Which electric cars have the longest range?

We count down the most important EVs on sale, in terms of how far they’ll travel on a full battery charge

  • Electric cars of 2020

    Electric cars of 2020

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    Today is World EV day which is aimed at turning everyday motorists into electric car buyers. For many potential EV motorists, the biggest concern remains range anxiety, or how far a car will go on a single charge. We’ve done the research and ranked the current crop of electric cars in terms of how far they’ll travel on a single charge.

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  • Renault Twizy – 62 miles

    Renault Twizy – 62 miles

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    Technically, the Renault Twizy isn’t a car, but the little quadricycle is a fun way to travel in the city. There’s seating for two and no need for a specific wallbox installation – the Twizy can be recharged using a domestic socket in 3.5 hours. Once charged, you’ll be able to travel 62 miles before the battery runs out.

  • Smart EQ – 71.4 to 83.8 miles

    Smart EQ – 71.4 to 83.8 miles

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    The entire Smart range is now battery-powered: choose from Forfour, Fortwo Coupe and Fortwo Cabriolet models. With a limited range, they’re hardly long-distance cars, but are capable in the city. Pricey, though, with the Fortwo Coupe starting from £17,500 after the government electric car grant.

  • Honda e – 137 miles

    Honda e – 137 miles

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    We called the Honda e a ‘class act’ in our review. But the car will raise eyebrows for some, especially given its price. It manages just 137 miles between charges, and that’s on the smaller wheels. ‘The two elephants in the room are range and price,’ said Richard after driving it. ‘Those who understand [the Honda e] won’t mind paying a premium. But both factors mean it’s not an everyman EV.’ Post-grant prices are around £26,500 for the 100kW version, while the 113kW model costs £29,000. Alternatively, finance starts from £249 per month.

  • Mini Electric – 145 miles

    Mini Electric – 145 miles

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    With an on-the-road price of £25,000 (after the grant is deducted), the Mini Electric is cheaper than the Honda e, but the range is a similarly limited 145 miles. A compact 32.5kWh battery has been used to keep weight down, with Mini keen to preserve its famous ‘go-kart’ handling characteristics.

  • Volkswagen e-Up – 159 miles

    Volkswagen e-Up – 159 miles

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    Volkswagen has updated the electric version of its Up city car. The new e-Up has a certified WLTP range of 159 miles. On its website, Volkswagen says ‘That’s more than enough to get you from London to Brighton and back’. Indeed it is.

  • Seat Mii Electric – 160 miles

    Seat Mii Electric – 160 miles

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    The Seat Mii Electric is one of the country’s cheapest electric cars. Although it wasn’t designed from the ground up as an electric car, its tiny dimensions make it perfect for our congested city streets. Indeed, up to 160 miles of electric range is more than enough if you don’t stray beyond the urban sprawl. Prices start from less than £20,000.

  • MG ZS EV – 163 miles

    MG ZS EV – 163 miles

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    ‘The people’s electric car’, as MG calls it, caused a stir at launch, with the company initially matching the £3,500 government grant for early adopters of its new crossover. It’ll deliver 163 miles on the WLTP cycle, and now costs £25,500 post-grant. Until September 2020, the ZS EV comes with free servicing, a Type 2 charging cable and a free home charger.

  • Skoda Citigo e iV – up to 170 miles

    Skoda Citigo e iV – up to 170 miles

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    The new Skoda Citigo e iV went on sale in December 2019 but was removed from sale in April 2020 due to high demand. “We had lofty expectations for the car and customer demand was exceptionally high. As a result, it sold out quicker than expected,” said a Skoda spokesperson. At the time of writing, the electric Citigo isn’t available to order.

  • BMW i3 – 182 to 188 miles

    BMW i3 – 182 to 188 miles

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    If you want a motorsport-style carbon fibre chassis, rear-wheel-drive and 19-inch alloy wheels, an electric car might not be your first choice. But these are exactly what the BMW i3 offers, along with a range of up to 188 miles. You also get 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, funky rear doors and the kudos of a premium badge.

  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric – 193 miles

    Hyundai Ioniq Electric – 193 miles

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    The Ioniq isn’t just one model. Instead, Hyundai has built three versions of the same car: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery EV. Updated for 2020, the EV has a 135hp motor and a WLTP range of 193 miles. Keenly priced at £31,000 (including the grant), it shows the benefits of designing an EV from the ground up, rather than converting a conventional car.

