Driving 1000 Miles in 3 Cars: Gas vs Electric!

Publicado el 9 sep 2021
We drove a Tesla, a Mustang Mach-E and a gas car 1000 miles in a loop to see which was fastest. This was our road trip results!
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  • 1. Audi 2. Tesla 3. Mustang Easily

  • Even the gas car don't reach the EPA advertised range btw...

  • Mind blowing, awesome content

  • Charging plugs should be a universal style. What a waste to have proprietary charging plugs and what a headache for the driver.

  • Does the Tesla not factor in elevation change particularly uphill when saying the amount of charge you need for that trip?

  • 850 miles on full tank with peugeot 406

  • Last gas car I bought is the 2018 Mazda6 GT, the next vehicle I purchase will be electric. A Tesla, of course!

  • Excellent content, thank you, sir.

  • Hydrogen powered car should also be added

  • Based just on this video, I think petrol/diesel car is still the way to go. Peace of mind regarding having fuel station around and getting to your destination on time is priceless. That will change I'm sure, but for now - electric car is still not for me.

  • this honestly just kinda makes it even stupider that Tesla is so selective and exclusive with their charger capabilities

  • Boynton line: The Tesla charging network kicks ass. That makes the news of Tesla saying they'll open their chargers up to the other EV makers very surprising.

  • 14:43 Blue Oval charging network mainly connects with Electrify America chargers

  • I don’t have to guess since I do a similar trip between Michigan and Florida a couple times a year (1156 miles one-way). Gas car wins due to quick fill-ups. 16 hours? Tesla second due to Supercharger network. 18.5 hours? Ford 3rd due to spotty Electrify America coverage, low number of chargers at charging locations, and potential out-of-order chargers. 22-24 hours. My guesses.

  • How much did it cost to charge the cars

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  • Tbh my Prius would dust all 3 of those cars by a lot, I know this because I went on a long trip with a full gas car that was more economical than that Audi, and it was hilarious how much I didn't have to get gas when we stopped. And you better hope it's not cold because those EV's perform way worse in the cold, so does my hybrid but not as bad as full EV. Until battery technology gets better, hybrid vehicles will get you the furthest without having to fuel up...gas second. Anything besides Tesla seems like a nightmare to go long distance with an EV. This is why if it's not a Tesla I'm not gonna get an EV for the foreseeable future, I don't think other companies are really gonna catch up to Tesla anytime soon. Would have been cool if you guys added a hybrid vehicle like Prius to this test. Also the price to fill up my Prius, probably would have been pretty close to what the Tesla costs, less actually. Just fyi I drove from WY to FL last year and only paid around $105 in my prius, so I know it would cost less to complete this test in a Prius. That's over 2k mile trip. My next purchase is gonna be another EV, I consider Hybrids EV's, I'm not going back to fully gas probably ever. Even though I really want a Lexus lc500 some day.

    • I love when non-EV drivers are always so keen to share their non-existent experience and knowledge about EVs. "EV's perform way worse in the cold" I've been driving EVs for 7 years and I can confirm this statement is false. Do you have 1st hand experience driving an EV in the cold? If not: Why do you repeat this false claim without knowing if it's true or not. "so does my hybrid but not as bad as full EV." Again, if you're not an EV driver, what experience are you drawing from to come to this conclusion? Hybrids often use different cell chemistries, and lack heat pumps, battery heaters and/or conditioning, and many other common features found on EVs to maintain battery temperature. Most good EVs operate just fine in below zero weather. Your hybrid doesn't have any of that because it can fire up the gas engine to make heat if it needs to. EV batteries are not built the same as hybrid batteries. Last year we drove our Kia Niro EV from Austin to Orlando and back which is 1,100 miles each way. We easily made the trip there in two days, stopping over once in Gulfport, and did the same on the way back. We were at our hotel relaxing by 6pm each day. We didn't experience a single non-working charger and we didn't have to "wait" on a charger once. Every single time we charged the car was ready to go before we were done with bathroom breaks, food, diapers, etc. This year, just a couple weeks ago in fact, we drove the same Niro EV on a 4,000 mile trip through 6 states (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona) and hit 5 national parks plus the 4 corners and the Hoover dam. These western states have far fewer chargers than the rest of the country and yet we had zero issues charging and there wasn't a single time that we had to wait for the car to charge. At every single stop the car was finished charging before we were finished eating, feeding the kids, changing diapers, etc. You said you spent $105 driving from WY to Florida last year? That's about 2,000 miles. We just spent $123 driving 4,000 miles through the 6 states I listed above.

