Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have great appeal for many Americans. Saying goodbye to fossil fuel fill-ups and turning to clean electric charges is becoming a reality for many friends and neighbors. In fact, General Motors announced their commitment to releasing 30 new electric vehicles by 2025 on their path to going only-electric by 2035. Ford is well on its way to electrifying 40% of its vehicles by 2030 with the release of the F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup next year. Federal tax rebates and state-level incentives make purchasing electric vehicles more affordable.
So what’s stopping people from going electric?
One of the primary hurdles preventing people interested in green energy from purchasing a BEV is range anxiety. Depending on where a driver lives, works, or travels, there is variable accessibility to battery charging stations. The good news is that several resources are available to help those suffering from range anxiety move past their fears.
5 Keys to Combatting Range Anxiety
- There are online maps to locate electric charging stations. No matter where a person is traveling, it’s easy to find a nearby charging station using the US Department of Energy’s online EV Charging Station Locator. Users can enter a zip code into the search feature and select the type of charging station they need. Currently, there are over 50,000 charging stations located in the United States and southern regions of Canada.
- It’s economical to install a charging station at home. Electric vehicles can be charged at home using standard 110 or 220-volt outlets. A higher voltage will charge the car more rapidly. While most garages already have abundant 110-volt outlets, it’s not prohibitively expensive to add a 220 outlet inside the garage or onto a home’s exterior. Technology manufacturers such as Blink have introduced quick charging units for home use.
- Owners don’t need to wait until the “tank” is empty to re-charge. Charging a BEV is similar to charging a cell phone. While BEVs shouldn’t be continuously connected to a charging station, drivers tend to charge them according to use and where it’s convenient. They develop charging habits just like the owners of smartphones and tablets.
- Most drives are well within the range of a full charge. As new BEVs are introduced, battery life is getting longer, so drivers can go further on a full charge. For example, the Ford 150 Lightning will achieve 230 to 300 miles on a full charge depending on which battery pack option is purchased. Yet, the average driver only travels about 37 miles in a single day–well within the range of a full charge.
- Worst case scenario….call a towing company for a charge. Companies like SparkCharge are making mobile charging boxes that towing companies can use to provide a quick charge for stranded motorists. It’s the modern, tech version of the 5-gallon fuel gasoline can.
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