  • Audi E-tron – 193 miles

    Audi E-tron – 193 miles

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    The Audi E-Tron is a relatively late entry to the EV market for a marque that’s been so openly curious about electric cars in recent years. As well as a WLTP-rated range of 193 miles, you get up to 400hp and cameras instead of wing mirrors. The £60,000 E-tron marks the start of a 12-car Audi EV onslaught.

  • Fiat 500e – 199 miles

    Fiat 500e – 199 miles

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    Thanks to its 42kWh battery pack, the all-new Fiat 500e can deliver up to 199 miles of electric range. The hardtop version costs £27,000 after the government grant, while the convertible adds £2,000 to the price. The combination of badge appeal, price and range should ensure the 500e gives bosses at Mini and Honda a few sleepless nights.

  • DS 3 Crossback E-Tense – 191 to 206 miles

    DS 3 Crossback E-Tense – 191 to 206 miles

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    New to the scene is the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. It packs a 50kWh battery and is good for a 206-mile range. Not bad, but not quite up there with certain Korean rivals. It’s got French style on its side, though.

  • Peugeot e-2008 – 206 miles

    Peugeot e-2008 – 206 miles

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    If the DS3 Crossback E-Tense is a little too flash for your liking, the Peugeot e-2008 is the more sombre-suited alternative. Prices start from £29,000, with the e-2008 providing up to 206 miles of electric range. There are three driving modes, including Sport, which enables the e-2008 to sprint to 60mph in just 8.5 seconds.

  • Vauxhall Corsa-e – 209 miles

    Vauxhall Corsa-e – 209 miles

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    It might lack the glamour of the Mini Electric and Honda e, but the strength of the Vauxhall Corsa-e lies elsewhere. A 209-mile range from the 50kWh battery pack will take you places the Mini and Honda cannot reach on a single charge. There are three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport – with prices starting from around £27,500.

  • Peugeot e-208 – 217 miles

    Peugeot e-208 – 217 miles

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    The Peugeot e-208 is more expensive than the Mini Electric, but its 217-mile range is more impressive. It costs from £26,000 after the government grant, while the top-spec e-208 GT is priced at £30,500. Unlike the Renault Zoe, which was designed as an electric car, the e-208 shares much in common with petrol and diesel 208s.

  • Citroen e-C4 – 217 miles

    Citroen e-C4 – 217 miles

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    The recently unveiled Citroen e-C4 will be available to order in the autumn. It will be sold alongside the regular C4, which replaces the C4 Cactus in the Citroen range. Prices haven’t been announced, but the e-C4 will deliver up to 217 miles of electric range.

  • Nissan Leaf – 168 to 239 miles

    Nissan Leaf – 168 to 239 miles

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    You can buy a Nissan Leaf with up to 239 miles of WLTP-certified range. The updated looks are less apologetic and the cabin is much more attractive. The second-generation Leaf feels a major step, then – especially in this new 62kWh guise. The ‘e-Pedal’ makes driving easy, too; braking is often simply a matter of lifting off the accelerator.

  • Audi E-tron Sportback – 240 miles

    Audi E-tron Sportback – 240 miles

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    The Audi E-Tron Sportback 55 Quattro features a 95kWh battery that’s capable of delivering up to 240 miles of range. This feature-packed electric SUV comes with Matrix LED headlights, 21-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension and Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ display. Prices start from £80,000.

  • Renault Zoe ZE50 – 245 miles

    Renault Zoe ZE50 – 245 miles

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    In the new ZE50 spec, the Zoe can cover 245 miles on a charge. Its interior has been comprehensively updated, too, which is very welcome. The Zoe ZE50 costs from £25,500 (after the grant), and 50kW rapid charging capability is now offered.

  • Volvo XC40 Recharge – 250 miles

    Volvo XC40 Recharge – 250 miles

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    Volvo’s first all-electric car combines a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds with an EV driving range of nearly 250 miles. The XC40 Recharge P8 AWD has two electric motors, giving a total output of 408hp. Total battery capacity is 75kWh, and Volvo says the batteries will recharge from zero to 80 percent in 40 minutes. It’s the first of a new range of all-electric Volvos, with the company planning to launch one a year between now and 2025.

  • Porsche Taycan – 241 to 256 miles

    Porsche Taycan – 241 to 256 miles

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    The German marque’s first EV has a lot riding on it – and a lot to prove. Can EVs be fun? Like, Porsche-level fun? The Taycan is certainly pricey and fast. Depending on the spec, the Taycan will sprint to 62mph in 2.8 seconds with launch control. Prices range from £83,500 for the Taycan 4S to £139,000 for the Turbo S.

