Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5 miss official range at all temperatures, VW ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E perform well in summer
The American automaker Tesla has recently made rather negative headlines with its questionable handling of complaints about the range of its electric vehicles, and a new test by Consumer Reports seems to underline these issues as the widely popular Tesla Model Y was found to have a shorter real-world range than the official 326 miles that have been measured according to the EPA standard.
It is a well-known fact that most EVs struggle in cold ambient temperatures, so it's rather unsurprising that the consumer organization’s test confirmed this handicap. The Tesla Model Y, VW ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Hyundai Ioniq 5 all lost a significant amount of their range at 17 degrees Fahrenheit. The all-electric SUV was able to travel 186 miles on a single charge. Somewhat more surprising is the Tesla Model Y’s poor result at rather pleasant 85 degrees Fahrenheit, as the bestseller still missed its official EPA range by a whopping 16 percent by traveling just 274 instead of 326 miles on a charge.
Unlike the disappointing Tesla Model Y, the Ford Mustang Mach-E left a good impression under these circumstances and surpassed its official EPA number by 5 miles, resulting in a range of 275 miles. The VW ID.4 also exceeded expectations and was efficient enough to travel 256 miles instead of the advertised 240 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, the sleek Hyundai Ioniq 5 joined the Model Y in the ranks of underperformers and never managed to stay true to its range of 256 miles, although the South Korean EV missed the mark by just a couple of miles. More details on the illuminating real-world range test can be found in the corresponding article at Consumer Reports.