High gas prices are causing many consumers to raise their hands in frustration. Electric vehicles, or EVs, are a great alternative. EVs have better fuel economy compared to gas-powered counterparts, not to mention the environmental benefits. Automakers are investing billions in EV technology, and many are promising to go all-electric in the coming years.
Of the newest EVs on the market, some get more miles than others. Let’s take a look at what MPGe is and the three EVs with the best fuel efficiency rating.
First of all, what is MPGe?
If you’ve been researching EVs, you’ve probably come across the term MPGe in your research. KBF explains that MPGe stands for Miles Per Gallon Equivalent. The standard mpg calculation cannot be performed when a battery of a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric vehicle uses electricity as a fuel source, because these vehicles do not use exclusively (if at all) fuel that can be measured in gallons.
The formula for MPGe can be calculated as follows: 33.7 kWh of electricity = 1 gallon of gas. The miles per gallon formula is simpler and works like this: miles traveled divided by gallons used = mpg. Another factor that is equally important for EVs is the range rating. That is, how far you can go between costs.
1. Triple tie for third place between the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S and Hyundai Kona Electric, all with 120 MPGe
The Chevy Bolt, the Tesla Model S and the Hyundai Kona Electric are in joint third place. All of these EVs get an EPA-estimated 120 MPGe. According to Edmunds, the Chevy Bolt also gets a range of 259 miles with 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The base price is $34,200.
The Tesla Model S has the best range of the top three contenders, with 405 miles. It also delivers an impressive 620 horsepower. The starting price for the Model S is $104,990.
The cheapest option on the list, the Hyundai Kona Electric, costs $34,000. It has a range of 258 miles and produces 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque.
2. The Lucid Air ranks second for fuel economy
The Lucid Air hits 131 MPGe in terms of fuel economy. According to Car and driver, the Lucid Air gets an astonishing 520 miles of EPA-estimated range and a whopping 1,111 horsepower. The entry-level version has a single 480 hp electric motor. The rest of the lineup has two electric motors, each with a different power, for four-wheel drive. The Touring model generates 620 horsepower, while the Grand Touring produces 1050 horsepower. The first batch of limited edition vehicles named Dream Edition and Dream Edition Performance had 933 and 1111 horsepower.
The Air has a 112.0 kWh battery pack and supports DC fast charging. This EV is said to be capable of restoring 300 miles of range in 20 minutes when connected to a fast charger. The base price is $78,900.
3. Tesla takes first place with the Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 comes in first with 132 MPGe. Edmunds lists the starting price at $46,990. It has an EPA estimated range of 272 miles. The Model 3’s estimated range is increased by upgrading to the Long Range or Performance models, increasing it to 315 miles for the Performance and 358 miles for the Long Range. Tesla also has an extensive network of fast charging stations called Superchargers that will quickly charge the Model 3.
With gas prices rising worldwide, the EV revolution is now in full swing. As with any new technology, EV technology will only improve, and we may soon see vehicles reaching over 200 MPGe in the coming years.
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