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Electric car range explained

Here we explain what 'range' really means and how driving effieciently can make a big difference

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Range shows how far a car can drive when it’s charged up to 100% - with the distance typically reported in miles or kilometres. 

How far can I drive on a full charge?

One of the big questions people have when it comes to buying an electric car is how far they can travel on a full charge. And the answer to this big question is the car’s range. Range shows how far a car can drive when it’s charged up to 100% - with the distance typically reported in miles or kilometres. Electric cars have come a long way in recent years, and most can manage over 100 miles, while larger battery-powered cars can do more than 250 miles. So be sure to consider and buy an electric car that offers the range which best suits your lifestyle.  

What impacts range?

Just like a petrol or diesel vehicle, there are many factors which can impact an electric car’s efficiency, in turn impacting the range it can achieve.  

  • Driving style

Unsurprisingly, efficient driving can make a big difference. Your battery will last longer if you can avoid heavy acceleration. We’re not silly, we know you have to accelerate when driving, but you can pull away from the lights without putting your foot down as though you’re on a racetrack. Also, if you’re really trying to extract the most range from your battery, reducing the use of air con and heating will help your cause.  

  • Conditions

The weather can impact the overall performance of your battery. Extremes of both heat and cold can mean the electric motor may not perform at the peak of its powers. The good news: manufacturers have been combatting this issue, meaning your car can manage just fine with Britain’s typically unpredictable weather. New electric cars now often come with battery temperature-management technology. This means it will work fine when freezing conditions roll in, but also reliably in our much-promised scorching summers, whatever ‘the hottest day of the year so far’ dishes up.   

Find out which cars have the longest range available in 2022.