The past decade has been great for the electric vehicle industry. Electric cars have gone from futuristic concepts to a reality that is slowly taking over the roads. However, while electric car sales have increased dramatically, there are still a large number of gearheads who still say they will never switch to electric vehicles. One of the main reasons so many gearheads are still against electric vehicles is range anxiety – the fear of running out of juice when you’re away from a charging station.
To be fair, this fear was justified a few years ago, when electric vehicles were still rare. However, manufacturers have worked hard to improve battery and charging technology, and now we have electric vehicles that can travel over 300 miles on a single charge. Let’s explore some of the longest-range 2022 electric vehicles on the market.
ten Rivian R1T – 314 miles
Over the past few years, the Tesla Cybertruck and Hummer EV have received a lot of hype, as most gearheads thought they would be the first electric pickup trucks. However, the first electric van to reach customers was the Rivian R1T, which was introduced in 2021 by a British-American start-up.
There’s a lot to like about the R1T. For starters, it’s one of the most beautiful pickup trucks ever built. On top of that, the R1T has a sports car-rivalling 0-60 of just 3 seconds and a towing capacity of up to 11,000 lbs. The first R1Ts have a range of 314 miles, but Rivian plans to launch a 400-mile version in 2023.
9 Polestar 2 – 335 miles
In 2017, Volvo announced that its subsidiary Polestar would start building premium electric cars under its own name and badge. Two years later, Polestar unveiled its very first all-electric car, the Polestar 2.
The Polestar 2 is a five-door liftback that combines a chunky, bold design with some of the familiar cues we’ve come to expect from Volvo cars. Buyers can choose a single- or dual-motor configuration, with the single-motor configuration offering an impressive range of 335 miles.
8 Volkswagen ID.3 – 336 miles
Volkswagen was among the first traditional automakers to jump into electric vehicle production when it announced the ID range a few years ago. The first car in the ID range was the ID.3 – a family sedan that offered competitive pricing, comfort and a solid real-world range.
The ID.3 is based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform and comes with a 77kWh battery, offering up to 340 miles of range. Standard equipment includes LED headlights, keyless start, front and rear parking sensors and heated seats.
7 Tesla Model X long range – 360 miles
The Model X caused a huge wave of excitement in the automotive industry when it debuted in 2015. People immediately fell in love with its fantastic design, with a panoramic roof and hawk-wing rear doors, as well as its capacity to accommodate seven adults comfortably. .
Another reason to love the Model X is its range. The Long Range version offers a range of 360 miles, which is very impressive for a vehicle that weighs over 5,000 pounds.
6 Tesla Model 3 Long Range – 360 Miles
In 2021, Tesla announced it was working on a new sedan that would cost just $25,000. However, before it arrives in 2023, the cheapest way to join the Tesla family is to buy the Model 3.
The Model 3 has a long list of impressive features, which explains why it is currently the best-selling electric vehicle ever made. It’s sleek, fast, technologically advanced, and if you buy the Long Range model, it’ll cover 360 miles on a single charge.
5 Ford Mustang Mach-E – 379 miles
The Mustang nameplate is nothing short of legendary, having been used on some of the greatest muscle cars of all time. So when Ford announced it was developing an electric version, it immediately put a lot of pressure on the vehicle to impress.
Although the resulting Mustang Mach-E is an entirely different car from its V8-powered namesake, it is indeed impressive. It offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo, and if you opt for the 88kWh battery, you’ll enjoy a range of up to 379 miles.
4 BMW iX – 380 miles
In 2013, BMW introduced the i8 hybrid sports car to gauge fan reaction to an electrified BMW model. The i8 proved to be a success, prompting BMW to start work on an all-electric SUV. After many years of development, BMW has finally unveiled its first all-electric SUV in 2021 – the iX.
The iX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV intended to compete with the Tesla Model X and other upcoming electric SUVs. The top-of-the-range xDrive50 version has a 111.5 kWh battery with a range of 380 miles.
3 Tesla Model S Plaid – 395 Miles
The Model S is one of the main reasons electric cars have gone mainstream over the past decade. When it debuted in 2012, it showed that electric cars could also be beautiful and fast. In 2021, Tesla unveiled the best interpretation of the Model S we’ve seen – the Plaid.
The Model S Plaid is synonymous with performance. It is equipped with three electric motors developing a monstrous power of 1,020 hp, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 in less than 2 seconds. Although incredibly fast, the Model S Plaid will still cover 395 miles on a single charge.
2 Mercedes EQS – 485 miles
Like many other giant automakers, Mercedes-Benz has finally realized that electric cars will soon take over. Thus, the German brand launched the EQ series in 2016, with the aim of making it the best-selling series of electric vehicles in the near future.
The best car in the series has to be the 2021 EQS, which is the EV equivalent of the legendary S-Class. The EQS has a gorgeous design with sleek futuristic lines, a dazzling digital grille with a large Mercedes-Benz logo and a luminous stripe that goes around the car.
1 Lucid Air Dream Edition – 520 miles
After years of supplying electric batteries to Formula E racing cars, Lucid Motors has decided to venture into building its own electric car. The result was the Lucid Air, a fantastic electric luxury sedan that gives the Tesla Model S a hard time.
The Lucid Air was an instant hit, loved for its design and luxury features. The top-end Dream Edition may be pricey, but it’s definitely worth it as it offers over 1,000 hp and a range of 520 miles.
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