True Lies: electric vehicle range testing

EV testing at Millbrook

I wrote the cover story for the January 2017 edition of Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International.

Under the title True Lies, the magazine published my analysis of why the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is hopeless for assessing the range capabilities of electric cars. It is due to be replaced in Europe from September 2017 by the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Cycle (WLTC), which alas still doesn’t seem likely to provide accurate data about how far new electric cars might travel between charges.

Key quote
“The current test is entirely obsolete and no longer serves any useful purpose. And if it is poor or obsolete for conventional vehicles it has always been useless for electric vehicles.”
Greg Archer, director of clean vehicles, Transport & Environment