Your first steps along the road of EV ownership might be blocked by a big brick wall of range anxiety. It hasn’t been the first time you pictured yourself stranded on the side of the road, calling services with a poor signal while your EV battery is out of juice. Let’s deflate this anxiety and replace it with confidence. With these simple tips below, you will leave your doubts behind as you arrive at your destination on time and with plenty of battery charge to spare.
You are first going to need to understand what chargers your car can use. Luckily, most rapid charging stations across the UK are compatible with your model… but it’s still helpful to find out through websites like Pod Point. The EV industry has quickly grown and today, there are plenty of places you can go to plan your journeys such as ZapMap, A Better Route Planner, and in-car technology. These have plenty of helpful features, like:
You may also want to think about the cost and charging speed of each EV station. Perhaps travelling a little further to a cheaper or more rapid station will benefit you more than what was first recommended. Try and tailor the journey to your needs as there are plenty of options available.
So, now you have a route planned with one or two charging stops along the way. Before you press start, where exactly will you be stopping to charge? If it is in the middle of nowhere, or next to a closed pub, it is unlikely you will want to wait in your car. It’s good to take a break from driving to stop fatigue, but also try to choose places with WiFi, scenic attractions, or places to recharge yourself.
What else to consider?
Whatever thoughts were circulating about range anxiety a few years ago are far from the truth today. There are over 35,000 public charging stations across the UK and between 2021 and 2022, over 7000 charging points were added to the network. The UK government’s rapid charging fund aims to have at least 6 rapid charging stations at every motorway service station for 2023.
Unless you are going from Aberdeen to Southampton, you will rarely need to charge more than once or twice on a long journey. Almost all car journeys in the UK are under 100 miles and EVs are more than capable of achieving this, especially as technology advances.
All that is left is to have a little faith.