The 2019 Plug-In EVs That Have Less EPA-Rated Range Than In 2018

FEB 18 2019 BY MARK KANE 20

One or two miles less is not that much, but it’s still down rather than up.

We are accustomed to plug-in electric cars eventually getting a range bump in a new model year (at least if there is an upgrade to a new generation battery). But as we found out recently, in some cases new 2019 model versions (without any significant changes) get slightly less range than 2018 versions from the EPA.

It could be caused by various reasons – more standard equipment (more weight), small aerodynamic changes, software changes to a driving mode or battery buffer. Or even a slight change on the EPA side.

Here are a few examples that we noted most recently.

2019 Nissan LEAF

The 40 kWh battery version of Nissan LEAF was rated by the EPA at 151 miles, but it seems that this year’s rating is lowered to 150 miles (241 km). According to the EPA label, lower range is the result of slightly higher energy consumption both in city and on the highway.

Of course, the LEAF will in the coming months get Nissan LEAF e+ version with 226 miles (364 km), which should be enough for most drivers.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is another example, which while still having the same 16 kWh battery, will go 1 mile less in the 2019 model year version, according to the EPA. The official rating is 32 miles (51 km), compared to 33 miles previously. Interestingly, the total range also decreased from 570 miles to 520 miles (837 km).

2019 Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid got a range bump in 2018 because of a slightly bigger battery, but in 2019 the rating decreased by two miles from 19 to 17 miles (27 km). Volvo consistently increases total range and in 2019 it went up from 380 miles to 490 miles (788 km).

We’re not entirely sure what to make of all of these changes, but still we thought it’s worth sharing.

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20 Comments on "The 2019 Plug-In EVs That Have Less EPA-Rated Range Than In 2018"

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151 miles vs 150, that’s less than 1%, not even worth talking about.

If ever there was a good excuse for a sarcastic, “Slow news day?” comment, this article is it.

Given the deviance of EPA ratings from real world experience, plus the huge change in experienced range depending on whether the cabin heater is running (even with a heat pump-enabled car, like my Leaf), NO ONE is going to notice a 1 mile/charge change, even if it’s real.

And if you’re going to report on this, then REALLY report on it — find out why the numbers are different and tell us what the car makers and the EPA say. An article that reports these minuscule changes and then says it could be due to a variety of reasons commits one of the worst sins of journalism: It raises more questions than it tries to answer.

Most of our weights change by a larger % from morning to evening. This is just noise – both statistical and news definitions of the term.

Well, being that the cars are not actually driven to come up with their numbers but rather a flawed mathmatical formula (one size fits all), this has always been the running joke of EPA ratings.
Best way to get accurate readings is via EV vehicle sites like this and others, we all know that when ever the government gets involved in something they will mess it up.

“Trump has 90 days to decide whether to act upon the recommendations, which auto industry officials expect to include at least some tariffs on fully assembled vehicles or on technologies and components related to electric, automated, connected and shared vehicles.”
Evs, connected cars, shared vehicles, are a Nation Security threat. who knew?
Trump’s rather ham-handed attempt to stop the ev revolution, and at same time, punish European auto makers.
Details of the report are not to be revealed, to the public. Of course it’s because the report and its conclusions are so ridiculous as to be beyond belief.

Hijacking the article?

If you’re going to quote something, at the very least indicate where the quote is coming from.

Sorta refreshing that the hijack didn’t have Tesla in the text. Then again it’s hard to make any sense out of it so who knows?

Especially in BMW’s case with it’s huge US Factory.

The threat of the US raising import tariffs on cars coming from Europe from its current level of 2.5% to 25% makes front page news on “The Times” in London today (Tuesday)
Trump is quoted as saying “I like tariffs”

The Pacifica shows a decrease in mpg as well, from 32 to 30. That accounts for the reduction in total range. But how did Volvo increase range? Bigger gas tank? It would have to be almost 5 gallons larger.

Manufacturers decide what to put on the EPA label — they can’t put more than the results they got (on their own tests, documentation of which must be supplied to the regulator), but they can and often do choose to put a somewhat lower figure. IIRC they can’t deviate however much they want from the test result, but it can be significantly less. Model 3 long range is probably the best example, because the test result is known (330 miles? 335? I don’t recall) and ~8% higher than the range displayed on the badge (presumably to let Model S appear to be the better road-tripper, although it would be easily beaten by Model 3 in a Bjørn Nyland-style “race” since it charges much more slowly in miles per hour terms).

I think that’s a much more probable explanation than a few kilogrammes additional weight in a 2019 model.

Don’t forget the effect of wheel size on range.

Don’t know the thinking behind PHEV with very little Electric range, Ideal thing to do is offer 80-100 miles electric range in PHEV without making exterior of Car Ugly and wait until battery price fall where 300-400 miles EV can be made around $25 K and retire PHEV technology.

80 or 100 miles is too much for a PHEV. Might as well go BEV. I would take one, but the cost tradeoff is not there and 80 miles worth of battery takes up too much space. Seems to me 25-50 miles is best tradeoff. We put about 17,000 EV (30,000 total) miles on our Clarity PHEV last year, so even with a range of 47 miles electric plenty of EV range.

The only way you can get PHEV cost competitive is reduce the range. Battery prices from industry leaders are already cheap enough for more affordable long range cars.

The reason you aren’t seeing more PHEVs with looks you might like is they aren’t really a viable business solution. People won’t pay extra for them.

Yawn – looks like it’s time to find a different EV site to follow.

This one is almost a duplicate of electrek too.

If there were better EV websites most of us would be there. Yet we are here, which tends to indicate that most of the people here think this is one of the best websites available for EV’s. In point of fact, Insideevs is the best there is, even if they do have a few too many articles on mundane stuff.
The bulk of InsideEvs articles are really good and the work they put into the Plug-In Sales Scorecard is the best there is, bar none.
So quit your whining, son.

Such as?

1 mile less?

I don’t think such trivial changes deserve an article.

Americans are becoming fatter every year which brings down the range of EVs by 1 mile.
Other than this, there is no problem with motor or battery.