With more and more manufacturers jumping on the Electric Vehicle (EV) bandwagon, this gives consumers a lot more options to choose from. Still, the biggest stumbling block remains, how far can you drive it before needing to top up on charge. Here we explore the everyday EVs with over 200 miles of range on a full charge.
Super Mini City Electric Car
There are plenty of electric vehicles in the market. However, the smaller, more affordable EVs can’t go very far on a full charge. These are more city cars than anything. The EVs in the small car with range up to 145 miles are as listed below:
- Citroen C-zero 55 miles
- Smart EQ fortwo cabrio 60 miles
- Smart EQ forfour 60 miles
- Smart EQ fortwo coupe 60 miles
- Renault Twingo ZE 80 miles
- Skoda CITIGOe iV 125 miles
- SEAT Mii Electric 125 miles
- Volkswagen e-Up! 125 miles
- Volkswagen e-Golf 144 miles
- Mini Electric 145 miles
If you are after something bigger, cars or SUV with slightly more range, see our list below.
- MG ZE EV 163 miles
- Nissan Leaf 168 miles
- Hyundai IONIQ Electric 193 miles
However, these are nowhere near the 200 miles mark we are after. For cars that can achieve more range per charge, continue reading.
Top 10 Best All-electric EV Cars to Beat Range Anxiety
Here is our top 10 best all-electric EVs with over 200 miles range per charge. Note that the actual range may vary depending on driving style, weather, road conditions and if you have switched on cabin climate control.
- Kia e-Niro
- Kia Soul EV
- Hyundai Kona Electric
- Tesla Model 3 Std Range Plus
- Renault Zoe
- Nissan Leaf+
- Peugeot e-208
- Vauxhall Corsa-e
- DS 3 Crossback E-Tense
- Peugeot e-2008
BONUS: Tesla Model 3 Long Range
1. The Range
Probably, one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing an Electric Vehicle is the range. How far will it go before needing to be recharged. However, there are may factors that can affect the effective range of an electric car. These include road condition, driving scenario, weather, driving style, speed and if the air conditioning or heater is used.
|ALL Electric||Range (miles)|
|Kia Soul EV||280|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||278|
|Tesla Model 3 Std Range Plus||254|
|DS 3 Crossback E-Tense||206|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||348|
The figures quoted by the manufacturers are WLTP range. WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure used to measure fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and range of vehicles including fully electric ones above.
2. Battery Capacity
We know that the bigger the battery, the higher the battery capacity and the longer the range. Bigger batteries also requires more room to store. Smaller cars have a space limitation and therefore can only carry a small battery. Bigger cars however have more room and as such can offer a range of different high capacity batteries and even electric motor(s). Only a handful of electric car manufacturers offer different battery capacity options, these include Nissan and Tesla.
Just note that with increased battery capacity comes the extra payload for the vehicle, batteries are generally heavy. This means the vehicle will need more power from the motor to drive it forward. If you are thinking of a variant with higher capacity battery also check the performance of the car especially the power rating of the motor.
|ALL Electric||Battery (kWh)|
|Kia Soul EV||64|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||64|
|Tesla Model 3 Std Range Plus||47.5|
|DS 3 Crossback E-Tense||50|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||72.5|
The table above shows the different battery capacities used on our line-up. You can tell that some of these share the same battery and possibly even the same motor which we will see in the following section. Peugeot for instance, share the same electric motor and battery in their e-208 and e-20008 with DS 3 Crossback and Vauhall Corsa-e. Kia and Hyundai also uses the same batteries as you can see from their offerings above. Here is also where we discover that bigger battery does not necessarily translate to more range. The Nissan Leaf+ for instance has a 62kWh battery almost the same size as the 64kWh on Kia e-Niro, Soul EV and Hyundai Kona Electric but can only offer a range of up to 239 miles versus up to 282 miles.
3. Time To Recharage
Next is how long will it take to recharge the car. Home charging from a wall socket will undoubtedly take a long time. Electric cars typically come with two sets of cables, one for fast-charging AC for use with a wall box and the other for the conventional wall socket at home.
