These are the 10 longest-range electric cars you can buy today
The EVs that’ll make range anxiety a thing of the past
Lucid Air Dream Edition R: 520 miles
The current rangetastic king comes from Silicon Valley-based Lucid with its Air electric saloon, which boasts up to 520 miles in its top spec. To get there you’ll have to wade through no less than five variants, from the entry-level Air Pure (473bhp, 406 miles of range) to said range-topping Dream Edition R (920bhp and 520 miles). The R, in case you were wondering, stands for Range, and isn’t to be confused with the Dream Edition P, short for Performance. That variant gets you 1,096bhp but limits range to a pitiful 471 miles.Advertisement - Page continues below
Mercedes EQS 450+ AMG Line: 453 miles
Yeah, you could travel the 332 miles from London to Edinburgh by train, but you’d also have to share that train with *gasp* the general public. And no one needs that stress in their life. Instead, why not relax in Mercedes’ electric limo, the EQS, which the German manufacturer claims will manage up to 453 miles in its most efficient configuration? OK, it might be nearer to 400 miles by road, but that should be no problem for the EQS and its hefty 108kWh battery, right? Over to you, Ollie Kew…
Tesla Model S: 405 miles
For a car that was first launched back in 2012, it’s testament to Tesla that the Model S remains in the top three range toppers 10 years later. These days it’s available in just two flavours: the entry-level dual motor, AWD variant, good for up to 405 miles, or the top-spec Plaid, equipped with three motors, 1,006bhp, and slightly reduced range of up to 396 miles. Whether you can get on with the yoke is another matter entirely.Advertisement - Page continues below
BMW iX xDrive50: 380 miles
Meet BMW’s first purpose-built electric vehicle since the i3. That styling's quite... something, isn’t it – but TG’s roaming car correspondent Paul Horrell assures us it’s better looking in person than the pictures suggest. There are two versions, both twin-motor, both AWD, beginning with the xDrive40 with a 71kWh battery, good for up to 257 miles, and the xDrive50 with 105.2kWh, capable of a handy 380 miles. Nope, still not convinced on the looks…
Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range RWD: 379 miles
Ford’s badge-defying Mustang Mach-E is available with either a 75 (Standard Range) or 98kWh (Extended Range) battery, and with either a single motor (rear-wheel drive), or twin motor (all-wheel drive) layout. The one you want for maximum range is the Extended Range, single motor variant (as our current long termer is), good for up to 379 miles. Or, in other words, enough to earn yourself an M25 Ring sticker three times over.
Tesla Model 3 Long Range: 374 miles
The Model 3 was not only the best-selling electric car in the UK last year, but the second-best seller on our shores overall, illustrating the ever-growing popularity of EVs in Britain. Standard Range guise gets you rear-wheel drive and a claimed 305 miles of range, one up from that gets you the Long Range, dual motor, AWD, 374-mile variant, while if it’s performance you’re after the er, Performance, offers a 0-60mph time of 3.1secs and 340-mile range. Would you bet against it claiming overall best seller this year?
BMW i4 eDrive40 Sport: 365 miles
“As a driver's car the i4 is the best EV you can get for anywhere near this money,” we recently concluded when we put BMW’s electric saloon up against the Polestar 2, and the eDrive40, capable of up to 365 miles, scores highly in the range stakes too. BMW also offers the twin-motor i4 M50, capable of 0-62 in 3.9 seconds, with a slightly reduced range of 318 miles. Still more than enough to cover the average 23-mile round commute, mind…Advertisement - Page continues below
Tesla Model X: 348 miles
Completing the hat-trick for Tesla is the Model X, which deserves plaudits for making this list despite its 2,500kg kerb weight. Underneath it shares a platform and motors with the Model S saloon, and it’s available in like-for-like configuration, too: the entry-level dual motor, AWD variant, good for up to 348 miles, or the top-spec Plaid, equipped with three motors, 1,006bhp, and slightly reduced range of up to 333 miles. But should you fall short, there’s always Tesla’s superb Supercharger network for a quick juice.
Polestar 2 Long Range: 336 miles
Volvo’s former racing offshoot has now turned its attention to EVs, and it’s starting to make a name for itself for all the right reasons too. Leading the way is the Polestar 2, with the entry-level standard range single motor version offering a 64kWh battery capable of up 275 miles of range, while the long range single motor features a bigger 78kWh unit that'll do 336 miles on a full charge. Top of the performance tree is the long range dual motor, with the same 78kWh battery but reduced 299-mile range.Advertisement - Page continues below
Skoda Enyaq iV 80x: 331 miles
Skoda’s first purpose-built EV is available in three pleasingly easy to understand flavours – 60, 80 and 80x. The Enyaq iV 60 has a 58kWh battery, good for 253 miles. The 80-badged models have a 77kWh battery, with the former offering up to 331 miles, and the performance-focused 80x, which adds an extra motor and all-wheel drive, up to 312 miles. It’s plenty practical too, with three-abreast rear seating making it perfect for the school run, plus a boot big enough for any four-legged friends to come along too.