Six Strategies to Combat Anxiety Over Electric Vehicle Range
The concern about an electric vehicle’s (EV) charge depleting during a journey, with no access to a charging station for battery replenishment, is often termed as ‘EV range anxiety’. Studies show that nearly 30% of potential EV purchasers are hesitant due to doubts about the availability of charging facilities when required.
Let’s examine six strategies to alleviate such apprehensions. Contact Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126 if you want a quote to install an EV charging station at your home.
1. Opt for the Largest Battery
When shopping for your new EV, choose a model equipped with the biggest battery within your budget. A larger battery translates to extended vehicle range. This will not only provide an additional buffer when traversing extensive distances but will also decrease the necessity for frequent charging.
2. Switch your Battery Charge Indicator to “Percentage”
EVs come with a built-in gauge that indicates the current charge status of the battery, much like the fuel gauge in conventional vehicles. Reset this display to showcase the remaining battery percentage rather than the remaining mileage. This adjustment can prevent the constant reminder of a depleting range, offering a more comfortable driving experience analogous to watching a fuel needle oscillating between ‘E’ and ‘F’.
3. Regular Charging is Key
The prevalence of gas stations has led drivers to overlook their vehicles’ fuel levels until the ‘low fuel’ light starts flashing. Given the sparsity of EV charging stations, a ‘low battery’ warning can induce panic. Counteract this by developing a habit of frequent charging, ensuring your battery always holds enough power for your expected journey plus an additional 20%-30% for peace of mind.
4. Pre-plan your Charging Stations
For longer trips, pre-identifying the locations and distances between charging stations can be a life-saver. This foresight eliminates the risk of running out of charge without a charging station in sight. Many EVs come equipped with navigational systems that display charging stations en-route and can help optimize charging durations for maximum efficiency. A bonus tip: Look for charging stations located near eateries or restrooms to make the 15 to 40-minute charging wait more enjoyable.
5. Always Carry a Mobile Connector
Always keep your mobile connector handy in the trunk. This could prove invaluable during unexpected situations where you might need to plug in your EV (after obtaining the property owner’s consent).
6. Add an EV Charging Station at Home
Another effective way to allay EV range anxiety is by installing a home charging station. This addition not only ensures you start each day with a fully charged vehicle, but it also removes the dependence on public charging facilities. Furthermore, charging your EV overnight during off-peak hours can also result in cost savings. Keep in mind to hire a professional electrician for the installation to ensure safety and adherence to local regulations.