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From 600 to 300 kilometers, the range of these electric cars plummets on these roads

Although constantly increasing, the autonomy of electric cars still varies enormously depending on the type of route taken.

Autonomy today remains at the center of the concerns of motorists ready to take action. throw yourself into the deep end of electricity. Manufacturers know this very well and continue to highlight in their advertising spots the number of kilometers that their vehicles have covered. Green energy are capable of gobbling up with a single charge. 500, 600, 700 kilometers…the distance is constantly increasing. To the point of wondering if, by opting for a vehicle with a large battery, say with a capacity greater than 80 or 90 kWh, it would not be possible to cross France in one go. In reality, despite the clear progress made in the field, we are still quite far away.

Beyond due to the fact that the autonomy figures are always boosted by the manufacturers, with tests carried out in optimal conditions (at a moderate speed). e, on a road without relief, at a moderate temperature…hellip;), they hide a reality relentless: the consumption of an electric car soars as soon as it drives on a busy road. e by French motorists: the highway.

Driving on these long straight sections is limited to 100%. 130 kilometers/hour is the enemy of electric cars. Unlike &agrav; a heat engine, the consumption of EVs soars when the speed is constant and no longer allows, or very little, to recover energy. ;#39;éenergy via the regenerative brake system. Weighed down by the battery, electric vehicles, whose weight flirts with 2 tons, or even exceeds it, when it comes to SUVs consume on average 25 kWh on motorways. Enough to significantly reduce their autonomy.

Let's take the example of the new 100% electric Renault Scenic expected on our roads in the coming weeks. On paper, the now family SUV can cover 625 kilometers with its large 87 kWh battery. Enough to reach Bordeaux from Paris without having à worry about finding a charging station on the route, which remains the major concern of motorists ready to travel. switch to electric. Unfortunately, the autonomy of the one who has been destroyed The car of the year 2024 has been seriously damaged on the motorway since it falls to…340' nbsp;kilometers (calculated for an outside temperature of 5 degrees)! Not even enough to do a Paris-Rennes trip without stopping…

And the Scenic is no exception. We can also cite the Tesla Model Y – the best-selling car in the world in 2023 -, whose maximum autonomy of 530 kilometers in an urban environment increases to 300 on the highway. The new Peugeot e-3008, very heavy (2.2 tonnes), is experiencing exactly the same dizzying loss of autonomy, calculated ;&agrav; 230 kilometers, a reduction in distance of 43%! Taller and heavier than sedans or city cars, SUVs are always particularly impacted by motorway driving. 300 kilometers is still very fair for long-distance trips. Unless you're not in a hurry to get there. destination and to plan one or even two refills which, as with fuel, will cost you much more at motorway service areas.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116