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 UK||Summer Range (miles)||Winter Range (miles)||Average Range (miles)|
|All UK electric cars||222||164||193|
|UK electric cars (excluding Tesla)||200||148||174|
|Non-luxury electric cars||176||128||152|
|Luxury electric cars||285||213||249|
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).
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
|Rank||Electric Car||Summer Range||Winter Range||Average Range|
|1||Tesla Model S Long Range||370||275||323|
|2||Tesla Model S Performance||360||265||313|
|3||Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor||330||235||283|
|4||Tesla Model X Long Range||320||240||280|
|5||Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance||315||230||273|
|6||Tesla Model X Performance||310||235||273|
|7||Porsche Taycan 4S Plus||305||225||265|
|8||Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh||290||210||250|
|9||Porsche Taycan Turbo||275||210||243|
|10||Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro||265||205||235|
|11||Kia e-Niro 64 kWh||270||195||233|
|12||Porsche Taycan Turbo S||265||200||233|
|13||Kia Soul EV 64 kWh||265||195||230|
|15||Porsche Taycan 4S||260||195||228|
|16||Audi e-tron 55 quattro||255||195||225|
|17||Mercedes EQC 400 4MATIC||250||190||220|
|18||Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh||235||170||203|
|19||Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110||230||165||198|
|20||Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R135||225||165||195|
|21||Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus||225||160||193|
|24||Audi e-tron 50 quattro||200||150||175|
|25||DS 3 Crossback E-Tense||195||145||170|
|26||Peugeot e-2008 SUV||190||140||165|
|27||Hyundai IONIQ Electric||185||130||158|
|28||BMW i3 120Ah||170||120||145|
|29||BMW i3s 120Ah||165||120||143|
|30||Nissan Leaf 40 kWh||155||110||133|
|32||Skoda CITIGOe iV||140||105||123|
|33||SEAT Mii Electric||140||105||123|
|36||Smart EQ fortwo coupe||70||50||60|
|37||Smart EQ forfour||65||50||58|
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.
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.