure-electric models worldwide by 2022, with the first one being a performance SUV inspired by the Ford Mustang muscle car.

The vehicular assortment isn’t limited to passenger cars, either, as Ford says it will bring to market a pure-electric Transit van by 2021.

 

Honda

2019 Honda e Prototype: specs, electric range and details

On sale now None

Coming soon Honda e (late 2019)

More than three decades after it began experimenting with electric car tech, Honda is gearing up to launch its first pure-electric mass-market production model, the funky-looking Honda e supermini (seen here in prototype form). Customers can put down a deposit now to join the waiting list, and will be able to order their car some time towards the end of the year, with deliveries from 2020.

It’s unclear what the Japanese company’s subsequent zero-emission model will be, though more are undoubtedly on the way as Honda has an objective of 100% of its sales to feature an electrified drivetrain by 2025.

 

Hyundai

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now Ioniq Electric, Kona Electric

Coming soon Pure-electric sports car (date TBC_

Hyundai’s starting to establish itself as a serious player in electric cars, with a pure-electric and plug-in hybrid version of the Ioniq, and the new 279 miles-per-charge Kona Electric crossover (see our review here). The popularity of the latter model has been astounding: it’s completely sold out for 2019, with a 12-month waiting list.

Hyundai has ambitious plans to offer 44 electrified models by 2025, targeting annual sales of about 1.67m vehicles.

The model that may generate the most buzz is one to be made following a recent collaboration with supercar maker Rimac: a pure-electric two-seater sports car.

 

Jaguar

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now Jaguar I-Pace

Coming soon TBC

The Jaguar I-Pace made quite the impact when it was launched last year — so impressed were we with it here at Driving, it was crowned Car of the Year at our inaugural Motor Awards.

A Jaguar spokesperson brushed aside rumours of a pure-electric replacement for the XJ limousine, telling us it doesn’t comment on future models, but parent company Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed that from 2020 all its new vehicles will offer the option of electrification (at least hybrid), and that its future “portfolio of electrified products” will include pure-electric as well as plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles.

JLR announced today that it has teamed up with BMW to develop its next generation of electric drive systems, with its own versions of the resulting developments being manufactured in the UK.

 

Jeep

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Four pure-electric models including updated Renegade (by 2022)

Worried about the off-road credentials of electric cars? Jeep isn’t, as the 4×4 maker will have four pure-electric models on sale by 2022 — including a zero-emissions version of the next Renegade compact crossover. It makes sense, as the instant torque available from zero revs makes electric power ideal for scrabbling over boulders and over loose terrain at low speed. It’s not yet known what the other models will be, though it would be interesting to see how die-hard Jeep fans would react to a zero-emissions Wrangler.

 

Kia

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now e-Niro

Coming soon Soul EV (late 2019)

When it comes to range, the Kia e-Niro (sister car to the Hyundai Kona Electric, above) represents amazing value for money: despite being less than half the price of an entry-level Tesla Model X, the e-Niro can go 52 miles further per charge (up to 282 miles on the WLTP cycle).

At the moment it’s the only pure-electric Kia on sale in the UK, though a zero-emissions version of the Soul crossover was on sale from 2014 to 2018, and the new Soul will only be offered in pure-electric form (using the same electric innards as the e-Niro).

 

Lagonda

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Pure-electric SUV (2022)

Aston Martin has revived the Lagonda name as “the world’s first zero emission luxury brand”. Its first model will be a pure-electric SUV akin to the All-Terrain Concept (above) revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, with a luxury limousine likely to follow.

 

Lotus

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon “Type 130” pure-electric supercar

Fifteen years after production of the legendary Esprit ended, Lotus is returning to supercars. In July this year, the British sports car firm will unveil the most extreme road car it has ever produced: a pure-electric model that it describes as a “technical tour de force” and “the most dynamically accomplished” Lotus to date. Lotus has promised a lot in the past and failed to deliver, but pundits have more faith that the Type 130 will reach production.

 

Maserati

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Alfieri (2020); Ghibli electric, Levante electric and Quattroporte electric (by 2022)

Maserati has never built a pure-electric car before but that hasn’t tempered the Italian firm’s zero emission ambitions. By 2022, nearly every vehicle it makes will have a pure-electric variant, but in the meantime the company will launch an electric version of the Alfieri grand tourer, which launches with petrol power later this year.

