The Longest Range Electric Cars For 2019

JAN 26 2019 BY JIM GORZELANY 39

No fewer than 8 models available with over 200 miles or range.

Aside from perhaps its sticker price, an electric vehicle’s most critical specification is the distance it can travel on a charge. Buying an EV that delivers a sufficient operating range to meet one’s needs can mean the difference between happily driving a zero-emissions vehicle that never has to visit a gas station, and becoming stranded at the side of the road with a depleted battery.

Americans drive an average of 40 miles a day, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which makes even the shortest-range EV practical (for 2019 that would be the Smart EQ ForTwo at just 58 miles). Still, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and choose an EV that can go the longest distance you can afford. It’s no fun to have to drive with one eye on the road and another on the car’s state-of-charge meter.

Fortunately, battery technology is developing rapidly, and automakers are pushing the proverbial envelope in terms of operating range. For the 2019 model year there are no fewer than eight models that can run for more than 200 miles before needing to be tethered to the grid. New longer-range models this year include the Audi e-tron at 248 miles, the Nissan Leaf e+ variant at 226 miles, and the Hyundai Kona Electric that can run for an average 258 miles and is priced under $30,000 after deducting the $7,500 federal tax credit.

Your Mileage May Vary

Official range estimates, along with equivalent “fuel economy” ratings (this is expressed in terms of “MPG-e”) for all EVs sold in the U.S. past and present are posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s fueleconomy.gov website. We’re featuring the eight EVs with the longest average operating ranges for 2019 in the accompanying slideshow.

The outlook is even rosier for 2020 and beyond with new EVs on tap that can traverse as much as 300-400 miles on a charge. Tesla says its revived Roadster, planned for the 2020 model year, will be able to run for as much as 620 miles with a full supply of kilowatts and reach 60 mph in an immediate 1.9 seconds.

But one caveat with regard to any electric vehicle’s estimated operating range is to keep in mind that range estimates are averages that are based on an instrumented laboratory analysis conducted under strictly controlled conditions. A given motorist’s real-world range can be wildly different depending on a variety of circumstances.

For example, carrying heavier loads, driving at higher speeds, and riding on under-inflated tires will tend to drain the power cells at an accelerate rate. Driving at highway speeds with the windows or a sunroof open will increase an EV’s wind resistance and, in turn, adversely affect its range. Likewise, it takes additional battery power to traverse steep terrain than to drive on flat roads or downhill grades.

Also, an electric car tends to run for fewer miles on a charge when it’s subjected to extremely cold or hot weather. This is both because of the adverse effects of high and low temperatures on a battery’s charge, and the load caused by operating the heater and air conditioning.

Let’s take a look at these high range electric cars.

8. NISSAN LEAF E +: 226 MILES

The Nissan Leaf e+ is the long-awaited longer-range version of the long-running Leaf that boosts its operating range from 150 miles in the base versions up to a competitive 226 miles on a charge. New for 2019, it’s expected to reach showrooms this spring.

7. JAGUAR I-PACE: 234 MILES

The iPace is Jaguar’s first electrified vehicle. It’s a quick and nimble midsize SUV and can run for an estimated 234 miles on a charge. With the equivalent of 395 horsepower, the iPace can sprint to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

2017 Chevy Bolt6. CHEVROLET BOLT EV: 238 MILES

With the impending demise of the plug-in Volt, the Chevrolet Bolt EV will continue as the brand’s only electrified ride. It still delivers the goods with a 238-mile range on a charge, but the automaker’s federal tax credits will begin to phase out this spring.

Audi e-tron

5. AUDI E-TRON: 248 MILES

This spring Audi will debut a new full electric all-wheel-drive five-passenger luxury crossover SUV with an expected range of 248 miles. It won’t be cheap, but it should be posh and powerful.

4. HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC: 258 MILES

New for 2019, this electrified compact crossover SUV is estimated to run for 258 miles before needing to be plugged in, and it costs under $30,000 when the full federal tax credit is applied.

