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Published on January 1st, 2018 | by James Ayre


Comparison Of Real-World Range & Energy Efficiency Of 8 EVs By Auto Bild — #Interesting

January 1st, 2018 by  

The real-world range and energy efficiency of 8 plug-in electric vehicles were tested earlier this month by the German auto industry news source Auto BildUnsurprisingly, the comparison confirmed much of what had already been known, but it also provided for some data points.

The all-electric vehicle testing occurred in temperatures of around 5° Celsius — and with the climate control set to 21° Celsius — so the performances shown only concern those in colder climates (but is potentially of great use to such people since this is the low-range case you need to be prepared for).

As noted in the coverage posted by Push EVs, the selection of which models to test is perhaps a bit strange (though interesting) — with the 24 kilowatt-hour (kWh) Nissan e-NV200 Evalia being tested rather than the Nissan LEAF, for instance.

Also noteworthy here is that all of the vehicles were tested along the same 143 kilometer route — which included a 43 kilometer stretch on a highway at speeds of up to 130 km/h. Apparently, a couple of the models tested didn’t manage to complete the route.

What’s perhaps most notable is that the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and the Renault Zoe show quite clearly why they are some of the best options out there now for those looking to purchase an electric vehicle.

Here’s the info:

Electric car



Volkswagen e-up (18,7 kWh)

79 km

23,7 kWh/100 km

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (17,6 kWh)

84 km

21 kWh/100 km

Nissan e-NV200 Evalia (24kWh)

101 km

23,8 kWh/100 km

Kia Soul EV (30 kWh)

167 km

18 kWh/100 km

Hyundai IONIQ Electric (28 kWh usable)

192 km

14,6 kWh/100 km

Volkswagen e-Golf (35,8 kWh)

208 km

17,2 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe (41 kWh)

244 km

16,8 kWh/100 km

Opel Ampera-e (60 kWh)

273 km

22 kWh/100 km

And here are some interesting excerpts from Push EVs: “The fact that the Volkswagen e-up was beaten by the Smart ForTwo ED in range and efficiency surprised me. I guess that the smaller cabin of the Smart requires less energy to keep it warm and this made the difference.

“Another thing that became apparent was the importance of a heat pump in cold weather, the Opel Ampera-e really needs one. This is not surprising and was already discussed in a past article. My two favorite electric cars did great, the Renault Zoe proved it has the range, while the Hyundai IONIQ Electric has the efficiency. At the moment the only electric car that appears to combine near perfect efficiency and range is the Tesla Model 3. Maybe next year this German auto magazine will test it…”

Yes, the results certainly would look a lot different if the Tesla Model 3 and the refreshed Nissan LEAF had been tested as well, wouldn’t it have? Hopefully Auto Bild (or someone else) will see fit to perform such testing sometime in late 2018.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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