NEW electric cars are coming on to the market so rapidly that there’s now a huge amount of choice for small and mid-size businesses who need the best range from their lease vehicles.
With greater range comes better confidence for the driver and our chosen cars may have enough range that they do not require charging during a business trip.
But which is best? We examine which new electric cars have the greatest range for SME fleets.
So which EVs should you choose to keep you going, going, going?
This feature is produced in association with Rivervale Leasing
The Mercedes-Benz EQS – the electric equivalent to the luxury S-Class – has a driving range that would embarrass some petrol cars. The engineers have combined a big battery, and a slippery shape, to give the EQS an outstanding range of more than 45 miles.
But as the three-pointed star’s flagship electric car, the EQS is stuffed full of the luxury and tech features you would expect from the top-level Merc.
For chief execs that want to go electric but maintain their luxury motoring lifestyle, the EQS is the car for you.
Tesla Model S
There’s been so much chatter about the Model 3 and the more recent Y, we’ve almost forgotten about the first Tesla to make inroads into SME fleet car parks: the Model S.
The car first arrived 10 years ago but with a continuous diet of battery and motor upgrades mean it’s still one of the best EVs on the market in terms of range, and the newest version uses the latest Tesla latest battery technology.
With the sort of searing performance to shame a supercar, but the practicality to seat five adults comfortably, you’ll be sure to get where you need, and with whom you want, with a range of close on 400 miles.
Running the Tesla close on range is BMW’s iX SUV, part of a new onlaught of electric cars from the blue and white badged Munich car maker.
While this car plays to the SUV trend, the EV drivetrain enables a serious amount of space inside, which is made more luxurious with the choice of materials for the lounge-like cabin.
Just as well, the car has a great ride and is supremely competent in every aspect you’ll want to continue driving, driving, driving…
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The electric Pony car from Ford achieved new records by travelling from John O’Groats to Land’s End with just a 45 minute charge en route during the 840 mile trip. During the eco-driving record attempt the Mach-E was achieving an astonishing 500 miles on a charge.
We’re not suggesting that’s on the cards for fleet drivers, but the Ford Mustang Mach-E will see you good for 350 miles if you choose the Extended Range model.
During those 379 miles you’ll be impressed by the car’s great capabilities, spacious interior and decent ride.
Tesla Model 3
Another Tesla, this time the Model 3, the car that really led the electric car breakthrough in the executive business class sector.
Smaller than the Model S, the Model 3 is more affordable, and has quickly become the best-selling EV in the UK, with the Long Range version offering fleet drivers peace of mind with it substantial battery range, not to mention the back up of the Tesla Supercharger network.
BMW is the second brand to claim two places in this listing of the longest range electric cars for small and mid-sized businesses with the i4.
Offering one of the most familiar premium experiences, the BMW i4 offers a shape that’s most akin to a petrol or diesel car and effectively offers SME fleet executives the chance to drive a 3 Series – except it’s electric of course.
With a range of over 350 miles, you’ll never want to consider a standard BMW 3 Series again.