26 Feb '14, 5am

Electric car range: it’s all in our heads

It seems one of the largest barriers to improving the range of the electric cars we drive (or will drive) is all in our heads. That's the verdict of a doctoral candidate at Technische Universitat Chemnitz, Germany, who believes that 20-25 per cent of the potential range of an electric car is typically lost as a psychological safety barrier. Based on more than 249,000 miles of user experience gathered during a MINI E (pictured) project, which featured 79 users driving the vehicle for six months, the psychologists carried out interviews at several points as well as utilising data loggers, diary methods and questionnaires. It was discovered that a key element in adaptive control of range resources is the idea of comfortable range, as outlined by Thomas Franke. "Via the analogy to psychological stress, different variables that influence comfortable range are identified," he sa...

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