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EVERYTHING ELECTRIC: FULLY CHARGED LIVE SOUTH 2023 EVENT REVIEW

If you’re thinking about buying an electric car, be warned: everything is about to change. The car brands that you considered for your last petrol or diesel car are probably not the car brands that you’ll need to consider for your next electric car.

The new electric vehicle contender brands were at Fully Charged LIVE South 2023, and many car buyers – along with many established European car makers – may be surprised to see that it’s companies from China that are leading the charge… and in more bad news for the UK car industry, no cars made in the UK were on show, with the exception of the Munro MK_1, from Scotland, and the Morris J E van (neither of which are really cars, and neither are in full production yet).

So despite the UK government talking about the UK being a leader in EVs, the reality is that countries such as China, South Korea and America have been putting massive investment into electric vehicles and batteries for years, with the results on show at Fully Charged LIVE.

Of course Fully Charged LIVE South 2023 didn’t just have the latest EVs on display and available for test drives, but it showcased ‘everything electric’, including EV charging, home energy solutions, and of course more than 50 live on-stage sessions with energy and transport experts hosted by Fully Charged presenters Robert Llewellyn, Jack Scarlett, Helen Czerski, Imogen Pierce and Dan Caesar.

If you missed Fully Charged LIVE South, don’t worry, Fully Charged LIVE is coming to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on 19th, 20th & 21st May 2023 – book now.

Check out these NEW electric cars and other highlights at Fully Charged LIVE South 2023:

GWM ORA new premium saloon

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GWM (Great Wall Motor) ORA hosted the first ever UK debut of its next model, a yet to be named fully electric premium saloon, which will soon go on sale to join the GWM ORA Funky Cat. Country of origin: China.

GWM SUVs and pick-ups have been the best sellers in the Chinese market for many years and GWM has a joint venture agreement with BMW.

BYD Dolphin EV

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BYD unveiled the ‘affordable’ Dolphin EV, one of its latest models, in a European-first. The Dolphin EV features a Cobalt-free LFP Blade battery giving a 265-mile range, along with a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 7.0 seconds, and 290Nm of torque. The EV will be on sale in the UK this year. Country of origin: China.

BYD Atto 3

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The BYD Atto 3 EV, which is now on sale in the UK, was also part of the Fully Charged LIVE test drive programme. Country of origin: China.

If you’ve not heard of BYD before, it stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’ and offers new energy solutions from bases in more than 400 cities in over 70 countries on six continents – despite only being formed in 1995.

XPeng P7

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The XPeng P7 has Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive, a 437-mile range and a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds, along with X-wing doors. Country of origin: China. XPeng was only founded in 2014.

Lotus Eletre

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The Lotus Eletre SUV has a 373-mile range, 905 hp, a top speed of 165 mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 2.95 seconds. Yes, that’s 2.95 seconds. Prices are from £89,500. Lotus is a British brand but is now owned by Geely, a Chinese company, and the Eletre is being built in China.

Polestar 3

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The new Polestar 3 electric performance SUV was seen for the first time in the UK. The Polestar 3 features a 111 kWh battery pack which is expected to provide a driving range of up to 379 miles. With a dual-motor configuration and a power bias towards the rear, the standard car produces a total of 489 hp and 840 Nm of torque. The Polestar 3 can also charge at up to 250 kW. Polestar is part of Geely, a Chinese company.

Maxus T90EV pick-up

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If you’ve wanted an electric pick-up truck in the UK, you’ll have been disappointed because there haven’t been any on sale. However that has now changed with the appearance off the new Maxus T90EV Electric Pick-up, with a range of up to 220 miles. The T90EV is two-wheel drive only at the moment, a four-wheel drive version is to come. Prices from £49,950 + VAT. Maxus is a brand of Chinese company SAIC which is China’s largest car maker and also owns MG.

Fisker Ocean

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The Fisker Ocean SUV has a 440-mile range as well as 550hp and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.6 seconds. From £35,970. A car from America!

Rivian R1T

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The only example of the Rivian R1T electric pick-up in the UK. 400 mile-range, wading depth of over three feet, 14.9 inches of ground clearance, towing capacity up to 11,000 lbs and a 0-60 mph time of 3 seconds. Another model from America, showcased at Fully Charged LIVE by Evision.

Ford F-150 Lightning

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The Ford F-150 Lightning was at Fully Charged LIVE, even though this EV isn’t due to be on sale in the UK any time soon. The F-150 Lightning has a 240-mile range, a 0-60mph acceleration time of 4.1 seconds, and it’s available in the U.S. from $59,974. Showcased at Fully Charged LIVE by Evision.

AEHRA SUV

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The AEHRA SUV is a new EV with a range of around 500 miles that’s due to go on sale in late 2025. Described as an ‘ultra-premium electric vehicle’, the AEHRA SUV is claimed to have a top speed of 164 mph and is expected to cost between $160,000 and $180,000.

Smart #1 Brabus Edition

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The smart #1 Brabus Edition is a new all-electric compact SUV. With a 4270mm length, it’s no longer as compact as the original smart fortwo (or as light, with a weight of 1820kg). Unusually for an ‘urban’ vehicle, the smart #1 is rear-wheel drive. The electric motor produces power of 272PS and torque of 343Nm, with a top speed of 112mph. The smart #1 has a 66kWh NCM battery with a maximum range of 260-273 miles and a maximum DC charging rate of 150kW.

