Electric Car Range Race In Amusing Animated Video

2 months ago by Eric Loveday 32

UK-based Car Keys, a car shopping site focused on finding you a great deal on a new automobile, put out this rather amusing animated video that compared the range of 8 of the UK’s most popular electric cars.

3…2…1…Go!

Car Keys states:

INSERT A COIN TO CONTINUE.

We’ve lined up eight of the UK’s best-selling electric cars in a retro gaming animation to find out who can travel the furthest.

PUSH START on the video below to watch the Electric Cars race:

Pssttt….how many background retro Easter Eggs can you spot?

Na na na na Na na na na Elon BATMAN!

Most of us know which cars will bow out early and which ones are ready for the long haul. The animated video uses EPA data (not NEDC) for its range figures.

It’s a simple, yet entertaining video, so go ahead and “push start.” No coin required

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32 responses to "Electric Car Range Race In Amusing Animated Video"

  1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

    That race was rigged! Where’s the Honda Clarity and Toyota Mirai? 😉

    1. sveno says:

      They aren’t really available in the UK. Theoretically you could get one of the 15 Mirais but only left hand drive.

      1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

        Are you sure? The Mirai is made in Japan, which like the UK is a right hand drive country. Since Toyota makes right-hand drive Mirais for its home market, why wouldn’t Toyota import right-hand drive Mirais into the UK?

        FWIW, Robert Llewellyn of Fully Charged test drove a right-hand drive Mirai in what I believe is the UK.

        1. sveno says:

          Oh dear I thought I read an UK review but it was just a pointer to a US car site.

        2. Anger Daniel says:

          Toyota Mirai is not a electric car, it’is a “méthane car”. hydrogen is obtained by hydrofragmentation of methane with emission of CO2.

    2. Big Solar says:

      The nearest hydrogen station was 450 miles away

      1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

        It’s a cartoon. You could just draw a hydrogen station near the start line and it wouldn’t cost $1+ million pounds/dollars.

        FWIW, Great Britan has 15 hydrogen fueling stations in this map, and it appears that there is no place in all of Great Britan that is 450 miles or more away from the nearest hydrogen station. Just sayin’. 😀

    3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Fool cell fanboy sven asks:

      “Where’s the Honda Clarity and Toyota Mirai?”

      They stayed home. The BEVs can “top off” their battery packs at any electrical outlet, but the only way for the fool cell cars to top off their tanks before the start of the “race” was to hire one of the so-called “mobile hydrogen stations” to come to the starting line, and the drivers decided that was much too expensive.

      1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

        Douche bag troll Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Blah, blah, blah. I don’t own an EV and instead drive a gas-guzzling ICE minivan. To compensate for my fossil fuel burning ways, I troll actual EV owners on InsideEVs. I always got beat up in grade school, because back I had the same obnoxious personality back then as I do now, and I just plain like to insult people and call them names. It’s who I am and what I do. I am a troll.

        1. Bill Howland says:

          Seriously though, I don’t consider Hydrogen powered cars electric cars, even though InsideEvs does.

          Myself, I’d consider a CNG car closer to an EV since there is (usually) an electric home compressor, or in some other way associated with electrical consumption – which the Mirai doesn’t have much in the way of affordable home chargers.

          Its rather like, if people are going to call fuel-celled vehicles ‘electric’, why not call ANY hybrid vehicle electric, since they all have batteries and motors, but like the Mirai don’t ever actually use any commercial electricity.

          Got another question for you SVEN – since TOD rates aren’t mandatory in Westchester County, why don’t you and others put up Solar Panels to avoid Con Ed’s confiscatory rates?

          1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

            Bill, I just saw your comment but I running out the door and pressed for time. I’ll respond later this afternoon.

            1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

              “. . . since TOD rates aren’t mandatory in Westchester County, why don’t you and others put up Solar Panels. . .”

              It’s a complicated answer. There are a couple of reasons/factors.

              First off, I’m actually in NYC where the significant majority of houses, including my own, have flat roofs.

              Generally, a major reason is the strict NYC fire code for “rooftop access” points and 6-foot wide “clear paths” that applies to buildings that have rooftops with a <20% slope. It significantly limits where and how many panels an owner can place on a small flat roof. This fire code allows the FDNY to place ladders/aerial-ladders with unobstructed access onto the roof, provides open space for the FDNY to cut holes in the roof for roof ventilation (vertical ventilation), and provides clear paths for egress/emergency-escape for fire fighters and also building occupants via the fire ladder to the rooftop hatch or stairs to the roof top door.

              My building has a narrow frontage and a long length (approximately 20' wide x 50' long from bottom of parapet wall and very short common wall to roof edge), and some tree shading in the southwest corner from a neighbor's tree along the property line than can be reduced with some pruning but not completely eliminated. Also, my 45 degree sloped parapet wall with perfect southern exposure is prohibited by the fire code from having solar panels (page 54, link below, also showing an infamous Solyndra PV array LOL). I'd need a 6' clear path at front across the entire (20') front (street-side) for FDNY ladder access (due to obstructing balcony and awning), another 6' wide clear path across the entire (20') roof from the roof hatch to the side-of-house FDNY access point, and a 6' wide clear path along the entire 50' long parapet wall that runs along the length of the house, which leaves only 14' of usable roof width fitting only 2 65-inch residential solar panels per row (might be able to use 77-inch wide panels for commercial applications at greater cost). The skylight would also take out one or two panels.
              http://www.cuny.edu/about/resources/sustainability/solar-america/installer-resources/FDNY_SolarPresentation_March21.pdf.pdf

              When installing a flat roof solar system it's highly recommended to put in a new roof if the service life of the existing roof will end in the middle of the 20-year service life of the solar array. My roof is 8-year's old, so it's borderline. Finding and repairing the source of a leak (usually an inch or two defect at the seam in the overlapping layers of tar paper) on a worn flat is difficult enough without a solar array and conduit/cabling partially covering some of the seams.

