Gradually, the autonomy of electric cars improves, and the inconveniences associated with this form of vehicle diminish. Have you ever considered purchasing one but were afraid of not being able to travel a sufficient number of kilometers without recharging? These are the individuals who actually enjoy the greatest autonomy.
Automobile manufacturing is inexorably moving toward complete electrification of its goods, despite the fact that this trend is not being driven by strong consumer demand for electric vehicles or by the fact that the technology is completely prepared to take over the market.
The truth is that punitive measures are ineffective. They have fundamentally altered the industry and the direction in which brands are going, increasingly dumping diesel and even gasoline engines in favor of hybrid or fully electric powertrains.
With its 1,100 hp of power, the Tesla Model S Plaid + version promises to exceed 800 kilometers of autonomy.
However, do I mean that now is not the time to purchase an electric vehicle? That depends on our needs and traffic patterns (as well as the state of the economy), but what is certain is that technology is advancing at a rapid pace after receiving the requisite push to develop itself as a viable mode of transportation.
In future posts, we’ll discuss the electric car’s past, current, and future, but for now, we’ll concentrate on what the market has to give in terms of autonomy (as measured by the WLTP cycle), or the number of kilometers traveled on a single full charge. We’ve begun and, yes, it will not be inexpensive.
Tesla Model S Plaid +
Maximum autonomy: 837 km.
Price: from 139,990 euros.
It’s unsurprising that Elon Musk’s American brand takes the top spot in this prestigious list, as it is the best bet on the growth of electrical technology.
Tesla Model S began commercialization in 2012 and has been revised many times since then. In Spain, this model is available in three variants: Great Autonomy, Plaid, and Plaid +.
The latter, which can be reserved now but will not be shipped until the end of the year, has a range of more than 800 kilometers, while the other two have a range of about 600 kilometers. All of them feature an all-wheel drive and a power range ranging from 670 to 1100 hp for the Plaid +.
The Model 3 is Tesla’s most understated vehicle if we can use that word. For slightly more than 50,000 euros, we can upgrade to the Great Autonomy edition, which potentially allows us to travel more than 600 kilometers without stopping to recharge.
This variant of the D-segment four-door sedan introduced in 2016 boasts 476 hp, a top speed of 233 km / h, and a 0 to 100 km / h acceleration time of just 4.4 seconds. Of course, we can never get that far if we spend all of our time verifying all of these numbers.
Ford Mustang Mach E Extended Range RWD
Thorough testing of the new Ford Mustang Mach E.
Autonomy: 610 km.
Price: from 55,211 euros.
The first non-Tesla vehicle in this ranking is the American brand’s latest electric SUV, which will hit the market in 2020. This formidable crossover is available with three- or four-wheel drive and features two distinct battery configurations for a total of five models with a minimum of 400 kilometers of autonomy.
In any case, the version we’re interested in is the rear-wheel-drive extended-range model, which will take us above 600 kilometers on the WLTP cycle. This model features a 294-horsepower engine that is capable of moving the Mustang Mach E’s two tons of weight.
BMW iX xDrive50
Autonomy: more than 600 km.
Price: from 102,600 euros.
The Bavarian brand is a firm believer in electric mobility, and the iX is the first SUV to be fully fuelled by this source of energy. Currently, the iX is available in two configurations, both of which feature four-wheel drive and two engines.
With regards to the model in question, the xDrive 50, the rated range reaches 600 kilometers and features a 100 kWh battery and 503 horsepower. All of this enables the vehicle to achieve an electronically limited maximum speed of 200 kilometers per hour and accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.7 seconds. Undoubtedly, one of its advantages is its drag coefficient (Cx) of 0.25.
Tesla Model X Great Autonomy
Autonomy: 580 km.
Price: from 99,990 euros.
The third Tesla of the same model completes the top five of this list. In this case, it is the American company’s SUV, the Model X, which debuted in 2015 as a guide in the E category.
Whichever version is selected, they all feature a dual engine, four-wheel drive, and the same level of customization on the interior and exterior. Thus, the only point of contention is whether to use Great Autonomy or Plaid, depending on whether we want increased benefits or autonomy.
