Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, Prius Compete In Car & Driver Wind Tunnel – Video
When you are looking to maximizing the range and efficiency of a plug-in car, aerodynamics always play a big part.
Last week Car & Driver set out to find out just who and what cars did it the best. Included in the test was 2 fully electric cars, 1 PHEV…and of course the leader of all things ‘hybrid’.
- Chevrolet Volt
- Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
- Nissan Leaf
- Tesla Model S P85
- Toyota Prius
The above video walks us through the process of quantifying the coefficient of drag area of all the contenders; and of course the results.
First place for Cd (drag coefficient) went to the Tesla Model S at an extremely low .24, which help the EV tie with the Toyota Prius for the overall CdA (Cd x frontal area) rating of 6.2 feet – despite having the most frontal area overall.
- Toyota Prius – .26 Cd, 6.2 feet CdA
- Tesla Model S – .24 Cd, 6.2 feet CdA
- Chevrolet Volt – .28 Cd, 6.7 feet CdA
- Mercedes Benz CLA 250 – .30 Cd, 7.0 feet CdA
- Nissan LEAF – .32 Cd, 7.8 feet CdA
Besides watching the video, check out Car & Driver’s feature story on the testing here.