The culmination of “Range Anxiety” should have been here. The introduction of electric mainstream vehicles, manufactured by famous mass-market manufacturers such as Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen, Renault, Peugeot, and so on, which can handle 300-400 kilometers with their batteries charged once, should have eliminated Range Anxiety. Range Anxiety is the bleak sensation that you won’t be able to finish your journey with your electric car battery flat.
It’s a feeling that makes relaxed and comfortable driving–no shaking, no noise, a keen consciousness of environment–into a traveling nightmare. When all of us are suffering from Range Anxiety, we transform into wannabe Jim Lovells, gazing anxiously at every metric, dialing and doing mental calculations to see if our four-wheeler capsule can, metaphorically speaking, make it down to Earth.
So why have these long-range electric cars (relatively speaking) not cleared up Range Anxiety? The simple response is the experience of lack. Therefore, according to a report by the National Center for Biotechnology Research in the USA.
Unfortunately, the charging network in Ireland is still not adequate to convince a lot of drivers to shift. Data by Allianz Insurance in Ireland reveals that 44% of drivers believe in doing their everyday travel using electric cars. Only 24% said they would be delighted to start a long cross-country ride with an electric vehicle, and only 20% said that they were glad to find a charge point when they required one.
People staying in Connacht and Ulster claim that they know they can’t locate a charger. According to the Alleanz survey, “It is clear that the network charging points in Ireland are substandard and that 45% claim that the availability is low in Irish cities besides Dublin. 61% say that the distribution of charging points in rural Ireland is weak in all the suburban areas and 79%.”
We set up a table for one-charge ranges of all-electric vehicles on offer in Ireland, plus a set of models ranges expected to be available soon. The disparity is immense, mainly as you take in outliers such as the new Tesla Roadster (which promises a still untested 1,000 km of a massive 200 kWh battery) or Twizy.
Today, most cars fall within that 300-400 km band, some of which–particularly the Honda e, the Mini Cooper S E, and the emerging Mazda MX-30 –purposely having lower ranges as their manufacturers try to reduce their weight and cost through producing smaller batteries. Christian Schultze, Mazda Technical Director, states that for environmental reasons, the MX-30’s battery pack is small-such that the manufacturing of the battery doesn’t have unnecessary carbon emissions or any other environmental impact. Also, the range for the vehicle is adequate for the majority of day-to-day transports.