The true impact of winter on electric car performance revealed: New test shows plummeting temperatures can slash battery range by up to a THIRD

If you’re thinking about buying an electric car, you need to know that they do not like Britain’s chilly winters and when temperatures drop they will not perform to the levels quoted…

A review of 12 battery-powered cars on sale in Britain today found that the worst fell 32.8 per cent shy of its claimed driving range on a full charge in winter conditions.

The least impressive performer among the selection of EVs was China’s new Ora Funky Cat, which starts from £31,995 in the UK.

The study – conducted by consumer magazine What Car? – found it could only go for 130 miles before the battery ran flat. That compares to an ‘official’ figure of 193 miles, which is based on mandatory laboratory tests of every vehicle before they hit showrooms.