Longest range electric cars in 2021

Last updated October 12, 2021

How far an electric car can go on a full charge differs depending on the manufacturer, model and spec. Electric cars have improved over the years and can travel further on a full charge than the days where the technology was still in its infancy.

Charging capabilities have also continued to improve, with more charging options available and faster chargers meaning you can charge your car at home, at the workplace or in most towns and cities whilst doing daily tasks. On longer journeys where your car will surpass the maximum range, there is an ever-growing network of rapid charging stations that can charge many cars up to 80% in under an hour.

Our data is based on WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) – Combined figures. The WLTP is the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. This was enforced in 2018 and is based on real-driving data and is a much more accurate representation of on-road performance than the previous NEDC testing.

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1. Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is the manufacturer’s longest standing model and is the electric car with the longest range with an impressive, combined range of 405 miles. This range is only applicable for the Long Range AWD 5dr Auto specification of the Model S.

Long Range aptly named has the longest range available on the EV market, which is 24 miles further than the next car on our list. If the range alone isn’t enough for you, the car has a top speed of 155mph and can reach 0-60mph in 3.1seconds. The range, combined with the sleek design and impressive performance figures make it one of the best all-round electric vehicles on the market. Despite being a spacious 5 door saloon, it can accelerate as quickly as some supercars, however, the starting price of £91,980 may put it out of most people’s budget.

If the Long Range isn’t quite fast enough for you, the Model S Plaid has less range at 396 miles but makes up for it with a top speed of 200mph, a 0-60mph of 1.99 seconds and 1,020bhp. The exceptional performance figures do come at a cost though, with the Plaid spec starting at £118,980.

To fully charge a Tesla Model S using a conventional three-pin household plug will take around a day and a half. However, if you purchase a wall-mounted home charger from Tesla, this can be reduced to around 14 hours. Tesla’s most powerful 120kW Superchargers can charge the Model S to 80% in just 42 minutes, although Tesla don’t advise using these regularly due to the long-term effects on battery performance.

Tesla are also known for their minimalist interior and technology, with the Model S featuring a 17” portrait cinematic display where you can control most of the car functions, including planning your routes using the Tesla Trip Planner, which will automatically calculate your route with Superchargers along the way. Despite the Tesla Model S having performance figures to rival a supercar, it is incredibly practical for families, with up to 894 litres of boot space, with 150 litres of that sitting in the front of the vehicle due to not having a combustion engine. By putting the back seats down, you can gain an additional 750 litres of storage space, making it one of the most practical saloons on the market.

You can find out more about the Model S here.

2. BMW iX

Ranked at second for range is the new BMW iX, which is set to be released in November this year and has a combined range of up to 380miles on a full charge. There are two versions of the iX; the xDrive40 and the xDrive50.

The iX that has the longest range at 380 miles is the xDrive50 M Sport with the Ultimate pack. This pack also includes several additional features such as a surround sound system, panoramic glass sunroof and ventilated front seats.

As well as having an impressive electric range of 380 miles, which is powered by a large 100kWh battery, the xDrive50 M Sport Ultimate spec produces an impressive 523bhp, can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. The OTR price of the BMW iX xDrive 50 M Sport starts from £115,395, making it more expensive than the Tesla Model S Long Range, but slightly cheaper than the Model S Plaid.

The lower spec xDrive40 is the less powerful version, with a power output of 320bhp and 0-60mph of 6.1 seconds. However, the top-speed remains the same as the more powerful engine. The range on this spec is also lower at 257 miles, which is 123 miles less than the xDrive50. The reason for the range being lower is that the car comes with a 70kWh battery. However, if the range is enough for your needs, the performance figures are still strong and you could save over £20,000, with the xDrive40 having an OTR price starting from £93,395.

As a result of both cars having different batteries, the maximum charge rate is different depending on the spec. However, both can use a DC rapid charger to go from 10% to 80% in around 30-35 minutes. Every iX comes with an 11kW onboard charger that will allow you to reach a full charge overnight using a wall box outside your home. BMW also offers all customers a one-year subscription to the BP Pulse and Ionity charging networks as standard when you buy an iX.

The BMW iX also comes in three optional packs, Comfort, Technology and Ultimate. You can find out further information on the BMW iX Estate here.

3. Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the manufacturer’s flagship electric SUV and it comes in close to the BMW with a 99kWh battery which gives the car a combined range of 379 miles. The specification with the longest range is the Extended Range RWD model, which has the largest battery that can rapidly charge at up to 150kW.

The performance of the top-spec Mach-E isn’t as impressive as the cars listed above, with it taking 7 seconds to travel from 0-60mph and an engine that produces 290bhp. However, the OTR price of the Mustang Mach-E Extended Range is £49,980, which is considerably lower than the market leaders for the fully electric range. Uniquely, the Mach-E comes with a manual gearbox, despite electric cars not having conventional gears to offer a traditional Mustang driving experience. If RWD isn’t for you, Ford also offer the Mach-E with an AWD system, but the range is slightly lower at 335 miles and the OTR price is almost £10,000 higher at £59,030. There is also a cheaper Standard Range RWD Mach-E that has a range of 273 miles from a full charge and is powered from a 68kWh battery. Nevertheless, if you like the style of the Mach-E and do few longer journeys, you could save some money as it has a starting price of £41,330. Unfortunately, due to the OTR price the base-spec Mach-E doesn’t qualify for the government plug-in grant for hybrid and electric vehicles. The Ford Mach-E has two boots and a small space up front that holds 81 litres of storage. The boot space in the rear of the car is 502 litres with the seats up and 1,420 litres with the seats down, making it an extremely practical option if you’re looking for a car with an impressive electric range and space for all of the family. In regard to charging, the Extended Range spec will charge to 80% in just 45 minutes with a DC fast charger, whilst an at home wall box will charge the car overnight. You can find out more about the Mustang Mach-E here.

4. Tesla Model 3

The cheapest of the Tesla cars is the Model 3, which starts at £40,990 for the entry level Standard Range Plus spec. The Model 3 with the longest range starts at £48,490, with a fully electric range of 360 miles. The Performance model with a shorter range of 352 miles starts at £59,990 which is due to the increased performance and strain on the battery.

The Tesla Model 3 is available in three specifications: Performance, Long Range AWD and Standard Plus. Both the Long Range and Performance models are Dual Motor All-Wheel Drives, whereas the Standard Plus uses a single electric motor to power the rear wheels.

It is the Long Range AWD spec that is ranked fourth for having the longest range, with the car travelling 360 miles on a full charge. The Long-Range model has notable performance figures, with the car reaching 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. If that isn’t quick enough to give you a thrill, the Model 3 Performance can reach 0-60mph in just 3.1 seconds, which is fast enough to rival some supercars. However, if you do opt for the Performance Model, the range will take a minimal hit.

The equipment is generous on both specs of the Model 3, with a Partial Premium interior on the Standard Plus model and Premium interior fitted to both the Long Range and Performance models, which includes heated front and rear seats, a 14-speaker audio system, interior floor mats, exterior fog lamps and a year-long Tesla connectivity subscription.

Charging a Tesla Model 3 can take around 30 hours for a full charge using a regular wall socket, however, this can be decreased significantly by charging using alternative charging stations. There are 624 Tesla superchargers across the UK and if you were to charge your Tesla using one of these, you could reach full charge in as little as 15-20 minutes. The superchargers are ideal for longer trips and the car’s navigation can plan your journey with these on your route so you will never run out of charge. As mentioned in the Model S description, Tesla advise that you use a Level 2 home charger for regular use which can take between 8-12 hours for a full charge to extend the life of the battery. Find further information on the options and specs for the Model 3 here.

5. Tesla Model X

Unsurprisingly, the fifth car on our list is another Tesla. The Model X is the manufacturers first electric SUV, however, with its sweeping roofline it does appear to be more of a crossover from the exterior. The Model X comes in the same specifications as the Model S. As stated in the name, the Long-Range option has the furthest electric range, with OTR prices starting at £98,980, with the range-topping Plaid starting at £110,980.

The Long-Range Model X can travel 360 miles on a full charge and can reach 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest accelerating SUVs in the world. The Model X is all-wheel drive and has a pair of electric motors to power both front and rear wheels, with a top speed of 155mph from the 670bhp motor.

The Plaid model has more of a performance focus, meaning the range takes a hit at 340 miles on a single charge. This would still make our top 10 list, which is extremely impressive for a car that produces 1,020bhp, accelerates from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 163mph. The Plaid spec has three high performance drive units to enable this power.

