The longest range electric cars of 2022

Published: 25 April 2022

► Longest-range electric cars ranked
 Includes cars from Tesla, Mercedes and BMW
 All of these EVs can travel at least 300 miles

Range. It’s become the most important consideration when buying an electric car. The ability to cover long distances without stopping to charge is crucial to making EVs viable, especially when trying to pull people away from the convenience of combustion power and two-minute fuel stops. The UK’s charging infrastructure has a lot of catching up to do, too.

Whether or not drivers really need a car that can travel more than 300 miles on a full battery is a different matter entirely. There are plenty of electric car owners that only need their cars for pottering around their home town – so they can get away with a cheap-and-cheerful short-range EV that can be easily charged up at home, such as the Honda E.

At present, if you need to travel any sort of great distance in any sort of comfort, you’ll need to get behind the wheel of a big diesel saloon or SUV – but the times are changing. When 2035 rolls around, and combustion-engined cars are outlawed in the UK entirely, new car buyers will need to rely on electric cars to cover long distances.

Longest range electric cars 2022

Fortunately, the very best of the current crop of EVs offer enough range to satisfy that demand already – and manufacturers are promising even more from their next-generation electric cars. Mercedes, for example, has already revealed the Vision EQXX concept car which in April 2022 drove more than 1000km (621 miles) on a single charge – making it one of the longest range electric cars on the road. Granted, this is a one-off concept car, a technical showcase to demonstrate the latest battery tech, but it shows that electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more viable for those who suffer from range anxiety.

Read on for our run-down of the longest-range electric cars actually on sale today. We haven’t included any cars that are still yet to be revealed, although there are a few upcoming vehicles that will muscle their way onto this list in the very near future, such as the 410-mile Mercedes EQE and the upcoming electric replacement for the BMW 7 Series.

10. Skoda Enyaq iV 80

  • 331-mile range (WLTP)
  • From £39,705

Skoda Enyaq iV: long-range EV

The Enyaq is Skoda’s first pure-electric car, and it’s a very solid effort. Buyers have two powertrains to choose from – the Enyaq 60 has a 58kWh battery pack and a range of 256 miles, while the Enyaq 80 gets a larger 77kWh battery and longer 331-mile range. There’s even a sporty 295bhp vRS version of the rakish Enyaq Coupe.

Both the Enyaq 60 and 80 feature a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle, while the more expensive 80X and vRS variants get an extra motor powering the front wheels, giving those cars four-wheel drive. The dual-motor models do pay a penalty in range, though, with the 80X Sportline version serving up a maximum of 303 miles.

9. Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor

  • 335-mile range (WLTP)
  • From £44,990

Polestar 2: available in Long Range and Standard Range guise

If the BMW iX occupies the most extreme end of the EV styling spectrum, then the Polestar 2 is the polar opposite. Volvo’s spin-off brand’s first full EV is a sophisticated looking car from every angle – and its interior feels modern and fresh. The company might now be under Chinese ownership, but the car’s character is still defiantly Swedish.

The most basic version of the Polestar 2 is priced from £40,900. It comes with a 64kWh battery that offers a maximum range of 275 miles. However, the 78kWh Long Range model is only another £3,000 – and we’d say that’s worth the money for the convenience alone, as it boosts the car’s range to 335 miles.

Single-motor versions produce 221bhp and can sprint from 0–62mph in 7.4secs. The dual-motor variant costs an extra £6,000 over the base-model – but it produces 402bhp, which slashes the EV’s 0–62mph time to 4.7 seconds. Because of the power-hungry drivetrain, it’s only available with the larger battery pack.

8. Volkswagen ID.3 Tour

  • 340-mile range (WLTP)
  • From £38,815

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen sells many versions of the ID.3 – but the Tour is the one to go for if you value maximum range above all else. Its 77kWh battery pack can store enough juice for a range of 340 miles, which puts it well ahead of its competitors and only slightly behind Tesla. It’ll also get from 0–62mph in 7.9 seconds, which isn’t bad for a family hatchback.

The ID.3 has one of the broadest model line-ups of any electric car on sale today. Prices start from £30,935 for the entry-level Life model. This has a smaller 45kWh battery that has a maximum range of 217 miles, but it can be swapped for a 58kWh unit that boosts range to 263 miles.

The same larger battery delivers 260 miles in the middling ID.3 Family and 258 miles in the range-topping ID.3 Max. However, as only the Life and Family variants cost less than £35,000, they’re the only models eligible for the £2,500 government discount in the UK.

7. Tesla Model X

  • 348-mile range
  • Price TBC

Tesla Model X

Tesla isn’t just cornering the sporty electric car market – the brand recently gave the Model X a major update to allow its seven-seat SUV to compete with the Mercedes EQB. The range figures are still estimates for the time being (and we haven’t had word yet on UK pricing), but the company has a habit of defying the odds and delivering its promises.

For the time being, the cheaper Dual Motor variant has an estimated range of 348 miles, a 0–60mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. Tesla says the flagship Model X Plaid can travel 333 miles between charging stops, sprint from 0–60mph in 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 163mph. The SUV’s range figures will likely change once the Model X passes through WLTP homologation, though.

6. Tesla Model 3 Long Range

  • 360-mile range (WLTP)
  • From £45,990

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is somewhat of a sensation. It was the second best-selling car of 2021, lagging only behind the Vauxhall Corsa – and, having sampled the whole range, we’ve been forced to give in to the hype and agree with the masses. It really is that good.

