Range Anxiety: what can electric cars on today’s market offer?

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Range Anxiety: what can electric cars on today’s market offer?

Tesla Model S

It’s pretty much impossible to have a discussion about electric cars without a Tesla being the first thing to pop into your head. When it comes to alternatives for conventional power, Elon Musk’s premium brand has very quickly established itself as the leader of the electric pack.

 

The California-based manufacturer’s success has been spearheaded by the Model S and it’s easy to see why. Not only can it deliver an impressive 409-mile range (albeit requiring a nine-hour charge), should you opt for the P100D model, you can get near-supercar levels of performance too. Tied together with a luxurious and well-equipped package, you’ve got one of the coolest cars on the planet. All that said, it’ll set you back at least £120k. 

Renault Zoe

Despite the silly name, the Zoe isn’t at all a silly car. First of all, it’s a cheap way to enter the EV scene, starting from £18k. Included with that is your own home wall charger, which can take the battery from flat to full in five hours. 

You wouldn’t have to plug it in too much if you were using it purely as a city car, though, as the Zoe can manage 250 miles on one charge. 

Volkswagen e-Golf

Although electric cars are often bespoke models with wild styling and funky names, some are more conventional in style and build. Here, you simply get a Volkswagen Golf that so happens to have an electric motor in place of a combustion engine. 

Having said that, it is a pricey Golf, starting from £31k (making it just £1k shy of an R). Couple that with a rather limited 186-mile range and it’s difficult to justify if you’re only in the market for a new Golf. 
?However, if you want to join the electric revolution in something that doesn’t make a fuss pf what’s underneath, this may just be the right car for you. 


Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq is admittedly not the most inspiring car on this list, but that doesn’t make it a bad one. It’s understated in design (perhaps even a bit bland, depending on your tastes) and makes for an alternative choice to some of the more conventional cars in its sector, if nothing else. 

For a Hyundai though, it is certainly pricey. The Ioniq starts at £33k and with a measly range of 174 miles that takes eight hours of charging to replenish, it’s going to take a very dedicated Korean car fan to justify buying this one.


BMW i3

This is a car for those looking to stand out. Styled like something that would usually barely make it past the concept phase, the BMW i3 is striking to look at. 

Thanks to heavyweight tech, the construction is lightweight too. The body is made largely of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic which alone offsets the weight of the 230kg battery pack. 

If you’re one for function over form though, the i3 isn’t going to be for you. With a rather poor 81-mile range, it’s not going to serve you well if you fancy taking it out of town. It’s not going to serve you well if you take it out of town, no-thanks to a rather poor 81-mile range. There is a version with a petrol range extender available, but that kind of ruins the point of it being all-electric, no?