As the world moves away from fossil fuels and production costs fall, electric cars are growing in popularity. But one question remains on the mind of every potential buyer: which car will allow me to go the furthest on a single charge?
For starters, electric vehicles (EVs) couldn’t go as far on a single charge as they could on a full tank of gas. But thanks to improvements in battery and powertrain technology, electric cars on the road today can travel as many miles as a gasoline-powered vehicle from a fully charged battery, or even more.
This list of electric vehicles with the longest range available today covers automakers from affordable classics like Kia and Hyundai to more expensive brands like Tesla, but they all go at least 300 miles on a charge. . We start at the lower end of the price scale.
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 303 Miles
As of this writing, the Ioniq 5 is just about the most affordable electric car with a range of over 300 miles. According to Car and Driver, this electric car from Hyundai has a fast charging capacity of 350kW, which enables it to handle heavy loads on the battery to recharge much faster than typical charging stations allow.level 2. The Ioniq 5 is also much slimmer than you might expect from the Hyundais of the past.
One thing to keep in mind: There are several versions of this vehicle, and it’s the rear-wheel drive, single-engine 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 electric car’s motor helps make up for it.
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 battery sizes and several different trim packages, some giving more mileage and some more power. As with the Hyundai, the lower-horsepower, rear-drive version of the EV6 offers the greatest range, with an EPA-estimated 310 miles.
For drivers looking for a more powerful electric vehicle, Kia offers a GT model of the EV6 that develops over 500 horsepower. An excellent all-around car at an affordable price that will appeal to many drivers, including those with a need for speed.
Ford F-150 Lightning Extended Range Package – 320 miles
Contrary to what happens in the gasoline world, large vehicles do not necessarily have less autonomy. The base model of Ford’s electric pickup has a range of 230 miles per charge, but if you choose the extended range, that increases to 320 miles. With its wide, aggressive styling unique to many modern pickups (including Ford’s gas-powered models), this pickup doesn’t look like a typical EV, a design choice no doubt intentional. This model isn’t cheap, at over $72,000 before incentives, but if you need a pickup truck and have the cash on hand, it’s a solid electric truck option.
Ford is not alone in producing large electrified vehicles. Startup Rivian’s R1T truck can also travel more than 300 miles on a charge. GMC even released several Hummer EV models, proving that EVs don’t have to be roller skates.
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 offers an updated powertrain and more power for a slight drop in range (396 miles), the standard Model S achieves just over 400 miles. It offers drivers everything you’d expect from a luxury electric car, including a high-tech infotainment system and automatic driver assistance features.
Even without Tesla’s Plaid powertrain, the Model S can go from 0 to 60 mph in just over 3 seconds, which is plenty quick for 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.
2022 Lucid Air – 520 Miles
At the top of the list (and price scale) is the 2022 Lucid Air. An EV beast that combines over 500 miles of range with over 1,000 horsepower, it’s no surprise that Lucid also designs the battery packs in Formula E’s all-electric race cars.
The Air is available in several versions, including the Dream Edition R, which offers a maximum range of over 800 km. It is well equipped and, according to its website, has the largest ‘frunk’ (front trunk) of any electric car. Its goodies include a huge glass screen in the dashboard, a surround sound system and automatic driver assistance functions that Lucid calls “dream assistant”. Pricing starts at around $90,000 for the Air, but can be higher with the higher spec configuration and additional options.
If you’re looking for an electric car, you want to know what it’s like to own one. To learn more, check out our articles on how to find a charging station near you, how cold weather affects electric cars, and how far an electric vehicle can go on a charge.