More than one in five new Citroen C4s sold in the UK is the pure electric e-C4 version. It means Brits are outpacing the European EV average for C4 sales.

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So far, 20.5 percent of C4 sales in the UK are the e-C4, well ahead of the 15 percent average across Europe.

Surprisingly, in France, Citroen’s home nation, the e-C4 accounts for a mere one in 10 sales.

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Citroen, like fellow Stellantis brands Peugeot and Vauxhall, is aiming to normalise electric motoring.

The e-C4 looks almost identical to regular petrol and diesel versions, rather than being a standalone ‘electric car’ design. The firm’s objective is to encourage customers to consider all three fuel types at the same time.

So far, more than 30,000 customers have taken delivery across Europe since the C4’s launch back in the spring.


Gallery: Countdown to 2030: when will each car company go electric? (Motoring Electric)

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An all-electric future

DS Automobiles has announced it will only sell electric cars from 2024. The French marque’s electric range is currently limited to the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense crossover, but a new EV with a promised 400-mile range is on the way. The pivot to EVs will come six years ahead of the UK’s government 2030 deadline, banning the sale of new, non-electrified petrol and diesel cars.

Here, we reveal when other car manufacturers plan to make the switch.

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Smart – now

Smart is ahead of the game, having switched to all-electric power in Europe and the USA. Mercedes-Benz and Geely will unveil a Smart electric SUV later this year.

Daniel Lescow, Smart’s vice-president of global sales, said on LinkedIn: “It may come as a surprise to some: Smart will enter the market with a fully electric SUV – spacious yet compact. This will be the first vehicle of the joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Geely, due out in 2022, built in China.”

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Tesla – now

There’s no need for Tesla to adjust its sales strategy, because the American company is 100 percent electric. The current range includes the Model 3, Model S and Model X, with the Model Y likely to arrive in the UK next year. The compact SUV is expected to offer 314 miles of electric range.

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Jaguar – 2025

Jaguar is to be reinvented as a pure electric car brand by 2025 with a “dramatically beautiful” range of new cars. CEO Thierry Bollore told Motoring Research his personal car is currently a Jaguar I-Pace. “It is a great car… we have plenty of ideas to make it even better.” Sister company Land Rover has confirmed that it will launch six pure electric variants in the next five years, with the first all-electric model arriving in 2024.

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Vauxhall – 2028

Like DS, British brand Vauxhall is part of the Stellantis empire. It says all the vehicles in its range will offer electrified versions by 2024 – then be fully electric from 2028. The announcement followed news that the Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire will shift to producing solely electric vehicles, starting with the new Combo-e LCV van.

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Lotus – late 2020s

Lotus will shift to being an all-electric brand by the late 2020s. This is according to a quote from CEO Matt Windle published on the Automotive News Europe website. The decision was made in 2018 after positive feedback. “We took the decision to go straight to EVs after the Emira, which was already in development,” he said.

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Aston Martin – 2030

In a recent Financial Times article, Aston Martin chairman Lance Stroll said the company will continue to build internal combustion engines well into the next decade. That said, it will build its first EV in the UK from 2025. Everything points to the ability to buy an Aston Martin with a petrol engine until legislation says otherwise.

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Citroen and Peugeot – 2030

With DS going electric from 2024 and Vauxhall from 2028, their sister Citroen and Peugeot brands in the Stellantis stable could follow suit. However, a Stallantis spokesperson told Motoring Research: “We have no current plans to stop any sales ahead of legislation. All of our brands are committed to electrifying our respective car and van ranges in the coming few years and our consumers will decide what powertrains that they want. We respond to their changing needs.”

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Ford – 2030

You’ll almost certainly be able to buy a Ford with an internal combustion engine right up until the 2030 ban, but the company has laid out its path to zero. By mid-2026, 100 percent of its passenger car range will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, moving to pure electric by 2030.

