The 5 best electric vehicles by range

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Three illustrated cars with different mile ranges

Range anxiety is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when transitioning to an electric vehicle. However, you probably don't need to worry about running out of charge as much as you might think. Advancements in battery technology have given electric vehicles (EVs) much longer ranges in recent years while making them more affordable than ever.

Currently, the EV with the highest range is the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range model, with an impressive 520 miles per charge. But Lucid isn’t the only company putting out long-range EVs. Let’s look at what electric vehicles can take you the farthest and explore if you really need all that range.

Key takeaways

  • The Lucid Air Dream Edition has 520 miles of range, making it the longest-range EV.
  • The right EV for you isn’t always the one with the highest range - you should consider factors like how far you drive and your budget.
  • Unless your daily commute is 200 miles, you can generally get away with less range than you think.
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    1. Lucid Air Dream Edition

    Image source: Lucid Motors

    The Lucid Air Dream Edition has an EPA-rated range of 520 miles for the Range model and 471 miles for the Performance version. The Air Dream uses a 118kWh battery, 18% bigger than the Model S’s 100kWh battery pack.

    Perhaps the only downside to the Lucid Air Dream Edition is both models cost a whopping $169,000. Lucid Motors’ cheaper version, the Lucid Air Pure, has a listed range of 406 miles and a price of $87,400. Despite being the less expensive Lucid model, it still has a slightly higher range than the next car on our list.

    2. Tesla Model S

    Image source: Tesla

    In second place is the Tesla Model S with an EPA-listed range of 405 miles, enough range to go from LA to San Francisco without recharging. This range assumes opting for the smallest wheel option instead of the larger ones (this is the case with all Tesla models on this list). The Model S comes with a starting price of $104,990.

    The Model S is available in a second variant called the Model S Plaid Edition, which has a range of 396 miles. The Plaid version comes with an all-wheel drive (AWD) tri-motor and the stock version comes with an AWD dual-electric motor. The Plaid edition boasts a faster 0-60 mph time of just 1.99 seconds.

    3. Tesla Model 3 Long Range

    Image source: Tesla

    The Tesla Model 3 Long Range takes third place thanks to its 358 miles of range. The Tesla Model 3 Long Range is very impressive when you consider it’s $47,000 cheaper than the Model S but has only a 12% reduction in range. It’s no wonder the Model 3 is Tesla’s best-selling vehicle!

    The Model 3 comes in three different variants:

    • Long Range Model: 358-mile range
    • Performance Model: 315-mile range
    • Standard: 267-mile range

    The Model 3 Standard has the lowest range because it has a lower battery capacity than the Performance and Long Range models.

    4. Tesla Model X

    Image source: Tesla

    In fourth place is the Tesla Model X with a listed range of 351 miles and a price of $120,990. The price of the Model X may seem a little disappointing since it’s $16,000 more expensive than the Model S and has a lower driving range. It’s important to note that the Model X contains seven seats and is a much better option for a roomy family car. The Model X also has the largest panoramic roof out of any vehicle on the market.

    Just like the Model S, the Model X has a Plaid edition with a slightly reduced range of 333 miles. The Plaid edition’s powertrain is optimized for performance, allowing for an impressive 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.5 seconds. That’s even faster than a Porsche Taycan.

    5. Mercedes EQS 450+

    Image source: Mercedes-Benz

    Mercedes-Benz doesn’t skimp on style, and their EQS 450+ electric vehicle is no exception. At an MSRP of $102,310 and 350 miles of range on a single charge, the EQS 450+ performs similarly to Tesla’s models. The EQS 450+ has a stunning minimalist infotainment system, heated seats, and a panoramic roof.

    The EQS 450+ comes available in 3 different “trim” packages starting with the default Premium Trim, the Exclusive Trim, and the Pinnacle Trim. The three packages have varying features but don’t change the engine specs. The Premium Trim has 77 standard features, the Exclusive 85, and the Pinnacle has 90.

    The Mercedes USA website has a great tool to design your own EQS 450+ by swapping in and out different features.

    Is Lucid a threat to Tesla's dominance?

    The truth is that Tesla's superiority in the marketplace is threatened by Lucid Motors. Lucid Motors is largely composed of former Tesla engineers. As a matter of fact, the former Vice President of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla, who helped create the Model S, now oversees development at Lucid Motors. So, the team at Lucid Motors knows what they’re doing.

    Unfortunately, the Lucid Air Dream was a limited edition car with only 520 sold - a nod to its record-breaking 520-mile range. Of the 520 cars, a portion was provided to a small group of exclusive customers. The remaining vehicles were purchased on a first-come, first-served basis.

