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26 fév 24

Data from 18,000 EVs dispels range anxiety

The results of a nationwide survey of 18,000 electric vehicles in the US should allay range anxiety among fleet managers and drivers.

The study found that the average EV driver uses between 8% and 16% of their vehicle’s available range on a daily basis, with typical daily distances stretching from 20 to 45 miles.

The research by Recurrent analysed the real-life performance of EVs across all 50 states, and while the positive outcomes for battery power might be self-selecting – ie only drivers who feel confident that they can complete their daily duty cycles without worrying about running out of power would choose an EV – they also show that most EV drivers have no need for concern about range.

Small districts, like Washington DC, and islands such as Puerto Rico and Hawaii, have the shortest daily driving distances, but EVs in the three geographically largest states of Alaska, California and Texas still drive below average daily distances.

“This may reflect the fact that most EV owners live in urban areas, which have lower daily mileage for all drivers, or that EV drivers in these states have access to other vehicles for longer trips,” said Andrew Garberson, Head of Growth & Research, Recurrent.

Cold weather presents no problem

He added that the data showed how there would be sufficient return-to-home energy left in batteries at the end of an average day, even in cold weather, which can negatively impact the range of EVs by around 30%.

While 76% of future EV owners worry about range, 78% of electric car owners report that their range anxiety declines the longer they have an EV, and almost 59% of current EV drivers report no range anxiety, according to a survey by Recurrent.

Drivers keep batteries charged

Its battery monitoring data has recorded drivers running their EVs until the battery state of charge is below 1% in fewer than 0.05% of observations, based on information captured from 10,000 Teslas connected to the Recurrent platform. In fact, the company has observed a state of charge under 10% in only 0.46% of 30 million observations.

Images: shutterstock_2115845192, Recurrent

Authored by: Jonathan Manning