Focusing on comfort and convenience for a moment, there are a number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the market today that top the rest for range and performance on longer journeys. For busy commuters and business travellers, or even small families, one of the Top 10: Longest Range Electric Vehicles may provide the optimal electrified experience.
Supported by the Autocar list, we take a look at what makes these long-range EVs so special and the companies that lead the way.
10. Mercedes EQS SUV
WLTP range: 365 miles
First up in the Mercedes EQS SUV with a 108.4kWh lithium-ion battery, which is placed beneath the car. The company has strategically placed the battery to optimise the car for its 2.7-tonne weight with design also playing its role in achieving a significant range of 365 miles per full charge.
When in motion, the EQS SUV prioritises comfort and refinement, providing a luxurious driving experience. However, don't underestimate its power, as the EQS 580, with 536bhp, can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds. All versions of the EQS SUV come equipped with twin motors, offering 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Notably, this is also the first electric Mercedes model to feature a dedicated off-road driving mode, showcasing its versatility and capability beyond urban environments.
9. Tesla Model 3
WLTP range: 374 miles
The top selling EV in the world for aesthetic, value, range, and performance, the Tesla Model 3 still falls into the top 10 list as one of the longest range vehicles to buy that is powered by a battery.
While the Model 3 comes in various versions, if your aim is to maximise your time on the move, the aptly named Long Range Plus is the ideal choice. Equipped with an 82kWh battery, this variant achieves an outstanding range of 374 miles on a single charge, ensuring you can cover substantial distances with ease and convenience.
8. Ford Mustang Mach-E
WLTP range: 379 miles
One of the first glimpses of Ford’s electrified future can be viewed through the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which is still one of the top vehicles in the market for long-range performance.
While it lacks an engine, the car still boasts a significant amount of power under the bonnet, paying homage to its American muscle ancestors, but in a more conscious 345bhp four-wheel-drive format, achieving 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds. However, the rear-wheel-drive model will achieve a 379-mile range, allowing drivers to travel further with its 88kWh battery.
7. BMW iX
WLTP range: 380 miles
The iX is allowing BMW to represent a futuristic approach to new vehicle development, however, there’s still some controversy around its looks, but the company is not mistaken when it comes to its performance.
The xDrive50 Sport model impressively achieves a claimed range of 380 miles between charges. This outstanding feat is made possible by a substantial 105.2kWh lithium-ion battery, seamlessly integrated with two electric motors that collectively generate an impressive 516bhp.
Despite its considerable weight of over two and a half tons, the large BMW exhibits surprising agility on the road, delivering a remarkably comfortable and refined driving experience. Furthermore, the iX showcases its convenience with the ability to use 200kW DC charging, enabling an 80 percent charge in a mere 35 minutes. This fast-charging capability adds to the overall appeal and practicality of the iX.
6. Hyundai Ioniq 6
WLTP range: 382 miles
Dubbed the ‘silhouette of a new era’ by Hyundai, the Ioniq 6 is undoubtedly one of its most unique vehicles yet.
Hyundai has emerged as a frontrunner among established manufacturers in embracing the electric vehicle (EV) revolution. The striking Ioniq 5, with its distinctive angular design, has already demonstrated the brand's prowess in battery technology. Alongside its eye-catching aesthetics, the Ioniq 5 offers composed driving dynamics and incorporates cutting-edge 800V electrical architecture, solidifying its position as a leader in the family car segment.
Expanding upon the success of the Ioniq 5, Hyundai now introduces the sleek Ioniq 6. This streamlined saloon combines elegance with remarkable performance, as it pledges an impressive range of 382 miles on a single charge. The Ioniq 6 embodies Hyundai's commitment to delivering EVs that excel in both style and substance in a reinvigorated industry.
5. BMW i7
WLTP range: 388 miles
While opinions on BMW's latest design attributes are still uncertain, their inaugural vehicle entering the realm of electric luxury limousines undeniably stands as a resounding success.
Concealed beneath the commanding grille of the new 7 Series lies the option to choose between internal combustion engine (ICE) or electric vehicle (EV) drivetrains. The EV variant, known as the i7, is equipped with dual motors, providing the xDrive60 model with an impressive 536bhp and the exhilarating M70 variant with a staggering 651bhp.
When in motion, even the lower-powered i7 delivers impressive acceleration, seamlessly combining effortless performance with impeccable refinement. The driving experience is a testament to BMW's commitment to excellence, ensuring a top-notch journey that leaves nothing to be desired.
4. Mercedes EQE
WLTP range: 394 miles
The EQE saloon of course bears resemblance to its larger sibling, the EQS, at first glance. This similarity can be attributed to the pursuit of exceptional aerodynamics, although the EQE's drag-coefficient figure of 0.22 falls slightly short of that achieved by other Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the range. Nevertheless, the EQE remains an excellent option for long-distance driving, with its single motor 350+ variant boasting a range of 394 miles from its substantial 100kWh battery. Although as an electric executive saloon, the EQE presents a mixed bag of attributes.
On the positive side, its interior is filled with state-of-the-art features, which include the brand's MBUX infotainment system. However, compared to its competitors, the interior can feel somewhat cramped, and there are concerns about the quality of the finishing touches. Furthermore, while the EQE offers brisk acceleration, a comfortable ride, and refined performance, it lacks the distinctive charm and character typically associated with Mercedes vehicles, making it a rather sterile choice.
3. Tesla Model S
WLTP range: 405 miles
The Model S, Tesla's flagship vehicle and their longest-standing model, continues to set the benchmark for long-distance electric travel. Through continuous refinement and the implementation of over-the-air updates, Tesla has consistently enhanced the efficiency of the Model S's lithium-ion battery. As a result, the Long Range Plus variant, equipped with a 100kWh battery, now offers an impressive 405 miles of range before requiring a recharge. Tesla is confident that further advancements are on the horizon.
While the Model S may lack the build quality and driver appeal found in newer competitors, such as muted steering, inert handling, and a slightly choppy ride, its unparalleled ability to cover extensive distances in an EV remains unrivalled. When it comes to maximising the range and pushing the boundaries of electric travel, the Model S stands as the indisputable leader.
2. Mercedes EQS
WLTP range: 453 miles
Unlike the conventional three-box sedan design of the new S-Class, the EQS boasts a distinctive arch-shaped silhouette, where the roof gracefully extends in a continuous line from the front wheels to the rear, giving it a unique visual appeal alongside other Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Notably, the EQS also offers the nimble practicality of a hatchback configuration, adding versatility beyond the traditional sedan format found in the S-Class.
What sets the EQS apart is its remarkable integration of cutting-edge technology, pushing the boundaries of innovation. It serves as a testament to automotive engineering, resembling a captivating science experiment on wheels, albeit one that exudes sheer luxury and opulence at every turn.
1. Lucid Air
WLTP range: 520 miles
Paving the way for long-range startups is the Lucid Air with the highest WLTP range. The car boasts an immense charging specification as well with over 300kW, which allows for a 10% to 80% charge in around 15 minutes.
The company headquartered in Newark, California, is manufacturing the car in Arizona and is impressing the industry with its incredibly high range, but also its power. The Lucid Air Dream Edition holds 1,096bhp and can achieve 0-60 mph in just 2.4 seconds—blurring the lines between premium EVs and supercars.
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