When it comes to electric vehicles, it is inevitable to think about range. This characteristic is of critical importance to consumers.
Indeed, disappointing range can virtually guarantee a model’s failure, while long range can convince some people to consider electric power for their next vehicle.
One aspect that can complicate matters when it comes to comparing these types of vehicles is the fact that there is no universal method of calculating range.
Indeed, Europe uses the WLTP standard while North America uses the EPA standard, two different calculation methods that cannot be easily compared. In fact, it is not uncommon to see the results of the WLTP method inflate the numbers obtained by the EPA.
Several European manufacturers use the WLTP standard to estimate the range of their new models, which causes confusion by suggesting that the range is often greater than that of competing vehicles. In short, to help consumers see more clearly, we thought to classify the electric vehicles on sale in 2022 according to their range.
Here is a top 10 of the 2022 electric vehicles offering the best range in Canada, according to the EPA standard.
Tesla Model S Long Range – 652 kilometers (412 miles)
The Tesla Model S Long Range is the big winner with a possible range of 652 kilometers (412 miles). The Model S is also offered in a Plaid version which is a performance monster, completing the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 2.1 seconds, on the other hand its range is slightly less with 637 km (390 miles), which is still the second-best range for an electric vehicle on the Canadian market. This unmatched range is reflected in the asking price, however, which totals over $ 114,990 for the base Model S in Canada, $91,190 in the US.
Tesla Model X Long Range – 580 kilometres (360 miles)
The Model X also benefits from a massive range since it shares its mechanical components with the Model S, its heavier weight being responsible for the difference between the two models. Like the S, the Model X is offered in a Plaid version which takes 33 kilometers (20 miles) off of the range of the base Model X for a total range of 547 km (340 miles). The Plaid version, however, reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds. The Model X is the only vehicle on this list that can carry seven passengers.
Tesla Model 3 Long Range– 568 kilometers (353 miles)
Although the Model 3 is Tesla’s entry-level vehicle, it can offer up to 568 km of range in the Long Range version thanks to a 82 kWh battery, despite the fact that it is only available with all-wheel drive. Two other versions are in the catalog, the rear-wheel-drive Standard Range Plus which offers 423 km (263 miles) of range and the performance, which has 507 km (315 miles). It is possible to limit the range to 151 kilometers (94 miles), but this is only a measure intended to advertise a lower base price.
Tesla Model Y Long Range – 525 kilometers (326 miles)
The Model Y is a compact SUV based on the Model 3. Even if the two vehicles are related, the Model Y Long Range uses a 75 kWh battery, which explains its lower range when compared to the sedan. The Model Y also offers a Performance version that cuts the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time by 1.3 seconds (to 3.7 seconds) in exchange for a slightly lesser range of 488 kilometers (303 miles).
Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 – 491 kilometres (305 miles)
The Mustang Mach-E is an electric crossover that intends to compete with Tesla, both in terms of performance and range. While it can match the acceleration times of the Model Y Performance, it has less range, at 491 kilometers. The Mach-E is offered in several trims that range in range from 370 km for the base model to 491 km for the California Route 1 edition, which falls between the Premium and GT version on the price scale.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Preferred Long Range – 480 kilometres (300 miles) (estimated)
The Hyundai Ioniq 5, due to hit the market in early 2022, is the South Korean firm’s first vehicle to be developed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Based on the new E-GMP platform that will serve as the basis for several other models to come from Hyundai and Kia, the Ioniq 5 can be powered either by a 168-horsepower motor and a 58-kWh battery, by a 77.4-kWh battery paired with two motors producing 320 horsepower, or by this same battery supplying only one 225 horsepower motor. It is this latest version that offers the best range
Kia EV6 EX Rear Wheel Drive – 480 kilometres (300 miles) (estimated)
As it is based on the same platform as the Ioniq 5 and incorporates its mechanical elements, the Kia EV6 should offer the same range as the Hyundai. The EV6 will be offered in three versions in Canada, EX, GT line and GT. The first one will have the longest range since it will be equipped with a single engine as standard, unlike the other versions which will be equipped with two engines and all-wheel drive as standard. A base model will be available in the US and it will pair the single motor of the EX with a smaller 58kWh battery, giving it a yet unspecified range.
BMW iX – 475 kilometres (295 miles) (estimated)
The BMW iX is the first electric SUV offered by the Bavarian brand. Its arrival on the market is scheduled for the beginning of 2022 and it should offer a range of 475 kilometers (295 miles). As this is an entirely new model, this figure is estimated, but there is good reason to believe that the official rating will end up very close to it. The iX will be equipped with two engines producing 516 horsepower, allowing it to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds. The body of the iX is made of plastic panels reinforced with carbon fiber, which allows a reduction in weight compared to a traditional metal construction.
BMW i4 eDrive 40 – 475 kilometres (295 miles) (estimated)
The i4 is BMW’s first electric sedan. Sharing many of its mechanical elements with the iX, the i4 will be offered in two models. The eDrive 40 will be the entry-level version and it will be equipped with a 83.9 kWh battery powering an engine producing 335 horsepower and providing an estimated range of 475 kilometers (295 miles). The i4 M50 will be the most powerful version. It will add a motor to its front axle, making it an all-wheel drive car capable of going from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, at the cost of a range reduced to 385 kilometers (239 miles).
Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor – 427 kilometres (265 miles)
Polestar has made changes to its all-electric model for 2022 in order to give it an increased range and a more accessible base price. Indeed, the Long Range Single Motor version is added as an entry-level model. Since it is equipped with the same 78 kWh battery as the Dual Motor model but has only one motor, placed on the front axle, its range can reach 427 kilometers (265 miles). If its 228 horsepower is not enough for you, know that the other version available, the Long Range Dual Motor, adopts a second motor on its rear axle which increases output to 402 horsepower, at the cost of 27 kilometers (16 miles) of range.
Chevrolet Bolt EV – 417 kilometers (259 miles)
The Chevrolet Bolt has been redesigned for 2022, but nothing changes under the hood. In fact, the subcompact still boasts a range of 417 kilometers (259 miles) thanks to its 66-kWh battery. Although this is not a performance vehicle, its 201 horsepower allows it to perform quite decently. The relatively inexpensive price tag and long range of the Bolt make it a popular choice for buyers who decide to make the leap to EVs
Hyundai Kona EV – 415 kilometres (258 miles)
Refreshed for 2022, the Kona retains the same mechanical elements since its introduction in 2018, which gives it a still respectable range of 415 kilometers (258 miles). Its 201-horsepower engine is powered by a 64-kWh battery. It is the only vehicle in our top 10 that is based on a platform designed for a combustion engine vehicle and its 10th position is perhaps due to this peculiarity.
The rest of the electric vehicles on the North American market
Volkswagen ID.4 – 400 kilometers (250 miles) (estimated)
The ID.4 is the first vehicle in Volkswagen’s new ID electric line-up to be sold in North America. Its 400-kilometer (250 mile) range does not allow it to rank in the top 10 even though it was introduced only a few months ago.
Audi Q4 e-tron – 400 kilometers (250 miles) (estimated)
Built on the same platform as the ID.4, the new Audi Q4 e-tron will be offered as an SUV and Sportback, with a lower roofline. Its arrival is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.
Chevrolet Bolt EUV – 397 kilometers (247 miles)
Its few extra pounds as well as its larger dimensions give the SUV version of the subcompact Bolt a reduced range, falling below the 400-kilometer (250 mile) mark.
Audi e-tron GT – 383 kilometers (238 miles)
Sharing several elements with the Porsche Taycan, the new Audi e-tron GT is a sporty sedan with 469 to 637 horsepower, depending on the version. However, this performance comes at a price, its range is only 383 kilometers (238 miles).
Jaguar I-Pace – 377 kilometers (234 miles)
The Jaguar I-Pace is a small luxury SUV that was introduced in 2018. Sadly, a steep price tag and lack of mid-career improvement leaves the I-Pace far behind its competitors when it comes to range.
Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Battery Plus – 365 kilometers (227 miles)
Although it comes in several versions, each offering a different range, none of them allow the Taycan to exceed 365 kilometers (227 miles). This figure is rather disappointing for a new performance electric vehicle. On the other hand, the EPA’s estimates seem particularly harsh on this vehicle, as other tests have repeatedly shown substantially greater range. In fact, our recent test of the Taycan 4S has regularly achieved more than 400 kilometers on a single charge.
Nissan Leaf Plus – 363 kilometers (226 miles)
The Leaf was the first fully electric vehicle offered in North America by a major manufacturer. Since its renewal in 2018, it has offered a basic version offering 240 kilometers (149 miles) of range and a Plus version which brings the total up to 363 kilometers (226 miles).
Audi e-tron – 357 kilometers (222 miles)
The Audi e-tron is a mid-size SUV offered in two body styles, the regular model and the Sportback, which displays sportier styling with its sleeker roof. The maximum range of 357 kilometers (222 miles) offered by this Model Seems rather limited when compared to its competitors.
Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo – 346 kilometers (215 miles)
The wagon version of the Taycan has the same impressive performance as the sedan, but also its strangely low range. Here, too, the EPA’s ratings appear particularly conservative in light of independent testing.
Volvo XC40 Recharge – 335 kilometers (208 miles)
Sharing many of its mechanicals with the Polestar 2, the XC40 Recharge does not, however, have as much range, possibly due to its boxy and less aerodynamic shape.
BMW i3 – 246 kilometers (153 miles)
The i3 is beginning to feel old and that becomes obvious when comparing its range of just 246 kilometers (153 miles). However, its very particular style still allows it to stand out from its competition.
Mazda MX-30 – 161 kilometers (100 miles)
It’s surprising that a manufacturer could consider introducing a new electric vehicle with less than 200 kilometers (125 miles) of range in 2022, and yet that’s what Mazda did with the MX-30. Its 35.5 kWh battery only allows it to travel 161 kilometers (100 miles) on a full charge. Mazda is making the risky bet that most people buying an electric vehicle don’t need more range. At least the MX-30’s charging time is a lot faster than the other EVs on this list. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts when it arrives this fall.