• Country: Luxembourg
  • Name: Gerhard Kuntschik, President of the Jury Country: Austria Capital: Vienna Population: 9,097,759 Auto Park: 240.000 new registrations (2021)
  • Name: Xavier Daffe Country: Belgium Capital: Bruxelles Population: 11,239,755 Auto Park: 5,9 millions
  • Name: Ilia Seliktar, Honorary President of the Jury and Co-Founder member of the board Country: Bulgaria Capital: Sofia Population: 6,856,602 Auto Park: 2.5 million, year import and registration of new cars - 35 000, second hand - 250 000. Name: Leonid Seliktar Country: Bulgaria Capital: Sofia Population: 6,856,602 Auto Park: 350,000 new vehicles.
  • Name: Ozren Adamović Country: Croatia Capital: Zagreb Population: 3,88 million Auto Park: 1,968,370
  • Name: Petros Soutzis, Co-founder & Vice President of the jury Country: Cyprus Capital: Nicosia Population: 1,141,166 Auto Park: 900,000
  • Name: Vladimir Rybecky Country: Czech Republic Capital: Prague Population: 10 515 669 Auto Park: 6 293 125 registered cars (average age 15,58), 610 405 registered light commercial vehicles, 186 905 registered trucks, 20 489 registered buses (end of the year 2021). Registrations in 2021: 206 876 new cars, 19 660 new LCVs, 8 679 new trucks, 1 367 buses. Car production in 2021: cars 1 105 223, trucks 1 262, buses 4 947.
  • Name: Mikkel Thomsager Country: Denmark Capital: Copenhagen Population: 5,700,000 Auto Park: 2,278,000
  • Name: Tommi Petteri Lempinen Country: Finland Capital: Helsinki Population: 5,300,000
  • Country: France
  • Name: Ioannis Stavropoulos Country: Greece Capital: Athens Population: 10,815,197 Auto Park: 5.200.000 cars, exclude taxi (is about 34.000) LCV and HCV
  • Name: Robert van Ginneken Country: Holland Capital: Amsterdam Population: 17,5 million Auto Park: 9 million of which 400.000 BEV and 145.000 PHEV
  • Name: Gábor Szécsényi Country: Hungary Capital: Budapesta Population: 9,617,512 Auto Park: 4,000,000
  • Name: Achim Stahn Country: Germany Capital: Berlin Population: 83,000,000 Auto Park: 47,700,000
  • Name: Dave Humphreys Country: Ireland Capital: Dublin Population: 6,378,000 Auto Park: 2,515,322
  • Name: Alessio Viola Country: Italy Capital: Rome Population: 60,795,612 Auto Park: 36,900,000
  • Name: Krumislav Barzov Country: Macedonia Capital: Skopje Population: 2,058,539 Auto Park: 400,000
  • Name: Anthony Alfred Darmanin Country: Malta Capital: Valletta Population: 425,000 Auto Park: 410,000 Registered vehicles, approx. 10,000 new vehicles registered each year
  • Name: David Andersen Country: Norway Capital: Oslo Population: 5,136,700 Auto Park: 3 milion
  • Name: Szczepan Mroczek Country: Poland Capital: Warsaw Population: 37,773,915 Auto Park: 25,000,000
  • Name: José Caetano Country: Portugal Capital: Lisbon Population: 10,347,892 Auto Park: 4,480,000
  • Name: Dan Vardie, Founder & Chairman Country: Romania Capital: Bucharest Population: 19,237,691 Auto Park: 8,9 millions
  • Name: Suspended – Petr Menshikh Country: Russia Capital: Moscow Population: 143,975,923
  • Name: Mladen Alvirović Country: Serbia Capital: Belgrad Population: 7,209,764 Auto Park: 2,200,000
  • Name: Rudolf Karpat, Co-founder Country: Slovakia Capital: Bratislava Population: 5,415,949 Auto Park: 2,725,538 Name: Michal Karpat Country: Slovakia Capital: Bratislava Population: 5,5 milion Auto Park: 3,436.018 cars and LCV registered , 2021 sales: 75.700 cars and LCV
  • Name: Matjaz Korošak Country: Slovenia Capital: Ljublijana Population: 2,061,085 Auto Park: 1,100,000
  • Name: Joan Dalmau Country: Spain Capital: Madrid Population: 46,786,605 Auto Park: 29.9 million vehicles
  • Name: Felix Björklund Country: Sweden Capital: Stockholm Population: 10,23 million Auto Park: 4,887,904
  • Name: Markus Rutishauser Country: Switzerland Capital: Bern Population: 8,306,200 Auto Park: 4,503,339
  • Name: Okan Altan Country: Turkey Capital: Ankara Population: 85 million Auto Park: 25,385,084 (End of 2022, February)
  • Name: Richard Aucock Country: United Kingdom Capital: London Population: 64,511,000 Auto Park: 37,000,000
  • Name: Oleg Vasylevskyi Country: Ukraine Capital: Kiev Population: 42,031,000 Auto Park: 10,950,000 cars and commercial vehicles

