2020 is a huge year for electric cars. It’s the year we’ll see pioneering electric vehicles from Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and other automakers, including players that are brand new to the industry. And if you’re looking for a long-range EV today, there are plenty of options already on the market. Keep reading to learn more about the longest-range electric cars for 2020, including vehicles that are already on sale as well as those coming to market very soon.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge: at least 200-mile range (estimate)
Coming in 2020
Volvo is making an electric version of its funky-looking XC40 crossover. A 78-kW-hr battery pack sits between an electric motor on each axle, helping the crossover produce 408 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque, which will make it quite a bit more potent than the standard XC40. Expect it to offer a bit more than 200 miles of all-electric driving range.
Volkswagen ID 4: at least 200-mile range (estimate)
Coming in 2020
We’re missing out on Volkswagen’s ID 3 electric hatchback that’s been revealed in Europe, but that’s OK because we get something even better. The ID 4 small electric crossover will feature a larger battery pack and more electric range than the hatch—we’re expecting at least 200 miles. If the production version is anything like the ID Crozz concept, the crossover will feature a compelling interior and exterior design. The concept also boasts an 83-kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack stored beneath the cabin floor for a balanced weight distribution, which VW says will give the CUV handling characteristics similar to those of the Golf GTI.
2020 Mercedes EQC: 200–220-mile range (estimate)
Coming in 2020
This crossover doesn’t look like a Mercedes until you open the doors and see the luxurious interior with a wide touchscreen, sumptuous seats, and bold ambient lighting. Under the sheetmetal, the front and rear electric motors work together with the 80-kW-hr battery to make 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque. We expect the EQC to deliver more than 200 miles of range.
2020 Porsche Taycan: 201–250-mile range (estimate)
The Taycan has generated lots of buzz recently, and for a good reason. In a recent review, we noted the Taycan reminds us of the 911 in terms of its ability to make you feel “one” with the car. It’s powerful, too. The Taycan Turbo S packs 751 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque in overboost mode and 617 hp in normal driving. This is possible with the help of a 93-kW-hr battery running at 800 volts. Although it’s positioned as a Tesla Model S fighter, the Taycan can’t compete on range—at least not in Turbo trim. The EPA rated the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo’s range at 201 miles, though it has yet to release range ratings for the Turbo S and 4S models. Expect to pay a pretty penny for upper-trim Taycans; the Turbo S starts at $186,350.
BMW iX3: 210–240-mile range (estimate)
Coming in 2020
BMW is preparing its first EV crossover. The electric X3 will launch in 2020, though we don’t know the exact timing for the U.S. market. EPA-estimated range is also unclear at this point, but we expect it to come in above 200 miles. The automaker is looking to add a dozen all-electric vehicles to its lineup by 2025.
2019 Audi E-Tron: 204-mile range
Unfortunately, the highly anticipated Audi E-Tron doesn’t boast the impressive all-electric driving range of the Tesla Model X. Nevertheless, it’s a superbly built SUV that benefits from a crisp brake feel, seamless energy recuperation, and a quiet and luxurious interior. It’s relatively powerful, too. Together, the front and rear electric motors produce 355 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque; a boost mode raises total output to 402 hp and 489 lb-ft for brief spurts in this 5,489-pound SUV. Its large battery pack is rated at 95 kW-hr. Prices start at $75,795.
2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: 226-mile range
Nissan is now offering the popular Leaf with a bigger 62-kW-hr battery pack. This option increases all-electric driving range to a maximum of 226 miles. Dubbed the Nissan Leaf Plus, this new version accelerates quickly and shields occupants from road noise, though it suffers from some unnatural brake feel and dull steering. Priced from $37,475 before incentives, this electric car with long range is both competent and affordable.
2020 Jaguar I-Pace: 234-mile range
Not only is the I-Pace one of the longest-range electric cars on the market, but it’s also one of the quickest. It makes 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of torque, enough to take it to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. This setup pairs with a 90-kW-hr battery pack on all versions. We love this crossover’s scintillating styling, precise steering, and excellent body control. And it performs well off-road, tackling sand pits and dirt hills with its competent all-wheel-drive system.
2019 Kia Niro EV: 239-mile range
This electric car with long range has a similar setup to the upcoming Soul EV due for 2021. Like the box car, the Niro EV has a 64-kW-hr lithium-ion battery and electric motor that makes 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. In a recent review, we praised the Niro EV’s handling and readily available power. The model is priced from $39,545 before credits.
2020 Hyundai Kona Electric: 258-mile range
The Hyundai Kona Electric exhibits a silky-smooth drive quality that belies its sub-$40,000 price tag. The model’s electric powertrain makes 201 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque, propelling it to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds with the help of a 64-kW-hr battery. OK, so it’s not particularly zippy, but it’s much quicker than gas-powered versions of the Kona.
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV: 259-mile range
By updating the battery from a 60-kW-hr unit to 66 kW-hr, Chevrolet increased the Bolt’s range by 21 miles for the 2020 model year. Now the little hatch can travel an estimated 259 miles on a single charge. Like previous iterations, the Bolt packs a front-wheel-drive powertrain with 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt is priced at $37,495 before incentives.
