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Don't know if anyone else caught this in a recent issue; the online equivalent is here (but the tables require a member's log-in).

A very slight improvement on the previous 'article' I read from them, which skimmed the surface to the point of hovering. I know not to expect much from Which?, given their superficial treatment of specialist technology comparisons.

Here are some of what I feel are the oddest elements from their treatment of EVs, which maybe others here can help explain:

1. Inclusion of Ford Focus Electric in their Best Buys. This fabled beast hardly features in any other EV coverage whether it be trade sales figures, howmanyleft registration data (there are meant to be whole 22 in the UK) or this very forum. What does Which? know that EV drivers and sellers don't?

2. The Which? "test versus claimed" range figures - expressed most clearly in the paper edition's bar chart. Aside from the fact that their wording implies that NEDC figures are the result of a con by car makers - rather than flaws in EU rules - the test results are rather surprising. The biggest shock for me was the Zoe whose two models are down at 75 or 90 (NEDC 149/230/250, Next Green Car 'real world' 119/184/200) miles. Does this terrible 40%-70% mismatch ring true, Zoe drivers??

On the flipside, the Mercedes B Class Electric Drive (which I've barely heard of...sorry) is painted as being the top (non-Tesla) performer at 132 miles in Which's test, more than its NEDC rating of 124 (NGC 'real world' 99) miles, so 6% better. Similarly for the VW e-Up, Which tests 103 miles compared to the NEDC 93 (NGC 'real world' 74) miles, or +11%.

I know range is a highly subjective, but surely an explicitly consumer-oriented test is designed to replicate real world driving whilst having high standards of rigour.
Is it me or Which? who is missing something here...?

[Edit: added in figure for the smallest battery Zoe]
 

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Yep spotted this at my inlaws, was confused by the "Best Buy" recommendation for the E-Up and the tested range of 96 miles of a 2011 LEAF when they really mean a 2016> 30kwh. The target price of a new LEAF was also just over £15k, good luck with that, as always it was just waffle with little accuracy of grasp of reality.
 

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They will have 'tested' some old 22k Zoe and been too clueless to understand it does not have the same battery.
 

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My experience of Which, when I had a subscription for a year, was that for anything I knew about in detail , it was very poor.
My thoughts entirely. Which? might have been relevant when there was less choice, but nowadays they're way behind the curve IMHO
 
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