So, what do people usually ask when they come across an electric car? Well, one of the most common questions they have in mind is the range of the electric car. It’s only natural for people to think in this manner, as the battery running out of juice is quite a realistic possibility.
Range anxiety is something that has come to be associated with the current breed of electric cars. If you are planning for an electric car, you would probably want to ensure that it has enough range for your needs. To help you understand your options, here’s a quick look at some of the longest range electric cars.
Mercedes-Benz EQC – A large electric SUV, Mercedes-Benz EQC can travel 259 miles (417 km) on a full charge. It has a top speed of 112 mph (180 kmph) and can reach 0-62 mph in just around 5.1 seconds.
Hyundai Kona Electric – This has the same powertrain as that of Kia e-Niro, but range is slightly less at 278 miles (447 km). Rated top speed is 96 mph (155 kmph) and it can reach 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds.
Kia e-Niro – South Korean carmaker Kia is betting big on the EV segment and has plans to launch several EVs in the coming years. Kia e-Niro has a range of 282 miles (454 km) and is powered by a 64kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. It has a top speed of 104 mph and can reach 0-60 mph (0-100 kmph) in 7.5 seconds.
Jaguar i-Pace – Launched in 2018, Jaguar i-Pace has emerged as a popular choice in the EV space. It offers a range of 292 miles (470 km). The car utilizes two electric motors, powered by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It has a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h) and can reach 0–62 mph in 4.8 seconds.
Tesla Model S Long Range Plus – Tesla is at the forefront of electric vehicle technology and has several cars with long range. Although costly, Tesla electric cars are currently the bestsellers in the world. Tesla Model S Long Range Plus offers a range of 402 miles (647 km), the highest for any electric car currently in production. It has a top speed of 155 mph (249 km/h) and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Other Tesla cars with optimal range include Tesla Model 3 Long Range (348 miles) and Tesla Model X Long Range (314 miles).
Battery technology is consistently improving, as we are witnessing new innovations in this space such as Zinc-ion batteries, Sodium-ion batteries, Graphene batteries, Aluminum-air fuel cell technology, etc. Researchers are currently working to create better batteries that will last longer, can be quickly recharged, and will be a lot safer. Electric cars of the future will probably be able to forever get rid of the so called ‘range anxiety’.