For many years, the rise of electric cars was hindered by their lack of mileage between charges. It was common that just as drivers settled in for a long journey, their electric vehicle would run out of power, and they would have to spend hours charging their car before they could go any further.
Now however, a new generation of electric cars are offering ranges from a single charge that not so long ago would have been unthinkable. Our article outlines the 5 of them that deliver the longest distances!
Imagine a car which has zero emissions, government subsidies of £3,500 off the purchase price, and is tax-free. Oh, and it requires less maintenance, has lower running costs, AND creates nearly no noise.
This car is not a mere fantasy, it exists today in the form of an electric vehicle (EV). But despite all these benefits, electric cars only comprise 1-2% of UK annual car sales - so why aren’t more UK drivers buying EVs?
In a survey by YouGov, the most common concern for 81% of respondents was their range. But the ranges of EVs are improving all the time, meaning many options are available if you require a car which provides significant mileage.
Here, Yellow Car Shop have assessed the longest-range EVs, comparing their top speed, 0-60 mph acceleration time, range, and budget bracket.
A supercar for the real world: The Tesla Roadster has ‘Supercar’ status, but offers spacious, practical design
A luxury vehicle: The Roadster boasts a lightweight, removable glass roof, and showcases a sleek, modern, and minimalist ‘spaceship’ style design. The look is complemented by futuristic features such as fingerprint warlocks and DriverAssist
Not released yet: The Roadster has been in development since 2017 and was due to come out in 2020, but this was delayed by COVID-19. Tesla may have to delay the release further to update the vehicle’s design, so it’s now speculated to be coming out in 2022. You can reserve your Roadster for a deposit of £29,000
The price tag: The Founders Series costs a staggering £250,000!
Design flaws: Some reviewers have expressed doubts about certain design components, including the ‘butterfly wheel’ which is not road legal in some areas
‘The Investment’ - The Tesla Model S Long Range
Top Speed: 162 mph
Range: 405 Miles
0-60 mph in: 2.3 Seconds
Price: From £73,990
Cheaper than the Roadster: At £73,990 The Model S Long-Range is more affordable than its £250,000 counterpart
Similar features to the Roadster, but more practical: The Model S has more space than the Roadster; it can be transformed into a seven-seater AND includes extra storage space
Offers Semi-Autonomous Driving Assistance
Can seat 7
BIG! The Model S is pretty chunky. Get used to inching around country lanes and squeezing into parking spaces!
Price: While it’s cheaper than the Roadster, buying a Model S is still not a decision to take lightly seeing as it costs £73,990
‘The Compromise’ - Volkswagen ID.3
Top Speed: 99 mph
Range: 340 Miles
0-60 mph in: 7.1 Seconds
Price: From £32,000
Offers a quiet, smooth, and responsive drive
A practical vehicle which provides a decent amount of space and a reasonably large boot
At 340 Miles range, it offers a lot of distance for its price
Too familiar perhaps? Little difference between the appearance of this vehicle and the Volkswagen Golf
Not flashy: Some reviewers have found the ID.3 ‘unmemorable’ on account of its practical design. But for a daily-use car, it’s a great compromise.
‘The Best Of Both Worlds’ - The Polestar 2
Top Speed: 127 mph
Range: 292 Miles
0-60 mph in: 4.1 Seconds
Price: From £49,900
A happy balance: The Polestar is fantastic value for money, and a great compromise between a practical car and a Supercar
Qualifies for the UK’s low emission car grant: You can get up to £3,000 off the purchase price when you buy a Polestar 2!
Has Four-Wheel Drive
Has Android User Interface: Connects easily to Google Maps
Has a decent amount of space in both the cabin and the boot
Includes a front boot for extra storage
It can be difficult to find charging points for non-Tesla electric cars
Design hitches: The back windows don’t wind all the way down, and someone needs sit in the driver’s seat for the windows to work
Only connects to Android phones: Not so good for Apple users!
‘The Eco Warrior’ – The Hyundai Kona Electric
Top Speed: 126 mph
Range: 256 Miles
0-60 mph in: 6.4 Seconds
Price: From £17,396
Has a decent-sized boot
Offers value for money: The Kona Electric has a range of up to 256 miles, and a top speed of 126 MPH. Not bad for a car starting at £17,396!
Fuel efficient: One of the most energy efficient electric cars around, with an 120 MPG-e rating
Handles well: Offers a responsive drive and does 0-60 in under 7 seconds
Boxy design: The vehicle is square, with a functional interior