PHEV Manufacturer of the Year
Presented to the manufacturer of either a commercial or consumer PHEV that has demonstrated the best performance and best suitability for purpose in its class.
Extensive discussions were conducted with fleets ahead of the market introduction of the BMW 330e Saloon. This plug-in hybrid offers an official combined fuel consumption of 148.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 44g/km. March 2016 also saw the launch of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer. In pure electric mode, the car can travel up to 25 miles and reach up to 78mph, emission-free and with zero fuel consumption.
A combination of an electric motor and an efficient 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in Volvo’s XC90 T8 Twin Engine achieves CO2 emissions of 49g/km and combined fuel consumption of 134.5mpg. Running in electric-only mode, the car is capable of 27 miles. The tax-efficient XC90 T8 can achieve significant savings when compared with a similarly priced rival SUVs.
Kia’s recently introduced PHEV offerings for fleets include the Optima and the Niro SUV, which at its leanest returns 74mpg economy and CO2 emissions of 88g/km. It’s an early success story, with nearly 5,000 vehicles delivered to European buyers as of mid-October and an order book of 15,000 vehicles. The PHEV variant of Kia’s Optima saloon was the first plug-in model from the manufacturer.
A huge success story in the UK and Europe, a combination of the combustion engine and twin electric motors make the Outlander PHEV the most capable 4x4 hybrid available. Two motors supply instant torque to all four wheels and it can even be driven in 4WD mode purely using electric power. The Outlander switches between three drive modes (Pure EV, Series and Parallel Hybrid) which are selected automatically to deliver the most efficient performance.
Over the years, the VW Golf has proved to be one of the more desirable hatchbacks available, and this continues to be the case with the recently launched plug-in version. Powered by a 148bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine plus a 101bhp electric motor, it has a total output of 201bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds. Five different drive modes (E-mode, Battery Save, Hybrid Auto, Battery Charge and GTE) offer varying levels of efficiency.
Mitsubishi won the award for its PHEV Outlander, which is the world’s first plug-in hybrid 4x4 SUV. With regenerative braking to feed power back into the batteries when possible, the Outlander is capable of 32.5 miles in EV mode (total range 500+), 70mph on EV power, and has the possibility of up to 148mpg. What’s more, it has SUV convenience and 4WD capability.