It’s a mark of the maturity of electric car technology that there is now a small but fast-growing market for premium-branded EVs.
Some have a luxury angle, others a performance bias; some are big, others not so big; and while some come from established automotive industry powers, others are from more ‘disruptive’ outfits. But whatever you’re looking for, if you’re looking for the longest-legged and least compromised electric cars in the world, this chart is where you’ll find them.
This is where Teslas do battle with Mercedes’ EQs, BMW i cars, Audi E-trons and even new-groove Porsches. Many of the cars we’ve listed aren’t quite on the market yet but are expected very soon – and where that’s the case, we won’t rank them until we’ve driven them. Whether here or not quite here, however, they are all reasons for the early-adopting EV crowd to get very excited.
Best Premium Electric Cars 2019
The first luxury electric car from a mainstream manufacturer to directly challenge Tesla at the high end, the I-Pace delivers on its brief with standout handling dynamics, first-rate interior quality and a striking design that’s slightly more SUV than saloon. It sets the standard for EV ride and handling, delivers strong performance from its twin 197bhp motors, and feels like what a premium-branded electric car should: an unshackled clean-sheet design.
The rarity of 100kW public chargers around the UK road network dents its potential as a long-range tourer somewhat, although that will improve quickly over time as infrastructure grows. As things stand, the car will run for 200-275 miles on a full charge, depending on your cruising speed and driving style.