Foreign media test! Over 20 popular electric cars’ mileage comparison, who can run the farthest?

Comparison of over 20 popular electric cars' mileage in foreign media test

【PhoneAuto】Nowadays, electric cars have increasingly appeared in our lives and become an important consideration for many people when buying a car. However, for consumers who are choosing electric cars, range must be an unavoidable topic.

Recently, the foreign media InsideEVs conducted a range test survey, selecting more than 20 popular electric cars in the US market, and testing the range of these vehicles according to the same testing standards and making a list and ranking based on the range. Although some of the vehicles may not have been launched in China, there are still many global models in the entire list, which can also serve as a reference for domestic consumers.

According to InsideEVs’ testing standards, all the vehicles participating in the test will be driven at a constant speed of 70 miles per hour (about 112 kilometers/hour). Of course, some variables cannot be controlled, such as wind, traffic, and weather. However, the media has made every effort to achieve fairness. For example, adjusting the tire pressure of the vehicle to the manufacturer’s recommended value, checking the accuracy of the speedometer with GPS, and keeping the temperature of all vehicles’ air conditioning consistent. All vehicles will be charged to 100%, and then immediately or within a few miles, enter the highway for testing. At the same time, each vehicle will be tested twice by different people, and the average value will be taken.

InsideEVs testing ranking

When we started testing the Lucid Air Dream Edition series, we knew it was going to be a long day. Seven hours later, we parked the car at the charging station where we were earlier in the day, with the odometer reading 804 kilometers.

This achievement broke the existing record of about 500 kilometers set by the Tesla Model 3 Long Range version last year, and increased the record by nearly 300 kilometers. The car is equipped with a 118-kilowatt-hour battery pack, with an average energy consumption of about 14.41 kWh/100 km. Surprisingly, the test result is only 4% lower than the EPA range of the car. We have a feeling that the Lucid Air will occupy the top spot for a considerable period of time.

When we started the range test for the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450, we knew it would be a long day, but the result was longer than expected. The EPA range rating for the rear-wheel-drive version of the EQS is 563 kilometers, making it one of the longest-range electric vehicles available today.

After driving the EPA-rated range of 563 kilometers, we continued for nearly 70 kilometers, and the displayed mileage on the trip meter stopped at 635 kilometers. Considering that the EQS is a large sedan, this is already a very good result.

The 2022 BMW iX xDrive50’s range performance also exceeded expectations. Its actual range exceeded the EPA’s rating of 521 kilometers, reaching 555 kilometers, and the range achievement rate also exceeded 100%. However, in order to achieve this range, the car is equipped with a 111.5 kWh super large battery pack. But considering its weight of 2.6 tons, the energy consumption of 19 kWh/100 km looks quite good.

As the previous range test champion, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Long Range version with a measured range of 498 kilometers can basically meet the daily use of most people. However, unlike traditional brand electric vehicles that “reverse exaggerate” their range, as a new car company, Tesla still has some differences in actual energy consumption compared to EPA results. However, an 88% range achievement rate can also be considered excellent.

After Porsche upgraded the software of the vehicle, the range of the 2023 Porsche Taycan rear-wheel drive version has indeed increased slightly compared to before the upgrade. However, what is even more surprising is the huge gap between the actual range and the EPA range. The 136% range achievement rate seems a bit like “playing possum”.

It’s still a Tesla, and the familiar 88% range achievement rate. Although the range of cars from other manufacturers is usually close to or even better than the EPA range, Tesla’s actual range in testing is usually about 10% to 13% lower than the official test value. This may indicate that even if you are one of the most powerful electric cars on the market, if you cannot achieve the EPA value, you cannot achieve it.

Another amazing model, but it still comes from Porsche’s Taycan series. Perhaps the biggest difference between this car and its brother in fifth place is that it has not been upgraded, which makes the 2021 model 16 kilometers shorter than the 2023 model, with both achieving a range of 362 kilometers according to the EPA test.

Compared with similar models of the 2021 version, the range of the 2019 Tesla Model 3 long-range dual-motor version is 31 kilometers less, but its energy consumption performance of 14.59 kilowatt hours/100 kilometers makes it one of the best models in the same price range.

As the only traditional car company among the top ten whose actual range is not as good as the official range, Ford’s Mustang Mach-E California Highway Edition did not follow the good tradition of “reverse virtual labeling”, but its 94% achievement rate is still better than Tesla’s. The 98.8 kWh battery pack also makes it the longest range version in the series, but its energy consumption of over 21 kWh per 100 km is by no means excellent compared to the top ten.

The car is basically no different from its brother model in ninth place, so let’s skip it.

In addition to the top ten models, the following models are also worth a look because they are sold in China.

As an SUV model, Tesla Model Y cannot match Model 3 in terms of range. Although the range achievement rate is consistent with the previous Tesla models, the energy consumption of 16.2 kWh per 100 km still demonstrates Tesla’s high level of energy consumption control.

BMW i4 has two versions: the rear-wheel-drive i4 eDrive40 and the all-wheel-drive i4 M50. The one tested this time is the latter, which is also equipped with 20-inch sports wheels and tires. Naturally, its EPA range performance is the lowest among all i4 models. However, although the car exceeded the official results in actual testing, its energy consumption of 21 kWh per 100 km is even higher than that of the BMW iX, which is a bit unacceptable.

Perhaps targeting the mass market, the Volkswagen ID.4 did not bring much surprise in terms of actual range compared to Porsche, but its 94% achievement rate is not bad. As a joint venture brand electric SUV with a starting price of 150,000 yuan in China, the Volkswagen ID.4’s performance is relatively good compared to other joint venture brands, which is why it is one of the best-selling joint venture new energy vehicle models in China.

In addition to the above-mentioned models, some models with lower rankings are relatively rare or have not been launched in China. Considering the length of the article, they will not be discussed one by one. If you want to know more, you can check the list above. Overall, in the EPA range test, the actual test data of most tested electric vehicles is not much different from the nominal data, and some models even show “reverse virtual labeling.” Compared with the CLTC used in China, the accuracy of the EPA range test may be more in line with people’s daily use experience.

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