Electric cars with the best range in 2024

Electric cars with the best range in 2024

Posted by

Marc Murphy

January 2024

The average battery range for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK is around 240 miles. However, it’s still largely true that the bigger and more expensive electric cars have the greatest range, simply because a bigger and heavier battery can store more charge.

So our list of the top 10 EVs with the longest range is heavy on SUV-style cars. However, the low benefit-in-kind tax rate for EVs means you can have a more expensive company car for a highly agreeable tax bill (depending on your company’s fleet choice bandings of course). The top models listed are all able to support rapid charging for fast top-ups during a working day.

The maximum ranges we’ve listed are what the manufacturers quote as an estimated best range according to WLTP measurements, a series of tests required to certify all new vehicles. The tests include a combination of actual driving conditions but are best seen as a good starting point for comparison. Many factors can affect an EV’s range. In cold weather, for example, it can drop markedly as it will if you are carrying several passengers as well as their luggage. So the quoted ranges should be taken as your starting point.

Here are our Top 10 EVs with the longest range, arranged from best down.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

Mercedes-Benz EQS 452 miles

Launched in 2021, the Mercedes-Benz EQS limousine stays at the top of the tree for official range thanks to its high-density batteries and super-smart battery management software. Fast, silent, and luxurious it also makes big claims on sustainability; produced in a carbon-neutral manner with resource-saving materials such as carpets made from recycled yarn. If you can find a 200kW fast charger, 186 miles (WLTP) can be added in 15 minutes.

Expect to pay from £844 per annum in company car at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

Fisker Ocean Extreme

Fisker Ocean Extreme 440 miles

Fisker is a new American brand that many drivers are eager to get their hands on. The Fisker Ocean arrives in the UK in 2024, an SUV built in Austria with big official range claims for £57,900. In this top version there are solar panels built into its roof – called SolarSky – claimed to produce up to 1,500 emissions-free miles per year and more if there’s lots of sun. Yes, really! Its PowerHouse charger is also claimed to be able to power your home for seven days or give another EV an emergency boost.

Extreme is £463 per annum in company car tax at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

Peugeot e-3008 Dual Motor

Peugeot e-3008 dual motor 435 miles

The third generation of Peugeot’s electric medium-sized SUV arrives in the UK in spring 2024. Included in the model line up is this, the long range version which claims a very impressive 435 miles. This will likely be a £50,000-plus car (arrival date probably autumn) but until then there’s the two-wheel drive 73kWh model with 326 miles of range. If the looks of the Peugeot aren’t quite to your tastes Peugeot is part of the giant Stellantis group, so the underpinnings, battery and range are also shared with the new DS 4 E-Tense (the upmarket version of Citroën) and the new Vauxhall Grandland.

Range starts at £366 per annum in company car tax at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

Tesla Model 3 Long Range

Tesla Model 3 All-Wheel Drive Long Range 421 miles

The latest version of the very familiar Tesla Model 3 may not look very different to the 2023 model but there have been lots of logical changes throughout. Painstaking attention to improve the already slippery aerodynamics has increased the possible maximum range on all versions without changing the battery pack. The Model 3 now takes the range crown from last year’s much larger Model S which at the start of 2024 was only available to order in left-hand drive.

Tesla Model 3 All-Wheel Drive Long Range is £408 per annum in company car tax at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

Volkswagen ID.7 Pro Launch Edition

Volkswagen ID7 Pro Launch Edition 385 miles

Long, low and swoopy, the Volkswagen ID7 was built for American-sized roads although it’s a Tesla Model 3 rival. It’s a five-door hatchback unlike the Tesla and there’s lots of room even if you don’t sit high up like an SUV. An estate comes later in 2024. The high-mileage company driver might appreciate its massage seats which also have fancy heating and cooling functions. At the start of 2024 only the Pro Launch Edition was on offer, with 385 miles. The 430-mile Pro S is not available in the UK yet.

Volkswagen ID7 Pro Launch Edition is £444 per annum in company car tax at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

BMW iX xDrive M Sport Ultimate

BMW iX xDrive50 M Sport Ultimate 382 miles

Introduced in 2023, the very imposing BMW iX SUV certainly makes a statement. The huge BMW grille isn’t a grille at all but houses cameras, sensors and a heating system.  It’s very fast, extremely quiet even for an EV and very comfortable. The interior features wooden highlights and if you wish you can have environmentally friendly wool upholstery and the carpet is partially recycled ocean plastic. On this top version, at a high-power charging station such as from the IONITY network, you can add 62 miles in 3.6 minutes.

BMW iX xDrive50 M Sport Ultimate is £922 per annum in company car tax at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor

Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor Launch Edition 379 miles

The Polestar 3 is the new big SUV from the standalone brand which shares much with Volvo (and is the twin of the new Volvo EX90). Polestars can be sampled through showrooms within shopping centres rather than windy retail parks and major on sustainability and the most advanced safety systems. Polestar was one of the first manufacturers to offer over-the-air software updates which you simply download direct to the cars. Past tweaks have improved the range of the first model, the 2, and they’re free of charge.

Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor Launch Edition is £639 per annum in company car tax at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

Mercedes Maybach

Maybach EQS SUV  372 miles

If you thought the Mercedes-Benz EQS saloon was posh, think again. Maybach used to be a brand on its own, but now signifies the top-notch models. This is based on the EQS SUV (364 miles), but the reclining, massaging and heated electric seats are worthy of executive jets. There are also TV screens in the back of the front seats and a built-in fridge. The Maybach is likely to be over £200,000 but you can’t get an electric Rolls-Royce or Bentley SUV yet. The top-rate tax for the most expensive Mercedes EQS SUV is £1,230, so figure on a lot more.

Ford Mustang Mach-e Extended Range RWD 372 Miles

The electric Mach-E makes a return appearance in our list this year, as before bearing a front and rear resemblance to the legendary petrol sports car and the horse badge, but that’s about all. The claimed best 372 miles comes with the Extended Range RWD model, or you could wait for the new electric Ford Explorer, one size down from the Mustang out in 2024 with a best 311-mile range.

Ford Mustang Mach-e Extended Range Premium RWD is £475 per annum in company car tax at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

Volvo EX90 Twin Motor 364 miles

The Volvo EX90 is the all-electric replacement for the XC90, a seven-seater SUV beloved by many families. Unlike the similar Polestar 3 it offers seven seats, but at a hefty price. Safety innovations include a state-of-the-art sensor set featuring lidar, mounted in the roof which has a 120 degree field of view so sees cars approaching crossroads. It also had an occupant sensor so you’ll never leave the dog or a child behind. The interior is inspired by a Scandinavian living room with soothing lighting and wool blends.

Volvo EX90 Twin Motor Ultra is £770 per annum in company car tax at the 40% rate (tax year 24-25).

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