You can also view this article in the Bright Ideas November 2016 issue.
What is range anxiety and how do I know if I have it? Range anxiety is a recent term used to describe the fear that your electric vehicle will run out of battery charge before you get to a charging destination. Range anxiety is often cited as the primary reason drivers are hesitant to switch from driving a gasoline vehicle to driving an electric vehicle. The good news is that recent studies have proven that range anxiety is often overblown and the concern about running out of charge is not relevant for most drivers.
A team of researchers at MIT evaluated the range of electric vehicles against the driving needs of a population. The study found that based on the daily distances people were driving 87% of driving could be replaced by affordable electric vehicles even without the opportunity to recharge in the middle of the day. This percentage remained constant across cities even with varying amounts of gasoline consumption. This finding adds to the support for widespread electrification of personal vehicle travel in the United States. Commuters could easily drive between Boston and Braintree without needing to recharge..
The remaining 13% of driving that goes beyond a typical EV range does not need to be a barrier for most folks either! According to US Census Bureau, 81% of Braintree residents that drive a solo commute have access to two or more cars at home. That second car can be used for the driving days that require extended range. If you do not have access to a second car, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle rather than an all-electric vehicle may make the most sense for your needs. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has a rechargeable electric battery as well as a gasoline tank.
Braintree Drives Electric (BDE) is a local initiative designed to highlight the benefits of driving electric vehicles and connect residents to the available rebates and incentives. Residents are encouraged to sign up for no-obligation test drives in one or more of the vehicles that qualify for this program. The test drives will be delivered by a participating dealership and BDE community liaison, and can be scheduled to originate and end at your home or any Braintree address. You can schedule a free drive at www.BraintreeDrivesElectric.com/test-drive or call the program team at 781-303-4994.