range anxiety

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace  -  Portland, November 2018

    It’s not unusual for fuel gauges on gasoline cars to be inaccurate. Often they can hug "Full" so long you might suspect it’s malfunctioning—only to then swing rapidly toward the halfway mark and below. Usually these idiosyncrasies are no big deal. When the low-fuel light and chime prompt you, you’re almost always within distance of a gas station, where you can fuel up and be back on your way in minutes. For electric cars, the same is not true. Unfortunately, it’s a version of this that can make road-trip time in some electric vehicles a harrowing experience. The...

  • Electric car testing in Norway
    Cold-weather EV range: Polar Vortex, AAA, local news paint a bleak picture; don't panic!

    If you plan to drive an EV in winter weather you’ll need to charge more often to avoid “being stranded by a dead battery.” So sums AAA about its report on electric vehicle range, released this past week, which resulted in a very useful data set underscoring the reality of how EV...

  • 1909 Ford Model T Touring
    Gasoline range anxiety 100 years ago made electric-car charging seem easy

    Electric cars have the great advantage that their batteries can be recharged anywhere there's electricity. It may not be particularly fast, though modern plug-in vehicles get at least 60 miles overnight, and often double or triple that. But a century ago, drivers of gasoline cars had just as much...

  • Winter testing of electric cars in Norway by the Norwegian EV Association (Norsk Elbilforening)
    Five electric cars tested in cold Norwegian winter: how did they do?

    Drivers in the parts of North America that get winter weather are deeply familiar with snow-clogged wheel wells, iced-in wipers, and weak batteries, to list just a few. Our counterparts in Norway have exactly the same challenges in winter—but they're far further along in adopting plug-in...

  • Two 2018 Nissan Leafs with EVgo fast charger at NJ Turnpike Joyce Kilmer travel plaza, Feb 2018
    2018 Nissan Leaf electric car: four-day winter road-trip review

    The first generation of mass-priced electric cars with ranges of 60 to 90 miles simply didn't have enough range to be used outside predictable daily commute duties and local errands around town. Sure, four-fifths of vehicles in the U.S. cover less than 40 miles a day—but that other fifth...

  • Footage from June 2016 LAPD announcement of lease for 100 BMW i3 electric cars [CBS Channel 2, LA]
    LAPD's unused electric cars gather dust sitting in garage, but why?

    Anyone who remembers the epic, metallic-tasting, technicolor smog in the Los Angeles Basin found into the 1990s understands why air quality matters there. While the worst of the uncontrolled tailpipe emissions have now been greatly reduced, and the air is cleaner, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide...

  • Opel Ampera-e

    It's 41 degrees F outside. Your electric car, rated for 100 miles, has been charging all night in the cold. Ahead of you lies a 80-mile drive. How confident are you that you'll make it to your destination? What if you want to set your climate control to a comfortable 70 degrees F? Germany's AutoBild wondered the same thing, so it gathered some of Europe's most popular battery-electric cars for a test of range and efficiency in near-freezing temperatures. DON'T MISS: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf: weekend drive report and range test In the forest around Delmenhorst, in Lower Saxony, Germany, AutoBild...

  • 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
    How much electric-car range is 'enough'? 300 miles much better than 200 miles: survey

    Electric-car drivers know that range anxiety abates quickly once you start using an electric car and get confident with its abilities. Although a range of 60 to 90 miles covers the majority of daily car use in the U.S., it isn't enough for many drivers with longer commutes—especially at high...

  • 2017 Ford Fusion Energi
    2017 Ford Fusion Energi: low electric range, no public charging frustrating

    Electric-car charging infrastructure in the United States is getting better, but still has a very long way to go. While anyone that's given even a passing glance to plug-in vehicles would likely tell you the same thing, I experienced the impact of a charging-free society first-hand while driving a...

  • 2017 BMW i3
    Soon, 'electric-car range will no longer be a factor,' BMW chief says

    Among German luxury brands, BMW was the first to show significant interest in electric cars. It launched its "i" sub-brand in Europe in 2013, and its plans have evolved to include adding all-electric powertrains to models within the main BMW brand in future. That is part of an effort to grow sales...

  • Slide from 2017 Hyundai Ioniq presentation on electric cars at Washington Auto Show, Jan 2017
    Electric cars only need 100 miles of range, some carmakers say; is it true?

    Hyundai first made the argument that energy efficiency in electric cars is just as important as their range, as part of its launch of the Ioniq Electric hatchback, EPA-rated at 124 miles. Now Honda is making that argument as well, based on a news report it confirmed saying that the Clarity EV...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf in front of Prudential and Hancock Towers, Boston [photo: John Briggs]
    2015 Nissan Leaf: one year later, owner offers pros and cons

    Sometimes being a revolutionary requires a lot of personal sacrifice, and sometimes it doesn’t. After one year of driving of a 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car, I was surprised to find that daily driving with a gasoline car requires more sacrifice than with my electric. Like most people, before...

