Warning to EV drivers about how far their motor can ACTUALLY go
Electric car drivers are warned to check how far their motor can actually travel.
According to a study, manufacturers exaggerate the ranges of their vehicles when they sell them to customers.
Tests with more than 70 electric cars showed that the actual range is around 20 percent below that stated.
Consumer Group Which? urged those considering the greener switch to examine the car before buying it, adding that “strict” examinations must be carried out.
Not checking the range can make a long drive without recharging breaks or breakdowns impossible.
It comes after the government announced that 28 percent of manufacturers’ cars will have to be electric by 2025.
According to the study, the well-known Tesla brand drives less than 100 miles compared to what it advertised.
Two of their models are among the top 5 bestsellers – but their advertised miles are under scrutiny.
And which one? says that while Kia Niro advertises 285 miles, their test suggests it can only do 165.
Meanwhile, a Nissan Leaf claims it can cover 239 miles – but tests show it can only cover 187 miles.
Emily Seymour, sustainability editor at which?, told The Times: “Our research suggests that EV drivers may end up being disappointed with the distance they can realistically travel on a single charge.
“The electric cars in our tests are, on average, 45 miles behind the official figures, meaning owners will need to charge more frequently.
“This will have a greater impact on those who regularly drive long distances or are unable to charge at home.”
She added that official range on a website doesn’t always reflect “real world driving conditions” like potholes or hills.
The tests showed that larger electric cars perform worst.
On average, the car was able to cover 56 fewer miles while using 11.5 kilowatt hours more energy to charge.
A car expert has previously published the list of electric vehicles offering the longest range for under £40,000.
How far every bestselling electric car can go
Tesla Model Y
Quantity sold in 2022: 35,551
Advertised range: 331 miles
Tested range: 231 miles
Tesla model 3
Quantity sold in 2022: 19,701
Advertised range: 374 miles
Tested range: 260 miles
Quantity sold in 2022: 11,197
Advertised range: 285 miles
Tested range: 165-350 miles
Quantity sold in 2022: 9,832
Advertised range: 265 miles
Tested range: 209 miles
Quantity sold in 2022: 9,178
Advertised range: 239 miles
Tested range: 187 miles
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