  • Mercedes-Benz EQC – 252 to 256 miles

    Mercedes-Benz EQC – 252 to 256 miles

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    Beating the Audi E-tron to the punch is the EQC SUV from Mercedes-Benz. Packing a 80kWh battery, its 256-mile WLTP-certified range is impressive. Prices start at £65,500. Expect a veritable tidal wave of EQ-branded electric models from Mercedes going forward.

  • Mercedes-Benz EQV – 261 miles

    Mercedes-Benz EQV – 261 miles

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    Your choices are limited if you’re after an electric MPV, but all that is set to change with the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz EQV. It has gone on sale in Germany, where its 90kWh delivers 261 miles of electric range. Coming soon to an airport run near you.

  • Hyundai Kona Electric – 278 miles

    Hyundai Kona Electric – 278 miles

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    The £30,000 Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh shows that EVs don’t need much fanfare. It’s a silent revolution, most obviously in terms of its powertrain, but also in terms of hype. It delivers a premium EV range for half the price. You’ll struggle to get more miles-per-pound anywhere else.

  • Kia Soul EV – 280 miles

    Kia Soul EV – 280 miles

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    You can’t accuse Kia of holding back when designing the Soul EV. The original Soul EV had limited appeal, thanks in part to its limited driving range. This new version is a different story, with 280 miles of range making it a realistic proposition for more people. The ‘First Edition’ costs £34,500 after the government grant and comes with plenty of kit as standard.

  • Kia e-Niro – 282 miles

    Kia e-Niro – 282 miles

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    The Kia e-Niro costs around £30,000 and, thanks to its 64kWh battery, delivers up to 282 miles of range. As with the Hyundai Ioniq, it offers E-tron-beating range for a budget price. You also get a seven-year warranty.

  • Jaguar I-Pace – 292 miles

    Jaguar I-Pace – 292 miles

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    The Jaguar I-Pace has the Germans licked for now. Not only did it get to market months earlier, it also offers a superior range. While Audi and Mercedes are talking about closer to 250 miles, Jaguar was there months ago with 292 miles of WLTP-certified range. Couple that with 400hp and startling looks and you’ve got a leader in this premium EV class.

  • Polestar 2 – 292 miles est.

    Polestar 2 – 292 miles est.

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    Volvo’s new electric offshoot has wasted no time producing rivals to Tesla. Like the Model 3, the Polestar 2 is a small executive car. Unlike the Model 3, it has the ride height and stance of an SUV. The car’s 78kWh battery pack delivers up to 292 miles of range, with a rapid charge time of 40 minutes. First deliveries begin in August 2020, with prices starting from £50,000.

  • Tesla Model X – 314 miles

    Tesla Model X – 314 miles

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    If you need to make six passengers vomit profusely, but with the guilt-free feeling of electric power, a Model X P100D is just the job. The ‘P’ stands for performance, and means a 100kWh battery pack mated to uprated electric motors. The result is a range of 314 miles. However, a 0-60mph time of 2.9 seconds is the bigger party-trick for this electric SUV.

  • Volkswagen ID.3 – 340 miles

    Volkswagen ID.3 – 340 miles

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    It might not be the most exciting new electric car, but it’s what the Volkswagen ID.3 can do for the entire industry that’s most intriguing. VW hopes it will have the same impact as the Beetle and the Golf – hence the ID.3 name – and it will be interesting to see if it affects sales of the new Mk8 Golf. Up to 341 miles of range is available, with top-end First Edition cars available from £35,000.

  • Tesla Model 3 – 348 miles

    Tesla Model 3 – 348 miles

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    Tesla’s answer to the BMW 3 series has been lauded by some as the best car on sale: high praise for a car sold by one of the most controversial figures in motoring. Its popularity and appeal is hard to ignore, though. Long Range versions will drive for 348 miles on the WLTP cycle. Coming beyond 2020 will be the Model Y crossover, also based on the Model 3.

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E – 370 miles est.

    Ford Mustang Mach-E – 370 miles est.

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    The fact that this iconic Ford has gone electric continues to raise a few eyebrows, but the use of the Mustang name makes sense. As does the fact that it’s an electric SUV, because that’s what the world wants. Available with a choice of two batteries and three power outputs, the Mach-E could offer up to 370 miles of electric range. It’s packed with the latest tech, while practicality is guaranteed thanks to a large 402-litre boot and 100-litre ‘frunk’.

  • Tesla Model S – 379 miles

    Tesla Model S – 379 miles

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    Forgo the need to get ‘Ludicrous’ with your Model S and you can save over £40,000 – and gain additional range. The upgraded EV still achieves supercar-rivalling performance, too. At present, it goes the furthest on a single charge of any EV, with a WLTP-rated range of 379 miles.