We drove these electric cars until they DIED!


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    How far can these electric cars go before they die?! We drove the Tesla Model 3, Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, Nissan Leaf, Kia e-Niro and Mercedes EQC across the UK to see how long they could last! Sure, the smart money is on the Tesla, with its claimed range of up to 348 miles - but can the manufacturer's figures really be trusted? Will victory instead go to the sporty-feeling I-Pace, or the posher EQC? Or will the more affordable likes of the e-Niro and Leaf pull a major upset and make it the furthest? There's only one way to find out...
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    1. meysam mamizadeh

      never say any one : "push push common" who pushing your car.

    2. Stephen Rudberg

      KIA Nero very impressive! Tesla still the best compared to the others and no surprise there.

    3. Steve Nguyen

      Very cool man. I am going to buy the Tesla Model S

    4. trevor pace

      I just wondered , In the future with electric cars , Where does this leave the caravan industry , Dead I would think .

    5. Hattybums

      so all in all achieving only 90% of claimed range is "terrific" .... terrific in my view would be exceeding the claimed range... imagine, the new bmw M3 can go from 0-60 in 1 second.... reality, oh, no, it cant, but it's mighty terrific that is can do 3.9s...lol each and every car failed by not at least achieving the claimed range. stick to what you know - buy an M3! :) (oh also, electric cars aren't emission free - go check out the coal power stations down the road, and the lithium ion disposal sites) - but i did enjoy the video for the facts on the realistic ranges! thanks

    6. Jeroen Jansen

      I want a Chinese EV. I don't want an Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar etc.

    7. Vale Conti

      I never realized how small Great Britain was until this video, you can almost reach the other end in almost a day

    8. VJP

      I've just had a thought...do all electric cars drive the same? It seems like they're all for either speed or efficiency. Do they have a personality, or it is similar with every car? Would an Mini Cooper S Electric be the same drive as a Corsa VXR ?

    9. evanc da icon

      Ndugu zangu kutoka east afrika mpo hapa gonga like tujuane

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    11. VeeFour

      They would have all been much nearer to their claimed ranges, if you didn't use the heating. If you're running low on battery just put a jacket on

    12. Robert Rudd

      Hmm? Nothing to worry about then? Except Now! How long till I get there? Never been here before? Wow! Now we have a five mile motorway tail back due to an accident---And Of course hundreds of Electric cars running out of power.....on a dark, wet, foggy, frosty potential motorway! (Even worse on a country lane) causing another multi car breakdown....And Blimey?! Now I have No lights, on a dark five lane motorway, freezing to death, waiting for the breakdown truck to find me! Except he cannot find me “I have no electricity left! Never mind I have a Electric scooter on order....I will put that in the boot.....next time! for all five of the family? There seems to be something strange “one person in a five seater vehicle, without luggage....oh well leave all the family at home then! Or perhaps safety first “have alternative emergency power occupying some of those unused seats! Perhaps the Bus was a better idea!

    13. James Maple

      See being a high mile driver (30 or so k miles per year), its not uncommon for me to do over 500 miles in a day. My Volvo will easily smash 800-900 miles of motorway on a tank of diesel. Until I can get something mondeo sized with 3 series luxury, a 600+ mile range, used for under 10k (like I can with a diesel), im just not even remotely interested. Great video nonetheless

      1. Seawolf

        @James Maple Its something like that 8 hours with breaks.

      2. James Maple

        Seawolf can’t remember what the commercial thing is but I think it’s getting on 8 or so hours. I never really confine myself to exact times. If I need the toilet or feel tired I’ll pull over, if not, keep on going. 3hrs was just an average

      3. Seawolf

        @James Maple That's not particularly healthy. I mean, I'm pretty sure EU laws allow for even longer breaks for journeys like that. But that's for commercial.

      4. James Maple

        Koda Jackson thanks for the reply :) yeah never really tend to eat while driving so I might pee stop for 5-10 mins every 3 or so hours. Not enough for a viable charge

      5. Koda Jackson

        I suppose the bigger incentive for you is the savings that you can make on the likes of fuel and servicing. How far do you realistically drive before you stop to eat/drink/pee/rest? You should be able to sync that stop with plugging in to a rapid charger to give you a quick boost to your range. The used prices of EVs are artificially inflated right now due to crazy levels of demand and not enough cars out there. Once the manufacturers get on top of that, the prices may become a little more realistic. The long range cars will still take a few more years to come down in price in the used market however. Your sub 10k cars at the moment would be giving you no better than a Nissan LEAF 30kWh (100-125 miles per charge) For now if you're in the market for a new car, the best advice is to probably buy a low emissions petrol car, or a hybrid for your trips. The government are going to soon start hiking the price on diesel vehicle ownership in a variety of ways, and as a result will also mean you car won't hold much of a value if you try to sell it on either. Something with a low emissions petrol engine should keep you paying the lowest amount of tax, not spending too much on fuel, and help hold the best resale value until you can more on to zero emissions hopefully in the future.

