Our winners for the 2017 Autovolt Electric and Hybrid Awards are shown below. Entrants were of an exceptionally high standard and choosing the winners was – as always – a tough task. Read on to find out who this year’s winners are.
Our 2017 Champions…
And the 2017 outright champion is…
OUTRIGHT CHAMPION: Renault Zoe Z.E.40 i
The French Zoe is our notable winner this year for several reasons. Firstly, it’s a game changer. While that phrase is often thrown about, the Zoe’s enlarged range really does make a world of difference. It’s not the quickest EV, nor the best built, but it’s a standout car because it offers a battery-electric vehicle with a decent near-200 mile range from a single charge.
On top of that, Renault’s been very good at making sure the Zoe isn’t a one trick pony; offering range and nothing else. The electric motor provides this Clio-sized hatch with an endearing drivability. What’s more, the Z.E.40 makes its class rivals look mean by offering generous equipment as standard. And, with nearly twice the range – suddenly the order books of the car have been opened to people who would never have previously considered an electric vehicle.
While Tesla is seen by many to lead the way to an electric future, the Zoe is the car that’s more likely to be bought by people without fat wallets. This makes it a people’s champion and the true flagbearer of an EV future and our worthy winner.
The 2016 winners…
And the 2016 overall winner is…
OVERALL WINNER: BMW 330e
BMW won an incredible four awards, more than any other brand. This includes our overall winner award, for the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid. Judges felt that the car offers excellent value for money with a useable electric range that provides superb economy around town or on a commute. The practicality and convenience of the impressive 2-litre four-cylinder engine combines to offer near unrivalled performance and flexibility. Built on a class leader to begin with, awards judges commented that the 330e is a near no-compromise car that excels in all manner of different driving scenarios.
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