The Norwegian Automobile Federation conducted a winter test of 20 EVs and concluded they have a range loss of close to 20 percent in winter conditions and charge slower

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The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) has tested the range and charge time of popular electric vehicles in winter conditions. 20 vehicles were driven until they stopped completely and shut down, to measure their real world range.

  • EVs don’t suddenly shut down when they run out of power. Drivers are given several warnings and can maintain regular speed until the very last miles.
  • EVs on average lose 20 percent of their range in colder climate.
  • EVs charge more slowly in cold temperatures.

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NAF collected 20 of the best-selling electric car models you can buy from Norwegian dealerships as of January 2020.

The test focused on range, consumption and charging time. To test all the cars equally, the test drive was performed without preheating of neither cabin nor battery. All cars drove the same route on the same day, with similar style of driving, and climate control settings.

The test route consisted of city driving, highways and country roads in speeds from 60 kmh (37 mph) to 110 kmh (68 mph). All the cars had one climb through a mountain pass. The longest running cars climbed two mountain passes.

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See the full results of the test at the NAF site, including test results for each individual car.


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Gustavo Henrique Ruffo at InsideEVs provides his views »

The tests started in Oslo and ended in Hafjell, which is normally a 200 km (124 mi) journey, but the evaluation extended that route to 482 km (300 mi) to cope with the cars with more range. They went through city and highway driving and at least a mountain pass. Speeds ranged from 60 km/h (37 mph) to 110 km/h (68 mph). The idea was to run the EVs until the battery was completely discharged.

NAF also performed a charging test from around 10 percent to a minimum of 80 percent of charge. It was conducted at -2ºC (28.4ºF), and all cars were driving for at least two hours to ensure their batteries were warm.

The first thing the association discovered was that the tested EVs present around 18.5 percent less range than their manufacturers state on WLTP. The worst one was in this was the Opel Ampera-e, a car that you are more used to calling Chevy Bolt. With a WLTP range of 423 km, it managed to run only 296.9 km, or 29.81 percent less.  […]

GM will be launching new EVs starting this year

The next General Motors EV will be a renewed Chevrolet Bolt EV, launching in late 2020. This will be followed by a ‘crossover’ version, dubbed the Bolt EUV, launching Summer 2021.

GM says the 2022 Bolt EUV will be the first vehicle outside of the Cadillac brand to feature Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free driving technology. GM promises Super Cruise will be available in 10 name plates by 2021, and expand to 22 vehicles across the GM brands by 2023.

The Cadillac Lyriq luxury SUV will be in April, but details about its launch were not shared. The GMC HUMMER EV is scheduled to be introduced on May 20, with production expected to start in the fall at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

What is clear from this announcement is that aside from the Chevy Bolt, GM’s new EVs are big, heavy vehicles that will appeal to American buyers. GM has not changed that direction.

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The 10 cars you are most likely to trade in within a year of purchase (and the 10 you are most likely to keep the longest)

More Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are purchased and sold or traded-in during the first year than any other model.

Paul A. Eisenstein, writing in The Detroit Bureau »

Some cars look great – until you actually buy them, and then, suddenly, you discover any number of reasons why you want to trade them in in a hurry.

For a variety of reasons, about 3% of the vehicles American motorists buy new will be sold or traded in during their first year of ownership. But a new study by iSeeCars found that the figure runs substantially higher for some products.

The top 10 cars you are likely to trade-in or sell the soonest included eight German and British luxury cars, two Nissans, but no traditional American brands »

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  2. BMW 3-Series
  3. Land Rover Discovery Sport
  4. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  5. Mini Clubman
  6. BMW X1
  7. BMW X3
  8. Nissan Versa Note
  9. Jaguar XF
  10. Nissan Versa

Here are the 10 cars you are most likely to keep the longest »

  1. Toyota Land Cruiser
  2. Chevrolet Corvette
  3. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  4. Audi TT
  5. Ford Expedition
  6. Ford Mustang
  7. Toyota 4Runner
  8. Porsche 911
  9. Toyota Sequoia
  10. Toyota Avalon