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Here Are the 10 Electric Vehicles With the Longest Ranges

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The electric-vehicle market is continuously expanding, with new models seemingly joining the fray every week. As a result, it can be hard to keep track of which ones are the most appealing -- and which ones you should consider. As an Earth Day treat to help out car shoppers especially concerned with range, we've rounded up the ten electric vehicles that offer the longest ranges (as of April 2017), delivering the most miles between charges. In other words, these are the cars you'll want if you aren't looking to compromise your lifestyle (or suffer from range anxiety) when you buy an EV.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S - 218 to 315 Miles

The Tesla Model S offers the longest range of all electric vehicles. While the base-level Model S 60 comes up short compared to Tesla's larger Model X and the Chevrolet Bolt, the top-level Model S P100D offers an amazing 315 miles of fully electric range. Unfortunately, it's not cheap, as it starts around $138,000 -- but considering its 0-to-60 time of 2.5 seconds, its impressive practicality, its amazing technology and its tremendous range, the P100D is the closest you'll come to an electric vehicle where you won't have to make any compromises -- even compared to a world-class sports car.

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Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X - 237 to 295 Miles

Like its Model S sibling, the Tesla Model X also offers excellent range: Even the base-level 75D model will go 237 miles between charges, while the top-end 100D and P100D can top 290 total miles -- and the P100D can scoot from zero to 60 in an amazing 2.9 seconds. Not only that, but the Model X famously offers its cool trick "falcon wing" rear doors, standard 3-row seating, and technology that'll impress virtually anyone. The only drawback is cost: The 75D (and its 237 miles of range) starts at just under $90,000, while the P100D is a pricey $140,000 -- not cheap, even for 3-row family transportation with sports car-like acceleration.

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Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt - 238 Miles

Although the Chevy Bolt offers Tesla-like range, it doesn't come with Tesla-like prices: The Bolt touts an amazing 238 miles of range and a starting price of just $37,500 with shipping -- less than half the price of a Model S or a Model X. Of course, the Bolt doesn't quite have Tesla performance (zero to 60 is around 7 seconds) or Tesla-like technology -- but it's not too far off on the technology front. The Bolt touts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Chevy's latest MyLink infotainment system and all the latest safety technology, like forward-collision warning with automatic braking. It's also surprisingly roomy and versatile on the inside.

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Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf - 125 Miles

The Volkswagen e-Golf has been updated for 2017 with a dramatic boost in range -- and the EPA now says it can travel 125 miles between charges. That makes it fourth-best among EVs, just edging out the new Hyundai Ioniq. Pricing is reasonable, too, as the e-Golf starts from around $30,000 with destination and before shipping. That's a good deal -- especially when you consider that the e-Golf comes standard with keyless ignition, automatic headlights, a backup camera, a heated windshield and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

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Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric - 124 Miles

The all-new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is just reaching dealers this spring -- and it's going to be available in three forms: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric. The fully electric model touts an EPA-estimated range of 124 miles, which places it near the top among electric vehicles -- and it's priced from just $30,500, which makes it competitive with the Volkswagen e-Golf and a lot cheaper than the new Chevy Bolt. While the Ioniq comes up a little shy compared to the e-Golf in terms of performance (it has just 118 horsepower compared to the e-Golf's 134 horses), the Hyundai offers a brand-new interior design -- and more distinctive styling that isn't shared with any other model.

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Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric - 115 Miles

Although the Ford Focus Electric has recently been an "also-ran" in the world of electric vehicles, flirting with figures well under 100 miles of range, the 2017 model changes that. The recently updated 2017 Focus Electric now touts 115 miles of range, which places it just behind the Ioniq EV's 124 miles -- and the Focus boasts more interior space than the e-Golf or the Ioniq. It also has a slightly higher price, as it starts around $31,000 with shipping -- but drivers who need extra room may be willing to pay a few hundred dollars extra to get it.

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BMW i3

BMW i3 - 114 Miles

The BMW i3 is offered in two versions: a fully electric model, dubbed simply the i3, and a plug-in hybrid version with a range-extending gasoline engine, which is called the "i3 with Range Extender" -- or, to satisfied customers, the "i3 Rex." Prices are steep: While the fully electric i3 can travel only 114 miles between charges, it starts around $45,500 -- big money compared to the Focus Electric, Ioniq, e-Golf and even the Bolt. But there's no denying that the i3 is exceptionally interesting compared to those models, as it boasts futuristic styling and an even more avant-garde interior that's unlike anything you've probably experienced before.

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Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF - 107 Miles

Although the Nissan Leaf was the range champion among electric vehicles when it first went on sale several years ago, times have changed -- and while the Leaf's range has climbed from about 80 miles to around 110, it's no longer near the top of the list among EVs with the highest range. Still, it's worth considering. It touts a lot of modern technology and highly distinctive styling, with a base price of around $31,700 -- and for 2017, each and every Leaf comes standard with the formerly optional 30-kwh battery pack, meaning you don't have to spend more in order to get to that range figure.

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Kia Soul EV

Kia Soul EV - 93 Miles

The fully electric 2017 Kia Soul EV offers an appealing package, as it touts the Soul's funky styling and an EPA-estimated range of 93 miles -- along with a base price of around $33,100. While that's a worse price-per-range number than most of its rivals, the Soul EV also comes surprisingly well-equipped: Each model comes standard with a navigation system, Kia's Uvo infotainment system, a heated steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and more. The Soul EV's drawback: It still isn't sold across the country, but rather only in California and a select few other states with strong EV charging infrastructures.

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes-Benz B-Class - 87 Miles

While many drivers -- and even Mercedes-Benz fans -- don't realize the brand sells the B-Class hatchback here in the United States, indeed it does: The B-Class is sold here in one trim level, the B250e, and it's fully electric. Starting around $41,000 with shipping, the B250e touts a muscular 177 horsepower, giving it a 0-to-60 time of around 7.5 seconds -- not bad for an EV. It also features traditional Mercedes-Benz high-end build quality and luxury features, along with a not-so-bad 87-mile range. The interior is roomy, too, for shoppers interested in turning the B-Class into a family car. Unfortunately, like the Soul EV, the B250e has one major drawback: It's currently only available on the West Coast.

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