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Real life EV test - which one went furthest with highest efficiency?

The Italian team of motor1.com implemented a real-life test of six fully electric cars to see not only which of them serves with the best range but also how efficiently they work in terms of kWh/km and how they differ to their WLTP and NEDC figures. The clear winner of the range test stopped 100 km earlier than predicted by the NEDC.

Tested vehicles

City car: Smart EQ fortwo

Compact car: Renault Zoe R110, Nissan Leaf

SUV/crossover: Hyundai Kona Electric, Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model S

To represent a real-life usage of the electric vehicles, including commuting and longer weekend or business trips, motor1.com Italia chose a 150 km long route of which 45% were located in the city, 45% extra urban and 10% on the highway. The course was driven in a loop until the battery power was drained and the car was forced to stop.

Most efficient car: Hyundai Kona Electric

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With 13.1 kWh/100 km, the Hyundai Kona Electric offered the best efficiency regarding its consumption of electricity. The Renault Zoe showed a similar result with 13.7 kWh/100 km. Smart, Nissan and Tesla had an intermediate consumption per 100km of 15.1, 18.9 and 19.5 kWh respectively. Highest consumption revealed the Jaguar I-Pace with 23.9 kWh/100 km.

Highest travel range: Tesla Model S

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A stunning 533 km journey was done with the Tesla Model S in this test. But the most efficient Hyundai Kona Electric comes straight second with a tested range of 435 km. The least efficient Jaguar I-Pace has made it third with still quite convenient 315 km of range. Ranking fourth, fifth and sixth were Renault (276 km), Nissan (211 km) and Smart (124 km).

Considering the WLTP and NEDC figures, most of the tested cars almost accomplished their range defined under laboratory conditions. Only the Jaguar I-Pace was lacking more than 100 km of range compared to WLTP data.

This article is based on the translation from Italian to English by insidsEVs.com

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Comments (15)
  • Very close to purchasing an EV, but still concerned about charging infrastructure and it's maintenance. Also, looking back 12 months, the range of vehicles and their range (see what I did there!?) has raced ahead. So, when is the best time to comit?

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    • There will be so many new EVs coming in the next few years. I think the best time to buy one is when you think "yes, that's my cars, no matter what".

      4 days ago
    • Very true! Also keep one internal combustion vehicle along side the EV to guarantee family travel needs are met while we ease into the new age of EVs

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  • Kona - good value, gadgets big range. Mark up on big names is BS.

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