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Jun 12, 2023

How Far Can an Electric Car Go on One Charge?

Last updated: Jun 13, 2023

Are you used to driving a petrol-powered car? Then the idea of stopping at a gas station only once every week or so to keep your car running smoothly is a familiar one. No wonder you might be sceptical when you hear about electric vehicles with a battery that runs down much faster than the fuel tank.

But here’s a thing. The Nissan Leaf that came to the market in 2011 boasted having up to 160 kilometres of range. If you travel from Salzburg to Vienna, you will certainly need to charge at least once on the way. For daily commuting with 20-30 km distance, though, it’s a perfect choice. However, let’s not forget this was one of the first EV models. 

Today, you can get a Tesla Model S with 600 km range or a Mercedes-AMG EQS with 746 km range. From Salzburg to Vienna? From Munich to Frankfurt? One full charge is enough!

How Far Can You Go on a Fully Charged Electric Car?

As you can imagine, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Much depends on the model of car you use, your driving style, and even the weather conditions. We know that’s not an answer you’ve been looking for. What we can do, however, is help you find the electric car that matches the charge-to-drive ratio of your dreams. That’s what this blog post is about.

Which electric cars can go the shortest and farthest on a single charge?

Want a car that can handle long travels? The following vehicles can drive the longest on a single charge:

Car model


Tesla Roadster

1000 km

Mercedes-AMG EQS 450 4MATIC

746 km


630 km

Tesla Model S

600 km


580 km

Are you looking for a car primarily for short-distance trips like commuting or going to the mall? If so, consider these options:

Car model


Smart EQ Fortwo 

159 km

Renault Twingo Electric

190 km

Fiat 500e Cabrio

190 km

Dacia Spring

220 km

Honda e 

222 km

Who estimates the range?

The numbers we have listed are provided directly by the car manufacturers. You may find that they differ from one website to another. This is because some independent testers such as ADAC, as well as simply curious internet users, carry out their own tests under different conditions. 

How Long Does it Take to Charge Your Electric car?

Calculate your charging time with the go-e calculator. 

Let us show you how it works. 

  1. Choose your car's brand from the options available. For example, if you have a Tesla, select Tesla from the list.
  2. Select the specific model of your car from the drop-down list. For instance, if you own a Tesla Model 3, pick Model 3 from the list.
  3. Pick the go-e Charger that you use from the options provided. Suppose you use the go-e Charger Gemini flex 22 kW, select it from the list.
  4. Indicate whether you're using an adapter or not. If so, select the adapter you're using from the list.

Right after you’re done, the calculator will show you the approximate charging for your car when charging from 0 to 100 %. Try it out!

Calculate Your Charging Time

Car Charging

Determination of approximate values when charging from 0 to 100 %: actual charging time and charging speed may deviate due to rounding differences and external influences. Charging power when charging via household plug is always limited to 2.3 kW. Errors excepted.



Estimated charging time


Maximum charging output


Note: The range provided by car manufacturers is normally calculated considering the so-called optimal (perfect) conditions. Not too cold, not too warm, not too much acceleration, no constant heating inside the car.

How Often Do You Need to Charge an Electric Car?

The majority of electric car owners charge their vehicles overnight at home. Two-three times per week are normally enough for daily commuting and grocery shopping on the weekend. If you have a smart wallbox like our go-e Charger, charging will stop as soon as your battery reaches the charging limit you define. If you don’t adjust the settings, the car can be charged up to 100% as well.

go-e Charger Gemini flex 11 kW
go-e Charger Gemini flex 11 kW

The intelligent wallbox can be used both stationary in the wall bracket and mobile.

go-e Charger Gemini 11 kW
go-e Charger Gemini 11 kW

The compact wallbox for stationary use, at home or at the workplace. Simple installation, intuitive operation and smart comfort functions.

go-e Charger Gemini flex 22 kW
go-e Charger Gemini flex 22 kW

The intelligent wallbox can be used both stationary in the wall bracket and mobile.

go-e Charger Gemini 22 kW
go-e Charger Gemini 22 kW

The compact wallbox for stationary use, at home or at the workplace. Simple installation, intuitive operation and smart comfort functions.

If you normally use public charging stations, your frequency of charging depends on the factors listed below.

Note: Most EV manufacturers advise customers to keep their batteries charged between 20 and 80%. This is particularly crucial when using a DC charger.

