Fact #938: August 15, 2016 Median All-Electric Vehicle Range Grew from 73 Miles in Model Year 2011 to 83.5 Miles in Model Year 2016

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In model year 2011, there were just three different models of all-electric vehicles (AEV) available and their ranges on a full charge (according to the Environmental Protection Agency) spanned from 63 to 94 miles. By model year 2016, the number of AEV models increased to twelve and the available ranges expanded as well from a minimum of 62 miles for the Mitsubishi i-MiEV to a maximum of 294 miles for the Tesla Model S 90D. From 2011 to 2016, the median of the AEV ranges increased by just over 10 miles – from 73 to 83.5 miles.

Breadth of AEV Ranges, MY 2011 and 2016

Graph showing breadth of AEV ranges in model year 2011 and model year 2016

Fact #938 Dataset

Supporting Information

AEV by Range Model Year, 2011 and 2016
Model YearMakeModelRange (Miles) 
2011smartfortwo electric drive coupe63MY 2011 Median = 73 miles
2011NissanLeaf73
2011BMWActive E94
2016Mitsubishii-MIEV62MY 2016 Median = 83.5 miles
2016smartfortwo electric drive coupe68
2016FordFocus Electric76
2016BMWi3 BEV81
2016ChevroletSpark82
2016Volkswagene-Golf83
2016Fiat500e84
2016Mercedes-BenzB250e87
2016KiaSoul Electric93
2016NissanLeaf (30 kW-hr battery pack)107
2016TeslaModel X AWD - 90D257
2016TeslaModel S AWD - 90D294

Note: Median is based on the listed models; some of these AEV models are available with different battery capacities/body styles, which have shorter ranges.
Source: U. S. Department of Energy, FuelEconomy.Gov data, accessed May 19, 2016.

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