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Cars New EV test reveals real-world range – and how far cars travel with ZERO battery

14:25  30 november  2021
14:25  30 november  2021 Source:   motoringelectric.com

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Europe’s best-selling electric cars can achieve at least 75 percent of their official EV range in everyday driving, a new independent test has discovered. And some can travel for more than 23 miles even when the battery range indicator is showing zero.

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The ECOBEST Challenge – Electrified by Vinfast was organised by European awards organisation AUTOBEST.

The cars were driven in real-world conditions in Spain by an expert team of jurors, with regular driver changes to ensure consistency.

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Each car needed to have a range of at least 125 miles, and be available to buy for less than around £30,000.

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Although no EV exceeded its official WLTP range in the real-world conditions, a third of the cars achieved more than 90 percent of the figure. One EV, the Dacia Spring, achieved an impressive 98.6 percent of its official range.

Spanish AUTOBEST jury member Joan Dalmau said: “We were surprised by some cars that achieved a real range close to WLTP range figures.

“The real range in the test shows EVs have become a perfect alternative in the urban environment.”

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Uniquely, the ECOBEST Challenge also assessed how many miles were left in the batteries when the range indicator read zero.

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Even the worst-performing car ran for more than eight miles – and the star performer, Nissan’s Leaf, drove for a further 23.4 miles even when the battery indicator suggested the battery was flat.

“We want to send a clear message that EVs can still continue to move within a positive range even after officially being unable to move anymore,” said AUTOBEST founder Dan Vardie.

The organization adds that although the figures will be of relief to motorists, it is recommending keeping this range as a strategic reserve of the battery, rather than regularly relying on it in everyday driving.

The AUTOBEST organisation now plans to publish the full figures widely across Europe, including the UK, so car buyers can use them as part of their decision-making process.

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