Real World Range Test Ranks 10 Popular Electric Cars: Kona Electric #1

Some new models were added to this updated list.

Back in November 2018, we told you the British magazine What Car? had put some electric cars to their own test methods in order to find which EV had the longest range of them all. Instead of publishing an entirely new article, What Car? just update the first one with new vehicles that got tested.

The latest iteration of the original text brings us some new EVs, such as the Audi E-Tron, the BMW i3 120-Ah and, surprise, a Tesla Model X P100D. No sign of the Model 3 so far, especially because it has just been released in the UK market. The question is: what changed?

If you have a look at our first article, you’ll see that not a lot is different. At least not in the positions that really matter. The first three ones are still with the Hyundai Kona 64-kWh, the Jaguar I-Pace, and the Kia Niro EV, these last two with the exact same range. The Model X takes the 4th place from its brother, the Model S 75D and, after the sedan, the Audi E-Tron and the BMW i3 120-Ah get respectively the 6th and 7th place. In What Car? tests, the E-Tron achieved a range of 196 miles. The i3 120-Ah managed to run 165 miles on a full charge.

Just like we did before, it is useful to compare the ranges obtained by What Car? and the ones EPA informs. Even considering the magazine’s test protocols look transparent and technically accurate, the differences probably cannot be credited merely to a matter of methodology. They are way too high: Tesla models lag behind by around 50 miles of range in the tests performed by What Car?. When we get to the I-Pace and the Niro EV, they get around 20 miles more than in EPA ratings.

That leaves us with a bunch of unanswered questions. The most pressing is: what makes these differences emerge? Why do some cars get longer ranges while others get shorter ones? Do the adopted methodologies help explain the discrepancies? We will try to solve the mystery. In the meantime, check below the updated ranking. The bolded results are the ones obtained by the British magazine.

The biggest loser with the testing of new models is the Kona 39-kWh, which goes from the 5th place to the 8th position. Another new model on the list is the Renault Zoe Q90, an EV that is able to run 132 miles, according to the magazine. As these Renault models are not sold in the US, there is no EPA rating for them. The new generation Zoe will probably change the ranking position again with its bigger 52 kWh battery pack.

By the way, the new Leaf e+, with a 62 kWh battery pack, has also not been tested by What Car?, which just recently published its first review. This is another EV that will change the British ranking. We just wonder if EPA and What Car? will once again have large differences in their ratings. 

Source: What Car?

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