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2017-10-01

Frankfurt Motor Show 2017: Top 10 electric cars




Next Green Car picks the top 10 EVs from Frankfurt 2017

The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is now in full swing, with a huge range of new green cars sitting on the stands from a large variety of manufacturers. Most are concepts, but importantly, most of those concepts are confirmed to go into production in the next few years, meaning an veritable armada of new plug-in cars is due by the turn of the decade - most of which are pure-electric.
Traditional motor shows are beginning to loose their importance from an industry point of view, though the big events - Geneva and Frankfurt/Paris - still have the reputation and lustre to attract some big announcements.
It is strange to think that two years ago, the last Frankfurt Motor Show was the final major automotive event before the VW Emissions Scandal broke, changing the industry forever.
A shift to electrified models had already been on the cards and was trickling along at a slow yet steady rate. The effect of the scandal on electric car development though was to stamp down hard on the accelerator and put a brick on said pedal.
The development of the electric car industry has quickly gathered speed and is moving along at a fair old lick now. Nobody looks set to remove that brick either so it's importance to the industry, and the world in general, is only going to continue increasing for some time to come.
And that (far from) in-depth market analysis is reflected in the announcements made over the past couple of years, with every manufacturer that wishes to survive more than ten years committing to electric models.
Looking back, two years ago my Top 10 Electric Cars from Frankfurt round-up consisted of both pure-EVs and PHEVs, primarily because there weren't ten news-worthy pure-EVs at the show - and one of those was the Leaf 30kWh that looked just like the 24kWh model.
Now though, I'm having to leave electric models out while still sticking to the pure-EV criteria. If I opened this review up to include all plug-in models on show, it would prove far too long, even for those of you that have a boredom threshold that has allowed you to get this far.
So with no further ado - and in no particular order - here are Next Green Car's Top 10 Electric Cars from Frankfurt 2017.