Every year Next Green Car hold an awards ceremony for the best green cars that have been released in the UK that year.
In 2017, we saw the arrival of the all-new Hyundai KONA and the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, but did either of them win an award? All together there are eight vehicle categories, these are: City, Supermini, Small, Family, Large Family, Crossover/ SUV, Executive, Estate and Next Generation. All models were judged against their environmental performance and cost criteria with Next Green Car's unique NGC Rating.
Commenting on the 2017 award winners, 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 award winners it's easy to see why, with quality plug-in cars now winning in all vehicle segments from urban city cars to crossover/ SUVs. Electric vehicles have now arrived and are giving even the greenest petrol and diesel models a good run for their money."
Take a look at our winning manufacturers and their models below:
Toyota Prius Plug-In
The Toyota Prius Plug-In boasts economical figures of 22g/km of CO2 emissions and reaches an increased range of 39 miles in EV mode. The Prius Plug-In has a charging time of 2 hours* and a solar panel roof that allows the car to charge while you are on the road in the sun.
Next Green Car verdict: "With class-leading electric range, CO2 emissions and fuel economy, the Prius Plug-In moves the game forward for PHEVs. Arguably at its best when in EV mode - feeling faster and more responsive - the Toyota Prius Plug-In is a car that is very easy to drive efficiently."
*Based on 16 AMP charging capability.
Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In
The Hyundai IONIQ range consists of a highly efficient Hybrid, Electric and Plug-In model. The Plug-In produces economic figures of 26g/km of CO2 emissions and gives you up to 39 miles of electric mode driving of zero emissions. Not only will you benefit from a great performance you will get the Hyundai 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, commented: "Alongside Hybrid and Electric, the IONIQ Plug-In continues to receive praise from customers and the media alike. With vehicle emissions becoming an increasingly important factor for consumers looking for their next car, the IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid offers the best of both worlds - an ideal solution for those who want low emissions."
Kia Niro Plug-In
The Crossover/ SUV winner, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, was launched this year and has already proved to be an award winner. The Niro Hybrid can drive for up 36 miles on electric power mode alone while producing 29g/km of CO2 emissions. All Kia models also boast a fantastic 7-Year Warranty.
Next Green Car verdict: "Kia is one of the market leaders in terms of PHEV electric range and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid benefits from this focus. Throw in the fact that the PHEV technology is wrapped up in a practical crossover packaging and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid is expected to quickly climb the electric vehicle sales charts."
Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-In
Just like the Kia Niro Plug-In the Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-In was released this year. Producing CO2 emissions from 33g/km the Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-In is one of the few big-booted plug-in cars on sale in the UK. Again, the brilliant Kia 7-Year Warranty is included when the car is purchased from new.
Next Green Car verdict: "We are thrilled to have received these awards from Next Green Car. The Niro PHEV and Optima Sportswagon PHEV are great additions to both the Kia fleet and the ever-growing UK alternative fuel market. Having this choice of Plug-In hybrid Electric Vehicles within the Kia range has enabled us to better meet our customers' changing needs - it's a very exciting time for Kia."
The Hyundai KONA was released this year and Hyundai have plans to produce an EV version - this is set to arrive next year!
To book your test drive with one of the Next Green Car winners or runner-ups pop into your local Burrows franchise dealership!