    14. williie loman

      Such foolishness! My Golf diesel will go 600 miles on a tank. Refueling takes just minutes.

      1. Seawolf

        Isn't the ID.3 going to replace the Golf series eventually?

    15. cobrasvt347

      Boy. Europe is all screwed up. Right hand drive, on the wrong side of the road and using MPH. While others use KPH. Then right across from ya everyone is driving on the right side of the road and still using KPH. Lol 😂

      1. Seawolf

        That's just the UK with the mph. They invented it so. Hard to let go and accept something that's invented partially by the French/German/Americans.

    16. Jose Andalon

      How many just skipped to the end just to get results

    17. ivor davies

      Lucky for you lot the Police weren't passing while you were using those radios .

    18. Joaco Garcia

      You should divide the cost of the car between the range. To know which car gives more range per dollar or £

    19. Mr Yusuf

      Anericans been dropped in uk u have the c3 which does 60 mpg non hybrid

    20. Roger Starkey

      I've been thinking about this test and have concluded it's of almost no value. It was, I believe, conducted using ICE car testing mentality. That doesn't fit with EV's. I assume that during the mentioned "driver swaps", there were also "comfort breaks"? An EV Range/ practically test should incorporate these as a charging opportunity just as in real life. The test should be run between 2 points outside the range of both car and drivers. There should be a required maximum drive period of 3(?) hours without a 15 minute minimum. "comfort" stop. Then, just start the test with no route restriction, program the most beneficial route for each car and drive. Determine the route for each based on driver and charging stops using the software available to each car. That would provide a true, real world "range in a day" and/ or "trip speed" guide, without damaging batteries!

    21. Alan Townend

      That was indeed a well organized and fair evaluation. Now in real life when it is -8°C outside and your heater is protecting you from freezing, what would the range be, also stuck in traffic jambs, in freezing weather?

      1. Seawolf

        @Alan Townend Yeah the Norwegians deal with all sorts of EV's in their climate, they sell more EV's there than they do non-EV's with varying ranges so, it speaks to the product.

      2. Alan Townend

        @Ray A thank you so much for your comprehensive reply, I have to consider the extreme temperature conditions. I will also check out your web link. How grateful we all are not to rely on the manufacturers promotional data. Alan

      3. Ray A

        Hi Alan. That's actually a good and valid question. Lets assume the worst case scenario where you're stuck in a blizzard and you have no choice but to sleep overnight in your car; it's rare but it does happen. The last time this occurred here was in Scotland in 2018 where drivers were forced to sleep in their cars on the motorway due to a really bad snowstorm. The Tesla Model 3 has a 'Camp' mode whereby it turns off all non essential electronics to preserve battery power but keeps the heater/AC and internal lights on. Bjorn Nyland decided to experiment and camp in his Model 3 for 24 hours with external temperatures of -10C to see what the battery consumption would be like. Video here if you're interested: husel.info/video/video/nqrdrqxoq5jGd5o.html. To summarise his video, the average rate of consumption was 1.38 wh over 24 hours, which means on a full charge the Model 3 can remain in camp mode for over 50 hours. So assuming you get stranded with just 50% battery remaining you can easily get through the night and have enough battery the next morning to drive home or to the nearest supercharger. Other EVs like the Hyundai Kona has similar modes (called Utility mode) and I'm guessing they can last just as long. So ultimately, being stranded or stuck in traffic isn't any more of a problem than for a petrol car running out of petrol. Hope that answers your question :)

      4. Roger Starkey


    22. Seaf Halabi

      So Kia is the Best Buy

    23. Felix Nope

      World record 😅

    24. LunnarisLP

      Do the same test, but instead of doing it until they die once, drive them all day until the car breaks down or battery has major drop in capacity.

    25. Daniel Hall

      £33,000 starting price WoW think they need to do better for that .

      1. Koda Jackson

        The lowest price EV you can get right now I think is the MG ZS EV. That is an example of an EV where corners have been cut and it has been built cheaply. Even then it isn't super cheap to buy. Batteries are expensive, and because people keep saying they need bigger and bigger batteries for more range, despite the fact that most people do less than 30 miles per day, it is hard for the manufacturers to bring the prices down.

