Average EV Car Range Increases From 74 to 240 Miles
The average range of the latest new electric cars has increased by over 160 miles over a ten-year period, according to statistics from the SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders).
Amongst the top range EV cars is the Mercedes EQS 450+ with a quoted range of over 450 miles. However, one will probably set you back more than £100,000 which will be out of budget for most people.
Other EV cars that have a quoted range of over 300 miles include the BMW i4, Kia EV6, Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, Skoda ENYAQ and the Volkswagen ID.4, while many of the new models have a range of more than 200 miles.
The Nissan Leaf was the first mass produced electric car more than 10 years ago, at the time EV cars were few and far between, just 1000 electric cars were registered in the UK.
The Leaf is still one of most popular electric cars today, and one of the more affordable models too.
If your budget is tight, you can start your research with models like the Fiat 500, Renault Zoe or electric Vauxhall Corsa (all small cars), the entry-level electric MINIs will set you back a tad more. The Nissan Leaf or Citroen C4 electric cars are affordable too and offer more interior space.
If you’re looking for a Crossover/SUV, the Hyundai Kona is a compact SUV and one of the most affordable on the market right now. The Mazda MX-30 and MG Motor UK ZS are also at the more affordable end of the range for an electric Crossover/SUV.
The good news is, EV cars are becoming much more affordable and in more guises. There was a time when you were limited to just a small call car.
These days however, there is a wide range to choose from small cars to SUVs and even traditional estate models like the MG Motors UK 5 model. At the time of writing this article you can pick one up from just over £27,000 which is affordable for a large, well-equipped electric car.
In addition to trebling the average range of new EV cars, manufacturers investment in electric cars means that car buyers have 15 times the choice available to them that they did ten years ago. In fact, over 40% of new cars being produced are now plug-ins, either full electric or PHEV (plug-in hybrids) with approx. 1 in 5 new cars sold an EV or PHEV.