Best Electric SUVs 2021: The Complete Guide

volvo electric car

Overview


Electric vehicles (EVs), in particular, pure electric vehicles, have come a long way since the early days of the all-electric Nissan Leaf (2010). EVs currently on sale in the UK are just as stylish, if not more, than conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Moreover, with battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), comfort is taken to another level, given that the noise and tailpipe pollution from emission-free electric cars is zero!

Though new electric cars are exploding across all segments, the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment has witnessed a breathtaking increase in the introduction of pure electric SUVs over the past 24 months. Incumbent traditional luxury automotive manufacturers are in fierce competition to offer the very best in environment-friendly driving. But, it is more than that, consumers are just as keen to improve and impress their eco credentials. The type of car an individual drives and the impact of their choice on the environment now matters. The neighbours are no longer envious by polluting luxurious petrol SUVs in the driveway. It is the environment credentials that now impress them and make them envious.

It is a challenging task to create a list of ‘best all-electric SUVs‘ for 2021, as all available e-SUVs have much to offer. However, we have considered carefully a number of key factors to conclude on a credible list of top eco-friendly pure electric SUVs. These include:

  • The track record of the automotive manufacturer (OEM)
  • The vision of the automotive manufacturer in regards to the development and introduction of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs)
  • The investment up-to-date in developing dedicated platforms for the production of electric vehicles (EVs)
  • The ‘value proposition’ for consumers for each model (price, quality, performance etc.)
  • The emission-free electric range, the EV battery size, the DC and AC charging capability (also assessed EV battery warranty)
  • The life-cycle costs for acquisition, running and the maintenance of the EV
  • The exterior styling, interior quality/specifications, space and practicality for the price level
  • The availability of trim options and associated costs

The above list is not exhaustive, but rather a glimpse into our approach for evaluation.

The latest pure electric SUVs (to include compact SUVs) have impressive zero-emission electric range and can easily meet the needs of most families and individuals. In most cases these e-SUVs can achieve close to 200 miles (WLTP) range and in some cases closer to 300 miles. As an example, the all-electric Hyundai Kona SUV has a WLTP range of 300 miles. In any case, in the UK the average car journey is 12 miles, so for most requirements, a small electric SUV, will be perfect.

All these electric SUVs are equipped for rapid charging and in most cases the EV battery can achieve 0-80% SOC within 40 minutes. Of course, also keep in mind that more than 80% of the time, electric cars are charged overnight at home using a dedicated charging station. We at e-zoomed strongly encourage the use of a high-quality EV charging point for home charging. At e-zoomed there is a fantastic selection of electric car charging points to include a seamless installation service. Follow this link to learn more.

The pure electric SUVs below combine elegance, performance and practicalty with ease. There is ample room for children to sit on the rear seats and to carry their school gear and more in the boot. Moreover these green SUVs are also a perfect getaway vehicle for family outings and weekends, without worrying about range anxiety! Of course these electric vehicles are also well suited for chores like grocery shopping, school-runs etc. You can lease electric cars at fantastic prices via e-zoomed to include electric SUVs! Follow this link to learn more!

ashvin suri e-zoomed founder
You Can Recharge A Pure Electric SUV For £5 (Ashvin Suri, Founder e-zoomed)

Apart from the impeccable environmental credentials of electric vehicles, the other fantastic advantage of EVs, is that these eco-friendly vehicles are cheap to run, even the luxurious e-SUVs. You can expect to fully recharge an EV battery for between £5 to £15, with a running cost per mile between 3p and 5p. To fill a full tank of a petrol SUV will set you back over £100!

The narrative to switch to pure electric cars, and in particular replacing petrol and diesel SUVs by zero-emission pure electric SUVs is compelling and robust:

  • No noise pollution
  • No tailpipe pollution (better air quality)
  • Cheaper to recharge than fill
  • Cheaper to run per mile
  • Instant torque
  • Smoother ride
  • Superior infotainment systems
  • Enhanced exterior design and much more!