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Genesis – 2030

Hyundai premium division Genesis currently doesn’t offer even an electrified hybrid car in its range. But it’s planning to catch up fast – the GV60 pictured above will be its first pure electric car and, by 2030, every car it sells will be an EV. Even by 2025, it’s planning to only launch pure electric cars: if you like your petrol-engined Genesis, best buy now, while you can…

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Mazda – 2030

Mazda told us it does not intend to cease UK sales of petrol and diesel cars ahead of the 2030 ban. It says it believes ‘a multi-solution approach that combines different technologies is the best way forward to reducing CO2 emissions. Electrification is a key pillar within Mazda’s multi-solution approach and by 2030 all Mazda vehicles will be electrified in some form. While electric vehicles are important to reducing CO2, we will still need internal combustion engines to power the majority of cars today and in the coming years.’

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Mini – 2030

Currently, the only pure electric Mini you can buy is the Mini Electric, but everything looks set to change. The last Mini with an internal combustion engine will arrive in 2025, before the company goes fully electric by 2030. New pure electric versions of the Mini Hatch and Countryman are scheduled to launch in 2023.

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Renault – 2030

Renault told us it will stop selling petrol and diesel cars in the UK in 2030. There’s no word on whether the date will be brought forward.

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Suzuki – 2030

Like Mazda, Suzuki has no plans to stop selling cars with an internal combustion engine ahead of 2030 and already offers a 100 percent hybrid model range with one plug-in hybrid model available. Suzuki stopped selling diesel engined models in the UK in 2017 due to limited demand.

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Volvo – 2030

Volvo’s electric strategy dovetails with the UK’s ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. The company says it plans to be fully electric by 2030, phasing out any cars with an internal combustion engine, including hybrids. “To remain successful, we need profitable growth. So instead of investing in a shrinking business, we choose to invest in the future – electric and online,” said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo chief executive.

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Bentley – TBC

Bentley will switch its entire model to offer exclusively plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles by 2026, and pure electric vehicles by 2030. This sees it move from being the largest producer of 12-cylinder petrol engines to having no internal combustion engines within a decade.

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BMW – TBC

BMW Group told us it expects fully-electric models to account for at least 50 percent of global deliveries by 2030. The company will have 13 all-electric models on the road from 2023, with at least one all-electric model offered in approximately 90 percent of the company’s current market segments. The BMW Group includes BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce.

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Kia – TBC

Kia told Motoring Research it’s too early to say when it will sell its last internal combustion engine in the UK, but the company is already set to meet its 95g/km emissions target this year. The company’s EV portfolio includes the e-Niro, Soul EV and forthcoming EV6.

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Honda – TBC

Honda recently announced that it wants its range to be 100 percent battery or hydrogen powered in major markets by 2040. It also intends to offer solid state battery technology in its new EVs by the late 2020s.

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Nissan – TBC

Nissan says all its ‘new vehicle offerings’ in key markets will be electrified by the early 2030s. “We’re determined to help create a carbon-neutral society and accelerate the global effort against climate change,” said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida. The company hasn’t confirmed if it will stop selling petrol and diesel cars before the 2030 ban.

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Mercedes-Benz – TBC

Mercedes-Benz says it will launch three new electric cars in 2021. However, the company is unwilling to comment on any plans to stop selling petrol and diesel cars ahead of the 2030 ban.

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MG – TBC

MG sells two EVs: the ZS EV and MG 5 estate car. It told us there’s no plan to cease petrol and diesel sales ahead of the ban, but that an early move to 100 percent electric wouldn’t be a ‘surprise’.

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The five-door crossover-styled hatchback marks Citroen’s return to the family hatchback sector, one dominated in the UK by the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.

“With the new C4, Citroen is making a strong comeback in the compact hatchback segment,” said Citroen boss Arnaud Ribault.

“New C4 is also the only model in its segment to offer the freedom to choose petrol, diesel and a 100 percent battery electric option, which is making its mark on EV sales in Europe – climbing onto the podium in the electric compact hatchback segment.

This year to-date, the Citroen e-C4 is Europe’s third best-selling compact electric hatchback.

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