Tesla Has Top Range In World’s Longest EV Range Test

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Norwegian road assistance company NAF has completed the world’s longest EV range test. The company tested 29 of Norway’s most popular EVs. They tested the actual range in the summer, what happens when EVs go into power-saving mode, and how they charge in heat degrees.

During testing, they ran the cars until they were completely out of power in order to measure the actual range and consumption on typical Norwegian roads. The test was taken by ordinary drivers in regular traffic on a route that consists of city and highway driving with speeds ranging between 60 km an hour to 110 km an hour. This test is a followup to the winter version.

For the route, the cars drove through Oslo towards Gjøvik. This included a climb of 620 meters before continuing towards Dombås. You can see the full route here. The vehicles with the longest range went over two mountain crossings, which gave them a further climb up to nearly 1,000 meters.

The top five performers of this test were:

Tesla Model S:

  • specified range — 610 km
  • actual range — 645 km

Tesla Model 3:

  • specified range — 560 km
  • actual range — 612 km

Hyundai KONA electric:

  • specified range — 480 km
  • actual range — 568.4 km

Tesla Model X:

  • specified range — 507 km
  • actual range — 546.7 km

Kia e-Niro:

  • specified range — 455 km
  • actual range — 524.7 km

Before the test took place, all of the cars were charged to full battery overnight. They each started cold (no preheating of the interior or of the battery), and all were running in eco mode or equivalent. The air conditioner was at 20 degrees and the heat was off. Each of the vehicles was tested on the same day and took the same route. The drivers were instructed to drive normally, but defensively, and were encouraged to use regeneration actively in both city driving and downhill.

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Winter Test

In the winter test, 20 of the best-selling EV models were tested in range, consumption, charging speed, and price. NAF wanted to find out the exact winter range and the extent to which the degrees of cold affected the battery as it charged. The 20 EVs were grouped in pricing categories.

Price range 1:

Hyundai KONA electric, Renault Zoe ZE 50, Hyundai IONIQ, Nissan LEAF (40 kWt), Skoda CITIGOe, Volkswagen e-up, SEAT Mii electric, and Volkswagen e-Golf.

Price range 2:

Tesla Model 3 LR, Kia e-Niro, Kia e-Soul, Opel Ampera-e, Nissan LEAF e + (62 kWt), BMW i3, and Audi e-tron 50 quattro.

Price range 3:

Tesla Model S LR, Tesla Model X LR, Jaguar I-PACE, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and Audi e-tron 55 quattro.

Part of the winter test was performed in a lab. The vehicles also drove 23 kilometers at four-speed intervals. Part of the test included a drive to a Norwegian high mountain, concluding, “there is not a single electric car that has the same consumption in the WLTP test as it has on a journey from Oslo to Dovrefjell. The speeds are different, there are more up and down slopes, and we drove the cars in wintry temperatures.”

The top vehicles in each pricing category were:

Price Range 1

  • Hyundai Kona Electric: 449 km actual range.
  • Renault Zoe Z.E. 50: 380 actual range.
  • Hyundai IONIQ: 311 actual range.

Price Range 2

  • Tesla Model 3 LR: 560 actual range.
  • Kia e-Niro: 455 actual range.
  • Kia e-Soul: 452 actual range.

Price Range 3

  • Tesla Model S LR: 610 actual range.
  • Tesla Model X LR: 507 actual range.
  • Jaguar I-PACE: 436 actual range.

You can see that, aside from Tesla, Hyundai–Kia models do particularly well. That was the general consensus beforehand as well among CleanTechnica readers.

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