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5 EVs with the Longest Range

These vehicles came out on top in real-world range testing

Jane Ulitskaya, Digital Content Specialist

The selection of electric vehicles has grown exponentially over the last few years. In addition to reducing ownership costs, many EVs offer more horsepower and better overall performane than their petrol counterparts. So what's keeping car shoppers away from battery-powered vehicles? The underdeveloped charging infrastructure causes range anxiety or the fear of running out of juice while on the road. To combat range anxiety during the EV shopping process, it helps to compare the maximum range that a vehicle can travel on one charge. While looking at the vehicle's EPA estimated range is a good start, a range test from Edmunds showed the potential disparities between that number and the car's actual range. These 5 electric vehicles topped the leaderboard in the real-world range test.

2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range

 
  • PROS: Affordable price, fast acceleration, long range model is great for road trips
  • CONS: Actual range doesn't match EPA estimated number, confusing interior controls

Tesla's most affordable Model 3 sedan lands in the top spot for both estimated range and real-world range in Edmunds' test. Although the 2021 Model 3 Long Range failed to meet the estimated 353 miles in the real-world test, it still outperformed all other electric vehicles with 345 miles of range. In addition to being practical for road trips, the Model 3 offers no shortage of fun as well. With its 221 horsepower dual-motor powertrain and lithium-ion batteries mounted in the floor, the Model 3 offers a low center of gravity and quick acceleration. A 0-60 comes in at 5.1 seconds for the Long Range Model 3, and it can hit a top speed of 162 mph. Charging the Model 3 is also surprisingly quick thanks to Tesla's Superchargers that get the car recharged to 175 miles in just 15 minutes. The Model 3 Long Range starts at $47,690.

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S

Best

for Sports car enthusiasts

  • PROS: Sports car performance, headturning style, generous range
  • CONS: 6-figure price tag, frustrating infotainment

The Porsche Taycan 4S is one of the most thrilling EVs available, and it's also one of the most practical with an impressive 323 miles of range in the Edmunds real-world test. The Taycan 4S smashed its estimated EPA range of 203 miles by 60%, claiming the 2nd place spot for EVs with the longest range numbers. With 522 horsepower, the Taycan sprints to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and gets a top speed of 155 mph. Although the Taycan 4S is a fraction slower, and substantially heavier than its gas-powered alternatives, it still offers plenty of driving thrills for the sports car aficionado (if they can stomach the $105,150 base price, that is).

2020 Tesla Model S Performance

Best

for The techie

  • PROS: Powerful acceleration, ample space, generous range, impressive in-car tech
  • CONS: Questionable build quality, steep price

Grabbing the third-place finish in Edmunds' longest range test is the 2020 Tesla Model S Performance. The luxury sports sedan is EPA estimated at 326 miles but it fell slightly short at 318 miles in real-world testing. The Tesla Model S Performance model gets an astonishingly brisk 0-60 time of 2.4 seconds along with agile and well-controlled steering and handling. The Model S Performance will reduce range anxiety with over 300 miles on a single charge while providing a thrilling driving experience. All of these perks come at a hefty price, however ($91,990 to be exact).

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

Best

for Road tripping on a budget

  • PROS: Affordable price, peppy acceleration, user-friendly infotainment
  • CONS: Cramped back row, lackluster interior

The first generation of the Hyundai Kona EV arrived in 2018 and has quickly become popular among efficiency-minded car shoppers. Undoubtedly, a big part of its mass appeal is the generous range. After being tested by Edmunds, the Kona EV far surpassed its estimated EPA range of 258, traveling 315 miles in a real-world driving application. The 201-horsepower Kona EV won't give you sports-car-like performance like the previous vehicles on this list (0-60 comes in at 7 seconds), but it does have excellent handling, responsive steering, and a smooth ride. Not only is the Hyundai Kona EV a sensible choice from a range standpoint, but it's also one of the more affordable EVs on the market. The starting price is under $40,000 for a new model, and listing for a used 2019 Kona EV start around $30,000.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD Extended Range

 
  • PROS: Unique and attractive styling, lively acceleration, smooth ride
  • CONS: Not as fun to drive as the standard Mustang, less efficient than Tesla

It was the first crossover to get the 'Mustang' moniker, and the Ford Mach-E is proving itself worthy of wearing the pony car badge. The Mach-E is more than just a fast and stylish SUV, it's also very capable when it comes to driving long distances. The extended range model went 304 miles in Edmunds' test, beating its estimated EPA range by 34 miles. In the extended range model, a 98.8 kWh battery powers the electric motor which can produce up to 480 horsepower in the GT trims. Even though it's a sensible option for reducing range anxiety, the Mach-E is far from boring. The GT models go from 0-60 in a lightning-fast 3.5 seconds. The Ford Mustang Mach-E comes with a starting price of $42,895.

What are the benefits of a long-range EV?

  • Eliminate range anxiety
  • Confidence on road trips and long commutes
  • Performance oftentimes exceeds that of gas-powered counterparts