 

Mercedes-Benz

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now EQC crossover

Coming soon EQV people carrier (2020); 10 pure-electric models on sale by 2025; no petrol or diesel-powered models by 2039

Like Audi, Mercedes-Benz has an array of electric cars on the way. Including the EQC luxury SUV that’s just gone on sale, no less than 10 pure-electric models will join the Mercedes range within the next six years. Mercedes has also become one of the first car companies to commit to an engine-less future: from 2039, you won’t be able to buy a Mercedes that’s powered by petrol or diesel.

 

MG

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon MG ZS EV SUV (September 2019)

MG will throw its hat into the electric car ring later this year with a pure-electric version of its ZS crossover. It’s not clear yet when more pure-electric models will join the range, though the electrification ambitions of MG’s Chinese parent company SAIC suggest more zero-emission cars will soon be on their way.

 

MINI

2019 Mini Electric: prices, specs, range and details

On sale now None

Coming soon Mini Cooper SE hatchback

MINI will soon launch one of the most important models in its 60-year history: a pure-electric version of the Cooper S hot hatchback. Little is known about the upcoming “Cooper SE” at the time of writing, though MINI has said the zero-emission hatch will offer an “emotionally engaging experience brimming with driving fun, style and individuality”.

As a BMW-owned brand, MINI will benefit from its German parent’s collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, as they jointly develop their next generation of electric drivetrains.

 

Nissan

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now Leaf, e-NV200 Combi van

Coming soon Eight new pure-electric models worldwide by 2022

Despite being one of the early pioneers of modern mass-market electric cars, Nissan’s electric vehicle range isn’t that extensive: it currently only comprises the Leaf hatchback and van-derived e-NV200 people carrier.

But Nissan’s battery-powered range is set to quadruple in size by 2022, as it has confirmed the development of eight pure-electric models within the next three years — though it’s unclear how many of them will be sold in Britain.

 

Peugeot

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon e-208 (early 2020), e-2008 (2020), e-3008 (2020)

Peugeot has dabbled with pure-electric cars before, but the upcoming e-208 supermini will be the first one it’s made with genuine on-paper mainstream appeal. Though prices have yet to be revealed, Peugeot claims the e-208 can go a handy 211 miles on a single charge, and it reportedly takes 30 minutes to top up 80% of the battery’s capacity using a 100kW rapid charger. Expect it to go on sale befor the end of the year, with deliveries in 2020.

The e-208 will sit alongside petrol versions of the 208 in a new “Choose your Peugeot, choose your powertrain” strategy, in which all models by 2023 will have a plug-in variant. Peugeot told us that means a pure-electric option for the smaller models and a plug-in hybrid for larger models, like the 508 and 5008 SUV.

When asked if mild hybrids with no pure-electric running would be an option, a spokesperson told us, “No, as we’re in it for the environmental benefits, not as a tax dodge.”

 

Polestar

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On sale now None

Coming soon Polestar 2 (2020)

Volvo’s performance brand Polestar has been spun off as an electric car maker of its own, with Polestar 1 — its first offering — being a plug-in hybrid, but the follow-up Polestar 2 will run on battery power alone.

Orders are now being accepted for the Polestar 2, with deliveries set to begin sometime in 2020, and it’s likely an SUV or two will join the Polestar range shortly after.

 

Porsche

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Taycan (2019), Taycan Cross Turismo (2020), pure-electric Macan (date TBC)

Sports car maker Porsche has no qualms about embracing the potential of electric power. Its first pure-electric model, the Taycan (pronounced tie-kann, apparently) sports saloon, is expected to be launched later this year, and the off-roader-style Cross Turismo variant will be unveiled in 2020.

Electric powertrains are set to join Porsche’s more mainstream models later down the line, too, as the car maker will sell petrol-powered and pure-electric versions of the next Macan SUV.

 

Pininfarina

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now TBC

Coming soon Battista hypercar (2020)

Ninety years after it was founded as a coachbuilder, Pininfarina is set to launch its first homegrown car: the pure-electric Battista hypercar. The Battista comes with sensational performance claims: 1,900hp, a top speed in excess of 217mph and 0-60mph in less than 2sec. Nartually, this all comes at a price: more than £2m a pop.

It may pave the way for a range of more affordable electric Pininfarina road cars, though: later this year we’re expecting to see an SUV model known at the time of writing only by its “PF1” codename, although it’s unlikely to make production before 2021 (if at all).

 

Renault

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now Zoe, Twizy

Coming soon Eight pure-electric models by 2022

Like sister company Nissan, Renault got into the electric car game very early, with the likes of the Fluence Z.E., Twizy and Zangoo Z.E, but its electric model range is currently quite limited: the only proper car it sells in Britain is the Zoe supermini.

