Quentin Willson’s 250-Mile Electric Car Range Claim Looks A Stretch.
Former motoring journalist and electric car campaigner Quentin Willson was interviewed by Nigel Farage on GBNews and claimed that a 250-mile round trip in an electric car nowadays would be no problem. In my experience that isn’t very likely, especially if high-speed motorway driving accounted for the majority of the distance.
Now for sure, that would be easy with even the cheapest internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol or diesel car. An ICE would accomplish that day in day out with no range anxiety at all. But no electric car I’ve tested could make this 250-mile motorway round trip, and that includes my range winner, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor (£53,390).
Willson didn’t mention which electric car would accomplish the 250-mile return journey from the Midlands to London and back, nor did he specify the route, but I’m assuming that any journey of that length would almost totally mean fast, legal (indicated 80 mph meaning less than 75 mph in reality) motorway driving.
Of all the electric cars I’ve tested (see data box below) only the Tesla Model 3 would come close, and that might just eke it out accompanied by some serious range anxiety, although Willson did say if you needed to top up the battery, you could always plug into a street-lamp in Bayswater.
Good luck with that idea.
The Tesla Model 3 I tested came with a claim that the battery would manage range of 360 miles, but in reality I only managed an average of 341 miles. In highway cruise mode the Tesla shed range at an estimated 30.2% of the offered miles leaving about 240 miles. Not quite enough to make the 250-mile round trip, but this also hides some other negatives.
Any normal driver would probably seek to refill as soon as there was about 50 miles left. But also, if you needed to do this journey regularly you would have to take heed of the manufacturers’ advice. Limit your regular “fill-ups” to 80% of the total possible, and never let it get under 20%, and if possible try and plug in when there’s about 50% left. That would blow a hole in the long-distance range claims.