Longest-range electric vehicles (EVs) you can buy in 2021

As electric vehicles look to gain an even larger portion of the automobile market in 2021, consumers will look at a number of factors as they choose to go electric. One major specification on any EV data sheet is the estimated range i.e. the amount of miles your new vehicle can travel on a single charge. Naturally, you’re going to want the most battery for your buck. Below is a list of the current EV options for 2021 sorted by longest range.

How EV mile range is determined

Estimated range for electric vehicles is determined through a testing of energy efficiency from one of several certified organizations. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tasked with calculating the operating range on a single charge before an EV goes to market.

The energy consumption of a given EV is determined in a lab using standardized procedures mandated by federal law.

That is contrary to the notion that vehicles are tested on open roads or tracks. Each vehicle is in fact tested on a treadmill-like device called a dynamometer. The EV never actually moves, just the rollers beneath its wheels do.

Each EV is tested after sitting overnight with a fully charged battery. A professional driver then cycles through city or highway driving conditions until the battery becomes is exhausted.

The dead battery is then fully recharged so a technician can determine the EV’s energy consumption. This is done by taking the kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy needed to recharge the battery, and dividing it by the number of miles driven on the dynamometer.

Environmental Protection Agency

Longest range EVs currently available in 2021

Many drivers would argue that their actual mile range doesn’t match the EPA estimated range for their electric vehicle. That’s because driving conditions and a person’s driving style all play a factor in the life of the battery.

Regardless of actual range, EPA estimated range is a certified benchmark to help understand the full potential of an electric vehicle before purchasing.

To start, we have shared some of the longest range EV currently available in 2021 in no particular order. For the sake of time and page space, we will only include the furthest driving powertrain for a given model. We will also include a full, detailed list at the end for you.

Tesla Model 3 Long Range

As Tesla’s second newest and cheapest EV, the Model 3 has quickly become the best selling electric car in history.

In the fall of 2020, Tesla brought a refresh to the Model 3 that included the heat pump previously implemented on the Model Y to increase efficiency. That refresh brought 30 extra miles of range to the dual motor, Long Range powertrain. The current Tesla Model 3 offers an EPA estimated 353 miles on a single charge, and is currently available for purchase online.

Tesla Model Y Long Range

Sticking with the Tesla theme is the automaker’s newest EV to debut, the Model Y. This model previously came in two dual motor trims, until Tesla announced a (short-lived) Standard Range RWD trim earlier this year.

The Long Range Model Y can currently travel an EPA estimated 326 miles on a single charge. That’s 27 miles less than its Tesla sibling above, for those keeping score at home.

Ford Mustang Mach-E CA Route 1 Edition

Speaking of new EVs to hit the market, household name Ford Motors has gone all in on the journey toward all-electric vehicles. In a, “we’re still hip and care about the planet too” sort of move, Ford decided to adapt one of its flagpole ICE vehicles, the Mustang toward zero-emissions. Ford’s Mustang Mach-E began to roll off assembly lines in America late last year with a lot of hype surrounding it.

The CA Route 1 Edition makes this list because it offers the most range out of the five variations Ford is either currently offering or will be delivering soon. It will be joined by a Mustang Mach-E GT as well.

This electric Mustang can travel an EPA estimated 305 miles on a single charge. Did we mention it’s also a Mustang?

Longest Range EV 2021

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona is one of two full electric offerings currently available from Hyundai… That is until the upcoming Ioniq 5 makes its way to the US.

Kona makes the list because it offers more range than the current Hyundai Ioniq Electric as well as a majority of the EVs currently available for purchase. The Kona saw a design refresh in late 2020 offering a sleek new front end.

Regardless of the exterior, Hyundai’s Kona Electric currently boasts an EPA estimated range of 258 miles. That’ll get you around the Kona District on the Big Island of Hawaii plenty of times over.

Longest Range EV 2021

Porsche Taycan 4S

Porsche’s Taycan electric sports car is an excellent litmus test for the market’s pivot toward EVs in 2021. Since the Taycan went into production a year ago, Porsche has already sold over 20,000.

The Taycan 4S makes our list because Porsche is certainly a name you associate with speed, but not normally with environmentalism. This sleek electric can travel 227 miles on a single charge under a design only Porsche can provide.

Furthermore, with multiple variations in addition to the Taycan 4S, customers can now drive off in an electric Porsche for under $80,000.

Longest Range EV 2021

Tesla Model S Plaid

Last fall, Tesla gained a lot of fanfare after it shared some of the specs on its tri motor, Plaid sedan. The Plaid Model S can hit 200 mph and go 0-60 in less than 2 seconds.

Tesla’s recent refresh announcement to its Model S and Model X brought new variations on the EVs. This included the Plaid Model S being split into two separate trims – Plaid and Plaid+. While the top speed and 0-60 remains the same for both Plaids, the Plaid+ was promised with staggering range.

Tesla claimed Plaid+ would be able to travel an EPA estimated 520+ miles on single charge. However, Musk then backtracked saying that people don’t need more than 400 miles of range, and the Plaid is “just too good,” so Tesla has nixed the Plaid+ trim altogether.

The regular old Plaid still promises 396 miles of range and its currently available. However, those ordering their Plaid Model S now are seeing delivery windows in 2022.

