The Truth About Cars » range anxiety http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 May 2016 20:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Tesla Remedying Sales, Range Anxiety Woes In China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/tesla-remedying-sales-range-anxiety-woes-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/tesla-remedying-sales-range-anxiety-woes-china/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1032577 Tesla hasn’t had the best time in China as of late, a situation the automaker is looking to remedy as quickly as possible. Bloomberg reports Tesla’s Q4 2014 sales were “unexpectedly weak,” according to CEO Elon Musk. Musk went on to place the blame on the Chinese market sales force, who he deemed not only […]

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Tesla hasn’t had the best time in China as of late, a situation the automaker is looking to remedy as quickly as possible. Bloomberg reports Tesla’s Q4 2014 sales were “unexpectedly weak,” according to CEO Elon Musk. Musk went on to place the blame on the Chinese market sales force, who he deemed not only […]

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CODE BROWN! Range Anxiety and The 24 Hours of LeMons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/code-brown-range-anxiety-24-hours-lemons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/code-brown-range-anxiety-24-hours-lemons/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:53:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1025417   One item that came up often on TTAC’s request for feedback on Code Brown’s review concerned its range.  And while range anxiety is real for some, the P85D sports a 200+ mile range (253 according to Tesla’s website) which met my needs in a large metropolitan area. But when I hit the road for The 24 […]

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  One item that came up often on TTAC’s request for feedback on Code Brown’s review concerned its range.  And while range anxiety is real for some, the P85D sports a 200+ mile range (253 according to Tesla’s website) which met my needs in a large metropolitan area. But when I hit the road for The 24 […]

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Renault, LG Chem Sign MOU To Develop Long-Range Battery Technology http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/renault-lg-chem-sign-mou-to-develop-long-range-battery-technology/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/renault-lg-chem-sign-mou-to-develop-long-range-battery-technology/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=833473 With most EVs getting around 100 miles on a single charge from their battery packs, such vehicles are more suited for the downtown core than a trip to the mountains. However, Renault and LG Chem are looking toward boosting range toward Tesla-like levels, together. Autoblog Green reports Renault’s CCO Thierry Bolloré and LG Chem’s battery […]

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With most EVs getting around 100 miles on a single charge from their battery packs, such vehicles are more suited for the downtown core than a trip to the mountains. However, Renault and LG Chem are looking toward boosting range toward Tesla-like levels, together. Autoblog Green reports Renault’s CCO Thierry Bolloré and LG Chem’s battery […]

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AAA: Extreme Temps Hurt EV Range http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/aaa-extreme-temps-hurt-ev-range/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/aaa-extreme-temps-hurt-ev-range/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:06:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=777009 Yes, we know water is wet too, but this study from the AAA provides some interesting findings regarding how extreme temperatures affect the driving range of electric vehicles. Apparently, the extreme temperature problem cuts both ways Vehicles were tested for city driving to mimic stop-and-go traffic, and to better compare with EPA ratings listed on […]

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Yes, we know water is wet too, but this study from the AAA provides some interesting findings regarding how extreme temperatures affect the driving range of electric vehicles. Apparently, the extreme temperature problem cuts both ways Vehicles were tested for city driving to mimic stop-and-go traffic, and to better compare with EPA ratings listed on […]

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What if Electric Vehicles Had More! Range! Than! Gas! Powered! Ones! (?) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/what-if-electric-vehicles-had-more-range-than-gas-powered-ones/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/what-if-electric-vehicles-had-more-range-than-gas-powered-ones/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:12:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484254 So-called “range anxiety” is the biggest — perhaps the only — issue being discussed in the electric-vehicle debate nowadays. Whether it’s a Leaf crapping out at the sixty-mile mark or a Tesla Model S driving in circles around a parking lot to drain the battery for theatrical purposes, electric cars and range potential are linked […]

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So-called “range anxiety” is the biggest — perhaps the only — issue being discussed in the electric-vehicle debate nowadays. Whether it’s a Leaf crapping out at the sixty-mile mark or a Tesla Model S driving in circles around a parking lot to drain the battery for theatrical purposes, electric cars and range potential are linked […]

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The Truth About Battery Life http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/the-truth-about-battery-life/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/the-truth-about-battery-life/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:07:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478387 The drama circling around the New York Times test of the Tesla Model S doesn’t surprise me one bit. Why? Because I understand, perhaps at a deeper level than most of the motoring press, how batteries work. Perhaps that has to do with growing up in a family of engineers and scientists, but battery technology […]

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The drama circling around the New York Times test of the Tesla Model S doesn’t surprise me one bit. Why? Because I understand, perhaps at a deeper level than most of the motoring press, how batteries work. Perhaps that has to do with growing up in a family of engineers and scientists, but battery technology […]

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The EV Expectation Gap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-ev-expectation-gap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-ev-expectation-gap/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 16:16:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395838 Though an global Accenture study [via Green Car Congress] found that up to 68% of respondents would consider a plug-in electric vehicle for their next purchase, the issue of range continues to be the great unknown. And unfortunately for all the models and predictions of future EV sales, the issue of range points to some […]

