Study Reveals That Several EVs Beat Their EPA Claims

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Naturally, there are also some that fail to meet their targets.

The top list of EVs with the most range shows impressive distances a model can cover on a single charge, but according to a new study, not all advertised EPA-rated range figures appear to be accurate.

The study comes from Consumer Reports and states that, for one, the test on the Ford F-150 Lightning showed the most significant range difference from 320 miles to 270 miles. It is followed by the Lucid Air, which managed 40 miles less than the EPA-rated range of 384 miles. The Tesla Model S managed a range of 366 miles - 39 miles less than the EPA range.

Meanwhile, other EVs, including the Audi Q4, Genesis Electrified GV70, Hyundai Ioniq 6, Kia Niro EV, Lexus RZ450e, Nissan Ariya, and Subaru Solterra, were down by a maximum of 20 miles.

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What could've caused the drop in range? Tests were conducted on the highway, where EVs tend to be more inefficient than in city driving. The EPA combines city and driving EV ranges, which can be misleading.

The 22 participating models - with odometer readings between 2,000 and 15,000 miles - were on cruise control and Eco mode, running at a steady 70 mph. The team also conducted the test under temperatures between 70° and 90° F, considering outside temperature affects EV range.

But there were also positive results during the tests, with the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan adding 72 miles to the EPA-rated range of 260 miles. BMW EVs also had significant increases. The i4's range bumped from 271 miles to 318 miles, while the iX returned 370 miles - 46 miles more than what EPA listed.

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Other improved EV ranges include the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV with a 31-mile increase, Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan with a 40-mile increase, Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV with a 29-mile increase, Ford Mustang Mach-E with a 29-mile increase, Rivian R1T with a 20-mile increase, Volkswagen ID.4 with a 13-mile increase, Hyundai Ioniq 5 with an 11-mile increase, Genesis GV60 with a three-mile increase, and Kia EV6 with a three-mile increase.

Hopefully, future studies will show a separate rating for the city and the highway to cover various EV usage cases. This could give us a better understanding of which EV to buy and minimize so-called range anxiety.

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