ELECTRIC cars are becoming more and more popular as the UK public aims to be more environmentally conscious and cut back on their pollution emissions. But how far can an electric car go before it needs charging? These are the top 10 electric cars compared, including models from Tesla, Hyundai and Renault.
The UK will be banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, in a bid to improve the nation’s carbon footprint. That means manufacturers and the public will be forced into looking at electric vehicles – and there are plenty already on the market.
Electric cars are very similar to the modern day petrol or diesel vehicle – with one very big difference.
The engines aren’t powered directly by fossil fuels, and instead use everyday electricity to get people from A to B.
All you need to do is plug your car into your domestic electrical points, saving you a trip to the petrol station.
But some people may have heard horror stories about electric cars only managing to go 50 miles before having to recharge for a few hours – that simply isn’t the case.
How many miles can an electric car go?
The average modern-day electric car can drive anywhere between 200 and 350 miles before needing to charge.
That’s relatively similar to most full tanks of petrol or diesel.
In the early years of electric cars, up to 2016, vehicles were only capable of going about 100 miles before running out of power.
If you have a hybrid vehicle, you’re likely to get between 10 and 50 miles out of it before switching to petrol.
The University of California, Davis’s Plug-In Hybdrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center said: “All electric vehicles come with a standard 120V charging cord (like your laptop or mobile phone) that you can plug-in in your garage or carport.
“Electric vehicles that are equipped for fast-charging can receive an 80 percent charge in about 20 minutes.
“Current electric vehicles travel about 250 miles on a charge, though there are some, such as Teslas, that can do about 350 miles on a charge.
“Many automakers have announced plans to bring to market electric vehicles that promise longer range and even faster charging.”
Estimate ranges for different electric cars:
Tesla Model 3 LR – 348 miles
Hyundai IONIQ – 193 miles
Renault All-New Zoe – 338 miles
Nissan Leaf e+ – 239 miles
Jaguar I-Pace – 292 miles
Honda e – 125 miles
Kia e Niro – 281 miles
Vauxhall Corsa e – 209 miles
Audi E-tron – 249 miles
BMW i3 – 182 miles
Tesla vehicles provide drivers with one of the greatest ranges in a single charge, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The car could take you from Brighton to Newcastle in a single journey without stopping.
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