Electric Car Range
Electric Cars by order of their Range between Charges
Electric Cars by Range
We have arranged the electric car models in order of range. The range quoted will be the best you can expect with the latest model with largest battery pack on offer. With a smaller battery pack you will be unable to achieve the quoted mileage. Figures are the NEDC official test figures, in daily driving you can expect to only achieve 75% of the quoted figures.
How is Range Calculated?
What is NEDC testing and how does it work?
NEDC comes from New European Driving Cycle but the thing is, it’s not that new – in fact, the right adjective would be outdated. Designed in the 1980s and adopted in 1990 and last updated in 1997, the NEDC aims to replicate how a car is typically being used in Europe.
What is WLTP testing and how does it work?
In response to the NEDC’s growing irrelevance, the European Commission coined the WLTP. WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure and has been developed with input from Europe’s automotive industry.
Although still a lab test, WLTP uses real driving data collected from all around the world by means of surveys and the lot, unlike NEDC. It comprises four parts, each with its own imposed average speed – rated low, medium, high and extra high. Subsequently, each section is split into a handful of driving situations, such as stopping, braking or accelerating. Sounds more like real-life driving?
Why is Real Range Different?
Just as with petrol and diesel powered cars, the economy testing is done in a laboratory where they try to simulate average driving habits. No form of laboratory testing can ever replicate real world driving. A typical driver may only see 80% of the claimed range and would never intentionally run the battery to 0%, just like you don’t drive until you run out of petrol.
How Much Range is Enough?
If you are an average driver covering 10’000 miles per annum, you will be driving an average of 27 miles per day or 192 miles per week. This means that any electric car with a real world range over 200 miles will only need to be charged once per week. It can take as little as 30 seconds to plug your car in at home and 30 seconds to unplug the next morning. When was the last time you filled your petrol or diesel car in less then 60 seconds?