Checking Out The Real World Cargo Space Of Some Popular EVs – Video

3 months ago by Mark Kane 26

“What do Norwegians do on Sundays?  We gather up at IKEA to measure the cargo space in different cars.”

Bjørn Nyland and some  Norwegian EV enthusiasts have conducted an experiment to check on the cargo space of several popular electric vehicles.  Included in the test was the BMW i3, Hyundai IONIQ Electric, Nissan LEAF (2013), Kia Soul EV, Nissan e-NV200 and of course … some Teslas.

Cargo space in popular EVs – Bjørn Nyland

The tests was performed using the ‘real world’ measuring tool of choice:  banana boxes.

The more banana boxes that can fit in – the greater the cargo space. Here are the results:

Number of banana boxes:

  • BMW i3: 4 in trunk, 14 with seats folded
  • Hyundai Ioniq: 6 in trunk, 16 with seats folded
  • Nissan LEAF (2013): 5 in trunk, 18 with seats folded
  • Kia Soul EV: 6 in trunk, 21 with seats folded
  • Model X 5 seater: 1+10 in frunk+trunk, 28 with seats folded
  • Nissan e-NV200: About 48-50

Earlier results:

  • Model X 6 seater: 1+9 in frunk+trunk, 23 with seats folded
  • Model S pre-facelift: 2+8 in frunk+trunk, 24 with seats folded
  • Model S facelift: 8 in trunk, 22 with seats folded
  • Mercedes E-class estate: 10 in trunk, 24 with seats folded


26 responses to "Checking Out The Real World Cargo Space Of Some Popular EVs – Video"

  1. I am sorry they didn’t include a Bolt EV / Opel Ampera. They are using rectangular boxes – it might also be useful to try bicycles, or large screen TV boxes, or a mix of box sizes.

    1. Mikael says:

      How many large screen TV boxes do you drive around with at once? 😛 And may I ask if your profession includes late nights and black clothing?

      1. What? You Think he is a VJ? (Video Jockey: spinning Music Videos at a Club)

      2. wavelet says:

        Mikael, don’t forget you are dealing with Americans here. A TV in every room (-;

        1. jelloslug says:

          Don’t forget the bathrooms.

      3. Only once in a decade – but it would be useful to know this, and the other things we are possibly going to carry. I have moved a dishwasher, three tall chairs, a lawn mower, lots of electronic recycling, lumber, etc. in my EV’s.

    2. VS says:

      He tried to get one.

  2. Ziv says:

    I like the test, it isn’t perfect but it is easily understood and relatively revealing. I would like to have seen how the Volt and Bolt do, but given the tiny amount of Amperas in Norway and the total lack of Bolts…

  3. Banana Boxes! Are they the new universal measurement standard? Something like Mouse Nuts? How many (# or Lbs or Kgs) per box?

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I’m confused; I thought it was the banana, and not banana boxes, which is the current universal standard for size comparisons. 😉

      [NSFW warning: The last photo in the article is NSFW!]

      1. Someone out there says:

        The banana can indeed be a good measuring tool in some cases:

    2. bro1999 says:

      Girl Scout cookie boxes should be the new standard.

    3. They could have used bags of manure (like a car magazine did comparing a Model S with an Audi A7).

  4. Kevin Cowgill says:

    This is a great comparison! Thanks Mark.
    Since the eNV200 will Never be- No How – Not gonna happen -available in North America, it would be good to know which EVs can fit entire 10 foot lengths of pvc pipe in them. With the hatch closed.
    I need an EV parts mule for my electrical business😀!

    1. I have had about two dozen 2×4 8 footers in my Leaf with the right rear seat folded forward, and the right passenger seat layed back (both with head rests removed). The boards lay on the dash. If you were to put the pipes diagonal with the left rear seat folded, you might get 10′ lengths in of PVC. Haven’t tried myself 🙂

      1. Kevin Cowgill says:

        Yeah, I’m leaning towards a used Leaf for parts running around town. There’s gonna be bunches of them, reasonably priced even in Idaho, after the MY18 hits the streets.

        How’s your battery holding up? I would think in your neck of the woods it might be just fine.
        Thanks for the 2×4 info.

  5. Ocean Railroader says:

    Can someone do a segment of how many cinder blocks can be carried in a EV’s trunk or if there is a EV truck out there.

    Moving cinder blocks is one of the most fuel consuming and time consuming things out there do to their large weight and space requirements to be moved around for home projects.

    1. Asak says:

      I’d say moving bags of gravel or cement is more challenging, although in that case you’ll probably hit the cars weight limit long before running out of space. I’ve driven with my truck riding really low a few times!

    2. EVShopper says:

      Workhorse or Bollinger will be good bets for that.

  6. boyelectric says:

    Too bad they couldn’t compare the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (PHEV)

  7. rosholt says:

    Like to see the Tesla Semi tested.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      With or without trailer? 🙂

    2. Dav8or says:

      So would everyone else who cares about EVs. How about the world shattering, mind blowing Model 3? How about they test one of those with banana boxes?

  8. M3 - reserved -- Niro/Leaf 2.0/Outlander - TBD says:

    Prefer more real life luggage; but hard to mass stack vs easy access banana boxes — that’s fair surrogate.

    Interesting to see IONIQ with that much; would love to see Niro and Outlander in the future

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