The UK’s best new electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars for every budget have been revealed at the inaugural What Car? Electric Car Awards.
The Awards were launched following a surge in interest in electric cars online during lockdown.
“Our goal has always been to help people buy the best car for their needs and budget, but it became clear that the booming number of new EVs and PHEVs, combined with the intricacies of some of the new technology associated with owning and charging these cars, was causing confusion,” said Steve Huntingford, editor of What Car?.
The 16 categories were devised to help buyers of every need and budget make the best choice for them, with the growing number of competitors fighting for sales across the market reflected by the fact that 12 different manufacturers won awards. Only BMW, Kia, Porsche and Tesla won two awards, while only Kia and Porsche have an electric and a hybrid winner.
“The variety of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on offer is growing exponentially, which is great news for buyers, because it’s driving up standards,” added Huntingford. “However, recognising that EVs and PHEVs still make up a minority of all car sales, these standalone awards give us the opportunity to highlight the very best models as the car industry swiftly adapts to meeting its environmental challenges.”
Awards sponsor Myenergi is a British specialist in electric vehicle charging and domestic renewable energy, which has manufactured and shipped more than 50,000 charging devices in only two years and signed up thousands of customers to its app and online forum.
Jordan Brompton, Sales Director at myenergi, said: “Our aim is to create innovative solutions for a harmonious future between people and our planet, and by supporting the What Car? Electric Car Awards we hope we can encourage and support that vision.”
What Car? Electric Car Awards Winners:
Value car Seat Mii Electric 36.8kWh
Small car Peugeot e-208 Allure Premium
Family car Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium
Family SUV Kia e-Niro 64kWh 3
Luxury SUV Jaguar I-Pace EV400 S
Executive car Tesla Model 3 Performance
Performance car Porsche Taycan 4S
Seven-seater T esla Model X (7 seat)
Family car Mercedes A-Class A250e AMG Line
Small SUV Kia Niro PHEV 1.6 GDi 3
Large SUV Ford Kuga PHEV 2.5 PHEV Titanium
Luxury SUV BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport
Estate car Skoda Superb Estate iV SE Technology
Executive car BMW 3 Series 330e M Sport
Performance car Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Seven-seater Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 Inscription
The best overall electric and plug-in hybrid cars from across the 16 categories will be named at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards in January 2021.