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Opel Corsa E

Opel Corsa E

Ford Mustang Mach E

Ford Mustang Mach E

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

BMW IX3

BMW IX3

Jeep Renegade Phev

Jeep Renegade Phev

Mini Cooper SE

Mini Cooper SE

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale

Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y

Mercedes EQV

Mercedes EQV

Renault Zoe R

Renault Zoe R

Honda E

Honda E

Volkswagen ID3

Volkswagen ID3

Audi E-Tron Sportback

Audi E-Tron Sportback

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Opel Corsa E

ALFA ROMEO TONALE

Alfa's electrification roll-out has begun with a plug-in hybrid Tonale. It will sit below the Stelvio crossover in Alfa Romeo's line-up and will be based on the Jeep Renegade.

Named after the mountainous route through the Italian Alps, the Tonale shares similar styling to the Stelvio and is expected to come in both two and four wheel drive.

Prices for the new SUV are unconfirmed as yet but potential competitors include the Range Rover Evoque, Volvo XC40, BMW X2 and the Audi Q3.

AUDI E-TRON 50 QUATTRO

Audi has boosted its EV range with the e-tron 50 quattro, a second version of the all electric SUV to join the range. It is powered by a 71-kWh battery and two electric motors with total power of 230 kW and 540 Nm of torque. It has a range of up to 330 kms, according to the WLTP test cycle and can charge to 80 per cent capacity in approximately 30 minutes at fast-charging stations. It is priced from €64,999 including grants. A Q4 e-tron with a 74kW battery and a range of 450km will join the range next year.

BMW IX 3

Due to start production this summer at its plant in China, it will be later in the year before BMW Ireland will launch this all-electric version of the X3. With spy shots already appearing online it is expected that it will have a battery capacity of 74 kWh and a range of 400-plus kilometres. Premium rivals include the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC or the Jaguar i-Pace.

CITROEN C5 AIRCROSS PHEV

An electrified version of the French firm's large SUV will provide a much-needed boost to the brand. The C5 Aircross PHEV will use an 80kW four-cylinder petrol engine paired to an electric motor and 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver a 50km fully electric WLTP range.

Pricing for the new C5 Aircross starts at just €26,495 but we would expect the PHEV version to be considerably more expensive and is likely to be priced in the region of €40,000.

CUPRA FORMENTOR

Cupra, Seat's performance brand, will launch the Formentor at the end of 2020. Not based on any existing SEAT model, it will be a plug-in hybrid Crossover. The Formentor PHEV makes use of a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, putting out 242bhp.

It will have a 50km electric-only range. Styling is likely to resemble the SEAT Ateca from which it's derived and it will be joined by two other high-performance plug-in hybrid models later in the year.

DS3 E-TENSE

The DS3 Crossback gets a full electric E-Tense addition in 2020. It is still unclear when exactly it will get to Ireland but when it does it will use the same powertrain as the electric versions of the Peugeot 208 and the Opel Corsa.

It will have a range of 320 kilometres and can be charged up to 80 percent of battery capacity in about 30 minutes when plugged into a public fast charger.

FIAT 500E

We will have to wait for the Geneva Motor Show next month to find out key details about the Fiat 500e but it is likely that it will share a platform with a new Panda and be fully electric. It will roll off the production line of the Mirafiori factory near Turin but apart from that little else is known. Leaked images have shown the overall shape and size appear to be identical to the ICE counterpart

FORD MUSTANG MACH E

Aimed at the booming SUV market, the Mustang-inspired electric SUV is a different creature to previous incarnations of the Mustang and is the first step toward expanding the nameplate into a full model line.

The all-electric SUV will initially be launched with two battery pack sizes and three power outputs. Due here in November it will be priced from €50,000 and will have a range of 600km.

HONDA E

Electrification has finally come to the Japanese car maker in the diminutive shape of the Honda E. Due here in later in the year the car was revealed at the Frankfurt motor show last September.