Clearly, the so-called Great Autonomy is dedicated to the latter, offering 580 kilometers on a single charge and costing significantly less than 100,000 euros at the moment if you dare to take advantage of any of the deals.
Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S
Javier Gómara tells us all about the Volkswagen ID.3.
Autonomy: 548 km.
Price: from 32,895 euros.
This is the electric version of the Golf, i.e. the compact model for the segment C market. It was unveiled months ago in its ‘greener’ edition and is the cheapest vehicle in our ranking of vehicles with greater autonomy.
The MEB platform’s ID.3 component, which is optimized for electric vehicles, results in improved interior habitability and dynamic behavior. It is a car that places a premium on technology and offers various configurations, the most autonomous of which is the so-called Pro S, which starts at just over 30,000 euros. In exchange, we will obtain 204 horsepower and the guarantee of a range of more than 500 kilometers on a single full charge.
Skoda Enyaq iV 80
Autonomy: 535 km.
Price: from 45,500 euros.
Enyaq is another of the VAG Group’s unique models for the energy market, this time through Skoda. Additionally based on the MEB platform, this SUV measures more than 4.6 meters in length and weighs more than two tons. It produces 204 horsepower in its more autonomous variant, the iV80.
It has a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour and accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in an impressive 8.7 seconds. It is driven by the rear wheels and will be available to the first customers who started reserving it at the end of 2020.
Volkswagen ID.4 Pro Performance
Fran Valle tells us the peculiarities of the sports version of the ID.4.
Autonomy: 521 km.
Price: from 38,002 euros.
We’re still in the VAG Group and on the MEV platform, but this time to learn about the ID.4 Volkswagen, a 4.58-meter-long SUV that was recently unveiled and is positioned as a direct competitor to his cousin, the Enyaq, with a minimalist, quick, and oriented design aimed at reducing friction.
In this case, the ID.4 is available in five configurations, the most autonomous of which is the Pro Performance, which starts at 38,000 euros according to current offers on our website.
This mid-size SUV’s arguments include a 170 hp engine, rear-wheel drive, a 0 to 100 km / h acceleration time of 9 seconds, and a maximum range of 521 kilometers.
Audi e-tron GT
Autonomy: 487 km.
Price: from 92,446 euros.
We switch segments and paradigms to discuss the Audi e-tron GT, a sports model with dimensions comparable to the Audi A7 Sportback. Shares the J1 platform with Porsche’s Taycan, which we’ll see next, as well as some propulsion components.
The e-tron GT is available in four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations with 476 hp and 598 hp, respectively. However, in ‘boost mode,’ it can achieve 530 and 646 hp for a maximum of 2.5 seconds.
Other key figures on the Audi e-tron GT’s datasheet include its acceleration time of 3.3 seconds between 0 and 100 km / h in the fastest version and its electronically limited maximum speed of 250 km / h. It features a 93.4 kWh battery that enables it to travel up to 487 kilometers on a single charge, as well as two synchronous motors that allow a four-wheel drive.
This is how the Porsche Taycan left Fran Valle!
Autonomy: 484 km.
Price: from 85,710 euros.
The list of the ten most autonomous electric vehicles on the market today concludes with the Porsche taycan, the German brand’s first 100 percent electric series production model.
The Porsche Taycan is available in three powertrain configurations: 530 hp as the 4S, 680 hp as the Turbo, and 761 hp as the Turbo S, all of which are all-wheel drive.
Each axis of the Porsche Taycan is driven by an electric motor, and the battery is located between the axles, with a load capacity that varies depending on the configuration chosen.
In comparison to its catalog siblings, the Porsche Taycan is unquestionably the most technologically advanced model and, considering its weight of more than two tons, outperforms all comparable models in terms of dynamic behavior. Porsche’s engineering work on the two engines in this model ensures that its outstanding efficiency is sustained in all conditions, while its immediate competitors’ engines lose performance when they heat up or the battery loses power.
As previously stated and as we all know, the autonomy of the electric vehicle has a long way to go, while recent advancements certainly offer very interesting ranges that allow a much more streamlined use.
And it is that, according to a report conducted by the United States Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the autonomy of electric vehicles has greatly increased. Since 2011, major advancements in battery technology and overall vehicle performance have resulted in an increase in the number of electric vehicle models and a longer driving range, according to this report.