Overcoming range anxiety for EV DRIVERs

Michael James

The Rivian Electric pickup truck has a 400-mile and eliminates range anxiety.

The increasing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) has also prompted an increasing concern for drivers — range anxiety.

It’s the fear or worry of running out of battery power while driving an electric vehicle. It can leave the driver and their passengers stranded with no charging station nearby.

Range anxiety shouldn't deter a pending buyer from consider an electric vehicle.
Range Anxiety can be avoided in EVs by planning properly and following certain recommendations.

The apprehension stems naturally from the apparently limited driving range of EVs compared to traditional fossil-fuel-powered, internal combustion engine vehicles. While EV batteries have improved considerably since their first launch, range anxiety remains a concern for potential buyers.

However, with careful planning and adopting some essential practices, EV drivers can effectively manage their vehicle’s range and enjoy the benefits of eco-friendly transportation.

How limited range, range anxiety can lead to car accidents

Range anxiety can adversely affect an EV driver’s focus on the road, as it can lead to stress and distraction while driving. The constant worry of running out of charge may cause drivers to take unnecessary risks, such as speeding or aggressive driving in an attempt to reach their charging destination faster.

In doing so, drivers can compromise safety. Inattention is the leading cause of car crashes, according to car accident lawyers. Of course, it becomes problematic when vehicle-related anxiety affects safe driving.

Drivers sometimes overestimate the remaining range. Without recharging soon enough and not finding a charging station in time drivers can become stranded in unexpected locations and potentially adding to the potential of more anxiety and possible accidents.

How to plan an itinerary with charging stations

A well-thought itinerary with strategically planned charging stops is a key element in overcoming range anxiety. Before starting a trip, EV drivers should always research and map out key points of their routes, allowing them to identify local charging stations. Many numerous mobile apps and online platforms provide real-time information on charging station locations, availability and compatibility with specific EV models.

Another key is to consider factors that will influence the car’s range, including weather conditions and the local terrain. Knowing what’s down the road can help relieve anxiety.

How To Safely Charge While Traveling

Charging during a road trip requires some prudent considerations, especially if you typically charge at home.

Electric vehicle charging companies have different systems and varying location configurations. Electric vehicle drivers should research options to ensure they’re using reputable and reliable charging locations. Using established charging networks will avoid the uncertainties of using unverified stations and compatibility issues.

Following charging protocols and manufacturers’ recommendations is imperative. One potential issue is that using fast chargers too frequently could affect the battery life.

Plenty of solutions to range anxiety are available. More EV manufacturers are developing solutions, such as Ford’s removable roof backup battery. Similarly, for drivers who bought earlier EV generations, it may be time to switch to a newer model with longer battery life.

Range anxiety should not deter anyone from embracing EVs, but it remains an issue. Strategic planning is important, but as the EV segment continues to improve, the burden for potential new buyers should ease.

Article Last Updated: July 28, 2023.

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