Range Anxiety Antidote: You Don't Drive As Far As You Think
Green Car Reports
July 12, 2011
by John Voelcker
It's been known among electric-car advocates for years that so-called "range anxiety" is somewhat overblown.
That's despite, we might add, advertisements by a large U.S. company that sells a range-extended plug-in car that highlight its ability to let you drive it across the country on the spur of the moment.
Which, quite frankly, very few of us ever do.
Now Nissan has released some data from its first 1,500 Leaf electric car buyers, showing that in fact they too drove far less each day than the car's electric range.
And those Leaf owners almost all used the car as their primary, sometimes only, vehicle.
The daily average mileage on those first Leafs was "well below 60," according to Brendan Jones, director of Leaf marketing and sales strategy during an interview yesterday.
And the average single drive was 7 to 12 miles, allowing at least some Leaf owners to recharge during the day if they felt so inclined.
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