But wait, what about charge point infrastructure? It’s all good being able to drive long distances, but what about the return journey? Well, there’s no need to worry there either. In the UK, we have over 25,000 designated public charge points and over 4,500 rapid chargers, with more and more being added every month. In fact, if you drive on the motorway or A roads, you’re never more than 25 miles away from a rapid charger!

And with the upcoming sale ban on petrol and diesel cars in 2030 and hybrids in 2035, now is a great time to buy an electric car. If you still have some questions on the subject, check out our Electric Car Buyer’s Guide to learn everything you need to know about EVs. Now read on to discover which electric car has the longest range.

The longest-range electric cars you can buy this year

Below are the top 10 best longest range electric cars of 2022. It’s done as a list so you can quickly see which EVs can travel the furthest on a single charge, but if you keep reading, we’ll also provide more info on each model as well.

Quick note, the range displayed for these models is the WLTP range, which is how manufacturers measure EV car range. It stands for the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure and the figures produced from this test give a very good indication of a car’s range. However, it doesn’t account for real-world driving conditions. That means you can typically expect your EVs actual car range to be less than the WLTP figure, depending on how you drive, and the road and weather conditions.

Make & Model WLTP Range

  1. Mercedes EQS 450+ Up to 485 miles
  2. Tesla Model S Up to 405 miles
  3. BMW iX Up to 380 miles
  4. Ford Mustang Mach-E Up to 379 miles
  5. Tesla Model 3 Up to 374 miles
  6. BMW i4 Up to 367 miles
  7. Tesla Model X Up to 360 miles
  8. Volkswagen ID.3 Up to 340 miles
  9. Polestar 2 Up to 335 miles
  10. Cupra Born Up to 335 miles

We’ve also thrown in one bonus long-range EV as well… Read to the end to find out what our extra pick is.

1. MERCEDES EQS 450+ – Range: up to 485 miles

The Mercedes EQS is new for 2021/2022, and it rockets straight into first place as the highest range electric car. Not only that, it’s an all-electric version of the prestigious S-Class – which means, alongside its incredible maximum range, it’s also highly luxurious inside and out. Standard models offer a mere 31-minute recharge time at rapid charge stations and WLTP range up to an impressive 453 miles. However, opt for the mid-range 450+ rear-wheel-drive model and that EV range is extended even further to a whopping 485 miles! And, as you’d expect from Mercedes premium line up, the EQS is packed with cutting-edge technology, such as the 1.4-metre wide ‘Hyperscreen’ infotainment system. It offers unmatched interior quality and levels of luxury, and provides an incredibly smooth and refined driving experience. But that’s not all, with all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, and 325bhp, the EQS is simply great to drive, hitting a 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds when you need it. Currently, the Mercedes EQS really is at the pinnacle of electric motoring.

Pros: 610-litre boot and a very spacious cabin.

Cons: high-starting price and no front bonnet storage.

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Best Features
  • Incredible range
  • Cutting-edge technology
  • High-end luxury interior

2. TESLA MODEL S (Long Range) – Range: up to 405 miles

Whilst the Tesla Model S has lost its top spot to the Mercedes EQS, it still holds a strong podium position, which is rather impressive for a car released in the UK back in 2014. The standard Model S in Long Range guise can manage a mighty 405 miles in range, and a 0-80% recharge time from a Tesla Supercharger in around 35 minutes. Go for the Tesla Model S Plaid and you can take things to the ludicrous supercar level, with 0-60mph in a ridiculously fast 1.99 seconds, a top speed of 200mph, peak power of 1,020hp, and a slightly shorter range up to 396 miles. As you’d expect from a Tesla, it’s packed with state-of-the-art technology and leading Autopilot tech. And as you can probably imagine from the above figures, the Model S can be a lot of fun to drive.

But take note, the Tesla Model S will soon fall to third place when the new Mercedes EQE is launched later in 2022. The EQE is basically a smaller version of the EQS, and when released it’ll offer a WLTP range up to 410 miles.

Pros: 894-litres of boot space (including front bonnet storage), a highly practical and spacious cabin, and access to Tesla’s Supercharger Network.

Cons: high-starting price, and disappointing build quality.

New price from: £83,980

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Best Features
  • Incredible performance
  • State-of-the art technology
  • Leading Autopilot tech

3. BMW iX xDRIVE 50 – Range: up to 380 miles

With unique styling, the BMW iX is intended to be the marque’s flagship electric vehicle. And the large SUV certainly ticks the right boxes. It has a luxury interior, lots of smart technology, and – as you’d want from a BMW – it’s fun and engaging to drive too. The xDrive 50 model manages 516bhp and a rapid 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds, as well as a top speed of 124mph and excellent range up to 380 miles. It also offers a quick 0-80% recharge time in around 30 minutes at a rapid charge point. The BMW iX xDrive 40 model, on the other hand, has less range up to 257 miles, but is available at a significantly cheaper price, starting from £69,905 (instead of £91,905). Either model, you’ll find the BMW iX to be an impressive EV, particularly in terms of its large boot and its spacious cabin that has lots of leg and headroom. Whilst it might not be the longest-range electric car, the BMW iX certainly holds its own.

