Electric cars with the best range in 2022

Electric cars with the best range in 2022

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Marc Murphy

March 2022

If you like the idea of switching to an electric car, but don’t want to have to stop and charge on long trips, driving range becomes a key factor. So the 10 models listed below could well be the models you want to plug into.

All offer highly extended driving ranges on a single charge; all will easily drive more than 300 miles without needing to stop. But, should you need to pull over and charge, each will also accept some of the fastest charging speeds available, capable of adding a couple of hundred miles to your range in 15-20 minutes.

So here’s our EVs with the best range

Mercedes-Benz EQS – 453 miles

Large, luxurious, high-tech – Mercedes-Benz’s new flagship isn’t really the legendary S-Class. Instead, it’s the next-generation S-Class: the Mercedes-Benz EQS.

With a simply huge driving range of more than 450 miles, the EQS can cover more miles on a single charge than many petrol cars are capable of on a full tank. Add in all the refinement, equipment, and comfort you would expect from a Mercedes saloon, and the EQS is a genuine long-distance electric car.

Tesla Model S – 405 miles

The Tesla Model S may be far from new, but Tesla continues to update its trend-setting saloon keeping it not only relevant, but class-leading. The current version gets Tesla’s latest battery technology for a 400+ mile range – plus extreme performance.

A practical saloon, the Model S also gets regular updates for its electronic wizardry with over-the-air (OTA) software updates, with certain patches even able to extend the driving range. On the road, drivers get access to Tesla’s Supercharger public charging network for ultra-rapid top-ups.

BMW iX – 389 miles

As BMW’s next-generation electric car, the iX has the longest driving range of any model to come from the Munich manufacturer. The large SUV gets close to 400 miles on a charge, and presents a very different approach to long-range electric vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz EQS above.

A luxurious SUV with advanced styling and features inside, the BMW iX is built on a new electric platform from BMW, which will appear in plenty more models in the near future.

Ford Mustang Mach-E – 379 miles

Ford’s Mustang Mach-E not only has a long driving range at a considerably lower price than the three models listed above, it has also backed up its claims for range ability with some impressive efficiency records.

Having achieved more than 500 miles on a charge during a record-breaking John O’Groats to Lands End run, the Mustang Mach-E is clearly an electric car that can cover long distances in real-world conditions.

BMW i4 – 365 miles

BMW is clearly serious about getting long-range electric cars to customers. Arriving at a similar time to the iX SUV above, the i4 offers long-distance EV driving but for the executive saloon sector.

What is effectively an all-electric 3 Series, the BMW i4 is set to become a big selling model for fleets, sharing all the usual driving dynamics and build quality normally associated with the brand

Tesla Model 3 – 360 miles

The UK’s best-selling electric car – by some margin – the Tesla Model 3 is no stranger to those on British roads. And with a driving range of more than 350 miles on a charge, it’s easy to see why.

The compact saloon blends fabulous Tesla tech and battery performance with a minimalist interior, access to the Tesla Supercharger network, and the same over-the-air updates as the Model S above.

Tesla Model X – 340 miles

Making it a top 10 hat-trick for Tesla, the Model X means all Tesla cars are currently among the best for long ranges. (And that’s before the Model Y is due to arrive later in 2022.)

The large SUV has seating for seven – the only model on this list to offer that level of accommodation  – and once again it can use the Tesla Supercharger network for fast top ups; a considerable benefit for drivers.

VW ID.3 – 340 miles

The Volkswagen ID.3 is a huge car for the German manufacturer, pitched as the third key chapter in the Volkswagen story after the Beetle and Golf. So, ID.3, no pressure to succeed then…

While there’s a blend of power and range options for this spacious hatchback, the top-of-the-range model will cover almost 350 miles on a charge, and it’s also one of the most accessible vehicles on this top 10 list.

Polestar 2 – 335 miles

The stylish Swedish saloon wears the least well-known badge of all models here. But it’s featured on merit, with a long range comfortably in excess of 300 miles on a charge.

The executive Polestar 2 shares its architecture, batteries, and motors with Volvo, but does a little more with them thanks to a sleeker shape than Volvo’s SUV. A custom-developed Android-built operating system is a first for the Polestar 2, and it can also take high-power charging if you need to top up while you’re on the road.

Kia EV6 – 328 miles

Kia’s latest electric car, the EV6, not only makes it into this top 10 list, it is also one of the best cars available today. Having won the Car of the Year 2022 title – to put in a quickly burgeoning trophy cabinet – the electric Kia is no one-trick pony.

With plenty of talents besides a long range, the EV6 shares a platform, battery, and electric motors with Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, but goes a little further on a charge.

 


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