Long-range electric cars available on the Motability Scheme

Motoring expert Richard Aucock has reviewed six electric vehicles (EVs) with long ranges above 250 miles. The cars featured in this article are available on the Motability Scheme’s latest quarterly car price list for 2024 (April to June 2024). From stylish small hatchbacks to practical large SUVs, you can expect to see more long-range EVs from a variety of manufacturers to suit your needs. 

The prices shown are valid for applications placed before 30th June 2024.

There are lots of new electric cars available in the UK, and the number is growing all the time. This rise in electric cars is a result of car manufacturers complying with regulations defined by the ZEV Mandate. In 2024, it means electric cars must make up 22% of each car firm’s annual sales. The proportion will increase each year, up to 80% in 2030. 

To meet the ZEV Mandate, manufacturers are aiming to make electric cars increasingly affordable. There are now lots of EVs available on the Motability Scheme for low or even no Advance Payment (this means customers will pay nothing upfront to get their new car). And with electric car range improving all the time, many new EVs coming onto the scheme have a generous driving range of 250 miles or more. This means you can drive for long distances with less need to worry about charging up the battery.

Electric car battery size

Electric car battery size is measured in kWh. The larger the number, the bigger the battery. An average electric car has a 50kWh battery. But do note, just as petrol and diesel cars have different levels of fuel economy, electric cars can vary in efficiency. The range of one model can be longer than another, even if they have the same size battery. 

Electric car range is measured by the official Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). This is a standard test, carried out in a laboratory, that helps customers compare the range of different EVs. The ‘Combined’ figure shows the expected maximum distance a vehicle can travel on a single charge across various driving conditions.

The test reflects real-world scenarios to provide the industry-standard ‘range’ figure which is also used at the Motability Scheme in the ‘find a vehicle’ results, where you can filter based on battery range. 

Real-world range

Your real-world figure will vary, through several factors including your driving style, the roads you drive on and even the weather. For example, driving on the motorway at higher speeds will use more electricity than slower city speeds, and cold weather means batteries are less efficient and give a lower range than when it is warm The WLTP Combined figure is a good starting point to assess electric car range across different makes and models. 


The red GWM ORA 03 on the road

Driving range: up to 261 miles (No Advance Payment) 

What sort of car is it?

The GWM ORA 03 is a small hatchback electric car with five doors. Until recently, it was known as the ORA Funky Cat. This updated version gets a new name (03), and the choice of a larger battery that gives it an even longer electric range. 

Why is it so popular?

This improved GWM ORA 03 now comes with a larger battery option. It is called the Pro+ 63kWh and is a longer-range alternative to the existing Pure+ 48kWh model. The new 63kWh battery significantly improves the range to a useful 261 miles. It is combined with a 169bhp electric motor for snappy performance. 

The GWM ORA 03 is a distinctive-looking car with a friendly face and retro styling features. The interior is very welcoming with a quality feel and premium features. Rear passenger space has been prioritised, with surprising space and comfort. The 228-litre boot, which can hold one large suitcase, can be easily expanded by folding the rear seats.

View the GWM ORA 03 online

Peugeot e-3008

A teal Peugeot e-3008 parked

Driving range: up to 326 miles (Advance Payment: £499)

What sort of car is it?

The new Peugeot e-3008 is a brand-new electric version of the firm’s popular medium SUV. The first cars are now arriving in UK dealers. Petrol-powered new Peugeot 3008 are also available, but it is the electric e-3008 we’re focusing on here.

Why is it so popular?

This new Peugeot e-3008 features a 73kWh battery. This gives it an impressive range of 326 miles. This GT-spec model has lots of sporty styling interior and exterior features. A 210bhp electric motor means performance is strong. 

Inside, the new Peugeot e-3008 has an advanced interior that is packed with technology such as clever configurable i-Toggles and convenient ‘Open and Go’ keyless entry, and I found the 21-inch panoramic digital display very impressive indeed. It is welcoming, comfortable, and spacious. There is a good amount of room for passengers and the 520-litre boot is very large, big enough to take four large suitcases.

View the Peugeot e-3008 online

Honda e:Ny1

A blue Honda eNy1 parked by a field

Driving range: up to 256 miles (Advance Payment: £499)

What sort of car is it?

The Honda e:Ny1 is a small electric SUV. It is an EV alternative to the Honda HR-V, which is a hybrid car that is also available on the Motability Scheme.

Why is it so popular?

The Honda e:Ny1 has a futuristic look with smart white Honda badges and a sleek, aerodynamic profile. The charging port is hidden behind the white ‘H’ logo at the front. It is modern inside too, with a distinctive and extra-large central touchscreen that’s packed with gadgets. Passengers enjoy plenty of space and the 361-litre boot can hold three large suitcases.

The Honda e:Ny1 has a 69kWh battery. This means it has an electric range of 256 miles. Like all electric cars, it has an easy-to-use automatic transmission. A power output of 201bhp means it is responsive and reassuring to drive.

