Is the missing range of EV really an issue?
At the moment the range of electric vehicles (EV) is limited due to the specifications of the battery as well as its high costs. The cars which are already on the market or will be in the near future could be used for distances between 100 and about 200 km
with one discharge cycle. For this reason the range is always the concern of people interested in electric mobility. It’s always the issue that you maybe won’t have the freedom to go sponteously everywhere you want by car. This concern is not even unfounded. But at the beginning not everyone is appropriate to substitute his car because of the individual mobility requests (OLMO factor
However, the questions is whether a range contingent of more than 300 or 400 km (for distances you theoretically would drive sometime) is really needed? Wouldn’t it even be better to use more relaxing alternatives like the train or plane for such long trips? So it’s more important to regard the common daily and annual distances you are used to drive than those you could maybe need sometime.
There are lots of analyses of driving and mobility requests of Germans. All of them show that the car is mainly used for trips under 50 km
, for what EV would be suitable for by far (List with EV with its ranges
). As the chart shows, just about 8 % of the daily distances (done by foot, bike, car or whatever) are in the category of “over 100 km” . So most of the mobility needs could be coped with an EV, especially those of the users
with repetative daily profiles like commuters or delivery services.
Daily distances in Germany (source: MiD 2002)
People complain about the lack of space instead of the missing range!
Current fieldtests also show that the range is not the issue at all. Probands who tested the Mini E say that there is no feeling of limitation in the everyday usage. The main criticism of people who drove with the MINI-E was the missing space. But this flaw will be eleminated by the next generation of EV. In contrast most of the probands didn´t even want to return the car because of the high fun factor.
Just check it out for yourself!!!
Yet, in this context it has to be mentioned that Germany and many european countries are is not as vast as other countries like the USA, Canada or Russia, which means in average shorter daily distances. Furthermore in Europe there is a good infrastructure for public transport, which offeres an acceptable alternative to the own car in most of the cases.
Thererfore, despite of all the statistics, people who are interested in electric mobility and who are aware of the necessity for a shift to a greener
and sustainable mobility should test whether an EV is able to fullfill their individual mobility needs. For this reason, The Green & Energy Consulting Group developed in cooperation with DotTribes
a Electric Car simulator for iPhone called iEV
. With iEV, future EV drivers will have the possibility to get a hint about all these facts while they drive with a normal car.
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