In the five years that modern electric cars have been widely available, range anxiety has been one of the biggest issues for consumers. The relatively short ranges and long charging times of most electric cars induce worries about getting stuck, and no one wants to think about that.
But the situation may be improving. While 2015 was a slow year for electric-car sales, Navigant Research believes sales will bounce back in 2016, in part because carmakers are steadily working to address consumer concerns. Companies are backing the installation of more charging stations, and getting ready to introduce longer-range models, Navigant notes.
A (small) survey conducted by the research firm also indicates that range anxiety may already be less of a concern for consumers than it once was. Out of 14 survey respondents who currently own an electric car, none cited range as the main drawback. Respondents seemed more concerned with a perceived lack of public charging stations. More than one third of respondents considered it the primary drawback to owning an electric car, and that group included three of the actual electric-car owners.