How Far Can an Electric Car Travel in One Charge?

We look at how far the top electric cars in the UK can get you before you have to recharge...

With electric cars becoming an increasingly popular sight on our roads, it’s worth talking about range anxiety. Range anxiety is pretty simple; it’s the worry that the battery will run out of power before your reach your destination, or you reach a charging point.

In a way, we all understand range anxiety because I can’t be the only one that panics when my phone hits 20% and I’m not home yet. But anyway, range anxiety is, for some, a big factor when considering an electric car.

Many people have tried to reassure drivers that range anxiety really isn’t as bad as people think it is, and that you can actually get quite a way in an electric car before it runs out of charge.

But, how far can an electric car go?

We take a look at how far the top 8 electric cars in the UK can go before they run out of charge. We measured them from the OSV offices down in Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3QZ and used Google Maps to find the quickest route North. Bear in mind that this is with little traffic and driving at the recommended speed limit.

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Tesla Model S

311 Miles

The Tesla Model S can get you to Newton Aycliffe, just east of the North Pennines AONB, North West of Middlesbrough. This is about 75 miles from Scotland.

Red Tesla Model S driving over a bridge with the sun shining

BMW i3

BMW i3 0- how far can an electric car travel in one charge

125 Miles

The supermini BMW i3 can get you just North of Milton Keynes, below Northampton. More specifically, Junction 15 of the M1.

Volkswagen E-Up!

93 Miles

The Electric version of the VW Up! Can get you to Luton, just under 100 miles away from our offices on the South Coast.

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Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf - how far can an electric car travel in one charge

124 Miles

The Nissan Leaf can get you almost the same distance as the BMW i3, Junction 15 of the M1 is looking pretty busy.

Tesla X

300 Miles

The Tesla X can’t quite beat it’s fellow Tesla, but at 300 miles it gets you pretty far. The A66 and A1 Junction, to be precise. You aren’t too far from the Yorkshire Dales.

Tesla X - how far can an electric car travel in one charge
Image: Tesla

Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen E-Golf - how far can an electric car travel in one charge

80 Miles

Not faring as well as the UP! The Volkswagen Golf will only get you 80 miles, which is just as you join the M1.

Kia Soul

131 miles

The Kia Soul will get you just North East of Northampton, to a place called Muscott.

Kia EV Soul - how far can an electric car travel in one charge

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe - how far can an electric car travel in one charge

100 Miles

The Renault Zoe will get you exactly 100 miles to Toddington in Bedfordshire which is just North of Luton.

Ford Focus

99 Miles

Joining the Zoe in Toddington is the Ford Focus which will get you 99 miles before you run out of charge.

Ford Focus - how far can an electric car travel in one charge

Nissan eNV200

Nissan - eN - how far can an electric car travel in one charge

110 Miles

The Nissan eNV200 will get you 110 miles to Milton Keynes, or Junction 14 of the M1.

And there we have it. This might have surprised you, or it might not have, but you can get quite a way in an electric car.

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1 Comment

  • Martin Evans| 10th August 2017 at 7:27 am Reply

    Strange to leave out the 40kWh Zoe which has been sold here for about the same time as the i3 with increased range. The Larger battery Zoe has a range of about 180 miles in real world driving as per your test. Speed of charging is also a key issue for those with range anxiety. The Tesla is mostly brilliantly quick, the rest rely on a very patchy network of chargers, Renault dealers have chargers in most cases but hopelessly slow in many cases. I can get 200 mile range added from a 45 min stop in my Tesla, with the Zoe it’s about 2 1/2 hrs if your lucky to find a relatively high speed charger. Martin

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