Quality Verified | Posted August 1, 2023
EVs With the Longest Range

Range anxiety is real. The good news? A new crop of electric vehicles goes a long way to minimizing the worry.

Written by <strong>Alan Rider</strong>
Written by Alan Rider

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One of the potential weaknesses of electric vehicles is that you never know quite how far down the road one will take you on a fully charged battery pack. This niggling concern of drivers is common enough that there’s a name for it range anxiety. The good news is that, with recent improvements in battery technology, this psychological malady is nowhere near the problem it once was. 

All-Electric, All the Time

You see, it wasn’t that long ago that the earliest EVs were doing good if they could travel 100-odd miles after a full recharge.  

 

These days, most modern EVs will be able to motor along quite happily for at least double that distance with some range to spare. A handful of models can cover even more ground, hitting 300-plus miles, which is about what most of us would expect from a gasoline-powered vehicle with a full tank of fuel. 

 

The one adjustment you may have to make when driving an all-electric model is the time it takes to top off its supply of electrons. While battery recharge times vary based on the type of charger you’re hooked up to and the vehicle’s onboard hardware, you can expect the process of going from a very low battery to a full charge on a Level 2 charger to take at least a couple of hours. If you just need a little more juice to make it to your destination, some public DC fast chargers can add as much as 10 miles of range per minute, about the length of time it would take to sit down to enjoy a leisurely lunch, and Tesla’s superchargers are even faster.  

Know Your EV

Just to keep things interesting, you should also be aware that not all EVs not even all versions of the same brand and model are created equal. This means you’ll want to take note of the powertrain details on any EV you’re considering. The size and capacity of the available battery pack can make a huge difference, of course, just as a larger fuel tank would give you greater driving range between gas station visits.  

 

Also, bear in mind that a single model can be fitted out with a different size or number of electric motors. Not surprisingly, more motors increase performance but generally decrease driving range. 

 

Finally, ambient temperatures especially extremes of hot or cold can affect battery life and therefore driving range. Virtually all EVs offer a preconditioning mode that moderates temperatures for optimal performance; read up on it in your owner’s manual and use this feature to help extend your range when conditions dictate. 

Worthwhile Trade-Off

You’ll likely find that going from driving a gasoline-powered model to an all-electric vehicle is a relatively painless process. Figure in the other advantages EVs offer inexpensive fuel and maintenance costs, impressive acceleration and quiet operation to name a few and the adjustments on your part will look like a more than fair trade-off. 

The Outer Limits: EVs With Longest Driving Ranges
RANK
MAKE / MODEL
RANGE
1
Lucid Air
516 miles
2
Tesla Model S
405 miles
3
Hyundai Ioniq
361 miles
4
Tesla Model 3
358 miles
5
Mercedes-Benz EQS
350 miles
6
Tesla Model X
348 miles
7
GMC Hummer EV Pickup
329 miles
8
Rivian R1T
328 miles
9
BMW iX
324 miles
10
Rivian R1S SUV
321 miles
11
Ford F-150 Lightning
320 miles
12
BMW i7
318 miles
13
Ford Mustang Mach E
312 miles
14
Kia EV6
310 miles
15
Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
305 miles

AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.

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