As the world moves away from fossil fuels and manufacturing costs drop, electric cars are gaining in popularity. But there is still one question on the mind of every prospective buyer: which car will take me the furthest on a single charge?
In the early days of electric vehicles (EVs), you couldn’t get as far on a single charge as you could on a tank of gas. However, improvements in battery and powertrain technology mean that electric cars on the road today get as many miles as a gasoline vehicle with a fully charged battery, sometimes more.
This list of the longest-range EVs available right now spans automakers from affordable ones like Kia and Hyundai to pricier brands like Tesla, but they all get at least 300 miles on a charge. We will start at the lower end of the price spectrum.
5. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 303 Miles
At the time of this writing, the Ioniq 5 is just about the most affordable electric vehicle with a range of over 300 miles. According to Car and Driver, this electric car from Hyundai has a fast-charging capacity of 350kW, making it capable of handling heavy loads on the battery to charge much faster than typical level 2 charging stations allow. Ioniq 5 also has a much sleeker design than you’d expect from Hyundais of the past.
One thing to note: there are several versions of this vehicle and it is the single engine rear wheel drive version that has a maximum range of 303 miles. It’s not the most powerful vehicle on the road at 168 horsepower, but the instant torque you get from any EV’s engine helps make up for it.
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4. 2022 Kia EV6 – 310 miles
As part of Kia’s plan to build 11 new EV models by 2026, the EV6 is the first of the bunch. It comes with two different sized batteries to choose from and several different trim packages, some offering more mileage while others provide more power. As with the Hyundai, the lower-horsepower rear-wheel drive version of the EV6 provides the longest range with an EPA-estimated 310 miles.
For drivers looking for a little more speed from their EV, Kia has a GT model of the EV6 that tops out at 500 horsepower. An excellent off-road car on the affordable end of the spectrum that will appeal to many drivers, even those who need speed.
3. Ford F-150 Lightning Extended Range Package – 320 miles
Contrary to the world of gasoline, large vehicles do not necessarily have to have less autonomy. The base model of Ford’s electric pickup truck gets 230 miles per charge, but opt for the extended range package and that goes up to 320 miles. With the aggressive, sweeping styling of many modern trucks (including Ford’s gas line), this truck doesn’t look like a typical electric vehicle; a design choice that was undoubtedly intentional. This model isn’t cheap at more than $72K before incentives, but if you have to have a truck and have the cash on hand, this is a solid EV truck option.
Ford isn’t alone in producing larger electric vehicles, either. Startup Rivian’s R1T truck also gets over 300 miles on a single charge. GMC even released several EV Hummer models, proving that electric cars don’t have to be skids.
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2. 2022 Tesla Model S Long Range – 405 miles
At the luxury end of the spectrum, we have the Tesla Model S. While the Model S Plaid provides an updated powertrain and more horsepower for a slight drop in range (396 miles), the standard Model S tops out at just over 400 miles. It gives drivers everything they’d expect from a luxury electric car, including a high-tech infotainment system and automatic driver-assist features.
Even without Tesla’s Plaid powertrain, the Model S can go from 0 to 60 in just over 3 seconds, fast enough for just about anyone. If you have six figures to spend on an electric vehicle and don’t want to worry about long road trips, this one is worth a look.
1. 2022 Lucid Air – 520 miles
At the top of the list (and the price spectrum) is the 2022 Lucid Air. A beast of an electric vehicle that combines over 500 miles of range with over 1,000 horsepower, it’s no surprise that Lucid also designs the packages. of batteries inside Formula E’s all-electric racing cars.
The Air comes in multiple editions, with the Dream Edition R boasting a maximum range of over 500 miles. It is well equipped and, according to its website, has the largest “frunk” (front trunk) of any electric car. The bells and whistles include a huge glass display in the dash, a surround sound system, and automatic driver-assist features that Lucid calls “dream assist.” Pricing starts around $90K for the Air, but can go higher with high-performance configuration and add-ons.
If you’re shopping for an electric vehicle, you’ll want to know what it’s really like to own one. Check out our articles on how to find a charging station near you, how cold weather affects electric cars, and how far an EV can go on a charge for more information.
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