‘Air-con and lights have a big ef­fect on en­ergy con­sump­tion’

What Car? - - Welcome - Steve Hunt­ing­ford, edi­tor Steve.hunt­ing­[email protected]­mar­ket.com @swhunt­ing­ford

One by one, the bar­ri­ers to elec­tric car own­er­ship are be­ing re­moved, as charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture im­proves, costs mostly come down and the cars them­selves be­come as lux­u­ri­ous as con­ven­tional mod­els. But what about range anx­i­ety?

For all the im­prove­ments, this nag­ging con­cern that the bat­tery will run at be­fore you get to where you’re go­ing con­tin­ues to put many peo­ple off.

It doesn’t help that you don’t re­ally know how far you’ll be able to go, given that of cial gures are un­re­al­is­tic and switch­ing on the air con­di­tion­ing or lights makes a big dif­fer­ence to the rate of en­ergy con­sump­tion.

How­ever, what Car? is now putting ev­ery elec­tric car through a Real Range test that re ects the way peo­ple ac­tu­ally drive and al­lows di­rect com­par­isons. You can nd out more about it on p26. Or, to see all our re­sults, go to what­car.com/elec­tric/real-range.



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