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Range Anxiety

What is range anxiety?

Range anxiety is a term used widely about electric vehicles and relates to the fear that a car won’t have enough range to reach its destination, leaving the occupants stranded. As electric cars have a lower range than cars with conventional petrol or diesel engines – anything from 100 to 300 miles – range anxiety is cited as a major reason why some people are reluctant to switch to EVs.

Related Jargon

What is a car's range?

A car’s range is the distance it can travel with the current amount of fuel in the tank.

How does an electric vehicle work?

An electric car, also known as a battery electric vehicle or EV, uses one or more electric motors to move the vehicle.

What is a battery electric vehicle?

A battery electric vehicle (BEV) uses the electrical energy from rechargeable batteries to power an electric motor (or motors).

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