Range anxiety was, and in many cases still is, an issue for those considering an electric car, but as we all know, a great deal can change in the course of a year. That includes how far an electric vehicle (EV) can travel. Now we have a Mercedes capable of driving up to 770km between charges, for example. A range between 400- and 600km is rapidly becoming the norm.
If you are considering an EV and have so far been put off by range issues, then you should be pleasantly surprised by our list of the ten EVs available or coming to Ireland in 2021 with the greatest driving range.
Not surprisingly, many of the EVs with the best range are larger models; after all, they have more space for batteries and can command a higher price. So, we start with the new Mercedes-Benz EQS, the first EV from the brand that has been designed and engineered to be electric from its inception. It is a four-door coupe in the style of the original Mercedes CLS, but with way more technology and a one-charge range of up to 770km.
Tesla Model S
Tesla owners won’t be surprised to see the popular Model S in second place in our list. It has been around for a while and is about to receive a major facelift. Its ability to travel up to 628km on a charge appeals to many a buyer.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford’s first fully electric car is the Mustang Mach-E, which is arguably not really a Mustang at all, but it’s a whole new world so who are we to argue? What we do like is that it can travel up to 610km before needing to be plugged back in at the stables, and that’s quite impressive for the new crossover model.
The new BMW iX is due to arrive in Ireland in November and when it does it will be able to drive up to 600km between charges. Its styling is rather controversial and won’t suit everyone, but it just shows how far the company has come since its early i3 offerings.
The new BMW i4 arrives in November, too, and is basically a four-door coupe similar to the 4 Series Gran Coupe. It should be able to drive up to 600km between charges, although, if you go for the high-performance M50i then you will be charging it up more often.
Tesla Model 3
Model 3 fans probably expected it to be higher up the list, but with a range of 580km, it’s not the top dog anymore. No doubt there will probably be some sort of over-the-air-update that Elon Musk will instigate by pressing a button on his laptop to remedy this.
Tesla Model X
Tesla’s Model X, the one with the cool ‘Falcon Wing’ rear passenger doors, makes the list too with a range of up to 547km. This is even more impressive because the Model X is a full seven-seat SUV.
The VW ID.3 is the brand’s first electric vehicle designed from the ground up to be just that. It can drive up to 543km on a charge and is seriously spacious given it’s no bigger than a Golf on the outside. It’s not perfect, so, if you can cope with an official range of 519km, then it might be better to look at the VW ID.4 crossover, which is also more spacious.
Firstly, for those who don’t know, Cupra is the performance brand of SEAT, which in itself is a performance brand of Volkswagen. The Cupra Born is the outfit’s first electric car and it’s the same in size and engineering as Volkswagen’s ID.3, but with a bit more performance and attitude. It’s similar in range too, managing up to 540km.
Skoda Enyaq iV
We’re still well within the Volkswagen Group with the final model on our list, the much-anticipated Skoda Enyaq. With a driving range of 540km, as well as great looks and technology, it’s almost silly to look elsewhere in the VW Group at the moment.
It’s likely there will be a few more long range EVs that we will be telling you about this year. Whether they will be here in in 2021 or 2022 will be the question, but the fact is that anxiety is rapidly becoming more about choosing which model to buy and less about how far an EV can drive.