  • Y Not

  • i think if i was to get a car, seeing where i live there is a couple of hydrogen refill stations. one literally just along from my work. i wouldn't be opposed to getting a hydrogen ev car. there is also a tesla dealership near it. i would love to have a tesla but currently its waaaay oot my price range if looking for a vehicle.

  • I could buy an electric car to drive in the city but I’d still need a gas car for longer trips.

  • audi q5 only cost 86$?! man America is so much cheaper lol that's only about 108$ canadian. If I were to do the same trip up here in Canada that would have cost me 200-300$ easy lol

  • Was planning on buying the Ford Lightning when it came out, but seeing the charging network is a little concerning. I do have family members who have Tesla's who enjoy them. But really need a truck, and the Cyber Truck is not the look I'm going for.

  • Nice Team Diversity All White Male Liberals

  • tesla model s longrange instead of the plaid?

  • As expected. Tesla has best charger network.

  • The effort on this video

  • The effort on this video

  • I think the difference with Tesla compared to ICE would be way less if you stopped more frequently and used faster charging speed at lower charge state. Longer stops for food only. Tesla is the only way to go if you want to go electric and do frequent road trips. I do like 2-3 a year so charging stops difference is non-issue especially that stops are way longer when traveling with family.

  • dude was literally at the charger next to my school WHILE I WAS AT SCHOOL and i didn’t even know. pain.

  • I hope one day that EVs get to a 1000 mile range

  • Haha, gas! You Americans are strange.


  • We move mainly around town so I think electric car is the way to go. The furthest we go is usually airport and friend house 100 clicks from here. With this in mind we already know what the best pick is.

  • I want to keep driving my old bought new gas 4 cylinder car Outlander 2004 as long as I can. I try to not over use it. Lots of walking or bike riding.

  • Next one a Tesla

  • my next car will have a fuelcell

  • Gas beats them all in every direction. Even cost wise, where the EV were supposed to do better, they r fairly comparable. Gas is going to be the better option for years to come

    • Keep in mind, that the charging cost are significantly lower when using a home charger, than the public charging network. Also, if you get a premium Tesla, the use of supercharging network is actually entirely free of charge. So generally costs of EV's are significantly lower. Then there's the environmental factor on top of that. Not only does an EV not pollute the environment it operates in, it is also uses less ressources throughout its entire lifecycle (manufacturing included), than an ICE vehicel. In my mind the only good argument for an ICE nowadays is if you cover more miles on a daily basis, than an EV can currently deliver, because you obvoiusly won't waste time at charging stations on a daily basis. But in terms of cost, this video actually showed EV's from their "worst side". But of course, if you live somewhere where you have to rely on public charging networks only (like in big cities), it does make a difference compared to having a home charger.

  • I am interested in the Lucid Air, 500 miles on a full charge. I like that so far.

  • Would love to see an EV with no backseats because that whole area is dedicated to battery and storage space. If you think about it, that could offer an extra 200 or so miles of range.

    • @kick vdw I mean, is it that bad of an idea?

    • Wtf 😂

  • I LOVE taking road trips but hearing the nightmares of the charging stations (non Tesla) is the only reason why I have not bought an EV (non Tesla).

  • Intro track is Key Home by 20syl

  • That's why just get plug in hybrids if you want to drive long distances like these.

  • Charging just takes too long it needs to be on par with me filling up a tank of gas it's just too much of an inconvenience

  • We currently have a 2014 Model S P85 with 111000 miles on it. The car is like new. We are waiting for our new M3 long range. Delivery date not known. There was no question about getting an all electric car and Tesla being the overall best and having a large reliable charging network.

  • Great video like always. Question where did you get that cool ghost tshirt from

  • electric for sure! environment purposes and love the modern design inside.

  • Yeah I'd pay that extra $20 on gas per thousand to save time and NOT deal with those problems.

