Friday, April 19, 2024

New test reveals the worst electric cars in cold weather

Not all electric cars go the same distance in cold weather, reveals a new Norwegian test. However, an unknown Chinese surprises and beats even the big brands .

Some electric cars are incredibly bad in cold weather. In any case, a new Norwegian test reveals that car brands find it more than difficult to live up to their models' WLTP estimates when the temperature drops to between 4 and -10 degrees.

It is the Norwegians' answer to FDM, the Norwegian Automobile Association (NAF) , that has done the test. A test they actually carry out twice a year. Once in the summer and twice in the winter.

What is striking is that none of the tested cars can live up to their promised WLTP range. In fact, none of them are even close.

But maybe it's not so surprising again. Cold weather or really high temperatures eat away significantly from the range in all cars. Regardless of the fuel.

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The Norwegians traveled from Oslo and north in 23 cars. And then the range otherwise began to rattle out of the electric cars. Surprisingly, the unknown Chinese brand HiPhi fared the best.

The "Z" model promises 555 kilometers on a full battery. It was 522 kilometers. On average, the electric cars are 22 percent shorter than they are actually designed for.

The situation is worst for Volkswagen ID. 7 Pro. The Germans promise 608 kilometers on one charge. It was only 414 kilometers. A loss of 32 percent of range. The battery in the Toyota bZ4x fares just as poorly.

However, the facelifted Tesla Model 3 is not impressive either. And the same is the case with the Chinese Volvo C40 and Polestar 2 Long Range.

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