Electric SUVs have been on the market for some time, but many people are still reluctant to get on board with the electric trend. These electric vehicles are improving, increasing the battery’s range to over 500 miles as technology advances. However, there appears to be one EV, the black sheep in the bunch, offering well under 200 miles of driving range. Which one is it, and what other options should you look into?
Which electric vehicles have the best driving ranges?
There are two electric vehicles on the market right now that outshine the others with driving ranges of over 400 miles. While all Teslas can go a long way on a charge, the Model S has the longest one in the brand’s lineup. On a fully charged battery, you can expect to get at least 405 miles of driving range, according to Car and Driver.
This model has been around since it was introduced in 2012. The sedan has come a long way, and today you can get it with a dual-motor setup and tri-motors with the Plaid trim, which can produce 1,020 hp. With that power, the Plaid can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.1 seconds.
That’s certainly impressive for an electric vehicle, but the Model S isn’t the one with the highest reported driving range. The Lucid Air takes that award with the ability to get up to 520 miles on a single charge.
This sedan is new to the market, getting introduced this year with a base price of $140,000, and it comes with a fuel economy rating of 131 MPGe.
What does the Mazda MX-30 EV offer?
While the Lucid Air and the Tesla Model S offer the best driving ranges, the Mazda MX-30 gives you the worst. With this model, you can expect only 100 miles on a single charge. You get so little because of the 35.5 kWh battery pack, which is why most critics shy away from recommending this model to anyone, even though it’s inexpensive at $34,695.
You could charge the battery on a long-distance trip, but you’d have to stop frequently to do it. You’d also have a bit of wait time while it charged because it takes approximately 36 minutes to juice up the battery to 80 percent on a Level 3 charger. It will take almost three hours if you charge it at home on a Level 2 plug.
Powering it up is an electric motor that produces about 143 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque, according to Edmund’s. It also has a 1-Speed direct drive transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain.
As for features, the MX-30 electric vehicle offers keyless ignition, rear parking sensors, a leather steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control.
Electric SUVs similar to the MX-30 but offer more miles
If the price tag of the MX-30 seems appealing, but the range doesn’t, there are a few comparable models to choose from. For a starting price of $42,525, you can purchase the Volkswagen ID.4 Pro. With the federal tax credit, it might be $7,500 less, which would put it around $35,000.
This version offers a rear-wheel drivetrain and an electric motor that produces 201 hp combined. You’ll also get 275 miles of driving range and 107 MPGe with its 77.0 kWh battery. You can upgrade to the AWD model, which will generate 295 hp with dual motors, but you would lose around 24 miles of driving range.
Another electric SUV that would be better than the MX-30 is the Kia Niro, which will run around $41,205. This model has a 64.0 kWh battery pack and front-wheel drivetrain. You’ll get a combined output of 201 hp, with an acceleration time of 6.5 seconds for a 0 to 60 mph run. As for fuel efficiency, it offers 112 MPGe, and you can go 239 miles on a single charge.
Then there’s the Hyundai Ioniq 5, with a starting price of $40,925. With this model, you can expect a 58.0 kWh battery pack and a rear-wheel drivetrain enabling you to get 220 miles of driving range and 110 MPGe. You can opt for the 77.4 kWh battery for $3,950 more, allowing you to go 303 miles on a single charge and get 114 MPGe.
While the Mazda MX-30 seems like a nice electric SUV, it isn’t for everyone. With its 100-mile driving range, it’s not feasible for anyone who takes long-distance trips. Several EVs are comparable in price with more range than the Mazda, like the Kia Niro, Ioniq 5, and the VW ID.4.