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Though an global Accenture study [via Green Car Congress] found that up to 68% of respondents would consider a plug-in electric vehicle for their next purchase, the issue of range continues to be the great unknown. And unfortunately for all the models and predictions of future EV sales, the issue of range points to some […]

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Review: 2011 Nissan Leaf: Day One http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/review-2011-nissan-leaf-day-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/review-2011-nissan-leaf-day-one/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 19:46:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395222 When I was a kid I was told that by the time I was 30 we would all be piloting nuclear powered flying cars. Reality, of course, has dictated that gasoline is still the most cost effective way of delivering what the average person considers a “normal driving experience.” In an attempt to change not […]

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When I was a kid I was told that by the time I was 30 we would all be piloting nuclear powered flying cars. Reality, of course, has dictated that gasoline is still the most cost effective way of delivering what the average person considers a “normal driving experience.” In an attempt to change not […]

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Range Anxiety Strikes Mercedes Fuel-Cell Convoy, TTAC Alum http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/range-anxiety-strikes-mercedes-fuel-cell-convoy-ttac-alum/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/range-anxiety-strikes-mercedes-fuel-cell-convoy-ttac-alum/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:50:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382669 Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles (FCVs) are enjoying something of a comeback lately, as everyone from Hyundai and Honda to GM and Daimler are talking about forthcoming production versions of test-fleet FCVs. And with EVs poised to both dominate the short-term green-car game and inevitably disappoint consumers, it’s no surprise that the perennial “fuel of the […]

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles (FCVs) are enjoying something of a comeback lately, as everyone from Hyundai and Honda to GM and Daimler are talking about forthcoming production versions of test-fleet FCVs. And with EVs poised to both dominate the short-term green-car game and inevitably disappoint consumers, it’s no surprise that the perennial “fuel of the […]

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EVs: Houston, We’ve Solved The Problem http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/evs-houston-weve-solved-the-problem/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/evs-houston-weve-solved-the-problem/#comments Sat, 20 Nov 2010 13:17:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373678 The first time I came to Houston, TX, was  in 1986. The “reverse oil crisis” had brought the price of crude below $10, and Houston was a ghost town. In nearby Port Arthur, unused oil rigs piled up at the shore, and grass grew on downtown Procter Street. Now, Houston, home of the Petroleum Club […]

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The first time I came to Houston, TX, was  in 1986. The “reverse oil crisis” had brought the price of crude below $10, and Houston was a ghost town. In nearby Port Arthur, unused oil rigs piled up at the shore, and grass grew on downtown Procter Street. Now, Houston, home of the Petroleum Club […]

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EV Interest Group Is Worried: Will You Plug In? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/ev-interest-group-is-worried-will-you-plug-in/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/ev-interest-group-is-worried-will-you-plug-in/#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:20:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373612 Did you know that there’s an Electric Drive Transportation Association? It’s a group that wants you to ditch your ICE-powered car and run on battery instead. Their member list is huge. Just about every important automaker is on it. Utility companies  from Austin Energy all the way to the Tennessee Valley Authority are members. Battery […]

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Did you know that there’s an Electric Drive Transportation Association? It’s a group that wants you to ditch your ICE-powered car and run on battery instead. Their member list is huge. Just about every important automaker is on it. Utility companies  from Austin Energy all the way to the Tennessee Valley Authority are members. Battery […]

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Nissan Leaf Range Scenarios – Anxiety Provoking Or Not? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/nissan-leaf-range-scenarios-anxiety-provoking-or-not/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/nissan-leaf-range-scenarios-anxiety-provoking-or-not/#comments Thu, 21 Oct 2010 18:13:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=369695 Yes, we know the drill: range will vary with an EV, even more so than with a gas car. Nissan has now set out a number of scenarios to project the range of its Leaf EV. It confirms what we’ve been saying all along: this is not the car to buy if you like driving […]

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Yes, we know the drill: range will vary with an EV, even more so than with a gas car. Nissan has now set out a number of scenarios to project the range of its Leaf EV. It confirms what we’ve been saying all along: this is not the car to buy if you like driving […]

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It’s More Car Than Electric! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/its-more-car-than-electric/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/its-more-car-than-electric/#comments Fri, 08 Oct 2010 14:48:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367919 What does the line “It’s More Car Than Electric!” mean? Beats us, but apparently it’s supposed to make you want to buy a Chevrolet Volt. Maybe “The electric car you can just put gas in on those days when you’re not giving a crap about the environment” was too long. Perhaps “It’s actually a series […]

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What does the line “It’s More Car Than Electric!” mean? Beats us, but apparently it’s supposed to make you want to buy a Chevrolet Volt. Maybe “The electric car you can just put gas in on those days when you’re not giving a crap about the environment” was too long. Perhaps “It’s actually a series […]

