by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Bad news for EV owners with range anxiety – a half of electric cars go don’t even go as far as makers claim.
A real-world test of 22 of the most popular electric cars has found that 10 fell short of their advertised range.
The biggest difference between quoted and actual ranges was observed in a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat Extended Range, which starts at around $70,000.
It ran out of juice after covering 270 highway miles, 50 miles less than the EPA 320-mile estimate, according to a test by Consumer Reports.
When a manufacturer sells an electric car in the US, the range it advertises is overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and applies to a combination of city and highway driving.
Second worst at delivering on estimated range was the 2023 Lucid Air Touring, which costs close to $100,000. It traveled 40 miles less than the estimated 384-mile estimate.
Close behind it was a 2021 Tesla Model S. It traveled 39 miles less than its claimed 405 EPA range.
Range anxiety is when EV owners worry they won’t get to their destination before needing to charge. Going on long trips in an electric car can cause rows among partners. …
… Generally, the best performing vehicles in terms of range were from German manufacturers Mercedes and BMW, which between them made all in the top five.
A 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 traveled 72 miles further than the EPA estimate.
Audi, Genesis, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Nissan, Subaru, and Volkswagen cars were all within around 20 miles of their advertised ranges.
‘Real-world comparative tests are critical to understand if an EV is right for you,’ said Jake Fisher, senior director of Consumer Report’s auto test center.
‘That’s why we purchase our vehicles like a consumer would and drive them at highway speeds like a consumer would on a road trip.’