Top 10 plug-in cars to watch in 2016

With so many plug-in electric cars due out in 2016, Next Green Car has brought the most important ones together, taking a look at the exciting models due for launch in the next 12 months.

While some of these electric cars also feature in our Top 10 Green Cars of 2016, there are more than enough EVs due out in the coming year to warrant a list of their own. These are Next Green Car's pick of those to look out for in 2016.

With 50,000 electric cars already on UK roads, and with more high-quality models on their way, 2016 is set to see strong sales of plug-in cars as motorists get used to the performance and practicality of electric vehicles. The recent announcement that the Plug-in Car Grant has been extended to 2018 should get yet more support to anyone thinking of buying an EV for the first time.

Of the electric models in the show-room, it isn't making too grand a statement to say that 2016 will be the year of the plug-in hybrid given their electric capability and flexibility to run on electricity or conventional fuel. That said, pure-electric vehicles won't be far behind in sales with their impressive drive, zero-emissions and ultra-low fuel costs.

Whether pure or plug-in hybrid, expect to see plenty of electric vehicles on UK roads during 2016.

1. BMW 330e and PHEV range

BMW PHEV range

We've cheated here a little because BMW has confirmed that it will launch four PHEV models towards the start of 2016, with more potentially on their way. The BMWs 225xe, 330e, X5 xDrive 40e and 740e all offer plug-in variants of the family SUV, small executive saloon, SUV and large luxury saloon respectively. All have the ability to run on electric only mode, with sophisticated systems to maximise the car's range and keep emissions low. BMW's automatic gearboxes are often now more efficient than the manuals which is quite some achievement, and you can be sure that the driving experience will be top notch. Perhaps the most important of the quartet is the 330e - a potential fleet eco-warrior that could see it challenge the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as best selling plug-in car.

BMW 225xe - 134.5 MPG - 46 g/km CO2 - £35,005
BMW 330e: 134.5 MPG - 44 g/km CO2 - £33,935
BMW X5 xDrive 40e: 86 MPG - 77 g/km CO2 - £51,845
BMW 740e: 134.5 MPG - 49 g/km CO2 - £64,530

2. Citroen e-Mehari

Citroen e-Mehari

Although there are currently no confirmed plans to bring the e-Mehari to the UK, the little EV from Citroen could prove a crucial car for the plug-in market whether it reaches these shores or not. There is a long history of small and simple cars coming along and changing people's mindsets - the Mini, Citroen 2CV, Renault 4, VW Beetle and Fiat 500 all spring to mind. With a reasonable range, robust construction and a compact footprint, the two-door four seater will be as comfortable in the streets of Paris as on the beach at Le Touquet. A pure EV, the e-Mehari has a top speed of 68mph and a town range of 124 miles from its 30kWh battery. Set to be a cheap, cheerful and modern car, Citroen would do well to put the e-Mehari into as many markets as possible.

Citroen e-Mehari: 124 miles - 0 g/km CO2 - £15,000 (est)

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:24th Dec 2015

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