Longest Range EV 2021

Lucid Air Dream Edition Range

Lucid Motors plans to release three variations of the Air in 2021, and its most affordable option, the Lucid Air Pure in 2022.

Lucid revealed two separate trims for the Dream Edition Air sedan, with the Range option promising over 500 miles of range. Lucid eventually shared the official EPA ratings of the Dream Edition Air Trims, and the Range model actually came in at 520 miles.

In October, Lucid began rolling the first customer versions of the Air sedan of its AMP-1 assembly line, and Electrek was able to be there for the ceremony and test drive a Dream Edition Performance.

The Dream Edition Air will be followed by the Lucid Air Grand Touring, now offering an EPA estimated 516 miles on a single charge.

Rivian R1T / R1S Launch Edition

We are including Rivian’s first two electric vehicles together because they promise the same range. Rivian is another potential Tesla competitor gaining steam as it has begun delivering its first EV, the R1T pickup truck. The R1T promises 300+ miles of range on a single charge.

Not to be outdone… by itself, Rivian is also debuting an all-electric SUV in 2021. The R1S also promises an EPA estimates 300+ mile range and comes in some awesome colors as well.

Furthermore, the Adventure and Expore versions of either EV can receive a Max Pack battery upgrade for an additional $10k, promising 400+ miles of range. However, those trims are not scheduled to become available until early 2022.


Volkswagen ID.4

The ID.4 happens to be the first globally available electric vehicle newly built by Volkswagen on their new MEB platform. The hype around this one is real too. After recently launching a small batch of First Edition ID.4s in the U.S., VW said they sold out in a matter of hours. Luckily, more ID.4 models were already in the works and continue to deliver worldwide.

The Volkswagen ID.4 offers an EPA estimated 250 miles of range. VW’s pivot toward next-generation electric vehicles is a breath of fresh air after the automaker’s crooked history of emissions testing. People don’t forget!


The complete list of EV ranges

Perhaps you were thinking of a different EV that didn’t make the cut above, or you were interested in a different powertrain but didn’t see it listed? Here is an extensive list of more electric vehicles and their variations for you to peruse and compare EPA estimated ranges.

Note that these ranges and release dates are relevant at the time of publish. We will update them as they evolve.

Longest range EVs for 2021

Electric VehicleEPA est. RangeRelease DateStarting MSRP
Lucid Air Dream Edition Range (19″ wheels)520 milesAvailable$169,000
Lucid Air Grand Touring516 milesLate 2021 (TBC)$139,000
Lucid Air Dream Edition Performance (19″ wheels)471 milesAvailable$169,000
Tesla Model S Long Range **405 milesAvailable$89,990
Lucid Air Touring406 milesLate 2021 (TBC)$95,000
Tesla Model S Plaid **396 milesAvailable$129,990
Tesla Model X Long Range **360 milesMarch/April 2022$99,990
Tesla Model 3 Long Range353 milesAvailable$51,490
Mercedes-Benz EQS450+350 milesLate 2021$103,000
Mercedes-Benz EQS580340 milesLate 2021$120,000
Tesla Model X Plaid **340 milesMarch/April 2022$119,990
Tesla Model Y Long Range326 milesAvailable$54,990
Tesla Model 3 Performance315 milesAvailable$57,990
Ford Mustang Mach-E CA Route 1 Edition305 milesAvailable$50,775
Tesla Model Y Performance303 milesAvailable$61,990
Rivian R1T Launch Edition300+ milesAvailable$75,000
Rivian R1S Launch Edition300+ miles2021$75,500
Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium300 milesAvailable$48,100
Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition270 milesAvailable$58,300
Ford Mustang Mach-E GT270 milesAvailable$59,995
Polestar 2 (Single Motor)265 milesAvailable$45,900
Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus262 milesAvailable$43,490
Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance260 milesAvailable$64,995
Chevy Bolt EV (2022)259 milesAvailable$31,995
Hyundai Kona Electric258 milesAvailable$37,390
Volkswagen ID.4250 milesAvailable$39,995
Polestar 2 (Dual Motor)249 milesAvailable$49,900
Chevy Bolt EUV (2022)247 milesAvailable$33,995
Ford Mustang Mach-E Select211 milesAvailable$42,895
Kia Niro EV239 milesAvailable$39,990
Audi e-tron GT238 milesDecember 2021$102,400
Jaguar I-Pace S234 milesAvailable$69,850
Audi RS e-tron GT232 milesDecember 2021$142,400
Porsche Taycan 4S227 milesAvailable$103,800
Nissan Leaf S Plus (2022)226 milesAvailable$32,400
Audi e-tron222 milesAvailable$65,900
Porsche Taycan Turbo212 milesAvailable$150,900
Volvo XC40 Recharge208 milesAvailable$53,990
Porsche Taycan Turbo S201 milesAvailable$185,000
BMW i3 & i3s w/ range extender200 milesAvailable$48,300
Hyundai Ioniq Electric170 milesAvailable$33,045
BMW i3153 milesAvailable$44,450
BMW i3s153 milesAvailable$47,650
MINI Cooper Electric (Hardtop 2 door)110 milesAvailable$29,900
(Updated 10/15/2021) ** – New purchase deliveries pushed to 2022

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