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10 March 2019

Electric car market overview

We are happy to introduce a new website feature — Electric Car Market Overview.
Our intention was to create a useful and simple tool that gives you a birds-eye view of the market.

What is it?
It is an interactive chart, which comprises all the electric vehicles of the present, past and future. In addition, it provides tools for data visualization, filtering and comparisons.

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How to use it?
1. Simply choose the cars you want to compare or analyze the entire market. You have a whole set of filters at your disposal. Filter by body style, price, make, status, drive type and DC charging capability.
2. Select the specs to be shown on each axis. The following options are available: Range, Battery pack capacity, Acceleration, Engine Power, Engine Torque, Efficiency, Max Charging Power (DC) and Curb Weight.
3. Watch how different electric vehicles compare on your custom chart and discover interesting interrelations and trends. If you are interested in a particular car, you may conduct comprehensive research.
4. Hover on a car to see more info. Click on it to go to the model page, which contains a detailed description, high-quality photos, video reviews, safety ratings and Disqus widget to share your opinion with other EV Compare users.

We have spotted several correlations while playing with the chart:

Price⬆ Battery pack capacity⬆ Range⬆

The cost of a traction battery is the main reason why electric vehicles are still quite expensive (it accounts for more than 1/3 of the vehicle cost). The obvious conclusion from this is: the vehicle with a bigger battery costs more. And the bigger battery, in turn, generally enables more range on one charge.
Price vs Battery pack capacity.pngBattery pack capacity vs Range.png

Price⬆ Engine torque⬆ Engine power⬆ Acceleration⬆

Price vs Engine torque.png
Engine torque vs Engine power.png

Engine power vs Acceleration.png

Another apparent correlation is that normally the quickest cars are the most expensive ones thanks to the more powerful engine. However, we should note that acceleration is not only determined by the electric engine but by weight as well. That’s why there are some fast and relatively affordable electric vehicles: Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt, BMW i3s, Tesla Model 3.

Battery pack capacity⬆ Curb weight⬆ Efficiency⬇
Battery pack capacity vs Curb weight .png
Curb weight vs Efficiency.png

The last but not the least is the negative correlation between the battery pack size and efficiency. It is more visible among high-end EVs. Electric vehicles have to carry their heavy batteries with them, and unfortunately, they do not become lighter as they are discharged. The current efficiency champion is the Hyundai Ioniq with a modest 28 kWh battery. At the same time, the Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi e-tron Quattro (90 kWh and 95 kWh respectively) have the worst efficiency on the market.

All in all, the chart gives some food for thought. Have you noticed anything remarkable? Let us know what you think!