518 Could Be a Magic Number for Electric Vehicle Manufacturers

American drivers are picky when it comes to their thoughts about owning an EV, with most feeling reluctant about purchasing one due to their low ranges. As Kelley Blue Book reports, the magic number seems to be a range of 518 miles; so can manufacturers meet this number?
Written by Jason Crosby
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Feb 13, 2022
The future is
electric
, or so it seems. Carmakers from
GM
to Bentley are vowing to turn their manufacturing plants and vehicle lineups completely electric in the next decades, but are car buyers willing to make the switch? 
The answer might depend on the battery range of EVs, which, along with high costs, has been the Achilles heel of the EV market. But
Kelley Blue Book
reports that 518 miles may be the magic number that electric vehicle manufacturers need their EVs to hit in order for more buyers to trade in their gas guzzlers. 

Electric vehicle manufacturers have some convincing to do

Electric vehicles
have come a long way in terms of battery range, but the American
power grid
hasn’t quite kept up. As we’ve covered before, the U.S. has over 20,000 charging stations across the U.S., and this number is growing. However, charging times for electric vehicles are still far longer than it takes to gas up a traditional vehicle—a few minutes compared to 5 to 6 hours. 
Though it’s generally known that EVs are more reliable and eco-friendly than their gas counterparts, only 39% of Americans say that they would even consider buying an electric vehicle. 
Kelley Blue Book noted that the three main factors holding back drivers from going electric were low battery range, a lack of infrastructure to assist with public charging, and the higher cost of EVs compared to traditional vehicles. 
So if 518 miles happens to be the magic number that electric vehicles need to hit in terms of battery range, are there any vehicles that measure up? 

Electric vehicles with the highest battery ranges

According to
Cars.com
, the only commercially available electric vehicle with a 500-mile battery range is the
Lucid Air
, made by the California startup Lucid. With a $169,000 price tag, the Air is probably out of most EV buyers’ price range, but with a 521-mile EPA-certified battery range, it’s at least a sign that automakers are getting close to meeting American drivers’ expectations for electric vehicles. 
The downside about EVs with higher ranges is that they’re typically luxury sedans, which means they come with expensive base prices. Other models that come somewhat close to the Lucid Air include the 2022 Tesla Model S Dual-Motor AWD, starting at $89,990 with a 405-mile range. The other option is the 2022 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual-Motor AWD ($49,990) with a 358-mile range. 

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