    26. Paul Shrek

      crap crap crap diesel diesel diesel what i will keep not give in to a goverment

    27. Paul Shrek

      bring our morris marina s back 🤔

    28. Paul Shrek

      and when royals go lectric and not use big guzzlers then everyone should keep what they own

    29. Paul Shrek

      i like my 2.4 diesel and it will stay so borris do 1

    30. Funky Pigeon

      To make this test fair we are not gonna let the cars have the same range

    31. petercar96

      What happens when these are very common and the Police close a motorway for hours in winter and everyone flattens their battery trying to keep warm. Need a tow truck for every single one of them and where are you going to recharge them could be hundreds or thousands of them. Where is the hotel capacity if you have to wait days for your turn to charge

      1. Seawolf

        You'd be better off having the police get you idle in an EV, rather than having them remove speed limits which will empty your battery much more severely.

      2. Roger Starkey

        petercar96 Well, you could have for instance a Tesla Model 3 with say 30% remaining (25 kWh). Since the A/C takes about 1 kWh, you're ok for at least 18 hours with range to reach a charger 50+ miles away. Or, you could run an ICE car for the same period..... Who's going to run out first? Then there's the carbon monoxide issue if it's snowing (maybe)

      3. Koda Jackson

        As long as you have a heat pump system its not going to take much power to keep the cabin warm. I've been stuck plenty of times and wasted far less than the average motorist probably did in fuel to keep theirs warm.

    32. dpanch_89

      The fact that you cannot tow some of these electric vehicles is a MAJOR danger when it comes to smart motorways!

      1. Roger Starkey

        Buy a Tesla. Tow mode.

    33. Joe Congdon

      Haha do this test in Texas.

    34. Maxx57

      Вот это был реально крутой тест👍

    35. shane c

      Will these electric cars ever take over from engine cars? I doubt it . Most who love cars love driving cars with engines. Also, look at the faults these electric cars could have. Eg. if the computer on the dash malfunctions , it could cause a crash.

      1. Seawolf

        Yeah, they will, besides from government bans globally, manufacturers are moving away from non-EV. Porsche expects its entire lineup to be EV by 2030. And you know how die-hard Porsche loyalists are.

      2. Roger Starkey

        You think every ICE car doesn't have computers controlling most systems? "For example" an ECU which can cut the engine at speed? Smh

    36. chana100red

      Good test - although I will wait up to 10 years for the prices to come down eventually. I cannot justify paying that much for a car. Not the investment that anyone would want to commit.

      1. Seawolf

        MG ZS EV is already plenty cheap, I don't think they'd be going down that much, inflation is also a thing. They might get better batteries and become more efficient though, but I think prices will stay relatively the same.

      2. Roger Starkey

        As the prices come down for EV's, the prices RISE for ICE cars (fewer made, higher price) AND the same applies for fuel. 5 years, you'll be wondering why you didn't change sooner.

    37. northern marine

      the winner should be based on claimed to actual range, not the furthest travelled. the others could just add more batteries

    38. russvhill2

      The most irresponsible bit of video I've seen for a long time, deliberately making cars break down on a public road potentially put other drivers in danger. This was probably the stunt which recently gave electric cars high profile bad press making the claim that EVs could stop and become immovable on our motorways. It's a shame the police didn't stop your silly games because of that video light on your face reducing your visibility on a motorway in the dark!

      1. Roger Starkey

        Good point

    39. Arnis

      Maximum safe towing speed (for unlimited distance) is up to jogging speed, 10km/h. High speed like 50km/h might fry electronics.

    40. Arnis

      HEADLIGHTS DO NOT REDUCE RANGE. OMG, stop this myth.! Like.. 100W load if halogens... that is... 1/200 of the load.

      1. Roger Starkey

        All LEDs

    41. BunzeeBear

      Compare that to my ICE diesel @70MPG so 10 gallon tank is THERE AND BACK with a quarter tank of fuel remaining. Yeah, no EV for me thank you. My ICE gas@ 35MPG makes that distance with a 12 gallon tank

    42. Thunderbolt Calgary

      So Kia it is.

    43. Hurley Flyer 2

      OMG, what a useless test. Put some luggage and four people in it. Stick to normal Motorway slow moving traffic. Watch as the nightmare starts to unfold, especially on these smart Motorways, It might not just be the care that runs out of juice, doesn't bear thinking about.