2020 Polestar 2: 275-mile range
Coming in 2020
The Volvo-owned Polestar brand is aiming at the Tesla Model 3 with this new model. With a 78-kW-hr battery and a targeted range of 275 miles, the sleek Polestar 2 has front and rear electric motors that deliver a combined output of 400 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. That should be enough to scoot it to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Inside the cabin, you’ll find unmistakable Volvo design cues, including the large Sensus screen in the middle of the dashboard. Launch models will start at around $63,000.
2020 Tesla Model Y: 300-mile range
Coming in 2020
The Tesla Model Y compact crossover is expected to be a top-seller for the brand. It will seat five or seven passengers, depending on the configuration chosen. The Long Range version, expected to be priced from $48,200, will offer a solid 300 miles of range, while other models will offer less range. The Model Y Performance is estimated to hit 60 mph in as little as 3.5 seconds.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: 210–300-mile range (estimate)
Coming in 2020
Ford recently revealed its all-electric SUV with Mustang styling cues, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The controversially named EV will have an all-electric driving range of up to 300 miles, depending on trim level, when it arrives in 2020. It’s one of a slew of new EVs coming from Ford; look for an all-electric F-150 in a few years.
2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range: 322-mile range
Although Tesla went through “production hell” with the Model 3, the effort was well worth it. It’s agile and powerful, with the Long Range version hitting 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and the Performance version proving even quicker. The Model 3 sedan won our recent comparison test against the Genesis G70 and the BMW 330i. Impressed? A Long Range Model 3 costs $49,690 before incentives.
2020 Tesla Model X Long Range: 328-mile range
You probably recognize this long-range EV for its falcon wing doors. This sizable SUV puts many sports cars to shame when it comes to performance. We tested a 2016 Tesla Model X P90D Ludicrous hitting 60 mph in 3.2 seconds with the help of a 259-hp electric motor spinning the front wheels and a 503-hp electric motor for the rears. The Model X Long Range is currently priced from $86,190 before incentives.
2020 Tesla Model S Long Range: 373-mile range
The Tesla Model S is the longest range electric car on the market as of this writing. Its 373-mile rating holds up in the real world, as we found out when we made the journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles on one charge in the Model S. Yep, we went 360 miles without recharging. Although Tesla changes its prices frequently, the Long Range Model S currently starts at $81,190 before incentives.
2020 Rivian R1T: 400-plus-mile range
Coming in 2020
Watch out, Tesla. Rivian is gearing up to produce a sleek all-electric truck that can hit 60 mph in as little as 3.0 seconds. Depending on the battery option chosen, the R1T can travel 230 to 400-plus miles on a single charge, with prices starting in the high $60,000 range for the cheapest 105-kW-hr model. Each wheel has its own 197-hp electric motor, allowing precise torque vectoring at each wheel for increased traction. On the downside, Rivian has shown the R1T having a short bed that’s just 4.6 feet long and 4.5 feet wide, and towing the max 11,000 pounds will cut the truck’s all-electric driving range in half.
2020 Tesla Roadster: 620-mile range
Coming in 2020
Elon Musk has made plenty of wild promises in the past, but as we’ve found with the insanely quick Model S Performance, we know Tesla is capable of breaking performance barriers. So we’re hoping that the reimagined Tesla Roadster is all it’s cracked up to be. Tesla says the Roadster will boast a 0–60 time of 1.9 seconds, which actually sounds plausible given that we’ve tested a Model S hitting 60 mph in 2.28 seconds. Tesla is also boldly claiming the Roadster will have a 200-kW-hr battery, 7,376 lb-ft of torque, and an all-electric driving range of 620 miles. A claim that’s more difficult to believe, considering Tesla’s history of delays, is that the sleek two-door will arrive by 2020. Founders Series models, limited to the first 1,000 customers, are priced at a whopping $250,000. We’ll have to wait and see if Tesla can stick to its timeline with the Roadster, but color us excited.
Longest Range Electric Cars for 2020
- 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge: at least 200 miles of range (estimate)
- Volkswagen ID 4: at least 200 miles of range (estimate)
- 2020 Mercedes EQC: 200-220 miles of range (estimate)
- 2020 Porsche Taycan: 200-250 miles of range (estimate)
- BMW iX3: 210-240 miles of range (estimate)
- 2019 Audi e-tron: 204 miles of range
- 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: 226 miles of range
- 2020 Jaguar I-Pace: 234 miles of range
- 2019 Kia Niro Electric: 239 miles of range
- 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric: 258 miles of range
- 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV: 259 miles of range
- 2020 Polestar 2: 275 miles of range
- 2020 Tesla Model Y: 300 miles of range
- 2021: Ford Mustang Mach-E: 210-300 miles of range (estimate)
- 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range: 322 miles of range
- 2020 Tesla Model X Long Range: 328 miles of range
- 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range: 373 miles of range
- 2020 Rivian R1T: 400+ miles of range
- 2020 Tesla Roadster: 620 miles of range
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