Jeep Avenger

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The Jeep Avenger 1st Edition, the brand’s first all-electric model, will be available from £36,500, with pre-orders now open. The launch of the full Jeep Avenger range will be in June.

Abarth 500e Scorpionissima

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The Abarth 500e Scorpionissima has 155 PS of power and 235 Nm of instant torque, delivering a 0-62 mph time of 7.0 seconds. At city speeds from 12 mph to 25 mph, the 500e is 50% faster than the petrol model.

Munro MK_1

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The Munro MK_1 is an electric 4×4, manufactured in Scotland, with three variations: Utility, Range and Performance. Its electric driving range is up to 190 miles and prices are from £59,994.

Hyundai IONIQ 6

Prices for the Hyundai IONIQ 6 start from £46,745, with Premium and Ultimate trim levels. Rear and All Wheel Drive variants are also available, all with a long range 77kWh battery as standard, giving a maximum potential range of 338 miles for the rear-wheel drive model, or 322 miles for the all-wheel drive model.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

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The Hyundai IONIQ 5 has been on sale for a while but is notable for its angular styling in contrast to the aerodynamic curves of the IONIQ 6. It has a driving range of up to 315 miles and an 800V battery system, allowing it to be charged at ultra-rapid 350 kW public chargers.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The all-new Hyundai Kona Electric, with a 304-mile range, was hidden away on the Hyundai stand!

Kia EV6 GT

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The Kia EV6 GT has a dual-motor electric powertrain, producing 577 bhp and 740 Nm of torque, delivering a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds. However it can still manage 265 miles (WLTP combined) of driving range on a full charge, and can ultra-rapid charge at 233 kW. Until deliveries of the EV6 GT start coming through properly, there’s always the excellent Kia EV6 GT Line S.

Genesis GV60

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The Genesis GV60 Electric and the Genesis GV70 Electric have all the benefits of the EV models from Hyundai and Kia such as long driving ranges but have added luxury.

Vauxhall Astra Electric

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The Vauxhall Astra Electric, featuring a 156hp electric motor and a 54kWh battery delivering a 258-mile (WLTP) range, is joining the Corsa-e this year. Vauxhall is a British brand, but the Astra isn’t built in Britain.

Subaru Solterra

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The Subaru Solterra is the brand’s first EV, sharing its platform with the Toyota bZ4X.

MG4

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The MG4 is an affordable hatchback with rear-wheel drive that thinks it’s a sports car. MG is a British brand, but is now owned by Chinese company SAIC.

Nissan Ariya

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The Nissan Ariya is the first new electric car from Nissan since the LEAF, available with up to 329 miles of range and two-wheel drive or ‘e-4ORCE’ all-wheel drive.

Morris J E

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The electric Morris J E van, based on the Morris J-Type of the 1950s, is only the second vehicle in our list that’s due to be built in Britain (and like the Munro Mk_1 it’s not a car). The Morris J E has a 250-mile range.

Microlino

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Fully Charged’s Jack Scarlett would like to see fewer large SUVs on our roads – here’s an answer, the Microlino, a space-saving, electric bubble car with two seats, a range of up to 143 miles and a top speed of 55 mph.

EV Test Drives

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Fully Charged LIVE 2023 was billed as the largest EV test drive programme held in the world – ever…

Two-Wheel Test Track

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It wasn’t just electric cars at Fully Charged LIVE – there was a Two-Wheel Test Track with all sorts of weird and wonderful products ranging from e-scooters to electric bikes.

300 exhibitors

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We aren’t able to cover all the 300 exhibitors at Fully Charged LIVE, but there was a wide range of companies offering home energy solutions and EV charge points such as MyEnergi, who sneaked a McMurtry Speirling on their stand.

ElectriX

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ElectriX, sponsor of Fully Charged LIVE, is running a competition at Fully Charged LIVE for a 12-month lease of an MG4 plus a home charger and £600 towards your insurance. Visit ElectriX at the Fully Charged LIVE South or North shows to enter and see the MG4 in the metal.

DriveElectric

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DriveElectric, the Business Partner for Fully Charged LIVE 2023, launched a new EV HUB to support business fleets to reach Net Zero faster.

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Dragon’s Den Deborah Meaden visited the DriveElectric stand to chat about cars and carbon with DriveElectric’s Managing Director Mike Potter.

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Deborah Meaden opened Fully Charged LIVE South 2023 with the first Electric Fireside chat with Robert Llewellyn.

The Fully Charged presenters

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If you missed Fully Charged LIVE South, don’t worry, Fully Charged LIVE is coming to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on 19th, 20th & 21st May 2023 – book now.

SEE GREEN CAR GUIDE’S REVIEWS OF ALL PREVIOUS FULLY CHARGED LIVE EVENTS:

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Fully Charged LIVE 2022 Event Review

Robert Llewellyn at the Green Car Guide stand Fully Charged 2021

Fully Charged OUTSIDE 2021 Review

Fully Charged Live

Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged LIVE 2019 Event Review

Fully Charged LIVE 2018

Fully Charged LIVE Review 2018