Seat Mii Electric
It has taken far longer to arrive than the Volkswagen e-Up with which it shares a platform, but Seat’s electric city car will finally go on sale in early 2020. With prices starting from £19,300 including government grant, it will be one of the UK’s most affordable EVs. A 36.8kWh battery pack promises a WLTP-certified range of 162 miles – 79 miles more than the first-generation VW e-Up.
Smart EQ Fortwo and EQ Forfour
The Smart brand will go electric only when the revamped ForTwo city car arrives in March, complete with EQ branding. It retains the same 80bhp electric powertrain and 17.6kWh battery as the outgoing ForTwo Electric Drive, so will only offer a range of less than 100 miles.
The coupé version will be quickly followed by the Fortwo Cabrio, still the smallest convertible on sale in the UK, and the five-door Forfour.
This British-engineered compact EV is purpose-built for city driving, with a three-seat layout and McLaren F1-style central driving position. A modest powertrain will be capable of 75mph, but should achieve close to 180 miles of range between charges, thanks to an ultralight 600kg kerb weight. At £15,000, it will be one of the more affordable EVs when it arrives.
The original e-Up was starting to look a little long in the tooth, with its 118 miles of range far off the pace of newer electric city cars and superminis, so a revised version makes a lot of sense. Revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, the second-generation e-Up will arrive at dealerships in early 2020 with a more powerful 81bhp electric motor and a bigger 32.3kWh battery that promises 161 miles of range on the WLTP protocol. It will also see the base price dropped over the outgoing model.
Peugeot’s second fully-electric model will closely follow the arrival of the e-208 supermini with which it shares a platform. The new-look 2008 grows in size over the outgoing car, with more crossover-inspired looks and a choice of petrol and electric powertrains. The e-2008 is set to use the same 138bhp electric motor as the e-208, while a 50kWh battery should provide around 192 miles on the WLTP test procedure. It will arrive in UK dealerships towards the end of the Spring.
DS 3 Crossback E-Tense
Set to share its CMP platform with the upcoming Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208, the 3 Crossback will be the first electric DS model and beat its PS group brethren to market by several months.
Designed as a direct rival for the Volvo XC40 and Audi Q2, the Crossback will focus on comfortable, high-end interiors, distinctive exterior styling inspired by the 7 Crossback, and an electric range of around 180 miles from a 50kWh lithium-ion battery. 0-62mph performance is estimated at 8.7 seconds, with a top speed of 93mph. Order books are already open, but customers will need to wait until the Summer to see the first cars on the road.