Range has always been one of the fears of prospective buyers of electric cars and electric vehicles because of the slow nature of charging the vehicles and the availability of charging stations, especially for those who use their vehicles for long trips. Fortunately, there are some electric cars available currently with better Miles of range to help with those fears.
1. Lucid Air Dream Edition R: 520 miles (836 km)
The Silicon Valley-based Lucid Air electric saloon boasts up to 520 miles in its top-spec. To get there you’ll have to wade through no less than five variants, from the entry-level Air Pure (473bhp, 406 miles of range) to said range-topping Dream Edition R (920bhp and 520 miles). The R, in case you were wondering, stands for Range, and isn’t to be confused with the Dream Edition P, short for Performance. That variant gets you 1,096bhp but limits range to a pitiful 471 miles. The Lucid Air Dream Edition is sold-out, but you can reserve a $139,000 Grand Touring and expect delivery in the early part of next year. You can also reserve a Touring or the $77,400 Pure, but those won’t be added to the production mix until the latter half of 2022.
2. Mercedes EQS 450+ AMG Line: 453 miles (729 km)
You travel the 375 miles from Accra to Tamale by flight, but you’d also have to share that flight with the general public. Instead, why not relax in Mercedes’ electric limo, the EQS, which the German manufacturer claims will manage up to 453 miles (729 km) in its most efficient configuration? It might be nearer to 400 miles by road, but that should be no problem for the EQS and its hefty 108kWh battery, right? Starting at $102,310, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS has the highest base price among luxury hybrid and electric cars. That’s for the base trim of the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive EQS 450; two higher trims with that powertrain setup increase in cost by a few thousand dollars.
3. Tesla Model S: 405 miles (651 km)
For a car that was first launched back in 2012, it’s a testament to Tesla that the Model S remains in the top three range toppers 10 years later. These days it’s available in just two flavours: the entry-level dual-motor, AWD variant, good for up to 405 miles, or the top-spec Plaid, equipped with three motors, 1,006bhp, and a slightly reduced range of up to 396 miles. Whether you can get on with the yoke is another matter entirely. With Model S prices starting at over $90,000, buyers would be reasonable to expect a certain amount of luxury inside the car. Tesla’s raises it to $121,000 for the most expensive version.
4. BMW iX xDrive50: 380 miles (611 km)
Meet BMW’s first purpose-built electric vehicle since the i3. There are two versions, both twin-motor, both AWD, beginning with the xDrive40 with a 71kWh battery, good for up to 257 miles, and the xDrive50 with 105.2kWh, capable of a handy 380 miles. Still not convinced about the look? The xDrive 50 prices are confirmed to start at $83,200 in the U.S., which gives it something of an advantage over the Tesla Model X.
5. Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range RWD: 379 miles (609 km)
Ford’s badge-defying Mustang Mach-E is available with either a 75 (Standard Range) or 98kWh (Extended Range) battery, and with either a single motor (rear-wheel drive) or a twin motor (all-wheel drive) layout. The one you want for the maximum range is the Extended Range, a single motor variant (as our current long-termer is), good for up to 379 miles. Or, in other words, enough to earn yourself an M25 Ring sticker three times over. MSRP starting at $43,895 for SELECT model. Not including $7,500 federal tax credit.
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6. Tesla Model 3 Long Range: 374 miles (601 km)
The Model 3 was not only the best-selling electric car in the UK last year. Standard Range guise gets you rear-wheel drive and a claimed 305 miles of range, one up from that gets you the Long Range, dual-motor, AWD, 374-mile variant, while if it’s performance you’re after the er, Performance, offers a 0-60mph time of 3.1secs and a 340-mile range. The Tesla Model 3 electric car arrives with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $44,990
7. BMW i4 eDrive40 Sport: 365 miles (587 km)
“As a driver’s car the i4 is the best EV you can get for anywhere near this money,” TopGear recently concluded when we put BMW’s electric saloon up against the Polestar 2, the eDrive40 is capable of up to 365 miles, scores highly in the range stakes too. BMW also offers the twin-motor i4 M50, capable of 0-62 in 3.9 seconds, with a slightly reduced range of 318 miles. Still more than enough to cover the average 23-mile round commute. Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $55,400.
8. Tesla Model X: 348 miles (560 km)
Completing the hat-trick for Tesla is the Model X, which deserves plaudits for making this list despite its 2,500kg kerb weight. Underneath it shares a platform and motors with the Model S saloon, and it’s available in like-for-like configuration, too: the entry-level dual-motor, AWD variant, good for up to 348 miles, or the top-spec Plaid, equipped with three motors, 1,006bhp, and slightly reduced range of up to 333 miles. But should you fall short, there’s always Tesla’s superb Supercharger network for a quick charge among its electric cars. The entry-level Model X Long Range has an MSRP of $89,990.
9. Polestar 2 Long Range: 336 miles (540 km)
Volvo’s former racing offshoot has now turned its attention to EVs, and it’s starting to make a name for itself for all the right reasons too. Leading the way is the Polestar 2, with the entry-level standard range single motor version offering a 64kWh battery capable of up 275 miles of range, while the long-range single motor features a bigger 78kWh unit that’ll do 336 miles on a full charge. Top of the performance tree is the long-range dual motor, with the same 78kWh battery but a reduced 299-mile range. Long Range Single Motor. $45,900 · Long Range Dual Motor. $49,900.
10. Skoda Enyaq iV 80x: 331 miles (532 km)
Skoda’s first purpose-built EV is available in three pleasingly easy to understand flavours – 60, 80 and 80x. The Enyaq iV 60 has a 58kWh battery, good for 253 miles. The 80-badged models have a 77kWh battery, with the former offering up to 331 miles, and the performance-focused 80x, which adds an extra motor and all-wheel drive, up to 312 miles. It’s plenty practical too, with three-abreast rear seating making it perfect for the school run, plus a boot big enough for any four-legged friends to come along too. You can order one now, with pricing starting at £46,610.
Buying electric cars or an electric car involves a trade-off for short term gains against long-term gains. One can always decide to buy an internal combusting engine at a cheaper price and buy fuel at exorbitant prices or buy an expensive electric car with less cost of charging which offsets the high price of the car in the future. Notwithstanding, EVs are the future we have to embrace just like Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050. You should know most OMCs will be moving into clean energy.