• 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

ECOBEST Challenge Electrified by VINFAST – Final Result : EV cars may continue to run up to 37.8 KM after the battery reserve indication is showing ZERO!30 / 11 / 2021

Autobest revealed the final results of the world’s real traffic test of mainstream EVs which was held from November 4th to 6th, 2021. The 15 best-selling EV models in the European market –from multiple brands such as Volkswagen, Cupra, Nissan, Dacia, Renault, Honda, Mazda. Fiat, Opel, Peugeot, Citroen, Kia and Hyundai participated in the test, achieved up to 90% of WLTP range in real conditions, especially they can go up to 37.8 km even when the battery reserve indication is showing zero.

The final result announcement ceremony of the “ECOBEST Challenge – Electrified by VinFast” was a virtual event, with the participation of the AUTOBEST Organizing Committee and VinFast sponsor representatives, in the presence of dozens of prestigious press units in Europe.

Accordingly, all the cars in test shown more than 75% real range out of WLTP reference. This is a standard developed by the European Union that provides energy efficiency assessments for gasoline, diesel, electric and hybrid vehicles. In particular, 5 cars out of 15 achieved more than 90 % of WLTP range.

The tests were organized independently with a consistent method to all vehicles. According to the evaluation of the AUTOBEST Organizing Committee and the Jury board including experts from 32 countries in Europe, the final results represent a good average level, a very reliable reference for all the EV’s in the test. All the results of the test will be published widely in Europe, offered to the consumers as a strong reality basis in their decision making process. 

Joan Dalmau, coches.net creative writer and Spanish AUTOBEST Jury member explained: “We were surprised by some cars that achieved a real range close to WLTP range figures. The real range obtained in the test shows EVs had become a perfect alternative in urban environment”.

In particular, the information that is of most interest to consumers is the battery capacity that has given positive results. All models are driven under different terrain, traffic and actual driving habits, until reaching the indication of 0% battery! In all the 15 cars tested, between 14 km and almost 37.8 km of real range was left, which is sending an incredible relief to all the people driving. However, AUTOBEST is recommending to keep this as a strategic reserve of the battery and better never enter in the situation to use it. 

”We believe ECOBEST Challenge is a huge step forward in understanding the reality of traffic in driving EV’s. With the unique figures of real range after the `Zero battery indication` on the cluster, we want to send a clear message that that EVs can still continue to move within a positive range after officially being unable to move anymore. At AUTOBEST we are convinced, by 2025 we will have cars easily reaching more than 10-12 km/ Kwh of battery”, said Dan Vardie, Founder & Chairman of AUTOBEST.

Collaborate with AUTOBEST, VinFast – a smart EV company from Vietnam said that this was one of its global strategic activities, affirming its thoughtful and methodical investment in the EV field. Bich Tran, CEO of VinFast Europe added: 

“We have just revealed two new electric SUVs at the Los Angeles Auto Show and launched VinFast as a global EV brand. The co-organization of the “ECOBEST Challenge – Electrified by VinFast” is also part of our strategy towards defining the future of mobility that we are aiming for. Through the ECOBEST Challenge, VinFast looks forward to joining hands with other EV manufacturers to promote the transition from Internal Combustion Engine vehicles (ICEs) to Electric Vehicles (EVs), bringing transparent and thought-provoking information to customers.”

VinFast is expected to launch two electric SUV models, VF e35 and VF e36, in Europe in 2022, starting in the German, French and Netherlands markets. These two models have also just been launched in the US market at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2021, making a strong impression to the global audiences.

You can download below all the background technical details and results interpretation:

About AUTOBEST

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 criterias to decide the winner. 

AUTOBEST organizes the “ECOBEST Challenge – Electrified by VinFast” – the first full electric cars real traffic range test, with the contribution of coches.net and of Circutor.

About Vingroup

Established in 1993, Vingroup is one of the leading private conglomerates in the region, with a total capitalization of 35 billion USD from three publicly traded companies (as of November 4, 2021). Vingroup currently focuses on three main areas: Technology, Industry, and Services. Find out more at: https://www.vingroup.net/en.

About VinFast

VinFast – a member of Vingroup – is a brand driving the movement of global smart electric vehicle revolution. Established in 2017, VinFast owns a state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing complex with globally leading scalability that boasts up to 90% automation in Hai Phong, Vietnam.

VinFast has announced three electric car models, exceptional battery leasing policies, and industry-leading 10-year warranties. In July 2021, VinFast started expanding to the North American and European markets. Two of its smart electric SUV models – VF e35 and VF e36, are expected to be available for pre-orders globally in the first half of 2022. Find out more at: https://vinfastauto.eu/ 

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