One of the biggest worries around electric cars remains range anxiety, with buyers concerned about running out of juice mid-journey.
Early models certainly struggled to offer useful long-distance performance but the latest generation of electric cars have moved the game on substantially. Most models have sufficient range to tackle several days of average commuting on a charge and the longest-legged examples are now offering well over 250 miles at a time.
The future will undoubtedly bring a host of new EVs with ever more impressive range but for now we’ve rounded up the longest-range EVs that you can actually order right now.
5. Tesla Model X - 314 miles (claimed up to 360)
Tesla has recently upgraded the drivetrain in some of its models and, so far, hasn’t presented an official WLTP figure for the Model X. Instead it offers an “estimated” maximum range for its SUV. According to the America firm, the latest long-range versions of the large family car can cover up to 360 miles - a significant improvement on the previous WLTP figure of 314, which itself is enough to earn the X a place on this list. The biggest problem, aside from the £90,000 price is a waiting list that stretches into 2022.
6. Skoda Enyaq - 333 miles
The Enyaq is based on the same EV platform as the ID.3 below but Skoda’s take on the electric family SUV falls slightly shorter in the range stakes, managing a respectable 333 miles in iV 80 guise. Not only does this offer more range than the iV 60 variant but it also offers 201bhp against the cheaper car’s 177bhp.
7. Volkswagen ID.3 - 336 miles
The first ground-up electric car from the inventors of the people’s car, the ID.3 is a significant model in the automotive landscape. There are seven variants to choose from and even the lowliest of those manages 258 miles on a charge. But for the ultimate in range, the £42,290, Tour Pro S version will eke out its 77kWh battery to cover 336 miles.
8. Tesla Model 3 - 360 miles
Tesla does quote WLTP figures for its smallest model and those reach as high as 360 miles for the long-range version of the compact saloon. Priced from £49,990, the top-spec Model 3 comes with a twin-motor, all-wheel-drive platform promising supercar-rivalling acceleration alongside that impressive range.