The tests shows the Model 3 had an efficiency score of 9.6 out of 10. Green NCAP also carried out the tests on the Renault Megane E-Tech and the NIO eT7. The tests included a hot weather driving test, a cold weather driving test, and a highway driving efficiency test. Each car was then given a rating out of ten on the “energy efficiency index”.
Both the Megane E-Tech and the eT7 were given a score of 9.4 out of 10. According to the report, all of the electric vehicles suffered the most in the cold weather test where energy use spiked by 72% in the Model 3 and the eT7, and 78% in the Megane E-Tech. The researchers claim that the Tesla performed slightly better because of its smaller front and more efficient aerodynamics.
Of course, none of the cars scored full marks so the researchers also highlighted some areas of improvement. They noted a need to improve the efficiency of the air conditioning both with heating and cooling.
The Green NCAP researchers agree that electric vehicles have provided an incredible opportunity to users to lower their carbon footprint and to increase their energy efficiency. And the technology behind electric vehicles has come a long way since they first hit the scene, especially in terms of the range available on modern electric vehicles making them a more viable option for many consumers for every day use.
The hope from the industry is that as more manufacturers join in with bringing electric vehicles out, the technology will advance even further and the energy efficiency will increase along with it. And this is looking like it will be the case with many governments across the world pledging for more electric vehicles by certain dates.