6 tips for different uses

In France, two electric cars stand out from the rest of the pack since the beginning of 2022. In this case, two models to which everything is opposed, from the Tesla Model 3 and the Dacia Spring, both with more than 6,000 copies sold between January and April , are antagonistic in every way. To the American’s performance/technology package, the Romanian responds with a minimum price and a pragmatism that borders on the acceptable. However, the electric landscape is already rich enough to not have to hesitate between these two paradoxes and for everyone to find what they are looking for.. For this summer of 2022, AM points the finger at 6 less prominent because older or lesser known models that you can count on. Note that all advertised autonomies have been verified under protocol.

1. The electric Fiat 500: the sexiest

For its electric 500, Fiat has managed to maintain the sharp line that made the Italian so successful. But this version has nothing to do with its thermal sister. New platform, sized a few centimeters in all dimensions – also with the aim of housing the large 42 kWh battery (37.3 useful kWh) –, much more modern and better quality interior as well as greater comfort make it a great city car. Its 118 hp gives it good dynamism, but it is still intended for urban and peri-urban use because its autonomy does not exceed 150 km on the motorway. A 95 hp variant with a small 23.8 kWh battery is also available from €25,400.

The ranges of the electric Fiat 500

  • Autonomous city: 240 km
  • Autonomous road: 178 km
  • Highway: 150 km

2. The BMW i4 eDrive 40: the Tesla Model 3 eater

The BMW i4 is the 100% electric variant of the 4 Series Gran Coupé, to which BMW has just added a tighter grille and a few splashes of blue. On board, the habitability remains the same but the German receives two large screens. With a single electric motor developing 340 hp and 430 Nm, positioned on the rear axle, this BMW i4 already accelerates strongly and presents great acceleration: just 3.1 s to go from 80 to 120 km/h despite a very high mass of 2,155 kg verified! An excess weight that is partly due to its good manufacturing quality, to a rich equipment, but also and above all to its very large battery of 80.7 kWh that can be used, which offers a comfortable range (350 km on the road and 460 km in the city). Despite all your pounds, this BMW i4 benefits from a really efficient front axle on dry roads and well-controlled traction. Not to mention generally easy-to-measure braking, which is rare in electric cars. Beware, however, in rainy weather or on slippery roads.

The range of the BMW i4

  • Autonomous city: 460 km
  • Autonomous road: 463 km
  • Highway: 350 km

Compare the real range of the best electric cars according to our standardized measurement cycle. Battery capacity, consumption, autonomy, we’ll tell you everything!

3. The Hyundai Kona Electric: The Safe Bet

If you’re not too young since you were born in 2017, the Hyundai Kona is still an excellent choice. Thanks to its 64 kWh usable battery and controlled consumption, it travels up to 480 km in the city and 380 km on the highway (265 km on the highway). In addition to good autonomy, this Hyundai Kona accelerates well: just 4.5 s to go from 80 to 120 km/h, to the point that the front axle has difficulty digesting this passion. In the city, this Hyundai proves to be a treat of vivacity, without the slightest push, in good silence and with comfortable suspensions. Our only regret is that the brake pedal, a little spongy and with a reaction time, it is not easy to dose in the event of a surprise intervention. Fortunately, it is possible to set the motor brake intensity, which allows, at the highest level, to mitigate this problem.

Hyundai Kona Electric range

  • Autonomous city: 480 km
  • Autonomous road: 380 km
  • Highway: 265 km

4. The electric Peugeot e-208: the French look

Designed to be thermal, the Peugeot 208 was not easy to electrify. Dispersed in various elements under the rear seats and in the center console, the useful 46 kWh battery also required the use of a simplified and less bulky rear axle. Despite this correct capacity, the range of the Peugeot e-208 remains a little disappointing, with certainly 252 km in the city, but no more than 211 km on the highway and only 160 km on the highway., which really limits its versatility. However, its road qualities and comfort are undeniable and its performance satisfactory: 6.1 s to go from 80 to 120 km/h. Little hope: some battery management changes and a new, more efficient motor should arrive soon to improve range.

Peugeot e-208 autonomy

  • Autonomous city: 252 km
  • Autonomous road: 211 km
  • Highway: 160 km

5. The Renault Zoe: the French car still at the level

Born in 2013, the electric Renault Zoe received a major overhaul and a 52 kWh battery at the end of 2019. With its efficient wound-rotor motor, it benefits from a very interesting range off the highway, especially in its 108 hp variant, which is more sober than the one with 135 hp. With 395 km in the city and 280 km on the road, this Renault Zoe R110 turns out to be an excellent second car, as long as it avoids sections at 130 km/h, where it will stop after 220 km… This integrated, Zoe enchants the city with its silence and its expressive start to fire, all reinforced by an efficient chassis and more conciliatory suspensions. Rare thing, the braking is very easy to dose. Only downsides, the driving position is a little too vertical and the on-board charger performance is poor, which increases the price of a full tank and increases the reload time.

Renault Zoe autonomy

  • Autonomous city: 395 km
  • Autonomous road: 280 km
  • Highway: 220 km

6. The Volvo XC40 Recharge: the original SUV

Significantly less powerful than the “twin-engine” Volvo XC40 and its 408 hp, the “traction” single-engine Volvo XC40, with its 231 hp, significantly lowers the entry price: €43,940, compared to €53,300 previously. In parallel, the battery goes from 78 kWh to 69 kWh. This does not prevent Volvo from announcing, thanks to a lower mass of 165 kg, greater autonomy in the WLTP homologation cycle. (424 km against 418 km for the Twin Recharge). If you don’t have an imperative need for all-wheel drive (mounting area…), this entry level is more than enough (330 Nm of instantaneous torque). All this while maintaining a very efficient chassis with progressive suspensions. The only thing missing, in addition to the freewheel mode and braking, is a pedal that is a little hard, and a normal engine brake.

published in 05/15/2022 updated 05/15/2022 François Lemaur and editorial team

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