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Average Electric Car Range in the UK 2020

How far can you drive an electric car? Of the EV models currently available in the UK, electric cars deliver between 45 miles and 323 miles of range with the average range clocking in at 193 miles—but ranges vary by time of the year. Tesla continues to dominate the list of electric cars with the longest range.

Average Electric Car Range UK

The average electric car range for EVs available in the UK is 193 miles. However, range depends on factors like the outside temperature—in the winter the average EV range is 164 miles and in summer the average EV range is 222 miles.

These figures include the notoriously long-range Tesla models, but at prices north of £60k a Tesla is out of most household budgets. Excluding Tesla models, the average real-life range for UK electric cars is 174 miles on a full charge (148 miles in winter and 200 miles in summer).

Average Electric Car Range UKSummer Range (miles)Winter Range (miles)Average Range (miles)
All UK electric cars222164193
UK electric cars (excluding Tesla)200148174
Non-luxury electric cars176128152
Luxury electric cars285213249

Luxury cars (e.g., Tesla, Porsche, Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes) usually deliver more miles per charge than non-luxury cars (e.g., VW, Nissan, Hyundai, Vauxhall, Skoda, etc.). In fact, the average range on a luxury EV is 249 miles (213 miles in winter and 285 miles in summer) while the average range on a non-luxury car is 40% lower or 152 miles (128 miles in winter and 176 miles in summer).

chart showing the average range of electric cars in the UK
The average electric car range in the UK is around 193 miles.

Longest Electric Car Ranges

Tesla models have the longest ranges by a mile due to larger batteries. In fact, the typical Tesla car gets 274 miles on a full charge (247 in winter and 334 in summer), which is 57% further than the average range of other electric cars in the UK market. Tesla "long range" models get the best range, with the Tesla Model S Long range driving as much as 370 miles in the summer—nearly enough to drive from London all the way to Edinburgh.

After Tesla, the Porsche Taycan (4S Plus and Turbo) and Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh deliver the next longest ranges, north of 240 miles on average. We've ranked 38 UK electric car models from longest range to shortest range in the table below.

List of Longest Range Electric Cars UK

RankElectric CarSummer RangeWinter RangeAverage Range
1Tesla Model S Long Range370275323
2Tesla Model S Performance360265313
3Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor330235283
4Tesla Model X Long Range320240280
5Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance315230273
6Tesla Model X Performance310235273
7Porsche Taycan 4S Plus305225265
8Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh290210250
9Porsche Taycan Turbo275210243
10Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro265205235
11Kia e-Niro 64 kWh270195233
12Porsche Taycan Turbo S265200233
13Kia Soul EV 64 kWh265195230
14Jaguar I-Pace260195228
15Porsche Taycan 4S260195228
16Audi e-tron 55 quattro255195225
17Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC250190220
18Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh235170203
19Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110230165198
20Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R135225165195
21Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus225160193
22Peugeot e-208210150180
23Vauxhall Corsa-e205150178
24Audi e-tron 50 quattro200150175
25DS 3 Crossback E-Tense195145170
26Peugeot e-2008 SUV190140165
27Hyundai IONIQ Electric185130158
28BMW i3 120Ah170120145
29BMW i3s 120Ah165120143
30Nissan Leaf 40 kWh155110133
31VW eUp140105123
32Skoda CITIGOe iV140105123
33SEAT Mii Electric140105123
34VW eGolf135100118
35Mini Electric13095113
36Smart EQ fortwo coupe705060
37Smart EQ forfour655058
38Citroen C-Zero604553

The electric car with the shortest range in the UK is the Citroen C-Zero, which will give around 53 miles on average—60 in summer and 45 in winter. While 73% less than average, this range could still be enough for many commuters.

Regardless of which EV model you drive, get the most range by following some of these Top Ten Tips for Maximizing Electric Car Range.

FAQs

The electric car with the best range is the Tesla—specifically the Tesla Model S Long Range which gets 370 miles in the summer, 275 miles in the winter and an average of 323 miles overall (combined city and highway driving). It ranks #1 in our list of longest range electric cars in the UK.
Yes. To get a sense of how much range an electric car loses over time, see our studies on the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf.
The Smart EQ fortwo coupe gets around 70 miles in summer and 50 miles in winter (60 miles on average). The Smart EQ forfour gets slightly less range: 65 miles in summer and 50 miles in winter (58 miles on average). To see how the Smart EV range compares to other options in the UK market, check out our list ranking the range of EVs here.
The SEAT Mii Electric gets around 140 miles in summer and 105 miles in winter (123 miles on average), placing it 33rd out of 38 on our list of longest range electric cars. Check out our list of the longest range electric cars here.

Methodology

We've analysed the UK electric car market and found real-life ranges for the various EV models on offer in the UK. We sourced our data directly from car websites, by surveying dealers and from the EV Database. Data indicates an average of city and highway real ranges. Those driving primarily in the city could get higher ranges; those who usually use their car on the motorway will probably get less range from their car.

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