View the Honda e:Ny1 online

Smart #1

The white Smart #1 parked

Driving range: up to 260 miles (Advance Payment: £499)

What sort of car is it?

The Smart #1 (it is pronounced ‘hashtag one’) is an ultra-modern new electric small SUV from this fun and innovative brand. Smart has been reborn in recent years and the new #1 aims to be its core model in a growing range of new cars. As well as this long-range Pro+ model, the Smart #1 is also available in Pro guise. This is the same model with a smaller 193-mile range and the added appeal of no Advance Payment.

Why is it so popular?

The Smart #1 has a modern appearance that is clean and distinctive. It is similar in length and width to a Volkswagen Golf hatchback, and clever design means it has impressive roominess inside. Even tall adults will find plenty of space in the back. The 323-litre boot will take around two large suitcases.

The Smart #1 has a 66kWh battery. This gives it a useful range of 260 miles. Clever onboard technology helps you easily monitor the battery and find public charge points on the move. I also found the little fox character in the infotainment screen, who serves as a ‘virtual assistant’, a really fun touch!

View the Smart #1 online

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The dark grey Hyundai Ioniq on the road

Driving range: up to 315 miles (Advance Payment: £549)

What sort of car is it?

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an acclaimed electric medium hatchback that has been really well-received by critics. It is also a former winner of the top World Car of the Year award in 2022.

Why is it so popular?

The futuristic Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a bold car with an ultra-modern appearance. I love the sharp creases and pixel lights front and rear. This Premium version has a good spec, including heated front seats and steering wheel, sat nav and a reverse parking camera. There’s a good amount of room for passengers and a 527-litre boot that’s big enough for four large suitcases.

This Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes with the larger 77kWh battery. This means it has a very impressive electric range of 315 miles. It can also use ultra-fast public rapid chargers. If you find a device powerful enough, it can charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes. This is much faster than most other electric cars.

View the Hyundai Ioniq 5 online

Skoda Enyaq

The silver Skoda Enyaq car parked

Driving range: up to 349 miles (Advance Payment: £999)

What sort of car is it?

The Skoda Enyaq is a large SUV that combines electric motoring with a spacious interior and high seating position which makes it easy to access. I think it’s a really well-rounded car for families who need lots of room.

Why is it so popular?

Practicality is the name of the game with the Skoda Enyaq. It is extremely well-designed with a spacious interior offering loads of comfort for five people. There are lots of ingenious ‘simply clever’ features to make life easier. These include handy mobile phone stowage slots in the back of the front seats, a hidden organiser beneath the boot floor and a useful cable cleaner for the EV charging cable to keep your boot clean and tidy. The boot itself is also enormous, with its 585-litre capacity taking four large suitcases with ease.

This Skoda Enyaq has an 82kWh battery. It is the largest battery featured here, and it gives a superb official driving range of 349 miles. The standard sat nav helps you easily locate public chargers while travelling too.

View the Skoda Enyaq online

Interested in joining the Scheme?

About the Scheme

The Motability Scheme offers an all-inclusive package with insurance, breakdown cover, servicing, tyres and glass repair and replacement included.

If you are in receipt of a qualifying mobility allowance you can use it to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. The Scheme provides flexible and hassle-free access to a brand new, reliable vehicle of your choice. As well as a great choice of cars, we also provide a wide range of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs.


To join the Scheme, you must be in receipt of one of the following mobility allowances:

  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Child Disability Payment (Scotland)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment 

Use our eligibility checker tool to see if you’re eligible.

How do the payments work?

Payments are deducted from your qualifying mobility allowance every four weeks, then paid directly to us by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Veterans UK. If you choose a car that costs less than your allowance, the remainder is paid directly to you by the DWP or Veterans UK.

What are the pricing options?

There are three pricing options available when leasing through the Motability Scheme:

Cars that cost less than your mobility allowance:

There are several cars that cost less than your mobility allowance, giving you money back to spend as you wish. The amount you pay is fixed during your lease and the remainder is paid directly to you by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Veterans UK, depending on which mobility allowance you receive.

View less than your allowance cars

Cars that cost all of your mobility allowance:

There are also many cars that cost the same as your allowance, which means you swap the whole of your weekly mobility allowance for the car of your choice. There is no Advance Payment on these models. These cars will display the words ‘Total Mobility Allowance’ on the specifications page for weekly rental amount on the Car Search tool.

View total mobility allowance cars

Cars that cost all of your mobility allowance and have an Advance Payment:

You can increase your choice further by paying a one-off, non-refundable upfront payment which we call an Advance Payment. The Advance Payment covers the cost between your mobility allowance and the total cost of your lease.

View cars that have an Advance Payment

Search the full range

If you’d like to join over 700,000 customers already enjoying the benefits of a worry-free lease package through the Scheme, start exploring the full range of cars available using our Car Search tool to narrow down your options.

Our price lists are updated every three months, so you can be assured you’re getting the best prices from each manufacturer. The dates the new prices are published are:

  • 1 January
  • 1 April
  • 1 July
  • 1 October

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