October 13, 2023
If you’re looking at getting a new company car then chances are you’re looking at an electric vehicle (EV), and if you’re not then you definitely should be considering one.
Five Reasons to Choose an EV for your Company Car
1. Lowest company car tax rates
2. Long distances achievable between charges (depending on model)
3. Improve your local area with reduced air and noise pollution
4. Expanding public charging network makes it easy to stay mobile
5. Wide range of models available to choose from
The Electric Company Cars with the Longest Ranges
1. Tesla Model 3
It’s unsurprising that a Tesla would make it onto our list of electric cars with the longest range. Tesla established themselves as an EV brand that offers drivers long ranges and quick charging times and their current models continue to be forerunners.
The Model 3 has a range of up to 391 miles, if you opt for the long-range model but even the entry-level single motor version offers over 300 miles between charges. It’s a sleek and minimalist saloon with the latest models offering you a 0-60 mph as swift as 4.2 seconds making it the ideal car for company drivers who are looking for a stylish EV that packs a punch.
One of the added benefits of opting for a Tesla is that you’ll get access to their supercharge network, with ultrafast chargers to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
2. Ford Mustang Mach-e
The Mustang is a classic car and Ford’s latest version brings a whole new meaning to a reimagined classic. Whilst it might not look like the Mustang muscle car that we first imagine when we hear the name there’s plenty under the hood that reflects the strong presence of its predecessor.
The Mustang Mach-e is a fully electric SUV that can cover up to 372 miles between charges, depending on the model you choose. Entry level models offer you a 70 kWh battery and single motor that still gives a solid 273 miles between charging. There’s also an all-wheel drive that offers you a 341 range, but if you’re after the longest range you’ll need to get the premium rear-wheel-drive model.
3. Skoda Enyaq iV
If you’re looking for something a little more practical then the Skoda Enyaq iV is an excellent choice. It’s a stylish SUV that is packed full of the practical features Skoda is known for like front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights as standard.
Entry level models will offer an official range of 250 miles, but if you take a step up to the 80 version you’ll get a larger 77 kWh battery with a range close to 340 miles, more than enough for most driver’s daily needs.
We think it makes a great family car with the roomy rear seats and spacious boot for all the kids’ school bags, PE kits, musical instruments and anything else they might need.
4. BMW iX
BMW has long been a favourite for company car drivers, with their range of sleek and sophisticatedly stylish saloons, coupes and more recently SUVs finished to a high quality so it’s not surprising a couple have made their way into our favourite electric company car selection.
The iX is the brand’s flagship electric SUV and offers an impressive 382 mileage range. It’s also capable of ultra-rapid charging up to 195 kW which means you can get 93 miles in just 10 minutes on compatible chargers.
We have found that it’s a little like Marmite in terms of styling, you either love it or you hate it. Here at Wessex Fleet, we love it! The combination of slim headlights, large grille and bold colours really makes the iX stand out from the crowd.
If you’re looking for a premium SUV which offers practicality in a uniquely stylish package then look no further, the iX is the car for you.
5. Mercedes-Benz EQS
Another brand that’s had a stronghold on the company car arena is Mercedes, and they’ve rapidly expanded into the EV market with plenty of capable cars that pair their luxury finish with a practical EV system.
The EQS is the electric equivalent of the S Class, which is a premium saloon that is ideal for drivers who are often visiting or travelling with clients. It offers up to a whopping 464 miles between charges depending on the model you choose, which is one of the longest ranges on the market.
While we’ve focused on the saloon model there is also an SUV version of the EQS for drivers who prefer a higher ride height, more spacious boot or simply like the look of an SUV.
For drivers who are often travelling long distances we think its long range, comfortable interior and all of the latest mod-cons the EQS is one of the best options on the market.
6. Polestar 3
Polestar is a relatively new brand on the market, but over the past few years it’s become a strong rival for Tesla. As another brand that only offers EVs with a focus on long distance ranges it’s easy to see why the two brands are often compared but we think both make a great choice for your new company car.
Polestar is an offshoot of Volvo, so their cars share some of the stylings, with a classic Scandinavian look, are packed with safety features and are as eco-friendly as possible. The Polestar 3 actually has a lot of overlap with the Volvo XC90 as they’ve shared platforms and designs but there is something uniquely Polestar about it. Standard spec includes including a 14.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system, triple-zone climate, pilot assist, heated wipers, head-up display and a 25 speaker sound system.
Offering a mileage range of up to 379 miles thanks to its impressive 111 kWh battery pack which can be charged at speeds up to 250 kW with compatible units.
We think the Polestar 3 is a great choice for those who want a car that comes with plenty of safety and convenience tech as standard, a bold road presence and long range.
7. Tesla Model S
The second Tesla to make it into our favourites is the Model S. Ever since it was launched in 2012 the Model S has been a favourite of drivers looking for a premium, high-tech long-distance EV.
Tesla gave the car a major update in 2021 with the first of these models arriving in the UK this year, delayed by Covid, supply chain issues and high demand in the US.
Models have a range up to 394 miles, and you’ll be able to get from 0-60 mph in the Model S Plaid in a breath-taking 1.99 seconds. As is expected now in a Tesla the interior is minimal with one central touchscreen to control the infotainment and comfort features including the air con, music and drive mode.
8. BMW i7
BMW has also gotten a second car into the list with their i7. The high-end luxury saloon offers drivers an incredible mix of driving precision and luxury comfort in a fully electric package.
You’ll be able to cover up to 387 miles depending on the model you choose, and with 195 kW maximum charging speeds going from 10-80 per cent charge can take as little as 34 minute.
One of the things that makes the i7 unique is that it shares a platform with its combustion engine sibling the 7 series, which means externally the cars are very similar. Typically, EVs will be based on a completely different platform as the space needed for the electric battery and motors is different to that an internal combustion engine (ICE) takes up. However, BMW have managed to make a platform that works just as well for electric and engine alike.
The i7 makes the ideal car for drivers who want their passengers to travel in comfort and style, so those who regularly chauffeur clients around.
9. Mercedes-Benz EQE
Our penultimate pick is the Mercedes-Benz EQE. It’s an impressive car with an aerodynamic design, long distance range and plenty of premium finishing touches. Slightly smaller than the EQS we highlighted earlier it’s the electric equivalent of the best-selling E Class.
There are currently three models available in the EQE line up; the EQE 300, the EQE 350 and the high-performance AMG EQE 53. Each model has a number of different trim levels for you to choose from to make sure the EQE you choose really matches your needs.
Depending on the model you choose you’ll get a range of up to 388 miles, though this does drop down to 300 miles on the AMG 53 version. Even with the drop 300 miles is usually more than enough for most drivers daily needs and if you do have a longer journey then Mercedes have advised you can get 155 miles in just 15 minutes charging on a 170 kW DC charger. Top of Form
10. Hyundai Ioniq 6
Last but by no means least we’ve got the Hyundai Ioniq 6. Hyundai has long been committed to making affordable and reliable electric cars that are practical for everyday life but still bring a sense of fun to driving and the Ioniq 6 really embodies this.
There’s a 77.4 kWh battery under its aerodynamically designed coupe body that gives you a range of up to 382 miles in the rear-wheel drive option. It’s also capable of rapid charging at 350 kW capacity taking you from 10 to 80 per cert charge in as little as 18 minutes.
We think that this is the ideal car for drivers who want a spacious hatchback that looks as good as it handles.
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