10 electric cars with 248 miles or more range to buy instead of a diesel or petrol

What range anxiety?


AT THE time of the original Nissan Leaf’s launch nearly 10 years ago, the car makers dabbling with pure-electric models were trying to convince us that its official range of 109 miles between charges (less than that in the real world) was more than enough for most drivers.

In a way, it was true — research from 2008, published in the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ 2011 Electric Car Guide, showed that the average individual journey length in the UK was 8.6 miles and the average total daily distance travelled was 25 miles, while more than 80% of motorists across Europe drove less than 63 miles in a typical day.

And yet “range anxiety” (the fear of running out of charge) was still a major talking point, with many commentators asking, “But what happens if I want to drive from London to Scotland”. Although journeys of that distance aren’t common, a long road trip — say for a family holiday — once or twice a year isn’t out of the question for many families.

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, was one of the few pure-electric car advocates arguing that drivers shouldn’t just put up with a range of 100 miles or less. He knew that if the tech was going to take off, drivers would need electric cars capable of travelling at least three times as far as the Leaf. He had introduced the Roadster in 2008, which could travel 244 miles according to the American test cycle, and then the Model S (more than 300 miles) in 2012.

Now it seems, the rest of the car industry is catching up. Cars that can go at least 200 miles per charge are becoming the norm rather than the exception, and they’re becoming more affordable, too.

Here are 10 of longest-range electric cars available to buy in 2019/2020.

 

1 Tesla Model S 

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range 280-375 miles (WLTP estimate), depending on variant
Price From £68,200 (including Government’s £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG))
On sale Now

Six years after it was launched in the UK, the Tesla Model S remains the standard bearer when it comes how far you can go on a single charge. Very few cars come close to the Long Range model’s maximum 375 mile range, and even the base model’s range of 280 miles puts it among the top long-distance cars in the pure-electric pecking order.

 

2 Tesla Model 3

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range 258-348 miles (WLTP estimate), depending on variant
Price From £35,400  (including PiCG)
On sale Now

Nipping at the heels of the Tesla Model S is the Model 3, which at the time of writing has only recently gone on sale in the UK. Like the Model S, the ‘Long Range’ Model 3 will be the one to go for if you regularly do longer journeys, though the ‘Standard Range’ model should still be able to manage around 250 miles before its battery runs out of juice.

Read our review of the Tesla Model 3 here

 

3 Volkswagen ID.3

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range 205-341 miles (claimed)
Price From £25,000 (est.)
On sale Late 2019

Volkswagen’s made a very big statement of intent with its upcoming ID.3 hatchback. As well as being fairly affordable by electric car standards (prices are expected to start at around £25,000 when it goes on sale), the range of the top-spec version is very impressive for a car of this size. You’ll need to be patient if you want to go 300 miles+ in one go in your ID.3, however, as the launch edition model that’s available to order now will only come with the mid-range battery pack option. Read more here.

 

4 Tesla Model X

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range 230-315 miles (WLTP estimate), depending on variant
Price From £72,200 (including PiCG)
On sale Now

Tesla seemingly has some brainy battery engineers on its payroll. Even the Model X SUV, which has the worst range of any Tesla on sale today, has enough battery capacity to go long distances between charges. This is especially the case with the ‘Long Range’ model, which is one of a handful of pure-electric cars on the market right now that can go over 300 miles on a single charge.

 

5 Polestar 2

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range Up to 310 miles (estimated)
Price From £34,000 (estimated)
On sale 2020 (available for pre-order now)

The Tesla Model 3 won’t have the premium pure-electric saloon market to itself for long. Volvo spin-off brand Polestar will be putting the Polestar 2 into production until early 2020 but is already accepting pre-orders via its website for a £1,000 deposit. Full tech specs haven’t been revealed but Polestar has confirmed it’s targeting a range of up to 310 miles on a single charge.

 

6 Jaguar I-Pace

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range Up to 292 miles (WLTP)
Price From £60,995 (including PiCG)
On sale Now

One of the many reasons we crowned the Jaguar I-Pace our Car of the Year in 2018 was its impressive range — at 292 miles, it’s one of the best you’ll find in any pure-electric car on sale today. Factor in the car’s engaging ride and high-tech, high quality interior and the I-Pace becomes a compelling all-round package.

Read our review of the Jaguar I-Pace here

 

7 Kia e-Niro

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range Up to 282 miles
Price From £32,995 (First Edition model, including PiCG)
On sale Now (although there’s a 12-month waiting list)

The Kia e-Niro is proof that you don’t need to spend big bucks on a Tesla or Jaguar to get an electric car with a good range. Even though it’s a less expensive car than the entry-level Tesla Model 3, the Kia can go a fair bit further on a single charge. Those who take the plunge on an e-Niro should have plenty of peace of mind too, as the battery packs and electric motor are covered by Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. It’s a bit tight in the back seats, though, and due to battery supply issues, if you order yours today you’ll have to wait 12 months for it to be delivered to your driveway.

Read our review of the Kia e-Niro here

 

8 Hyundai Kona Electric

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range 180 or 279 miles
Price From £27,250 (including PiCG)
On sale Now (although there’s a 12-month waiting list)

The Hyundai Kona Electric is basically the Kia eNiro with a different badge and trim, meaning it’s affordable and has one of the longest ranges of any pure-electric car, assuming you don’t go for the version with a smaller battery, too. The range holds up well in real-world driving: see our review of the Kona Electric here. Be aware, though: as with the eNiro, there’s currently a 12-month waiting list for this car.

 

9 Mercedes-Benz EQC

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range 259 miles (WLTP)
Price From £62,140 (including PiCG)
On sale Now (deliveries in July)

Mercedes-Benz has built electric cars before but the new EQC is its first attempt at one that’ll sell in (it hopes) big numbers. While the exterior styling may be nothing to write home about, the claimed 259-mile range is good for a big luxury crossover — it’s actually more than the base Tesla Model X can manage, even though that car is roughly £10,000 more expensive than the entry-level Mercedes EQC.

 

10 Audi e-tron

The longest-range pure-electric cars on sale today

Range More than 249 miles (claimed)
Price From £68,020 (including PiCG)
On sale Now

Audi has a slew of pure-electric models on the way but its first models is the e-tron. The zero-emission SUV is an impressive first effort; not least because its range of 249 miles is good for a large SUV that tips the scales at nearly 2.5 tons. The e-tron has also been engineered to support 150kW ultra-rapid chargers, which are incredibly rare today but will be rolling out across the UK charging point network over the next few years.

Read our review of the Audi e-tron here

 

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