5 Tips to Overcome Range Anxiety for EV Owners
If you’re new to the EV world, you may have not yet come across the term ‘range anxiety’ before. Allow us to explain it to you and give you some tips on how to overcome it.
To put it simply, range anxiety refers to the fear or stress that EV drivers feel about running out of charge before reaching their destination, or not having access to a charging station when needed.
The driving range of electric vehicles can vary depending on a number of factors which can include the battery size, vehicle weight, driving conditions, etc. However, with the growing demand for electric vehicles, the average driving range of EVs has improved and has been increasing steadily, now falling between 200 to 300 miles per charge for many electric vehicles. It’s worth noting that there are smaller and less expensive EVs on the market with a lower driving range perfectly suitable for many drivers’ daily commutes and travel needs.
As electric vehicles continue to evolve and charging infrastructure continues to increase, you can soon expect range anxiety to be a thing of the past. If you’re considering investing in an electric vehicle and range anxiety is something that concerns you, here are some tips to overcome it and how you can make the most out of your EV.
1.Planning is key
If you’re going on a long trip, it’s a good idea to plan your route, identify charging stations along the way, and understand how far an average charge can take you. In doing so, you’ll know when and where you’ll need to charge and avoid range anxiety and uncertainties around finding charging stations when needed. There are various platforms you can use such as PlugShare, ChargeNet, EVRoam, or Google Maps to locate charging stations and plan your route using trip planning suggestions. Overcoming range anxiety while out and about will take a bit of planning, but using trip planner resources keeps things easy, especially on longer journeys.
2. Know your vehicle’s range
Familiarise yourself with your vehicle’s range and get a clear idea of how far it can go on a single charge, also be aware how it can be affected by certain factors like the weather, driving style, and terrain. This will help you plan your trips more efficiently and avoid running out of charge unexpectedly.
3. Drive conservatively
Your way of driving can impact the vehicle’s range and has the ability to conserve or reduce battery life. You can conserve energy by driving smoothly and avoiding sudden acceleration or braking as these can drain your battery faster. Using cruise control when possible to maintain a steady speed should also help with conserving battery life.
4. Charge whenever possible
Another way to overcome range anxiety is to regularly charge your vehicle when you can to ensure it’s always topped up. There are various apps to pinpoint public charging locations, providing useful data like connector type, estimated charging time, and many will even say if the charger is currently in use.
Many charging stations are conveniently located in dedicated supermarket car parks, in the middle of shopping centres, so you can run errands and come back to a topped-up EV. Charging at home overnight or while at work can also help you overcome range anxiety, whilst also saving you time as you can wake up with a fully charged EV that’s ready to go.
5. Invest in a home charging station (wallbox)
If you have a garage or driveway, consider investing in a home charging station wallbox. Not only can it save you time and sanity as you can worry less about finding a charging station, but it is also a more cost-effective way to charge your EV. It’s generally cheaper to charge an electric car at home compared to public charging stations as home electricity rates are typically lower than commercial rates. Some electric providers also offer lower electricity rates during off-peak hours, such as overnight, or on weekends, which can make charging at home even cheaper. Most EV owners charge their EVs at home as it’s the easiest and most convenient way to charge as it gives you the ability to charge in the comfort of your own home overnight, so you’ll wake up ready to go with a charged vehicle.
Whilst EV technology is improving every day, to get the most out of your vehicle now it’s best to plan your route ahead of time, be familiar with your vehicle’s range, drive conservatively, charge your EV when you can, and investing in a home charging station.
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For your information
Electric vehicle/mode ranges are shown using WLTP (real world driving test). This is variable based on driving conditions, style, situation and terrain. The average New Zealander drives approx. 40 km per day.
International models might be shown for illustrative purposes only, and New Zealand specifications may vary.
Charging points refer to charging locations a part of the New Zealand ChargeNet network.