Here Are The 10 Longest Range Electric Cars Available In the U.S.

Tesla Model S

APR 15 2018 BY JIM GORZELANY 57

1. Tesla Model S
Range: 275-337 miles; 92/105-97/100 mpg-e. Still the winner and long-distance champion among EVs, the flagship Tesla Model S sedan can run for as far as 337 miles in its top P100D model which also features the tire-burning Ludicrous mode that enables a 0-60 mph sprint in a scenery-blurring 2.5 seconds.

You could drive from Chicago to St. Louis and still have kWh left in the tank with these range-topping EVs.

It’s all about operating range when it comes to electric cars, with the best of the genre able to run for a several day’s drive on a charge, but with the worst barely able to make it out to the suburbs and back without having to be tethered to an outlet.

Tesla still leads all automakers when it comes to operating range, with its flagship Model S sedan in its top P100D version able to run for as much as a claimed 337 miles on a charge; it also includes a Ludicrous mode that affords, well, ludicrous acceleration with a 0-60 mph run at a Ferrari-busting 2.5 seconds. Even the 75D iteration that comes with the car’s smallest battery in the line nets an estimated 275-mile range.

The closest non-Tesla contender here is the subcompact Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback, which is estimated to run for 238 miles per charge. The remainder of the top 10 longest-range EVs are rated at between 111 miles and 150 miles of operating range, which is still sufficient for all but long-range road trips; the U.S. Department of Transportation says the average commute in the U.S. is about 30 miles both ways.

Now, as some technology mavens are quick to point out, operating range, while important, is not the only stat EV buyers should focus on. You’ll want to also consider an electric car’s equivalent fuel economy (“mpg-e”) which allows shoppers to compare operating costs, both among other EVs, but hybrids and conventionally powered rides as well.

For example, though the top version of the aforementioned Model S boasts the longest operating range of all consumer EVs in the U.S. at an estimated 337 miles, it costs more to run (at the equivalent of 98 mpg) than the smaller Tesla Model 3 with a maximum 310-mile range at an estimated 130 mpg-e. The EPA says the Model S would cost around $150 more to run each year than the Model 3, though this figure may differ in real world driving based on local electricity rates and other factors.

While we expect a plethora of longer-range EVs to reach the market in the months ahead, including the new Jaguar i-PACE crossover SUV; in the meantime, we’re featuring the 2018 model-year EVs that can go the longest distances on a charge (based on manufacturer- and EPA-sourced data) in the accompanying images below (#1 rated Model S seen above).

Tesla Model 3

2. Tesla Model 3
Range: 310 miles; 136/123 mpg-e. Still maintaining a long waiting list as production ramps up slowly, the new compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a smaller and cheaper, but no less stylish, alternative, to the fledgling automaker’s popular Model S. This estimate is for a Model 3 with the “optional” (at $9,000) long-range battery, which is as of this writing still the only configuration available. The standard battery, which is expected to become available later in 2018, is estimated to run for 220 miles on a charge.

3. Tesla Model X
Range: 238-295 miles, 86/89-91/95 mpg-e. Noted for its gull-wing vertically opening doors, the Tesla Model X SUV is dramatically designed and can take the family as far as 295 miles away from home with the longest-range battery pack in the top 100D version.

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4. Chevrolet Bolt EV
Range: 238 miles; 128/110 mpg-e. The first true long-range Tesla fighter, the subcompact Chevrolet Bolt EV hatchback can run for an estimated 238 miles on a charge, which for the average U.S. worker is sufficient for a typical week’s commute on a single charge, with enough amps left over for a weekend shopping excursion.

5. Nissan LEAF Range: 151 miles, 124/101 mpg-e. The Nissan Leaf hatchback gets a longer-range battery pack for 2018 that further nets a fairly peppy 147 hp with 236 pound-feet of torque. A new e-Pedal system allows motorists to both accelerate and brake for the majority of the time via a single pedal.

6. Volkswagen e-Golf
Range: 125 miles; 126/111 mpg-e. The Volkswagen e-Golf got a battery boost last year that brings the compact EV hatchback to a more-useable 125-mile range. It’s available nationwide, though like most EVs, you’d have trouble finding any on showroom floors outside of large cities.

7. Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Range: 124 miles; 150/122 mpg-e. Debuting last year, the EV version of the Hyuindai Ioniq is one of the “greenest” cars sold in the U.S. while it’s not the longest-range model in the market, it leads all comers in terms of its sheer frugality, which the EPA says is the electric equivalent of a class-leading 150 mpg in city driving.

8. Ford Focus Electric
Range: 115 miles; 118/96 mpg-e. The compact Ford Focus Electric hatchback is available in all 50 states and remains reasonably affordable, especially with the one-time federal tax credit of $7,500 continuing, and generous sales incentives coming from Ford.

9. BMW i3
Range: 114 miles; 129/106 mpg-e. The futuristic-looking BMW i3 gets a 94 amp-hour battery for 2018 that ups its range to more useable proportions; if that’s still not sufficient for your needs, it’s available with a small range-extender gasoline engine that affords an initial 97-mile range on electricity, and then another 83 miles on (premium grade) petrol.

10. Kia Soul Electric
Range: 111 miles; 124/93 mpg-e. The subcompact Kia Soul Electric wagon is as inexpensive to run as it is practical. Unfortunately, it’s only sold in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

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57 Comments on "Here Are The 10 Longest Range Electric Cars Available In the U.S."

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F150 Brian

Making progress, but having a model with only EPA 151 miles range in the top 5 reinforces that this mission is still very much in it’s infancy.

Gerhard Hauer

+100

pjwood1

..perception will remain a problem at 200, and 300, miles. People will still make rational errors, like believing the need to see as many charging stations and gas stations, or that the time to “fill” an EV is the time they’ll have to sit around.

We resist cognition, even when we own a place with an outlet.

Ron Swanson's Mustache

I think the ultimate psychological tipping point will be when EVs are able to run further on a single charge than the average driver would want to drive in an 8 hour period.

Figure a road trip at 75mph for 8 hours which gives a range of 600 miles.

If EVs get to that point, it’ll basically be the final nail in the coffin for ICE vehicles.

Robert Weekley

Tesla New Roadster: 620 Miles Range! OK – Next Problem? Cost!

Benz

Progress is going to accelerate in the coming years.

CdnE90

We’ve been hearing that for a long time. I am hoping you are right.

Stimpacker

L3 charging is still fractured.
Until that is resolved, EV’s can’t truly replace ICE.

Texas FFE

Still no such thing as L3. Try using an acronym that means something like DCFC.

TwoVolts

L3 means something. It refers to ‘Level 3’, which is readily recognized as meaningful by commenters on this site.

BTW, I agree with Stimpacker’s point. There is a lot of work needed on the fast charging infrastructure.

Jeff Songster

L3… DCFC is functionally fine in Tesla walled garden… but not elsewhere yet. Love my 300 miler… Used to do fine with a 100 miler and an ICEr… no ICE now. Never ICE again. The Tesla system works beautifully and is years ahead of the competition… and they are still talking about starting “next year” or the one after that.

Unplugged

Well, it wouldn’t be in the top five if someone hadn’t left off the Model S from the list.

Your comment makes no sense.

John

Considering how well small SUVs or crossovers sell, we need some of those in our EV choices. I’m waiting to see the Buick SUV (based on Bolt), Kona/Nitro, Ford Mach 1, Tesla Model Y and other EV crossovers or SUVs.

David Murray

Indeed. I suspect this lack of EVs in the most popular vehicle segments (Trucks & SUVs) is a big hinderance to the adoption rates. I think there are lots of people that would consider an EV but they don’t want to drive a small car. It seems most EVs are in fact small cars.

Dav8or

Hmmm… big BEV = big battery. Big battery = big bucks. Is there really a market for a BEV pick up truck that costs near $100,000 and only goes maybe 250 miles? How about that bigger SUV? In Chevy speak- $50,000 for an Equinox, or $75,000 for a Traverse each having over 200 miles range?

The Bolt has shown one important thing that manufacturers understand that consumers don’t seem to get and that is, the stark reality is people say they want X,Y,Z BEV, but when it’s actually produced and performance to cost is evaluated, most people pass, keep driving what they always drive and continue wishing for some better, mythical BEV to show up someday.

