Low range as an argument against an electric car?
How to measure the range of an electric car?
The range of an electric car indicates how many kilometers an electric car can drive after charging until it has to be recharged. It depends on energy consumption and battery capacity and is influenced by driving style, traffic conditions, weather conditions, and energy consumption of accessories such as heating.
The following calculation serves as a rough guideline:
Range = battery capacity / energy consumption (per 100 km) * 100.
For example, a vehicle with a 45 kWh battery and energy consumption of 16 kWh/100 km achieves a range of about 280 km according to the calculation (a range of 200 km is probably more realistic considering the individual driving style).
For more information about electric car batteries and their capacities, we recommend you to read our article: “How long does it take to charge an electric car?”.
Measurement method: Realistic range
Conclusion: WLTP instead of NEDC
Range development and comparison
Our article on “Electric mobility in Germany” provides an overview of the ranges of electric cars offered in 2019.
Thinking a step further, interested buyers are skeptical not only about the range itself but also about the charging options available.
If the charging processes were made more flexible, for example, by providing charging options in places where people spend time in their everyday lives, such as at their workplace or in front of shopping centers, the risk of an insufficient range would be circumvented. The expansion of the charging infrastructure in Germany is supported by the federal government. The greatest positive aspects of the funding program are that more and more public fast charging stations are being created and that it also supports the purchase of charging stations by companies and private individuals.
What range do Germans need in everyday life?
Tips for increasing the range
Protection from extreme temperatures
Switch off technical accessories
Conclusion: Is the range an argument against buying an electric car?
With the current state of technology, it is easily possible to cover average everyday distances, and the range of electric cars is set to increase even further in the next few years. And secondly, the charging process is becoming increasingly flexible and time-saving so that it is no longer an obstacle when it comes to buying a car.
We suggest a home charging station to facilitate the everyday use of an electric car. Compared to a public charging station, it has the advantage of being available to the user at all times. An electric car battery also charges many times faster using a home charging station than it does using a conventional household socket. Charging can be done conveniently overnight when the electric car is not usually needed anyway.
We, at hesotec electrify, provide home charging stations with our eSat series. You can find more information in our product overview.
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