Electric SUVs have been on the market for some time, but many people are still reluctant to join the electric trend. These electric vehicles are getting better, increasing battery range to over 500 miles as technology advances. However, there seems to be one EV, the black sheep of the bunch, that offers less than 200 driving range miles. What is it and what other options should you consider?
Which electric vehicles have the best range?
There are two electric vehicles on the market right now that dwarf the others with driving ranges of 400+ miles. While all Tesla can go a long way on a single charge, the Model S has the longest in the brand’s lineup. With a fully charged battery, you can expect to get at least 405 miles of range, according to car and driver.
This model has been around since it was introduced in 2012. The sedan has come a long way and today you can get it in a twin-trigger configuration with the Plaid trim, which can produce 1,020 hp. With that power, the Plaid can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.1 seconds.
That’s certainly impressive for an electric vehicle, but the Model S isn’t the one with the longest reported driving range. The Lucid Air takes that prize with the ability to go up to 520 miles on a single charge.
This sedan is new to the market, introduced this year with a base price of $140,000 and comes with a fuel economy rating of 131 MPGe.
What does the Mazda MX-30 EV offer?
While the Lucid Air and Tesla Model S offer the best driving ranges, the Mazda MX-30 gives you the worst. With this model, you can expect only 100 miles on a single charge. You get so little because of the 35.5 kWh battery pack, which is why most reviewers avoid recommending this model to anyone, even though it’s cheap at $34,695.
You could charge the battery on a long-distance drive, but you would have to stop frequently to do so. You’ll also have to wait a bit while it charges, as it takes about 36 minutes to charge the battery to 80 percent with a Level 3 charger. It’ll take almost three hours if you charge it at home with a Level 2 plug.
It is powered by an electric motor that produces about 143 hp and 200 pound-feet of torque, according to from edmund. It also has a 1-speed direct drive transmission and a front wheel drive.
As for features, the MX-30 electric vehicle offers keyless ignition, rear parking sensors, a leather steering wheel, and adaptive cruise control.
Electric SUVs similar to the MX-30 but offer more miles
If the MX-30’s price seems attractive, but the range doesn’t, there are a few comparable models to choose from. For a starting price of $42,525, you can buy the Volkswagen ID.4 Pro. With the federal tax credit, it could be $7,500 less, which would put it at around $35,000.
This version offers a rear transmission and an electric motor that produces a combined 201 hp. You’ll also get 275 miles of range and 107 MPGe with its 77.0 kWh battery. You can upgrade to the AWD model, which will make 295 hp with dual motors, but you’d lose about 24 miles of range.
Another electric SUV that would be better than the MX-30 is the Kia Niro, which will cost around $41,205. This model has a 64.0 kWh battery pack and front drive. You’ll get a combined 201 hp, with a 6.5-second acceleration time for a 0-60 mph run. As for fuel efficiency, it offers 112 MPGe and can go 239 miles on a single charge.
Then there’s the Hyundai Ioniq 5, with a starting price of $40,925. With this model, you can expect a 58.0 kWh battery pack and a rear powertrain that gets you 220 miles of range and 110 MPGe. You can opt for the 77.4 kWh battery for $3,950 more, which gets you 303 miles on a single charge and gets 114 MPGe.
While the Mazda MX-30 looks like a good electric SUV, it’s not for everyone. With its 100-mile driving range, it’s not feasible for anyone doing long-distance travel. Several EVs are comparable in price with more range than the Mazda, such as the Kia Niro, the Ioniq 5, and the VW ID.4.
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