EV Real Range Tests – February 2020

EV Real Range Tests – Our New Test For Electric Cars And The First Batch Of Results

This month, we present the top 10 most efficient electric cars that have been put through our Real Range test so far. The car is driven at our test centre until its battery is flat, then we fully charge it – measuring the energy required to do so – and soak it to 18deg C overnight.

Then, with the lights and air conditioning on, two people inside and the air between 10 and 15deg C, we drive our 19.4-mile route, which simulates a mix of urban traffic, rural roads and motorway.

This is driven twice for cars that take more than 60kWh and three times for those that take more than 100kWh.

Make and Model  /  WLTP Official  /  Real Range (Miles)  /  Defecit

Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh  /  279  /  259  /  -7.5%
Jaguar I-Pace  /  292  /  253  /  -14.7%
Kia e-Niro  /  282  /  253  /  -11.6%
Tesla Model 3 Performance 329  /  239  /  -37.7%
Tesla Model X 100D  /  na  /  233  /  na
Nissan Leaf E+  /  239  /  217  /  -10.2%
Tesla Model 3 Long Range  /  348  /  211  /  -39.3%
Mercedes EQC  /  259  /  208  /  -24.4%
Tesla Model S  /  na  /  204 /  *
Audi E-tron  /  259  /  208  /  -24.4%

*Updated with a longer official range; not yet Real Range tested

The results

While all three of Tesla’s models make it into our top 10, nothing has yet come along to dethrone the Hyundai Kona; it remains the car with the longest electric range available.

What is surprising, however, is by how far some of these models miss their WLTP- certified ranges. The Tesla Model 3 in Long Range form, for example, is almost 40% adrift of its official range, while at the other end of the scale, the Kona Electric is just 7.5% short.

Real Range uses a real-world test route and is always conducted within strict parameters to ensure test repeatability.