The median range of all of the electric vehicles sold in America in 2021 was lower than in 2020 or 2019
The median figure for 2021 is 234 miles (377 kilometers) versus 259 miles (417 kilometers) in 2020
This is due to the arrival of more entry level EVs with a lower range
The median range, according to the EPA test cycle, of every electric vehicle sold for the 2021 model-year in the United States decreased by about 10% over 2020 and 2% over 2019.
Indeed, this figure dropped to 234 miles (377 kilometers) from 259 miles (417 kilometers). While this seems unusual and indicative of a lack of progress, the reality is not so bad.
This decrease is due to the arrival of many entry level EVs that trade range for a lower price. This means electric vehicles are getting more accessible to car buyers instead of being premium products for the most part, as was the case before.
This will lead to a faster and more total adoption of electric vehicles since they are becoming available in most market segments, from sub-compact economy cars to full-size pickups.
Furthermore, progress is still being made since the maximum range for EVs increased from 402 miles (647 kilometers) to 405 miles (652 kilometers) due to modifications to the Tesla Model S. For 2022 however, this maximum will be shattered by the new Lucid Air, which can go up to 520 miles (837 kilometers) on a single charge.
This new model and improvements to existing EVs should bring the median upwards of 250 miles (402 kilometers) again, but this growth will likely stabilise in the coming years.
Indeed, a very long range is not crucial since most Americans drive less than 30 miles (48 kilometers) per day, which means every electric vehicle currently on the market can be charged only every second-night to be able to complete the driver’s commute.
Improvements in charging technologies and the public charging network will also lessen the importance of having a huge range, since stopping for 15 minutes to charge the battery every couple of hours on a road trip is not a major inconvenience to most.