QUOTED EV RANGE HAS BEEN BASED

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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?

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