Electric cars are always more numerous and some have very different levels of autonomy. We have carried out a classification, by category, of the electric cars with the best range currently.
To promote their electric cars, manufacturers mainly communicate on autonomy approved under the WLTP standard. If this is high, at least more than the competition, it can very quickly become a selling point, especially among customers who are still cautious about taking the plunge. Indeed, if electric cars already benefit from relatively old-fashioned technology, charging infrastructures, except those of Tesla, are still lagging behind, particularly in France and even more generally in Europe.
Today, there are more and more electric cars in manufacturers’ catalogs. So difficult to navigate. It is therefore essential, as with a thermal car, to clearly determine your needs before starting the purchase process. One of the main buying criteria for an electric car, as stated above, is range. We have therefore grouped you, under four categories, the five cars that today benefit from the most autonomy. according to WLTP approval standard. A range that varies depending on the conditions of use, but the WLTP cycle offers a good indicator, better than the old NEDC cycle in any case, to give you a small overview of the range of electric cars.
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Renault Zoe, we’re close to 400 kilometers
The new Renault Zoé is today the city car offering the most autonomy since it is announced at 395 kilometers with a single charge. As stated above, everything will depend on your use, but you can obviously count on, at least, 300 kilometers in mixed use. The 395 kilometers can be easily reached if you only do town with it since the battery will be regularly recharged thanks to the energy recovered during braking.
Peugeot e-208, a solid 340 kilometers
The new small Sochaux city car makes a nice entry into the matter with 340 kilometers autonomy announced. Very comfortable in an urban environment, where it will achieve the advertised autonomy, it will be less so on the motorway with higher than average consumption. Thus, it is difficult to hope to do more than 200 kilometers with a single charge at 130 km / h. On this side, the Renault Zoé defends itself better with lower fuel consumption, thanks to a technology already mastered for a few years and the first generation of Renault Zoé released in 2012.
Opel Corsa-e, 330 kilometers on the meter
The one that is based on the same technical and mechanical bases as the Peugeot e-208 and therefore takes on both the qualities and the defects of the Sochalienne. The Opel Corsa-e is announced at 330 kilometers range with a single charge, 10 kilometers less than the Peugeot e-208, but which should not necessarily make the difference in the eyes of the buyer.
BMW i3, close to 300 kilometers
Released since 2013, the BMW i3 was for a long time the only truly convincing premium electric car. Today, it may still be in its category. She will have had the right to many updates throughout her career, a career that should not end anytime soon in view of the delay already taken by BMW in the field of electricity. Yet they started off so well with this i3. The latest generation of the model claims 308 kilometers autonomy with a single charge.
Mini Cooper SE, 250 kilometers a little tight
The last place of this Top 5 was played between the Mini Cooper SE, the Volkswagen e-Up! (230 kilometers of range) and the new Honda e (220 kilometers of range). It is finally the little Briton who wins by a short head with 250 kilometers advertisement. This is not enough, but it should still be suitable for those with only urban use.
Sedans: Tesla hegemony
Tesla Model S, 652 kilometers very comfortable
The Tesla Model S has several versions, including the “Grande Autonomie” model which is quite simply the electric car on the market claiming the most range with a single charge. With 652 kilometers, the Tesla Model S is today a versatile car which also benefits from the Tesla charging network, making it possible to plan long trips with peace of mind. The Tesla Model S Plaid is expected to offer more than 840 kilometers of range (EPA standard), but it will not arrive before the end of 2021.
Tesla Model 3, 580 kilometers on a single charge
It is another Tesla which is found in second place, namely the Model 3 in its “Long Range” version as well. This time it’s not 610, but 580 kilometers achievable with a single charge. What, again, consider long journeys with the car without asking too many questions. The Model 3 is also more affordable than the Model S and has met with great success since its arrival on the Old Continent in 2018.
Volkswagen ID.3, 550 kilometers more than promising
There too several Volkswagen ID.3 models are available, including a version with a 77 kWh battery and announced at 550 kilometers autonomy, placing it just behind the Tesla Model 3. It remains to be seen how one of the first electric cars offered by the Volkswagen group will do, since the tests will take place in a few weeks.
Porsche Taycan, 463 kilometers on the menu
Sedan, but above all sporty, it will be very complicated to achieve the 463 kilometers range announced on the Taycan 4S (having checked the Performance Plus battery option of 93.4 kWh). With 530 horsepower, the Porsche Taycan does not really encourage casting, and even less if you choose it in Turbo S where it develops up to 761 horsepower.
Nissan Leaf e +, below 400 kilometers
The Nissan Leaf is currently playing elbows with the Tesla Model 3 for the title of best-selling electric car in Europe. A title that should be granted quickly by the American at the rate at which orders have flowed since its arrival on the European market a little over two years ago, when the Nissan Leaf has been present for ten years already. The new version is announced at 395 kilometers autonomy with a single charge.
SUV: Ford upsets the ranking
Ford Mustang Mach-E, 600 kilometers to satisfy you
Surprise, it is not a Tesla that occupies the first place in the SUV segment. On paper, and only on paper for the moment since the car is not yet released, Ford announces up to 600 kilometers autonomy with a single charge for the “RWD Extended” version of its Mustang Mach-E thanks to a battery of nearly 100 kWh.
Tesla Model X, 561 kilometers for this SUV
Tesla’s biggest SUV, the Model X, was short of its little brother, the Model Y. But that was before Tesla’s software and hardware improvements. Indeed, the “Large Autonomy” version is now approved for 561 kilometers with a single charge. A very good performance for an SUV, whose aerodynamics have also been particularly well worked to manage to grab a few tens of kilometers.
Tesla Model Y, 505 kilometers for the “Long Range” version
The Tesla Model Y, you have not yet seen it in France, and this is normal, since it should rather arrive in the course of the year 2021. The little brother of the Model X includes many elements of the Model 3 and should meet with great success given the appetite of customers for SUVs. The “Grande Autonomie” version, displayed from 63,000 euros in France, is announced at 505 kilometers with a single charge.
BMW iX3, 460 kilometers to travel
For its very first electric SUV, also called the iX3, BMW offers an interesting range of 460 kilometers in the combined cycle, according to the WLTP standard, thanks to its 80 kWh battery. A decent range that comes to be placed slightly below the Tesla Model Y, with the difference that the two vehicles are snapped up at different prices: on paper, at least 7,000 euros separate them.
Kia e-Niro, a decent range of 455 kilometers
The Koreans have arguably the most advanced technology after Tesla. The proof, the Hyundai and Kia group manages to hoist two of its SUVs in the Top 5, all at rather competitive prices for electric vehicles since they start under the 40,000 euros mark. The Kia e-Niro, with its larger battery, is announced at 455 kilometers.
Kia e-Soul, in the tradition of the e-Niro
Here is a vehicle difficult to classify in a particular segment since it could also very well have appeared in that of sedans. The Kia e-Soul also benefits from well-worn technology that allows it to claim up to 452 kilometers autonomy with a single charge. Thanks to controlled consumption and a clever dosage of the right pedal, it is even possible to go further than these 452 kilometers in an urban environment. It narrowly exceeds the homologated Hyundai Kona electric at 449 kilometers.