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