Electric vehicles at the Paris Motor Show
For many years, carmakers talked the electric vehicle talk but didn’t walk the walk. That’s changed now, as OEMs have finally started introducing electric powertrains. Will they be able to regain the ground they have lost to trailblazers like Tesla?
Here’s an overview of the main plug-in hybrids and pure EVs presented at the Paris Motor Show. Also have a look at the non-electric fleet highlights from the Paris Motor Show. Stay tuned for our videos!
Citroën – DS – Peugeot
Citroën has a long tradition of comfortable suspensions and the Citroën C5 Aircross continues this line thanks to its innovative Progressive Hydraulic Cushions. The C5 Aircross is also the first Citroën to come in a plug-in hybrid version (picture on top), albeit only in concept shape at this stage. Don’t hold your breath to see a production version at dealers soon as PSA strategies will probably hold it back until the end of 2019.
Its premium brother the DS7 Crossback E-Tense will be available first. It features a 1.6 petrol engine and a battery pack that guarantees 40 to 50km of electric range.
PSA’s C and D segment vehicles may get a hybridised petrol unit but the B-segment models get an all-electric powertrain. First in line is the DS3 Crossback, a small crossover that takes on the Audi Q2. Here, the E-Tense model features a 50kWh-battery for 300km of range.
Peugeot treated the public with a double premiere: the very good-looking estate version of its revamped 508 and its very first plug-in hybrid powertrain - unsurprisingly, the same one as the DS7 Crossback E-Tense.
Toyota - Lexus
The Auris hands the torch back to the Corolla, the name of a car that has topped the global sales charts for decades. For the first time Toyota offers two hybrid powertrains, an economic and a more dynamic one.
At Lexus, the Toyota Camry-based ES takes over from the ageing GS. That’s right, a front-wheel drive E-segment saloon with a non-pluggable hybrid powertrain.
The Kia e-Niro, Kia’s second fully electric vehicle, can go 485km on a single charge with its 64kWh battery, a point well made by Kia as the car wasn’t unveiled at the actual motor show. Rather, it started on a journey just under 500km from Paris to arrive at the motor show around lunch time. Mission accomplished.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC has been designed to take on the Jaguar I-Pace. In spite of its slightly smaller battery, it still manages 400 WLTP kilometres on a single charge. A DC fast charger brings the level from 10 to 80% in a mere 40 minutes.
Photos: Dieter Quartier and Benjamin Uyttebroeck