In just the past two years, we’ve seen new all-electric models from several big-name companies either debut or go on sale, and many more have announced plans to electrify all or part of their existing lineups. With that said, what’s available to actually buy now? How do the features and (most importantly) the range stack up? We researched all of the fully-electric vehicles that are on sale today to find the five models with the best range.
Tesla’s vehicles dominate the range conversation, as all three models the brand sells now have mileage numbers that easily beat everything else on the market. Because of that, we’ve combined the company’s vehicles into one spot at the top of our list.
Here are the top five electric vehicles on sale today with the longest driving range on a single charge:
Elon Musk is the mastermind behind Tesla. (Photo: Getty Images)
Tesla: Up to 370 miles
This list could easily be the Tesla show. The brand’s vehicles have the longest ranges available today. Despite price tags that can swell to over $100,000 and controversy over the company’s ability to actually deliver their products at the prices they promise, Tesla’s vehicles have compelling technologies, forward-thinking capabilities, and unique style.
The Model S was the brand’s first vehicle and remains popular today. With the ability to drive up to 370 miles and a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds, the Long Range model will be more than enough car for most people, especially when the $72,615 starting price is taken into consideration. The Model S Performance is $20,000 more and has a shorter 345-mile range but can scoot from 0-60 mph in just 2.4 seconds.
The Model X was Tesla’s second child and first crossover. The Model S was already available with all-wheel drive, but the X came to market with radical “gullwing”-style back doors that rise upward instead of swinging out and a larger cargo space under the rear hatch. Like the Model S, the X is available in a Long Range version with 325 miles of range and a slightly slower 4.4-second 0-60 mph time for $77,815. Also like the S, the Model X is offered in a faster, more expensive Performance model that rings in at $97,815 and hits 60 mph from a standstill in 2.7 seconds. Driving range for the Performance model is reduced to 305 miles.
The Model 3 is Tesla’s latest model and started reaching customers in late 2017. It has since gone on to surpass the Chevy Volt to become the best-selling electric vehicle in the United States. Despite a somewhat rocky start, Model 3 production has steadied, and the car offers the same impressive range and technologies that come in its larger and more expensive predecessors. In its most basic form, the Model 3 comes with rear-wheel drive and a range of 240 miles, landing below the Kona on our list. Stepping up to the Long Range model adds all-wheel drive and $9,000 to the price for a total of $41,815, but increases the range to 310 miles.
Hyundai Kona debuted an Iron Man edition at San Diego Comic Con in 2018. (Photo: Getty Images)
Hyundai Kona: 258 Miles
Starting at just over $38,000, the Hyundai Kona Electric has the best range of any EV on the market not named Tesla. Hyundai claims a range of 258 miles, which is aided by an aggressive regenerative braking system and specially-designed exterior trim that reduces drag. The Kona Electric has also earned an EPA-estimated 120 MPGe combined rating.
Though it’s built on the same platform and shares much of its basic engineering with the standard Kona subcompact crossover, the vehicle was designed from the outset to accommodate battery packs, which means that there’s no space compromise inside. All models come well-equipped out of the box, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, blind-spot monitors, and automatic emergency braking as standard equipment across the Kona EV line.
2019 Kia Niro EV. (Photo: Kia)
Kia Niro EV: 239 miles
The Kia Niro slides in just behind the Kia Soul EV, which missed our list because it isn’t officially on sale yet. With 239 miles of range, full recharge in under 10 hours on 220-volt power, and the ability to fast charge to 80 percent in 75 minutes, Kia buyers aren’t missing much while they wait on the upcoming Soul EV.
Kia’s Niro shares a motor and a battery pack with the Kona, but rides on a slightly longer wheelbase and is longer overall as well, thanks to shared underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq. The Niro also sports a higher starting price tag than the Kona, at $38,500. That’s a $500 premium, but that money buys more cargo space, more rear legroom, and many of the same standard tech and safety features. All Niro models come standard with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward collision warnings, and blind-spot monitors.
GM CEO Mary Barra unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt at 2018 CES. (Photo: Getty Images)
Chevrolet Bolt EV: 238 miles
Yes, you can buy an EV from the same company that makes the Camaro and Corvette. And yes, the Chevrolet Bolt really got 238 miles of range. (And for the 2020 model year it’s getting a boost.) It also has the lowest starting price of any vehicle on our list, landing at $37,495 including destination. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and run on a 10.2-inch touchscreen. There’s no option to add navigation to the Bolt, and the Chevy’s advanced driver assist systems are locked away in added-cost options packages or a trim-level upgrade.
The Bolt’s electric motor drives the front wheels to the tune of 200 horsepower and is capable of an EPA-estimated 119 MPGe. Charging takes about ten hours with a 240-volt outlet, and Chevrolet says the car can gain 25 miles of range for every hour of charging.
2019 Jaguar I-Pace. (Photo: Jaguar)
Jaguar I-Pace: 234 miles
The Jaguar I-Pace is an all-new model for 2019 and has its sights set directly on Tesla. Jaguar outfitted the I-Pace with dual electric motors and a 90-kWh battery pack that combine to produce 340 horsepower through a one-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. The large battery delivers exceptional range – 234 miles – but demands a long charging time. Using a 240-volt outlet, the vehicle will take nearly 13 hours to get a full charge, but owners with access to a DC fast charger can reach 80 percent in just 40 minutes. The I-Pace is expensive, checking in at $70,525 after a $1,025 destination fee for the base S trim.