Fact of the Week

    Although most electric vehicles (EV) have shorter ranges than gasoline vehicles, there are EVs with ranges equal to or greater than some gasoline-powered models. For the 2016 model year (MY) the maximum range for an all-electric vehicle (AEV) is 294 miles while the minimum range for a gasoline model is 240 miles. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) use both gasoline and electricity drawn from the grid. The all-electric range of PHEV models varies greatly, and the total gasoline and electric range of a PHEV is between 150 and 600 miles in MY2016 vehicles. The ranges for EVs have been increasing since their debut in the mass market but technological improvements have also increased the ranges for gasoline vehicles. For 2016, the median range for gasoline vehicles is 412 miles while the highest range is just over 700 miles.

    BREADTH OF AEV, PHEV, AND GASOLINE VEHICLE RANGES, MY 2016Graph showing breadth of AEV, PHEV, and gasoline vehicle ranges for the model year 2016

    Fact #939 Dataset

    Breadth of AEV, PHEV, and Gasoline Vehicle Ranges, MY 2016 (Miles)

    Vehicle RangeAll-Electric
    Plug-in Hybrid
    Electric Vehicles
    Minimum Range 62.0 150.0 240.0
    Median Range 83.5 440.0 412.0
    Maximum Range 294.0 600.0 703.0

    Source: U. S. Department of Energy, FuelEconomy.Gov data, accessed May 19, 2016.

    • Vehicle ranges are Environmental Protection Agency estimated ranges. Each make and model was counted only once, selecting the configuration with the longest range.
    • Plug-in hybrid vehicle range is the total of both gasoline and electric miles, assuming a fully-charged battery and a full tank of gasoline.
    • Hybrid-electric vehicles which are fueled only with gasoline are included in the gasoline vehicle data.

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