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Latest Consumer Report: Nearly half of electric vehicles in the US fall short of EPA prescribed range

[CNMO News] For electric vehicle owners, the cruising range of the vehicle has always been an important reference indicator. But the cruising range of an electric vehicle is not an exact number. It is greatly influenced by many factors such as road, weather and driving conditions. Recently, the American media “Consumer Reports” revealed problems related to the cruising range of electric vehicles in the American market.

According to the report, Consumer Reports conducted a highway test at 70 mph (about 112 km/h). 22 electric vehicles were included in the test. These vehicles were fully charged, and the vehicles had a total range of between 2,000 and 15,000 miles, and outdoor temperatures between 21–32 °C. Despite such ideal conditions, nearly half of electric vehicles did not meet their EPA range estimates.

Latest Consumer Report: Nearly half of electric vehicles in the US fall short of EPA prescribed range
Screenshot of Consumer Reports article

Models from Ford, Lucid and Tesla were the least eligible. The Tesla Model S was 39 miles short of its 405-mile estimate, and the Lucid Air was 40 miles short of its estimate. The worst performing vehicle was the Ford F-150 Lightning, which could only travel 270 miles, 50 miles short of its advertised EPA range of 320 miles.

Electric vehicles from brands like Audi, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and Genesis also fell short of their EPA ratings, but they were all within 20 miles. For example, the Nissan Aria remained only 4 miles short of its EPA rating, while the Hyundai Ioniq 6 remained only 5 miles short of its EPA rating.

Latest Consumer Report: Nearly half of electric vehicles in the US fall short of EPA prescribed range
Comparison chart of battery life of vehicles participating in the test (Source: Consumer Reports)

But not all electric cars perform poorly. BMW’s electric cars exceed their EPA ratings, and by a lot. The BMW i4 drove 47 miles more than its rated range, while the BMW iX drove 46 miles more. The top performer was the Mercedes-Benz EQE, which went 332 miles, which was 72 miles more than its EPA rating.

Chart comparing battery life of vehicles tested (Source: Consumer Reports)

Nearly half of electric vehicles in the US fall short of EPA prescribed range

The media also reported that some models from brands such as Chevrolet, Nissan, Polestar, Tesla and Rivian did not participate in this test because they did not meet the testing standards. Also announced was the difference between actual mileage and nominal mileage of all participating models.

This article highlights the differences between real and nominal ranges of electric vehicles, which can help consumers make informed decisions.

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