The most basic version will set you back £45,990, and it has a maximum range of 278 miles, a 0–60mph time of 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. Unsurprisingly, the middling Long Range version is the one to go for if you need to travel long distances – it’s priced from £54,990 and can travel 360 miles between charging stops.

The Model 3 Performance starts from £59,990. It has a range of 352 miles, a top speed of 162mph and a 0–60mph time of 3.1 seconds – or 0.1 seconds quicker than a McLaren F1. Just bear in mind, if you’re also using this article as a price guide, Tesla changes its prices like the weather. For all we know, the Model 3 could cost £100,000 tomorrow.

5. BMW i4

  • 365-mile range (WLTP)
  • From £51,905

BMW i4

The BMW i4 is a pure-electric four-door gran coupe with a similar footprint to the 3 Series. Two versions were released when it was launched in the summer of 2021 – an entry-level eDrive40 model and the performance-focused M50.

The former has the longest range of the two. Its 81kWh battery pack can power the car for 365 miles, while its single electric motor mounted on the rear axle produces 335bhp. That’s enough for a 0–62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 118mph.

These performance figures look great on paper – but that’s before you learn about the M50. It adds a second motor on the front axle which boosts power to a mighty 537bhp and cuts the saloons 0–62mph time down to a supercar-rivalling 3.9 seconds. Now for the bad parts. Prices start from £63,905 and the extra strain on the battery slashes the i4’s maximum range down to as little as 258 miles. It’s also not as agile as an M3 or M4 due to the extra weight.

4. Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range

  • 379-mile range (WLTP)
  • From £42,530

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ignore the contentious badge. We know it’s not a proper Mustang too. Just focus on Ford’s effort in the EV space – the company has managed to screw as much range from its electric SUV as BMW did from the iX (below) for around half the price. Granted, the Mach-E is much slower than the iX, but the point still stands. 

Prices for the Mustang Mach-E start from £42,530 in the UK – but for that, you get a 70kWh battery pack and a single electric motor which offer a maximum range of 273 miles. The larger 91kWh paired with the same powertrain bumps the price up to £47,580, which we think is a small price to pay for an extra 100 miles of range.

Ford also offers an all-wheel-drive version of the Mach-E, priced from £50,850. However, the extra motor trims range down to 246 miles for the smaller battery or 335 miles for the larger unit. The flagship Mach-E GT starts from £66,280 and has a range of 310 miles.

3. BMW iX xDrive 50 Sport

  • 380-mile range (WLTP)
  • From £93,905

BMW iX

BMW’s design language has been somewhat of a controversial topic of late – and nowhere is that more evident than on the new iX SUV. The combination of slim headlights and stout grille makes it look part ninja, part beaver – and it’s hard to imagine that the same company conceived the i8 just a few years previously. But we digress.

The iX will be BMW’s most expensive electric vehicle until the i7 saloon makes its debut in April. For the money, you get a leather lined interior, bags of clever technology and a very potent powertrain. The xDrive50 model’s two electric motors have a combined output of 516bhp, which is enough for a 0–62mph time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 124mph.

Its 106.3kWh battery pack is also one of the largest ever installed in an EV – and it can store enough power for a maximum range of 380 miles. When you need to stop, 195kW charging ability means you can add 93 miles of range in 10 minutes at a suitable fast rapid charger. 

2. Tesla Model S

  • 405-mile range
  • From £95,980 

Tesla Model S

For almost a decade, the Tesla Model S has been the undisputed EV range king – and even though the car is about to celebrate its tenth birthday, it’s still taking a place on the podium. There is a caveat though, as Tesla’s UK website quotes US specs of an updated version of the EV that won’t arrive here until the end of 2022 at the earliest.

The good news is that WLTP range estimates tend to be even longer than those produced by the stricter EPA test cycle, so that 405-mile figure could end up being even higher once the revised Tesla Model S becomes available to UK buyers.

Tesla also offers the performance-focused Model S Plaid, which has an EPA range of 396 miles – but, again, that figure could change once it passes through WLTP homologation. There were also plans for an ever longer-range Model S Plaid+, which Tesla said would have been able to cover more than 520 miles – but it has since been removed from the company’s website, with boss Elon Musk saying the regular Model S Plaid is good enough.

1. Mercedes EQS 450+

  • 453-mile range (WLTP)
  • From £99,995

Mercedes EQS

The Mercedes EQS is the electric equivalent of the S-Class and, as a luxury limousine, its target audience wouldn’t be best impressed if they had to spend half their day waiting at some seedy service station waiting for the battery to recharge. Luckily, the EQS has a very long wheelbase, and Mercedes has filled that space with a whopping 107.8kWh battery. 

That’s the largest car battery on sale today – and it provides a maximum range of more than 450 miles. But that’s only if you treat the throttle with care. Do the opposite, though, and you’ll coax some surprising performance from the EQS’s electric motor. 0–62mph takes 6.2 seconds, which is plenty enough poke to sweep past the dawdling riff-raff on the motorway.

The EQS is very good to drive and its interior is exquisite, but the almost six-figure starting price (top-of-the-range Exclusive Luxury models cost £113,995) means this isn’t a car for the masses. Keep an eye out for the EQE saloon later this year – that won’t need quite the same financial power to acquire and it’s set to achieve 410 miles of range.

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By Luke Wilkinson

Bauer Automotive staff writer. Unhealthy obsession with classic Minis and old Alfas. Impenetrable Cumbrian accent

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