      1. Seawolf

        @Hurley Flyer 2 Even Chinese built EV's come with at least a 7 year battery and motor warranty. Yes, flight does pollute a lot. We don't have electric commercial aircraft yet, that's still on the cards. In the meantime, we do have electric cars. That's like saying, oh all other crime doesn't matter except murder, so we might as well just trim the police budget and just deal with those cases.

      2. Roger Starkey

        COMPLETELY missing the point. an EV at slow speeds uses much les comparable range than an ICE car at slow speed. What's with the "smart motorway" fixation? Smh

      3. Koda Jackson

        @Hurley Flyer 2 why do you need a new battery after 4 years? All EVs with exception to the LEAF will have good batteries for many years to come. I'm currently in a 2014 Renault Zoe with only 3% degradation. A friend of mine had a 20+ year old Toyota Rav4 EV with only 15% loss of original capacity. You can charge at home overnight for about 7 hours sure. But a rapid charger can get you to about 80-90% again in 23-30 minutes. Especially now we are getting bigger batteries, a stop to charge for half a hour is fine, especially when you should be stopping for a break to eat/drink/pee/rest when driving long distances anyways, and can easily justify a slight time penalty with the fuel cost savings. Hydrogen has had its chance already. Its been and gone. It may still have its place for commercial vehicles, but not for the average privately owned car for many reasons. Right now I fully accept that EVs aren't for everyone. And I'm not trying to get everyone into one. For many people, keeping their existing car or buying a low emissions petrol car could be one of the cleanest things they could possibly do for the environment. I'm just trying to help squash some myths and excuses that are commonly thrown around by people who haven't bothered to at least try before they dismiss them as a possible solution.

      4. Hurley Flyer 2

        I'll take your word for it about luggage and passengers. However, the difference was shown to us at the beginning of this test. The generator in the van, is the difference and the price for the cheapest £33,000. How much does a batter pack cost after four years usage ? Past Govs were and are telling us we're heading for an energy crisis, so where is the extra power coming from to power these cars ? Imho this is not the way forwards, there are alternatives to electric. Hydrogen fuel cells just as an example. I watched a test, with an BMW X5 2020 hybrid, took seven hours to recharge. If it's pollution we're trying to stop, CO2 , again studies have shown the biggest polluters is flight. let's not beat around the bush, rich folks. So, when they enforce the electric car on us, which aircraft is going to work on electric for zero CO2 emissions ?

      5. Koda Jackson

        The slower you drive the further you can go in an EV. Stop start traffic is great. Remember when an EV isn't moving it isn't consuming energy. And whenever you are slowing or stopping, regenerative braking puts that otherwise wasted energy back into the battery. Luggage and passengers do obviously make a difference, but not nearly as big as you think. I had a LEAF as a taxi, and there was barely a difference in range on airport runs whether I was fully loaded or empty. There's no excuse for running out of battery charge. It's the same as running out of petrol, entirely the drivers fault. In an EV you start with a full battery every morning because you charge at home overnight. And then on an occasional long distance trip you stop at any motorway services and charge at the rapid chargers. Every UK MSA have them. See Zap Map to find out just how extensive the UK charging networks are. There's already more charging stations than petrol stations.

    44. George Austers

      36 GRAND FOR A NISSAN LEAF.... Hahahaha I'd rather not

    45. Fahad Ali

      24:44 come on?! Letting a woman push a car while u r sitting you skinny behind laughing... not impressed but good video. Don’t do that again or u lose a sub. P.s. apologize to her as well.

      1. Fahad Ali

        @Karlos Triño Excellent. So Karlos, you are telling me you are okay with your dad sitting in the car, while you and your mum push the car? Lol. Keep it Old Skool when things made sense. Also only because people push equality etc doesnt mean that being a gentleman goes out the window. Courtesy, and valor are timeless my friend. Step up.

      2. Karlos Triño

        People nowadays push for gender equality. Equal rights for everyone. #endthepatriarchy and all that. That same right goes for pushing the car. Man or woman, if you are able, you could push the car. And it's not like she did the job completely on her own - the cameraman, who I assume is a guy, was also helping out pushing the Tesla to the charging station.

    46. Thalmon Araujo

      Surprise surprise! Tesla Wins!

    47. nowtleft2

      I never understand why you always have to have a dig al evs.....who needs a generator? You are not Clarkson thank God so stop being a total Pratt! I can only assume you get back handlers off ice car manufacturers. Good test but let down by the dig. The Tesla lists tons of destination 7kw chargers which add 20 ish miles per hour of charge so please do your homework properly!

