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


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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