Since the mainstream release of electric cars in 2019, the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) has grown exponentially.
According to Next Green Car, there are now around 1,450,000 pure-electric and plug-in hybrids in the UK, an astronomical increase of approximately 1,699.5% since 2019.
Part of this raised interest stems from the ever-increasing driving range, per charge in the newest electric vehicles.
So which electric cars have the best range?
Why is range important in an EV and how is it calculated?
Electric car range is very important to drivers and potential owners of electric vehicles because it dictates how far drivers can travel on a full charge.
It is also the source of phenomena referred to as ‘range anxiety.’
EV range is key to choosing which EV you want to buy or lease, as you need to find one that works for your lifestyle.
According to Nimblefins research, the average UK mileage is around 20 miles a day, or 142 miles per week, as of November 2021.
This means to compete, an EV that is suitable for an average driver needs to have a range of at least 142 miles, or more, per week.
How is EV range calculated?
Range is calculated by dividing the amount of energy in the batteries, denoted in kWh, by the efficiency of the vehicle, kWh/ mile.
Manufacturers will test cars prior to release so that they can collect this data, due to being a key selling point of their vehicles.
Knowing the car’s range allows buyers to compare cars, like-for-like, and make an informed decision about the model they are considering purchasing or leasing.
Electric vehicles released in 2022
As it draws ever- nearer, which EVs can we expect at the tail end of 2022?
Renault Mégane E-Tech Electric
Popular with many in the UK thanks to their focus on affordability and quality.
According to Autocar, the Mégane E-Tech Electric is comfortable, and efficient, and boasts a range of 186-292 miles, depending on the chosen model.
This makes it perfect for both the average driver and those that explore a bit further afield.
For those looking for a rival to Tesla, the Lucid Air could seriously change the game.
The first electric saloon to break the 10-second barrier, being able to cover a quarter of a mile sprint in 9.9 seconds, the Air is fast and has a reported maximum range of over 500 miles.
Similarly, manufacturers Lucid claim that all models can recoup 300 miles in just 20 minutes on a fast charger. Impressive!
Skoda Enyaq vRS
The spacious and comfortable Enyaq is filled to the brim with technology with the 13-inch infotainment touchscreen dominating the dashboard.
With an expected range of 333 miles, the electric Skoda provides more than a rival for the Kia e-Niro and was described by experts as simply excellent.
Electric vehicles to be released in 2023
While there will be many more to grace the forecourts next year, here are some of the EVs expected to land in 2023.
MINI hatchbacks and Countrymen
To those that love their trademark go-kart handling, you can continue to enjoy speed along with a focus on sustainability with the expected electric MINI 3-door hatchback.
With expected ranges from 142-143 miles of range and all expected MINI extras, including MINI navigation and MINI Connected, MINI fans will not be disappointed.
For those keen to invest in opulence, this visually striking EV bring in a new era of ultra-luxury with an electric super coupé.
Able fulfil an expected range of 323 miles and a whole host of colour and finish options, you really can create your very own piece of luxury just as you want it.
Their planned electric saloon hopes to rival the Tesla Model 3- and has an expected range of 431 miles, making it perfect for those that drive a little more than average each week.
The rumoured fast charging capabilities and a particularly efficient battery will be appealing to drivers with experts suggesting that the vehicle will continue the VW tradition of simple layouts, screens, and plenty of technology.
Invest in electricity today
No matter which model you choose, they will all need charging to enable you to shrug off the dirty grip of fossil fuels.
For help with finding the perfect, high-quality charger for your new car, or to find travel charging cables, make sure you buy from reputable, trusted EV-charging cable retailers, such as EV Cable Shop.
Then you can quite literally drive off into the sunset.