Tesla Model X with Chinese GB/T DC charging inlet

3. TESLA MODEL X: 295 MILES

Sales of the large Tesla Model X are booming, thanks to the sudden shift in consumer preference away from sedans and into sport-utility vehicles. This gull-wing-door-equipped SUV is rated to run for 295 miles on a charge with the 100D version and 289 miles with the P100D. As with the other Teslas on this list the Model X’s federal tax credit is phasing out this year.

2. TESLA MODEL 3: 310 MILES

The compact Tesla Model 3 sedan is a hot seller despite never being released in its fabled base $35,000 version. The appropriately named Long Range model is the line’s leader with an average 310 miles on a charge. It gets bumped down to 260 with the more-affordable Mid-Range model.

Tesla Model S

1. TESLA MODEL S: 335 MILES

One or more new EVs may surpass the still-futuristic-looking Tesla Model S sedan’s range next year, for the time being it stands as the industry’s longest-range runner, with a maximum of 335 miles in its 100D version. It’s at 315 miles with the 100D Performance variant.

Source: MYEV.com

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E tron is quoted as WLTP range, BARELY 200 EPA range is my guess. Please compare apples to apples, this is extremely deceptive.

I think it will come in around 220. Should be lowest on this list.

I pace epa (234)/I pace wltp (292) equals a 20% reduction. E tron wltp (248) * 80% equals 199 e tron EPA *mic drop

The tests are different so there isn’t a fixed percentage difference between them. It depends on factors such as aerodynamics, if a vehicle is better at stop go or highway, etc.

As an example, Kona EV is rated 279 miles on WLTP after downgrade and 258 on EPA, or only about 8% different. I would guess 10 to 20% is expected, so both of your guesses seem plausible.

I think both of you are arguing the same point though, that E Tron will be at bottom of this list.

The E-tron is shockingly inefficient. It raises a red flag on VW EV’s across their brands

I’ve always said that 370 miles EPA highway range with 200 kW continuous charging is my optimal EV.

We are slowly getting there, maybe 5 years from now there will be an EV that I can afford (<$50k) with those specs.

I’m expecting Tesla to soon introduce a longer range Model S and X, with the S range close to “your” 370 miles. Maybe 365.
But price…:
I’d guess Model 3 will be the first to check all your boxes, in a few years.
Curious to see.

Still pretty far from 200 kW continuous charging though.

You are asking for a lot.

The 3 is technically capable of 180kw charging but probably will be limited to 150 kW

Micke, I hear you, but don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough. 150 kW charge rates mean a 75 kWh pack can go from 10% to 75% in around 20 minutes, if there is no early tapering. Approximately 175 miles of additional hwy AER in 20 minutes. That is pretty impressive.
I agree 200 would be better but it would only trim about 5 minutes off the charge time. I think we want to get to 10 minute refuels of 50 kWh, so around 300 kW charging, but it doesn’t need to happen soon. 150 is impressive.

Why? Specifically what percentage of the miles that you drive reqire those features? Is it worth the weight, cost, and battery damage for a use that’s less than 20% of the miles for anyone who is not a truck driver?
How many days in a year would you actually max out range and charging like that?

As you’ve figured out, it isn’t free. So why numbers out there like that?

ga2500ev

five years is a long time in the EV world. But no announcement is anywhere near that level other than Tesla model3.
The 3 should be due for a refresh in five years so I think it might just meet your criteria then or not long after.
Hyundia/KIA would be the next in line.

Outside of Tesla, you are not going to get what you want. The real specs are about 50kW, which unless the car is a real pig,, is 200miles of range, and 150kW charging, which is the next horizon for CCS charging. That’s a theoretical charge time of 20 minutes, which is adequate for long distance travel (15 minutes about gets you to 80%, which is a reasonable on-the-road charge).