What affects the range of an EV?

  • Driving habits: One of the factors is your driving habits. You're a lead-footed speedster? You'll probably empty your battery a lot faster than a more cautious driver. In general, most electric cars need to be charged every few days or so. But it really all depends on how much you drive. 
  • Terrain: Let’s say, you're driving up hills or mountains. You'll use more energy and your range will suffer. Travelling on bumpy roads is likely to decrease your range as well.
  • Car size: Your car size matters as well. Larger vehicles, while not always heavier, present a greater challenge to manoeuvre due to their increased mass. This leads to higher energy consumption during acceleration and turning at higher speeds. 
  • Weather: An electric car's range can be decreased on cold days. This is mostly caused by the energy needed to maintain a suitable temperature for the driver and batteries. Fortunately, there are steps that may be taken to lessen this impact, such as pre-heating the cabin and utilising heated seats instead of turning on the heater.
  • Battery size: Another thing to consider is your battery size. If you have a Volvo EX90 with a 107 kWh battery, one charge can be enough for a week of daily commuting. In contrast, VW e-Up with a 32,3 kW needs to be charged more frequently. 
  • Amount of charge: Lastly, the amount of charge your car has received the last time matters. Did you fully charge your vehicle overnight or just top it up to 60% at a public charger in the shopping mall? This will impact the frequency of your charging.

All in all, it's a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you have access to charging stations when you need them. Services like ChargeFinder, for instance, can always show you where the closest charging station is. Or simply get yourself a mobile charging station such as our go-e Charger Gemini flex, put it in the trunk of your car and be able to charge immediately wherever you are. 

Tips for keeping the battery in a good shape

Distance to Empty (DTE) and Why You Need to Know About it

The Distance to Empty (DTE) is an indication of how far you can drive with the current battery level. You usually see it on the main display of the car. The distance it shows is fairly accurate, but don’t rely too much on it and consider recharging as soon as the number drops significantly. 

Whether you have 5 years of driving experience or have just got your driving licence, you probably realise that driving with 3% battery power left is not the best idea. Obviously, it depends on where you're driving. It's much safer to drive in the city centre than in the suburbs, where you'll be less likely to find an outlet for your own charger, let alone a public charging station.

Note: Once the DTE number hits zero, it's a wrap, and you'll need to call for a tow truck to take your electric vehicle to the nearest charging station. This can be a pricey and time-consuming ordeal that's also not a good thing for your car's battery health.

Do Electric Cars Lose Range Over Time?

The most common, lithium-ion batteries have some excellent benefits like high energy density and speedy charging. But, like everything else, they eventually wear out. You can't just keep charging and discharging them forever. After a while, the battery's power storage capacity starts to drop because the materials inside the battery start to go bad. You have probably experienced that already as it’s the same with phones, tablets, laptops, etc.

Here’re a few tips how keep your EV’s battery in a good shape for as long as possible:

  • Avoid using DC fast chargers too often and don’t charge with DC chargers up to 100%.
  • Don’t allow your battery to be completely depleted (0%).
  • Avoid exposing your battery to extreme temperatures, as they can be detrimental to its health.

A Glimpse into the Future of EV Charging

Which electric vehicle has the longest range? The answer is that it hasn't been built yet. Car companies are releasing new models with longer and longer ranges every year, and it doesn't look like they're going to stop anytime soon. They say that by 2025, the average battery range of electric vehicles is expected to increase to 784 kilometers. Meanwhile, Tesla has already surprised with its Roadster with a 1000 km range.


With the wide range of options available today, you can easily buy an electric car that suits your needs, whether you intend to use it mainly for commuting or for longer trips. 

And you will never feel range anxiety if you have a mobile wallbox such as our go-e Charger Gemini flex. It doesn't matter how long the distance ahead is. Simply put the charger in the trunk of your electric vehicle and recharge from a red CEE socket as soon as the battery level is low. No red CEE socket nearby? Don't worry, with the right go-e adapter, you can charge from any outlet, even a standard 220V one. Keep in mind, however, that charging at a normal socket takes three to five times longer than at a red CEE socket. 

Otherwise, you can get yourself the stationary go-e Charger Gemini with an identical set of features. Charge your car at home overnight and hit the road in the morning with a full battery.

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