Road trips are an American pastime that is regaining popularity due to the pandemic. Your next road trip might include using an electric car. Driving the best EV cars lets you get the maximum driving range so you can cover more ground between charging stops. Here are some of the best EV cars to consider using on your next road trip.
Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 needs minimal introduction as Tesla is a pioneer in the EV car movement. This car has an EPA-estimated driving range of up to 353 miles (Long Range version). The Performance version has an estimated range of 315 miles, and the Standard Range Plus version is 263 miles.
More importantly, the Model 3 has one of the quickest recharge times when you use their Supercharger network. A 15-minute recharge can produce up to 175 miles. This charging speed can be faster than a standard Level 3 DC Fast Charging station.
There are more than 20,000 Superchargers across Canada, Mexico and the United States. Most of them are in the United States along popular travel routes on both coasts and across the nation’s mid-section. You don’t have to worry about getting stranded in the Great Plains.
Besides the status symbol of driving a Tesla, the Model 3 has these features:
- All Wheel Drive (AWD) dual motor (Performance and Long Range Version)
- 360-degree rear, side and forward-facing cameras
- Multiple safety sensors
- Autopilot safety feature
- Seats five adults
- 15 cubic feet of cargo space
- Panoramic glass roof
Tesla Model X
If you need seating for up to 7 adults, consider the Tesla Model X Long Range. However, this is one of the more expensive EVs with an MSRP of $89,990. For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 costs between $36,990 and $55,990.
The Model X Long Range has a maximum EPA estimate driving range of 360 miles, while the Plaid version has a 340-mile range estimate. It’s possible to drive from San Jose to Los Angeles without a charge (that road trip distance is 340 miles), but a Tesla Supercharger respite can be found along most high-traffic roads.
This model also has 88 cubic feet of cargo space, which is significantly more than other EVs. Passengers can also enjoy the in-cabin amenities, which include:
- 17-inch cinematic display
- Wireless gaming from any seat
- Multi-device Bluetooth, wireless and USB-C for every passenger
- 22-speaker audio system with active noise canceling
The Model X also has an AWD dual-motor to accommodate for all-season weather. Other standard safety features include Tesla Autopilot, 360-degree view cameras and 12 ultrasonic safety sensors.
Hyundai Kona Electric
Travelers wanting an electric subcompact SUV should consider the Hyundai Kona Electric. This EV has an estimated driving range of 258 miles and seats up to 5 passengers.
A Level 3 DC Fast Charge can renew a battery from 0% to 80% power within 54 minutes (100 kW). This timeframe is standard for a Level 3 type charge. Other standard features include:
- Wireless device charging
- Heads-up display
- 7-inch or 10.5-inch touchscreen display
- Forward collision-avoidance assistant
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
The base model starts at $37,390, which makes this an affordable road trip EV.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
One of the first American EVs is the Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt continues to be a competitive option with a relatively high driving range at an affordable price. The 2021 Bolt EV has an estimated driving range of 259 miles with front-wheel drive. There is seating capacity for up to 5 passengers and 16.9 cubic feet of rear cargo space.
Currently, there are two Bolt versions available. The entry-level LT model starts at $37,495, and the Premier version starts at $42,695.
Driving the Premier edition can be the better choice for road trips as the Level 3 DC Fast Charging capability is standard. Level 3 charging is available as an add-on for the LT version and extends the driving range up to 100 miles after a 30-minute charge.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is different from the 2-door sports coupe, one of the most popular cars since its 1964 ½ debut. For example, the Mustang is now a subcompact SUV and has four doors.
The revamped Mustang EV can come with a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) drivetrain. An RWD model has the highest estimated driving range of 300 miles. The AWD models may only have a maximum driving distance of 211 miles. Your estimated driving range depends on which battery size you choose. The extended range battery has more endurance than the standard range battery.
A sportier GT edition is coming out in late summer 2021.
The entry-level Select edition starts at $42,985, which is pricier than some EV alternatives. A high-end GT edition has a starting price of $60,500.
Some of the key perks include the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 safety features:
- Pre-collision assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-keeping system
- Intersection assist
The Mach-E comes with several “infotainment” perks that are common for EVs. One of the best perks is the 15.5-inch touchscreen display with Sync 4A smart device capability.
One luxury EV to consider in the luxury SUV category is Audi e-Tron. It fits up to 5 passengers. This vehicle has these features:
- AWD Quattro drivetrain
- 222 miles estimated driving range
- 30-minute quick charge capability (0-80%)
- 1-inch touchscreen
- Leather interior
- Up to 56.5 cubic feet of cargo space
The suggested retail price starts at $65,900, making this vehicle pricier than some EVs but competitive with other SUVs.
Volvo Polestar 2
The Volvo Polestar 2 is an EV hatchback with a 5-passenger seating capacity. It gets up to 233 miles per charge and has an all-wheel drive. The Polestar 2 bills itself as being the first car to have Google built into it.
Key design features include:
- Dirac and Harman Kardon-designed audio system
- Panoramic glass roof
- Vegan upholstery
Base model pricing starts at $59,900. Despite its higher price tag, the Polestar 2 offers more cargo and interior space than many EVs.
Porsche Taycan 4S
Those wanting a high-end EV may fall in love with the Porsche Taycan 4S. This vehicle seats up to 4 passengers, has 14.3 cubic feet of rear cargo space, and maintains the iconic Porsche design.
The estimated driving range is 227 miles with all-wheel drive.
Some of the “infotainment” and safety features include:
- Apple Music integration
- Porsche Voice Pilot
- Night Vision Assist
- Surround View 3D cameras
- Active parking assist
- Adaptive cruise control
The suggested retail price for the Taycan 4S is $103,800 making this one of the most expensive EVs you can own. But its style, comfort and features can make for an enjoyable road trip.
Electric vehicles are becoming a realistic option for taking road trips as battery ranges improve and charging stations become more common. Whether you choose a budget EV or a luxury model, make sure it has Level 3 charging capability for rapid charging while you eat lunch or stretch your legs. Most new EVs have built-in Level 3 capability, but older-model EVs may not.