An improvement in their autonomy is gradually offsetting the drawbacks of electric vehicles. Have you ever considered purchasing one but held off out of concern that you wouldn’t be able to travel a sufficient number of miles without recharging? These are the ones with the most autonomy right now.
Even though there isn’t much of a market for electric vehicles, nor is the technology fully ready to take over, the automotive industry is irreversibly moving toward completely electrifying all of its goods.
The persecution of combustion engine vehicles has fundamentally changed the market and the company’s course, which is gradually shifting away from diesel and gasoline in favor of hybrid or electric engines.
With its 1100 horsepower, the Tesla Model S Plaid+ version claims to have a range greater than 800 miles.
But does it mean now is not the best time to get an electric vehicle? That depends on our demands and driving habits (as well as the economics).
Still, technology is indeed developing quickly now that it has received the required boost to become a viable alternative to traditional forms of transportation.
In subsequent articles, we’ll discuss the electric car’s past, present, and potential. Still, we’ll concentrate on what the market has to offer in terms of autonomy (as assessed by the WLTP cycle) or the distance a vehicle can travel on a single full charge. Yes, it won’t be cheap, but let’s get started nonetheless…
Model S Plaid+ by Tesl
Tesla Model S Plaid+
- 837 km maximum range.
- Starting at 139,990 dollars.
It is not unexpected that the American company founded by Elon Musk ranks first in this prestigious rating as it is the one that takes the most on the advancement of electric technology.
The 2012 launch of the Tesla Model S, an E-segment liftback, was followed by numerous updates. Gran Autonoma, Plaid, and Plaid+ are the three variations of this model now available in Spain.
While the other two range roughly 600 km, the last, which is already available for reservations but whose first units won’t be delivered until the end of the year, has a range of more than 800 miles.
Each has all-wheel drive and a power range from 670 horsepower to the Plaid+’s devastating 1100 horsepower.
Tesla Model 3 Great Autonomy
- 614 kilometers.
- I am starting at 52,390 dollars.
If we use the term, the Model 3 is Tesla’s most understated automobile. We can purchase the Gran Autonoma version for slightly over 50,000 dollars, which should enable us to travel more than 600 kilometers without stopping to refuel.
The four-door D-segment sedan introduced to the market in 2016 has a version with 476 horsepower, a top speed of 233 km/h, and a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 4.4 seconds.
Mind you; if we’re determined to verify every single one of these numbers, we won’t go that far.
Ford Mustang Mach E Rango Extendido RWD
- 610 kilometers of range.
- Cost: starting at 55,211 dollars.
The new electric SUV from the American manufacturer debuted on the market in 2020 and is the first non-Tesla in our ranking.
This imposing crossover comes in five different models, each offering a minimum of 400 km of autonomy, and can be ordered with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
In any event, the model that interests us is the one with extended range and rear-wheel drive, which, based on the WLTP cycle assessment, will travel more than 600 km.
The Mustang Mach E’s two tons of weight can be moved with this model’s 294 horsepower.
BMW iX xDrive50
- Longer than 600 kilometers of autonomy.
- I am starting at 102,600 dollars.
The iX is the first SUV powered by electric energy, and the Bavarian brand is one of the strongest in this area. There are now two versions of the iX, both of which have four-wheel drive and two engines.
Regarding the vehicle in issue, the xDrive 50 boasts a 100 kWh battery and a 503 horsepower powertrain with a maximum range of more than 600 kilometers.
This enables it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 200 km/h. Undoubtedly, its low aerodynamic coefficient (Cx) of 0.25 is one of its advantages.
Tesla Model X Long Range
- 580 kilometers.
- Price: starting at 99,990 dollars.
The third Tesla in the rating brings the top 5 of this ranking close. In this instance, the American company’s Model X SUV debuted in 2015 and served as a benchmark in the E sector.
Any version can be customized inside and outside, have a dual motor, and have a four-wheel drive.
As a result, the choice between the Gran Autonoma and Plaid versions depends on whether we want more autonomy or performance.
The so-called Gran Autonoma, which now costs just under 100,000 dollars and promises to go 580 kilometers on a single full charge.
Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S
- 548-kilometer range.
