How efficient are the new electric vehicles?

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Well-known member
Jan 31, 2013
How efficient are the new electric vehicles?

City/highway - combined

2013 Scion IQ EV 138/105 – 121 MPGe

2013 Honda Fit EV 132/105 – 118 MPGe
2013 Fiat 500e 122/108 – 116 MPGe

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 126/99 – 112 MPGe
2013 Smart for Two ED 122/93 – 107 MPGe

2012 Ford Focus Electric 110/99 – 105 MPGe

2013 Tesla Model S (60kWh) 94/97 – 95 MPGe

2013 Tesla Model S (85kWh) 88/90 -89 MPGe

2012 CODA sedan 77/68 – 73 MPGe

2012 Nissan Leaf 106/92 – 99 MPGe
2013 Nissan Leaf 130/102 – 115 MPGe Estimated not EPA certified yet.

Note: That the numbers listed here don’t reflect how far you can actually drive on a charge. That is determined by the size of the battery and how efficient the vehicle is. Take for example the CODA sedan it has low MPGe numbers indicating the car is inefficient compared to the other vehicles in the lineup. The only reason you can drive it further than most of the cars in the lineup is that it has a bigger battery. The down side of this is that you will be spending more on electricity to go the same distance. Most of the cars in this line up under certain conditions can do 100 miles on a single charge.

Driving Range

2013 Scion IQ EV 12-kWh battery,range 38 miles

2013 Honda Fit EV 20-kWh battery range 82 miles
2013 Fiat 500e 24-kWh battery, range 87 miles

2013 Toyota Rav4 EV 41.8-kWh battery, range 113 miles
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV 16-kWh battery, range (EPA) 62-mile
2013 Smart for Two ED 17.6-kWh battery, 90-mile range estimated???

2012 Ford Focus Electric 23-kWh battery, range (EPA) 76 miles

2013 Tesla Model S 60kWh battery,range (EPA) 208 miles

2013 Tesla Model S 85kWh battery,range (EPA) 265 miles

2012 CODA sedan 31-kWh battery, range (EPA) 88 miles

2012 Nissan Leaf 24-KWh battery,range (EPA) 73 miles
2013 Nissan Leaf 24-KWh battery, range 84 miles estimated?
Some of these EV's are not available yet, or impossible to get in your location.
Which of these cars is it possible to drive over 100 miles? You may think that most of these cars can't do it if you look at the EPA range rating. One thing you need to understand is that cars are rated on how they do on the EPA driving cycle. The EPA driving cycle is a simulation of driving the car on the road. This is done so that the test conditions are the same every time. To extend the driving range requires driving the car at speeds between 35 and 45 MPH.

The Tesla model S, and the Honda RAV4 both can travel 100 miles on a charge.

The others that can do it are the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, and Coda Sedan.
I have heard of Leaf owners doing 100 miles. The Ford Focus I have driven it 100 miles on a single charge.

Some of the others cars may make it, but I have no evidence that they can.