Electric cars with the longest range

Electric car range is one of the biggest concerns for today’s modern drivers when it comes to making the switch to electric.

How far an electric car can go on a single charge differs from make and model. Most modern electric cars now have significant range to comfortably suit most people’s daily journeys. This means that they can be charged at home or at work through the day without significantly impacting on a driver’s routine.

However, some drivers need to make longer journeys, more frequently. If stopping to charge at a rapid charge point on route isn’t feasible, then there’s a number of  longer range electric cars on the market which could suit a driver’s needs.

A new generation of electric cars are coming to the market. This is helping to make electric driving a more attractive alternative for more people especially long-distance drivers. With ranges over an official 280 miles, we’ve ranked the 10 electric cars with the longest range available in the UK.

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Top 10 electric cars by range

Tesla Roadster electric car

Tesla Roadster

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 620
  • Approximate real-world miles: 600
  • Cost: £185,500
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 32 hours, rapid charge: 44 mins


According to Tesla, the Roadster is the quickest car in the world with top speeds of up to 250mph. It is the longest range electric car on the market with a whopping 600 miles. This premium car also comes with a high price to match.

If 600 miles isn’t enough, Tesla has also invested heavily into their own Supercharge network. The network is constantly growing throughout the UK and can mainly be found on motorway service stations. These are suitable for all Tesla models.

 

Tesla Model S electric car

Tesla Model S Long Range

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 375
  • Approximate real-world miles: 325
  • Cost: £78,050
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 15 hours, rapid charge: 38 mins


Second on the list is another entry for Tesla. A slightly more affordable model in comparison to the Roadster. The Tesla Model S can travel around 325 miles on one charge giving it a great range. The Model S has been on sale for several years now but it is still the leading luxury electric car with an amazing specification and technology.

There’s also a Performance model in the Tesla S range. This is slightly quicker but offers a slightly lower electric car range of 315 miles.

 

Volkswagen ID.3 electric car

Volkswagen ID.3 Long range

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 340
  • Approximate real-world miles: 295
  • Cost: £37,000
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 12 hours 15 minutes, rapid charge: 34 mins


Available from Autumn 2020, Volkswagen’s ID.3 models come with three different battery options. The long-range version provides an impressive 295 miles of range on one charge. For the cost, this is the most affordable electric car with the longest range.

The exact specifications for this car have yet to be announced. There’s a waiting list in place for those who want to order the car before its general release.

 

Tesla Model 3 electric car

Tesla Model 3 Long range

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 340
  • Approximate real-world miles: 295
  • Cost: From £46,340
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 11 hours 45 minutes, rapid charge: 22 minutes


Tesla are leading the charge when it comes to making electric cars with the longest range. The Model 3 is their more affordable model. With three specifications available (standard plus, long range and performance), it’s the Long Range version which offers the most miles – at a real world range of around 295 miles.

For Tesla lovers, the brand also offers their Tesla Model X which is the SUV of their estate. With approximate miles of around 285 miles, the car is also worth a mention on this list.

 

Polestar 2 electric car

Polestar 2

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 310
  • Approximate real-world miles: 280
  • Cost: From £49,000
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 12 hours, rapid charge: 28 minutes


Following the launch of their hybrid Polestar 1, comes the fully electric Polestar 2. Although production won’t begin on this model until early 2020, this five-door, saloon-shaped hatchback is brought to the market by Volvo’s performance company and brand.

It’s set to rival the Tesla Model 3 based on its cost and electric car range. Full details have yet to be announced however it is expected that there will also be a cheaper, entry model available from 2021.

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Skoda Vision IV electric car

Skoda Vision IV

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 310
  • Approximate real-world miles: 275
  • Cost: From £30,000
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 13 hours and 15 minutes, rapid charge: 33 minutes


Built on the same platform as the forthcoming Volkswagen ID range, this four-door crossover coupe is the latest in Skoda’s portfolio. Although little detail is known yet and a release date hasn’t been set, we know that this provides a long range for its anticipated price. The car is due to be landing in dealerships some time in 2020.

 

Jaguar I-Pace electric car

Jaguar I-Pace

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 292
  • Approximate real-world miles: 253
  • Cost: From £60,995
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 13 hours and 30 minutes, rapid charge: 44 minutes


The Jaguar I-Pace has picked up a whole host of awards this year. Most notably the World Car of the Year 2019. This is down to its 90kWh battery which Jaguar claims could get you as much as 290 miles on one charge (although this is very driver dependent). This is a great premium SUV with amazing styling, technology and acceleration. One to rival some of the Tesla models providing a good electric car range.

 

Kia Niro electric car

Kia e-Niro 64kWh

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 282
  • Approximate real-world miles: 235
  • Cost: From £32,995
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 10 hours and 30 minutes, rapid charge: 44 minutes


For the cost, this is also a great option for those wishing to make longer electric journeys. It made it to the top spot of What Car? Car of the Year 2019 and because of this demand has been high.

It’s very similar to its sister car, the Hyundai Kona. This is a compact SUV with quick acceleration and the first edition comes with some great extras as standard including radar cruise control and wireless phone charging. We are expecting some cheaper models to follow soon although the ranges of those models have yet to be announced.

 

Mercedes Benz EQC electric car

Mercedes-Benz EQC

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 280
  • Approximate real-world miles: 225
  • Cost: £62,140
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 12 hours and 45 minutes, rapid charge: 35 minutes


Unveiled in September 2018, this is the first of Mercedes-Benz electric models. The EQC is a large, all-wheel-drive SUV with bags of space and an 80kWh battery. This means that it has the potential to cover up to 259 miles on a charge giving it a rightful place in our list.

The manufacturer is expected to reveal ten all-electric models by 2022.

 

Hyundai Kona 64kwh electric car

Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh

  • Manufacturer’s official range in miles: 279
  • Approximate real-world miles: 245
  • Cost: from £32,845
  • How long it takes to charge: full charge at home: 10 hours and 30 minutes, rapid charge: 44 minutes


The Kona has been getting some great reviews. It’s one of the most affordable long-range electric cars on the market so demand for this SUV is high. It’s thanks to the large 64kWh battery that this electric car's range is so high, a battery size which until now had been only offered on high-end, premium models. Hyundai also produce a 39kWh model. This shares the same features and styling however its smaller battery means that it can only offer a range of around 180 miles.

 

Official electric car range vs the real-world: what's the difference?

The manufacturer’s official electric car ranges are calculated through testing in a controlled environment set by WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure) rules.

WLTP is the successor to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle), which despite its name was designed in the 1980's and is outdated due to its tendancy toward theoretical driving. NEDC fuel consumption ratings are close to impossible to achieve in real-life.

WLTP however, while still conducted in a lab, uses real-driving data gathered from all around the world and considers real-life temperatures, road types, gearshifts and all sorts of actions that occur during normal driving. WLTP therefore better represents everyday driving profiles and produces more accurate fuel consumption and engine emission readings.

Although WLTP is more realistic than NEDC, it doesn't account for all possible variations, individual driving styles, traffic and weather conditions from country to country, so there will still be a difference between WLTP and real-world. This is why we've included an approximate real-world range to give a better indication of an average driving range, helping you to plan better.

Here's an easy-to-understand infographic that shows just how far an EV can take you in the UK:

Electric car range comparison infographic
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