- Volkswagen ID.Buzz
- Kia EV6
- Peugeot e-208
- Skoda Enyaq iV
- Cupra Born
- Audi Q4 e-tron
- MG5 EV
- BMW iX
- Ford Mustang Mach-e
- Mercedes EQC
There are few kinds of travel better than road trips. With nothing but the open road ahead of you, stunning landscapes rolling by, conversations with your friends and family, and – of course – a great playlist, it makes for one of the best kinds of holiday.
Until recently, going on a road trip in an EV was relatively challenging. The cars couldn’t cover much distance between charges, leading to ‘range anxiety’. There also weren’t so many charging stations away from big service stations, making it harder to be spontaneous.
Luckily, that’s all changing. By the end of February 2023, there were almost 39,000 public charging points in the UK, with charging points even in remote locations like John O’Groats or Snowdonia National Park. Most EVs today also have a range of at least 150 miles on a single charge – and the EVs in our list of the best electric cars for road trips offer considerably more.
What makes an EV a good choice for road trips?
We’ve selected the best electric cars for road trips from 10 brands. Here are some of the key questions we asked ourselves about what makes an EV especially good for this kind of driving:
- Can you travel long distances? – The best electric cars for road trips should have a good range – that’ll give you the freedom to be spontaneous and head away from the planned route without worrying about the batteries running out.
- Is it comfortable? – Each road trip is different, but assuming you’re driving several hours each day for at least a few days, you’ll probably need an EV with features like ergonomic seats, air con, temperature control and enough space for all your passengers.
- Does it have a decent infotainment system? – We don’t know about you, but our ideal road trip involves listening to loads of songs and podcasts so the best EV definitely needs a solid infotainment offering.
- Is there enough space? – Whether you’re spending a night or two away from home or travelling for the day with your whole family, you’ll want a car with plenty of space for suitcases, camping gear, children’s toys and any essentials or creature comforts.