- Starting at 32,895 dollars.
In our evaluation of cars with higher autonomy, this electric version of the Golf—the C-segment compact model in its “greenest” version—is the most cost-effective vehicle. It was introduced months ago.
Based on the MEB platform, designed specifically for electric vehicles, the ID.3 has better interior space and more dynamic behavior.
The Pro S, which starts at just over 30,000 dollars, is the version that offers the customer the most autonomy and is a car that is committed to technology.
In return, we will get 204 horsepower and a guarantee of more than 500 kilometers on a single full charge.
Skoda Enyaq iV 80
- 535 kilometer range.
- Cost: starting at 45,500 dollars.
Another one of Enyaq’s particular models for the VAG Group’s electric market is offered by Skoda in this instance.
This SUV, built on the MEB platform and measures just over 4.6 meters in length, weighs two tons; it has 204 horsepower in the iV80, a version with more autonomy.
It has a top speed of 160 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in a respectable 8.7 seconds. It has already shipped to the first clients who began making reservations for it at the end of 2020.
Volkswagen ID.4 Pro Performance
- 521 kilometers.
- Price: 38,002 dollars and above.
We continue with the VAG Group and the MEV platform. In this case, it would be helpful to know about the Volkswagen ID.4, a Recently unveiled and positioned as a direct rival to its cousin, the Enya. It has a minimalist design that is straightforward and focused on reducing friction.
In this instance, the ID.4 is available in five versions, with the Pro Performance having the highest starting price (38,000 dollars) and allowing for the most autonomy.
This mid-sized SUV’s proponents include 170 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, 0–100 km/h acceleration in 9 seconds, and a maximum range of 521 km.
Audi e-tron GT
- 487 kilometers in length.
- Price: starting at 92,446 dollars.
We switch segments and philosophies to discuss the Audi e-Tron GT, a sporty vehicle with specs resembling the Audi A7 Sportback.
It shares several propulsion components and the J1 platform with Porsche’s Taycan, which we will examine below.
The Quattro and RS variants of the e-Tron GT have 476 horsepower and 598 horsepower, respectively. However, it can produce 530 and 646 horsepower in “boost mode,” which can last up to 2.5 seconds.
The Audi e-Tron GT’s acceleration time between 0 and 100 kilometers per hour, which is 3.3 seconds in the quickest model, and its electronically limited top speed of 250 kilometers per hour are other important figures in its technical specs.
With two synchronous motors and a 93.4 kWh battery, it has a maximum range of 487 km and can provide four-wheel drive.
- 484 kilometers.
- Price: starting at 85,710 dollars.
The Porsche Taycan, the German automaker’s first mass-produced 100% electric model, marks the conclusion of the ten electric cars with the most fantastic range currently avamarket.
The Porsche Taycan is offered in three different versions, all of which are all-wheel drive, with 530 horsepower under the 4S moniker, 680 horsepower as Turbo, and 761 horsepower as Turbo S.
The Porsche Taycan features an electric motor on each axle, and the battery, which has a range of charge capacities depending on the arrangement, is situated between the axles.
The Porsche Taycan is unquestionably the most technologically advanced of its catalog brothers, and despite weighing more than two tons, it outperforms all other models in terms of dynamic behavior.
While its immediate competitors lose performance as they heat up or as the battery loses charge, Porsche’s two engines for this model were engineered to maintain their excellent performance in every situation.
Although the advancements made in recent years offer very intriguing ranges that allow a much more normalized use of electric vehicles, as we have already noted and are all aware, there is still a long way to go before electric cars are truly autonomous.
And the fact is that the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy found that the autonomy of electric vehicles has substantially risen.
According to the report, “substantial advancements in battery technologies and overall electric vehicle efficiency since 2011 have led to an expanding variety of electric car models and a higher driving range.”
“For all-electric car models available in 2020, the EPA’s (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) predicted average range was more than 250 miles (402 km).
It is also the first year an electric car has a maximum range estimated by the EPA to be over 400 miles (643 kilometers).”
While the average range in 2011 was in the 110 km range, the most excellent estimated range was less than 170 km.
The first significant increase occurred in 2016 when the average increased to 354 km and the highest level exceeded 500 km.