EV Real Range Tests – November 2018
EV Real Range Tests – Our New Test For Electric Cars And The First Batch Of Results
With electric cars recording huge sales rises every month and public interest soaring, What Car? has extended the concept of our True MPG real-world fuel testing to electric cars, resulting in Real Range. This fully repeatable test shows how far you can really expect to go in an electric car – unlike the official WLTP ranges.
The car is driven at our test centre until its battery is flattened, then we fully recharge it and soak it overnight to 18deg C. Then, with the lights and air conditioning on, two people inside and air temperature between 10 and 15deg C, we drive our 19.4-mile route, which simulates a mix of stop-start urban traffic, rural roads and motorways. This is driven twice for cars that accept more than 60kWh and three times for those that accept more than 100kWh.
Make and Model / WLTP Official / Real Range (Miles) / Defecit
Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh / 279 / 259 / -7.5%
Kia e-Niro / 282 / 253 / -11.6%
Jaguar I-Pace / 292 / 253 / -14.7%
Tesla Model X 100D / na / 233 / na
Tesla Model S 75D / na / 204 / na
Hyundai Kona Electric 39kWh / 194 / 158 / -22.7%
Renault Zoe R110 / 186 / 146 / -27.0%
Renault Zoe Q90 / 186 / 132 / -40.7%
Nissan Leaf 110kW / 168 / 128 / -31.7%
BMW i3 94Ah / 159 / 121 / -30.9%
Volkswagen e-Golf / 144 / 117 / -22.8%
Hyundai Ioniq Electric / na / 117 / na
Volkswagen e-Up / na / 66 / na
Smart Fortwo Cabrio EQ / na / 59 / na
Smart Forfour EQ / na / 57 / na
Real Range uses a real-world test route and is always conducted within strict parameters to ensure test repeatability.