Pros: 500-litre boot, and a roomy and practical cabin.

Cons: high starting price, with strong rivals.

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Best Features
  • Luxury, spacious interior
  • Fun and engaging to drive
  • Lots of technology

4. FORD MUSTANG MACH-E – Range: up to 379 miles

Ford’s first all-electric car, the Mustang Mach-E might only draw upon the legendary Mustang name – little resembling or driving like that iconic car – but nonetheless, it’s still a superb EV. It’s also available with an assortment of battery sizes and drivetrain options, letting you opt for more performance power or range. As we’re all about range today, it’s the ‘Extended Range’ battery variant with the standard rear-wheel-drive model that offers up to 379 miles. It also manages a respectable 0-62mph in 7 seconds too. But for those more performance oriented, take a look at the most powerful model, the GT, which has a blisteringly fast 0-62mph in only 3.7 seconds. Regardless of the model you go for, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is good to drive, with well-composed grip and agility, and a spacious cabin. In addition, it’s available from new at half the price of the three electric vehicles in our podium top spots.

Pros: front and rear luggage storage (totalling 483 litres), a roomy cabin for 5 adults, and a competitive starting price.

Cons: it’s not a Mustang despite the name, and there are better looking and more spacious rivals.

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Best Features
  • Good starting price
  • Good to drive
  • Spacious cabin

5. TESLA MODEL 3 (Long Range) – Range: up to 374 miles

The Tesla Model 3 is currently the world’s best-selling EV, which is quite an achievement and moniker to have. But in an ever-competitive market, how long will it retain its title? Time will tell. For now though, it remains in a very strong position, with the Long Range model offering up to 374 miles on a single charge and a 0-62mph of just 4.2 seconds. Add fantastic handling to the mix and you have an EV that can put sports cars to shame. Yet that’s not all. Like other Teslas, the Model 3 features cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art autopilot tech too. And if you really want to put sports cars to shame, there’s the Tesla Model 3 Performance model, which can do 0-62mph in a flash in only 3.1 seconds. Oh, and you can recharge 172 miles in just 15 minutes at a Tesla Supercharger, getting you back on the road in no time at all.

Pros: a total of 425-litres front and rear luggage space, and a spacious, comfortable, and practical cabin.

Cons: long waiting list to buy new, and a firm ride.

New price from: £49,990

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Best Features
  • Fantastic handling
  • Cutting-edge tech
  • Autopilot tech

6. BMW i4 eDrive 40 – Range: up to 367 miles

The BMW i4 is the all-electric vehicle alternative for fans of the BMW 3 Series. Like the 3 Series, the i4 has a similar footprint and design, including sharp styling, a plush cabin finished with high-end materials, and an engaging driving experience. There are two models available, allowing you to prioritise range or performance. For the longest range, opt for the eDrive 40 model which can travel up to 367 miles on a single charge. It has a rear electric motor with an 84kWh battery and 335bhp, and can hit 0-62mph in only 5.7 seconds. But if that’s not enough power for you, there’s the i4 M50 model, which is a high-performance version that can do 0-62mph in a mere 3.9 seconds. There is a trade-off, however, for this extra boost in power, with the i4 M50 having a lesser range up to 316 miles.

Pros: 470-litre boot, a roomy 5-seat interior, and rear-wheel drive. The M50 model has 4-wheel drive.

Cons: pricier than rivals like the Tesla Model 3, and despite being roomy it has tight rear space.

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Best Features
  • Engaging to drive
  • Plush cabin
  • Good performance

7. TESLA MODEL X (Long Range) – Range: up to 360 miles

The stylish Model X – with its upward opening rear Falcon Wing doors – continues the excellence of Tesla, providing an all-electric SUV that has some pretty impressive figures under its belt. The Model X Long Range is the one to go for to reach up to 360 miles on a fully charged battery. It’ll also do 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds which is certainly fast for a sports utility vehicle, keeping it apace with many a sports car. But if you’d rather outpace sports cars, then alternatively you could opt for the Plaid model. This version of the Model X reaches 0-60mph in a blink of an eye in 2.5 seconds, and has an estimated range up to 333 miles. Unsurprisingly, it’s the fastest accelerating SUV on the market. That’s not all. The Tesla Model 3 is also very practical, with options for 5, 6, and 7-seater layouts. Plus, it has lots of futuristic tech, including an infotainment system with built-in videogames, and Tesla’s autopilot system – and whilst that’s not useable just yet on British roads, it’s nonetheless an exciting prospect and glimpse into the future of motoring.

