Do Electric Cars Need A Better Range Rating System?

Range ratings for both internal combustion engined cars and electric vehicles are both notoriously unrealistic, thanks in part to the way in which they are calculated.

But while an internal combustion engined vehicle getting less than EPA-rated efficiency may not impact day to day life thanks to the capacity of your average fuel tank, shorter range electric cars with far smaller ranges per charge can suffer a dramatic drop in practicality if they don’t meet their approved range figures.

Worse still, electric vehicle range does degrade with time, meaning used electric cars may not get anywhere near their ‘as new’ range.

Which got us thinking: does there need to be a new way of rating fuel economy and range? Should it rely on average figures rather than perfect laboratory tests?

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