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13:55  21 august  2019
13:55  21 august  2019 Source:   uk.motor1.com

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Range anxiety is the fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination and would thus strand the vehicle's occupants. The term, which is primarily used in reference to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), is considered to be one of the major barriers to large scale adoption of all-electric cars .

Range anxiety — a constant nagging feeling that your electric vehicle ( EV ) doesn't have enough juice to cover your trip or make it to the next charging station — has followed drivers Limited charging infrastructure and range limitations are something of an Achilles' heel in the electric car industry.

EV range anxiety still a concern for most UK company car drivers © Motor1.com UK Electric car charging station in car park

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Range anxiety is still the biggest stumbling block for six in 10 company car drivers who might otherwise consider an electric car, according to new research.

A study by fleet management firm Venson Automotive Solutions found that 57 percent of the 200 respondents surveyed said they saw battery ranges as a “barrier” to electric vehicle (EV) uptake. Seven in 10 (69 percent), meanwhile, said they were concerned about the UK’s charging infrastructure.

EV range anxiety still a concern for most UK company car drivers © Motor1.com UK Charging electric vehicle

These results come after a Nissan study found that EV charging stations had become more numerous than petrol stations in the UK, with more than 9,000 charging locations available to the public. The study also follows the introduction of a host of electric cars with maximum ranges of more than 200 miles. However, Venson’s survey shows many company car drivers still aren’t convinced.

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According to our research, a UK driver ’s biggest concern about owning an electric car is the number and availability of charging points. “One of the biggest barriers to growth in the EV market is the common misconception that electric cars are not suitable for most people as the range is too limited.

More than half of all EV drivers report that the majority of their charging is done at home. Despite the upfront cost barrier, EV drivers state that their vehicles have made a positive impacted their By a margin, the largest reason that consumers have avoided purchasing an electric car is range anxiety .

There was good news for the EV advocates, though, as 86 percent of Venson’s respondents said there was no longer a “lack of clarity” on the implications of EV ownership, and more than two-thirds of drivers said they felt they had a “good understanding” of the costs and convenience of owning an electric car.

EV range anxiety still a concern for most UK company car drivers © Motor1.com UK BP Chargemaster charging station

Similarly, the survey showed that dealers are making life easier for drivers, with just 13 percent of those surveyed citing a lack of ‘try before you buy’ options as an obstacle to purchase. At the same time, just five percent of respondents said they were worried about manufacturer lead times in acquiring an EV.

Alison Bell, the marketing director at Venson Automotive Solutions, said the improving range of electric cars and increase in infrastructure should make EVs more attractive to fleets and company car drivers.

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Though more EVs are on the road, there are still concerns about gaps in charging points that could leave commuters idle. British energy company BP reported in an annual forecast that it expected 180 million electric Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more UPI news and photos.

Fighting “ range anxiety .” Right now, most EV owners charge their vehicles at night in their private garage. By installing more EV charging stations near transit hubs (i.e. Light Rail stations), car sharing and ride-hailing drivers with EVs can power-up along their driving route saving valuable time.

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“With charging and battery range concerns abated, EV fleets should now be far more appealing to businesses,” she said. “The revised Benefit-in-Kind [company car tax] charges which sees zero-emission electric vehicle tax liability for company car drivers fall from two percent to zero percent for the tax year 2020-21, will also appeal to company car drivers which should boost demand for EVs in the next 12 months.”

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“While our survey findings confirm a greater willingness by company car drivers to adapt to an EV world, there are still some ownership concerns. Some 41 percent of people we surveyed expressed concern over the practicalities of being able to charge their vehicle at home. And 30 percent said they had concerns over service, maintenance and repair costs.”

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