Electric cars – they simply don’t have enough range, right? Wrong. Perhaps a few years ago this might have been true, but there are now many more models, spanning a wide range of styles, and all of them would cover the daily needs of the majority of the UK’s car-driving population.
That can’t be right, surely?
Well, sorry to disillusion you again. There remains plenty of scepticism about the range of electric cars, that’s true, but the fact is the average daily driving distance in the UK is less than 20 miles, and there are very few models available as new that will cover fewer than 100 miles on a single charge. And that’s in real-world conditions and in mid-winter – when the cold affects the battery and the maximum achievable range drops as a result.
Naturally, charging is a key factor if you want to drive an electric car, but the longer the driving range, the fewer the times you need to plug in.
Not convinced? Well, we’ve gathered together the six electric cars with the longest driving range. They are all on sale in the UK market and are available to lease now. So here we go.
A new flagship Mercedes for the electric age, the EQS is effectively an S-Class but without an engine. Instead, electric motors make for a refined drive and a long one at that. With a huge battery allowing for a range of more than 450 miles, the EQS can cover a greater distance on a single charge than a number of petrol models with a full tank.
Tesla’s Model S was launched as a class-leading electric car, and with near-continuous improvements, it remains so today. The latest version uses Tesla’s newest battery technology for a range of more than 400 miles on a charge.
Add in the performance of a supercar, but with four seats and a spacious boot, and the Tesla Model S looks to be all things to all drivers. Better still, should you need to top up the car’s range, then you can use Tesla’s Supercharger network for ultra-rapid battery boosting.
Large, futuristic, and with a huge driving range, BMW’s new flagship SUV is the all-electric iX. Able to cover almost 400 miles on a charge, the iX is spacious inside and features BMW’s latest infotainment system and controls.
The starting point for a number of new electric models due from BMW, the iX is a very different approach to executive electric motoring, but still refined and high-tech, just like Mercedes’ EQS.
Rather more affordable than the previous cars on this list, the Mustang Mach-E is a vital model for Ford. Showing that the US giant can make a quality electric car, the Mustang Mach-E drives well, has a high-tech interior, and offers all the practicalities you would expect from a family SUV.
There’s no compromise, either: Ford’s Mustang Mach-E has a range of 379 miles in its longest-distance configuration. There are other options available, and all have a long range, but the halo model has enough about it to place highly on this EV long-range list.
The second BMW on the list of EVs with the longest range, it’s clear that the Munich firm is serious about EVs. This i4 is one of the most important models, not only BMW but the electric vehicle market as a whole. Why? It’s simple. The i4 is effectively the electric 3 Series – and if BMW can crack the pure-EV executive market, so can others.
And it’s no half-hearted attempt from BMW either. Scoring highly on performance and range, the i4 drives like a BMW saloon should.
A runaway success story, Tesla’s Model 3 has become the UK’s best-selling electric car in around two and a half years. In such a short period, there are now more than 55,000 Model 3s on the road in this country.
With a long driving range and strong levels of performance, it’s easy to see why. The Model 3 Long Range can achieve the headline 360-mile figure, but there are also Standard Range and Performance models to pick from, too, depending on your leasing and personal requirements. But none of them should leave you stranded for lack of range.
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