Despite its size, the Leapmotor T03 presents a fairly decent level of versatility. She can even venture onto the highway. But its reliability is lacking.
Better developed than a Dacia Spring, as well equipped as a Renault Twingo e-Tech, and with a range similar to that of a Fiat 500e, the Leapmotor T03 has many arguments to put forward. And despite her size which would normally prohibit her from venturing far from cities, she takes up the exercise with relative ease. As part of a long motorway journey across the country, we calculated an average range of 164 km. Added to this are decent recharge times, but everything doesn’t always go as planned under the sun.
Charging curve of the Leapmotor T03: a useful full tank in 35 minutes, but…
With a fast charging power announced at 45 kW, the Leapmotor T03 is placed at the very bottom of the hierarchy. The car is, however, capable of accepting a little more at the start of charging with a peak recorded at 53 kW of 10 to 16%. The indicated power is then maintained up to 75% load, before dropping to 35 kW at 80% load (a deviation of -34% from the observed peak). The end of recharging is no less interesting since the city car manages to maintain a power of 35 kW up to 98% charge, before turning off the taps.
Thus, the 10-80% exercise requires in the best case a time of 35 minutes, which translates into an average power of 44 kW! Unlike a Fiat 500e which renders the rest of the battery unusable due to the end of charging being much too slow, it is possible to recover a few additional kilometers of autonomy with the T03: it takes 7 minutes more to reach 90 %, and another 11 minutes to fill up completely, bringing the total (10-100%) to 53 minutes.
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Autonomy recovered: 100 km in 30 minutes
On our reference motorway journey, we crossed the finish line with an average of 22.5 kWh/100 km, or 164 km of theoretical total autonomy on a full tank. Thus, the Leapmotor T03 is capable of recovering 100 km in 30 minutes. The end of recharging is not uninteresting, it may be useful to stay connected for 15 minutes more to recover a total of 134 km of autonomy. The T03 then barely does better than the 136 and 139 km that a Renault Zoé and Fiat 500e can gain in the same time respectively.
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Cost of recharging the Leapmotor T03
Between 10 and 80% load, the terminals billed 25.76 kWh on average. On this basis, the cost price per kilometer on the motorway is €13.22/100 km. At Total, we will then have to count on a cost price of €13.90/100 km. Nothing exceptional here, since it is located in the waters of its direct competitors.
Travel time for 500 km: 6h08
Even if it necessarily has a reduced autonomy due to its size and its modest battery, the Leapmotor T03 recharges relatively quickly. This is true in any case at the end of the charge, which allows you to push the rate a little further than usual, and thus avoid an additional stop. Especially since as part of our exercise, we count four minutes per stage. This therefore allows it to regain the advantage over the Fiat 500e which, remember, made a journey in four stops to go as quickly as possible. Here, only three breaks were needed to complete the journey, with two near-full fill-ups, including one up to 90% charge at the halfway point.
In the end, the vehicle remained stationary for a total of 1 hour 36 minutes on this journey. Which, added to our usual journey time, translates into a total time of 6 hours 08 minutes. That is, for the beauty of small figures, barely three minutes less than with the Fiat 500e. She is therefore also placed between a Peugeot e-208 (5:32 a.m.) and a Renault Zoé R135 (6:43 a.m.).
Note that the city car does not offer any on-board route planner. To date, only Chargemap offers a simulator for T03. The latter, however, is very pessimistic, with a journey involving four stops (including one off the highway) for a total of 2 hours 43 minutes of charging.
Supertest Leapmotor T03 : le bilan
Despite its modest DC charging power and highway range, the Leapmotor T03 is relatively versatile for a city car of this size. The Renault Twingo e-Tech with a smaller battery and no fast charging is out of the game. The Dacia Spring, which will soon pass into our hands, certainly could not say the same. In the end, the Chinese city car is as good as the Fiat 500e for those who want to have a decent city car on a daily basis, without being afraid to venture far from home. But caution must be exercised: her hot flashes can quickly spell the end of the game, just like the few terminals incompatible with the city car!
The Leapmotor T03 ultimately provides the same services as the Fiat 500e, while being more affordable: priced at €25,990, the Chinese car appears to be a good deal compared to the Italian, which requires at least a check for €33,900 with the big battery. The Renault Twingo e-Tech is priced from €25,250, excluding bonus of €5,000 again. The fact remains that the bill still seems steep for the city car, equipped with a 6.6 kW charger, with some minor shortcomings and not benefiting from any distribution and after-sales service network. Not sure that she can steal the spotlight from the little Italian.
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