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Electric Vehicle Performance Metrics

Full list of electric vehicle performance metrics that consumers should consider while buying an EV, including those related to the vehicle’s specs and the manufacturing process. Read more...
last updated
September 4, 2023

The world’s automotive manufacturers are rushing to capture the growing EV markets all over the world, and buyers are still not fully aware of all the factors they need to look at while considering which electric car or scooter to buy. 

The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) recently published a report in which they tried to answer this question about who is leading the transition to EV, in which they provided ratings to the world’s top 20 EV manufacturers. 

One of the categories under which they were rated was technology performance, which included factors such as energy consumption, charging speed, driving range, renewable energy, and battery recycle / repurpose.

Source: ICCT report

So under the renewable energy metric column, you can see that BMW and VW have already made a lot of progress in switching to 100% renewable electricity for their vehicle and battery manufacturing plants. This is the kind of information that automotive buyers will want to know, especially those who are looking at the environmental impact of their transportation.

Here’s a full list of electric vehicle performance metrics that consumers should consider while buying an EV, including those related to the vehicle’s specs and the manufacturing process.

  1. Range: The distance an electric vehicle can travel on a single charge. It is typically measured in miles or kilometers and represents the vehicle's overall driving range before needing to recharge.
  1. Acceleration: The speed at which an electric vehicle can increase its velocity from a standstill or during overtaking. Acceleration is often measured as 0 to 60 mph (0 to 100 km/h) time, indicating how quickly the vehicle can reach that speed.
  1. Top Speed: The maximum speed an electric vehicle can achieve. While top speed might not be a critical factor for everyday driving, it can be important for certain applications and driving enthusiasts.
  1. Gradeability: Gradeability in electric vehicles refers to their ability to climb or traverse inclines or gradients. It is an important factor to consider, especially for those used in hilly or mountainous regions.
  1. Efficiency: The amount of energy an electric vehicle uses to travel a certain distance. It is often measured in miles per kilowatt-hour (miles/kWh) or kilometers per kilowatt-hour (km/kWh) and represents how effectively the vehicle converts electrical energy into propulsion.
  1. Charging Speed: The rate at which an electric vehicle's battery can be charged. Charging speed is typically measured in kilowatts (kW) and affects how quickly the vehicle can be recharged at different types of charging stations.
  1. Regenerative Braking utilization: Electric vehicles often have regenerative braking systems that capture and store energy during deceleration, which is then used to recharge the battery. Regenerative braking utilization measures how effectively the vehicle can recover and store energy during braking.
  2. Battery Cost
  1. Battery Life and salvage value: The expected lifespan of an electric vehicle's battery pack before its capacity degrades significantly. Battery life is usually measured in years or cycles and is an important consideration for EV owners, as it can impact the long-term cost and performance of the vehicle.
  1. Energy Consumption: The amount of energy consumed by an electric vehicle per unit of distance traveled. It is usually measured in kilowatt-hours per 100 miles (kWh/100 mi) or kilometers (kWh/100 km) and helps determine the vehicle's efficiency and operating costs. This metric measures how effectively an electric vehicle can recover and utilize energy during regenerative braking or coasting. It represents the vehicle's ability to minimize energy wastage and maximize range.
  1. Weight Distribution: The distribution of the vehicle's weight between the front and rear axles. A well-balanced weight distribution improves handling, stability, and overall performance.
  1. ADAS and Vehicle Autonomy: The technology that helps maintain traction between the tires and the road surface. Electric vehicles often have advanced traction control systems to optimize power delivery and ensure safe driving under various road conditions.
  1. Ride and Handling: Refers to how well an electric vehicle responds to steering inputs and maintains stability during cornering or maneuvering. Factors such as suspension design, weight distribution, and tire grip influence the vehicle's handling characteristics.
  1. Braking Performance: The effectiveness of an electric vehicle's braking system in terms of stopping distance, pedal feel, and stability. Electric vehicles may have regenerative braking systems that contribute to their braking performance.
  1. Noise Level: The amount of noise generated by an electric vehicle during operation. Electric vehicles are generally quieter than their internal combustion engine counterparts, and noise levels can impact comfort and overall driving experience.
  1. Ride Comfort: The smoothness and comfort experienced by occupants while driving. Ride comfort depends on factors like suspension tuning, vibration isolation, and interior noise levels.
  1. Connectivity and Infotainment: Electric vehicles often feature advanced infotainment systems and connectivity options. This metric includes the availability of features like touchscreen displays, smartphone integration, navigation, and connectivity with smart devices.
  1. Renewable energy access: One of the factors that will be a lot more important going forward is the use of renewable energy for vehicle and battery manufacturing plants. Environmentally conscious consumers want to make sure that the zero-emissions vehicle they are buying is not the cause of any emissions at the plant site.
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