Top electrified cars 2017
Diesel is dirty, petrol is pricey and pedal power is just so 20th century. If you want a thoroughly modern motoring experience, there's no two ways about it – you have to get yourself a car with some electrification involved.
Gone are the days when your options were limited to just the Toyota Prius, too. The new car market has all kinds of different vehicles with some form of battery power, be they hybrid, plug-in or full electric.
We've rounded up our favourite electrified cars of 2017, ranging from affordable superminis right up to the most insanely sophisticated hypercars.
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It's a Golf – but it's electric. That's the big appeal of the e-Golf, because as long as you don't shout about it, the majority of people won't know you're in an electric car at all.
Instead of the outlandish styling of something like a Toyota Prius, the e-Golf is conservative and classy – but still features a perky all-electric powertrain and enough range in normal use to be genuinely useful for most people.
The i3 is already one of our favourite electric cars, and the new i3s just improves things – adding more power, sportier suspension and bigger wheels. It's already practical, effortlessly quick around town and remarkably practical, though its styling will be 'challenging' for some.
The i3s is available in two forms – pure electric, or with an optional two-cylinder petrol engine under the boot floor to act as a range extender. This is pricey, but turns the i3 into a car you'd consider for longer journeys as well as town use.
Renault Zoe ZE40
The original Zoe was popular as a town commuter, but the lack of a bigger battery meant it didn't appeal to drivers as an only car. However, the addition of a new 40kWh battery means the Zoe has a theoretical range of 250 miles – and that's enough for nearly everyone.
That range is all the more impressive when you consider it's just 17 miles short of a Tesla Model S – but the Zoe's starting price is over £30,000 less than the American car's.
BMW i8 Roadster
We've been fortunate enough to have the corking BMW i8 with us for a couple of years now, and in that time nothing else has quite captured that car's combination of genuine eco-credentials with such striking looks and accomplished driving dynamics. But even dihedral doors aren't show-off enough for some people, so BMW's introduced the i8 Roadster for drivers with a pathological need to be seen.
Mercedes Project One
Admittedly, we've not driven the Mercedes Project One yet – it's a monstrous hypercar with the engine from an F1 car, which means an electrically-driven turbocharger system that gives the V6 engine incredibly fast responses.
There's another electric motor connected directly to the crankshaft, which can add on another 160bhp on demand. Essentially, the Project One is as near to an F1 car for the road as you'll ever find – with over 1,000bhp on tap.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla itself admits the low-priced Model 3 has been in 'production hell' since the beginning, but that can't dull the appeal. It promises to be a truly usable, luxurious and clever electric vehicle for the same price as a mid-range diesel executive car – and what's not to love about that?
Featuring lots of the same sophisticated tech goodies as the bigger Model S, the Model 3 has a range of over 200 miles and will accelerate from 0-60mph in less than six seconds.
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid
Challenging looks is about the only criticism you can level at the new Panamera Hybrid. It has it all: insane performance (0-60mph in 5.3 seconds), amazing numbers (456bhp) and up to 30 miles of electric-only range.
Official fuel economy is 95mpg, and it's all wrapped in a sleek four-door coupe body with space for adults even in the back seats. The commuters' dream? Look past the £80k+ price point and we'll talk...
The Mirai has been around for a while, but we're still impressed by it. It's one of very few hydrogen-powered cars on the market today, offering a really clean alternative to combustion engines.
The hydrogen is converted to electricity in a fuel cell, powering an electric motor to give decent, if not sparkling performance. The real news? Emissions – all that comes out of the tailpipe is water. Once a decent hydrogen infrastructure is in place, cars like this could be the future...