Range anxiety isn’t new, except for its catchy, easily understood name. Now, instead of having the old-time fear of running out of gas, modern motorists are concerned about running out of electricity. If they do so, it could spell the beginning of a bad experience, but the good news is, there are multiple ways today’s EVs can help their owners overcome range anxiety.
Back before the first Tesla was introduced to the American market, many motorists experienced “range anxiety” when a glance at their fuel gauge told them that their car was running out of gas. If they were a long way from the nearest gas station, plenty of anxiety ensued. Hardly rare, that scenario happened to motorists crossing the wide-open Texas plains or on an expressway at rush hour in a big city. I was once in a car that ran out of gas in the crowded entrance line to a drive-in movie (so you can see how old this problem is). While that embarrassment was solved by a short walk to a filling station and a three-gallon can of gas, running out of electricity in an EV is a far more difficult problem to surmount. The major reason for that is you can’t get a three-gallon can of electricity on the typical street corner. That makes the EV strain of range anxiety a much more virulent form. But happily, there are ways to prevent this anxiety.