AUTOBEST to run ‘ECOBEST Challenge 2021’Electrified by VINFAST, with the contribution of coches.net and Circutor, as the first full electric cars real traffic range test06 / 10 / 2021

  • The ‘EcoBest Challenge 2021 Electrified by VINFAST’ edition, an in-depth electric cars real traffic test, will be performed from November 4th to 6th in the surrounds of Barcelona.
  • AUTOBEST in partnership with VINFAST and with the logistical contribution of coches.net and technical support of Circutor, will test 16 mainstream electric cars on sale in Europe to determine the real range and the charging process. of each model.
  • ECOBEST Challenge 2021 results will be released in an on-line press conference scheduled in November.
  • AUTOBEST will drive the 15 chosen vehicles, all of them with a minimum 200 kilometres of homologated range and a price up to €32,000 before taxes.

Terrassa. November 2nd 2021 – AUTOBEST has chosen Terrassa, near Barcelona as the location for its first real traffic range test for electric vehicles from November 4th to 6th. The ‘ECOBEST Challenge Electrified by Vinfast’ will give European customers trusted data on the real range of 15 mainstream electric cars currently on sale.

The AUTOBEST jury members, representing the biggest European motoring jury in geographical terms (32 journalists from 32 different countries) will drive the cars on motorways, roads and city environments in the Valles Occidental region, close to the Spanish city of Barcelona.

A total of 15 cars from 13 different brands will be driven in specific conditions until their batteries are completely depleted to establish the real range of each one in a daily condition use. All the cars will run with air conditioning and radio on and in normal mode when in roads and motorways, and in Eco mode when running in the city. To avoid any difference due to the driving style, drivers will switch between cars every 25 kilometres. The use of a GPS tracking system will help to establish the total range.

The vehicle’s range is one of the barriers for a lot of people who may be considering the purchase of an electric car but don’t trust the official homologated figures. The ‘ECOBEST Challenge electrified by VINFAST’ will deliver accurate information on the range that a buyer can expect from the car. We encourage all of our test drivers to behave normally, like in their real life driving, benefiting from all the technologies on board, from air con and radio to navigation systems and other connected technologies. The entire method comes down to an average based on the ‘human random factor’ defined by AUTOBEST and based on the diversity of members coming from all around Europe. Following the other awards delivered by AUTOBEST, the primary goal of this test in to provide trusted information about the range of the mainstream EV cars on sale in Europe” says Dan Vardie, Founder & Chairman of AUTOBEST.

The ‘ECOBEST Challenge Electrified by VINFAST’ will include two identical tests using a mixed route of 51 kilometres with motorways (50%), roads (20%) and city environment (30%). Results from the first test with a workday traffic will be released on November 4th, and the second one at the weekend on November 6th. Results will be based on an average of the two measurements.

Partnering for the first time with ECOBEST Challenge, VINFAST is the Vietnamese car brand, which will launch two electric SUV in Europe next year starting in German, French, and Dutch markets. `We are very happy to partner with VINFAST for our dear project of ECOBEST Challenge. We share the same vison on the future of electromobility and the need for a fair chance for everyone to embrace zero emissions vehicles.` Dan Vardie added.

