The WLTP range of Eve's base vehicle, the Citroen e-Dispatch, is 196 miles. But we're often immediately asked, “what's the real range?”
The answer can vary between 100 miles and 200 miles based on a variety of factors.
Start with speed
Speed is the number one impact on range. The most important thing you can do is to restrain your inner Maverick...
We recommend our customers to stick at 60MPH on motorways for long journeys. Any faster is a false economy as it requires you to stop more to charge.
Avoid overtaking unless it really impacts your speed. Dropping in speed a few miles is much better than speeding up to overtake only to slow all the way back down.
Use Citroen's estimator
Simulate your range
Throughout the course of this article we’ll be using Citroen’s online range estimator to simulate different driving conditions and how that impacts the vehicle’s range.
It's widely known that cold temperatures affect the efficiency of batteries on electric vehicles. This is true, you can expect a 10% range reduction in cold weather. But the use of heating increases that even more.
I'd recommend to try not to use the heating or AC if you're concerned about range. When it's hot I use the windows whenever possible. In the winter, the van does have a gas air blow heater you can use when stationary.
We are commonly asked how much the weight of the van conversion affects the range. The answer is not as much as we expected, roughly 5%.
What is WLTP?
WLTP stands for the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. It's used for all vehicles, not just electric, to determine their fuel consumption and emissions.
It came into force in 2018, replacing the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) and is more realistic.
...That's the long answer
Unless you're driving identical journeys, it's impossible to give a single answer, but our experience so far indicates a minimum of 150 miles on a single charge is reasonable for a long distance journey.