One of the biggest problems motorists still have with electric cars is how far they can take you.
Often dubbed as range anxiety, drivers are concerned that an electric vehicle may not be able to support their lifestyle in the same way a petrol or diesel car can.
It is a valid concern as a lot of electric vehicles offer around 100 miles on a single charge, which pales in comparison to combustion engine cars.
This may not be so much of an issue if charging times weren’t as long as they were.
Usually charging these cars up can take multiple hours and even rapid charges take around 30-45 minutes,
This may not be suitable for all drivers so only when a car can offer in excess of 200 miles will they become more attractive to high mile driver.
There are a handful of electric cars that do offer such range promises but they are usually attached to a hefty price tag.
However, in a recent real-world test by WhatCar? a somewhat surprising car topped the ‘Real Range’ test list.
Hyundai’s Kona Electric with the 64kWh battery pack came out on top with a ‘real-world’ figure of 259-miles.
It also found in its testing that the Kona Electric costs just 3.3 pence per mile to run.
In comparison to some of the rivals that have a similar range, the Kona Electric comes in at a relatively low price of £30,495 (when the Government Grant is applied) for the 64kWh battery.
The 39kWh option which has a real-world range of 158 miles comes in at £25,995.
Other high performers were the Jaguar I-Pace and the Kia eNiro which both rated at 253-miles on a single charge.
To measure the real-world range, each car’s battery is fully depleted and then recharged via a smart charging cable with a built-in meter so the testers know the size of the battery.
Then the vehicle is soaked overnight in an air-conditioned garage,
The actual driving is done at the What Car? test track so traffic conditions don’t affect the result, with the car following a route that simulates a mix of town, A-road and motorway driving.
Testing is also done, in each case, with the lights on, climate control set to 22 degrees and when the ambient temperature is between 10 and 15 degrees.
Finally, the car is recharged using the smart cable so that the amount of energy expended can be measured and the Real Range extrapolated.