    • @Callistos Cali truth. It's a real shame that all the incentives are now geared towards adopting all electric vehicles when hybrids had already solved the problem of having a low carbon footprint without the hassle. The amount of resources that go into making all electric vehicles on top of the fact that batteries don't last forever makes it asinine to get all electric. I used to dream about getting a Tesla since the original Roadster, I still have the posted. After many years, I realized that there's better reason to get a hybrid (which I drive.) The only reason to get an all electric vehicle right now is to posture that you're saving the environment, have money, when in reality you're just a douchebag moving your carbon footprint from the road to a power plant and megamines that mined all the rare earth metals in that massive proprietary battery.

    • You don't have to pay any extra with a hybrid vehicle.

  • What kind of people only take 10 or 15 minutes to eat? I think the Audi team was in too much of a hurry. Sitting in the car all day doesn't make for a fun trip. Stress doesn't either, so our country needs to do something about making EV charging stations more reliable.

  • We don't need 2 or more different gas stations to fuel our vehicles. We should not need more than 2 different charging stations that can't be used by each others competitors. I should be able to take my Ford to a Tesla charger to charge, albeit at a slower charge rate. Same with Tesla to EA chargers. We do need better solutions.

  • Great review and very glade that I did not trade in my Niro hybrid for the EV Niro for twice of the price which gives me real life 680 miles on a 10.2 gal tank.

  • You could have just looked up the data and videos from Björn Nyland... Oh, I see you wanted to make a point on the American charging infrastructure 😉

  • Of course the control car wasn't a 2.8 turbo diesel Landcruiser Prado. Good video anyway.

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  • I don't do road trips very often, but when I do, they're pretty long and I like taking the scenic route rather than driving all on major highways. So I want the best of both worlds: a plug-in hybrid. That way I spend very little if anything on gas in my day to day life but have the option to go wherever I want when roadtripping.

  • A Hellcat might have been a better ICE comparison to the Tesla Plaid. That may have been almost identical road trip times with its thirstier engine to make up for Tesla's power. The Mach-E was obviously always going to be a loser. 150kw/h charging should be the bare minimum for EV charge rates, which is where Ford rates the Mach-E and Lightning F-150. Tesla, Porsche, and Hyundai all charge at over 250kw/hr.

  • My next car purchase will definitely be an electric car. I’m looking to get a blue Model 3 long range

    • Cool test. Although a huge advantage for electric cars could have been charging overnight. What was the reason for not charging them overnight? Would have been more realistic in my opinion.

  • And Yes, i believe Hybrids are more logical.

  • Excellent Video , just want more of these , you actually stretched to far at 1% which is not ideal "At all" ( 289 miles in your case ) i say go to max 230 - 240 miles odd before pulling over for chargers ( Never believe there official range ) , since even on gas we dont go till end ( And they still have gas reserves even if odo shows End ) , same goes for Mustang , as most batteries dont charge over 80% at beginning . ( Again this charging standard issue , there should only be fast chargers , for EV you should not drive over 80mph , need straight road , moderate climate , not to cold or hot , to get max range & other factors as you said here , hence you must pull atleast 90 Miles before ratings. ) Again Fast Chargers degrade battery life by upto 40%. Gas Car are a breeze , if you have an economical car with more range ( per mile ) , you need even lesser time , again after a tiring whole day trip you dont need to bother - Oh! where is my tesla charger , its more like Mobile Phones you plug in night , but imagine the hotels need to have atleast one charger per parking slot ( If everyone goes electric ) , so i wont say your not charging overnight was wrong as we are talking ideal scenario minus Tesla Point Hotels. Also you barely saved like 20$ on this trip compared to initial cost of ownership. Therefore - For Electrics we need - 1. 15 Years Warranty on Batteries ( Minimum) 2.. Range of 600 Miles ( Bare Minimum ). 3. Reduce cost of new Batteries. ( Incase of Replacement ) 4. More Fast Chargers Lets see where Hydrogen Cell takes us.

  • Moral of the story: Always use a gas car

  • If I WERE to buy an electric car, it would definitely be a Tesla. I could never afford one, however, and I think I'd go gas regardless. The difference in energy cost as you displayed here is minimal, and in colder months would probably be closer. There's just no compelling reason for me to go electric. I like road trips, even more so now, as I refuse to fly any longer. On road trips I prefer to cover a lot of ground daily and don't make many stops for more than gas. What are your thoughts on where this is all going to go? How long will it take for 50% saturation? How does that get supported by the electric grid? Who's going to pay to expand electric facilities to provide all that power? Can we build more nuclear plants? Probably not.

  • This was so helpful!

