23.12.2016Top 10 Green Cars 2017
It's safe to say that 2016 has been a good year for the green car industry, with a number of important new models released that have moved the game on further. The good news is that 2017 looks set to continue that trend, as manufacturers look for ways to reduce their emissions and provide customers with more green transport options.
There is a real focus on plug-in models coming up, while a new fuel cell hybrid is set to reach UK shores in 2017 too. After plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) having another storming year, there is no sign of that slowing down in 2017 as many manufacturers commit to new plug-in models.
Pure electric models aren't being forgotten about though, with some crucial new models set for launch next year, with ranges getting longer and longer, and charging times set to get shorter too.
It's not just the electric car market that will have some important new models either. The likes of Ford's Fiesta, the Citroen C3, Alfa Romeo's Giulia, VW's Golf and the BMW 5 Series will all be launched in the next 12 months with newer, more efficient engines. Each has the potential to become a best seller in its class, and the competition for manufacturers to drive down emissions and improve fuel economy is benefiting new car customers.
As ever, this list can't be exhaustive and there will be a few surprises along the way, but here Next Green Car brings together the Top 10 green cars to watch out for in 2017.
1. Smart ED range
Smart will offer a pure-electric model of each car in its line-up, with the fortwo ed, fortwo cabrio ed, and forfour ed due in September 2017. The urban runabouts will have a relatively short electric range, but considering they are designed for small trips in built up areas, this is not expected to lessen their appeal.
Featuring a 17.6 kWh battery, the three Smart models will be able to cover between 96 and 99 miles on a single charge, with numerous personalisation options, Brabus styling kits, and a smartphone app all set to be offered.
2. VW e-Golf & Golf GTE
The best-selling Golf range will be updated in 2017, with changes to all models including the e-Golf and Golf GTE. All Golf models will have upgraded safety equipment, tweaked styling, improved infotainment systems, and a new digital instrument cluster. The Golf GTE will retain its existing powertrain, which means a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and electric motor combine to produce 201bhp, 166 MPG, 39 g/km CO2, and an electric range of 31 miles.
However, the e-Golf will get a significantly improved battery pack, boosting range by almost 50%. The new quoted range will be 186 miles, bringing the e-Golf up to speed with the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and BMW i3. Power has been upped too, though without detriment to the model's energy consumption figures.