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Which Electric Car Has The Longest Range?

Before buying an electric vehicle, one of the most important factors you consider is its range; how far it can go when fully charged. Range anxiety will happen when you start worrying if the battery charge will die and leave you stranded on the road before getting to your destination. Considering that road-users drive about 40 miles daily in the UK, it is essential to get a vehicle which will run for a period long enough to satisfy your daily transportation requirements and eliminate unnecessary anxiety.

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  • Renault Twizy – NEDC range: 62 miles
  • Citroen C-Zero – NEDC range: 93 miles
  • Peugeot iOn – NEDC range: 93 miles
  • Volkswagen e-Up – NEDC range: 99 miles
  • Smart EQ – NEDC range: 99 miles
  • Volkswagen e-Golf – NEDC range: 144 miles
  • Kia Soul EV – NEDC range: 155 miles
  • Nissan e-NV200 Combi – NEDC range: 174 miles
  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric – NEDC range: 174 miles
  • BMW i3 42kwh – NEDC range: 225 miles
  • Nissan Leaf 40kWh – NEDC range: 235 miles
  • Renault Zoe R110 ZE 40 – NEDC range: 250+ miles
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC400 80kWh – NEDC range: 280 miles
  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense – NEDC range: 280 miles
  • Audi E-tron 95kWh – NEDC range: 300+ miles
  • Jaguar I-Pace – NEDC range: 336 miles
  • Tesla Model X P100D – NEDC range: 336 miles
  • Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh – NEDC range: 339 miles
  • Kia e-Niro 64kWh – NEDC range: 339 miles
  • Tesla Model S 100D  – NEDC range: 393 miles

What Can Affect Electric Car Range?

While running on a fully-charged battery pack, most electric vehicles produced in 2018 can travel for 100-125 miles. Battery technology is making great strides leading to the latest models having the longest operating ranges. Top of the list as featured on the accompanying slideshow can travel for over 200 miles before needing a recharge. The Tesla Model S leads the industry currently with its ability to travel 335 miles per charge when running on its longest range battery pack. The electric vehicle most likely to cause range anxiety is the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive; a tiny two-seat which can cover a mere 59 miles per charge.

Your mileage may vary as determined by several factors in the real world such as:

Speed

EVs consume more energy compared to conventional vehicles when running at highway speeds as opposed to around town drives. Further, your EV's battery range will go down if you are continually braking suddenly or doing jack-rabbit starts.

Temperature

The colder the temperature, the less your battery will perform at optimum. The AAA Automotive Research Center conducted a study which concluded that the ambient temperature would have a significant influence on the operating range of the electric car.

Accessory Use

Among all the accessories your EV has, the air conditioner, defroster, and heater have the most effect in draining your EV's battery. You should ensure you extend its range by cooling down or preheating the cabin of your electric vehicle while is still plugged in the grid.

Wind Resistance

EVs will consume more energy to overcome wind resistance causing car manufacturers to pay careful attention in the aerodynamics of any vehicle. If you drive at highway speeds while your car's windows and roof are open, you will be increasing your vehicle's wind resistance. Also, having a roof rack or other external accessories on your car will increase the wind resistance.


Read more about buying an electric car in the UK.