EV Range Anxiety: Much Ado About Nothing?

A conversation on LinkedIn has brought some interesting comments on the much hailed “range anxiety” when it comes to electric vehicles, EV.

The gist is you know where we stand when it comes to the “range anxiety” FUD, fear, uncertainty and doom messages we get from reluctant car makers.  It is overstated and used to continue pushing out gas cars.  We will have to make the switch, even if it means less miles at first.

With A Little Help.  If pure electricity so far can bring us about 250 miles, using a form of internal combustion engine, ICE will help squeeze more miles.. for now.  In fact, a gentleman in the forum admits his tank lasted 1069 miles on his 2009 Toyota Prius with its A123 System plug-in hybrid, PHEV kit.  Yes, the kit adds an extra $10,000 but as gas price climbs, it makes more sense in the long run.

It Is A Question Of Education.  Frankly said, it again boils down to educating consumers about the limits of any technology.  Newer technologies are not as worked out as older ones.  Inevitably, EV battery performance will evolve over time.  Drivers will need to do with 250 to 300 miles at first, until the 400 barrier is achieved, and 500, so on so forth.

Things to keep in mind before succombing to this “fear” is that rarely if ever, we drive the entire mileage a gas tank can provide and one should never do it, period.  Driving 400 to 500 miles straight is plain dangerous.  While recharging on the fly is still in its infancy, it is becoming a reality as more high output electric charging stations are being installed.

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