11 electric cars with the longest range

11 electric cars with the longest range

There are a lot of things to consider when trying to buy the best electric car for you, but chief among them is their range. Range anxiety is a real thing for prospective EV owners, so knowing how far a car can theoretically go before it needs to be plugged in is an essential bit of information, and can impact your driving habits.

While there are relatively few EVs on the market in comparison to traditional gas-guzzlers, there’s a wide gamut between the EVs with the longest and the shortest range.

At the very top of the spectrum there’s the Lucid Air Dream, which has enough power to travel 520 miles before dying. Meanwhile, the lower end of the range table includes the electric Mini SE, which can travel just 114 miles on a single charge.

It’s easy to be put off by figures like that, particularly if you do a lot of long-distance traveling. But which electric cars actually have the most range? Read on to find out.

Why do EV ranges differ across the world?

If you’ve ever looked at the ranges of EVs in different parts of the world, you may have noticed that the figures don’t match up. For instance, in the United States, the Long Range Tesla Model 3 offers up to 358 miles of range, but that figure increases to 374 miles in the U.K.

That’s because there’s no unified global range-testing standard for cars, and different regions calculate range and mileage in different ways. The idea here is that because driving habits are different across the world, the testing should reflect the situations drivers will find themselves in.

In the U.S. that testing is set up by the EPA, while in Europe and some other parts of the world, it’s done according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test procedure. Which is a mouthful, so it usually gets shortened to WLTP.

WLTP testing has been accused of overestimating range by around 10{e3fa8c93bbc40c5a69d9feca38dfe7b99f2900dad9038a568cd0f4101441c3f9}, which would explain why European range estimates are higher than what you’ll see advertised in North America. However, regardless of the specifics, the EPA testing cycle is widely considered the most accurate for real world driving on American roads. Those are the figures we’re looking at below.

Bear in mind that there are a number of factors that will impact driving distance, from the weather to traffic to how much you’re hauling. However, we have 9 tips to get the most range out of your EV.

Lucid Air Dream Edition (Range) —  up to 520 miles

Lucid Air

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The car with the highest possible range is the Lucid Air Dream Edition (Range), which clocks in at 520 miles. Unfortunately this particular model has been sold out for months, meaning anyone with enough cash to spare would have to opt for the Lucid Air Grand Touring — which offers 516 mile range. Four miles difference isn’t the end of the world, though it’s a shame prices start at an eye-watering $139,000.

But range isn’t all the Lucid Air has to offer. The Dream Edition Range has up to 1,111 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 2.5-2.7 seconds. Meanwhile the Grand Touring has 819 horsepower in its long range configuration and a 3 second 0-60 time. Both cars have the same 168 mph top speed, 300 kW charging, and a LiDAR-based driver assistance feature that can be updated over the air.

Tesla Model S — up to 405 miles

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The Tesla Model S Plaid may be the current flagship, but the standard Model S still has it beat on range. With up to 405 miles per charge — provided you get the smaller 19-inch wheels — the Tesla Model S is one of the best electric cars for long-distance driving, especially when you consider there are thousands of 250 kW Superchargers across the U.S.

The Model S also comes with Autopilot as standard, with the option to spend $12,000 for the Full Self Driving add-on, and some really solid performance. A top speed of 155 miles per hour, a 0-60 time of 3.1 seconds are on the cards. The pricier Model S Plaid does beat it there, with a 1.99-second 0-60 time and a 200 mph top speed, but it only has 396 miles of range. Not a huge difference, but every mile does count.

Mercedes EQS — 350 miles

Mercedes EQS concept image

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Until the Mercedes EQE arrives, with 410 miles of range, the current range champion in Stuttgart is the Mercedes EQS. Unfortunately the U.S. model comes off a little worse for wear, since it only has 350 miles compared to the 453 miles advertised in Europe. That’s with the same size battery, and shows how much of an impact the different range testing standards can have.

Still 350 miles is a lot, and it’s all thanks to the EQS’s 107.8 kWh battery. Also in the longest range model is a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds, 329 horsepower, 200kW rapid charging and a top speed of up to 130mph. The EQS also comes with the option to have Mercedes’ MBUX Hyperscreen, complete with three displays under a single piece of 56-inch glass, and various driver assistance packages that include Active Lane Keeping.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range — 358 miles

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The cheapest Tesla model on the market also comes with some of the automaker’s longest range. The Model 3 Long Range offers up to 358 miles of driving on a single charge, while access to Superchargers can restore up to 175 miles of range after just 15 minutes.

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range also has a top speed of 145 mph, a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds, and comes with Autopilot as standard. Full Self Driving is also a $12,000 optional extra, and like all other Tesla cars on the market can be purchased through a $200 a month subscription.

Tesla Model X — 348 miles

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Tesla’s largest car is also no slouch when it comes to range, though the Model X SUV can’t compete with the sleek aerodynamics of its Sedan-shaped siblings. Still, with 348 miles on the standard model, and 333 miles on the Plaid, you’ll be going a heck of a long way on a single charge.

The Supercharger network will always be there as well, letting the Model X recoup 175 miles in 15 minutes. On top of that you have Autopilot and optional full self-driving, 5,000 pounds of towing capacity, falcon-wing doors, and 91 cubic feet of storage space. And despite its bulk, the Model X can also handle 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, meaning it’s not disappointing in the performance department.

Model Y Long Range — 330 miles

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The black sheep of the Tesla family, the Model Y’s standard model was canceled due to its comparatively short range. Still the Long Range Model Y is one of the best out there, pushing out 330 miles on a single charge.

It’s got all the usual Tesla goodies including Autopilot, the optional Full Self Driving module,and Supercharger access. That means you can regain up to 162 miles in 15 minutes at peak charging speed. 0-60 happens in a Model X-beating 3.5 seconds, and you have 76 cubic feet of storage space to work with. All in all, not bad going.

GMC Hummer EV1 — 329 miles

GMC Hummer EV 1

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The GMC Hummer EV’s gargantuan size does not do much for energy efficiency, with a rating of 47 miles per gallon equivalent. The Tesla Model X is 97-86MPGe, for comparison. But its size means the Hummer has space for a gigantic 212.7 kWH battery — almost double the size of the likes of the Mercedes EQS. That means the truck can offer a maximum range of 329 miles.