  • Slide from 2017 Hyundai Ioniq presentation on electric cars at Washington Auto Show, Jan 2017

    Along with price, the top-line statistic cited for any battery-electric car is its rated range. Until last month, the only electric cars that exceeded 200 miles in that metric were made by Tesla Motors. Now, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a 238-mile EPA rating for range—and that's usually the leading point about the Bolt EV in discussions or coverage. DON'T MISS: Hyundai Ioniq Electric beats Prius Prime, BMW i3 on energy efficiency Hyundai thinks that the energy efficiency of battery-electric cars should play a much greater role in the discussion than it does today. The company's point...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    2017 Chevy Bolt EV 10 to 40 percent battery-capacity loss: possible, but unlikely?

    When's the last time you sat down and read large parts of an owner's manual for a car? If it's been a few years—or a few decades—you may be surprised how frustrating they are if you're actually searching for specific information. By and large, their indexes are atrocious (often using...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf
    What's the minimum electric-car range for mass acceptance? Poll results

    The handful of mass-priced electric cars offered 200 miles or more of range scheduled to launch over the next two years will clearly bring one question to the forefront. How much rated electric range is "enough" in a mass-market car to make North American buyers consider it sufficient for safe and...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf fully charged at start of road trip  [photo: John Briggs]
    Electric-car range anxiety exists, but it's overblown, says MIT study

    Range anxiety, the persistent worry about not having enough battery range to finish a journey, remains one of the major obstacles to widespread electric-car adoption. Many electric cars still have shorter ranges than comparable internal-combustion models, and that continues to spook some consumers...

  • Tesla Model 3 design prototype  -  reveal event  -  March 2016
    Half of car buyers say electric car must have 300 miles of range

    The Tesla Model 3 and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars are set to make 200-mile ranges attainable for a much larger number of buyers than today's $72,000-plus Tesla Model S. But according to one new study, that may not be enough. A survey by a U.S. national lab showed that many consumers won't...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf
    Both Electric And Gas Cars Lose Range In The Cold; Electrics Just Lose More

    When it comes to electric cars, one of the biggest fears for potential customers is range anxiety in general--but for many, it's specifically their cold-weather range. Batteries lose efficiency in colder temperatures, something that only heightens the range anxiety many potential buyers feel...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf

    With the recent announcement by the City of Los Angeles that it would lease 288 plug-in electric vehicles, now is a good time to look at a new study from Canada on how electric cars can be integrated into large fleets. It's important because it explicitly quantifies the range anxiety that lower-range electric cars induce in drivers used to conventional cars with combustion engines. The Toronto Atmospheric Fund's Fleetwise EV300 Program was an early electric-vehicle study; planning for it began back in 2010, and the bulk of testing was conducted in 2011 and 2012. DON'T MISS: LAPD Gets Tesla...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf
    Canadian Plug-in Electric Vehicle Study: 1 Percent To 30 Percent Is The Challenge

    Even two years ago, about a third of Canadian car buyers were open to buying a plug-in electric car--but they need a lot more practical and real-world information about the options than they're getting. And without sustained and coordinated policy support, those potential buyers may dwindle to the...

  • Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show
    Will Future Tesla Model S Top Toyota Mirai's 312-Mile Range?

    Hydrogen fuel-cell cars today have many similarities to electric cars. Both employ advanced zero-emission powertrains that power the wheels with electric motors, both cost more to buy than gasoline cars of the same size, and both represent only a tiny fraction of today's car market. The main...

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV and 2014 Nissan Leaf, at Blink DC fast charger  -  Fife, WA
    Aging Electric-Car Batteries Can Still Offer Useful Range: Report

    The first wave of modern electric cars still remains fairly young, but as those vehicles rack up more miles, the performance of their gradually aging battery packs is a topic of great interest. All batteries degrade over time, losing energy-storage capacity at different rates depending on their...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S P85D, road test, Dec 2014  [photo: David Noland]
    Elon Musk: Tesla Model S 'Ends Range Anxiety' With Smart Navigation, Trip Planner

    Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased us Model S owners with a tweet promising to “end range anxiety.” In a press conference this morning, Musk revealed the goods: an over-the-air firmware update that, while not increasing the range of the car, will at least set the...

  • Tesla Model S in Albuquerque's 'snowstorm' during NY-to-California road trip  [photo: David Noland]
    Tesla Model S Battery Life: How Much Range Loss For Electric Car Over Time?

    One of the things electric-car owners worry about is long-term battery degradation. It’s a well-established fact that lithium-ion batteries gradually lose capacity as they undergo numerous charge/discharge cycles. We owners understand that our range will gradually decline over the life of the...