These kinds of specs are very good news. 70-100kWh battery cars are wasteful from both a weight and cost standpoint, and with 150kW charging, unnecessary.

If you aren’t on the road traveling CONSTANTLY, and I mean, like everyday. 200kw/h charging capability means nothing. 99% of the time, you are going to pull into your garage every night when you get home from work, plug in and forget it. The car will have a full tank every morning. 200kW charging isn’t necessary or desirable for that.

And If we are all really honest with ourselves, how many 400 mile road trips do we actually take a year? And do those couple trips justify the stench, hassle, expenses, maintenance of dealing with a ICEV everyday for the entire year for the handful of trips we MIGHT take. Just to save a few extra mins at as station you are going to stop, pee, eat, stretch at anyway.

I’m not saying it isn’t a nice list, but once you’ve lived with a EV, you’ll realize these wish list items have such limited and specific usability that they don’t justify wasting the thousands that you will spend on ICEV gas/maintenance while waiting on this “perfect” EV in your target price.

Yes, the handful of 400+ mile trips per year do mean that an internal combustion engine vehicle is necessary. People don’t buy vehicles only for their daily activities but also for their occasional needs. My wife and I have a small sedan (mine) and a Volvo wagon (hers). For daily driving, either do fine. But for driving us and our kids to family 200+ miles away several times a year or going on a trip for business or pleasure with the whole family, yes, the wagon is absolutely necessary.

Do people own vehicles for the 99% of use cases and go rent a mini-van for the occasional family road trip? You’d think they might, except vehicle rental is expensive and a hassle, so no one does that.

Tesla is the best!!!

Then there is the rest!

I wonder if the Hyundai Kona could outsell the Bolt, and the soon to arrive Leaf E+ combined, if Hyundai/Kia could somehow actually produce enough Kona to keep up with the North America Bolt/Leaf manufacturing numbers. The sales numbers in the affordable 200 mi. + EV hatchback segment in N.A. will be interesting to watch later in 2019.

And the most expensive.

EV’s have come a long way.
Good article.

If we include Leaf and e-tron, then also Niro EV and Soul EV.
And we have 10 !
Is the EQC expected for late 2019 or 2020, in the US ?
Any other ?

Here’s my list:
335 – Model S – 1
310 – Model 3 – 2
295 – Model X – 3
258 – Kona – 4
240 – Soul EV – 5 (my est.)
239 – Niro EV – 6 (maybe lowered)
238 – Bolt – 7
234 – i-Pace – 8
226 – Leaf – 9
210 – e-tron -10 (my est.)
205 – EQC -11 (my est.)

Lots of them. Cool !

🙂

Based on your top 11 list .
The Kona will move up the list #1 based on lowest cost for the longest range in the SUV crossover.

I wonder how long before the Model S battery pack gets updated. In principle they could keep they same 100kwh (which is plenty) while reducing the weight a few hundred pounds and cutting several thousand dollars off the cost. I’ll make an unsubstantiated guess of 1 year. And the reduced weight should add miles. 340?

He Tom,
Weigh less…yes. Cost less…no way.
Why would Tesla charge less for more range n better batteries? …don’t forget inflation creeping up all the time.
Tesla has gone more upmarket with model S n X and that’s where those models will stay. Six figure plus staring purchase prices, with taxes n delivery costs, now for those high end, large, luxury vehicles. That is the right price range for vehicles in that class with those capabilities n features.

Model 3 n model Y will be what hoepfeully many others like us could actually afford for a great Tesla bev…$40 – 50k for most high volume model 3 n model y sales in the next 5 years.

Oh Tom, think more like near 400 miles of range for the new battery, possibly bigger, pack for a refreshed model S later this year or next. And yes, there are plenty of more kilos to take off that heavy model S ass.

