When consumers purchase a gas-operated car, good fuel economy is definitely a big factor in choosing the right vehicle. A car that uses more gas means higher ownership costs because of more tips to the fueling station. You won’t have to pay as much if you purchase a plug-in model, but you’ll probably want to find one with a long driving range.
Tesla was the first automaker to hone its craft in developing electric cars, so their models comprise the majority of this list. However, with more automakers dedicating resources towards the development of EVs, this may change in the future. For now, InsideEVs has compiled a list of electric cars with the longest driving range.
Hyundai Kona EV
The fully-electric Kona comes in SEL, Limited, and Ultimate trims. Each one has a driving range of 258 miles, which is suitable for most drivers. While many Tesla cars can get a better rating, the Kona is the best non-Tesla option on the market. Additionally, the electric motor accelerates slightly faster than the gas-operated Kona.
Automatic emergency brakes and blind-spot monitors are standard. Reviewers noted that the inside is slightly cramped for a subcompact car, and it doesn’t have as much cargo or rear-seat space as other vehicles in its class. However, the interior is made of high-quality materials and comes with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Tesla Model 3 Performance
The Tesla Model 3 has a driving range of 305 miles. The Performance model handles excellently and has a great acceleration rate, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 miles per hour. This trim also comes with bigger wheels, a lower suspension, and stronger brakes.
The interior doesn’t look as classy as other expensive cars, but it still has a good infotainment system and a higher level of autonomy. The Performance version of the Model 3 adds an extra $25k onto the price, which may scare off some buyers.
Tesla Model X Long Range
Like many Tesla cars, a new Model X is more expensive than the average plug-in, costing upwards of $80,000. If you can shell out the cash, you get a driving range of 325 miles. The Model X can also accelerate from 0-60 in under 3.0 seconds.
The Model X has good handling to match its powerful motor, which makes it a blast to drive. It also has more cargo space than other competitors, though means less space for any passengers in the second row. Consumer Reports also found that there were interior fitting issues, such as misaligned rugs and door panels, in the cars that it tested.
Tesla Model S Performance
The Model S was the first car released by Tesla, and it still holds up the best in terms of electric driving range. The Performance model gets 345 miles per charge. It also has one of the most impressive motors of any plug-in car. It can accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in only 2.4 seconds. It’s also the most expensive car on this list, with an MSRP of $101,190. However, Tesla announced that this version would be discontinued in 2020.
Tesla Model S Long Range
The Long Range edition of the Model S costs relatively less at $81,190. It has an all-electric range of 370 miles. It can’t drive as fast as the Performance model, but its acceleration time is still above average at 3.9 seconds. Additionally, Tesla has announced a supercharging update for the Model S, which will cut out 25% of the battery’s charging time. The only drawback to the Model S is its lackluster interior, which doesn’t look nearly as nice as similarly priced sports cars. This car also shares the Model X’s fitting issues.