Driving on E

One of the most important issues facing the electric car industry is the basic question of how to measure and list a trustworthy driving range. That issue is a hot topic on PluginCars.com, with experienced EV drivers weighing in.

Nick Chambers launched the discussion with a post about the real-world range of electric cars—not just the advertised mileage. He wrote that Nissan is holding firm to its claim that the Nissan LEAF will have a range of 100 miles. But he points to the Mini E , which was supposed to get 156 miles of range. “Over the last year and a half, none of the 300 or so Mini E lease customers in the U.S. have achieved much more than 100-110 miles on a charge,” Nick writes.

In the thread, Chelsea Sexton warns that “It only takes a few days for consumers to get over it, but if backlash over unmet range promises keeps them from trying an EV in the first place, range anxiety becomes permanent and it won’t matter how good the EV is otherwise.”

The “ex-EV1 driver” posits the idea that there’s a simple formula: 3 or 4 miles per kWhr—something that he regularly beats in his Tesla Roadster.

Mr. Fusion hopes the industry can find an understandable way to label efficiency and range. We understand what a 20-gallon tank can carry and we understand what a C or D size battery is. So, shouldn’t there be a better way?

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