This little urban car is powered by a 35.5kWh battery that is one of the most compact in its class. It delivers a range of up to 220km from a single charge, so the relatively small battery and modest power output should make it ideal for everyday urban commuting.

JEEP RENEGADE PHEV

Jeep will expand its line-up with a Renegade plug-in version in the autumn. The plug-in hybrid will have an electric motor that permits a pure electric range of approximately 50km and a top speed of 130km/h in full electric mode.

The electric unit works in synergy with the new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engines to increase efficiency and power overall and produce up to 240hp.

MAZDA MX-30

Revealed at the Tokyo show ahead of its launch later this year, the MX-30 is Mazda's first pure electric car. It comes with a 35.5kWh battery and a range of approximately 210km. Mazda plans to launch a number of regular hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of existing models along with more EVs developed as a result of its EV tie-up with Toyota.

MERCEDES EQV

The Mercedes electric range will expand in June with the arrival of EQV. It is an electric people-carrier, based on the V-Class and has a 100kWh battery to give it a range of 400km-plus. Similar to the V-Class, it comes with a 7-or-8-seat configuration and a choice between two different wheelbases. Mercedes new EQS luxury saloon, an electric S Class, will be launched next year

MINI COOPER SE

The MINI Electric, the brand's first zero-emission car, goes on sale next month with prices starting from €27,765. The lithium-ion battery is capable of covering 235km to 270km on a single charge. It is not the best range on offer but that probably isn't as important as the handling; key to its success will be that it drives like a MINI.

The move towards electrification means future MINIS will be offered with a choice of petrol and electric drivetrains, with plug-in hybrids also featuring in larger models.

OPEL CORSA-E

The first electrified Corsa gets a 50kW battery and 330km range. Due here in March, prices are unconfirmed at this stage but the e-Corsa is likely to start at around €26,000.

PEUGEOT E-208

Peugeot's all new 208 is arriving in showrooms nationwide and is available in an all-electric version. Prices start from €27,334. Also joining the line up will be a 3008 Hybrid4 later this month and a e-2008 will launch before summer.

RENAULT ZOE R

The latest revision of Renault's small EV has added more range. Arriving in March the ZOE R with its 52 kWh battery makes a driving range of 390km-plus possible. At €26,990 it's one of the most affordable EVs. A plug-in version of the Mégane hatchback will join the range soon and a hybrid Clio and a PHEV Captur will launch later in the year.

SEAT EL BORN

SEAT's first electric vehicle for Ireland, the el Born, will launch at the end of 2020 and spy shots of the new EV undergoing cold-climate tests near the Arctic Circle are already appearing online. An electric version of the city-car Mii has been launched, but won't be sold here. Based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform it promises a range of up to 420kms and comes with a 58kWH battery and will be capable of charging to 260km in just 30 minutes.

TESLA MODEL Y

Tesla's new Model Y seven-seater shares many components with the Model 3 and will feature the same Falcon wing rear doors from the Model X. No pricing has been confirmed yet but we would expect it to be slightly above the €50,000 mark.

VOLVO XC40

Expected at the end of the year, Volvo's first all-electric XC40 Recharge is based on the current XC40 and will be powered by a 75kWh battery. The range is expected to be in excess of 400km and can charge up to 80 per cent of its capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charging system. Volvo has already committed itself to 'electrifying' its range through adding hybrid variants to all models and this has already been completed across the range.

VW ID3

Probably the most important VW in decades, the much-anticipated electric ID.3 will arrive in the summer but most versions will come late in the year - effectively for 2021 registration. A special launch edition will go on sale in the summer priced just under €40,000 after grants. The ID.3 will have three battery size options: 45 kWh (claimed 330km range), 58kWh (420km) and 77 kWh (550km). Prices haven't been released yet, but we know the 45-kWh battery models will start at under €30,000. The car will be a key role in VW's ambitious goal to sell one million electric cars per year by 2023. Elsewhere in the range, the price of the e-Golf has been reduced and it now starts from just €27,895.

Sunday Independent