Electric cars: how far can you go with a single charge in 2022?
Electric car sales are picking up steam ahead of major changes in the nature of vehicle ownership by the end of the decade. But one of the biggest hurdles with power supply is worrying about running out of charge.
Although the public charging network is improving, recharging your batteries takes longer than filling up with gasoline or diesel, and there are fewer recharging points than gas stations.
While many people are able to install chargers in the home, this is not possible for everyone, so “range anxiety” is increasingly becoming a valid concern.
So if you’re looking for an electric car in 2022, but are driving long distances, here are 10 current models to consider.
1. Mercedes-Benz EQS – 453 miles
The Mercedes-Benz EQS is currently the longest range car on sale in the UK. Essentially, it’s the electric version of the company’s S-Class model, one of the most luxurious and tech-rich cars money can buy.
This continues with the EQS, which has all the best features and technology that won’t be seen on other models for years to come. It’s pricey, however, from five under £ 100,000.
2. Tesla Model S – 405 miles
Thanks to the efforts of American entrepreneur Elon Musk, when it comes to electric vehicles, few companies have as high an appeal as Tesla. And while it was the smaller, more affordable Model 3 that made headlines as the UK’s second best-selling car last year, it’s the Model S you want if range is. the key.
You’ll need to go for the dual-motor all-wheel-drive model, which can go from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.1 seconds. However, impressively, the ridiculously fast three-engine Plaid model can still cover 396 miles on a charge, still far ahead of the third-ranked car on this list.
The wrong side? Tesla is clearly prioritizing deliveries of the Model 3 on demand – you can place a refundable deposit of £ 100 for the Model S, but there is no delivery estimate or price listed, although they should start. at around £ 75,000.
3. BMW iX – 380 miles
BMW may have been a little slow to get its electric “i” brand off the ground, but with the iX as a flagship it has really hit its stride. Its appearance is tough, but one thing you cannot deny is that it has a fantastic interior and a wonderful driving experience.
Like the Tesla and Mercedes, you’ll have to pay for the privilege of long range – the iX xDrive50 version that can travel up to 380 miles starts at £ 93,905.
4. Ford Mustang Mach-E – 379 miles
First of the more affordable models on this list, the Mustang Mach-E might not be the best to drive, but it’s sleek with a fantastic interior and has one of the best value-to-range ratios.
To get this maximum range, you’ll need to opt for the less powerful rear-wheel drive model with the extended-range battery. Prices for this start at £ 47,580.
5. BMW i4 – 365 miles
Another BMW, but this time it’s a sedan rather than an SUV. Loosely based on the popular 4 Series, the i4 has a familiar styling but with a big battery underneath.
Like the iX, it offers a great driving experience with one of the most comfortable suspension systems of all electric vehicles. It’s not as convenient as the iX, but it’s a lot cheaper, starting at £ 51,905.
6. Tesla Model 3 – 360 miles
The Tesla Model 3 broke all kinds of records for electric vehicles in the UK last year, with only the hugely popular Vauxhall Corsa surpassing it. It’s the most affordable Tesla to date and it brings the company’s minimalist cabin and exciting driving experience to a wider market.
There are a few variations available, but it’s the dual-motor Long Range model that gets you the farthest between charges, with prices starting at £ 49,990.
7. Tesla Model X – 348 miles
The third and final Tesla is the Model X. It’s the company’s only SUV and it’s ideal as a family car, with seven seats and a frankly massive cabin.
As with the Model S, it’s not entirely clear when you’ll get your Model X if you’ve made a deposit now, but once your car arrives you’re about 348 miles from the battery. Prices are not currently listed but expect them to start at over £ 80,000.
8. Volkswagen ID.3 – 340 miles
Volkswagen has made what is arguably the Golf’s best all-rounder family car, and the ID.3 is the company’s attempt to do the same for the electric vehicle market. Looking at the sales numbers, he does a decent job as well.
There are some attractive entry-level options with a smaller battery, but to get maximum range you need the Tour specification, which starts at £ 40,550 and gives you all the gear you could possibly need.
9. Skoda Enyaq – 336 miles
While the ID.3 is a great seller, the Skoda Enyaq might just be the more attractive version. Skoda being part of the VW group, it shares many parts, with Enyaq and ID.3 sharing a platform.
However, the Skoda is nicer on the inside in many ways with excellent build quality and a sleek exterior. Go for the Model 80 for maximum range for almost the same price as the Volkswagen – definitely worth a look.
10. Polestar 2 – 335 miles
Polestar is a newcomer to the automotive market, having previously been Volvo’s performance arm. Now he makes sleek electric cars based on the Swedish automaker’s fundamentals.
The Polestar 2 has a unique appearance, so it really stands out on the road, while making the most of Volvo’s minimalist interiors. If you fancy something a little different from the norm, this model should be at the top of your list. The long-range model is priced the same as the others on this list, starting at around £ 43,000.
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