Ever since mass-market electric cars appeared on the roads for the first time in late 2010, anyone looking to buy an electric car with a list price of less than $40,000 has had to be content with a real-world range per charge of just under 100 miles. From the early Nissan LEAF through to the Volkswagen e-Golf, Ford Focus EV and BMW i3, each car has offered customers an achievable range somewhere between 80 and 95 miles, with EPA rated ranges to match.