In the words of Urban Dictionary, range anxiety is the ‘fear that your electric car won’t be sufficiently charged to safely reach an intended destination/return trip/next charging station’. According to research, 58% of people in the UK claim that they will not switch to an electric vehicle because of range anxiety. Although it can be intimidating, it is undoubtedly manageable. In this article, we’ll talk about coping mechanisms to be aware of when range anxiety sets in. Since you don’t want anything to prevent you from getting your ideal car…
Coping methods for range anxiety
When range anxiety kicks in, you automatically go into panic mode. The first thing to do, before you even get in your car, is to plan ahead. Your main strategy for avoiding range anxiety is this. You won’t feel the anxiety if you are organised and have determined your route, destination, and range of miles to travel.
When you start to experience range anxiety, take a deep breath and remember that even at its lowest range, an EV can travel up to 150 miles. The likelihood of being stuck with no way to get help is exceedingly unlikely, yet when you’re feeling concerned, you instantly assume the worst-case scenario.
When it comes to avoiding worrying about where your next charging station is, having a charging station app can be really helpful. Charging station apps are free and available on most mobile devices, making them accessible to everyone. Examples of charging station apps are: Zap-Map, Be.EV, PlugShare, ChargePoint, and WhenToPlugIn.
Additionally, the speed at that you drive has a large effect on EV power consumption. Therefore, if you drive slower you can save power. The advantages for safety are also clear. This is important knowledge to have because you can extend the extent of a trip if you are ever traveling close to the range of your electric vehicle by just driving more slowly.
Last but not least, if you are driving with a passenger, it will help you feel less anxious to be with someone who makes you feel safe, secure, and assured. Being accompanied by your partner, a friend, or a member of your family will help you stay composed. Being at ease while driving is crucial because many people already experience anxiety while doing so, and this worry might grow while using an electric vehicle.
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