One of the biggest concerns we hear from people about all-electric cars is the range. How far can an electric vehicle go before it runs out of charge? Will you be stranded somewhere on a country road with an empty battery, or in unexpected traffic? We've analysed the electric cars in the UK market and found the best models offering the longest range.
To learn more about extending range, see our article on Top 5 Tips to Maximize Electric Car Range.
Longest Electric Car Ranges
The Tesla Model S Long Range car has the best range of an electric car in the UK, providing up to 370 miles of combined city and motorway driving in warm weather. In fact, Tesla dominates the UK market when it comes to long range electric cars. 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 EV range in the UK.
After Tesla, the Porsche Taycan (4S Plus and Turbo) and Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh deliver the next longest ranges, all delivering more than 240 miles on average (considering summer and winter driving in both the city and motorway). Here are the Best 20 Electric Cars in the UK when it comes to long range.
Top 20 Longest Range Electric Cars in the 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|
Affordable Long Range All-Electric Cars
If you're like most people and want a car more affordable than a Tesla or Porsche, which cheap electric car is best for range? Five cars stand out for offering at least 230 miles of summer range and starting prices under £36,000. Here they are, listed from low to high starting price:
|Best Affordable Electric Cars for Range||Summer Range (mi)||Winter Range (mi)||Starting Price|
|Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110||230||165||£26,170|
|Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh||235||170||£33,295|
|Kia Soul EV 64 kWh||265||195||£34,295|
|Kia e-Niro 64 kWh||270||195||£34,995|
|Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh||290||210||£35,600|
What's the range on your all-electric car?
The average electric car range is around 193 miles on a full charge. Range depends on many factors, such as battery capacity, temperature, driving speed and driving style (e.g., quick accelerations will use more battery, just like they use more petrol in a traditional car).