What is it?
Ask most car buyers what’s holding them back from going electric and the answer will most commonly be two words: range anxiety.
The fear of running out of juice on a journey is a huge barrier for motorists, not least because while there are currently more than 4400 charging stations across the country, there are more than twice that number of petrol stations, so there’s still plenty of work needed to bring the UK’s electric car infrastructure up to scratch. Of course, though, EV owners also have the option of charging at home.
What you need, then, is an electric car that can go for hundreds of miles without needing recharging. Tesla already does well in this regard with its Model S saloon, with the P100D variant able to drive for up to 381 miles (officially). The problem, though, is that at £131,800 it’s also expensive, and therefore pitched against the Porsche Panamera Turbos and Mercedes-AMG S-Class Coupés of this world.
The P100D is also capable of sprinting from 0-62mph in a staggering 2.4sec, but there may be some owners willing to sacrifice a drop in speed (and price) for more range. Enter this, then, the 100D. With an official range of 393 miles on a single charge, it’s the farthest-travelling electric car you can currently buy, and with prices starting from £90,000, it’s also significantly cheaper than the P100D.