The electric cars with the longest range in Australia

Got a long way to go? We've compiled a list of the electric cars on sale in Australia with the most range from a single charge.

What are the electric cars with the most range in Australia for 2023?

How far your electric car will travel before it runs out of battery is a detail you might want to uncover before signing on the dotted line.

Having said that, the importance of a car's claimed driving range will depend on how you're using your electric vehicle (EV).

Will it be your primary mode of transport, a second runaround car, or a long-distance tourer? These are all important questions that you should acknowledge before making your selection.

Another important question to answer is: what's your budget? Unfortunately – at least for the time being – the more range your car offers, the more money it's likely to cost you.

To help you on your electrification journey, we've compiled a list of all of the 10 electric cars currently on sale in Australia that go the furthest on a single charge.

The 10 electric cars with the most range in Australia

NOTE: All range estimates used in this story are based on the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), as it relies more heavily on real-world driving estimates than its predecessor, the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC). Of course, all range estimates are claimed figures only and real-world consumption will vary according to a number of factors including driving style, topography, ambient temperature, operating conditions, and more.

10. Tesla Model Y Long Range – 533km

Tesla's medium SUV can travel up to 533km on a single charge in Long Range form. While the entry-level Model Y range starts at $65,400 before on-road costs, the Long Range variant commands a notable price premium starting at $78,400 plus on-road costs.

9. Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor – 546km

Even the most basic iteration of the Polestar 2 liftback sedan packs a big range punch, with 546km on tap and a competitive price point of $67,400 plus on-road costs.

8. Mercedes-Benz EQS450 4Matic sedan – 552km

It might be less powerful than its AMG equivalent, but the entry-level EQS sedan offers more driving range than its gutsy counterpart. Offering 552km according to the WLTP cycle, the EQS450 4Matic is priced from $219,900 plus on-road costs.

7. BMW iX M60 – 560km

Priced from $228,400 plus on-road costs, BMW's large, performance-focussed electric SUV isn't exactly the cheapest ticket into long-distance electric driving, but it might be the most powerful – offering 455kW of power and 1015Nm of torque.

6. Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor – 593km

With its 82kWh battery pack, the all-wheel-drive version of the Polestar can take you from Sydney to Canberra and back again. It's priced from $76,400 before on-road costs, but keep in mind that if you add the Performance Pack (a bundle of performance and handling upgrades), this range figure is reduced to 568km.

5. Hyundai Ioniq 6 Dynamiq RWD – 614km

Thanks to a 77.4kWh battery, the rear-wheel-drive Ioniq Dynamiq has a 614km range to rival models from premium manufacturers. Don't let the brand name fool you, though – this isn't exactly budget-friendly starting from $74,000 plus on-road costs.

4. BMW iX xDrive 50 Sport – 620km

With a massive 108.8kWh of net battery capacity, the iX large electric SUV can go the distance... 620km to be exact. Like many of the other luxury SUVs on this list, that lengthy range will cost you a hefty price – $189,950 before on-road costs.

3. BMW i7 xDrive 60 M Sport – 625km

If money is no object, the high-luxury BMW i7 limousine offers an impressive 625km of range. However, you'll pay a fair bit for that extra peace of mind – with the i7 starting at a whopping $306,900 before on-road costs.

2. Tesla Model 3 Long Range – 629km

As one of the more affordable cars on the upper end of this list, the updated Tesla Model 3 Long Range boasts 629km of range and is priced from $71,900 plus on-road costs. If you order the new model now, it's likely to arrive in early 2024.

1. Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor – 655km

The Long Range Single Motor variant of the Polestar 2 electric sedan is currently the longest-range EV on sale in Australia, and is priced from $71,400 plus on-road costs. It's capable of driving up to 655km on a single charge, courtesy of its 82kWh battery that offers a claimed consumption figure of between 14.9–17.2kWh/100km (numbers Drive journalists have been able to equal in real-world driving tests).

The long-range electric cars coming soon

These cars are yet to officially land in Australian showrooms, but their arrival is imminent and they'll pack plenty of range punch.

Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor

The incoming Polestar 3 SUV will offer up to 610km of WLTP range when it arrives in Australia in the first half of 2024, priced from $132,900 plus on-road costs.

Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium

Due later in 2023, Ford's electric SUV is set to offer 600km of range to Aussie shoppers at a price point of $91,665 plus on-road costs.

BMW i5 eDrive40

The first-ever BMW i5 electric sedan is expected to arrive Down Under in the fourth quarter of 2023, with an 84kWh battery offering 582km of range for the rear-wheel-drive eDrive40 variant.

BMW i7 M70 xDrive

Expected to be the most powerful and luxurious BMW ever made, the M70 variant of the i7 limousine will land in late 2023 with up to 560km of range. The price? An eye-watering $344,900 plus on-road costs.

Affordable long-range electric cars in Australia

If you're on a budget but still want to go the distance, here are some of the more affordable electric cars that offer over 500km of range.

MG 4 Long Range

The top-of-the-range variant of MG's new electric hatchback boasts a 77kWh battery pack for up to 530km of range. Starting from just $55,990 before on-road costs, it's arguably Australia's most affordable long-range electric car.

Cupra Born

Priced from $59,990 before on-road costs, Cupra's electric 'hot hatch' can travel 511km on a single charge courtesy of a 77kWh battery pack.

Tesla Model 3 RWD

The upgraded Tesla Model 3 will be available in just two grades when it lands in Australia in early 2024. The base rear-wheel-drive model will be priced from a competitive (for its segment) $61,900 plus on-road costs and will offer 513km of range.

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Susannah Guthrie

Susannah Guthrie has been a journalist for over a decade. Previously, she has been the digital director of both Harper's Bazaar and Elle, a senior editor at The New Daily, the host of 'A Taste of Travel' on Channel Ten and a motoring columnist for CarSales. Susannah holds a Bachelor in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and cut her teeth as an intern for Time Inc in New York City. She has also completed a television presenting course with the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and her son.

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