19 October 2020

What kind of range can electric cars really achieve?

Electric vehicles use electric motors powered by electricity that comes from batteries or fuel cells. Not all electric vehicles operate fully on electricity. Plug-in hybrids offer diesel or petrol engines with electric motors powered by a battery that is usually recharged by plugging in.

Electric cars are considered the future of the transport industry but are often faced with the challenge of ‘range anxiety’. Fully charged electric vehicles are not preferable for long journeys since the recharging infrastructure is still relatively weak in the UK. Though many people prefer driving electric cars since they are cheap to maintain compared to diesel engines.

Electric cars function by plugging them into charging stations with electricity-powered from the grid or via solar. Electric cars store electricity in rechargeable batteries which in turn power an electric motor creating motion. They can operate anywhere and at any time of the day, but you need to consider that you need to be within a charging station range.

This article will discuss how various electric cars and the range they can achieve. Hopefully, this will enable you to make up your mind when choosing an electric vehicle of your choice.

Electric Cars and their Ranges

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X might be considered as the greenest and fastest of all the electric cars. This model is the crossover cousin to the Model S sedan. It has all-wheel drive, a cabin installed with the latest cutting-edge technology which offers room for up to seven people. The doors of this model are falcon wing doors which makes it even more unique.

Tesla offers two types of this model and both have a driving range of 300 miles. Both models are quite fast because of the two onboard electric motors. The Tesla Model X has its batteries mounted to the floor. This creates a low gravity which makes it easier to handle like an SUV. However the Model X does not invest as much in the luxury for its passengers as its main competitors do.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace is a one-of-a-kind model with an elegant aerodynamic design that comes with a low drag coefficient of 0.29Cd. Its design has been put so that it provides efficiency while moving through the air, enhancing stability. The interior of this model integrates the best technology and maximum space. Its electric powertrain feature provides more space and freedom to enhance comfort.

Jaguar I-Pace has instant torque and all-wheel-drive traction. This gives it the acceleration of a sports car. It has the ability to go from 0-100km/h in just 4.5seconds thanks to the 400PS powertrain. On the other hand, the 320PS goes from 0-100km/h in 6.4seconds. This model has a range of up to 470km or 292 miles.

The model has a 90kwh battery which is made up of lithium-ion pouch cells. The technology invested in the battery helps it to support longevity and to sustain maximum power.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona is probably one of the most styled Hyundai that you will ever see. Hyundai Kona is a small subcompact SUV that offers a comfortable driving experience. It offers a great road behaviour with an awesome styling and an elevated driving position.

The Kona Electric has a range of 415km or rather 258miles. According to several range tests done, it has the highest real-world range compared to other electric cars.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mercedes-Benz EQC

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is a compact SUV that offers room for five and has a similar body structure to the GLC-class. It is a fully electric powertrain that delivers great acceleration and comes with a lot of luxury. The Mercedes-Benz EQC has a driving range of 200miles which is slightly slower than the Tesla model.

The Mercedes Benz EQC is eco-friendly and fully electrified, making it the best choice for luxury SUV-buyers who want to go green.

Audi e-tron

Audi e tron

Audi e-tron is the first-ever electric SUV to be built with Audi DNA. The model comes with enough space for comfort and long-range comfort. The Audi e-tron is an all-wheel drive and goes from 0-60mph in just 5.5 seconds. It has a 402hp or 300kW, besides this, it comes with a boost feature that allows the driver to access additional rated power output. This feature only works when conditions allow.

Nissan Leaf e+

Nissan Leaf e+

Nissan Leaf e+ is a 5-seater vehicle with a usable 56kWh battery with a battery capacity of 62.0kWh. This model goes from 0-100km/h in just 7.3 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 157km/h. The Nissan Leaf e+ has an electric range of 325km and its total power can go up to 160kW.

It has a total torque of 340Nm with a front type of drive. Having a charging speed of 33km/h, it takes 10 hours to achieve a full charge.

BMW i3

BMW i3

The BMW i3 is a standard electric car that utilizes a rear-drive powertrain. With a 153 miles driving range on a full charge, it can go handy with a gas-powered engine to provide more range. BMW i3 has a 170 horsepower and a torque of 184lb.

This model can go from 0-62 mph in just 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 93mph. It also features additional safety features such as Dynamic Traction Control, adding to this small car’s great agility.

Conclusion

Invention of electric cars has contributed to the eco-friendly campaign. Various car companies are coming up with models that embrace the “going green” campaign, now offering EVs with different levels of luxury, power and range at varying price points.

Customers don’t purchase electric vehicles based on range alone. However it is obvious that range directly relates to price when it comes to buying electric vehicles. At the end of the day, it’s up to the customer to decide what they are looking for in their ideal electric car.