Are you about to switch for an electric vehicle? If so, one of your biggest concerns is certainly the range that your next ride will offer you. If there was reason to worry about this a few years ago, because few vehicles offered anything substantial, it’s less the case today as the offer has grown and diversified.
So here are the 10 vehicles that offer you the most electric freedom when fully charged. We’ve included both the models currently on sale in Canada as well as those that can be ordered since their arrival on the market is imminent.
However, as you’ll notice, one brand dominates the list. And that’s a bit normal; it’s the one that pushed the envelope and set the standards that everyone is now pursuing in the field.
1 – Tesla Model S Long Range Plus: $105,990 ($74,990 US)
The Tesla Model S is the best electric car with the longest range at 629 kilometres (391 miles). As mentioned, it’s the one that’s targeted by everyone as the enemy to kill. It’s also the one that allowed Tesla to become what it is today, even if it was another model, the Roadster, that paved the way for it.
2 – Tesla Model X Long Range Plus: $112,990 ($79,990 US)
The Model X is another that has contributed to the success of the brand. This uniquely styled SUV with its rear butterfly doors offers 564 kilometres (351 miles) of freedom, again in the extended-range version. In the worst-case scenario with the Model X, the base version still offers 491 kilometres.
3 – Tesla Model Y Long Range: $75,990 ($52,990 US)
The Model Y is Tesla’s next big thing. The one about to make its debut is not only adopting the industry’s most popular format, the compact SUV, but it’s also going to offer the most range in the segment, 509 kilometres, or 316 miles. Be prepared to see a lot of them on the road considering its price is slightly more affordable.
4 – Tesla Model 3 Long Range: $64,990 ($46,990 US)
Finally, the fourth Tesla product that dominates the market is the Model 3 sedan. It offers, at best, 518 kilometres (322 miles) of freedom with, you guessed it, the extended-range version. The base model offers 402 km, which puts it on par with competing models from generic manufacturers.
5 – Ford Mustang Mach E California Route 1: $64,495 ($52,400 US)
Here’s one that’s been a hot topic of discussion since its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last fall. No matter who cries heresy because of the use of its name, the California Route 1 version is the one that will offer the greatest peace of mind with 475 kilometres (300 miles). Since we’re talking about a Mustang product, different versions will be in the catalogue and some will be mainly performance-oriented.
6 – Porsche Taycan 4S: $119,400 ($115,140 US)
Nothing Porsche does is trivial, and with the Taycan, the brand’s first all-electric model, you get something spectacular. And nothing is the same when it comes to range, either. In fact, the finding is unanimous here; the model offers more range than what’s advertised. In fact, it’s the new 4S version that offers the best result at 327 kilometres (203 miles), but tests conducted by numerous media outlets put the capacity at something around 450 kilometres, or 280 miles.
7 – Polestar 2: $69,900 ($59,900 US)
Polestar is the new all-electric division of the Volvo Group. This year, the firm is coming out with the Polestar 2, a sedan that combines style, power and capacity, all at an affordable price. In total, once fully charged, this car will offer you 442 kilometres (275 miles) on a red carpet.
8 – Chevrolet Bolt: $44,998 ($36,620 US)
While the Chevrolet Bolt wasn’t the first electric car on the market, it was the first to offer a more than respectable range at an affordable price. The model’s capacity, which had been 383 kilometres since its debut, was pushed to 417 (259 miles) with an increase in the size of the battery pack from 60 to 66 kWh.
9 – Hyundai Kona: $44,999 ($37,190 US)
When it hit the market in 2018, the Hyundai Kona became a real darling because of its practical size and nice face. This paved the way for the all-electric version that came along a little later. And with a range of 415 kilometres (258 miles), it was an instant hit.
10 – Kia Niro: $44,995 ($39,090 US)
Hyundai’s sister company, Kia, recently introduced two all-electric models, the Niro and the Soul. The Niro is making its way into our lineup because of its superior capabilities compared to the Soul, which is 385 km (239 miles) versus 383 km.
In a few months, this ranking will likely change. It will still include some well-known players, but other models will slip into the top 10 to offer you more range. It could be the Nissan LEAF, the Mercedes-Benz EQC, or a product from Audi, Volkswagen or BMW.
While most manufacturers are turning to EVs, the next decade, which will be devoted to it, will allow us to witness a spectacular transformation of the current picture.