Looking for an electric car for long journeys? Our expert guide shows you the top 10 electric cars with the longest range.
For a lot of people making the switch to an electric car, initial questions are about the price and the battery range. Many assume they'll need a long-range EV, but UK Government data shows the average distance travelled by car in 2020 was just 19 miles a day, or 131 miles a week. For short commutes or weekend errands, then, a modest range will be more than enough.
But for long journeys, hefty commutes or cross-country road trips, range is more important – maybe even a priority, espeicallyt if you're swapping your petrol or diesel car.
Electric car range depends on battery size and the vehicle weight. Generally, small EVs will have shorter ranges than, say, electric SUVs because of their limited battery space, although this can be offset with advanced aerodynamic design and energy management systems. Unlike petrol or diesel cars, EVs are less efficient at motorway speeds than in town, as the energy recouped through braking is reduced. It's worth also bearing in mind that older, used electric cars could have reduced range, as batteries can become slightly less efficient over time.
All that said, these are the top 10 electric cars with the longest ranges, ordered by how much we like them. These are based on official WLTP figures which mean, as long as you don’t get too carried away with the accelerator, you should be able to get pretty close to these distances in the real world.
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Electric cars with the longest range 2024
1. Mercedes-Benz EQS
Range: up to 453 miles
The simplest way to describe the Mercedes-Benz EQS is that it's an S-Class brought into the electric age. And to be considered alongside that all-conquering luxury limo, it needs to be comfortable, refined, loaded with tech and be able to travel far on a charge.
The EQS exceeds on all of those fronts. Focusing on the latter, it promises an incredible range of up to 453 miles on a charge, primarily thanks to its massive 107.8kWh battery. But it's also down to some clever engineering and a razor sharp focus on aerodynamics, making the EQS's body the slipperiest of any production car to date.
What's more, the Mercedes-Benz EQS has some stunning technology on board, including its 'Hyperscreen' infotainment system which, effectively, makes the dashboard one giant screen behind a glass panel. It's also full of the sort of luxury features you'd expect on the best high-end luxury cars.
That headline range figure of 453 miles comes from the 'entry-level' EQS 450+ model, which uses a single electric motor. There are more powerful models coming with dual motors, but while they'll up the ante with acceleration they aren't able to travel as far on a charge.
2. Tesla Model 3
Range: up to 421 miles
The Tesla Model 3 has taken the electric car market by storm, and it's the best car Tesla makes.
Not only is it the most affordable, starting at under £40,000 new and under £20,000 used, it's also nicer to drive than the Model Y and has a longer range. The very latest 2024 version can travel up to 421 miles on a charge, but even the rapid Performance model does 340 miles and the cheapest, earlier models should still do about 300 miles.
As well as impressive in-car tech and surprising practicality you also get the same access to Tesla's brilliant Supercharger charging network as the brand's bigger models. Small wonder, then, that 'established' manufacturers are doing everything they possibly can to knock the all-conquering Model 3 from sale charts.
3. Tesla Model S
Range: up to 405 miles
If you’re after an electric car that can cover long distances between charging, you can't ignore Tesla. As the Model S has been on sale for a number years there are some second-hand bargains available. Early 85kWh models (with a range of up to 265 miles) can be found for less than £30,000.
Having said that, the newer the Model S you buy the better it is, and not just in range terms because the performance, technology and build quality gradually improved. The latest Dual Motor model manages up to 405 miles and even the incredible 1020PS Tesla Model S Plaid can travel for 373 miles on a charge.
As well as the range itself, Tesla’s impressive Supercharger network is what marks it out compared with the competition. With fuss-free access to a large number of super-fast chargers, Tesla owners often cite it as the main reason for buying one.
You've already heard about the Model 3 above, but if saloons don't cut the mustard for you. the Tesla Model X and Model Y offer practical SUV bodies and well over 300 miles of range.
4. BMW i7
Range: Up to 387 miles
A new generation of BMW 7 Series is always important news, but behind the groundbreaking new tech and controversial new looks the biggest news is in fact the addition of the all-electric BMW i7.
Joining the sporty i4 and the impressive iX (both in the list above), the i7 sits at the upper end of BMW's electric range and is priced accordingly, starting from just north of £100,000. Interestingly, though, that's not much more expensive than the current cheapest 7 Series, so the incentive to go electric has never been greater.
With a 105kWh battery and up to 195kW fast charging speeds it'll replenish its up to 387-mile range pretty quickly. That figure's pretty impressive given the long-wheelbase i7 measures 5.4 metres in length and has up to 544PS put to the road via four-wheel drive. You also get that trademark BMW driving experience, plus a high-quality cabin absolutely crammed full of kit.
5. Volkswagen ID.7
Range: Up to 384 miles
Initially the ID.7 is being launched with a 77kWh battery pack that provides a range of up to 384 miles. A bigger battery will be added to the line-up later in 2024, increasing the maximum range to well over 400 miles. Now that's the kind of range that'll appeal to the biggest electric car sceptics.