Although the Model X comes as a five-seater SUV as standard, the size of the car and the upward folding doors means there is an option to add additional seats to make it a six or seven-seater car depending on your needs. The Tesla Model X has also had a recent facelift, with the interior being updated to come with a 17” infotainment system and four wireless smartphone charging pads. You can find further information on the Model X here.

6. BMW I4 Gran Coupe

The BMW I4 Gran Coupe is available in three packs, the entry-level is Comfort with prices starting at £55,345, followed by the Technology which starts at £64,225 and the Ultimate which starts at £72,995. The Tech Pack I4 Gran Coupe is the option that has the longest combined electric range at 352 miles, which makes it the sixth best car for electric range. The model you will want to choose for the longest range is the eDrive40 M Sport, which is powered by a 250kW motor that produces 340bhp and can reach 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds. Whilst the performance figures don’t compare to that of a Tesla, it will still feel powerful in comparison to its combustion engine counterparts.

If you wanted to opt for the sportier spec, the eDrive50 M Sport has a 536bhp motor, all-wheel drive system and can reach 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. The Ultimate pack increases the performance further due to the combination of motors creating 400kW of power, however, the range is more limited at 315 miles from a single charge. The prominent feature for the interior of the I4 is the curved display. Although it may appear to be one elongated display at first glance, it is two separate screens at 12.3 and 14.9 inches each. The 12.3” display covers the driver information, whilst the 14.9” display is for the infotainment system.

Both models can charge to 90 miles of range in just 10 minutes at a DC fast charger. An additional feature of the I4 is the artificial noises that are added to the vehicle when you press down the accelerator to make it sound as though the car has a combustion engine.

You can find out further information on the I4 Gran Coupe here.

7. Volkswagen ID.3

Ranking seventh is the Volkswagen ID.3, which is a brand-new model for Volkswagen that does not share a platform with a model that is already available in their fleet. The specification for the ID.3 with the longest range is the Tour with the Pro S battery variant, with pricing starting at £38,815. The ID.3 Tour Pro S has a 77kWh battery and a WLTP combined range of 340 miles. This specification has a 1-speed automatic transmission with 204PS output, top speed of 160mph and can reach 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds. You can also reach full charge in just 38 minutes using a DC 125kw charger.

The ID.3 is available in a range of trims, which include Life, Style, Family, Max and Tour. The entry level Life is the basic specification for everyday driving, whilst the Tour specification caters to those who regularly drive on long journeys. Each trim also offers a selection of battery variants, which include Pure, Pure Performance, Pro, Pro Performance and Pro S. The entry level Life model with the Pure Performance battery has a combined range of 216 miles, which is significantly lower than the top spec ID.3 we have ranked 7th in our list of electric cars with the highest ranges. The entry level model starts at £27,135. The ID.3 aimed to create an accessible electric vehicle, therefore the number of options available caters to individual needs more than some other electric options on the market which have just two or three models.

All models come with a charging cable mode 3, Type 2: 7.2kW/32A as standard. Additional equipment can also be added to your chosen ID.3 with multiple levels of Protection Packs, a Style Pack and a Travel Pack starting from an additional £204.

Find out additional information on the ID.3 here.

8. Skoda Enyaq iV

The Skoda Enyaq IV is the second SUV on our list after the Tesla Model X, but at a much more affordable price tag, with the entry level model starting at £32,010. However, to get the model with the longest electric range, you will need to choose the iV 80, which has a range of 331 miles and starts at £39,365. This makes it an extremely competitively priced electric SUV, which is why its range is even more impressive. The iV 80 features a 201bhp drive unit to power the rear wheels, which is the only drive available in the basic 80 model. You can opt for 4-wheel drive if you choose the 80x, but you will lose some electric range by choosing this option. Whilst many of the cars we have featured so far in the list have surreal 0-62mph figures, the Enyaq iV takes a more modest 8.5 seconds. As with all Skoda cars, they have maximised the interior space by placing the battery under the vehicle, which has resulted in a spacious interior and 585 litre boot, with additional storage space below the lid. There are three trim levels available; the entry level iV 60, the iV 80 Sportline and the top spec iV 80x Sportline, which is Skoda’s first 4x4 electric SUV. Alongside the trim options, there are 17 optional packages available to suit every need, which will need to be added to the OTR price. For example, there is a Family Package available should you need your car to be more suited for the family or a Drive Sport Package Plus with additional drive mode selection.

