It might sound a bit counter-intuitive to your interests and needs, but a recent study by researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Knoxville, Tennessee, has found that when it comes to electric cars, buying one that offers under or around 100 miles of range might just be your best bet.
We’ve all grown accustomed and used to the freedom and range offered by gasoline; 300 or 400 miles per tank is fairly average for many, and some diesel vehicles can brush 800 miles on a single tank of fuel. This has made the limited range of EVs — largely under 120 miles, with a couple of exceptions — an especially bitter pill to swallow, but from the study revealed, the pill is largely a mental fixture.
The problem with shortened range is exacerbated by the fact that an electric car cannot simply “refuel.” It must charge, and remain stationary while doing so, potentially putting a crimp on plans or schedules. While companies like Tesla have managed to bring recharge times down to about 30 minutes via its supercharging network (pictured), that’s considerably more than the 10-minute max that people are used to for refueling.
But what the study found is that the majority of the average drivers – four-fifths of U.S. vehicles, to be more specific — travel less than 40 miles each day. But despite being afforded the convenience of home charging, owning a car that can’t travel further than 100 miles in one go just doesn’t seem to be of interest for consumers, even if less than half that is traveled per day and the car can top itself off overnight.