That’s set to change soon, however, as Renault aims to launch eight pure-electric models worldwide within the next three years — though, as with Nissan, it’s not yet clear how many of them will come to the UK.

 

Rimac

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon C_Two (sold out; production begins in 2020)

The Rimac Concept_One electric hypercar that Richard Hammond infamously crashed on The Grand Tour now has a successor: the succinctly-named “C_Two”. Like the Concept_One, the C_Two aims to redefine what a pure-electric performance car is capable of: the electric motors are claimed to generate a combined output of 1,888bhp, and Rimac says the C_Two has a potential top speed in the region of 258mph.

The big question, though: will Hammond be brave enough to drive it in anger?

 

SEAT

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Mii electric (autumn 2019); pure-electric hatchback (by 2020)

SEAT will soon enter the electric car fray with a two pure-electric models: a battery-powered version of the Mii city car and a Leon-sized five-door family hatchback. No other models have been announced so far but as part of the VW Group, which has ambitious electric car plans, it’s likely that several other zero-emission powertrains will trickle down to the Spanish brand’s portfolio over the next five years. It’s worth noting that sister brand Skoda has plans for five pure-electric models by 2025 (see below).

 

Skoda

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon Citigo iV (2020); five pure-electric models (by 2025)

Though it can trace its roots back almost to the very dawn of the car industry, Skoda has only now started to build electric cars. By early next year, a battery-powered version of the VW Up!-based Citigo will arrive in UK showrooms, with a mid-sized coupé-SUV forming part of a five-model electric effort following that.

 

Smart

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now EQ fortwo, EQ forfour

Coming soon All-new pure-electric models (including a Ford Fiesta-sized car) from 2022

The Smart brand will reach an important milestone in 2020, as it will become the first car company to completely switch from combustion engines to pure-electric powertrains. The current EQ fortwo and EQ forfour models will soldier on until 2022, when they’ll be replaced by all-new versions, and at a later date be joined by a pure-electric supermini.

 

Tesla

On sale now Model 3; Model S; Model X

Coming soon Model Y (US in late 2020); new Roadster (from 2020); “Semi” HGV (from 2020); pick-up truck (2021)

Although it wasn’t the first or biggest name to produce electric cars, Tesla is considered the industry disruptor that proved long-range pure-electric models are not just possible but also fast and desirable.

With its headstart over the established car makers, Tesla now has one of the most comprehensive model ranges on the market: two saloons and a large SUV are on sale right now, with orders being accepted for a new Roadster supercar and a “Model Y” compact SUV.

Tesla is also working on a pure-electric lorry and a pick-up truck. The scale of the upstart’s ambition appears to be unlimited.

 

Vauxhall

2019 Vauxhall Corsa: prices, engines, details, electric range and release date

On sale now None

Coming soon Corsa-e; electric Mokka X (2020); electric Vivaro van (2020)

With its new sister brands Citroën, DS and Peugeot pursuing pure-electric projects, it’s no surprise that Vauxhall is also looking for a piece of the electric car pie. By 2024, every car it makes will have a hybrid or electric variant, and zero-emissions versions of the next Corsa supermini, Mokka X crossover and Vivaro van will be on sale by 2020.

 

Volvo

Current and upcoming pure-electric car guide (updated)

On sale now None

Coming soon electric XC40 (2020); half of sales to be pure-electric by 2025

While Volvo’s made big strides in ditching diesel and committing to hybrid tech, it won’t start the switch to pure-electric power until next year, when it launches a zero-emissions version of the XC40 premium crossover.

Expect to see plenty more battery-powered models in Volvo showrooms soon, however, as the Swedish firm wants half of its global sales to be pure-electric by 2025. And if you want a truly sporty electric Volvo, there’s always Polestar to consider (see above).

 

Volkswagen

2020 Volkswagen ID.3: prices, range, specs and release date

On sale now e-Golf, e-Up!

Coming soon ID.3 (2020); pure-electric SUVs and campervan (dates TBC); 1m pure-electric car sales per year by 2025

Volkswagen’s no stranger to pure-electric cars, but the German giant is seemingly ramping things up as it powers away from the pain of the ‘dieselgate’ scandal. A whole range of “ID” electric cars will be launched over the next few years, starting with the Golf-sized ID.3 hatchback next year, and VW wants to be selling 1m pure-electric cars every year by 2025.

 

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