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Electric cars real world range REVEALED and how much is costs to charge them


Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric topped the list for the best real world range (Image: HYUNDAI)

Electric cars are becoming increasingly more popular in the UK.

The demonisation of diesel and increasing pressure to improve emissions and air pollution is seeing more people move towards electric vehicles.

What Car? Has launched an electric vehicle (EV) version of its True MPG test.

The ‘Real Range’ test reflects the way people actually drive and allows anyone considering an EV to directly compare the ranges of different models.

It also looks at how much it will cost on average to charge and shows the efficiency of each car in miles per kWh.

The test looked at 12 different electric cars from a number of different price points.

Topping the list is the new Hyundai Kona Electric, with a Real Range of 259 miles, closely followed by the Jaguar I-Pace and Kia e-Niro, both of which managed 253 miles – the equivalent of travelling from London to Snowdonia.

The tests found that the best value vehicles to charge were all from Hyundai with the 117-miles Ioniq Electric taking the top spot with a £0.030 cost per mile.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace came second with a 253 miles of real world range (Image: JAGUAR)

It is followed but both the Kona Electric 39kWh and Kona Electric 64kWh which have £0.033 average recharge costs.

What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said: “Our True MPG test has always been the best way to cut through the official noise and see how economical a car will really be.

“But with the surge in interest in electric cars, now is the time for us to provide the same service to EV buyers.

“One of the few remaining concerns for people considering an EV is range anxiety – the fear that their battery will run flat and leave them stranded.

“Real Range gives them the information they need to choose the right car for their needs.”

Kia e-Niro 64kWh

Kia e-Niro 64kWh also comes with 253 miles of real world range (Image: KIA)

What Car? Real Range Results

Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh – 259 miles

Jaguar I-Pace – 253 miles

Kia e-Niro 64kWh – 253 miles

Tesla Model S 75D – 204 miles

Hyundai Kona Electric 39kWh – 158 miles

Renault Zoe R110 – 146 miles

Nissan Leaf – 128 miles

BMW i3 94Ah – 121 miles

Volkswagen e-Golf – 117 miles

Hyundai Ioniq Electric -117 miles

Smart Fortwo EQ – 59 miles

Smart Fourfour EQ – 57 miles

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Hyundai Ioniq Electric was the cheapest car to charge (Image: HYUNDAI)

To measure the real world range, each car’s battery is fully depleted and then recharged via a smart charging cable with a built-in meter so the testers know the size of the battery.

Then the vehicle is soaked overnight in an air-conditioned garage,

The actual driving is done at the What Car? test track so traffic conditions don’t affect the result, with the car following a route that simulates a mix of town, A-road and motorway driving. 

Testing is also done, in each case, with the lights on, climate control set to 22 degrees and when the ambient temperature is between 10 and 15 degrees.

Finally, the car is recharged using the smart cable so that the amount of energy expended can be measured and the Real Range extrapolated.

Cost to charge

Hyundai Kona Electric 64kWh
Cost per mile – £0.033
Full charge cost – £8.65

Jaguar I-Pace
Cost per mile – £0.047
Full charge cost – £11.87

Kia e-Niro 64kWh
Cost per mile – £0.035
Full charge cost – £8.74

Tesla Model S 75D
Cost per mile – £0.049
Full charge cost – £10.09

Hyundai Kona Electric 39kWh
Cost per mile – £0.033
Full charge cost – £5.27

Renault Zoe R110
Cost per mile – £0.041
Full charge cost – £6.03

Nissan Leaf
Cost per mile – £0.042
Full charge cost – £5.40

BMW i3 94Ah
Cost per mile – £0.038
Full charge cost – £4.67

Volkswagen e-Golf
Cost per mile – £0.036
Full charge cost – £4.27

Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Cost per mile – £0.030
Full charge cost – £3.57

Smart Fortwo EQ
Cost per mile – £0.042
Full charge cost -£2.43

Smart Fourfour EQ
Cost per mile – £0.042
Full charge cost – £2.42



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