Electric vehicle (EV) range anxiety is a huge hindrance to EV adoption. Potential EV buyers are afraid of running out of battery life and becoming stranded. On the other hand, most EV drivers understand that while range anxiety can be a very real thing, they know running out of juice is unlikely to ever happen to them.
Whether you are an EV owner or are interested in buying an EV, don’t let range anxiety stop you from enjoying an electric car. The benefits of electric vehicle ownership are too great to miss out on over an unwarranted fear. Let’s take a look at what EV range anxiety is and why you shouldn’t worry about it.
Range anxiety is the fear that one will run out of battery life in their EV and become stranded somewhere. Tesla range anxiety is sometimes used to refer to the range anxiety associated with Tesla EVs.
Studies have shown that electric car range anxiety is one of the biggest reasons why people do not consider an EV when purchasing a vehicle. A Volvo study found 58 percent of drivers avoided buying an electric car due to range anxiety. According to a Castrol study, vehicle range for EVs need to reach about 290 miles before widespread adoption can occur. Yet, this is already the case and there are several more reasons why EV range shouldn’t be an issue when making car buying decisions. We will go over them later in this article.
People have electric car range anxiety because they have been misinformed or lean on the familiarity of conventional internal combustion engine vehicles or ICE vehicles. It is more of a mental barrier than an actual issue. Most people are used to filling up at a gas station and seeing at least one on the way to work. Odds are though, most people probably pass by at least one EV charging point on the way to work as well. They are more prolific than you may think. Whether this is the case for you or not, keep in mind that, unlike ICE cars, an electric car driver can charge an EV in the comfort and safety of their own home.
Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t have range anxiety:
As we’ve shown you electric car range anxiety isn’t something you should be experiencing, but we know how hard it can be to accept change, especially when conventional driving and going to the gas station to fill up have been things you’ve done your whole life. While it’s true that there are places in the U.S. where you won’t see a public charging station for miles, all of the distances are under 150 miles with the longest distance being about 120 miles between Rawlins, WY to Casper, WY. Earlier we mentioned the average range of an EV is 200 to 300 miles. If you’re still not quite sure, here are some tips to help alleviate your EV range anxiety:
We want you to stop sweating over range anxiety and enjoy the EV driving experience. Although range anxiety may be stopping some consumers from buying an electric car, EV ownership numbers are rising and the EV industry is expanding at a rapid pace. Although popular EVs, like the Tesla Model S and Chevrolet Bolt, have been popular for some time now, car manufacturers are starting to take notice. New electric cars and introduced in the EV industry every month. If you were to explore purchasing a new EV, you would see that they all have waitlists.
That’s why we here at WattLogic are on a mission to help grow electric mobility in North America by alleviating EV drivers’ range anxiety through home EV charging. Our electric car home charging solution includes the convenient seven-minute survey we mentioned earlier and rebate and incentive management, a charger that is specific to your preferences, as well as a trusted electrician to safely and efficiently install the charger at your home. The best way to get started is to take the survey or if you want to talk to us further please contact us.