What’s one of the fears of owning an electric car? Knowing if your EV battery has enough driving range to make it to where you need to go. Well, put those fears aside, because many major manufacturers now offer at least one model that has a long enough driving range to go beyond your normal commute. Our list of longest range electric cars shows the top performers, while also offering a few suggestions about key differentiators. The electric car market is now mature enough that you don’t have to decide just on the life of the battery or driving range. You won’t be getting anything “less” than what gasoline-powered car features. In fact, you may be surprised by the spaciousness, safety and luxury of the some of the cars described below. So choose wisely!
Price: $67,700 - $123,200
The Tesla Model S is not only one of the most luxurious cars on the market, but also one that will take you the longest distance. And depending on the type of battery that you opt for, the 75D, 100D, or the P100D, your range could be days (or weeks!) without ever charging back up. Tesla puts the driver in control with an easy-to-access touchscreen, enhanced safety options with a lower center of gravity and reinforced doors. The 100D will give you the longest driving range, the P100D will give you the best performance and luxury, but still features an eye-popping distance that beats out almost every competitor.
Most Teslas have an impressive driving range and the Model X is no different. However, this car isa crossover, giving you the flexibility of more cargo room and interior space. But just because it’s a crossover doesn’t mean it sacrifices any of its luxury or driving range. The distance you can go on one charge beats out many of its smaller rivals. The most mileage is available in the 100D package, which has a 100 kWh battery pack with front and rear electric motors. It also has its crazy falcon doors, giving the impression that you’ve definitely come back from the future.
Price: $36,620 (Exclusive EZ EV deal: $13,500 OFF)
It’s great to see another option besides Tesla at the top of the list. Over two hundred miles? In one full charge? Yes, please. How far will that get you? Say your total commute is 30 miles round trip. That’s a full week of driving without recharging. You won’t be getting the amazing luxury that a Tesla offers, but the Bolt still has a few tricks up its sleeve. It offers one-pedal driving, a way of decelerating and stopping without using the brake. This also helps you extend your battery life and possibly your range. No wonder the Bolt was named Motor Trend’s 2017 Car Of The Year.
If you want the quality of a Tesla without the hefty price tag, then the Model 3 is your sweet spot. At 220 miles of driving range, you’ll not only be saving money compared to your gas-guzzler, but you’ll also be getting a better bang for you buck than other EV vehicles. Only problem? Many other people want the same thing. If you haven’t put in your order yet, you’ll have to wait 12 to 18 months to get your car. Bummer.
The Nissan Leaf continues to be an innovator and is one of the more well-known EV vehicles on the market. The Leaf’s range has increased every year, and the 2018 model is no exception. The 150-mile range is definitely one that will get you through your everyday routine, but if you need a little extra, use the DC charging can give you 88 more miles in only 30 minutes. Nissan continues to add additional features inside the cabin for a more luxurious ride, such as heated seats, heated steering wheels and LED headlights for clear driving. The price is also very reasonable for its class, making it one of the top budget options.
If you want the safety and quality that a Volkswagen is known for, but in an electric vehicle, then you’re in luck: the e-Golf is here. At a range of 125 miles, getting around town without more power-ups is a breeze. You’ll also have the efficiency of a hatchback and a small car if that’s what you’re looking for.
Though only available to California residents, the Ioniq is definitely worth considering if you live there. It’s a sedan rather than a cramped hatchback, offering you more room and comfort with a battery charge that outlasts many smaller vehicles. Hyundai didn’t skimp on the saftey features either, putting in automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a warning for when you may be veering out of your lane and enhance blind spot detection. It also features an energy efficient high-capacity lithium-ion polymer battery pack and DC fast charing capabilities. A newer 2018 model is in production.
Price: $45,445 (Exclusive EZ EV Deal: $20,000 OFF)
If you’re looking for a sportier and performance-oriented car, the BMW i3 fills in that gap for the electric car market. The i3 has new features and a new battery option--a 33.2 kWh that extends its range significantly. One of the hidden benefits of a BMW electric car is that you get instant acceleration, going from 0-60 in under seven seconds. Another plus? The whole car uses recycled plastics, raw materials and natural fibers so that most of what you see is recycled or renewable. This is the pick if you’re looking for a faster car with a longer range.
A Kia appeals to the budget-conscious but also to a younger demographic. Finally, the Kia is delivering to the kids with a revamped electric version of their popular Soul. It looks exactly like its gasoline forebears, but includes an efficient 90kw battery gives you a great range of more than 100 miles. All in a stylish design that Kia has pioneered. The battery is located underneath the cabin for a more interior room. The Soul comes standard with a fast DC charge with a 50kw charge will give you 80% of the battery range within 30 minutes. That’s a very do-able lunch break no matter how far you have to go. If you don’t want to install a more traditional 240v charger for electric vehicles, you can use the 120V charger--the same type that most of your appliances are hooked up to.
One of the little known facts about driving is that how you drive impacts how far you can drive. The way a driver brakes, hits the gas or maneuvers the car can impact fuel efficiency. The same is true with the life of your battery charge in an electric vehicle. The Ford Focus Electric Hatchback is equipped with smart controls to show you how your driving style is impacting the range of your car. It’ll show areas you can improve so that your battery lasts longer.
A subcompact hatchback Mercedes? Think of it as eco-luxury. This car still has all of the signature designs of a Mercedes--comfort, luxury and construction that you can trust. However, this model does a shorter driving range than similarly sized cars, making this the option for those that would like a Mercedes electric vehicle above all else.
For those that enjoy the maneuverability and smaller size of Fiats, then the electric version of the 500 is sure to please. Though only available in California and Oregon, the Fiat 500e is a good car for city driving and commuting. It features a 24.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a 111-hp electric motor. A big selling point for the Fiat is that it only takes 4 hours to get the battery up to a full charge, which is plenty of time to charge while you’re at work. Conclusion Awesome gains have been in the driving range for electric vehicles in just a few short years. And if more drivers invest in electric vehicles, then more charging stations will be available, not to mention new innovations. Teslas are still the market leader in driving range, but there are lots of options depending on your location and the distance you need to go. If you use it for your regular commute, you can rest assured that you won’t be stuck halfway. Which car will you choose?