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The electric cars with the best range

The electric cars with the best range

Which electric motors can travel the furthest distance without having to recharge? And how do you increase the range of your own EV?




Electric car sales continue to rise significantly in the UK.

According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers, electric vehicles accounted for nearly a third of new cars registered in May, with sales of battery electric cars rising 17.7% and hybrids 12%.

This is all the more impressive when you consider that sales of all types of cars fell by 20% for the month compared to the same point in 2021.

While electric cars are clearly winning over many motorists, there remain some practical concerns that could cause problems for future electric drivers.

The main one among them is charging.

It is not just a question of where they can charge their motorcycle – not every house has room for its own charging point, for example – but also how far they can drive per charge.

The electric cars with the longest range

In the table below, we’ve broken down the 10 electric cars with the longest range based on their official numbers, as well as what you’re likely to pay for one.

Car

Range

Recommended retail price

Mercedes EQS

453 miles

From £102,160

Mercedes EQE

410 miles

From £75,590

Tesla Model S

405 miles

From £94,990

BMW iX

380 miles

From £77,305

Ford Mustang Mach E

379 miles

From € 47,450

Tesla Model 3

374 miles

From €47,500

BMW i4

365 miles

From £52,575

Tesla Model X

360 miles

From £101,990

Volkswagen ID.3

336 miles

From £35,305

Pole star 2

335 miles

From £40,245

There are a few obvious things that jump out of this table. The first is the variation in the differences offered.

Don’t get me wrong, 335 miles is an unbelievable distance to travel on a single charge, but the car at the top of the table can cover over 100 extra miles.

That’s extraordinary.

What is also extraordinary, however, are the price tags.

Obviously you always pay a premium for top quality cars, but these engines are seriously expensive.

It’s also important to look at the numbers with a little caution. These are the distances that the engines can handle according to the manufacturers themselves and should therefore be taken with a grain of salt.

Sure, in theory you could cover that distance if you didn’t use the air con or radio at all, but how likely is that really?

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This is how you get the best range from your electric car

Whatever electric car you have, you want to get the best possible range out of it, so you don’t have to constantly worry about charging. But how do you maximize the range of your car?

Fortunately, there are plenty of steps you can follow.

The first is to be kind to your battery. Batteries will inevitably deteriorate over time, reducing maximum driving range, but you have some control over how quickly that process happens.

Cars parked outside in hot weather tend to see their battery degrade faster than cars kept in more reasonable temperatures.

Your driving technique will also play a role. Gradual acceleration and braking is much better for the car, and for the range you will achieve, than being particularly hard on both.

Especially when braking, it is worth familiarizing yourself with the regenerative braking system often found in electric vehicles.

This essentially takes the ‘wasted’ energy from braking and uses it to recharge the battery. Obviously, the better you can use this, the greater the range of your vehicle.

In the same way, you can get more out of your load if you take it easy on things like the air conditioning and think carefully about your route.

Electric vehicles maintain the most range when traveling at constant, lower speeds, so it helps to follow routes that fit that profile.

What you do in between trips will also make a difference. Loading your car with stuff you don’t need for that particular trip makes the car heavier and so you need more energy to complete the trip, reducing the range.

Plus, simple maintenance, such as checking tire pressure, fluid levels and changing air filters, will help you get a little more out of every load.



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