Last Update: July 9, 2019
With a framework to develop Range Confidence in mind, we need to start putting these ideas into practice. To "own" range confidence we must gain practical with electric car charging works, and our options.
By contrast the Range Anxiety story relies on a lack of knowledge of electric vehicle charging. It's easier to convince someone of a danger when they don't know the truth. As they say, know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Once someone has experienced the truth it's much harder to become afraid.
Switching from gasoline to electricity means confronting 100+ years of history as a society using gasoline as a vehicle fuel. Over that time our society developed communal knowledge about gasoline and cars. Switching means collectively educating ourselves about the best ways of using electricity as a fuel.
Maybe that was too heady. To quote another wise man, you must unlearn what you have learned.
How far do you drive in a typical day? It may seem irrelevant except this factoid will help you choose an electric car with the driving range you need, and to choose a home charging station compatible with your needs. Typical daily driving needs, on electricity
Making full use of your electric car means driving it as much as possible. In turn that means using public charging. How and where to charge electric cars in public
What are the optimum driving/charging patterns for your daily driving? Will you need to charge at work, or to charge along the way during a trip? Electric vehicle charging scenarios
Examples make the theory real. It is great to read theory, but until you can put it into practice that's all it is. Surprisingly it is possible to make inter-city trips in several areas of the USA even with incomplete charging infrastructure. Example longer trips with electric cars - putting range confidence into practice