  • There are two things that I saw that were not addressed in the video. Please correct me if I missed these topics. 1.) The initial purchase price of each vehicle. From being a car person I know each of these cars are similar prices, but that is something I feel should have been addressed. 2.) The fuel efficiency of the gasoline car. This is something I see as very important. There are many gasoline and hybrid cars that get much better fuel economy and can go further than this such as the Toyota Prius Prime and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue. These are both hybrid, but there are full gasoline vehicles that have better fuel economy and larger tanks than this option. With these in mind, I will say I was not expecting this result and will admit I was expecting the test to be Tesla bias. Also, there were some points that I thought should have been mentioned in the conclusion that even though EV technology is getting better, gasoline engines are getting more efficient, too. Very good job though, and I appreciate people who see this as an important topic, because like it or not, it is the future of transportation.

    • And for the record, I will most likely purchase a hybrid or gas car as my next vehicle because I believe hybrids are the most efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles, especially in a situation like mine where all of the electricity is produced by fossil fuels. EVs are also very expensive to get a lot of range, which is something I need because I live in the country and the closest Supercharger is about 90 miles away.

  • Mark ass brownlee

  • The mach-e was the cheapest

    • Thank you for this, my friend, coworkers, and I was talking about this a day before you uploaded this video. I shared it with them, they also enjoyed it.

  • The Audi that much money and the tesla

  • That’s why people you don’t buy eletric junk. Gas cars would leave eletric cars sitting on the side of the road.

  • And the tesla won 🏆

  • So the audi was in first place

  • I think the first car you said in the beginning of the video went first then the second car was in the middle of the first and last car then it was the gas car last

  • Driving EV and have driven several trips over 2000 miles and 4000 miles. Yes they took longer than ICE but not significant. We make short charge stops for exercise and bathroom. Longer charging for meals.

  • It seems to be such a minor thing, but I winced a bit when I saw the roof rack on the Audi. I ran a similar setup for quite some time and it used to murder my fuel economy (and was noisy as hell too).

  • Here is a interesting question should Tesla be allowed to have a private charging network, that can only be used by one brand of car? Change Tesla name for any other brand and ask that question again?

  • The Supercharger advantage is one of the biggest reasons why my wife and I bought the Model 3 SR+ over a Kia E-Niro, Hyundai E-Kona and Leaf +. Our recent road trip proved to us it was the right choice. The convenience and reliability of the Supercharger network, took all the stress out of our first EV road trip. I saw other non-Tesla EVs waiting for long periods to charge or taking much longer to get a similar or less range.

  • Gas powered, there’s no affordable “electric sports cars”

  • I already own an Ioniq 2020 with barely 170 miles of range wich is enough for my daily commute, but for a roadtrip it’ll take a whole lot longer. But when you’re not competing against a gas car, it’s also a better option to charge overnight if it’s possible! It helps reduce the longer trip time! But for my next car I’m thinking Ioniq 5 or 6…. But it won’t be for a couple years so I got time to change my mind! But it’ll be an EV, that’s for sure!!

  • No you forgot that you Said you skipped a stop on the first lap

  • Wow, i did not think that it's that much worse in the US than over here in Europe. Yeah there are boken chargers now and then over here to, but not at all in that magnitude. I could easily do that trip with my 250mi Opel here.

  • This proves that gas cars are way better than electric cars I don’t see them killing gas cars until they can make electric charging as quick as filling up your gas tank

  • Gas won

  • Would love an LS600hL. V8 + hybrid amazing

  • Thanks for sharing that's good recap, now I'll watch all the days, I very much don't trust EA as I've been driving my leaf for 2yrs now, and the Odom says 19,000!

  • I don’t even own EV but I’ve watching them

  • I guess, there is a Karen inside all of us 😂

  • Your videos are great and to the point! You have asked a very important question and I would take this as an opportunity to answer with a reason that I think is important for all of us to know. My next purchase will be a Plug-in-Hybrid. The reason: It has enough electric range for more than 80% of the consumer commute as they travel less than 40 miles per day. In other words these cars will consume at least 80% less gasoline. And when it has to be driven longer (about 20% of the time), the gasoline engine will kick in without any fear of being stranded eliminating the range anxiety. The other benefit of plug in hybrid is that for the same amount of battery as pure electric car, 5 times more plug in hybrid cars can be manufactured. I think if car companies instead take this practical approach, we will see a greater acceleration towards the sustainability.

