The developments in EV battery technology are accelerating even more quickly than the cars they’re fitted to. Ever more powerful and efficient cells are allowing manufacturers to deliver huge performance gains.
More crucially for real world use, though, these acceleration upticks have resulted in ever-increased ranges. Even some of the smallest electric superminis can crack 200 miles between charges now, helping to banish the dreaded range anxiety from the minds of buyers. Yet there are cars that will go further still. Much further. Here we round up to the top 10 cars that boast the longest ranges and are currently on sale, while all the figures quoted are the latest WLTP calculations.
Hyundai has been at the forefront of EV technology for over a decade now - and the Kona Electric is four-wheeled proof that the hard work has paid off. Fitted with the larger 64kWh battery the Korean compact crossover can deliver a range anxiety-curing 300 miles on a single charge. Sure, it’s not the most exciting to drive with handling that’s safe and predictable rather than scintillating, but the 201bhp motor provides very lively acceleration, while a price tag of a little over £35,000 makes it the most affordable car in this list by a comfortable margin.
=8. Hyundai Ioniq 5
Once in a while a genuinely game-changing new car arrives on the scene, and quite often it appears to have come out of nowhere - and that’s exactly the case with the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Now the South Korean firm is no stranger to electrification - it’s arguably ahead of the curve in this respect - but that hasn’t stopped it’s latest offering causing quite a stir. For a start it looks stunning, the sharp-edged family hatch looking like it has driven straight off the designer’s drawing board. While early driving impressions have revealed a level of luxury and refinement way above its price point, plus a genuine injection of character. What’s more, when fitted with the larger 73kWh battery (there’s also a 58kWh option), the 167bhp rear-wheel drive machine has a useful range of 300 miles.