There is a third type of charging cable is the rapid-charging DC cable. These are usually attached to the charger. Depending on the type of charger at the public charging point, you simply have to use the right cable and plug that matches the vehicle.
For this section, we will only consider two charging options, the home’s wall box that is capable of 7kW charging and public quick charge points with 50kW rated charger for comparison.
|ALL Electric||7kW Charging||50kW Charging|
|Kia Soul EV||9hr35mins||1hr15mins|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||9hr35mins||75mins|
|Tesla Model 3 Std Range Plus||5hr15mins||45mins|
|DS 3 Crossback E-Tense||7hr30mins||53mins|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||11hr45mins||73mins|
Here, we see the bigger the battery, the longer it takes to charge it back up. With some taking nearly 12 hours to fully recharge the battery on a 7kW charger. Using a public quick charging point will take it right down to under an hour or just over. This will be perfect if the charging points are say in the parking lot of your local supermarket. Top of the charge on your car while you do your groceries.
4. Power and Performance
What is it like to drive an all-electric card? Performance and quick acceleration is definitely on the cards. We have seen how fast the Tesla Model S can go with a 0-60mph time of just 2.3 seconds. For your average electric car, especially those in our line-up expect around 7 – 8 seconds acceleration which is still faster than similar petrol or diesel cars in the same class.
|ALL Electric||Power||0-62mph (secs)|
|Kia Soul EV||201bhp/395Nm||7.6|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||204PS/150kW||7.9|
|Tesla Model 3 Std Range Plus||260kW/349hp||5.6|
|DS 3 Crossback E-Tense||100kW/136bhp||8.7|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||330kW/443hp||4.4|
From the table above, the fastest and most powerful car is undoubtedly the Tesla Model 3 Long Range with up to 443hp and 330kW allowing it to achieve a 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. Those that share the same platforms, battery and motor differ only slightly in performance. We are talking about Peugeot e-208, Vauxhall Corsa-e, DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and Peugeot e-2008. Then there is the Kia e-Nire, Kia Soul EV and Hundai Kona Electric, all sharing the same 201bhp or 395Nm motor. See 0-62mph performance chart below, lower is better.
5. Top Speed
On the subject of performance. Here is how the EVs fare in terms of top speed. Again, we see that vehicles sharing the same platform will perform similarly or the same, the two common top speeds are 104mph and 93mph. Once again, Tesla has a higher top speed thanks to its more powerful 260kW and 330kW motors. This gives it 130mph and 144.8mph respectively. The slowest car in our line-up is the Renault Zoe with a top speed of only 86mph.
|ALL Electric||Top Speed (mph)|
|Kia Soul EV||104|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||104|
|Tesla Model 3 Std Range Plus||130|
|DS 3 Crossback E-Tense||93|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||144.8|
Finally, we look at the practical aspects of these vehicles. All the vehicles on our list are 4 door hatch backs, sedans or crossovers. For its size, they offer plenty of storage, boot space, full size seats and passenger headroom. To better understand how big these vehicles are, we look as the boot space specifically, for those trips to the DIY shop, Costco, golf course, IKEA or your regular supermarket. Note that, we only look at the maximum boot space available, for some models, this means folding down the rear passenger seats.
|ALL Electric||boot space (litres)|
|Kia Soul EV||315|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||334|
|Tesla Model 3 Std Range Plus||542|
|DS 3 Crossback E-Tense||350|
|Tesla Model 3 Long Range||425|
Generally, you get around 300 to 400 litres of boot space. The car with the most storage space is surprisingly the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus followed by the Kia e-Niro and then the Tesla Model 3 Long Range. Other cars with low 400 litres storage includes the Nissan Leaf+ and Peugeot e-2008. Cars with the least amount of storage space are the Vauxhall Corsa-e (267 litres), Peugeot e-208 (311 litres) and the Kia Soul EV (315 litres). The Hyundai Kona Electric, Renault Zoe and DS3 Crossback E-Tense have averaging room at 334, 338 and 350 litres respectively.