Best cars: Electric cars for range in 2022

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  • How far can an electric car go?
  • Electric car range comparison
  • Our pick of the best models on sale

Range anxiety is one of the main factors that deters drivers from making the switch to electric vehicles. A fear of running out of power in the middle of nowhere, away from any charging infrastructure is, for many, a disincentive for buying an electric car and, considering the patchy, postcode-lottery nature of some of the UK’s public charging network, it’s easy to see why.

On the other hand, the average UK commute is just a 23-mile round trip, meaning that even back in 2012, the Nissan Leaf’s tiny 73-mile battery range would have been sufficient for most people most of the time. For those that regularly make longer cross-country trips, it’s bellies and bladders that dictate stops rather than refuelling, and 20-30 minutes for a recharge isn’t that much longer than the time taken for a comfort break and a quick coffee.

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While, generally speaking, cars with the longest ranges are the most expensive EVs, even some mainstream models such as the Volkswagen ID.3, Skoda Enyaq iV and Ford Mustang Mach-E can easily crack the 300-mile barrier. Again, few are likely to attempt to drive 300 miles in one go, though the extra range does provide extra peace of mind.

For those that need that reassurance then, here are some of the longest-range electric cars – measured using the WLTP test cycle – currently on sale in the UK.

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It’s also worth bearing in mind that when you drive a long way in a petrol or diesel car, it’s unlikely you’d do so without at least a short comfort stop at some point. Thanks to the rollout of super-fast chargers, this could be the ideal time to top up the battery too.

Convinced or still sitting on the fence? Here are some of the longest range electric cars – measured using the more accurate WLTP test cycle – currently on sale in the UK.

Longest range electric cars 2022

1. Mercedes-Benz EQS – 485 miles

Mercedes-Benz EQS (2021) long-range charging

The Mercedes S-Class has long been the company’s flagship, the car through which it demonstrated its technological prowess. It’s only fitting then that its electric equivalent, the EQS, should be such a high-tech car with such an impressive range. The EQS 450+ has a range of 485 miles delivered thanks to its massive 107.8kWh battery and low-drag body shape. Even the more powerful, less frugal EQS 580 4Matic can still manage 420 miles between charges.

Inside, the EQS is all about the blend of luxury and technology with outstanding quality and tons of tech, including the huge Hyperscreen display covering most of the dashboard and running Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment and control system, possibly the best on the market. In short, the EQS is a technically dazzling car, but, at around £100,000 it certainly has the price tag to match.

Price: £99,995 (EQS 450+ AMG Line)

2. Tesla Model S – 405 miles

Tesla Model S (2021) long-range charging

It was only a matter of time before established manufacturers started catching up with Tesla, but the Model S still manages to hold its head high, especially the Model S Long Range, which can manage 405 miles between charges due to its 100kWh battery. Acceleration even for the Long Range model is near-enough breakneck with 0-60mph dispatched in just 3.1 seconds, but that’s placid compared to the Model S Plaid that can, under certain circumstances hit 60mph in 1.99 seconds – at the expense of range.

Like the EQS, the interior is one of the Model S’s strongpoints with a 17-inch infotainment screen, the largest on the market; most of the buttons have been relegated to touchscreen controls in the pursuit of minimalism. Admittedly, that can be annoying and dangerous as it forces the driver to take their eyes off the road, but from a visual perspective it’s luxurious. Access to Tesla’s Supercharger network gives rapid 250kW charging meaning the Model S can, with just 15 minutes charging, deliver another 200 miles. With its 894 litres of luggage space (both under the bonnet and behind the rear seats), the Model S is a surprisingly spacious and practical car, too, especially for long-distance holiday jaunts.

Price: £91,980 (AWD Long Range)

3. BMW iX – 380 miles

BMW iX (2021) long-range charging

A 105.2kWh battery gives the BMW iX xDrive50 Sport a total of 380 miles of range despite its hefty 2.5-tonne weight. Bulk notwithstanding, the iX isn’t a bad car to drive and is thoroughly refined on the road. The interior is plush, pleasant, comfortable and spacious too.

Twin electric motors together producing 523hp give the iX brisk acceleration of 4.4 seconds from 0-60mph. As the iX is capable of 200kW DC charging, an 80% recharge can be achieved in just 35 minutes or so. Although the looks are polarising, the iX has more than enough going for it to see beyond them, and even the lower-priced (£69,905) iX xDrive40 Sport can achieve a useful 257 miles between charges.

Price: £91,905 (xDrive 50 Sport)

3. Ford Mustang Mach-E – 379 miles

Ford Mustang Mach-E (2021) long-range charging

With prices starting from £41,000, the Mustang Mach-E is an impressive and worthy addition to the long-range pantheon. While the cheapest model with its 75kWh battery can deliver a 273-mile range, the 88kWh models, starting from £49,980, can manage a full 379 miles.

At this price point a range like that is excellent. Inside, a 401-litre boot isn’t gigantic, but otherwise the interior is practical enough and with the 15.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control, the Mach-E certainly looks high-end. While faster, gripper models are also available, the Mustang Mach-E to go for if range is a topic of concern is the rear-wheel-drive Extended model.

Price: £49,980 (RWD Extended)

5. BMW i4 – 367 miles

BMW i4 (2021) long-range charging

With 340hp, a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and 367 miles of range, the BMW i4 certainly has the performance that could make going electric an attractive prospect for the average 3-Series driver. An 84kWh battery powers an electric motor sending traction to the rear wheels too, just like an old-fashioned engine-powered BMW.

Rapid 200kW DC charging means that drivers can add around 60 miles in just four minutes and, though weighing some 2,605kg, the i4 is still good to drive and agile on the road. For those in search of more power, BMW’s M division has also created its first electric car, the i4 M50 with 544hp and all-wheel drive, though the trade-off is a 316-mile range, down from the standard i4. The i4 eDrive40 Sport is the pick of the bunch for range.

Price: £51,905 (eDrive 40 Sport)

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