Lloyd on Electric
Date posted: 15 January 2019
With electric being one of the hottest topics in the motoring industry at present, here we take a look at what's currently on offer, from the MINI Countryman S E plug-in hybrid to the Jaguar I-Page and BMW’s i3 and provide you with some top tips for going electric.
In 2008 the very first fully electric MINI hatchback was built, the MINI E. The MINI E was available on lease over the course of a six-month trial period to assess its popularity compared to petrol and diesel options. And it seemed to go well. So well, in fact, that over 10 years later, the long wait to buy a fully electric MINI is about to end! Exciting times lie ahead for the MINI brand.
Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design, says: “MINI is an urban brand and the fully-electric MINI the logical next step into the future. These initial sketches for the fully electrified MINI [shown below] outline our vision of authentic design creating a bridge between the history of the brand and its electric future.”
The BMW Group announced the development of a battery-powered electric MINI production vehicle in July 2017. The first of these large-scale produced MINIs with battery-electric drivetrains will be available from 2020 –60 years after the launch of the original classic Mini.
The new model will offer electro-mobility delivered in a way unique to the MINI brand with driving fun, style and individualisation at its core. The electric drivetrain will be built at the BMW Group’s e-mobility centre at Plants Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria before being integrated into production at Plant Oxford.
Top Tips for Going Electric
1. Be aware of the price, but don’t be put off – you’ll be saving on the running costs!The running of an electric car is much cheaper than you’d expect, with more and more charging points popping up throughout the UK, in cities and workplaces. Due to technological advancements the running and maintenance costs of an electric car have dropped significantly.
2. Consider whether electric will benefit your lifestyleIf you’re currently driving hundreds, or even thousands of miles a week for work (or even pleasure) an electric car probably isn’t for you… right now! As mentioned, public charging is continually developing, however some longer and more rural trips still may be problematic.
3. Are you green?Zero emissions are always a plus point. Running on clean, green energy. Not only are they better for the environment, they are also low on noise pollution too. The electric motors are much quieter than their diesel and petrol counterparts.
4. Consider safetyElectric cars go through the same testing and procedures as fuel-powered cars. And in case of an incident, electricity supply is cut to prevent further damage and as expected, airbags will be deployed.
The Electric Market
The Jaguar I-PaceThe all-electric I-Pace Jaguar was named both, ’2018 Scottish Car of the Year’ and ‘BBC TopGear Magazine Electric Vehicle of the Year.’ Impressive, right?
Every Jaguar offers a unique feel on the road and moving to all-electric power doesn't change this. It offers even more opportunities to shape the dynamic performance and dramatic design for which Jaguar is renowned. The new Jaguar I-PACE is a pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) built from the ground up to embrace these new possibilities.
The new BMW i3 and BMW i3s were designed from top to bottom with sustainability, exceptional looks, outstanding handling, driving dynamics and battery performance in mind. Constant innovation and the drive to progress means that the new BMW i3 and BMW i3s have a common objective: to be class-leading electric vehicles.
The BMW i3
How it all adds up
|BMW i3||Jaguar I-Pace|
|100% Charging time (hours)||12-15||12|
|Depreciation (3 years) retention||21%||55-60%|
|PRice (starting from)||£34,070||£63,495|