Welcome back to the channel where we are all trying to clear our minds and settle down in 2022. Now, I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time searching online for electric vehicles that I’d love to buy but just can’t afford. And for me scale is king!
But we didn’t pull the list of biggest batteries or the longest WLTP or EPA estimates, we took into account functionality and desirability, too. We can’t imagine everyone would agree… so tell us what you think in the comments below!
Fifth place – BMW i4 eDrive40
There are a lot of people who have been driving luxury German sedans and coupes for years. Some are eager to go to electricity. But for a lot of people in this market, they don’t like Tesla and Polestar doesn’t do it for them. So we went after the BMW i4 that seems to be hitting a nerve in the electric car world.
It has an 84kWh battery, of which 80.7kWh is usable. The WLTP has a rated range of about 350 miles, but we think it’s a car with a solid 300 miles of range in most conditions. And if you handle it well, just cruising in mild conditions, it can certainly clear the 400 mile mark.
With a peak charge of 200 kW on a DC charger, the i4 will get you back on the road fast enough. If you want performance, you can spend a little money on the M50 variant. But if that’s the range, then you just stick with the eDrive40 and don’t try to spot the wheels!
Fourth – Porsche Taycan GTS
Like we said at the beginning, we brought a few factors into the equation today… and one of those factors is desire. And to that end, we just had to put together a Porsche Taycan! We also wanted to include Audi on the list, but given the similarities, we decided to pick just one.
Today we talk about the range that leads us to the selection of the Taycan GTS that will be released this year. The Taycan Plus will get you the same range for a third less money, but the GTS is what we want!
An 83.7 kWh battery would be good, we think, for a range of 300 miles in the real world. But the Taycan already has a total battery of 93.4 kWh. It’s able to charge 100% faster, while maintaining a really good charging curve, but we would have liked to have seen them give us access to another 3 or 4kWh for that extra range.
With DC charging speeds of up to 262 kW, it will accommodate about 200 kW to 60%. Keep comfort and luxury in mind and you’ll get an amazing EV distance, especially if you hit back roads and mountain trails! Wow, just imagine that!
Third – Mercedes EQS 450+
How can we make this list and not have a Mercedes there?! Now, the German manufacturer has a mixed bag on offer right now. From some very inefficient large SUV that never had a chance to make this list… to the likes of what we did today, the EQS 450+.
It’s not the fastest of the lineup, so if you want to get a little extra power you should opt for the AMG model. But for us, we think the loss of range doesn’t justify the speed on a long road trip. Sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds is too fast for us anyway!
The EQS 450+ has a usable battery of 107.8 kWh. That’s huge, and a good 10% bigger than a Tesla. We think the EQS is good for 400 miles, and probably close to 500 miles in optimal conditions. So it’s the ultimate highway beast! It has by far the lowest drag coefficient of any mass-produced car, and was only overcome by the elusive EV1.
Oh man, even as I’m talking about it now, I don’t know how to put it third…just think of the luxury and comfort of a road trip through Europe or North America!
Second – Lucid Air
While we’re talking about big, expensive sedans, we just had to get the Lucid in there. The Grand Touring model has a usable 105 kWh battery, which is just shy of a Mercedes and about 10% larger than a Tesla.
Even though the EPA number came in at 520 miles, you probably won’t see a number like that in general. Even with a large battery and efficient motor… Lucid will still weigh over 2 tons! We think under 400 miles is a good, realistic number for a car, maybe 500 to 550 miles in good conditions.
Although the Lucid will charge faster than the Model S if you can find a reliable 350 kW charger, it doesn’t have access to the amazing Supercharger network. Now with the high range, and access to a few Electrify America or IONITY chargers, you won’t have a problem. But for us, that’s the main reason it comes in second.
The first – Tesla Model S long range
It would be easy to just choose every Tesla model to include in the list. But since we’re looking for the Ultimate Long Range EV, we’ve gone for the Model S. It’s been around for nearly a decade and has proven itself hundreds of millions of miles away.
What sets Teslas apart from the rest is its efficiency, rather than just pushing a large 200 kWh battery for maximum range. The Model S has a usable capacity of just under 100 kWh. With one of the lowest drag coefficients available, you can get high efficiency at highway speeds.
Of course, you’ll get different range depending on your driving style and conditions, but the Model S is a solid car with 350 to 400 miles of travel. Now you can see that drop to 300 miles in poor conditions, but if you’re really careful, you can get 500 miles of charging. The space factor in the back, that easy acceleration, the amazing supercharged grid, and you’ve got what we think is the Ultimate Long Range EV on the market!
We’re running out of time now folks, so we’d better wrap it up!
Wow, some amazing cars out there today! And it is very difficult to choose such a list. We are sure everyone watching this will have a different opinion. Heck, we changed our opinions a few times even crafting the list!
But we tried to be balanced…to look at different countries, shipping networks, prices…and a lot of factors like that!
It’s time to have your say!
What options did you agree to, and which cars would you like to see on the list?
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