By Guillaume Séguin – last updated April 2021
One of the key elements in an EV, and that you always want to know is the range, no one gets an EV before getting that information. And because the maximum number of kilometers it can achieve can be quite low compared to the existing petrol/diesel vehicle you’ve had till now. This is very often, with charging times and price, one of the reasons why you’ve been waiting before going electric.
You have heard about NEDC range (for older EVs), WLTP (for current EVs) or any sort of estimates given by owners. But as for petrol/diesel, you know that manufacturer’s claim isn’t something you should fully rely on and that your friend or neightbor doesn’t have the same driving style and route pattern as you do.
These range tests below are meant to show you what can be the actual practical range of the car you will get :
* The 46km route is a mix of city, country lanes, a long hill, dual carriageway sections, in and around Cork.
* 2 runs are made : a regular one made driving normally, respecting the speed limits, and using the standard mode of the EV. A second run is made in “eco” mode, with the heater off, optimizing decelerations and acceleration, while limiting the speed to 85 kph instead of 100kph. All runs are made with a traffic as clear as possible to avoid discrepancies between cars. However as you can see with the results it can still vary. You can also see that the Eco run is not necessarily much slower.
Note that the outside temperature can influence the range of the vehicle as the battery is not as efficient in winter as it is in summer. These have been tested at different times of the year, so keep this in mind when comparing vehicles between each other. The route is in general favourable for EVs as the average speed is relatively low. If you mostly drive at higher speeds, the range can be considerably lower! For BEVs, the practical range is calculated using 80% of the usable capacity. Simply because in the real life, you never really go from 100% all the way down to 0%. For PHEVs, we use 100% of the battery.
The list of vehicles here is relatively reduced for now, but if you are near Cork and wish to have your own EV added to this database and not afraid to lend me your car for a couple of hours, let me know by sending me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org :)