As part of Pollution Probe’s Electric Mobility Adoption and Prediction (EMAP) project, Environics assessed the major factors that affect a person’s decision to purchase an EV. They discovered that one of the main barriers to EV adoption is range anxiety, or how far you can travel in an EV before the charge runs out. Interestingly, this fear is unrelated to how far the person actually travels and includes anxiety about having to wait while charging away from home.
Of course, Elon Musk is already on the case. Telsa has created a “range assurance” application that communicates with the Tesla Supercharger Network to warn drivers if they are running low on power. Unfortunately, this only works if you have a Telsa. And a Supercharger Network. But part of Pollution Probe’s EMAP research involves assessing the grid and where charging stations would be best placed.