  • Audi Q5 used $85 worth of gas, Tesla used $66 worth of electricity and Ford used $61. If it was Camry hybrid it would be $40. Surprisingly Tesla markets its car price with saving in fuel which is actually not there. Even if you consider the maintenance, electric cars apparently cost less but in actual if you consider the capacity loss on battery it is pretty evident that those savings are also not there either. Tesla needs to be honest with its customers to be successful in long run, and not allow other companies to take advantage of the momentum that Tesla has built so far.

    • Cool test. Although a huge advantage for electric cars could have been charging overnight. What was the reason for not charging them overnight? Would have been more realistic in my opinion.

  • Tesla has always over promised and under delivered.

    • Thank you for doing this! It's so difficult to recommend a non-Tesla EV when none of the non-Tesla EVs don't take the user experience of charging seriously. Really hope EA & all the manufacturers up their game if they're looking for anyone to buy these cars (especially in the US, where occasional long trips are fairly normal).

  • Wow that "gas" savings for electricity is not as drastic as I thought it would be. Very interesting video

  • This just makes me so jealous of America’s insanely cheap fuel prices!! 1000 miles and only used $80 in fuel!! 😮 $80 wouldn’t even fill your tank here in the UK!

    • My next car will be a plug-in hybrid car. For shorter trips I definitely believe that electric cars are the go-to, but whenever I go further I don't want to stress about finding a charger that works (I live in Belgium and our public charger network isn't reliable whatsoever) so then I think driving on gas is the better option. However I do believe that, once the charger networks and the batteries will be bigger and more reliable, electric cars are the way to go.

    • Sleeping at Niagara Falls and not charging is far from a real life test.

  • So far Tesla #1 out of EV game, because it’s not just the car that does the work it’s the whole charging network of stations that actually work (Ford and other manufacturers!). Tesla has been there the longest so it makes sense, hopefully other companies will catch up in 5 years or so :)

  • I had a BMW 520d-rental recently (in Europe). It would have made this trip literally without any fuel stop in between. That thing was crazy efficient.

  • You should do it again next year with the ET7 nio

  • My takeaway is thet electric cars are best suited for in-city usage. Secondly it would help to have mini chargers one can carry; the e-version of driving with a gallon of fuel to top up a car in case of emergency.

  • My takeaway is thet electric cars are best suited for in-city usage. Secondly it would help to have mini chargers one can carry; the e-version of driving with a gallon of fuel to top up a car in case of emergency.

  • You shouldn't of even released this video its a joke

  • This video is a dogshit comparison

  • why did you give one person to take a video well you were introducing the cars and showing the Crue? You would have taken a better stable video than the Shaking one..

  • Do it again but over night charge the electric cars. That is what you do.

  • It's gonna be a gas car for sure. Quite a few reasons for that TBH. Disclaimer: All the below points specifically cater to me and the people of the subcontinent I live in. India really doesn't have a great charging network as of now. The bigger problem - Tesla isn't even available yet. So maybe we'll (read: I'll) talk more positively about EVs in the coming few years. So the supporting points for a gas car as promised - 1. Lesser hassle of planning the stops. Stop whenever and pretty much wherever. Fuel stations are available aplenty. 2. Not many EV cars are available to choose from. Not all of them have great safety standards. Too many odds stacked against them at this point in time at least. 3. The charging network is bad. Like really bad. It might be decent on a few highways (read: commonly used networks), but in general, it's quite bad. 4. The ease of owning a gas car outweighs that of owning an EV by a huge margin. Take your breakdowns, repairs and the likes for example. It's way easier to figure out a nearby mechanic who can help you out when it comes to a gas car. Especially when it's in the middle of nowhere. The same can't be said about an EV yet. Probably nowhere in the near future too. There are multiple such perks that add up. In all honesty, I'd probably not buy an EV for road tripping anytime in the near future. If one can afford it, I'd say it's best to have two cars. An EV (preferably a smaller one that easily gets you around and is easy to park. Yep, that's a big issue in a place like India) for your daily runs. City use, so to speak, and, A gas car (a nice big comfortable one) for road tripping and longer travels. The main point here is - IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT :D If not, just stick to a gas car for now. Like me :)

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  • I witness for myself a Porshe Tycan with the exact same problem. Those Electrify America chargers are horrible and barely kept maintained.