Electric cars with the longest range

Electric cars are a hot topic right now and we know from carwow data that demand for EVs is growing. But if you’re considering buying an EV, one of the biggest questions you’ll have is how far will it go on a single charge? But not to worry. Here we rank every EV model by range, from the highest to the lowest performers.

Electric cars with the longest range:

Model

Range (miles)

Tesla Model S

379

Tesla Model 3

348

Tesla Model X

314

Jaguar I-Pace

292

Kia e-Niro

282

Kia Soul EV

280

Hyundai Kona Electric

278

Mercedes EQC

259

Nissan Leaf

239

Audi e-tron

237

Peugeot e-208

217

Vauxhall Corsa-E

209

Porsche Taycan

206

Peugeot e-2008

206

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

206

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

194

BMW i3

188

Skoda  Citigo-e

170

MG ZS EV

163

SEAT Mii Electric

145

MINI Electric

145

Volkswagen e-Golf

144

Top 10 electric cars with the longest range

With a claimed range of 379 miles, the Tesla Model S is the EV with the longest range in our list and so is the car least likely to cause you range anxiety. Specifically, that’s for the Long Range version, which comes with a 100kwh battery and a pair of electric motors. Tesla has its own charging infrastructure, which is free to use for Model S drivers. One of these ‘Superchargers’ will charge your vehicle to about 80% of its capacity in around 45 minutes. The main downside of the Model S is its purchase price. The Tesla costs a lot more than a similarly sized petrol or diesel car. 

Tesla cars round out the top three in this list, with the Model 3 Long Range (Tesla’s cheapest car) and Model X Long Range still managing to get more than 300 miles in range. 

The Tesla Model 3 has awesome performance but it’s delivered subtly. While you may be faster than some sports cars, its design is sleek and it has the most minimalist of minimalist interiors. The Model 3 has one of the most advanced semi-autonomous driving systems going.

The Model X stands out with its gullwing doors but, with a 314-mile range, it’s not just all show with no go. 

If you don’t want to join Elon Musk in his Tesla revolution but want a premium EV, have a look at the Jaguar I-PACE. It’s a premium electric SUV that is claimed to manage 292 miles on a single charge. Drivers who like sporty EVs will appreciate the acceleration and performance in the I-PACE – the Jaguar is certainly more fun to drive than the Model X. 

Rounding out the top five of the list of electric cars with the longest range is the Kia e-Niro. It should ease you into the electric car experience with few compromises. It is practical, the interior is OK and scores well in comfort and technology, too.  And to ease range anxiety it can manage 282 miles, according to official figures.

Speaking of which, the manufacturer figures quoted here are for the combined WLTP cycle. WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure) is the new process that has been phased in from 2017, which measures fuel, energy consumption, range and emissions in passenger vehicles in Europe. This is designed to provide economy figures closer to real-world driving. Just like driving a diesel or petrol car, the amount of range you can manage in an electric vehicle varies depending on how you drive the car. 

If you accelerate hard, drive at high speeds and brake hard at the last moment, you won’t get as far as someone who drives an electric car more smoothly. Using the air-con and even the weather can affect range too. Expect the performance of your car’s batteries to drop in cold weather. For example, Nissan says its Leaf’s maximum range can drop by around 40 miles in winter.

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Back to the list and seventh is the Porsche Taycan, which has a claimed range of 279 miles – that’s for the Taycan Turbo model. Other impressive stats? It can go from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, which is the kind of acceleration that means it takes longer to read this sentence than reach that benchmark.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is quite similar to the Kia Niro. Both brands are part of the same manufacturer group, so they share the same technology. You can travel a maximum of 278 miles on a single charge in the Hyundai and if you have a 7kw home charger it will take nearly 10 hours to go from empty to full, so best leave it to charge the batteries overnight.

The Mercedes EQC is next up on this list, with a range of 259 miles. It’ll take you around 75 minutes to get it to 80% charge on a 50kWh fast charger when out and about. It takes nearly 13 hours using a 7kWh charger at home. Unsurprisingly for a premium manufacturer, the Mercedes EQC has an upmarket interior but it’s roomy too and if you manage to drive the 250 miles or so on a single charge you’ll be glad to know it’s really comfortable. 

The Renault Zoe looks to have it all. It’s a stylish little hatchback that doesn’t cost that much, compared with other EVs, and has an impressive range of 245 miles. It will take a maximum of three hours to charge the Zoe using a public 22kw charger. Charging at home using the standard 7 kWh setup is an eight-hour experience, but a rapid charge to 80% using a 50kWh charger will take less than an hour if you have the more powerful model.

To find out your nearest charging station or if you are planning a longer trip and want to find out which service stations have charging points, take a look at our charging map.

Electric cars with the longest range: 11-15

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most recognisable electric cars and it’s the Leaf E+ version that is quoted on this list. It has a bigger battery than the standard car, giving it the performance and range edge. It takes longer to charge – more than 11 hours if you are charging up using a 7kw charger at home. Find a 50kw public charger and you can go from 20% to 80% charge in around 90 minutes. 

The Audi e-tron just misses out in a top 10 spot but you can still manage 237 miles in the Audi. Topping up your e-tron from empty at home using a dedicated wall box takes nine hours, but find a rapid 150kw fast-charger (which are being rolled out across the UK) and you can boost its batteries from almost flat to 80% full in half an hour.

Next up are the Peugeot e208 and the Vauxhall Corsa-E. Both these manufacturers are owned by the same parent company so both models have similar technology and similar ranges. In real-world driving, you can go a mile or so more in the e-208 than in the Corsa. 

Under the e-208’s bonnet is a 136hp electric motor with enough poke to give the e-208 nippy performance around town while its 50kWh battery has enough juice to travel for up to 211 miles between charges. Speaking of charges, you’ll only need 30 minutes to boost the e-208’s batteries from flat to 80% fully charged using a fast public charge point.

The Peugeot e-2008 and D3 3 Crossback E-Tense have identical ranges as again both share similar technology. The Peugeot costs less to buy outright while the DS may have more competitive leasing deals. It has a fabulous interior too. Which one to buy is down to your budget and personal preference.

The remaining cars aren’t bad electric cars, just probably better suited to scooting around town or for short commutes and leaving to charge overnight at home. 

When thinking about whether a fully-electric car is right for you, consider how often you drive and for how long. If you can regularly charge your EV at home overnight it will be more convenient and cost less than filling up at a fuel station. 

If you want an electric car, but you have regular long-distance trips a plug-in hybrid car may be more suited to you. Also called a PHEV, this type of car combines the quiet, emission-free EV driving suited for around town with a combustion engine so you can travel on longer journeys too.

There are more electric cars coming on sale soon too. The Volkswagen ID 3 and Volvo XC40 look like being good EVs with decent ranges. Skoda and SEAT have electric cars on the way, too. If you bookmark this page, come back regularly to see the latest updates.

How much does it cost to charge EVs? It’s a pretty simple calculation – you just need to know the cost of your electricity and the capacity of your EV’s batteries. Find out how to do this in the blog: How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car.