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How many miles can an electric car go? Top 10 models compared, including Tesla and Hyundai

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The UK will be banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, in a bid to improve the nation’s carbon footprint. That means manufacturers and the public will be forced into looking at electric vehicles – and there are plenty already on the market.

Electric cars are very similar to the modern day petrol or diesel vehicle – with one very big difference.

The engines aren’t powered directly by fossil fuels, and instead use everyday electricity to get people from A to B.

All you need to do is plug your car into your domestic electrical points, saving you a trip to the petrol station.

But some people may have heard horror stories about electric cars only managing to go 50 miles before having to recharge for a few hours – that simply isn’t the case.

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The University of California, Davis’s Plug-In Hybdrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center said: “All electric vehicles come with a standard 120V charging cord (like your laptop or mobile phone) that you can plug-in in your garage or carport.

“Electric vehicles that are equipped for fast-charging can receive an 80 percent charge in about 20 minutes.

“Current electric vehicles travel about 250 miles on a charge, though there are some, such as Teslas, that can do about 350 miles on a charge.

“Many automakers have announced plans to bring to market electric vehicles that promise longer range and even faster charging.”

Tesla vehicles provide drivers with one of the greatest ranges in a single charge, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The car could take you from Brighton to Newcastle in a single journey without stopping.

But the Jaguar I-Pace and Kia e Niro aren’t too far behind, both managing almost 300 miles.

Electric vehicle technology has moved rapidly over the past few years, however, and their ranges could be increased very shortly.



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