              On a flat roof I could put in either a non-penetrating ballasted solar panel racking (page 54 link above), or roof penetrating solar panel racking that ties into the wood subsystem below the tar paper. The non-penetrating racking has the obvious advantage of less leak points, but has a lower tilt angle than a penetrating system or has flat positioning of the solar panels to minimize the chance of the panels getting blown off the roof in a strong storm. I have not found a penetrating racking system that allows me to adjust the tilt angle with the changing seasons, which to me would be a killer feature on a space limited, easily accessible flat roof. There are also hybrid systems which combine ballast and penetrating anchors, but greatly minimize the number of penetrating anchor points. To further muddy the waters, a non-penetrating ballasted system would cause a bigger increase in my home insurance premium.

              I have a 2 family, semi-detached house with a flat roof, and a 4-foot parapet wall on the unattached (long) west side of the building and a south-facing 45 degree sloped parapet wall on the front (short/narrow side) of the building. It is on a hill almost directly on (adjacent to) the highest point in the surrounding neighborhood. While the top floor apartment has a view of the buildings across the street, next to, and behind my house, the roof offers sweeping views (some partially obstructed) of the Empire State building in particular, the more distant One World Trade Center, Citi Field (Met's home), a bunch of East River bridges, and even the top half of the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River into NJ.

              Flat roof tops can be prime real estate in NYC, as evidenced by the deluge of rooftop bars, pools, hot tubs, etc. that have sprung up on NYC rooftops over the past couple of years. With my property, I can build up to a certain height. Since my house is built into a hill, with the second floor in the front of the house turning into a ground-level floor (3 feet below natural grade) at the back-yard/back of the house, I can build a vertical addition (middle-class penthouse) on "part of" my roof (3rd story from the back / 4th story from the front). I'd rather build the addition and add a deck to the roof (possibly converting into a 3-family dwelling, but that would require install of a fire escape and other upgrades). The addition, the views and additional usable space from the deck, and a much less obstructed view from the addition’s roof would add more value to the property than rooftop PV array. But I’d still try to incorporate at least some solar panels onto the roof and addition.

              With regards to NYC’s non-TOU plan for electricity, it’s actually averages around $0.23/kWh and not the $0.31/kWh as stated on ConEd’s web page and quoted by me in the past. The $0.31 figure includes a $17 basic service charge. However, in the past the rate did hit $0.30+ a couple of times in the winter when a supply bottle neck for natural gas in the heating season caused the price of natural gas to spike. This caused the “supply charge” part on Con Ed electric bills (which varies every month) to spike as well and led to some hefty bills. With a newly built gas supply pipeline, that bottleneck into NYC and New England and resulting price spikes have been eliminated.

              It was during these months when the price spiked that I last computed the the Con Ed kWh price without the basic service charge and came up with the $0.30+ kWh price. I assumed that it is was always this price and switched over to “Levelized Billing” (equal payments over 12 months), and never bothered to check the kWh price again.
              http://nypost.com/2014/02/09/power-price-spike-for-nysers-on-con-ed-bills-in-middle-of-winter/

        2. Get Real says:

          More classless insults from classless sven.

          Just like sven’s hero the Trumpster.

  2. Erik Rehnberg says:

    No Bolt?

    1. EVs_are_the_future says:

      UK site, Bolt is never coming to RHD regions so no need to put it in the video.

      1. Tim Miser says:

        Ok so where was the Ampera E?

        1. VS says:

          The same. The car will only be available on the right side of the road.

  3. Jmk says:

    Just drove 470km with ioniq electric yesterday and it took probably 30-40mins more than it would have taken with a gas car. Efficiency and charging speed matter a lot more than what most people think.

    1. Rhaman68 says:

      Well said and the new generation of EV owners need to be schooled in this area. Range discussions are getting stale. But electric car manufacturers need to step up and focus on this issue as well as we get smarter as to electric cost of charging in public networks.

  4. James says:

    They’ll need to update it soon with an Ampera-e.

    1. Miggy says:

      Ampera-e / Bolt will not be sold in the UK.

  5. Foo says:

    At the end, something called the “Telsa Model S 9100D” is ranked #1.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Wow, I didn’t realize the Model S can carry 4-1/2 tons of batteries! 😉

      1. floydboy says:

        LOL! Heavy man, heavy!

  6. David Murray says:

    I remember when the Kia Soul EV first came to market, everyone was impressed with the range because it beat out the Nissan Leaf by 10 miles or so… But now it’s the bottom of the barrel when it comes to range.

  7. 3laine says:

    How can I take this video seriously when they have an ORANGE i3?! For the 2017 model with the 33 kWh pack, orange was replaced by Protonic Blue!

    ;D

    1. Steven says:

      Since it came out, I’ve only seen two of them on the road, both Orange.

  8. gubbel says:

    Please be fair and give the eGolf +1 mile. Its EPA-Range is 125 miles not 124. So it will be the winner except Tesla 😉

    1. WARREN says:

      Unfortunately these are just manufacturer submitted EPA ratings. It has already been proven some are more conservative than others. We need a real world test like Edmunds performed years ago.

    2. No, it would still be comfortably beaten by the Renault ZOE with its 44kWh battery.

  9. Anon says:

    I’ve seen a RHD FFE… If it’s UK, too bad they didn’t include that one.

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