Pros: 187-litre front boot and 2,180-litre rear boot with the back seats folded down. Plus, it has a spacious and practical cabin available with 5,6, or 7 seats.

Cons: High-starting price, with somewhat decisive looks, and interior quality not on par with direct rivals.

New price from: £90,980

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Best Features
  • Class-leading performance
  • Very practical
  • Futuristic technology

8. VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 Tour Pro S – Range: up to 340 miles

One of the cheapest EVs on this list, the Volkswagen ID.3 still manages to go the distance with electric vehicles almost double its price. And that’s quite an achievement. This 5-door family hatchback comes with a range of models to suit various driving needs, from entry-level models that offer around 217 miles of range, to the Tour Pro S model which can reach up to 340 miles and 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds. As you’d expect from VW, the ID.3 has solid build quality and lots of modern tech as standard, including climate control, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, and keyless start. Plus, you can recharge the ID.3 to 80% in under 30 minutes with 100kWh fast charging. In many ways, it looks like the ID.3 will be Volkswagen’s electric successor to the ever-loveable Golf. It’s worth mentioning as well, the entry-level Life model has a starting price from new for just £30,935, making it eligible for the UK government’s £1,500 grant – lowering costs even further.

Pros: Excellent starting price, a good all-rounder, and easy and fun to drive.

Cons: smaller 385-litre boot compared to rivals, and although a 5-seater, it only sits 4 adults comfortably.

New price from: £38,815

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Best Features
  • Solid build quality
  • Lots of standard tech
  • Great starting price

9. POLESTAR 2 (Long Range) – Range: up to 335 miles

Volvo’s electric sub-brand, Polestar first came to market with the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid. Now, they’ve switched their attention – and will continue to do so – to all-electric vehicles. The Polestar 2 is their first offering on this front, and it aims to take on the Tesla Model 3. It has strong build quality, it’s practical, and it has a choice of battery setups for those wanting to prioritise range, performance, and affordability. For up to 335 miles in range, you’ll need to opt for the Long Range Single Motor Polestar 2, which has a 78kWh battery, 228bhp, and a 0-60mph in a respectable 7.4 seconds. For the more performance oriented, the long-range dual motor offers up to 298 miles, 408bhp, and 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds. All Polestar 2 models come with vegan upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, and an 11-inch infotainment screen, as well as an 8-speaker high-performance audio system.

Pros: 405-litre rear boot, extending to 1,095 with the rear seats down, and good build quality.

Cons: not as roomy as equally priced rivals, such as the Tesla Model 3, and a firm ride experience.

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Best Features
  • Strong build quality
  • Well-equipped
  • Good performance

10. CUPRA BORN (Long Range) – Range: up to 335 miles

Cupra is Seat’s more performance-based sub-brand, and that’s what the Cupra Born offers – basically, a sportier, more engaging small EV driving alternative to family hatchbacks like Volkswagen’s ID.3. And like the VW ID.3, the Cupra Born is another electric vehicle that’s on the more affordable side of this list – again, coming in at half the price compared to others we’ve mentioned. Recently named as the ‘Best Small Electric Car of the Year 2022’ by WhatCar, the Cupra Born (equipped with the long range 77kWh battery) can reach up to 335 miles. There’s also a standard 58kWh battery that offers up to 263 miles and a 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. The Cupra Born comes well-equipped as standard, and includes a rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control.

Pros: Excellent starting price, practical and spacious interior, and sporty looks.

Cons: 385-litre boot, and not as fun to drive as equally priced rivals, like the VW ID.3.

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Best Features
  • Engaging to drive
  • Great starting price
  • Well equipped

11. Bonus long-range EV: The SKODA ENYAQ IV 80 – Range: up to 331 miles

With the VW ID.3, Polestar 2, and Cupra Born all offering around 335 miles on a single charge, it would be somewhat amiss of us to not mention the Skoda Enyaq IV 80, which can reach up to 331 miles and do 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds. It’s too close to the competition to leave it out in our opinion, especially as the Enyaq IV is good to drive, it comes with lots of standard equipment, and it has an upmarket interior. It’s good value too, and has a roomy cabin and Skoda’s famed practicality. We reckon it’ll prove to be a very popular EV.

Pros: 585-litre boot, competitive starting price, and high levels of practicality and interior space typical of a Skoda.

Cons: Not as quick as rivals, and options can significantly increase the price.

New price from: £40,130

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Best Features
  • Good value
  • Good to drive
  • Upmarket interior

As you can see by this top 10 list of electric cars with the longest range, EVs are now more than capable for long journeys and commutes up and down Britain. Add to that mix the superb charge point infrastructure – which keeps you within 25 miles of a rapid charger on motorways and A roads – and it’s clear that range anxiety is no longer something to worry about. Nowadays, you really can go the distance with an electric vehicle.

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