May 24, 2021
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more popular, both in manufacturers’ vehicle catalogues and on our roads.
We know that for business customers in particular the range of EVs can be a barrier to them choosing an electric vehicle. So we’ve rounded up the top 10 models from across manufacturers with the best range on the market at the minute.
The range of an electric vehicle refers to the mileage it can travel between charges and because of the time it can take to charge them, depending on the charger speed and your vehicle’s receiving capacity, can be a longer period of time.
Our article uses ranges based on WLTP testing and the WLTP ranges advertised by the manufacturers for the models. However, there are a number of real-world conditions that could affect the maximum range available. For more information on what impacts the range of an EV then take a look at this article.
Charging an EV
Before we jump into our pick of the top 10 electric models we wanted to quickly mention charging and the concerns that we’ve seen clients and drivers have regarding it.
Many businesses are worried about their drivers being able to keep the vehicle charged so that they can be used during the working day. We are one of PodPoint’s official partners and we can help you with arranging business or home charging points to ensure that charging is not a worry.
The UK’s public charging network is also developing rapidly and continuing to expand making public charging a more and more realistic option for regular charging.
Whenever we have a client who is considering an electric vehicle we always advise them that to think of their mileage needs for that particular car in terms of daily need, as most drivers will be able to charge their vehicle overnight.
In order to help you choose the best vehicle for your drivers and business, we’ve selected the 10 vehicles with the longest mileage range available on the market today.
- Tesla Model S Long Range
- Tesla Model 3 Long Range
- Tesla Model X Long Range
- VW ID.3
- Porsche Taycan
- Hyundia Kona
- Jaguar I-Pace
- Polestar 2
- Kia e-Niro
- Kia Soul
Mileage range = 390 – 412
Unsurprisingly the top spot has been taken by one of Tesla’s long-range models. The Tesla Model S long range version offers you the largest range of Tesla’s current offerings, as well as the rest of the market, with Tesla’s official estimates putting it at between 390 and 412 miles between charges.
Tesla is a brand known for their high performance, luxury EVs that offer drivers of executive brands like Mercedes and Audi an alternative fully electric option. The Model S has been an industry standard setter ever since it was first introduced nearly ten years ago and is packed full of high-tech features and luxury finishes designed for optimal driver and passenger comfort.
Five adults can fit comfortably into the Tesla Model S, making it a great option if you’re looking for a car that will be regularly used for carpools or transporting clients.
It also comes with front and rear touchscreen infotainment centres, Bluetooth connectivity with multiple devices and wireless and USB-C charging points for all passengers.
There is a performance version of the Model S but this has a smaller mileage range as it uses more power to achieve faster speeds and quicker acceleration. For a company car we recommend, the Model S long range model as we don’t think that the faster speeds are needed, especially as they’re over the UK road speed limits and the mileage range is much further.
Mileage range = 360
The next vehicle to make it into our top 10 is another Tesla in the Model 3 long range.
The Model 3 is the smallest model in Tesla’s current catalogue but as it’s electric and doesn’t have a bulky engine taking up interior space it still feels roomy and spacious enough that passengers don’t feel cramped.
According to Tesla the Model 3 long range had a WLTP tested range of 360 miles and has dual-motor controlled all-wheel-drive so that it can rapidly adapt to changing road conditions maintaining stability and control while on the road.
The Tesla Model 3 is the entry-level Tesla but like an entry-level Audi it’s still an impressive luxury car. Like all Teslas the central touchscreen console controls the majority of the key features and all the key information is displayed there. The 15-inch screen not only allows you to manage everything from one location but also clears the dash of any other controls giving it a sleek and modern look.
If you want something with a little more power then there is a performance version of the Model 3 as well, however its range is smaller and again the higher performance isn’t necessary for a company car.
Mileage range = 360
Rounding out the top three is our final Tesla, the Model X.
If your driver needs a larger vehicle or one that is more capable off-road but still wants a large range then the Model X is a great choice. It’s a seven-seat SUV while still being one of the most efficient electric vehicles on the road.
It has an estimated range of 360 miles on the long range or around 340 on the plaid version.
The Model X has the same chassis, battery and electric motors as the Model S but on a taller and more spacious body with a large panoramic windscreen and the futuristic falcon-wing rear doors that open vertically.
As well as the touchscreen control centre in the centre of the dashboard there is also a second screen for rear passengers to use the media and gaming systems. This is a great choice if you’re regularly transporting clients as it gives them an added touch of luxury.
