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Fully Charged LIVE North 2023 Review

Fully Charged LIVE has gone North with its first event at Harrogate. If you missed it, here are the highlights, including the Lotus Eletre, Munro pick-up, the new smart #1, all the live stage sessions, and of course much, much more…

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Lotus Eletre

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Fully Charged’s Electric Launchpad showcascd the Lotus Eletre SUV, which has a 373-mile range, 905 hp, a top speed of 165 mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 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.

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Munro MK_1 pick-up

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Another yellow show highlight, the new Munro MK_1 pick-up had its world premiere at Harrogate.

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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.

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smart #1

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The smart #1 is a new all-electric compact SUV. Unusually for an ‘urban’ vehicle, the smart #1 is rear-wheel drive – or all-wheel drive for the BRABUS edition. 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.

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XPeng P7

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. Chinese company XPeng was only founded in 2014.

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Rivian R1T

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.

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Ford F-150 Lightning

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.

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Maxus T90EV Pick-up

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.

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Electric Launchpad

The Electric Launchpad featured a range of new EVs – including the Microlino bubble car – that haven’t been seen before in the UK (apart from at Fully Charged LIVE South…)

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BYD

BYD unveiled the ‘affordable’ Dolphin EV, one of its latest models, at Fully Charged LIVE South, 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. The BYD Atto 3 EV, which is now on sale in the UK, was also part of the Fully Charged LIVE test drive programme. If you’ve not heard of BYD before, it stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’ and the Chinese company offers new energy solutions from bases in more than 400 cities in over 70 countries on six continents – despite only being formed in 1995.

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ORA

The GWM ORA Funky Cat was on show at Harrogate. GWM (Great Wall Motor) 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.

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Hyundai

The IONIQ 6, new Kona Electric and the IONIQ 5 were on show at Harrogate. 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. The all-new Hyundai Kona Electric, with a 304-mile range, also made an appearance. 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.

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Kia

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.

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Maxus Mifa 9 MPV

The Maxus Mifa 9 MPV has 7 or 8 seats, with a range of 323 miles.

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Mifa 9 prices start from £53,588 + VAT.

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Just look at those seats!

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Test Drives

Fully Charged LIVE North offered a huge number of test drives

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Micro-Mobility

Fully Charged LIVE North wasn’t just about cars, test rides were also available of electric scooters and electric bikes.

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The Harrogate weather was (mostly) tropical, with a Brass Band on hand to entertain the crowds who were relaxing outside in the sun.

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Fully Charged LIVE North featured over 50 live sessions on stage.

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And there was a hall of exhibitors such as DriveElectric, with the BYD Atto 3 on display.

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…and of course the Green Car Guide stand offered free, independent, expert advice about EVs…

 

Fully Charged LIVE South 2023 Event Review

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Read Green Car Guide’s Fully Charged LIVE South 2023 event review

 

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