Chinese Hiphi beats Tesla in world’s toughest range test

It’s a half-yearly tradition for the Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF) to organize the El Prix event, the world’s most extensive range test for electric vehicles. The winter test was won four times in a row by Tesla, but the American EV maker fell back to the middle field in the latest edition with the gold medal achieved by a far-from-usual suspect.

In collaboration with Motor, the NAF conducts the El Prix, dubbed the “world’s largest” range test, which occurs both in winter and summer every year. Since 2020, Tesla models have consistently outperformed others, and nothing less than the top spot was expected from this year’s participating Model 3, which advertises an impressive range of 629 km on paper.

Losing but 33 kilometres

Spoiling that party was newcomer Hiphi. The relatively unknown Chinese brand entered its € 105,000 four-seater GT car Z. This sports car not only excelled with the highest range among the 23 vehicles listed but also stayed remarkably close to its claim (522 versus 555 kilometers), only losing 33 kilometers during the winter drive from Oslo to Dombas and back.

The orange bars show the WLTP homologated range, and the blue bars show the measured autonomy.

Other strong performers sticking to their homologated ranges were the BMW i5 (-12.2%), the Lotus Eletre (-12.3%), and the Kia EV9 (-12.5%). According to the NAF, ambient temperatures during the test fluctuated from -2° to -10℃, while the weather was windy.

Crowned the cold champion, the Hiphis isn’t the most economical vehicle from the lineup. With an average consumption of 24.3 kWh/100 km, it ranks second highest on the list, with the Audi Q8 e-Tron and Lotus Eletre sharing the prize for worst consumption with an average of 24.8 kWh/100 kilometers.

Aero pays off

The most frugal car during the test was the sleekly styled Hyundai Ioniq 6, averaging 16.3 kWh/100 kilometers—the Korean four-door benefits from its dedicated aero-design. The Peugeot E-308 (17.0 kWh/100 km) and Opel Astra Electric (17.4 kWh/100 km) are in second and third place, respectively.

The Tesla Model 3, which missed its homologated range target by almost thirty percent (29.9%), ranked sixth in the consumption table out of 23 models with an average of 18,0 kWh per 100 kilometers. This far-from dramatic performance might still come as a cold shower after the winning streaks of the American EV maker in the previous years.

The NAF is a significant consumer and interest organization with a membership exceeding 500,000. It accounts for almost 25% of all vehicle owners in Norway. It also performs a charging test during the El Prix, but these results have yet to be announced.

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