Range anxiety is a de­ter­rent

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Range anxiety will slow down the adop­tion of elec­tric cars, and will cause con­cern among those who have just got their ‰irst hy­brid or elec­tric car, as huge num­bers will over the next few years.

They’re go­ing to want a lot of re­as­sur­ances, prefer­ably backed up by charg­ing fa­cil­i­ties on ev­ery street cor­ner.

Ford has teamed up with its Ger­man ri­vals to build ul­tra-fast charg­ing sta­tions across Europe. But even so that might not be enough to ease the wor­ries of those go­ing green for the ‰irst time.

Erik Fair­bairn of elec­tric car charg­ing spe­cial­ists POD Point urged: ‘Don’t map your old be­hav­iour on to new tech­nol­ogy.’ Most elec­tric cars start the day fully charged – whereas petrol or diesel cars never start the day fully fu­elled. Fair­bairn’s re­search showed that peo­ple over-worry about the avail­abil­ity of en-route charg­ing sta­tions, then in prac­tice rarely use them.

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