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The range of an electric vehicle is largely determined by the size of its batteries measured in kWh together with the way in which the vehicle is driven (See EV Driving Techniques). Here are some examples of currently available EVs their battery sizes and mileage ranges.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

The Hyundai IONIQ Electric is a five door, five seat family hatchback with an official driving range of 174 miles. It’s also good to drive.

Hyundai Kona Electric

The Hyundai KONA Electric is a game changer because it offers a 279 mile range for £32,845 (after the government’s £3,500 Plug-in Car Grant). It also has a practical body style and it’s well equipped. It’s also available with a 39 kWh battery with a 180 mile range. The KONA Electric has a CCS Combo port for 50kW public rapid charging, allowing it to charge up to 80% in 75 minutes.

Kia e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro is now on the ULEV Experience fleet! The Kia e-Niro is all-electric with a driving range of 282 miles and it costs from £32,995 after the government’s £3,500 plug-in car grant. With its ‘crossover’ body style, it’s also a practical size.

Nissan eNV200

With its new 40 kWh battery, offering a driving range of up to 124 miles (combined WLTP) or 187 miles (city WLTP), the new and improved Nissan e-NV200 van is great for inner city deliveries, journeys and logistics operations. Seating two people, with a total payload capacity of 2 Euro Pallets or 705kg, and a cargo capacity of up to 4.2m3, the vehicle is the perfect step change for businesses new to operating commercial ULEVs. The vehicle comes supplied with a Type 2 charging cable (to use on the public network, when it can be rapid charged in 40-60 minutes), and a 3-pin plug cable for easy charging at the workplace or at home.

Nissan Leaf

The UK’s best-selling pure electric car, the Nissan LEAF, has recently been updated with a more modern and dynamic exterior design. The LEAF, with a 40 kWh battery pack, has an official electric range of 235 miles based on the NEDC test, or 177 miles based on the new, more realistic WLTP test. The new LEAF has an ‘e-pedal’ which enables the accelerator pedal to also act as a brake, allowing ‘one-pedal’ driving. The LEAF can be recharged at a 50 kW rapid charger (0-80%) in 40 minutes.

Renault Kangoo Maxi

The Kangoo ZE Maxi 33 KWh is a small electric van that can allow local deliveries to be made with zero tailpipe emissions. The Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 and Kangoo Maxi Van Z.E. 33 offer the same load capacity and options as the equivalent diesel but with ultra-low running costs. The Kangoo Z.E. Maxi Van has a load volume of up to 4m3 for a payload of 640 kg. The official NEDC combined range is 170 miles, but Renault gives a real-life range figure for summer of 124 miles.

Renault ZOE

The Renault ZOE Z.E.40, with its 41kWh battery, has an official range of 250 miles (real world estimate drops significantly if sustained usage of air-conditioning or heating). Using a 43kW charger this has a charging time of 1 hour 40 minutes (for 0-80%). You can also opt for a 41kWh battery with quick charge, which delivers a range of 230 miles, or a real world estimate of 174 miles in summer. Using a 43kW charger, the charge time drops to 1 hour 5 minutes (for a 0-80% charge). Renault uses a different system to most, utilising AC charging for rapid as well as fast. The quick charge option makes full use of 43 kW rapid chargers, when the car recharges significantly quicker at rapid charger points.

Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf is just like a Golf – but electric! It has an electric driving range of 186 miles. It’s also very refined to drive.