EV drivers must hunt for those elusive working chargers sooner than they were led to believe. And range declines anyway as the battery ages. How shocked are we? Not much.
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Drivers should take advertised electric car ranges with “a pinch of salt”, after research found real-world distances were on average almost a fifth lower than manufacturers’ figures, reports the Telegraph.
Consumer group Which? tested 60 vehicles ranging from large SUVs to smaller cars and found that they had an average range of 192 miles, compared with 238 miles under the official tests used by manufacturers.
With UK drivers facing a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030, there is growing interest in electric models. But worries about running out of charge, known as range anxiety, is a key concern.
Emily Seymour, sustainability editor at Which?, said: “Overstated fuel economy is something petrol and diesel car drivers will be aware of and we’ve found the same is true of electric vehicles.
“Our independent tests show electric cars fall an average of 45 miles short of official figures with some cars losing well over 100 miles of their claimed range – a real issue for those planning to travel long distances or people who can’t charge at home.
“If you are in the market for an electric car, take the official range with a pinch of salt as it doesn’t reflect real-world driving conditions.”
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July 10, 2022 at 04:06AM