I’m certainly enamoured of electric vehicles: cars, bicycles, motorcycles, scooters.
While i can probably afford a mid-priced tesla, i’m too tight. Too, we vacation by auto nearly every summer, driving from san diego to the east coast, as well as northeast or southeast, and every place in between before returning to san diego. Lots of lonely miles in the south west subdue my urge to go all-‘lectric.

Tesla superchargers make cross country travel easy nowadays. Have you checked a SC map recently? All the main Interstates are covered now and lots of SCs in between.

Got to consider the Wife Acceptance Factor – I wouldn’t mind the stops to recharge, but if I purchased a Tesla we’d have to keep a gas vehicle for long distance road trips, she wouldn’t go for the prolonged stops. She doesn’t even like stopping for gas – wants to get to the destination yesterday!

Just test drive a Tesla n see how little time you would actually have to be at a supercharger. Teslas are getting more range seemingly every year n most travel route superchargers will be getting big upgrades in charging speed within the next couple years.
20 min every 300 miles too long of a wait for ya?? Do u wear a diaper n eat only grul in the car during trips??

Tell her she is being a fool. Yes, she is your wife, but that is also the way my mom acted when we drove from Toronto to Miami and back. She would not even leave the car to stretch her legs while got gas. And even when I stop to move around a little (I was the driver and could get cramps driving so long).

So guess what happen!

BLOOD CLOTS!!!!!!

They went and lodged in her lungs. After that she could do nothing that required her to do any effort. She had to go on twenty four hour oxygen machine just to move around the house. In other words her life became a living hell, have your wife face that fact. On long trips the doctors told use this is a common effect of sitting too long and not taking motion breaks.

Go ahead and waste your $$ on fossil fuels then…having no clue what the pump prices will be next month, next year or next decade. No regulation whatsoever on gas prices so you are a complete slave to the fossil fuel industry. That is unlike electricity where most states have some regulations on electricity rates.

Regarding the sales numbers of Chevrolet Bolt EV in the US in 2019.

The US Federal tax credit of $7,500.- will be cut in half as from April 2019 to $3,750.-. And in October 2019 it will again be cut in half to $1,875.-.

Will the sales numbers of the Chevrolet Bolt EV in the US therefore be higher in Q1 2019 than in each of the other remaining 3 quarters of 2019?

Since everything outside Tesla is limited to 50kW charging, this is basically an apples to fudge comparison.

50kWh+ batteries are certainly the sweet spot for EVs (as I predicted here some years ago). The real question is “can an 200mile+ EV live on L2 charging?”. And the answer is, unfortunately yes. The difference between our Spark at 70miles and the bolt at 238miles, both with fast charge, is that the spark needed charging every day vs. the bolt about every three days.

Even with my 310 range Tesla, which I commonly charge every three days, with a commute of 30 miles one way/60 miles minimum per day lives on L2 charging. The spark would have made that, but it would be a nail biter unless workplace charging is available.

However, for long trips the difference is very clear. I have made long (250+) trips in the bolt, it is “uncomfortable” but doable. The spark was a non-starter for that. The Tesla makes it easy. We have taken the M3 everywhere in California “sans issue”. The true comparision, Tesla to other 200mile+ cars, does not happen until CCS 150kW or better. The good news is that is coming rapidly.

Here they go bragging on the Nissan Leaf that doesn’t exist in the US….stupid.

Why don’t any EV cars have solar panels, after all cars sit in parking lots most of the time.

It doesn’t really generate enough energy to be worthwhile, especially when considering the cost.

1\BYD Tang EV600, NEDC range is 320 miles, 60-km speed range is 372 miles, the price is about 40K to 55K USD.
2\AIONs NEDC range is 332 miles, 60-km speed range is 392 miles, the price is to be announced.
Above two are both from Chinese EV brands.

what will it take Tesla to incorporate a solar panel technology into the Tesla body probably in a future model so you wouldn’t have to stop by a charging station during the day, j guess it’ll help increase the miles and maybe only at night used need to use the charge station..