    But Lucid Motors offers the Air in a few different variants, with different ranges and price points. The models currently listed on Lucid’s site are:

    Model Range Price (no add-ons) Availability
    Air Dream Edition 520 miles $169,000 No longer sold
    Air Grand Touring 516 miles $154,000 Now delivering
    Air Sapphire TBA $249,000 2023
    Air Touring 406 miles $107,400 Available Q4 2022
    Air Pure 406 miles $87,400 Available Q4 2022

    For more information, check out an excellent video on the Lucid Air Dream by Engadget below:

    Affordable electric vehicles

    These high-range vehicles are some of the best-performing electric cars on the market, but they’re also some of the most expensive. Not to mention, the prices above don't include any add-ons, so you could spend way more depending on the features you choose. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average price for a new car in the U.S. is $47,077. Even Tesla's cheapest model costs more than this.

    Some of these high-priced mainstream EVs have created a myth that getting into the EV game and reducing your day-to-day emissions isn’t possible for most Americans. This is completely untrue! Several new EVs from Nissan, Kia, Hyundai, and Ford are remedying this problem with their cheaper electric car options.

    Ford Mustang Mach-E

    The Ford Mach-E has a listed range of 247 miles and an MSRP of $43,895. Even though the Mach-E doesn’t have the highest range, 247 miles is still more than enough for the average commuter. It can even take day trips of roughly 90-minutes each way on one charge.

    The Mach-E excels as a Sportback, offering performance more in line with traditional sports cars, rather than other hatchbacks like the Nissan Leaf.

    The Mustang Mach-E comes in four variants:

    Mustang Mach-E Variant Range Price (MSRP)
    Select (default) 247 miles $43,895
    GT 270 miles $61,995
    Premium 303 miles $48,775
    California Route 1 314 miles $52,450

    Nissan Leaf

    The Nissan Leaf has a listed range of 149 miles and an MSRP of $27,400. Despite the somewhat lackluster range for the standard edition, you can opt for the Nissan Leaf Plus with 226 miles of range at an MSRP of $32,400. The Nissan Leaf is certainly one of the most budget-friendly options and is perfect for those who don’t regularly take long road trips.

    Kia Niro

    The Kia Niro EV is a crossover SUV with a starting MSRP of $39,990 and an estimated 239 miles of range. Kia offers the EX Premium trim for the Niro that costs $44,650 with some upgraded features, but the same range.

    The Kia Niro comes standard with the following features:

    • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
    • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) & Lane Following Assist (LFA)
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Audio
    • Wireless phone charger

    Hyundai Ioniq 5

    The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has an impressive maximum range of 303 miles. The exact range and price depend on which of the four variants you decide to purchase.

    Variant Range Price (MSRP)
    SE Standard Range 220 miles $39,950
    SE 303 miles $44,000
    SEL 303 miles $46,250
    Limited 303 miles $51,100

    Perhaps the most impressive variants are the SE and SEL. Finding an EV that costs less than $50,000 with a range greater than 300 miles is uncommon. This makes the Hyundai Ioniq 5 more economical than the Tesla Model 3.

    EV incentives and tax credits are available. The federal EV tax credit can reduce the cost of purchasing an EV by up to $7,500, but not all EVs qualify. The vehicle must have a battery of at least 5 kWh in size and must be assembled in North America. Also, EVs from an automaker that has sold more than 200,000 EVs cannot take advantage of the tax credit, meaning Tesla, GM, and Toyota cars are no longer eligible. Many states like California and New Jersey also offer EV incentives, be sure to research available programs in your area.

    How much range does your EV need?

    In short, probably less than you think. According to ABC, the average American’s commute is just 16 miles. This could easily be covered by a Nissan Leaf with plenty of range to spare for running additional errands.

    When you consider that the rapid adoption of EVs has also led to tens of thousands of fast charging stations popping up across America, chances are you will be able to recharge when you need to. An excellent site to use as an EV owner is plugshare.com. PlugShare displays a map of EV charging stations all over the world and even has a built-in “trip planner” feature.

    Simply remembering to plug your EV in at home each night can also allow you to get away with a car with less range. If you are going to rely mostly on home charging, it’s recommended that you have an electrician install a Level 2 (240V AC) charger so the battery can charge faster than if you’re using the standard 120V cord.

    If you still believe that an expensive EV is the only option for you, installing a solar system on your home can help offset the high cost. You may think “How on earth are those things linked?”. Put simply, charging your EV with solar energy is not only cleaner, but it's also cheaper too. Solar panels can save homeowners tens of thousands of dollars in electrical costs, including the cost to charge an EV.

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