One of the key factors to consider when purchasing an electric car is its long range capabilities. This is the maximum driving range an electric vehicle can go on a single charge. Although most of us don’t drive hundreds of miles every day and deplete a full charge, no one wants to worry about running out of juice and not being able to find a place to plug-in. This concern around this issues is such that the EPA includes estimated range figures in its fuel economy evaluations for electric cars, although what you achieve in real-world driving may vary. The constant expansion of the charging network makes it easier than ever to find a convenient charger, and the time it takes to fully charge an electric car is also improving. Electric vehicles also include infotainment systems with features that help make it easy to track your range and locate a charging station.
Gone are the days when there were only a few electric cars for sale. Today there are dozens of electric vehicles to choose from with a wide range of options from minimalist to luxurious. Electric car powertrains include single-motor options with front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive and dual-motor options with all-wheel drive for slippery/snowy roads. Some electric cars have three electric motors for more advanced AWD capability, which delivers improved handling over FWD or RWD models. Whether you want a luxury sedan, hatchback, crossover, entry-level compact car, or even a pickup truck, there’s an electric vehicle with an increasingly long driving range out there for you. Here we break down the longest range electric cars you can buy both new and used along with pricing. We even take a peek at future electric cars due over the coming months and years.
|New EVs with the Longest Range|
|Rank||Electric Vehicle||Max EV Range||Min EV Range||HP Range||Torque Range||MSRP|
|2||Tesla Model S||405||396||670-1020||723-1050||$99,490-$134,490|
|3||Audi e-tron S||372||344||496-496||717||$84,800-$89,800|
|4||Tesla Model 3||358||272||201-450||258-471||$46,490-$58,990|
|5||Mercedes-Benz EQS 450||350||340||329-516||419-631||$102,310-$119,110|
|6||Tesla Model X||348||333||670-1020||310-531||$110,490-$125,490|
|7||Tesla Model Y||330||303||346-450||389-471||$58,990-$63,990|
|8||GMC HUMMER EV||329||329||1000-1000||11,500||$108,700|
|10||Ford F-150 Lightning||320||230||563-563||775||$39,974-$90,874|
|13||Hyundai IONIQ 5||303||256||225-320||258-446||$43,650-$54,500|
|15||Ford Mustang Mach-E||300||210||266-290||317-644||$43,895-$61,995|
|18||Chevrolet Bolt EV||259||259||200-200||266||$31,000-$34,200|
|18||Hyundai KONA Electric||258||258||201-201||291||$34,000-$42,500|
|19||Audi Q4 e-tron||250||250||295-295||339||$49,900-$57,500|
|20||Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback||250||250||295-295||339||$52,700-$60,300|
|21||Chevrolet Bolt EUV||250||250||200-200||266||$33,000-$37,500|
|22||Kia Niro EV||239||239||201-201||291||$39,990-$44,650|
|23||Audi e-tron GT||238||238||469-469||465||$102,400-$109,600|
|25||Audi RS e-tron GT||232||232||590-590||612||$142,400|
|28||Volvo XC40 Recharge||223||223||402-402||221-258||$51,700-$58,150|
|29||Audi e-tron Sportback||218||218||402-402||490||$69,100-$82,300|
|32||MINI Hardtop 2 Door||114||114||181-181||199||$29,900|
|33||Mazda MX-30 EV||100||100||143-143||200||$33,470-$36,480|
New EVs with the Longest Range
There are some electric cars with very low ranges. These include the Mazda MX-30, which has only 100 miles of range and the MINI Hardtop 2-Door, which gets 114 miles on a full charge. These cars have smaller battery packs, which makes them a challenge if you’re planning a road trip. Most new electric vehicles, however, get over 200 miles of range per charge, with a wide spread of price points and maximum range figures so you don’t have to worry as much about finding a place to plug-in. Note that some electric cars have both standard range and long range batteries so you can get a range version that best suits your needs
Sitting at the top of the range list for new electric vehicles is the luxurious Lucid Air sedan. It starts at $139,000 with a range of up to 520 miles on a single charge. If you want something with a long range and the performance specs of a sports car, you can’t beat the Lucid Air. There’s also the luxurious Mercedes EQS sedan, which delivers a range of 350 miles. If you’re in the market for a truck, then the full-size 320-mile Ford F-150 Lightning, or mid-size Rivian R1T with its 314 miles per charge, should be on your list. If a premiumg-branded full-size truck is more to your liking there’s the GMC Hummer, which gets 329 miles per charge. The Tesla Model X gets the top spot for an electric SUV with 348 miles of range while the more affordable Kia EV6 is the crossover with the longest range at 310 miles per charge. If you want more of a sports car with an electric motor and a long range, there’s the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV with 300 miles of range per charge. Here’s the full breakdown of new electric cars and their ranges so you can avoid range anxiety.
Used EVs with the Longest Range
EVs are still newcomers to the automotive landscape, so the selection of used vehicles isn’t as strong. The smaller number of models in existence means there simply aren’t as many used electric cars on the market. Some of the models on our list of new electric vehicles just came out this year, meaning they haven’t had time to make their way to the used car marketplace. There’s also a notable lack of trucks since those are currently new models only. If you want an electric truck you’ll have to go with a new one or wait a bit for used models to make an appearance.
The Tesla Model 3 sedan has the longest range of used electric cars at 310 miles per charge. Tesla also comes out on top for SUVs with its Model X getting a maximum of 295 miles per charge. If it’s a crossover you’re after the Chevrolet Bolt EV with its 238 miles of range will get you further than the competition. While the selection of used electric vehicles is limited, you will save money by buying used as long as you don’t mind the limited number of choices. This can help you get a premium electric car at an entry-level price.
|Used EVs with the Longest Range|
|Rank||Electric Vehicle||Max EV Range||Min EV Range||HP Range||Torque Range||Average 5-Year Old Used Car Price|
|1||Tesla Model 3||310||220||258-258||307||$38,701-$44,999|
|2||Tesla Model X||295||238||328-532||387-485||$50,990-$103,500|
|3||Tesla Model S||270||210||382-532||317-792||$43,000-$84,980|
|4||Chevrolet Bolt EV||238||238||200-200||266||$15,099-$43,510|
|6||Hyundai IONIQ Electric||124||124||118-118||215||$17,500-$26,451|
|10||Kia Soul EV||93||93||109-109||210||$12,988-$20,899|
|11||Honda Clarity Electric||89||89||161-161||221||-|
What about the future? Despite the small number of electric vehicles available compared to the wide range of gas-powered vehicles you can buy, options are increasing. Just one year ago there were no trucks, but today there are three. That number is set to increase with the introduction of the Chevrolet Silverado EV this spring with an impressive predicted range of up to 400 miles per charge. Cadillac is about to introduce its first EV, the Lyriq SUV, which is coming sometime later this year with a range of up to 300 miles.
If you want to go off-road you’ll want to look for the Jeep Wrangler EV, which is expected later this year with range figures under wraps. There will also be the Subaru Solterra crossover, which has all-wheel drive capability and an estimated range of over 220 miles. There are new electric vehicles coming from practically every automaker in every category over the coming years. If you don’t see what you want today, it won’t be long before the perfect electric vehicle for you makes its debut.
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