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Connected Driving 1 min read

What is EV range anxiety?

A woman driver about to get into the driver's seat of her car.

If you're considering buying an electric vehicle, you may have already started to doubt if your car's battery will die mid-trip. But is this worry warranted — or is it just a fear of change?

Range anxiety is a term that describes the fear of an electric vehicle (EV) running out of battery power before reaching its destination or a charging station. This fear is primarily caused by the limited driving range of battery-fueled vehicles and represents one of the biggest challenges in widespread EV adoption.

Unlike traditional cars, EVs have different fuel efficiency levels and generally speaking, one full battery charge cannot take an EV as far as a full tank of an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle can.

Charging stations also contribute to range anxiety. With limited availability and accessibility, they can make the charging process confusing, leaving drivers unsure of how to use the stations effectively.

Some might be inconveniently located or require drivers to navigate unfamiliar software or payment systems. Others may only support certain types of connectors or require adapters, which can be frustrating for drivers who are unable to charge their vehicles.

EV drivers need a better charging infrastructure and the right technology to combat range anxiety. In response, EV manufacturers and governments are collaborating to lengthen the life span of EV batteries, increase the vehicles' range and expand the charging infrastructure, improving the overall EV driving experience.

Eliminating range anxiety could also encourage more people to switch to electric vehicles, contributing to reduced carbon emissions and a cleaner environment.

Maja Stefanovic

Maja Stefanovic

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