For potential electric vehicle (EV) buyers, 300-miles is the magic number. Even if US Department of Transportation (DOT) statistics show that 79.9 percent of all daily trips are 10 miles or less, and 99.2 percent are less than 100 miles, it’s the potential for a 400-500 mile vacation trip once a year that drives EV owners’ expectations and expressed needs.
The problem with 300-miles of battery range is that it requires a battery capacity between 75 and 125 kilowatt-hours (kWh). Bigger batteries weigh and cost more and take longer to charge than smaller lighter battery packs—a problem when the extra capacity is only needed once or twice per year. But consumers have spoken in a variety of surveys and studies where the magic 300-mile number continues to appear
For much of the last decade, aside from vehicles from Tesla, EVs have struggled to achieve much more than 100 miles on a charge. In 2022 however, that has changed. There are 15 EVs this model year that can reach 300-miles or more, with several more (like the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq and 2023 Nissan Ariya) that will hit the mark next year. Although not considered here, there are also several 2022 models (like the Volkswagen ID.4, the Chevrolet Bolt, and Hyundai Kona) that can reach more than 250 miles on a charge.
Our list of long-range wonders includes EV models sold in the US that can travel 300 miles or more on a charge, ranked by its EPA combined driving range—from the shortest to the longest. If you were waiting for the availability of 300-mile EVs before making your decision, we’ve just made life easier for you.
Kevin Clemens is a Senior Editor with Battery Technology.