Here's how far electric cars can still drive after the range shows zero kilometers

Here's how far electric cars can still drive after the range shows zero kilometers Here's how far electric cars can still drive after the range shows zero kilometers

One of the biggest concerns among drivers when switching to electric cars is battery drain, as well as availability and time spent at the charger, but that's another topic.

In fact, a new range study found that an EV driven so long that the battery is dead and the dashboard display shows zero kilometers of range can drive another 30 kilometers before coming to a complete stop!

What Car?, which carried out the research by testing 10 of the latest electric models, said manufacturers deliberately program range readings to be conservative to give drivers an 'emergency buffer' before the battery runs out.

It was found that the best had 8.1 percent less range than the specified range with one charge, while the worst was almost a fifth (18.6 percent) less than the official WLTP averages, according to Jutarnji.hr.

In any case, the figure was helped by the fact that the EV continued to drive for several kilometers after the dashboard indicated that there was no more energy left in the battery, which means that manufacturers still leave a few kilowatts of power "on the side" as a reserve.

While petrol and diesel cars can drive around 40 to 80 kilometers when the fuel light comes on, there is a big fear that electric models will immediately stop on the road when the range reaches 0 percent. However, this is clearly not the case.

Of the cars tested, the BMW i4 eDrive40 M Sport not only traveled the most distance on a charge, but also had the largest emergency intermediate tank. It can cover a total of 509 kilometers, and 30 of those kilometers are covered with a digital readout of 0 percent battery.

Top list:

  • BMW i4: 30 km
  • Kia Niro EV: 27.2 km
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge: 27.2 km
  • Volkswagen ID.5: 24 km
  • Kia EV6: 20.8 km
  • MG ZS EV: 20.8 km
  • Tesla Model 3: 20.8 km
  • Tesla Model Y: 17.6 km
  • Cupra Born: 16 km
  • BMW iX3: 8 km
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