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Dec 15, 2023

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Twice a year, the world’s largest EV range test is conducted jointly by the Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) and the digital automotive Motor Magazine. Their most recent winter evaluation took place over two days in February 2023 with 29 of the most recent EV models.

Each vehicle was driven up to 110 km/h on the same test route—a mix of city, mountain and highway roads. Temperatures ranged between 0˚C and –10°C. None of the vehicles met the advertised range parameters. In Europe, these are determined using the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP)—a global standard that measures the levels of pollutants, CO2 emissions and the fuel consumption of traditional and hybrid cars, as well as fully electric vehicles.

In the following chart, STOP indicates the distance each EV travelled before running out of power.

Comparison of the electric range of various electric vehicles with a focus on tesla models and deviations from their official range.

With battery technology continuing to advance, these numbers should continue to improve. However, some range or power loss will always be a given, if you drive in colder regions. Still, EVs have a built-in advantage over gas-powered engines, Peterson points out. “Even at minus 50, an EV still works. You have almost instant heat, and it always works. You just lose some range.”

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