When will Nissan Leaf Drivers declare Range Anxiety Dead?
Since I talk to people all the time about Electric Vehicles as I’m about as passionate an EV driver as they come, I’m surprised to hear the number of excuses about EVs, which are mostly about range.
So at what point can we stick a fork in this excuse?
Really? 300 miles? 400 miles? 500 miles? Is there really any doubt that once EVs are above 300 miles, than we won’t hear about range anxiety anymore? Remember most people only drive 40 miles a day. So at 300 miles of range we are looking at having to plug in every 7 days or so. Once a week charging isn’t enough to kill range anxiety? What if EV range hit 400 miles or 500 miles? What about 600 miles? At 600 miles the average driver who drives 40 miles per day could plug in once every two weeks and still have enough range for all his/her driving needs.
My feeling on this is simple. Range Anxiety will slowly fade away as Electric Car range increases. More and more people will adopt them and more and more people will declare to others via a grass roots movement to explain the technological benefits of EVs and why they will never go back to gas.
I went over to Electric in 2008 when there were no production Electric Cars to be purchased so I made my own. Many, many people I know that drive Electric will never go back willingly to gas. This must scare the daylights out of the gas companies. For example, my local gas station that is in a very small town in NJ sells 16,000 gallons of gas every week. So far there are only a few EVs in the area. Imagine 50% EV adoption rates. That station would sell only 8000 gallons. Still way too much gasoline consumption for my liking but change comes slowly and it is happening right now.
The only other issue I see is the rate of charging station infrastructure rollout. This has been going strong since about 2012 so more and more stations are going in and the very first CSS (J1772 Fast charging SAE standard chargers are being seen). With more and more of these stations available, there will be no more excuses for people to adopted EVs as their primary mode of transportation.