The future is electric, and the future is today! Below are our top picks for best electric SUV’s currently on sale in the UK:


Electric Cars: The Basics


For those of you new to zero-emission electric driving, we recommend a read of the following articles:


The All-Electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV


The Audi e-tron SUV was unveiled as a concept car in 2015, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The e-tron battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is the first mass-market zero-emission pure electric vehicle from the German automotive manufacturer. The Sportback version of the electric SUV made its debut in LA (USA) in 2019, at the AutoMobility show.

The Audi Q4 e-tron electric compact crossover SUV is also based on the Volkswagen MEB bespoke EV platform (the all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 uses the same platform). Production of the Q4 electric SUV commenced in March 2021 and the production Q4 e-tron version was unveiled in April 2021. However, the Q4 e-tron was first shown as a concept vehicle in 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Q4 e-tron is available in the SUV and Sportback body styles.

The electric Q4 SUV is perfect for families seeking a luxury emission-free electric vehicle (EV) that is both, practical for everyday commutes and also for longer day or weekend trips. The three rear seats have ample headroom and can comfortably fit three adults. The boot is a decent size (520 litre) and perfect for school and weekend gear! The interior quality is high and the driving experience is simply refined!

The Audi Q4 e-tron SUV is available to lease via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link to enquire!

Audi e-tron electric Q4
The All-Electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV (credit: Audi)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (3 Options)
Sport (from £41,325): 35 e-tron/ 40 e-tron/ 50 e-tron
S line (from £43,425): 35 e-tron/ 40 e-tron/ 50 e-tron
Edition 1 (from £47,520): 35 e-tron/ 40 e-tron/ 50 e-tron

PROSCONS
A high quality EV and good electric performanceCheaper pure electric SUV are available
Interior quality and space goodOptions increase purchase price significantly
Good looks125 kW DC charging and 11 kW AC charging not standard on all variants

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes (55 kWh and 82 kWh)
Charging:Up to 125 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2kW and 11kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1632
Width (mm):2108
Length (mm):4599
Wheelbase (mm):2764

Q4 35 e-tron
EV Battery Capacity:55 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):208 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):18.1
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:9 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):125
Max Power (PS):170
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,890
Colours:8

Q4 40 e-tron
EV Battery Capacity:82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):316 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):18.3
Charging:125 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,050
Colours:8

The All-Electric Audi e-tron SUV


The Audi e-tron SUV was unveiled as a concept car in 2015 (quattro concept), at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The e-tron battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is the first mass-market zero-emission pure electric vehicle from the German automotive manufacturer. The EV was delivered in 2019.

The e-tron SUV is a luxurious and spacious EV, perfect for families needing ample interior space and practicality without compromising on comfort! The rear seats are comfortable with excellent legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) is a smooth drive and well suited for weekend getaways and day trips with the family. The EV has a ‘familiar and conventional’ design, helpful for those consumers keen on ‘familiarity’ when migrating to zero-emission electric driving.

The e-tron SUV is available in two EV battery sizes: 71 kWh and 95 kWh, with WLTP ranges of 194 miles and 249 miles respectively. Though an 11kW on-board charger comes as standard, only the 55 quattro variant is capable of DC charging up to 150 kW. The 50 quattro variant can charge up to only 120 kW.

The Audi e-tron BEV is available to lease via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link to enquire!

audi etron electric SUV
The All-Electric Audi e-tron SUV (credit: Audi)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (5 Options)
Technik (from £62,025): 50 quattro/ 55 quattro
Sport (from £64,725): 50 quattro/ 55 quattro
S line (from £68,825): 50 quattro/ 55 quattro
Black Edition (from £70,375): 50 quattro/ 55 quattro
Vorsprung (from £84,025): 50 quattro/ 55 quattro

PROSCONS
Ample interior space for large families and luggageCheaper pure electric SUV are available
Interior quality high and luxuriousEV range not as good as some rivals
Familiar and conventional exterior designElectric performance not as good as competitors

