White Nissan LEAF electric vehicle driving on a seashore road.

What is Range Anxiety and How Can I Reduce It?

25 August 2020

Electric vehicle drivers are familiar with ‘range anxiety’, a term used to describe the feeling EV drivers experience when they aren’t sure their vehicle will make it to the next charge. Petrol and diesel vehicles have a little wiggle room around the ‘empty’ sign, but EVs stop at E.

Have no fear, though, there are plenty of ways to combat range anxiety in our electric vehicle range – featuring the Nissan LEAF, Volkswagen e-Golf, and Kia Niro - and leave you feeling confident to take a long road trip.

Read on for a few quick tips below:

  1. Charge up at home. Investing in a wall-mounted charger for your electric vehicle can save you time and sanity. Giving you the ability to charge overnight, you’ll wake up ready to go with a charged vehicle. Most you can even programme to turn on and off at the same time each day. Handy!
  2. Planning is key. Driving an electric vehicle means being prepared to make more frequent and longer stops and sometimes taking alternate routes. A representative for Nissan said, “you can go anywhere in an electric vehicle as long as you have the time.” Be prepared with a proper route and understand how far an average charge will take you. Download an EV plug app such as PlugShare or ChargeNet and plan your route using their trip planning suggestions. Charging at supermarkets means you have time for a shop, while some charge stations are near parks, giving you time to stretch your legs. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
  3. All the small things. If you’re running low on battery, try switching the radio off, unplugging your phone, and turning off any air-con or heating. Although these things won’t dramatically affect your range, they can make the difference when kilometres are crucial. Alternatively, electric vehicles like the LEAF have heated seats and steering wheels to provide a direct heat source, which warms you up quickly and uses less battery than ambient heat. Heating sources are one of the biggest energy draws for EVs, so managing them efficiently is important to avoid draining your battery.
  4. Employ the eco mode. The LEAF, e-Golf, and Niro all offer eco driving modes, designed to help enhance efficiency. Each of these feature regenerative braking, too, which increases your battery range when you apply pressure to the brake.
  5. Control your road rage. Save the quick accelerations, slamming on the brakes, and zooming in and out of lanes for the Fast and Furious. These manoeuvres will waste more of your precious battery life, leaving you road raged and ranged out. Practice being gentle on the wheel and pedal, and you just may notice some positive changes on your battery.
Black Volkswagen e-Golf parked near electric charging station.
Grey Kia Niro EV SUV parked in beachside parking lot.

As EVs evolve, range anxiety will be a thing of the past. The past years of developments in EVs have already seen marked improvements. To get the most out of your electric vehicle now, be sure to plan your route ahead of time, be conscious of your driving style, and try out that regenerative braking!

Interested in testing out an EV for yourself? Get in touch with us to schedule a test drive today!

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