11 Jul '11, 3pm

Electric Car Trial Shows Range Anxiety is Real, But Misguided

From a war of words between Cnet UK and Fully Charged over whether electric cars still suck , to my tentative suggestion that electric cars' range limitations might prove to be their biggest benefit , there has been much speculation over what a move to electric cars would really mean—and just how relevant are issues like range anxiety, upfront cost, and access to charging as hurdles to mass adoption? Leo Hickman over at The Guardian reports back on the results of long term road trials of the Mini E in the UK , and it would seem there is both reason to get excited, and still some significant hurdles to overcome. From the price tag to some very real concerns about driving range, the drivers involved in the study certainly reported some major issues. But, crucially, many were enthusiastic about the experience, and the real-world usage showed significant evidence that range an...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/electric-car-tria...

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