Mileage range = 336
After Tesla, the next best range you can currently get is with Volkswagen’s ID.3 which still offers you over 300 miles between charges with a range of 336.
This car is a great choice if your drivers want a car that can be used outside of company business as it makes a great choice for a family vehicle.
The interior had a minimalist design, with touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel, a 10-inch screen that controls the majority of the vehicle settings and sat nav and infotainment centre which reduces the number of buttons on your dash.
It’s packed full of all the latest tech you’d expect in a corporate vehicle as well, like seamless smartphone interfacing, as well as a comfortable interior and stylish road presence for those looking for a vehicle that stands out from a crowd.
Mileage range = 301
Porsche is a brand that’s known for their high-performance sports cars so you might rightly be surprised to see a Porsche make it onto a list designed for business customers. However, this sports saloon has one of the best ranges on the market and though it still delivers on the performance promise of the Porsche badge it does so in a much more refined and sophisticated style.
Unlike some of their competitors Porsche have been taking a slower approach to introducing EVs to their range, but the all-electric Taycan showcases how the time they’ve spent in ensuring their EVs live up to the brand’s prestige was well worth the wait.
The Taycan has great road handling and agility for drivers that need to travel a lot on winding roads and its quick acceleration and high-speed capability make it a great choice for your drivers who are doing a lot of motorway travel.
Mileage range = 300
Hyundai offers their Kona SUV with both a traditional combustion engine and as a fully electric version.
Like the Model X, the Kona is a great choice for drivers who want a higher road position, a vehicle that’s capable of handling potholed country roads or some off-roading capability.
The Kona has unique paddles behind the steering wheel which let you adjust the strength of its regenerative braking. It’s also had a replica engine sound added, as electric vehicles are near-silent when travelling and so helps alert other road users to your presence.
In this model, you can have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging and a range of driver assistance technologies like autonomous emergency braking and lane following assist, which are all designed to make life easier for your drivers.
Mileage range = 292
Jaguar is a brand known for their luxury executive vehicles, and the I-Pace is their fully electric SUV that really embodies this concept.
The Jaguar I-Pace was the brand’s first fully electric model and with it, they have carved out their place in the EV sector. The luxury SUV has a touchscreen infotainment centre, integrated smartphone integration and a choice of sports or performance seats made from premium materials.
With a 90 kWh battery powering two electric motors the I-Pace is compatible with rapid chargers, to reduce the amount of time your drivers spend off the road at charge points.
Mileage range = 292
Polestar is a new company on the market, and you might not have heard of them as they only produce electric vehicles.
The brand is an offshoot of Volvo so they are able to draw on Volvo’s decades of experience and knowledge of the automotive industry and where they can fit into it with the fully electrified company.
The Polestar 2 has a 78 kWh battery that provides you with a range of 292 miles between charges, the same as the Jaguar I-Pace we looked at above. It has a saloon body shape which is a favourite for company cars, and although there is currently just one model available there are a number of additional extras and option packs you can add onto the vehicle to ensure it has everything your driver needs.
Mileage range = 282
The Kia e-Niro is just ten miles shy of the previous two models we’ve included in our top ten, and at 282 miles it can still travel a substantial distance between charges. The purchase and lease rental prices of the e-Niro are much cheaper than some of the other models on this list but it still maintains a level of comfort and style as well as offering you a number of high-tech features and driving assistance systems.
Mileage range = 280
The last spot in the top 10 EVs with the best mileage range has gone to another Kia with the Kia Soul that can manage to travel 280 miles between charges.
The Soul is a particularly eye-catching vehicle, with a bold body shape and bright colours for you to choose from so if the appearance of your fleet vehicles, or even just a specific car, is important then this is a great option. It has a high square roofline which not only adds to the unique appearance of the Soul but also gives passengers in the rear seats more headroom.
EVs With a Range Over 200 miles
Our picks above are just the top 10 vehicles with the longest range and there’s a number of other models that can achieve over 200 miles between charges. These include:
Audi e-Tron – 249 miles
Mercedes EQC – 225
Nissan Leaf e+ – 235 miles
Peugeot e-2008 – 206 miles
Renault Zoe – 245 miles
Volvo XC40 – 208 miles
If you want to discuss electrifying your fleet, what kind of range you’ll need or any other aspect of managing your fleet then please give us a call on 01722 322 888.