EV winners revealed

Some of the UK’s best new and used electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars for every budget have been revealed at the 2022 What Car? Electric Car Awards.

Now in their third year, the awards were launched following a surge of interest in electric and hybrid cars and are designed to help people who are keen to buy an electrified car choose the right model for their needs.

The most successful brands in 2022 were BMW, Tesla and Volvo, each of whom won three awards.

BMW picked up Best electric luxury SUV for the iX xDrive50 M Sport Edition, Best hybrid luxury SUV for the X5 eDrive45e M Sport and Best used hybrid executive car for the 330e M Sport.

Meanwhile, the Volvo XC40 Recharge T4 Plus, XC60 Recharge T8 and XC90 Recharge T8 won Best hybrid small SUV, Best used hybrid large SUV and Best used hybrid luxury SUV respectively.

The most successful car was the Tesla Model 3, which was named Best electric executive car and Best used electric executive car, in addition to winning the Efficiency Award for using the least energy per mile.

Another notable winner was the Kia EV6 RWD GT-Line, which followed up being named overall What Car? Car of the Year back in January by winning Best electric large SUV. Kia also won Best electric small SUV with its Soul EV Maxx, making it one of three brands – the others being Porsche and Volkswagen – to collect a brace of awards.

The most affordable new electric or hybrid winner was the Fiat 500 42kWh Icon, which costs £29,435, while the most expensive model was the BMW iX xDrive50 M Sport Edition, with a price tag of £107,305.

The Lotus Eletre electric SUV won the Reader Award, which was decided by a public vote on What Car?’s social media channels, with people asked to choose the upcoming electric model that they are most excited about from a 12-car shortlist.

Editor Steve Huntingford said: “The number of fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars on offer has increased exponentially over the last few years. However, while this increases the chances of UK car buyers being able to have something that’s perfect for their needs, it can also make life horribly confusing, so our annual What Car? Electric Car Awards are more important than ever.”