Which Electric Cars Have The Longest Range?< Back to blog
Electric cars are quickly becoming a hot topic in the UK and for good reason. Newer electric vehicles are getting increasingly longer-range batteries, with many models now being suitable to consider for a long-distance road trip.
If you were to take your electric car for a long haul journey on some of the finest roads this world has seen, which one should you choose? We’ve compiled a list of the top 6 vehicles that are currently dominating driving range in the EV market and delved into their real world range to see how far they’d get on a full charge* if they were to take on the North Coast 500 – “Scotland’s Route 66” – a 516-mile round journey across the beautiful highland coastal roads.
*Data correct as of time of publication. Vehicle statistics based on manufacturers’ advised range.
6. Audi E-Tron – 225-mile real world range
The E-Tron is Audi’s first all-electric vehicle and was famously introduced to the world with the slogan “Electric goes Audi”. Innovating the traditional sound of an EV vehicle using specialist technology, the E-Tron sounds more like its combustion engine cousins than its EV siblings.
As well as sounding good, the Audi E-tron looks good, charges fast (in as little as 45 mins from 0-100%) and boasts an impressive real-world range of 225 miles. This would easily take you over 40% of the way through your NC500 journey before you needed to top up the batteries. Might we mention that its brilliant practical shape is perfect for carrying your other passengers along for the ride too.
5. Kia E-Niro – 230-mile real world range
The Kia E-Niro is great all-round electric car – well-equipped, roomy and, most importantly, it beats that 200+ mile barrier when it comes to range between charges.
If you’re going to take on the North Coast 500 in an EV, then the E-Niro has a fantastic range of onboard kit that will help you do it in ease. All you have to do is look at the plethora of onboard driver convenience systems to realise that it’s kitted out with everything you need for a quiet cruise right from the off. The ‘Long Range’ trim which is the one you need if you want to the 64kWh battery that delivers the best range includes features such as adaptive smart cruise control, driver attention warning and a tyre mobility kit for quick inflation if you experience a flat in the middle of nowhere.
On the style side of things, a lot of the reason why the E-Niro gets a lot of attention is because it follows a more traditional crossover design similar to the likes of the Seat Arona or Ford Kuga.So no doubt you’ll get a few admirers while you’re on your travels.
4. Hyundai Kona Electric – 245-mile real world range
The award-winning Hyundai Kona has a bold eye-catching design due to its muscular sculpted shapes and sleek LED headlights. It’s equally as impressive inside, with a spacious comfortable cabin that offers both cloth and leather options.
A solid choice in the growing subcompact crossover EV market.
What earned the Kona its praise though isn’t its design, but how impressive its range was when you consider its budget price. Even the pricier, more premium Audi e-tron doesn’t pip it when it comes to getting far on a single charge.
So, while you may not be as sprawled out in luxury in the Hyundai Kona while cruising through Scotland’s north coast, one thing’s for certain: you’ll get nearly halfway round the entire route before needing to stop for a rapid charge to keep you on your way.
3. Tesla Model X – 270-mile real world range
The first of three Teslas in this list is the Model X. Both the fastest and safest SUV on the planet, the Model X is what SUVs strive to be. With a 0-60mpg acceleration of under 3.0 seconds, a real-world range of 270 miles when you specify the Long Range trim and near-perfect marks for adult occupant safety, the Model X has it all.
The Model X’s achievements don’t stop with speed and safety however, since it also has the largest all glass panoramic windscreen in production and with a maximum storage space of 2,487 litres, it has one of the largest in class storage capacities on the market.
Its capacity to drive long distances, cope with lots of people and get around at a rate of knots make it the perfect mode of transport for a NC500. When you consider how handy a panoramic roof is when you’re admiring scenic views too, what more could you wish for?
2. Tesla Model 3 – 285-mile real world range
High quality safety, attractive design and a class leading mile range, the Model 3 is Tesla’s most affordable vehicle and completely embodies the Tesla brand. Able to resist four times its own mass in crush tests, it’s unsurprising that the EV was awarded the prestigious five-star Euro NCAP rating.
The Model 3 also comes well equipped with the renowned 15in Tesla infotainment display and numerous safety features such as speed assists, lane support systems and automatic emergency braking.
While the Model 3 might not be as big as the Model X, it uses less of its battery while running because of it. So, for this reason you could go more than halfway around the NC500 before needing to recharge.
Also, Fort William and Inverness have recently welcomed Tesla Superchargers to the area, so you can easily rapid charge your Tesla while on the move.
1. Tesla Model S – 325-mile real world range
Thanks to its innovative and increasingly powerful batteries, Tesla still dominates the EV market when it comes to driving range and continues to boast impressive driving ranges whichh are leagues ahead of the competition.
The third Tesla in this list and the winner of the electric car with the longest range, is the Model S. Its outstanding real world range of 325 miles is the best part of the NC500 trip, and what better way to do it than in a luxury saloon with ample room and a cushioned ride from an air suspension?
Comfort is ensured regardless of the weather in the Model S thanks to its front and rear seat heaters and seating for up to five adults. There is also more than enough storage space which rivals most SUVs at 804 litres.
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