Data revealed by Carzone, Ireland’s trusted motoring marketplace, shows a 172% increase in searches for electric vehicles (EV’s) in the first five months of 2021, when compared to the same time period last year.
Despite the data showing the increase in searches for EVs, range anxiety remains a primary concern for Irish motorists when heading off on a road trip, with almost half of EV owners*, (44%) saying that they will plan their destination around the range of their electric vehicle.
This rise in interest of EV’s coupled with the fact that ranges of between 400-600km are becoming more prevalent for new EV’s, could indicate that electric vehicles are soon to become more commonplace on Irish roads.
For those who want to make the switch from fossil fuels to electric power, but are worried about range anxiety, Carzone has compiled a list of the longest range electric vehicles to buy in 2021.
Longest Range Electric Vehicles to Buy in 2021:
Mercedes Benz EQS
Many of the Electric Vehicles available with the best range are larger models as they have more space for batteries. The new Mercedes-Benz EQS falls into this category and is the first electric vehicle from the brand. It is a four- door coupe in the style of the original Mercedes CLS, but with improved technology and a one-charge range of up to 770km.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is a very popular model in Ireland and takes second place on the list. It has been on the market since 2012 and is about to receive a major facelift, including the ability to travel up to 628km on a single charge.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s first fully electric car and is worlds away from the Mustang’s we’ve all come to know. This new offering can travel up to 610km before it requires a charge.
The new BMW iX is due to arrive in Ireland in November and will be able to drive up to 600km between charges. With a more unique styling, this car wont suit everyone but it does show how far the company has come since its early i3 offerings.
The new BMW i4 is also due to arrive in Ireland in November and is a four-door coupe which is similar to the 4 Series Gran Coupe. It can drive up to 600km on a single charge, although if you choose to go for the high-performance M50i it will need to be charged more often.
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 fans probably expected this popular car to be higher on the list, but with a range of 580km its falls under some of the newer models. There could potentially be an updated model coming soon but for now this will still suit the needs of many Irish motorists.
Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X is one of the larger electric vehicles on the list, as a full seven-seat SUV with an impressive range of 547km which also has an added bonus of cool ‘Falcon Wing’ rear passenger doors.
The Volkswagen 1D.3 is the brand’s first electric vehicle, it can drive up to 543km on a single charge and is seriously spacious on the inside given it’s no bigger than a Golf on the outside. If you’re looking for an even more spacious option, the Volkswagen 1D.4 crossover is the one for you and still has an impressive range of 519km.
Cupra is the performance brand of the very popular SEAT, which in itself is a performance brand of Volkswagen. The Cupra Born is the outfit’s first electric car and is the same size and engineering as the Volkswagen ID.3 mentioned above, and can manage a similar range of up to 540km.
Skoda Enyaq iV
We’re sticking within the Volkswagen Group with the final model on our list, the much-anticipated Skoda Enyaq. With a driving range of 540km, coupled with great looks and technology, it’s just the car to suit many Irish motorists on the hunt for an electric vehicle.
It is likely that there will be a few more long range EVs to add to this list later this year or in 2022, but the fact remains that range anxiety is rapidly becoming more about choosing which model to buy and less about how far an electric vehicle can drive.
* Carzone research conducted May 2021. Total participants – 1,059