Sales of electric cars are accelerating ahead of major changes in the nature of vehicle ownership by the end of the decade. But one of the biggest obstacles to electricity is the worry about running out of charge.
Although public charging networks are improving, it takes longer to fill your battery with petrol or diesel and has fewer charging locations than fuel stations.
While many people are able to install a charger at home, it is not possible for everyone, so “range concern” is becoming a valid concern.
So, if you’re looking for an electric car in 2022 but will be traveling long distances, here are 10 current models to consider.
1. Mercedes-Benz EQS – 453 Miles
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is currently the longest range car on sale in the UK. It is essentially the electric version of the firm’s S-Class model, which is one of the most luxurious and tech-heavy cars money can buy.
It continues with the EQS, which has all the best tools and technology that won’t be featured on other models for years. It is expensive, however, starting at under £100,000 a fiver.
2. Tesla Model S – 405 Miles
Thanks to the efforts of American entrepreneur Elon Musk, few companies’ badge appeal is as high as Tesla’s when it comes to electric vehicles. And while it’s the smaller, more affordable Model 3 that’s been making headlines last year as the second best-selling car in the UK, this is the Model S you want if range is important.
You’ll have to go for the dual-motor all-wheel-drive model, which can go from 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds. While, impressively, the ridiculously fast triple-motor Plaid model can still go 396 miles on a charge, it’s still somewhat ahead of the third-ranked car on this list.
Down side? Tesla is clearly prioritizing in-demand Model 3 delivery – you can deposit a refundable £100 for the Model S, but there is no delivery estimate and no price is quoted, although they are approximately Must start at £75,000.
3. BMW IX – 380 miles
BMW may have been a little slow to actually get its electric “i” brand off the ground, but it has really stoked its progress as the iX’s flagship. Its looks are challenging but one thing which you cannot deny is that it has great interiors and great driving experience.
Like Tesla and Mercedes you’ll have to pay for the long-range privilege – the iX xDrive50 version that reaches 380 miles starts at £93,905.
4. Ford Mustang Mach-E – 379 Miles
The first of the most affordable models on this list, the Mustang Mach-E may not be the best to drive, but it is stylish with a luxurious interior and has the best price cash-to-range ratio.
You’ll need to opt for a less powerful rear-wheel drive model with an extended range battery to achieve this maximum. Its price starts from £47,580.
5. BMW i4 – 365 Miles
Another BMW, but this time it’s a saloon rather than an SUV. Based on the popular 4-series, the i4 has familiar styling but a bigger battery at the bottom.
Like the IX, it offers an excellent driving experience with one of the most comfortable suspension systems of any electric vehicle. It’s not as practical as the iX, but it’s a lot less expensive, starting at £51,905.
6. Tesla Model 3 – 360 Miles
The Tesla Model 3 broke all kinds of records for electric vehicles in the UK last year, only to be edged out by the hugely popular Vauxhall Corsa. It is the cheapest Tesla yet and brings the firm’s minimalist cabin and exciting driving experience to the wider market.
There are a few variants available but it is the dual-motor long range model that gets you the farthest among the charges, with prices starting at £49,990.
7. Tesla Model X – 348 miles
The third and final Tesla is the Model X. It is the only SUV from the firm and looks great as a family car, with seven seats and an apparently spacious cabin.
Like the Model S it’s not entirely clear when you’ll get your Model X if you just submitted, but once your car arrives you’re looking at about 348 miles out of battery. Prices are not currently listed but are expected to start at over £80,000.
8. Volkswagen ID.3 – 340 miles
Volkswagen has built the best all-round family car in the Golf, and the ID3 is the firm’s attempt to do the same for the EV market. Looking at the sales figures, the company is also doing a good job.
There are attractive entry-level options with smaller batteries, but to get the most you need the Tour specification, which starts at £40,550 and gives you all the equipment you could need.
9. Skoda Enyac – 336 miles
Although the ID.3 is a good seller, the Skoda Enyaq could be the more attractive variant. Being part of koda’s VW group, it shares many parts, with the Enyaq and the ID.3 sharing a single platform.
However, Skoda is better in many ways with great build quality and stylish exteriors. Opt for the 80 model to get the maximum range for almost the same price as the Volkswagen – it’s definitely worth a look.
10. Polestar 2 – 335 miles
Polestar is a newcomer to the car market, having previously been the performance arm of Volvo. It now manufactures stylish electric cars based on the Swedish carmaker’s foundation.
The Polestar 2 has a unique appearance, so it really does stand out on the road, while also boasting the best of Volvo’s minimalist interiors. If you want something different from the norm, this model should be at the top of your list. The long range model starts at around £43,000, along with others on this list.
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