How far will your electric vehicle’s battery take you?
One of the most common questions about the use of electric vehicles is about their range. ‘How far will it go on one charge?’ is a key consideration for potential purchasers, whether that’s individuals or companies looking to extend their fleet.
Concerns about electric car range, electric motorbike range or electric scooter range actually have a term to describe them - ‘range anxiety’. Various studies have been made to assess range capabilities and assuage this anxiety.
The research behind electric vehicle batteries
A test by car leasing firm OSV put various models under the spotlight by driving them from their office in Worthing, on the south coast, for as far as they could go. In the iconic Tesla Model S (£56,835 - £131,835; 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds), they got 311 miles, with sister vehicle Tesla X (£75,000; 0-62mphin 3.1 seconds) they traveled300 miles. The next model tested was the supermini BMW i3 (£32,300 - £35,500; 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds) that had a range of 125 miles. This was closely followed by the Nissan Leaf (£26,000 - £32,000 or leasing from £159 + VAT per month; 0- 62mph in 11.5 seconds) that achieved a distance of 124 miles. The Renault Soul (£18,745 - £30,500; 0-62mph in 13.5 seconds) made the 100 mile mark. Next up was the E-Up!, the characterful name given to Volkswagen’s smallest electric car (£23,115; 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds), it tested at a range of 93 miles.
Inevitably, some of the tests reach distances that are below the advertised maximum range, although there are numerous variables and results may differ between tests. However, these exercises give a good guide to range and allow potential EV buyers to weigh up the practicalities, factoring in charging point locations and so on, and allowing for an informed choice.
Drivers can see the research for themselves
If you need a more authoritative sweep, however, you can get some extremely useful statistics from the website Go Ultra Low - the joint government and car industry campaign. The site gives a comprehensive range of information and allows youto peruse a number of models from a dropdown menu and find out what distance radius you can travel within and what charging infrastructure you can expect to findalong the way. So, for example, traveling from a central London address in a Hyundai Kona Electric, you could reach as far north as Lincoln, or as far east as Newport, Wales. Within that 180-mile range you would be able to access 727 rapid chargers (30 minutes to charge), 2392 fast chargers (1-4 hours to charge) and 824 slow chargers (6-8 hours to charge).
Two-wheeled vehicles usually offer the best mileage
Your best bet for a nippy urban runaround and congestion-buster, however, is Zapp’s i300 electric scooter (£5,250 or £19.99 a week; 0 to 50 km/h in 2.35 seconds and 0 to 70 km/h in 4.10 seconds). The i300 has a range of 35 miles before needing to be ‘plugged in’, and that’s literally plugged in – with a household plug! The lightweight lithium-ion battery packs are lap-top sized and removable, so you can easily have a spare to hand. Not only that, the i300’s batteries can be recharged while on-the-go thanks to its energy regeneration system.
The Zapp i300 illustrates that ‘range anxiety’ can be overcome, but it also shows the versatility of electric vehicles and their potential to be a seamless ride.