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Range Anxiety®? Introducing Anti Arrival Angst™ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/range-anxiety%c2%ae-introducing-anti-arrival-angst%e2%84%a2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/range-anxiety%c2%ae-introducing-anti-arrival-angst%e2%84%a2/#comments Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:18:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=366374 Now that GM is thinking about trademarking “range anxiety,” the only choice left to Nissan is to do something about range anxiety. (Just in case GM is successful with their trademark application, we’ll call it Arrival Angst™ … remember, you’ve seen it here first, just in case we’ll have to call you as a witness.)  […]

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Now that GM is thinking about trademarking “range anxiety,” the only choice left to Nissan is to do something about range anxiety. (Just in case GM is successful with their trademark application, we’ll call it Arrival Angst™ … remember, you’ve seen it here first, just in case we’ll have to call you as a witness.)  […]

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Range Anxiety® http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/range-anxiety%c2%ae/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/range-anxiety%c2%ae/#comments Thu, 02 Sep 2010 14:23:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=364510 People have a lot of fears with electric cars/extended range electric cars. Will the government subsidies distort the market? Can manufacturers be able to sell them profitably? Are they really that environmentally sound? But the one which gets everyone is “range anxiety”. Will I have enough juice to get me home? It’s an issue which […]

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People have a lot of fears with electric cars/extended range electric cars. Will the government subsidies distort the market? Can manufacturers be able to sell them profitably? Are they really that environmentally sound? But the one which gets everyone is “range anxiety”. Will I have enough juice to get me home? It’s an issue which […]

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Japanese Develop Cure For Range Anxiety http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/japanese-develop-cure-for-range-anxiety/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/japanese-develop-cure-for-range-anxiety/#comments Tue, 10 Aug 2010 18:21:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362571 Range anxiety. The performance angst and penis envy of the new millennium. So you want to be nice to the planet. You no longer want to desecrate dead dinosaurs. You want to plug in and tune out. But you also want visit grandpa and grandma who live 150 miles away, and you don’t want to […]

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Range anxiety. The performance angst and penis envy of the new millennium. So you want to be nice to the planet. You no longer want to desecrate dead dinosaurs. You want to plug in and tune out. But you also want visit grandpa and grandma who live 150 miles away, and you don’t want to […]

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Weather Or Not: Nissan’s Leaf Range Influenced By Barometric Pressure http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/weather-or-not-nissan%e2%80%99s-leaf-range-influenced-by-barometric-pressure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/weather-or-not-nissan%e2%80%99s-leaf-range-influenced-by-barometric-pressure/#comments Tue, 22 Jun 2010 13:28:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359295 While GM has problems trying to get the Volt price point to a point where customers won’t suffer a coronary (even with help from the DC sugar daddies), Nissan has a few problems of their own. Nissan is still reeling from the news that a Nissan Leaf would save you the princely sum of $361. Now, […]

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While GM has problems trying to get the Volt price point to a point where customers won’t suffer a coronary (even with help from the DC sugar daddies), Nissan has a few problems of their own. Nissan is still reeling from the news that a Nissan Leaf would save you the princely sum of $361. Now, […]

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Raise Your Hand If You Want A SmartForTwo EV. Now, Show Your Wallet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/raise-your-hand-if-you-want-a-smartfortwo-ev-now-show-your-wallet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/raise-your-hand-if-you-want-a-smartfortwo-ev-now-show-your-wallet/#comments Sun, 13 Jun 2010 15:03:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=358779 Wired hit the proverbial nail on the proverbial head when it titled its recent review of the pure plug-in Smart ForTwo Electric Drive “Smart EV Would Be Smarter if It Were Cheaper.” Well, it’s not. As a matter of fact, it’s insanely expensive. Daimler’s Smart plans to make 1,500 ForTwo Electric Drives available for lease […]

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Wired hit the proverbial nail on the proverbial head when it titled its recent review of the pure plug-in Smart ForTwo Electric Drive “Smart EV Would Be Smarter if It Were Cheaper.” Well, it’s not. As a matter of fact, it’s insanely expensive. Daimler’s Smart plans to make 1,500 ForTwo Electric Drives available for lease […]

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EV Range High Anxiety: Normal Driving May Cut Range In Half http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/ev-range-high-anxiety-normal-driving-may-cut-range-in-half/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/12/ev-range-high-anxiety-normal-driving-may-cut-range-in-half/#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2009 15:49:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=339584 Would you set out for a drive with your low fuel light on, knowing there was no place to buy gas? That’s the painful reality many EV drivers are going to be faced with every morning after unplugging their fully-charged battery and heading out on the road. Most conventional cars have about 50 to 60 […]

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Would you set out for a drive with your low fuel light on, knowing there was no place to buy gas? That’s the painful reality many EV drivers are going to be faced with every morning after unplugging their fully-charged battery and heading out on the road. Most conventional cars have about 50 to 60 […]

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