    48. Davis Glas

      missing the Porsche taycan

      1. Roger Starkey

        Late for the start, probably charging somewhere. (Sorry, had to)

    49. Ruud Kraan

      I miss the VW ID3. I think is not good enough.

    50. Richard Andersson

      Very good test. About time someone did this one. Quick question: does it not consume more energy per mile if you drive the car for an hour on a parking lot as they did with the Tesla? Considering the Tesla has a fairly big backup of energy when reaching zero I just guess it might have a few more miles. Also, did it start from 96%? Also, a quick note. I usually always drive with the satnav pointed to my destination. I have like 10 normal goto's that I visit 95% of my travels so I just tell the satnav where to go and then I'm able to also get more info in form of charge rate when arriving and also navigate on autopilot. Also, in Sweden, the Kia costs almost the same as the Model 3. Its a 10% price difference and the range seems also to be about the same. But the Tesla comes with autopilot and a lot better charge network. Just a good thing to keep in mind. A small wish; If CarWow to continue to use Miles, then perhaps it would be just as fun if you type the weights of the cars in Stones and I prefer to get the height and width of cars measured in yeti feets. That would for sure train most ppl's google'fu :P ... take it with a laugh, please. its a touch of irony in it :)

      1. Roger Starkey

        No, it's a completely unrealistic, irrelevant test. Drivers were changed, comforts breaks no doubt taken. You CHARGE an EV at those times.

    51. Roxane Ellesansailes

      ✌ husel.info/video/video/sXjYnb6m0Wm2p3g.html ✌

    52. Yanni Agrotis

      Kia had the highest percentage of all cars. the true winner

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    54. bradley goode

      When you have to slow down and speed up due to traffic and stop lights the heavy models loose more range than the nissan and the kia so it would be interesting to see the difference in the range to do the same test in texas or new mexico on the interstate where there is little traffic and hills to effect the range, the larger models would most likely be closer to there max range.

      1. Roger Starkey

        Heavy models also have more inertia, so more regen potential.

    55. Thomas Koch

      I will drive the tesla model x the model 3 is your driving like the battery was running low can you tell me the difference between that

    56. James Gaskin

      You would be in the car park for days in a diesel car on empty

    57. Russell Condie

      I don’t expect metric if your country uses the queens system of measurement. Thank you

      1. Roger Starkey

        We're intelligent enough to use both. Thank you.

    58. John Geier

      These cars are all fine as daily commuters and reasonable for long trips as long as rapid charging stations are available. They are rather costly and should not be forced on the public. Carbon dioxide emissions green the planet and increase agricultural yields. Carbon dioxide is not the main regulator of the earth’s climate .

      1. Seawolf

        @John Geier You mean, free-market economics? For once, I'm pleased that the Chinese don't have that. Being the world's largest auto market, and world's largest producer of cars, they can pretty much dictate to global manufacturers, and they are doing so with their EV policies and eventual ban. One of the reasons why they lead 5G, and EV nowadays. And really, science is about continuous improvement of models and data gathering. It doesn't mean other predictions are wrong. To be denying this still in 2020 is increasingly looking like flat earthism.

      2. John Geier

        Roger: I have followed the climate debate since James Hansen rang the alarm bells in 1988. His erroneous predictions were based upon the assumption that the heating effects of carbon dioxide would be significantly amplified by water vapour. Since we cannot do controlled prospective studies on whole planets we are stuck with inaccurate computer models and empirical evidence regarding the effects of raising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels on the planet. At best scientists can only guess what will happen if carbon dioxide concentrations double from preindustrial levels.. Research into Paleoclimatology indicates that the climate was much warmer in the remote past and that life flourished during this period. I would prefer basic economics to determine consumer car choice.

      3. Roger Starkey

        Most are fine for ALL situations (certainly in the UK) Certain ICE cars (Audi's Jag's, BMW's Mercedes, etc) are also "rather costly" especially when day to day fuel and other running cost are considered. I presume you agree that these ICE cars should also "not be forced on the public"?? Carbon dioxide emissions alter the atmospheric balance and the resultant heating alters the environmental envelope to which specific plants have become accustomed in specific areas Carbon Dioxide in excess has also been shown to reduce the *nutritional* yield of wheat and other crops by double digit percentages. Then there's the other particles to consider. Repetition of mistruths doesn't change the facts.

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    60. Ken Seehart

      4:30 That's hilarious! I sometimes joke about putting a diesel generator in the back of my model 3 as a range extender. Evil. But it makes sense for your test scenario.