Best range electric car

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Ask most combustion-engine car drivers what the biggest blocker is to them switching to electric and the answer is likely to be something to do with range. Either not being able to leave the house due to a flat battery, or running out in the middle of nowhere.

Although driving hundreds of miles in one hop is unlikely to be a regular activity, this still represents an area of anxiety for EV newbies who want the reassurance of a petrol-like range from their electric car. These days that’s more than achievable, meaning you should be able to get by on home charging without having to consider using public infrastructure.

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The magic number seems to be around 300 miles – especially with cars now able to refill that range in a shorter time than before, making electric car ownership more realistic for lots of different buyers.

Thanks to the expansion of chargers at offices, supermarkets and service stations there are fewer and fewer obstacles even for those who need to travel further on short notice.

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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 2021

1. Tesla Model S Long Range

Tesla Model S static front 2021

  • 379-mile range (WLTP)
  • £77,9800

The longest range Tesla is also the current longest range EV you can buy, thanks to an update in 2020 that boosted the Model S to nearly 400 miles.

It’s not a cheap car though, and others on the list offer the same or slightly less capability for much less cash, but we think this Tesla makes up the difference in other areas. Namely how luxurious it feels.

Loads of space, the Supercharger network and clever driver assistance tech tips the scales in the Model S’s favour, while enormous performance add another string to its bow.

You can buy a faster Performance model with slightly less range too, if you prioritise outright performance over long distance ability.

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2. Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended range AWD

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E front cornering

  • 379-mile range (WLTP)
  • £49,980

Cheaper than the Model S but equally long-legged, the Mustang Mach-E trades heavily on its historic namesake and comes with the handling benefits of a great chassis and rear-wheel drive.

It’s not as quick as the Tesla though, or as nice inside, but practicality remains a strong point thanks to a high roofline and lots of passengers space.

The model here is the one to go for if you’re after ultimate range, although faster and grippier AWD versions also exist if you’d rather pick a car with more power.

We think this version is the best though – not only can it go the furthest but it’s also the most run to drive.

3. Tesla Model 3 Long Range

Tesla Model 3 static front 2021

  • 348-mile range (WLTP)
  • £46,990

Another entry for the Californian maker, the smaller and cheaper Model 3 represents much better value for money than the larger Model S.

Touted at the electric car for the masses, it’s still a bit pricier than a budget hatchback but brings a huge level of performance and usability to a much more accessible price bracket.

It also simplifies what was already a largely button-free Tesla cockpit with a large landscape screen that takes care of all functions and displays, even the dials and speedometer.

Supercharger use is no longer free for Model 3 drivers but the entirety of the network is available should it be needed.

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4. VW ID.3 Tour

VW ID.3 driving front 2021

  • 336-mile range (WLTP)
  • £42,290

It’s easy to forget that Volkswagen’s had a stake in the electric car game for several years in the form of the e-Golf, but this ID.3 was its first EV built on a dedicated platform.

As such it offers a significantly larger range (in its most expensive form, of course) although cheaper models for those who don’t need to travel so far are available.

VW reckons those will outsell this larger capacity battery version, which goes to show the changing nature of EV ownership as customers get used to the idea of how many kilowatts they realistically use on a daily basis.

5. Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro front three quarters 2021

  • 282-mile range (WLTP)
  • £36,495

Not a 300-miler but offering consistently good value for money, the e-Niro often finds its way onto best electric car lists purely because it offers great miles of range per pound.

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With great proportions for family use, whether its for city driving or living a life on the open road, the e-Niro offers flexibility and a great standard spec.

Don’t like the styling? The Kia Soul and Hyundai Kona Electric are similar in performance and range but with a significantly different look.

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