A lot has changed since I first compiled a list of the 10 electric cars with the most range. Most of those cars no longer make the list. Furthermore, there are a handful of affordable electric cars that have jumped into the high-range bracket. Have a look below (and compare to that 2015 list) for more details.
Notably, this list is for electric cars (including SUVs, of course) in the US and Europe. It doesn’t cover electric cars sold only in China or any other countries. When the model has more than one option regarding battery size (and thus range), the ranking is based on the highest possible electric range.
10. Kia Soul EV
111 miles (179 km)
The Kia Soul EV is one of the most interesting electric cars on the market. It doesn’t fit the typical mold of a sedan or hatchback. It’s SUV-like, but certainly isn’t an SUV. It has a hip look. (Or am I out of touch with what hip means?) The Soul EV has ample interior space but is still not a very large vehicle and comes at a rather affordable price.
I’d say 111 miles of range is all you’d need for practically all city driving (unless you’re a Lyft driver), but the vehicle could still be tough to take on a long road trip (for example, across a continent or up & down the US East or West Coast).
9. BMW i3
81 miles (130 km) or 114 miles (183 km)
The BMW i3 is still perhaps my favorite city car. (Though, yeah, the Tesla Model 3 may overtake it soon.) The handling, visibility, interior comfort, cool design (inside and out), and — of course — awesome acceleration all make it a wonderful car.
If you get the i3 with 114 miles of range, that should presumably cover all but road trips. Using the CCS standard for fast charging, road tripping with the i3 could be quite the
challenge adventure in many regions. Don’t want to stretch it? Look further down the list or get the BMW i3 REx (which I initially thought was a half-effort but now think is brilliant).