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes (71 kWh and 95 kWh)
Charging:Up to 150 kW Rapid Charging. On-board charger: 11kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1632
Width (mm):2192
Length (mm):4901
Wheelbase (mm):2928

e-tron 50 quattro
EV Battery Capacity:71 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):194 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):23.6
Charging:120 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11kW AC)
Top Speed:118 mph
0-62 mph:6.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):230
Max Power (PS):313
Torque (Nm):540
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,370
Colours:8

e-tron 55 quattro
EV Battery Capacity:95 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):249 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):25.4
Charging:150 kW DC Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11kW AC)
Top Speed:124 mph
0-62 mph:6.6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):300
Max Power (PS):408
Torque (Nm):664
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,520
Colours:8

The Hyundai New Kona Electric SUV


The pure electric Hyundai Kona Electric EV was launched in South Korea in 2018. The Kona has also been available as an internal combustion engine (ICE) variant since 2017. The vehicle is named after the western district of the island of Hawaii.

The Kona e-SUV is the second pure electric car from the South Korean manufacturer. The first was the all-electric IONIQ EV. The upgraded New Kona Electric SUV EV is a practical and affordable electric vehicle (EV), appropriate for families keen to migrate to zero-emission electric driving, but at prices that are affordable. The SE Connect and Premium trims are priced below £35,000 and therefore eligible for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG). The Ultimate trim is not eligible for the PiCG.

The e-SUV is practical and versatile with an excellent zero-emission range. The KONA SUV EV is available in two EV battery sizes (39.2 kWh and 64 kWh), with a WLTP range up to 300 miles for the larger lithium-ion EV battery. The compact crossover electric SUV is more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, weekend trips, grocery shopping and a lot more! The electric vehicle (EV) also has a 10.5 kW AC on-board charger and is capable of DC charging up to 100 kW (0-80%: 47 mins). A perfect step into affordable and fun electric driving.

Hyundai New Kona Electric
The Hyundai New Kona Electric SUV (credit: Hyundai)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (Compact Crossover)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available for SE Connect/ Premium trims
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (3 Options)
SE Connect (from £30,450): 39.2 kWh battery
Premium (from £31,800): 39.2 kWh battery/ 64 kWh battery
Ultimate (from £37,200): 64 kWh battery

PROSCONS
An affordable compact family electric SUVNot all variants qualify for PiCG
Good EV range (up to 300 miles)Boot is smaller than rivals
Infotainment system has Apple CarPlay/ android autoInterior quality can be improved

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes (39.2 kWh and 64 kWh)
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 47 mins). On board charger: 10.5kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1570
Width (mm):1800
Length (mm):4205
Wheelbase (mm):2600

New KONA Electric (39.2 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:39.2 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):189 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):14.3
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 47 mins). On board charger: 10.5kW AC
Top Speed:96 mph
0-62 mph:9.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):136
Max Power (PS):100
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,535 – 1593
Colours:10

New KONA Electric (64 kWh)
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):300 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):14.7
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (0-80%: 47 mins). On board charger: 10.5kW AC
Top Speed:104 mph
0-62 mph:7.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):204
Max Power (PS):150
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,658 – 1,743
Colours:10

The All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV


The Jaguar I-PACE battery-electric vehicle (BEV) was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It is the first all-electric performance SUV from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Deliveries commenced in the second half of 2018. The model has won a number of awards in 2019 to include, the European Car of the Year, World Car of the Year, the Best Design and Best Green Car awards. 