Yup! Except those 400,000+ Dummies that dropped a $1,000 to just say – yeh – Hey – We Want this! (Model 3 – the #2 Car in this list, at present!)

We have no idea yet – just how many would do the same as this – when the Model Y Opens up a similar opportunity!

Elon thinks the Model Y would sell a Million a Year, they are not ready for that, yet, hence the Growing Pains of the Model 3 will help them get educated, and prepared better – by the time they go with the Y!

Also – the Model Y – When Simply Revealed – will push Other OEM’s to make sure they are either ready to compete with it shortly after, or – a few might try to beat it to market! (Still – not so bad in the big picture!)

Warren

Remember, you were the one who called them dummies. We’ll check back in a year to see how that worked out. 🙂

Robert Weekley

I called them Dummies in the context of those people saying it ain’t going to happen, Tesla Will never make the Model 3, Can’t sell them, etc!

Saw the hyped up model 3 today on the road from side first time. Last time I only got a glimpse of the back.
That thing really looks like a tiny coupe. Dunno how people can fit in there.
The front doesn’t look that appealing either. I’ll be very surprised if this thing outsells Model S.

Lamata

You Must of been Drunk when you witnessed this , Because , it is NON of the things you are talking about … Cheers

Marc Mullen

I just love the comments from Tesla haters because it reminds me of all the people losing big money betting against electrics.

How’s that Tesla short position working for you?

Unplugged

Have you ever looked at a 3 series BMW? Cause the Model 3 is the same dimensions. Just a little bigger.

The model 3 outsold the model S in January. Your prediction has already fallen.

scott franco

This dummy has a model 3 being built right now.

scott franco

“Hmmm… big BEV = big battery. Big battery = big bucks.”

No, the SUVs would get > 100 miles with a Bolt size battery or bigger. That’s a reasonable size SUV battery.

Six Electrics

Whoops; forgot the Honda Clarity FCEV, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tuscon FCEV.

James P Heartney

In the midwest, a Mirai is a brick – no place to fuel it for over a thousand miles. You can’t even slow charge it. H2 refueling may as well be on the Moon; it’s not accessible for the large majority of the country.

! But…But… Have We not been Preached to by Toyota, GM, Honda, MB, and many others – that H (Hydrogen) is ‘the Most Plentiful item in the Universe!’? (They keep Forgetting that Cars that use Fuel Cells – do NOT Run on Hydrogen ‘Atoms’ but on Hydrogen GAS – a ‘Molecule’ – which – is actually – not so ‘Prevalent’ in the Universe – Because – Hydrogen Atoms are bound up in Many other Compounds! It is the Energy required to Break them Suckers free of the other Atoms, and get them together to make the Hydrogen Gas – is the First most energy intensive aspect of getting them! The Next is the Squeezing them into a much smaller space – at high pressures, and/or Cold Temperatures, so you can store enough of them to get a reasonable job done! Next – the ability to safely hold and transfer those into other containers which must have safety standards tested and proven, which in itself is hard to do! And finally – squish (Pump, actually – or Flow at high pressures) through the channels of a Fuel Cell, to combine them with O2 (Oxygen Gas, another tightly bound Molecule), so they… Read more »
pjwood1

But, but, Toyota earns a billion a quarter. If serious, they could sneeze an H2 infrastructure.

But they don’t because their real game is selling gasoline hybrid vehicles and regular gasoline vehicles.

Toyota are using Hydrogen as a way to try and delay the adoption of BEV’s by promising something ‘better’ to the regulators if only they are ‘wise enough’ to wait.

Jeff Songster

They aren’t real options until you can actually drive them away from a station… to another one far enough away to matter. Sub 100 evs are clearly city cars… Fuel Cells are silly and have no where to refuel and are unlikely to have more places to refuel anytime soon as the stations cost a fortune and have a ridiculously long recovery time after filling a vehicle… like 30 minutes re-pressurizing before it can fill another. The tanks must be replaced after a few years and so they are silly, awkward, and a near complete waste of time. Queue the trolls and apologists who will now fully extoll the virtues of these unicorns.

Clive

Listen 16 Electrics those are not BEV’s.

Get with the pro program.

Get Real

LMAO at 6 Fool Cells/Tesla Shorts.

