Range anxiety is treatable.
While I’m not sold on the serious need for electric vehicles, I acknowledge that we’re likely to see more gas-less motor cars swishing through our cities in the coming years.
I see three big problems with EVs:
- They have an extremely limited range (which varies according to many factors, including temperature, traffic conditions and speed).
- There is no mass infrastructure to recharge them.
- The electricity they use still must be produced somehow. (Coal? Nuclear?)
Infrastructure can be built and more nuclear plants can go live to pump more electricity into our failing grid. But there’s not much that can be done to change the fact that batteries in electric cars will empty much faster than they recharge. So how can you deal with the anxiety of not making it home once you venture out in your new electric car? Keep reading, friends.
1. Live in a bubble
Make sure your work, home, friends and favorite hangouts are all within a 15-mile radius. Never leave your bubble.
2. Own an EV and a gas-powered car.
Even if you’re just one person and need only one car, owning an EV means you actually need two. Because everyone, sometimes, needs to leave their bubble.
3. Tow a generator.
This guy does.
4. Have friends with gas-powered cars.
One of them can come save you when you get stranded.
5. Join AAA
Why not let them use their giant gas-guzzling trucks to drive to your stranded car to recharge your dead battery?
6. Buy now and hope Stanford’s technology works later.
Imagine, coils in the road that power your EV using magnetic resonance as you drive. In theory, you could have more charge in your battery by the end of your trip than when you started.
As gas engines become more efficient, and 100-mpg cars become a reality, the need for EVs will drop drastically, and range anxiety will be a thing of the past. Right?