Next Green Car – Next Generation Awards 2017
Next Generation WINNER
Jaguar I-Pace – CO2 0 g/km – NGC Rating TBC
There are a large number of green cars set to be launched in 2018, but few offer as much excitement as Jaguar's I-Pace. The pure-electric crossover will enter new territory for Jaguar, but the British marque is going after electric technology with vigour. Entry into Formula E and the creation of a single-make racing series based on the I-Pace show Jaguar's plug-in intentions, and the I-Pace is expected to come into the EV market as a class leader from the outset. A range of more than 300 miles is quoted by Jaguar, with performance figures in the sportscar bracket thanks to two electric motors powering the I-Pace along. As first EV models go, Jaguar promises much then. Early signs are that the I-Pace is set to keep its promises though, and when the EV comes along, Jaguar is going to be a real contender in the plug-in car market.
NGC verdict: "Stylish, practical, and sporty, the I-Pace has all the attributes that are traditionally associated with Jaguar - only without an engine. Boasting a large battery for extensive driving range and two powerful electric motors, once available, buyers are likely to have the keys to one of the best cars on sale in the UK."
Next Generation COMMENDED
Hyundai Kona EV – CO2 0 g/km – NGC Rating TBC
Two automotive markets are growing at a fast rate, with little sign of either slowing down any time soon. Those markets are the crossover sector and plug-in cars - and the Hyundai Kona EV ticks both boxes. The conventional compact family crossover has already garnered positive reviews in a saturated market, but the addition of an EV version will give Hyundai a USP that its rivals can only hope for. Set to arrive next year, Hyundai promises a range of almost 250 miles, which puts it up against the long-distance mainstream EVs immediately.