QUOTED EV RANGE HAS BEEN BASED
on the same unrealistic EU test as petrol and diesel cars. The advertised range on the new, more honest WLTP test will be less, but you’ll have a better chance of achieving it.
Long journeys using fast chargers make it worse. Say you have a “200-mile (322km)” (WLTP) EV. You start at home, with the battery at 100 per cent. Driving on a motorway, at 160 miles (258km) there’s a rapid-charge station. The next one is 30 miles (48km) ahead, and who’d risk that? You stop.
This charging is only rapid up to about
80 per cent, and after that the battery tops off more gently. OK, take it to 80 per cent, or 160 miles’ (258km) range. Set off again, and again feel compelled to stop when the indicator says 40 miles (64km). In that leg you’ve covered only 120 miles (200km) between charges of your “200-mile (322-km)” EV.
NEVER_ MIND_THE_ ADVERTISED_ RANGE,_HOW_ FAR_WILL_I_ REALLY_BE_ ABLE_TO_GO?