"Electric vehicle batteries keep getting larger, and the typical driving range
between charges keeps growing.
The shift is partly a response to “range anxiety”—the fear of being stranded
because EV batteries don’t have enough power to get to the next charging
station—an idea so familiar in discussions of electric vehicles that it was
spoofed in a Ram Super Bowl ad last month.
But this concern is unwarranted for a large share of EV customers, according to
research from the University of Delaware, published February 21 in the journal
Willett Kempton, a University of Delaware professor, and his team looked at
driving data for 333 gasoline vehicles over one year in the Atlanta area and
then created a model to see the extent to which various EV options would have
been able to meet the needs of those drivers.
They found that 37.9 percent of the drivers would have been able to make all of
their trips for the year using a small EV like a Nissan Leaf as their primary
vehicle and charging at locations like home, work, or wherever the vehicle was
parked and charging was available. The hypothetical vehicle had a 40
kilowatt-hour battery and range of 143 miles.
To put this a different way, more than a third of drivers were able to meet 100
percent of their needs with an EV with a relatively small battery and didn’t
need to make any additional trips for the sole purpose of charging."
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