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The 5 Electric Cars With The Longest Range

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.

  1. ‘The Splash Out’ - The 2021 Tesla Roadster

Top Speed: 250 mph

Range: 620 Miles

0-60 mph in: 1.9 Seconds

Price: 38,000 (Base Series) - 250,000 (Founders Series)

Pros:

  • 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
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Seats 4

Cons:

  • 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

  1. ‘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

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

  1. ‘The Compromise’ - Volkswagen ID.3

Top Speed: 99 mph

Range: 340 Miles

0-60 mph in: 7.1 Seconds

Price: From 32,000

Pros:

  • Seats 5
  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

  1. ‘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

Pros:

  • 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
  • Seats 5
  • Includes a front boot for extra storage

Cons:

  • 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!

  1. ‘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

Pros:

  • Seats 5
  • 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

Cons:

  • Boxy design: The vehicle is square, with a functional interior

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