Though the Jaguar I-PACE was one of the first pure electric SUVs from a mainstream automotive manufacturer to challenge the dominance of Tesla electric cars, since 2018, many other car manufacturers have entered the zero-emission electric vehicle (EV) sector. Competition in the pure electric SUV segment is now fierce, with a number of EVs on offer at different price ranges. The I-PACE BEV is at the more expensive end of EVs currently available.

jaguar electric SUV I-PACE
The All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV (credit:JLR)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (5 Options)
I-PACE S (from £65,245)
I-PACE SE (from £69,845)
I-PACE HSE (from £74,445)
I-PACE Black (from £72,445)
I-PACE HSE Black (from £76,695)

PROSCONS
Good looks and exterior stylingExpensive. Cheaper pure electric SUV alternatives available
Good electric performanceHeadroom for middle-passenger at the back limited
High quality interior and standard equipmentLimited visibility/ blind spots (rear)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (90 kWh)
Charging:100 kW rapid charging standard. On-board charger 11 kW AC (3-Phase)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1566
Width (mm):2139
Length (mm):4682
Wheelbase (mm):2990

All-Electric I-PACE EV400
EV Battery Capacity:90 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):286 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):224.9
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:124 mph
0-60 mph:4.5 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):294
Max Power (PS):400
Torque (Nm):696
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Driving Modes:3 (Comfort, Dynamics, Range Preservation)
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):2,208
Colours:12

The All-Electric KIA e-Niro SUV


Like the all-new Kia Soul EV SUV, the Kia e-Niro pure electric SUV has been positioned for ‘affordability’ and ‘value’. Of course, as one would expect, there is much in common between the two pure electric compact crossovers SUVs from Kia.

Kia Corporation, launched the all-electric Kia e-Niro in 2018 at the International Electric Vehicle Expo in Korea. The Kia Niro concept was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. The emission-free e-Niro order book opened in the UK in January 2019, with the initial allocation sold out within three weeks. The EV has also won the prestigious 2019 What Car? Car of the Year award. It is the first ever all-electric SUV to win this accolade. The e-SUV has also won the prestigious WhatCar? Car of the Year 2021 award.

Kia e-niro electric SUV
The All-Electric KIA e-Niro SUV (credit: KIA)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available only for Niro ‘2’ and Niro ‘2’ 64 kWh
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (4 Options)
e-Niro ‘2’ (from £30,345)
e-Niro ‘2’ 64 kWh (from £32,445)
e-Niro “3′ (from £37,100)
e-Niro ‘4+’ (from £39,395)

PROSCONS
Affordable electric compact SUV for families and good all-rounderThe exterior stying is not for everyone
Good EV range39 kWh battery option has limited range
Winner of WhatCar? Car of the Year awardThere is room for improvement for the interior

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery size (39 kWh and 64 kWh)
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 7.2kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1560
Width (mm):1805
Length (mm):4375
Wheelbase (mm):2700

e-Niro 39 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:39 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):180 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):153
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2kW AC)
Top Speed:96 mph
0-60 mph:9.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):100
Max Power (bhp):134
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,667
Colours:5

e-Niro 64 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):282 miles (combined)
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):159
Charging:100 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 7.2kW AC)
Top Speed:104 mph
0-60 mph:7.5 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (bhp):201
Torque (Nm):395
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,812
Colours:5

The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV


The all-electric Mercedes EQC is the first member of the Mercedes EQ electric mobility family. The electric EQC is based on the Generation EQ concept which was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, with the production model making its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.  The EQC is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV model and is also a five-seater vehicle. 

As you would expect from Mercedes, the EQC is a highly refined pure electric SUV. The five-seater SUV has ample headroom and legroom for rear seat passengers and also a decent boot size. As the electric vehicle (EV) has been developed on a dedicated EV platform, the EV battery is neatly placed below the floor, creating more interior space. This luxurious electric SUV is a perfect family SUV for those seeking luxury, practicality, safety and style in a zero-emission electric vehicle. The EV comes in one battery size (80 kW) and can be rapid charged up to 110 kW. The electric range is a comfortable 245 miles.

Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV
The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV (credit: Mercedes)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (2 Options)
EQC 400 4MATIC Sport (from £65,720)
EQC 400 4MATIC AMG Line (from £67,715)

PROSCONS
Built on a dedicated EV platformCheaper alternatives available
High quality interior specifications and infotainmentDC charging only up to 110kW and on board charger only 7.4kW
Stylish, luxurious and comfortable to driveAlternative e-SUVs have better electric range

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (80 kWh)
Charging:110 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 40 mins). On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1622
Width (mm):2096
Length (mm):4761
Wheelbase (mm):2864

EQC 400 4MATIC Sport
EV Battery Capacity:80 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):255 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):22.4
Charging:110 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 40 mins). On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Top Speed:112 mph
0-62 mph:5.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):300
Max Power (hp):408
Torque (Nm):760
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,495
Colours:10

EQC 400 4MATIC AMG Line
EV Battery Capacity:80 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):245 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):23.3
Charging:110 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 40 mins). On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Top Speed:112 mph
0-62 mph:5.1 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):300
Max Power (hp):408
Torque (Nm):760
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,495
Colours:10

The All-Electric Tesla Model Y


The Model Y is a Tesla Model 3 based crossover with inspiration also taken from the Tesla Model X SUV.  However the Model Y does not have the iconic ‘falcon wing doors’ used in the Model X. The Model Y has been developed to further increase the ‘mass market appeal’ of Tesla pure electric cars.  A strategy very similar to the successful Tesla Model 3.  However, unlike the Model 3, the Model Y has room for up to seven adults with an optional third row.  The extra seats are an additional cost. 

The battery electric vehicle (BEV) is packed with technology, to include, 12 sensors to detect nearby vehicles, a 160 m forward facing radar for a long-range view of distant objects and 360 degrees cameras to provide maximum visibility. The Model Y has ‘Full Self-Driving’ capability (option priced at US$ 10,000 in the US and EUR 7,500 in Italy).  The Model Y will compete head-on with the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV and also with the award winning Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV

Tesla commenced Model Y deliveries for the US market in early 2020 (6 months ahead of schedule).  Deliveries for the UK were slated for end 2020, however, this has now been moved to later in 2021 or potentially even 2022. There are currently two trim options, but a third option is expected in due course.   

Tesla Model Y electric car
The All-Electric Tesla Model Y (credit:Tesla)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV (crossover)
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (2 Options)
Long Range (UK prices yet to be disclosed. Priced at US$ 43,190 for the US market)
Performance (prices yet to be disclosed. Priced at US$ 53,190 for the US market)

PROSCONS
Better priced than a Tesla Model XExpensive. Cheaper pure electric alternatives available
Fast electric performanceadditional 3rd row passengers will have very limited headroom given the sloping roofline
Good EV battery range and Supercharger networkFull Self-Driving option not cheap

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (75 kWh)
Charging:250 kW rapid charging standard. On-board charger 11 kW AC (3-Phase)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 120,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1624
Width (mm):1920
Length (mm):4750
Wheelbase (mm):2890

Tesla Model Y Long Range
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):326 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):171
Charging:250 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:135 mph
0-60 mph:4.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):258
Max Power (PS):351
Torque (Nm):527
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5 (additional row option up to 7)
Doors:5
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):2,003
Colours:5

Tesla Model Y Performance
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):303 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):177
Charging:250 kW Rapid Charging (on-board charger: 11 kW AC)
Top Speed:155 mph
0-60 mph:3.5 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):340
Max Power (PS):462
Torque (Nm):639
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5 (additional row option up to 7)
Doors:5
Driving Modes:N/A
Weight (kg):2,003
Colours:5

The All-Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge SUV


The Volvo XC40 conventional petrol and diesel variant has been available since 2017. The original XC40 SUV was awarded the prestigious Car of The Year accolade by WhatCar? in 2018.

However, Volvo has always had an intention to create a fully-electric (battery-electric vehicle) version of this compact SUV. Currently, the automotive manufacturer also offers a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and mild hybrid variant of this SUV. The pure electric Recharge was unveiled in October 2019. Like the internal combustion engine (ICE) variant, the all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge is also based on the Volvo 40.1 Concept.

