We recently looked at 15 electric vehicles (EVs) for the 2022 model year that can travel more than 300 miles on a charge. Realistically, few people actually need that kind of range for their travels—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. An EV with a range of 200 miles or higher, say to 300 miles, will really fit most people’s needs. With DC fast charging becoming a reality nationwide, traveling more than 400 miles a day is even a real possibility when you own such an EV.
There are several advantages to an EV with a range of less than 300 miles. The battery that stores the electrical energy to power the vehicle can be smaller which makes it less expensive, reducing the initial purchase price. Smaller batteries are capable of recharging to full capacity in less time than a larger battery on an EV with a 300+ mile range. Smaller batteries are also lighter, which improves the overall performance of the vehicle. If you don’t need the longer range, why pay more and carry around all the extra weight?
For the 2022 model year, we have identified 13 EVs that will travel between 200 and 300 miles on a single charge. They range from small crossover utility vehicles to medium-sized sedans, to sports cars, to larger-sized SUVs. They range in base price from $31,995 to $105,150 and all of them are capable of DC fast charging to allow them to be used on a longer trip. They represent the mainstream of the current EV market and the kind of range we can expect from future EV models.
Kevin Clemens is a Senior Editor with Battery Technology.