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The Tesla Model S outperformed 28 other cars in a winter range test

Every year, the Norwegian Motor.no and the Norwegian Automobile Federation conduct winter and summer tests to assess the true performance of various electric vehicles, including some rare Chinese models that can be bought in the country. These tests aim to determine the actual mileage of these popular vehicles, as we know that WLTP ranges are often overstated.

During this year's winter test, the LR trim of the Model S achieved a new record of 530km, surpassing the previous record of 521km set by the Model 3 LR Dual Motor in 2021. Despite the fact that the Model S was unable to charge over 98%, which put it at a slight disadvantage compared to most cars in the test.

The test was conducted in harsh Norwegian winter conditions, with temperatures ranging from -5°C to -10°C, and even dropping to -19°C in some areas of the test route. Motor.no reported on the test, and the crew used the same test route as in previous years. Check out the Routes.

From Oslo, around Rondane National park and back
From Oslo, around Rondane National park and back

Typically, cars experience a reduction of their WLTP range ranging from 20% to 30% in such circumstances, although there are a few remarkable cases. The Model S is one such example, with only a 16.40% difference, as is the Maxus Euniq6, which lost just 10.45%. Additionally, the MG Marvel R and MG 5 had deviations of only 16% and 17% from their WLTP values, respectively.

Model Advertised range (WLTP) Actual range Deviation from WLTP
Tesla Model S LR 614km
382mi
530km
329mi
-16.40%
Mercedes EQE 300 614km
382mi
409km
254mi
-33.39%
BMW i7 xDrive60 595km
370mi
424km
263mi
-28.74%
Nio ET7 100kWh 580km
360mi
434km
270mi
-25.17%
BMW i4 eDrive40 565km
351mi
434km
263mi
-23.19%
Tesla Model X Plaid 543km
337mi
444km
276mi
-18.23%
Nissan Airya 2WD 533km
331mi
400km
249mi
-24.95%
Volkswagen ID.5 Pro 526km
327mi
378km
235mi
-28.14%
BYD Han 521km
324mi
406km
252mi
-22.07%
Hongqi E-HS9 prototype (120 kWh) 515km
320mi
389km
242mi
-24.47%
Skoda Enyaq Coupe RS 510km
317mi
338km
210mi
-33.73%
Toyota bZ4X 2WD 503km
313mi
323km
201mi
-35.79%
Voyah Free 501km
311mi
391km
243mi
-21.96%
Hongqi E-HS9 99kWh 465km
289mi
303km
188mi
-34.84%
Kia Niro EV 460km
285mi
343km
213mi
-25.43%
Tesla Model Y SR+ RWD 455km
283mi
337km
209mi
-25.93%
Hyundai Ioniq 5 LR 4WD 454km
282mi
345km
214mi
-24.01%
Mercedes EQB 250 452km
281mi
334km
208mi
-26.11%
MG ZS LR 440km
273mi
352km
219mi
-20.00%
JAC e–JS4 433km
269mi
323km
201mi
-25.40%
BMW iX1 xDrive30 428km
266mi
337km
209mi
-21.26%
Renault Megane E-Tech 428km
266mi
318km
198mi
-25.70%
MG4 EV LR 425km
264mi
338km
210mi
-20.47%
Kia EV6 GT 424km
263mi
349km
217mi
-17.69%
BYD Atto 3 420km
261mi
311km
193mi
-25.95%
Volkswagen ID. Buzz Pro 408km
254mi
310km
193mi
-24.02%
MG5 LR 380km
236mi
313km
194mi
-17.63%
MG Marvel R AWD 370km
230mi
308km
191mi
-16.76%
Maxus Euniq6 354km
220mi
317km
197mi
-10.45%

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Mercedes EQE 300 experienced a significant decrease in its advertised range, dropping by 33.39%. However, there is some positive news as the EQE still managed to surpass a range of 400km. The Hongqi E-HS9, a Chinese car, also had a drop in range of over 34%.

Once again, the Toyota bZ4X in its two-wheel drive version had the lowest performance, with a reduction in range of 35.79%. Interestingly, the company decided not to provide the 4WD version as it had underperformed in various range and consumption tests. The company plans to make some necessary updates before testing the vehicle again. The same plan applies to the Subaru Solterra, which is identical to the Toyota bZ4X.

Tesla Model S Aces an extensive

The Chinese winter test showed comparable results, and once again the bZ4X failed to meet expectations. Additionally, there are 12 cars manufactured in China on the list, a few of which are about to be launched in Europe, such as the JAC e-JS4, Voyah Free, BYD Atto, BYD Han, and the Nio ET7.

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