Every drive in an electric vehicle is powered by a battery, whether it’s a daily commute or a cross-country excursion. When it comes to bang for your buck, car manufacturers have put a lot of money into improving the electric car experience, but one feature sticks out.
An electric vehicle’s range refers to how far it can travel on a single charge of its battery. This is dependent on a variety of things, including the car’s make and model, how you drive it, and the size and power of the battery.
Although the technology enabling electric cars is improving, drivers are experiencing so-called “range anxiety,” or the worry of running out of energy before reaching their destination, due to a combination of pricing and a perceived lack of roadside infrastructure.
If you’re considering buying an electric car but are concerned about range potential, keep reading to learn how the issue is being addressed.
As battery technology improves, the range of electric vehicles expands. The first mainstream electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, had ranges of roughly 100 miles when they initially went on sale a few years ago.
Updated models of these vehicles now have nearly double the range in their batteries, and electric cars on the market today will increasingly have a range of well over 200 miles. The Audi e-tron SUV, for example, has a range of roughly 240 miles, while the Hyundai Kona EV and Kia e-Niro have a range of around 270 miles. In addition, Tesla cars have a range of more than 300 miles between charges.
Remember that most electric car drivers won’t drive the car’s whole range before charging it from empty to full; instead, they’ll stop at a convenient charger, where you can top up to roughly 80% of the car’s power in around 30 minutes with a fast charger.
Can I Improve the Range Of An Electric Vehicle?
An internal combustion engine is used in extended-range electric vehicles (E-REVs). They vary from hybrid vehicles in that the engine acts as a generator, charging the battery and extending its range.
The combustion engine never drives the car’s wheels. The BMW i3 REx offers a 95-mile all-electric range and an extra 68-mile gasoline range. The fuel-burning engine kicks in to keep the electric motor charged when the battery is exhausted. The REx outperformed the original i3 in miles traveled, but it is more expensive to buy and maintain.
In terms of a ready-to-use solution, electric car design isn’t yet at the point where the batteries can be replaced as easily as those in a TV remote control.
Samsung introduced a more powerful battery pack for carmakers to put into future models at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Various options, such as the REXpack, which allows drivers to replace batteries as quickly as they can fill up their tank at a gas station, are still in the conceptual stages.
There are ways you can extend the range of your electric car during a journey. Here are some helpful tips for doing so:
- Ditch the roof rack – In fact, removing non-essential items from the exterior of your automobile can reduce air resistance and increase your range at high speeds.
- Take it easy -. Because it consumes more electricity, traveling at continuously high speeds reduces your range. Slow down to conserve energy.
- Clear out your trunk – The heavier your vehicle, the more electricity your car consumes, therefore the more power the battery consumes.
- Roll down your windows – Instead of turning on the air conditioner, opt for opening the windows. The more functions you use, the shorter your battery life becomes. This includes both the heating and cooling systems.
What If My Electric Vehicle Runs Out of Battery?
Electric cars are ideal for long travels; all you need to do is start with a full charge and be aware of your vehicle’s range. If you only charge your car at home, all you need to do is make sure you can drive to and from work on a single charge before plugging it back in for the night.
However, with all of the above-mentioned electric power sources, there is no reason you can’t recharge over your lunch break. Just keep in mind that charging might take a long time (anything from 30 minutes to 12 hours from empty to fully charged), so plan ahead.
What Is Meant by Range Anxiety?
Range anxiety is the fear that a fully electric vehicle will run out of battery before reaching its destination. Range anxiety has been a major impediment to large-scale EV adoption, which is understandable given that no one wants to be stranded.
Running out of battery may have been more of a concern in the early days of electric vehicles. However, we don’t think it’s an issue anymore, if it ever was, with new electric cars and vans capable of 140-350 miles per charge.
Range anxiety for electric vehicles is essentially non-existent in practise, according to a 2012 study by experts at London Metropolitan University titled “Rewriting the Psychology of Electric Cars.”
That being said, it’s natural to be nervous when you buy your first electric car; nevertheless, we’ve found that any doubts you may have will have evaporated totally within 10 days of driving electric. All you have to do now is locate the ideal electric vehicle to meet your personal driving requirements.
How Can I Protect My Electric Vehicle’s Battery?
According to current studies, setting your vehicle to charge up to 80% on a daily basis is optimum for battery health (most electric cars and vans have a setting that allows this).
While this is an excellent habit to develop, it is perfectly OK to completely charge on days when you travel greater distances and require more range.
When leaving the car unattended for a while, such as when going on vacation, it is advised that the battery be neither empty nor full. A range of 20-80 percent is ideal when the car is left standing.