The Next Green Car Awards 2017 winners have been revealed – recognising the UK’s best new green cars – with plug-in models dominating the finalists.
A total of six pure-electric models made the final awards from the shortlist – four winning outright – and nine PHEVs were recognised. In total electric vehicles took all but two of the 17 final places.
Winning pure-EVs were the Smart electric line-up – fortwo ed, fortwo cabrio ed, and forfour ed – the BMW i3 and i3s, Nissan LEAF 40kWh, and Jaguar I-Pace. The VW e-Golf and Hyundai Kona EV took Commended places in their respective categories.
Plug-in hybrid winners were represented by the Toyota Prius Plug-In, Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, BMW 530e, and Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid. Commended PHEV models were the Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In, Mini Countryman Cooper S E All4, and Volvos S90 and V90 – both in T8 TwinEngine specification.
A special award was handed out this year too, with the new range-extended electric Black Cab – the LEVC TX with eCity technology – handed the Innovation prize.
All NGC Awards 2017 models have been launched this year – barring the Next Generation award which looks at what’s due next year. The new models must either be newly available to buy in 2017, or at least available for order, with deliveries expected early 2018.
Commenting on the winners of this year’s awards, Dr Ben Lane, Director at Next Green Car, said: “With many countries signalling the end of the internal combustion engine, 2017 will go down in automotive history as the year when the power-train game changed.
“Looking at this year’s awards winners it’s easy to see why, with quality plug-in cars now winning in all vehicle segments from urban citycars to crossover/SUVs. Electric vehicles have now arrived and are giving even the greenest petrol and diesel models a good run for their money.”
Click on the link below to find out the winners and commended cars in each category, plus more on the selection criteria by which each winning model was assessed.