29 Jun '11, 7pm

Forget "range anxiety," let's talk "gas anxiety"

Forget "range anxiety," let's talk "gas anxiety"

I think Rowand, and Eric, are having a bit of a joke, gas anxiety is a rather lame way of describing a hybrid drivers satisfaction with maximizing their mpg. You can fill up with gas in 5 minutes at any one of millions of gas stations, but if you are driving a BEV, running out of juice is a lot more of a pain, for now. But there is a kind of cool reaction most Escape and MKZ hybrid drivers have to the hybrid tech, and I would bet Prius drivers do it too. When you have a screen that tells you that you are getting 40+ mpg, or in the case of the Prius, 50+ mpg, you tend to work the system to maximize your score, so to speak. And Ford has actually built a sort of a scoreboard in, with the car rewarding you with extra leaves on the view screen if you keep your long term mpg up high. In 8 or 9 years battery tech will be advanced to the point that BEV's will kick ICE and EREV veh...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2011/06/29/forget-range-anxiety...

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