All-Electric Light Vehicle Ranges Can Exceed Those Of Some Gasoline Light Vehicles

Posted on Jan 18 2018 - 6:22am by Lisa Chan

Although many electric light vehicles have shorter ranges between “refuels” than gasoline vehicles, some EVs have ranges equal to or greater than some gasoline-powered models.

Bolt-EV 2018

For the 2017 model year (MY) the maximum range for an all-electric vehicle (AEV) is 335 miles (Tesla Model S 100D), while the minimum range for a gasoline model is 224 miles (Dodge Viper).

Fuel cell vehicles (three are currently on the market) have mileage ranges close to the maximum range of an AEV.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) use both gasoline and electricity drawn from the grid. The all-electric range of PHEV models varies greatly, and the total gasoline and electric range of a PHEV is between 180 and 640 miles for MY 2017 vehicles.

The ranges for EVs have been increasing since their debut in the mass market but technological improvements have also increased the ranges for gasoline vehicles. For MY 2017, the median range for gasoline vehicles was 418 miles while the maximum range was nearly 800 miles (Ford F-150 with optional 36-gallon fuel capacity).