Have you ever experienced that nervous feeling when starting your journey and notice your electric vehicle is low on power? That’s called range anxiety. Whether you’re already an EV driver or you haven’t made the switch yet, we’re here to help you understand what range anxiety is and how to prevent it.
Range anxiety is when a driver develops fear or worry that their electric car will lose power before reaching their destination or the nearest electric vehicle charging point. For example, this might be caused right before travelling to work after forgetting to charge up the night before.
The term ‘range’ is used to describe the total distance an electric vehicle can travel with its available battery power. Range differs between various EV manufacturers and models; it’s important to do your research to ensure you choose the right vehicle to match your driving habits.
Whilst some may still experience range anxiety from time to time, it’s not as big of an issue as it once was. Improvements in EV technology, batteries, and the availability of public car charging stations has made it much less of a problem. Combine these factors with the distance most people travel daily, and range anxiety becomes a thing of the past. This is shown in the infographic below.
A couple of low-range vehicles released in 2014 dragged the average down. However, the trend still stands clear: ranges of electric vehicles continue to increase year on year.
If you are concerned about range anxiety, our best tip is to ensure you have a full battery when starting a trip. This can be easily achieved with a home car charger for example.
Not everyone can afford or is able to have a home car charger installed. However, here are a few quick pointers as to why range anxiety needn’t be a problem for you:
- According to a survey from November 2020, the number of public car charging stations in the UK is 20,238, with a 35,335 total connections. This continues to increase as electric vehicle charging becomes more and more popular.
- The average car journey distance in the UK is now 8.4 miles. Due to this, the chances of running out of charge during such a short distance is highly unlikely. If you are travelling longer distances, it’s a good idea to plan your trip in advance with a popular route planner app called zap-map.
- More companies are now adapting to the rise in demand for electric vehicle charging points for employees. With various government grants available, workplace EV charging is becoming more common.
- Your EV battery doesn’t need to be fully charged to operate your vehicle. As long as you have enough remaining battery capacity to get you from A to B, there should not be a problem.
- Public car charging stations are also being designed to offer ultra-rapid charging. There are now more types of EV chargers out there than ever, and with that comes frequent technological advancements.
- EV battery life is longer than you think, with an average EV range of around 181 miles. Newer models such as the Nissan Leaf e+ can reach up to 239 miles in range. This gives EV drivers plenty of time to charge up whilst out and about without the worry of losing power.
If you’re now considering making the switch to an EV, range anxiety is no longer something you should be concerned about. For more information on electric vehicle charging points such as home car chargers and workplace EV charging, visit our website or contact us. Alternatively, book a free site survey to get started.