The all-electric compact Volvo SUV is perfect for families already familiar with the advantages of owning and driving a Volvo car i.e. a fantastic reputation for safety and quality. Of course, the electric Recharge further enhances this enviable reputation, given the environment-friendly nature of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) i.e. no tailpipe pollution!

The e-SUV is practical and versatile without compromising on quality and comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) has a decent range (over 250 miles WLTP on a full charge), more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, grocery shopping and a lot more!

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is available to lease via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link to enquire!

The All-Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge (credit: Volvo)
The All-Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge (credit: Volvo)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (2 Options)
Recharge Standard (from £49,950)
Recharge Upgrade (from £56,700)

PROSCONS
Good looks and decent rangeAn expensive EV. Cheaper options available
Interior quality high and good headroom for rear passengersInfotainment system can be improved
High electric performance (quick acceleration)Heaviest SUV from the XC40 range

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (78 kWh)
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 11kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1652
Width (mm):2034
Length (mm):4425
Wheelbase (mm):2702

Volvo XC40 Recharge
EV Battery Capacity:78 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):259 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11kW AC)
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-62 mph:4.7 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Horsepower (hp):408
Torque (Nm):660
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,220
Colours:8

The All-Electric VW ID.4 SUV


The series production of the all-electric VW ID.4 commenced in August 2020 at the company’s factory in Zwickau (Germany). The ID.3 VW hatchback electric car is also manufactured at the same location. The pure electric ID.4 is a compact crossover, well suited for families, seeking practicality and ample interior space. The ID.4 EV is a good all-rounder and a decent option for those seeking to migrate to zero-emission electric driving.

The all-electric ID.4 SUV will be manufactured in the US in 2022 and is also expected to be manufactured in China. According to Thomas Ulbrich, a Volkswagen board member, “Given the major societal challenges of recent months, the successful start of ID.4 series production is an exception achievement.” The ID.4 is the second electric vehicle (EV) to use the bespoke MEB platform, after the all-electric ID.3.

The pure electric SUV can be charged at home via a dedicated home EV charging station. As most homes in the UK are single phase, maximum charging will be up to 7.4 kW. However, those with 3-phase supply can take advantage of the 11kW on-board charger. The VW ID.4 EV is capable of rapid charging (125 kW) at public electric car charging points (199 electric miles in just 30 minutes).

Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV
The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (4 Options)
ID.4 1st Edition (from £40,800)
ID.4 Life (from £41,570)
ID.4 Family (from £45,520)
ID.4 Max (from £49,990)

PROSCONS
Good electric rangeInfotainment system could be improved
Ample interior (rear seats) and boot spaceAvailable only in one battery size
Excellent turning radiusCheaper electric SUV alternatives available

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (77 kWh)
Charging:125 kW rapid charging standard. 11 kW on-board charger
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1640
Width (mm):1852
Length (mm):4584
Wheelbase (mm):2771

ID.4 1st Edition
EV Battery Capacity:77 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):310 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):414 miles (city)
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):180.34
Charging:125 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11kW AC)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:8.5 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,124
Colours:3

wallbox electric car charger
EV Charging Stations Available Via e-zoomed (credit: Wallbox)

For those of you seeking to buy and install EV home charging points, we offer a vast range of high quality and high performance electric car charging points to include a seamless service of supply of product and installation at very competitive prices.


We at e-zoomed are more than happy to assist you with all your EV needs to include:


And more!  Do sign up to our e-newsletter to learn more about e-mobility. Also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter



Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

Buy Electric Driving Products

Sign up for e-zoomed news and offers

This site uses technical cookies to guarantee an optimal and fast navigation, and analysis cookies to elaborate statistics.
You can visit the Cookie Policy to get more insights or to block the use of all or some cookies, by selecting the Cookie Settings.
By choosing Accept, you give your permission to use the abovementioned cookies.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Accept all Services
0