The Enyaq iV 80 has additional equipment available such as the option to charge up to 100kW, however, the car can only charge up to 77kW as standard. The 100kW option offers a faster charging facility, which will significantly decrease the time that is needed to achieve a full charge.

You can find out more on the Enyaq options here.

9. Audi Q4 e-tron

The Audi Q4 e-tron is the third SUV to make it onto our list of the electric cars with the best range. The spec with the longest range is the 40 e-tron Sportback, which has a combined range of 323 miles. This is slightly lower than the Enyaq, which is one of Volkswagen groups other SUVs, however, the Audi is marketed as the luxury electric SUV model in their fleet. The Q4 e-tron Sportback starts at £45,775 in the base-level Sport trim. If you wanted the additional extras offered on the S-line, it will cost you £47,865 and the range-topping Edition 1 trim will set you back £51,970.

In comparison to the other cars on the list the Q4 e-tron’s performance is the worst, with a top speed of 99mph and the 40 e-tron taking 8.5 seconds to reach 62mph. This is due to Audi opting for a 150kw, 204ps engine for this spec and the car being quite heavy at 2,045kg. Nevertheless, whilst the car doesn’t have Tesla level performance metrics, it makes up for it in luxury inside and out, with lots of soft touch materials, an abundance of technology and a range-topping infotainment system. In addition, the Q4 e-tron is extremely practical, with the cabin being extremely spacious and there being 520 litres of luggage room with the back seats up.

If you are looking for some more power from your car, the 50 e-tron quattro engine could be a better option, with a max power output of 220kW, the car reaching 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 111mph. However, this version has a slightly lower range at 303 miles and prices start at £52,115 for the Sport trim, which rises to £58,350 for the Edition 1.

When it comes to charging capabilities, the Q4 can utilise fast chargers to, meaning you can charge the car from 5-80% in just 38 minutes using a DC fast charger.

You can find out more about the Q4 e-tron here.

10. Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 is very similar to the Q4 e-tron underneath due to Volkswagen Group utilising many of the same parts to manufacture both cars. The ID.4 is the fourth SUV to make it onto our list and has a similar range to its sister brand’s Q4 on a full charge at 332 miles. The model which is best for electric range is the ID.4 Life Pro Performance, which features a one-speed automatic transmission and has an OTR price starting at £42,020. This spec features a 77kWh battery, has a max power output of 201bhp and can reach 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds.

The ID.4 Life Pro Performance can charge from 5-80% using a DC3 charger in 38 minutes, whilst it will take 7 hours 30 minutes if you have a wall mounted charger installed at home to fully charge from 0%. If you use a three-pin plug to charge the car from the mains it will take 12 hours 40 minutes to fully charge.

The ID.4 also comes in three other engine options. The Pure has a 52kWh battery, electric range of up to 213 miles and takes 10.9 seconds to reach 62mph from a standstill. Upgrading to the Pure Performance will get you the same 52kWh battery which produces slightly more power, the same electric range and a 0-62mph figure of 9 seconds. The final option is the GTX which has a 77kWh battery, a fully electric range of 301 miles, top speed of 112mph and can reach 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds.

When it comes to convenience, the ID.4 provides everything you need from an electric SUV, with ample space in the rear seats to comfortably sit three adult passengers, plus an abundance of equipment as standard including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, 10-inch infotainment system, heated front seats, parking sensors, lane assist and more. The boot space is also generous at 543 litres with the seats up and 1,575 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Find the full spec and further information on packages available on the ID.4 here.

FAQs

There are three types of DC fast charging, which include the Combined Charging System (CCS), CHAdeMO (CHArge de Move) and the Tesla Supercharger. Each has their own unique charge port connector, with the most common type being the CCS. Tesla superchargers will only charge Tesla vehicles, but Tesla vehicles can still use any form of DC charger.

The range you get from a single charge depends on your driving style, the driving conditions and what you have running in your car on the journey. For example, if you are using air conditioning, heated seats and de-fogging windows, your range will be less than if all these are turned off. The weather conditions can also determine your drive, with the car requiring more power on cold winter mornings.