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Range Anxiety was a genuine concern for owners of early EVs. But it has become less of a problem in recent years.
The reduced headache of EV ownership boils down to improvements in both battery technology, as well as the increasing number of charging points that are now available islandwide.
With an overall increase in EV range figures across the board, and with parts prices falling, EVs have been made more affordable, and uptake is on the rise.
Still, if range anxiety is still something you fret about, here is a list of cars that you can buy today with the biggest ranges in a single charge!
5. Hyundai Kona Electric (484km)
The Hyundai Kona Electric epitomises the concept of a modern economy crossover. It produces a modest, albeit instantaneous, 134hp and 395Nm of torque, making for an eco-friendly, but surprisingly sprightly, drive.
It has a single electric motor, paired with a 64kW battery, that will be up to 484km between charges. If you need some extra juice in a jiffy, Hyundai claims the Kona Electric's battery pack can be topped off to 80% from nought in just 54 minutes.
A minimalistic interior with generous equipment levels makes for premium functionality that is unheard of in its price range (Hyundai is really spoiling the consumers with toys here!). This simplistic design ideology is carried onto the outside too, boasting a restrained bodyshell that is in line with Hyundai's signature SUV features.
If you want an economical ride that provides efficient power for an extended range, this is the perfect vehicle model. It retails for S$146,888, and you can find out more about the Kona electric from our review!
4. Audi e-tron GT Quattro (488km)
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Audi's e-Tron lineup cements the German's automaker's dedication to eco-friendly motoring. Sitting at the top of the e-Tron food chain is the GT, which will do 488km in a single charge.
If you ever find yourself urgently needing some extra range, a five-minute charge can add an additional 100km of range. It takes only 22.5 minutes to charge the 800V Lithium-Ion battery from 5-80%.
Performance is impressive from this dynamic and robust e-tron with its two electric motors. Attached to the front and rear axle, the combination outputs 350kW of power and 630Nm of torque. 0-100km/h will be over in a matter of only 4.1 seconds, with the car eventually topping out at 245km/h.
The exterior is lean, aesthetically impressive, and has been optimised aerodynamically. With a 0.24 drag coefficient rating, it reduces aerodynamic drag to allow the e-Tron to travel further distances with the same power output, hence it has big range figures, but a battery consumption of only 19.60 kWh/100km.
For a more detailed rundown on the Audi e-Tron in Singapore, read through this article.
3. Tesla Model 3 Performance (567km)
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No EV comparison is truly completed without a Tesla. The Tesla Model 3 Performance may have been optioned to decimate dragstrips, the enlarged battery pack does good in the range department too.
And decimate it will. It has two electric motors producing a combined 450hp and 639Nm torque, which can hurtle you towards 100km/h from a standstill in an impressive 3.3 seconds, embarrassing basically every other car in this list.
However, the main criterion in the ranking of this list is the range. The Tesla Model 3 can last 567km in a single charge, which is decent enough for third place in this list. Charge times are mighty impressive too, especially if you use the 120kW Tesla Supercharger - 10% to 80% can be achieved in a mere 30 minutes.
This is a performance car built for a family, boasting five seats in a minimalist interior, and an impressive 425L of boot space, which will be handy on grocery runs and road trips.
As we've come to expect, the Tesla looks futuristic and is well-thought-out on both the outside and the inside.
If you'd like to acquire a Model 3 for yourself, you'll have to prepare $155,283, and this figure excludes the cost of a COE.
2. Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range (610km)
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Whether or not you choose to question the Mustang Mach-E's pedigree, there's no denying that in spirit at least, it maintains the allure and reputation of its traditionally gasoline-powered namesake.
Scepticism was rife when the car was first revealed, with critics doubting that the soul of a Mustang could truly be preserved sans its iconic V8 powerplant. Thankfully, it's safe to say that Ford has done what other marques couldn't - recreate an excellent electric car out of a beloved vehicular lineage.
The Mach-E's single electric motor outputs 266hp and produces a staggering 580Nm of torque. Its 5.8s 0-100km/h time is blistering fast, especially considering its SUV form factor.
With an extended range battery that can last 610km, one can drive around the perimeter of Singapore four times and still have ten kilometres leftover - and all from a single charge. According to Ford, charging from 10% to 80% only takes 52 minutes.
The interior of the Mach-E is spacious and comfortable with a sophisticated-looking cabin filled with a suite of smart gadgetry. Plus, it has a decent 402L boot space for the whole family.
You can acquire your Mach-E at S$310,888 including COE. For a more detailed description of this powerhouse vehicle, check out this article.
1. BMW iX xDrive50 (630km)
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This is Munich's first foray into a ground-up electric crossover. In every measurable way, the iX is still a quintessential BMW luxury vehicle and aims to set a benchmark in its class with its two electric motors.
Combined, peak power is rated at 523bhp, with the century sprint over and done within just 4.6 seconds.
Underneath the floor of the vehicle resides its 105kWh battery pack, with BMW claiming the car will charge from 10% to 80% in around 30 minutes. A single full charge can last a whopping 630km.
The quirky but unmistakably luxurious exterior is functional too. Air vents in the front and a low drag coefficient all contribute to more optimised aerodynamics. There's enough mettle on the inside to match its exterior too, with beautiful leather stitching on all five seats, a huge infotainment system, multifunction steering and 500L of boot space.
If you are keen to know more about the BMW IX xDrive50, click here.
The Dawn Of The EVs
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EVs are gaining range at a rate of knots. With continued rapid development, owners will be able to achieve more range with less charging. Prices of the vehicles will also be lowered, creating a lower barrier of entry into EV ownership for the masses.
Rapid charging and extended range estimates aren't the only things modern EVs are capable of. These vehicles are also better performing than ever before, boasting impressive specs with big horsepower and torque figures, with accelerative forces that can match, or supersede, its gasoline-powered counterparts.
But if the current crop of new EVs is a little over your price range, you may want to consider more affordable options in our extensive used car directory!
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