Are range figures realistic?
Our range figures are from the WLTP test, which was specifically developed by the European Union to be more realistic than the old NEDC test. WLTP testing gives figures closer to real-life vehicle usage. So it’s fair to say that the maximum range figure is realistic, but many different factors will influence whether you will achieve it or not.
How do I know what range I can achieve?
Importantly our predicted range gauge on our vehicles uses recent driving history, as well as the battery state of charge and current driving conditions to estimate the range available. It’s therefore perfectly normal to get into a fully charged electric vehicle and see a range prediction figure much lower than the maximum achievable range.
That’s because the vehicle is offering you an estimation of what is likely to be achieved based on past and current factors. If you then begin driving with lower energy consumption than previously (lower speeds, fewer passengers, etc) the range gauge will adjust accordingly.
What impacts range?
Many different factors impact range, and any combination of these different factors will influence the range which you achieve on any given day. Most of these factors would equally influence the mpg you would achieve in an internal combustion engine vehicle.
Some of the main factors having an impact on range are: driving style, driving speed, terrain (hills, etc), use of heating & air conditioning, acceleration, load (weight of luggage and passengers carried), temperature, and use of regenerative braking.
What can I do to maximise range
Range can be maximised in a number of ways, by limiting the impact of the factors detailed above – for example only using heating and air conditioning when needed or not carrying unnecessary load.
However, PEUGEOTs also have a host of features designed to assist you in maximising range: