Electric Vehicle Scoring System

EV.CENTER has pioneered a unique way of scoring Electric Cars based on six basic performance metrics: Speed, Acceleration, Battery Power, Energy Efficiency, Range and Charge Speed, displayed as a six-axis Radar Chart, with the overall score in the center. This makes it very quick and easy to assess the performance rating of each vehicle.

Each of these 6 metrics are given a score from 1 to 17 (100 percent divided by 6 metrics equals roughly 17) based on the industry averages across the whole range of cars on this site that have the ‘Available’ status (This ensures that all electric cars; past, present and future, are judged based on the current range of models only). Each of the 6 scores are then added together to create an overall score.

The Radar Chart will often show exceptionally high scores in concept and upcoming cars, as newer cars tend to raise the bar in terms of performance via future technological breakthroughs. Since future vehicle data is not included in the industry averages equations due to most being theoretical values, it wouldnt be fair to judge all current cars against such performance values.

The overall scores of concept cars can often exceed 100 percent. This shows that the car will exceed current industry standards, setting a new ‘best in class’ performance rating. This makes such game-changing performances easy to spot. Once a concept car becomes available in the market and its data is verified, it is added into the industry averages equations, whereby its score is automatically adjusted and it will then be impossible for that car to exceed 100, as it becomes the ‘new high standard’. A consequence of this is that all the other car’s scores will drop slightly to factor in the new standard. Therefore, what might have high scores today, will likely score much lower in future, as technology progresses. This is why the scores we show are always relative to the current industry averages.

Whilst the overall score is good for assessing the basic performance of a particular vehicle, it does not (at least not yet!) factor in other important metrics, such as cargo capacity, safety rating, number of seats, luxuries, ride quality, size, mod cons, etc. As we gather more data, we may provide a more comprehensive scoring system in the near future, but for now, we have decided to use the six basic metrics. Therefore, please bare in mind that the scores should be taken with a pinch of salt, and that vehicles that are built for specific things such as high cargo capacity, luxury or compact size will often be scored very low, as their basic performance will fall below the industry average, but that doesnt necessarily mean that they are bad vehicles.

It is worth mentioning that we intentionally left the vehicle’s price out of the scoring equation, as that is something that can fluctuate regularly, has no bearing on the performance of the vehicle and is something that can be filtered separately if desired. Use the price slider on the category page to find cars that suit your budget, and then apply other filters and/or sort by score, etc.