They don’t count like your ridiculous FUD doesn’t count because unlike electricity that is virtually everywhere, the COMPLETELY SUBSIDIZED and ridiculously inefficient H2 unicorn is only in about 20 places in the entire US!

Prad Bitt

+10!

Benz

In Europe we also have the Renault Zoe with a 41 kWh battery pack.

James P Heartney

Distance from Chicago-St. Louis is around 300 miles. The only cars in this list that could do that trip nonstop are the Teslas (which already have good supercharging options along the way). All the others would need to be charged, and unless things have changed recently, there’s only one Chademo and zero CSS on the route. So even the Bolt would need hours of Level 2 charging to make the trip.

Bottom line: unless it’s a Tesla, it’s pretty much a city car if you live in the midwest.

Ken_3

+100

Jim stack

+333
For model 3

Interesting: “by Jim Gorzelany”. Wait, as a contributing auther to InsideEVs, he does not know that it is not the ‘Tire Blistering’ P100DL that has the Longest Range, but rather – it is the slighly less crazy “100D” variant of the Model S?

Plus, yet to be seen with oficial specs is a Dual Motor Model 3 – to learn if that will have more, or less, range than the single rear motor Model 3! So, this list is a reasonably good current guide, even if a bit lacking in precision.

Mark C

The title is misleading if you are going to include cars only available in compliance states.

The ones only sold in “certain states” should be categorized differently, and the states they are sold in identified.

EVShopper

+1

Totally agree.

Bunny

Didn’t know Tesla could sell in all 50 states so you’d lose 3 of the top 5 on this list by your reasoning

People need to drop the “compliance snarking”
Anybody can buy a compliance car and take it out of state

Goofcat

We can buy Soul EV’s here in Hawaii

Umm, no. Honda Clarity FCEV has 366 mile EPA range; trounces all other $100k+ EVs.
Shall we also talk about the winter range?

Piu Mosso

With a 366 mile range, it should be a breeze to do cross country road trips in that car! Oh wait. Never mind. But as long as you never drive more than 183 miles away from one of the 30 fueling stations in CA, you should be fine. So there’s that.

Let me tell you about a little secret about an apparatus the Wright brothers invented more than a century ago.

Steven

Considering the hassle of having to drive to an airport up to three hours before flight time, you could be adding up to six hours to a trip.

Six hours that could be spent going somewhere rather than waiting to go somewhere.

EVShopper

You should have also mentioned that the e-Golf is only available in a limited number of states, like CA.

john

have an ice soul and an ev soul. the ev soul is leased, monthly payment $ 180, thats total cost. Cant afford a tesla lease ! 15,000
miles a year. minimal use of the ice soul. which i own. i beat the ev to death, then i will get another in 3 yrs. i have solar so im smarter than one may think. tesla are for bigshots. makes no sense to me. b smart n b safe, da soul is safe

It’s a compliance car hence the bargain lease cost.

Cannot be purchased where I live in TN.

Will

VW, KIA, Hyundai are compliance cars and cqn order the rest and test drive the cars here in ohio

Scott
This is how I would rank the top 10, and I justify breaking up the various Tesla model families into separate models by noting that most people would consider a BMW 330i and an M3 members of the 3-series family, but not the same model. By the same token the Tesla S 70D and S P100D are members of the Model S family, but not the same model. In this more proper ranking, to my reckoning, the top 5 are all very near 300 miles or better range. Later this year as the 250 mile range Kona and the 240 mile range (est.) I-Pace ship the Bolt will be bringing up the rear for range and a Tesla will be pushed off the list. That’s huge progress versus 2011 when I purchased my Leaf when the leader board’s No. 2 car had 73 miles of range. 1. Tesla S 100D 335 2. Tesla S P100D 315 3. Tesla 3 LR 310 4. Tesla X 100D 295 5. Tesla X P100D 289 6. Tesla S 75D 259 7. Chevrolet Bolt 238 8. Tesla X 70D 237 9. Nissan Leaf 2 151 10. VW e-Golf 125
Bevboy

What would the list look like if it was only for BEVs that were sold in all 50 states?

Steven

Dang, you beat me to it!

scott franco

Here’s a shorter list:

1. Tesla.
2. Bolt.
3. Sucks (everything else).