"Range Anxiety" is the number one concern potential electric car buyers have; the fear that they will run out of electricity half way and get stranded. The majority of electric cars travel 200-400 km on a single charge. This is a lot more than it seems and there are several reasons why "range anxiety" should not be holding you back:
1. The majority of Canadians drive 60 km or less per day!
This is well within the range of every electric car available in Canada. The next time you start your morning commute, set your trip calculator to zero and track your actual distance travelled. You may be surprised to learn that it is not as far as you think.
2. Battery technology is improving!
The second generation of electric cars being released in 2017 come with larger battery packs and longer total driving distances (200-400 km) for price tags around $40,000 CDN before government incentives.
3. Public charging infrastructure is growing!
There are over 4,500 public charging stations in Canada, 150 of which are Level 3 fast chargers that will fully charge an electric car in 30 minutes or less. Most electric cars have onboard GPS systems that can navigate to nearby charging stations. Many businesses and workplaces are installing charging stations for customer and/or employee use.
4. You do not need to buy a fully electric car!
For drivers that must travel more than 100 km on a regular basis, plug-in hybrids are the solution. Plug-in hybrids have all-electric driving distances between 20-80 km, (perfect for most morning commutes and inner-city driving), with backup gasoline engines or generators for inter-city highway driving.
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