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How far can electric cars really go? Here are the first independent range test results

AutoBest jury members from all around Europe tested 10 EVs with range of at least 200km.

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AUTOBEST, THE LARGEST European motoring jury, has carried out the first independent European real range test for electric vehicles.

The professional motoring journalists of the Autobest jury drove ten EVs, all with a homologated WLTP range of more than 200 kilometres, to answer that critical consumer question: What range can I expect in real world conditions?

Well, the results were surprising in some cases. The BMW i3, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Soul EV, Opel Ampera-e and Volkswagen e-Golf either achieved or exceeded their homologated WLTP figure.

The Renault Zoe and Tesla Model S and Model X went beyond 90 per cent of their confirmed WLTP range.

However, the Nissan Leaf and the new Jaguar I-Pace performed worse than their homologated figures.

The cars were tested in Barcelona over a 180-kilometre route through urban areas, local roads and motorways. The final part of the test took part on the famous Catalunya Circuit where the cars were driven at a speed of 70km until the batteries were empty. To get the most accurate data, drivers switched between cars every 30 to 40km and the route was driven twice.

All cars were driven with one person onboard in ‘Normal’ driving mode with the air-con switched on and the tyre pressure set to the recommended pressure by the respective brand. All the vehicles used were production models except for the Jaguar I-Pace, which was a pre-production model with a prototype level build and prototype level of software.

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The results were as follows:

The Kia Soul with a WLTP range of 185km managed to cover 218.3km, which is 118 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The Volkswagen e-Golf with a WLTP range of 219km managed to cover 231.7km, which is 105.8 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The Hyundai Ioniq with a WLTP range of 204km managed to cover 211.8km, which is 103.8 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The BMW i3 with a WLTP range of 225km managed to cover 231.8km, which is 103 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The Opel Ampera-e with a WLTP range of 380km managed to cover 377km, which is 99.3 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The Renault Zoe 4.0 with a WLTP range of 300km managed to cover 284km, which is 94.7 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The Tesla Model X 100kWh with a WLTP range of 430km managed to cover 400km, which is 93 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The Tesla Model S 100Kwh with a WLTP range of 461km managed to cover 422.6km, which is 91.6 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The Nissan Leaf with a WLTP range of 285km managed to cover 228km, which is 80 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

The Jaguar I-Pace with a WLTP range of 480km managed to cover 313.5km, which is 65.3 per cent of WLTP estimated value.

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Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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