Prices for the new Volkswagen ID.7 start from around £51,500, making it one of the more affordable electric cars to feature in this list. It doesn't feel like a budget electric car, either, with an interior that feels more like an Audi than earlier ID-badged models like the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4.
6. BMW iX
Range: up to 380 miles
Yes, the BMW iX has a massive grille and a, erm, distinctive exterior look. But while it's that that'll get people talking (bad press is better than no press, surely?) the iX has plenty of substance behind its face.
For starters, its BMW's first bespoke EV since the game-changing BMW i3 hit the market way back in 2013, and it's clear this is no rush job. The interior of the iX is pretty spectacular: like everything else these days it's packed with tech, but elegantly designed, classy and surprisingly practical. It's also really good to drive, with a welcome focus on comfort over sportiness but an impressive turn of speed.
It's the iX xDrive 50 model you'll want if maximising range is key. Officially it'll manage 380 miles on a charge thanks to its huge 105kWh battery, and while the Mercedes-Benz EQS manages more, it's not as fast as the 523PS iX, nor is it four-wheel drive and a high-riding SUV. Put all that into consideration, and the iX's figure is deeply impressive.
7. Mercedes-Benz EQE
Range: up to 380 miles
It's quite clear from one look at the Mercedes-Benz EQE that it's essentially a smaller, cheaper version of the EQS saloon. That's no bad thing, though, with prices starting from £68,000 rather than £105,000.
You still get plenty of luxury and a high-tech cabin environment, while the super slipper body helps enable a range of up to 380 miles from a 90kWh battery pack. Charging speeds are up to 170kW, which is broadly competitive with the best electric cars.
If you want the maximum range from your EQE you'll be looking for the 350 model, which is hardly the fastest electric car in this company (0-62mph takes 6.4 seconds). But cars like this aren't about neck-snapping acceleration, there's about serenity, luxury and effortless progress, which this comfy and classy car delivers in spades.
8. Ford Mustang Mach-E
Range: up to 379 miles
The Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s long-awaited attempt to kick Tesla out of the water. By playing on the heritage of its high performance Pony car brand, the firm has given the Mustang Mach-E some serious badge appeal and a sporty look.
There’s a range of models available, including standard and extended-range versions, as well as rear- or four-wheel-drive variants. It’s the extended-range rear-wheel-drive Mach-E which can travel the furthest, officially capable of covering up to 379 miles between charges.
Using a connected wallbox provided by Ford, the Mustang Mach-E can be charged at a rate of 38 miles per hour. With peak charging power of 150kW, a high-powered public rapid charger will be able to charge the standard-range Mach-E from 10 to 80% in approximately 38 minutes.
While the Mustang Mach-E isn't cheap for a Ford, its specs and equipment list make it seem decent value compared to similar models with a more premium badge.
9. Polestar 3
Range: 379 miles
Polestar – Volvo's funky EV offshoot – is enjoying plenty of success flogging the likeable Polestar 2, but the 3 moves into a more upmarket price point starting at just under £80,000. Built in China and the US, it aims to combined cool design and a luxury cabin with long-range capability.
To that end a massive 111kWh battery delivers an official range of up to 379 miles on a charge despite its 2.6 tonne kerbweight and 489PS of power. What's more, with impressive rapid charging speeds of up to 250kW you can take that big battery from 10-80% charge in just 30 minutes.
A standard heat pump ensures more efficient heating in winter, while bidirectional charging lets you use some of that range to power household goods or eventually restore electricity to the grid or to power your house. There's also the very latest in safety assist tech and sustainable materials throughout.
10. BMW i4
Range: up to 365 miles
Yes, the BMW i4 has a funny-looking grille design. We've had enough of talking about it, so either you like it or you don't as there's far more interesting things about this car.
For starters it drives brilliantly. It's based on the same structure as the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, which is one of the sharpest-driving saloon cars around. The i4 is no different, particularly in potent M50i form where it goes from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds.
It's the BMW i4 eDrive40 you want if range is the priority, and it's that one that's officially capable of up to 365 miles on a charge. While that's not quite as impressive as a Tesla Model 3, remember the BMW is a very high quality product with impressive engineering depth.
You also get one of the easiest-to-use infotainment systems in the business and a decent-sized boot, while the up to 200kW fast charging capability is very competitive.
EVs With Longest Range FAQs
Officially speaking, the Lucid Air is the electric car with the longest range, promising to be able to travel up to 520 miles on a charge. However, it's not yet on sale in right-hand drive or in the UK. When it comes to cars you can actually buy now, the Mercedes EQS 450+ tops the charts with its 453-mile figure.
In short, an electric car is a vehicle that uses an electric motor and a battery. This means you need to plug it into a socket to recharge, rather than refuelling with petrol or diesel. Today there are lots of electric cars (also known as EVs) to choose from.
Currently you'll only get a range of over 500 miles from the new Lucid Air electric luxury saloon, which is currently only on sale in the US and China. We're hoping to try it soon.
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