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Best Electric Cars for Long Range in the UK 2020

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

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

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 RangeSummer Range (mi)Winter Range (mi)Starting Price
Renault Zoe Z.E. 50 R110230165£26,170
Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh235170£33,295
Kia Soul EV 64 kWh265195£34,295
Kia e-Niro 64 kWh270195£34,995
Hyundai Kona Electric 64 kWh290210£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).

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