According to Bich Tran, CEO of VinFast Europe, “For VinFast, this collaboration with AUTOBEST is a fantastic opportunity to drive the global electric vehicle revolution. Although VinFast is not showcasing any cars in “ECOBEST Challenge – Electrified by VinFast,” this involvement conveys our desire to collaborate with other car manufactures to promote the transition from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles in Europe. We are delighted to collaborate with AUTOBEST to organize this first real-traffic test.”

“We want to reproduce the normal electric car use in an average European city including travel to work, shopping trips, covering a radius of 50 kilometres. Most European car users cover no more than 30 or 40 kilometres daily and are ready to move to the electric mobility. For these people, knowing the real range they can expect from an electric car is crucial in making this change. It is for this reason that we want to deliver the most trusted information on the range of the mainstream electric cars,” said Joan Dalmau, AUTOBEST Spanish jury member and coches.net editor in chief.

To get all the cars charged before the test and to measure the recharge process, AUTOBEST will have the technical contribution of Circutor, a leading Spanish company specialising in manufacturing domestic and public charging points for EVs. At its headquarters in Viladecavalls (Barcelona), Circutor has enough charging points to accommodate the test and the technology to monitor the charging process of each car. Real capacity of batteries and data from the recharging process will be also included in the test results.

“Contributing to the first edition of EcoBest Challenge Electrified by Vinfast is a huge opportunity for Circutor and participating in this real data release that will help people to take the decision to move to the electric mobility. But, for us, as a charging points manufacturer, it is a good opportunity to analyse the charging process of each model. Some of our technicians will participate as a drivers in the November 4th test to also obtain the driving impressions of all the cars tested,” said Pere Soria, Head of Business Strategy at Circutor.


Brand and model           Range               Battery              Power               Price in Spain

Citroën ë-C4                  352 km             50 kWh             100 kW             From 33.270 €

Cupra Born                   424 km             62 kWh             150 kW             From 37.400 €

Dacia Spring                 230 km             27.4 kWh          33 kW               From 18.420 €

Fiat 500 e                     320 km             42 kWh             87 kW               From 27.400 €

Honda e                        222 km             35.5 kWh          111 kW             From 37.390 €

Hyundai Kona e             484 km             64 kWh             150 kW             From 39.650 €

Kia e-Niro                      455 km             64 kWh             150 kW             From 38.410 €

Nissan Leaf                   385 km             62 kWh             160 kW             From 37.770 €

Mazda MX-30                200 km             35.5 kWh          107 kW             From 33.165 €

Opel Corsa-e                 315 km             50 kWh             100 kW             From 28.990 €

Opel Mokka-e               324 km             50 kWh             100 kW             From 35.400 €

Peugeot e-208               340 km             50 kWh             100 kW             From 29.950 €

Peugeot e-2008             322 km             50 kWh             100 kW             From 33.250 €

Renault Zoe                  389 km             52 kWh             100 kW             From 33.535 €

Volkswagen ID3            421 km             62 kWh             107 kW             From 36.800 €


The AUTOBEST organisation was created in 2001 with the revolutionary concept of finding the ‘Best Buy Car’ available on the European market. For a car to become an AUTOBEST winner, it must represent the best offer for most European customers. Price, service network, spare parts distribution and versatility are the most important criteria in the voting process. Design and new technologies are also becoming a more critical factor for voting. AUTOBEST uses a transparent voting system, with a complex matrix of 13 criteria to decide the winner.


VinFast – a subsidiary of Vingroup – is the leading automobile manufacturer in Vietnam and also the first Vietnamese automobile brand to enter the global market. Established in 2017, VinFast owns a factory complex in Hai Phong (Vietnam) with advanced technology and 90% automation. This is also one of the largest complexes in Southeast Asia. With a vision to become one an EVs brand strongly accelerating the global EV evolution, VinFast is producing e-scooters and e-buses in Vietnam, and launching a range of EV models in 2022.


Bianca Hurduc


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