Hybrids & Electrics

Tesla Proves It’s Still on Top by Dominating This List

You can’t keep a good Tesla down. Or that’s how it feels for other automakers attempting to compete, anyway. Tesla is the best-known EV maker, and despite its expensive models, it’s hard to argue with their quality.

That’s why Tesla occupies four slots on a recent list of electric vehicles with the longest range. So which model came in first, and are the specs really that great?

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Fifteen EVs made the U.S. News list “Electric Cars With the Longest Range in 2021.” They are the 2021 Mini Cooper Electric Hardtop, 2021 BMW i3, 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, 2021 Porsche Taycan, 2021 Audi e-tron, 2020 Nissan Leaf Plus, 2020 Jaguar I-Pace, 2020 Kia Niro EV, 2021 Hyundai Kona EV, 2021 Chevrolet Bolt, 2021 Polestar 2, 2021 Tesla Model Y, 2020 Tesla Model X, 2021 Tesla Model 3, and the 2020 Tesla Model S. 

The Mini Cooper is the least expensive on the list, but it also has the worst range: only 110 miles. A few years ago, that number would’ve been impressive. But Tesla has set the bar high, and that range is no longer exciting. 

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It’s no surprise Tesla took the top four slots. The EV maker tends to impress critics, after all. 

The Model Y sits in fourth place thanks to its astonishing range of 326 miles. It’s important to note this is only the Long Range trim. The standard Model Y can go 244 miles on a single charge. Though that number leaves most of the competition in the dust, it’s about 80 miles less than the Long Range trim, which is also all-wheel drive.

The Model X offers the superior range, but it’s close. In fact, it can go only 2 miles more than the Model Y, bringing the X to a total of 328 miles. It comes with plenty of tech, including heated seats that make driving through the snow more pleasant.

The Tesla Model 3 can go 353 miles. Once again, this is for the Long Range trim. Anyone who opts for the standard trim will get 263 miles. And for anyone interested in speed, it can go from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds.

Coming in at number one on the U.S. News list is the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus. It gets more than 400 miles per charge, far surpassing the competition. Don’t get too excited just yet, though. Tesla plans to release the 2021 Model S Plaid+, which is reported to get more than 500 miles per charge. 

Impressive range comes at a cost, of course. The Model S Plaid+ will start around $139,990. That’s out of range for most consumers unless they’re patient and willing to buy it used.

The competition has a lot of miles to cover to catch up

Given that Tesla will soon sell an EV that can travel over 500 miles per charge, what will the competition do? The only automaker to come close is Volvo. It released the Polestar 2, which gets 275 miles. That’s 53 miles fewer than the Model Y and almost half of what the Model S Plaid+ can run.

With that in mind, other automakers are in danger of falling behind. Though Tesla EVs are far from cheap, the 2021 Model 3 Long Range costs $46,990. That’s not terrible, especially compared to the Porsche Taycan, which costs $110,380 and can only go 227 miles on a single charge.  

So is there any hope for other automakers to overthrow Tesla? At the moment, it’s not looking like it. A rival might have an upcoming model that could outdo the Model S Plaid+, but 500 miles would be tough to beat.